Dr. Julia Grothaus
Litigation, Arbitration & Investigations Partner, Frankfurt
“I assist clients in resolving their business-critical disputes and contentious matters, with a particular focus on post-M&A and corporate disputes and competition litigation. I strive to provide well-considered, pragmatic and straightforward advice to gain the trust of my clients and help them meet their business objectives.”
Education and qualifications
Julia represents clients in complex domestic and international Litigation, Arbitration & Investigations including litigation, international arbitration and alternative Litigation, Arbitration & Investigations in the context of a range of contentious matters. She has extensive experience in competition litigation as well as handling complex post-M&A, construction and corporate disputes (including D&O liability, joint venture disputes and shareholder claims) both before state courts and arbitral tribunals.
As head of the German ESG team, Julia coordinates our cross-practice activities in the rapidly changing ESG space and is a core member of our global ESG practice. She focusses on assisting clients in mitigating the liability risks associated with the ESG megatrend (greenwashing, climate change litigation, human rights issues etc.).
She advises a broad range of German and international clients especially from the automotive, banks, consumer, industrials and tech sectors.
As a member of the firm’s Innovation Steering Group and the German Legal Operations Committee, Julia is committed to ensuring that our legal advice is delivered faster and at the right price by involving our specialist teams – from paralegals to legal project managers – and using cutting edge tools to support our advice.
Julia is one of the 25 Rising Stars amongst Europe's Best Up-and-Coming Female Lawyers 2022 by Law.com International and has been named “40 under 40” by Juve in 2023.
Julia has advised on a full range of confidential international arbitration and litigation matters. Publicly known examples are:
- Various multinational corporations: advising on the German Supply Chain Due Diligence Act as well as on strategies to avoid greenwashing.
- A German car manufacturer: advising on ESG topics in the context of an IPO.
- A Healthcare group: representing in annulment proceedings regarding a partial arbitral award concerning the establishment of a proton therapy centre in Germany.
- An investor: advising and representing in an investment arbitration against the Czech Republic on the basis of a breach of the BIT between the Netherlands and the Czech Republic.
- A leading European satellite company: advising and representing in a dispute with another leading European satellite company regarding the right to use certain frequencies at a given orbital position and the right to enter into certain agreements with a third party, including an ICC arbitration and parallel injunction proceedings before state courts.
- Deutsche Oppenheim Family Office AG: representing in D&O liability litigation against former board members and out-of-court settlement negotiations.
- Flex-N-Gate: defending in a post-M&A arbitration against a German DAX company and parallel U.S. litigation.
- A Japanese building conglomerate: representing in a €270m post-M&A arbitration against various insurers under a complex warranty & indemnities (W&I) scheme as well as in subsequent annulment proceedings and advising regarding parallel litigation.
- Air France KLM Group: defending in a €3bn cartel damage lawsuit in connection with the air freight cartel.
- Saint-Gobain Group: defending in various cartel damage lawsuits in connection with the car glass cartel.
- A world-leading automotive supplier: advising on cartel damages claims in connection with various cartel investigations in Germany and worldwide.
- A payment technology company: defending against numerous cease and desist as well as cartel damage claims.
Julia joined Linklaters in 2007. She was admitted to the German Bar in 2011 and was elected Partner in 2020.
She is a member of all major arbitration institutions, e.g. the Studienvereinigung Kartellrecht e.V., the ICC, the DIS, various U40 organizations (including DIS40, ICCYAF, Young ICCA) and Arbitral Women.
Education and qualifications
Julia studied law at the Universities of Cologne and Bielefeld, completed a doctorate in law at the University of Cologne and spent her legal traineeship (Referendariat) in Cologne, Frankfurt, Hanoi and London. She is admitted to the German bar.
She speaks German and English.
Julia frequently publishes in the field of Litigation, Arbitration & Investigations. Her publications include:
- Authoring posts on our ESG blog Sustainable Futures
- “Die Bedeutung des Lieferkettensorgfaltspflichtengesetzes für Kreditinstitute“, DB-Beilage „Environment – Social – Governance 2022“, page 24 (together with Dr. Frederik Winter)
- “Unternehmensverantwortung in Lieferketten – Status quo und Ausblick“, DB-Beilage „Environment – Social – Governance 2021“, page 20 (together with Alexandros Chatzinerantzis)
- “Tort prevails over contract for deciding jurisdiction in abuse of dominance cases: The CJEU’s judgment in Wikingerhof v. Booking.com”, LinkingCompetition, 2 December 2020 (together with Dr Georg Haas)
- “Who cares wins”, Börsen-Zeitung Spezial of 25 November 2020 (together with Alexandros Chatzinerantzis)
- “Keine sekundäre Darlegungslast des Kartellgeschädigten im Hinblick auf die näheren Umstände seiner Preiskalkulation („Schienenkartell IV”)”, BGH, 19 May 2020 – KZR 8/18, EWiR 2021, 91-92 (together with Dr Georg Haas)
- “Legal 500 comparative guide on Competition Litigation”, 2020 (together with Dr. Rupert Bellinghausen and Dr. Georg Haas)
- “Haftung der Kartellanten auch gegenüber nicht am betroffenen Markt als Anbieter oder Nachfrager tätigen Personen („Otis u. a.”)”, CJEU, judgment of 12 December 2019 – C-435/18 (Otis Gesellschaft m.b.H. u. a. gegen Land Oberösterreich u. a.), EWiR 2020, 61-62 (together with Dr Georg Haas)
- “Zivilprozessrecht: Zur Bestimmung des Deliktsgerichtsstands am Erfolgsort in Kartellschadensersatzverfahren”, CJEU, judgment of 29 July 2019 – C-451/18 (Tibor-Trans Fuvarozó és Kereskedelmi Kft./DAF Trucks NV), EuZW 2019, 794-796 (together with Dr Georg Haas)
- “Kein Anscheinsbeweis bei Quoten- und Kundenschutzkartell für Schadenseintritt oder Kartellbefangenheit einzelner Aufträge” („Schienenkartell”)”, BGH, 11 December 2018 - KZR 26/17, EWiR 2019, 253-254 (together with Dr Rupert Bellinghausen)
- “Zur Verjährungshemmung und Verzinsung von Kartellschadensersatzansprüchen in Altfällen („Grauzementkartell II”)”, BGH, 12 June 2018 - KZR 56/16, EWiR 2018, 509-510 (together with Dr Rupert Bellinghausen)
- “Post-award challenges to impartiality and independence in Germany”, Arbitration.Links, 13 September 2017 (together with Dr Rupert Bellinghausen)
- “Advocate General Wathelet endorses intra-EU BITs”, Arbitration.Links, 27 September 2017 (together with Dr Rupert Bellinghausen)
- “Do arbitration clauses catch cartel damages claims?”, Arbitration.Links, 9 January 2018 (together with Dr Rupert Bellinghausen)
- “The judgment of the CJEU in Slovak Republic v. Achmea B.V.: intra-EU BITs incompatible with EU law”, Arbitration.Links, 13 March 2018 (together with Dr Rupert Bellinghausen)
- “Erstes Urteil zum Lkw-Kartell – Rückenwind für Kartellgeschädigte?”, NZKart 2018, 116 (together with Dr Rupert Bellinghausen)
- “Escalation Clauses: No Longer a Tripping Hazard for Arbitrations with Seat in Germany?”, Kluwer Arbitration Blog, 1 December 2016 (together with Dr Rupert Bellinghausen)
- “The CJEU’s decision in CDC v Akzo Nobel et al: A Blessing or a Curse for Arbitrating Cartel Damage Claims?”, Kluwer Arbitration Blog, 31 July 2015 (together with Dr Rupert Bellinghausen)
- DIS Autumn Conference 2014: “Global Pond or Single Playing Field: How international should international arbitration really be?”, German Arbitration Journal (SchiedsVZ) 2015, 32
- "When Does an Arbitration Agreement Have a Binding Effect on Non-Signatories? The Group of Companies Doctrine vs. Conflict of Laws Rules and Public Policy”, Kluwer Arbitration Blog, 30 July 2014 (together with Kirstin Schwedt)
- “Inlandsvollstreckung mit Auslandswirkung – die inländische Vollstreckung von Handlungs- und Unterlassungsentscheidungen mit ausländischem Leistungsort”, Baden-Baden 2010 (at the same time doctoral thesis, University of Cologne, June 2010)