Jones Day (Dusseldorf)

Johannes Zöttl

Jones Day (Dusseldorf)
Lawyer (Partner)

Johannes Zöttl focuses on antitrust enforcement proceedings before the German Federal Cartel Office and the European Commission as well as merger reviews. He has worked extensively with companies in the chemical and IT industries and has led high-profile internal investigations in the automotive industry. He has particular experience dealing with cross-border mergers and acquisitions subject to review by multiple antitrust authorities around the world.


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4933 Bulletin

Charlotte Breuvart, Eric Barbier de la Serre, Serge Clerckx, Michael A. Gleason, Johannes Zöttl The EU Commission issues guidance on the application of the referral mechanism set out in article 22 of the Merger Regulation expanding its antitrust reviews to non-reportable transactions


In Short The Situation : According to the European Commission ("EC"), an increasing number of competitively significant transactions have evaded merger notification because one or both of the transacting parties (but typically a small, high value target) did not meet EC or any Member State (...)

Laurent de Muyter, Carsten Gromotke, Dr. Jürgen Beninca, Michael A. Gleason, Hiromitsu Miyakawa, Prudence Smith, Craig A. Waldman, Philipp Werner, Johannes Zöttl The German Parliament adopts competition rules for tech platforms


In Short The Development : The Bundestag, the German legislature, amended Germany’s antitrust laws to include special competition rules for digital platform "companies with overwhelming importance for competition across multiple markets." The amendments, known as the GWB Digitization Act or ARC (...)

Johannes Zöttl The German Regional Court of Düsseldorf refers to the EU Court of Justice questions concerning the availability of remedies to holders of FRAND-pledged SEPs prevailing in patent infringement actions (Huawei / ZTE)


This article has been nominated for the 2014 Antitrust Writing Awards. Click here to learn more about the Antitrust Writing Awards. The Regional Court of Düsseldorf, Germany, has asked the Court of Justice of the European Union ("CJEU") to clarify a number of questions at the intersection of EU (...)

Carsten Gromotke, Johannes Zöttl, Thomas Jestaedt The German Federal Court of Justice hands down a decision that is likely to have a significant impact on the setting of cartel fines and potentially reducing the maximum cartel fine for some defendants (Cement Cartel)


The German Federal Court of Justice ("BGH") has handed down a decision that is likely to have a significant impact on the setting of cartel fines in Germany, potentially reducing the maximum cartel fine for some defendants. The decision deals with fines imposed on a number of German cement (...)

Alexandre G. Verheyden, Francesco Liberatore, Johannes Zöttl The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) institutes a new supra-national African competition law regime


A new supra-national African competition law regime, the COMESA Competition Commission ("CCC"), began operations in January 2013. This new regime includes new merger control regulations likely to have a significant impact on international businesses with local operations in the region. The CCC (...)

Dieter Strubenhoff, Johannes Zöttl The EU General Court grants access by a private antitrust plaintiff to the Commission’s files in cartel proceedings (CDC Hydrogene Peroxide)


The General Court of the European Union (General Court) has annulled a decision by the EU Commission (EC) that denied access by a private plaintiff to the EC’s files in cartel proceedings (Case T 437/08 – CDC Hydrogene Peroxide vs European Commission). The plaintiff requested access to those (...)

Johannes Zöttl, Mirjam Erb The German Supreme Court holds that indirect purchasers have standing to sue for antitrust damages but defendants may invoke passing-on defense (Carbonless Paper Cartel)


The German Federal Civil Court (BGH) has held that both direct and indirect purchasers may sue for antitrust damages, but defendants may raise the passing-on defense. Through the passing-on defense, defendants try to demonstrate that plaintiffs suffered no financial harm, as they passed on the (...)

Carsten Gromotke, Johannes Zöttl, Thomas Jestaedt The German Competition Authority prohibits an online video platform joint venture between two leading TV broadcasters (RTL / Pro7Sat1)


On March 17, 2011, the German Federal Cartel Office (Bundeskartellamt) rejected plans by German broadcasting groups RTL and Pro7Sat1 to launch a joint venture for the creation and operation of an online video platform. This decision illustrates how in Europe, particularly in Germany, antitrust (...)

Bernard Amory, Eric Morgan de Rivery, Johannes Zöttl The EU Court of Justice Advocate General Mazak recommends that prohibition on internet sales be considered as a per se infringement (Pierre Fabre)


On March 3, 2011, Advocate General (AG) Mazák delivered an opinion to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in Pierre Fabre Dermo-Cosmétique SAS (PFDC). PFDC, a French manufacturer of cosmetics and personal care products, prohibited its retailers from selling via the Internet. AG Mazák advised the (...)

Carsten Gromotke, Johannes Zöttl, Thomas Jestaedt The German High Court rules that companies have the standing to sue against illegal State aid to competitors (Lufthansa / Ryanair)


In a decision of 10 February 2011, the German Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof, BGH) ruled that companies can bring court action the challenge state aid granted to their competitors. Companies doing business in Germany will in the future have to ensure that all their transactions (...)

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