Hogan Lovells (Hamburg)

Marc Schweda

Hogan Lovells (Hamburg)

Advising clients on all areas of EU and German competition law, Marc has been hand-picked by the German antitrust authority, the Bundeskartellamt, to defend it against a ground breaking €1.1bn damages claim for an unlawful prohibition of a merger. This case attracted a lot of attention as it marks the first time ever the authority has retained a competition lawyer to defend it in court, and since that is what Marc successfully did, through two instances, he enjoys a particularly good relationship to them. Recognizing the need for high level advice in a wider range of competition related issues, Marc has also focused on public procurement law and EU state aid law. It is there, at the interface between the different disciplines of competition law, where Marc is difficult to beat. Whether it is setting-up cooperation’s and agreements in line with competition law requirements, helping clients involved in cartels to get off as lightly as possible, representing plaintiffs and defendants in court in antitrust litigation cases or maneuvering clients through the shallows of international merger control, numerous clients have already trusted in Marc’s advice. Legal 500 says this is where Marc "develops tailor-made solutions". Marc also regularly advises on complex procurement law matters in public tenders and related court proceedings as well as on EU state aid law matters. He has particular experience in the energy and life sciences sectors. Marc is co-author of two well-known German commentaries on German and EU competition law, the Langen/Bunte and the Lowenheim/Riesenkampf/Meessen. He also writes in Heidenhain, EU State Aid Law Handbook.

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2013 Bulletin

Michel Struys, Marc Schweda, Lourdes Catrain, Francesco Pili, Raphael Fleischer The EU Parliament and Council adopt the final text of the Foreign Subsidies Regulation with significant impact on foreign business activities in the Union, including new obligations and expanded penalties


The new EU Foreign Subsidies Regulation, which appears to mirror the substantive EU State aid principles set out in Article 107 (1) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (“TFEU”) and entered into force on 12 January 2023, will have a significant impact on foreign business (...)

Christoph Wunschmann, Marc Schweda, Lukas Rengier The Hamburg Regional Court denies an injunction and rules there is no obligation to supply in a case concerning a major soft drinks manufacturer (EDEKA / Coca-Cola)


Antitrust law may restrict price increases if the preconditions of a pricing abuse are met. However, decision practice on this topic is scarce. Therefore, EDEKA’s petition for a preliminary injuction filed against Coca-Cola claiming a pricing abuse and demanding supply at lower prices has (...)

Marc Schweda, Florian von Schreitter The German Parliament publishes its 10th Amendment to the Act against Restraint of Competition, introducing a new regulatory framework for access to commercial data under antitrust law


"The world’s most valuable resource is no longer oil, but data" (The Economist, 6.5.2017). This catchy (albeit not quite accurate) comparison is likely to take the leading position among modern digital markets truisms. It is therefore hardly surprising that the German legislator has been (...)

Eric Paroche, Sabrina Borocci, Casto Gonzalez-Paramo, Mark Jones, Suyong Kim, Falk Schoening, Marc Schweda The EU Commission authorises State aid measure following the COVID-19 outbreak to help companies cover their immediate liquidity needs through bank loans guaranteed by EU member states


The first State aid measures authorized by the European Commission (Commission) following the COVID-19 outbreak were aimed at helping companies to cover their immediate liquidity needs, mainly through bank loans guaranteed by EU Member States. The significant losses incurred by companies as (...)


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