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Dr. Bernd Meyring

Competition/Antitrust Partner, Brussels

“I combine longstanding expertise in highly technical areas of law with an international perspective to help overcome clients’ legal challenges.”

Overview

Professional experience

Education and qualifications

Overview

Bernd is widely recognised as a leading European competition lawyer, advising major national and international corporates, banks and institutions on all areas of competition law, principally merger control and anti-cartel proceedings before the European Commission and the German competition authority (Bundeskartellamt), as well as unilateral conduct and state aid matters. He often coordinates merger control proceedings worldwide on global transactions. He has acted in a wide range of competition regulators in and outside Europe and conducted proceedings in English, French, German and Dutch.  
Bernd is an experienced litigator and has represented clients in more than hundred cases before the General Court and the Court of Justice of the European Union.  
He has significant expertise in the automotive, chemical, retail, food and beverages, machinery, pharmaceutical, consumer electronics and branded consumer goods sectors. He co-heads the firm’s global automotive sector team.  
Bernd is managing partner of the firm’s Brussels and Antwerp offices.  

Work highlights

Bernd has led or co-led on some of the most challenging global merger control and cartel cases, including securing merger control clearances in various jurisdictions for:

  • Xerox on its planned acquisition of HP
  • Linde on its merger with Praxair
  • SABMiller on its combination with ABInBev  
  • Volkswagen on its acquisitions of MAN, Scania and Ducati 
  • Delhaize on its merger with Ahold 
  • Saint-Gobain on its acquisition of SIKA 

He has also successfully intervened in merger control proceedings, such as Ball’s acquisition of Rexam.

His work on behavioural competition investigations includes representing:

  • a manufacturer of car glass in the European Commission’s cartel investigation and subsequent litigation in the Court of the European Union as well as in relation to private damage claims 
  • a global importer of bananas in the European Commission’s investigation in that sector and subsequent litigation up to the European Court of Justice as well as on private damage claims. Both cases resulted in significant fine reductions

As a litigator, he has represented clients in more than hundred cases in the Courts of the European Union, including :

  • the Single Resolution Board in litigation with several financial institutions concerning contributions to the Single Resolution Fund, which was set up to finance the restructuring of failing credit institutions in Europe in the wake of the global financial crisis 
  • financial institutions in relation to crisis related state aid proceedings
  • several operators of packaging recovery schemes in relation to unilateral conduct proceedings
  • numerous companies in actions for annulment in cartel cases

Professional experience

Bernd is a visiting Professor at the College of Europe and president of its Global Competition Law Centre.  He previously lectured at the universities of Strasbourg and Frankfurt.  Bernd frequently speaks at conferences and is widely published. His recent publications include:

“Signalling—When Should We Worry?”, JECLAP, 7/2020

“EU Merger Regulation -- Review of 2017 and beyond” (with Neil Hoolihan), JECLAP, 03/2019

“Interim measures pursuant to Article 8 of Regulation 1/2003”, in: 10 years of Regulation 1/2003, GCLC Annual conference Series 2015 (ed. Merola, Petit, Rivas)

“Umbrella pricing” (with Melissa Gotlieb), Competition Law Insight, 2014

“How much consistency is required for cartel fines?”, JECLAP 2013, 142

“Le droit de la concurrence et la transparence: une quadrature du cercle?”, JDE 2012, 294Education and qualifications

Education and qualifications

Bernd studied law as an undergraduate at the universities of Würzburg and Munich, holds a master’s in law from the College of Europe, is an ancien élève of the French École Nationale d'Administration, and holds a Ph.D. in international law from the Humboldt University of Berlin.

He works in Dutch, English, French and German.