Linklaters announces Christian Ahlborn as Global Practice Head for Competition and Antitrust

Christian Ahlborn has been appointed as the new Global Practice Head for Competition and Antitrust by the Linklaters’ partnership board. Christian will hold the role for a four-year term commencing from 1st July 2019.

Christian joined the firm in 1993 and has over 20 years’ experience advising multinational corporates, banks and other institutions on all aspects of global competition law. He is widely recognised as a market-leading competition lawyer and has led on some of the most challenging global merger control, behavioural antitrust and State aid matters including:

  • Deutsche Börse AG in relation to the proposed €21bn merger with the London Stock Exchange Group plc.
  • Glencore in relation to the global merger control aspects of its US$70bn acquisition of control of Xstrata.
  • Unilever in relation to the successful defence of an investigation by the UK’s CMA into an alleged abuse of dominance in the FMCG sector.
  • Lloyds Banking Group on the state aid investigation regarding the UK Government’s £17 billion capital injection, and issues relating to an asset protection scheme and capital raising, as well the implementation of the EU state aid remedies.

Gideon Moore, Firmwide Managing Partner commented on the appointment: “Christian has an outstanding record as a competition lawyer and we believe he is ideally placed to take on the leadership of our global practice. Our clients, regulators and peers regard us as one of the market leading teams in competition and antitrust. We believe that Christian will bring a lot of value to the role and I am excited to see where he leads the practice in the coming years.”

Christian will be taking over the role from Jonas Koponen who held the role for the previous four-year term.