Dr. Julia Grothaus
Dispute Resolution 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 dispute resolution including litigation, international arbitration and alternative dispute resolution in the context of a range of contentious matters.
She has extensive experience in competition litigation as well as post-M&A and corporate disputes (including D&O liability, joint venture disputes and shareholder claims). Further core areas are contractual disputes as well as drafting and negotiating of commercial contracts, dispute resolution clauses and general terms and conditions.
Julia is also a core member of our global, multidisciplinary ESG team with a special focus on liability risks (human rights issues, greenwashing, climate change litigation etc.).
She advises a broad range of German and international clients especially from the automotive, banks, consumer, industrials and tech sectors, and works closely with the firm’s Corporate/M&A, Antitrust & Foreign Investment, Banking, Tax and Restructuring & Insolvency practices.
As a member of 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 has advised on a full range of confidential international arbitration and litigation matters. Publicly known examples are:
Deutsche Bank: defending against damage claims brought by the Kirch Group.
- 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 and advice regarding parallel litigation.
- An international food company: defending in a post-M&A arbitration and parallel arbitration proceedings.
- 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.
- Various multinational corporations: advising on the applicability and the scope of obligations under the German Supply Chain Due Diligence Act, including German subsidiaries of foreign groups.
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 dispute resolution. Her publications include:
- „EU sustainable corporate governance and human rights due diligence proposal delayed until early 2022”, Sustainable Futures, 7 December 2021 (together with Sara Feijao, Rachel Barrett, James Marlow und Mirjam Erb)
- „New German government supports comprehensive supply chain due diligence obligations”, Sustainable Futures, 24 November 2021 (together with Mirjam Erb)
- „German Parliament passes Supply Chain Due Diligence Act”, Sustainable Futures, 11 June 2021 (together with Kathrin Bauwens und Mirjam Erb)
- „Unternehmensverantwortung in Lieferketten – Status quo und Ausblick“, DB-Beilage „Environment – Social – Governance 2021“, page 20 (together with Alexandros Chatzinerantzis)
- „Human rights due diligence: ambitious European Parliament proposal backed in landslide vote”, Sustainable Futures, 18 March 2021 (together with Vanessa Harvard-Williams, Rachel Barrett und James Marlow)
- “Comprehensive German Due Diligence Act on the horizon”, Sustainable Futures, 17 February 2021 (together with Mirjam Erb)
- “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)