Christian Schwedler

Senior Associate

Christian Schwedler advises national and international companies and institutions on various EU and other regulatory matters, including on German and European antitrust and competition law as well as on data protection/privacy and public commercial law, with a focus on litigation and contested matters. He also advises corporate and institutional clients on European law and European procedural law.

Before joining WilmerHale, Mr. Schwedler worked from 2006 through 2012 for another international law firm as scientific assistant. In this function, he was a member of the Antitrust and Competition Group and the Energy and Regulatory Group.

Recent Highlights

  • Advised an international air freight carrier in a cartel damage litigation before the Cologne District Court
  • Advised an international social network provider in various data protection law litigations before the German administrative and civil courts, as well as in reference procedures before the European Court of Justice
  • Advised various companies of the German food industry in follow-on damage litigation law suits concerning different cartels before different German district courts
  • Advised an international bank in antitrust investigations of the European Commission regarding objections related to the trading of credit default swaps
  • Advised a major German automotive supplier in parallel antitrust investigations of the European Commission and the US Department of Justice
  • Advised a US manufacturer of medical products in various competition litigations before the Cologne and Düsseldorf District Courts
  • Advised local and state government institutions in respect of various complex state aid issues

Professional Activities

Mr. Schwedler is a member of the Association for the Study of Antitrust Law (Studienvereinigung Kartellrecht) and the Frankfurt Forum of Antitrust Lawyers (Frankfurter Kartellrechtsforum).

He regularly publishes scientific articles on a variety of current legal topics.

Publications & News


May 17, 2017

Antitrust Investigation and Litigation

Prof. Dr. Hans Georg Kamann and Dr. Stefan Ohlhoff co-authored and co-edited this handbook, with contributions from Dr. Peter Gey, Christian Schwedler and Christoph Harler (Kartellverfahren und Kartellprozess, Kamann/Ohlhoff/Völcker (ed.), C.H. Beck Verlag, Munich).

April 25, 2016

WilmerHale's Antitrust Practice Receives GCR Matter of the Year Awards

WilmerHale's Antitrust and Competition Practice received two awards, Behavioural Matter of the Year (Agency) – Europe and Matter of the Year, at Global Competition Review's 6th Annual Awards Ceremony on April 5 in Washington DC.

October 7, 2015

European Court of Justice Issues Opinion Striking Down the Safe Harbor

In a landmark judgment in Schrems v Data Protection Commissioner (C-362/14) (October 6, 2015) (“Safe Harbor judgment”), the European Court of Justice (“ECJ”) found the Safe Harbor Decision of the European Commission (Commission Decision 2000/520/EC of 26 July 2000) to be invalid.

July 28, 2015

The Common Frame of Reference as an optional instrument – Demand, legislative competence and suitability

A book by Christian Schwedler, published by DM Verlag Dr. Müller in 2010.

July 22, 2014

Access to file ‘the easy way’? – A discussion of the decision of the Higher Regional Court of Hamm of 26 November 2013

An article by Dr. Hans-Georg Kamann and Christian Schwedler, published by Europäisches Wirtschafts- und Steuerrecht, Vol. 3, p. 121 (2014).

March 3, 2014

The Defense View: AG Kokott's Kone Opinion: EU Law on the Verge of an All-European (Cartel) Damage Claim?

An article by Dr. Hans-Georg Kamann, Roberto Grasso and Christian Schwedler, published in the ABA Antitrust Section's International Civil Redress Bulletin, Issue 2, p. 2-6, March 2014.

January 1, 2012

The formation of purchasing groups as a strategy to secure access to raw materials – the current assessment under antitrust law

An article written by Hans-Georg Kamann in cooperation with Peter Gey and Christian Schwedler, published in Rechtsfragen des internationalen Rohstoffhandels, p. 101.

April 1, 2011

Experience with Interconnection Merchant Projects under Regulation (EC) 1228/2003: Prospects for Regulation (EC) 714/2009

An article co-authored by Christian Schwedler, published in Utilities Law Review in April 2011 and Europäisches Wirtschafts- und Steuerrecht (EWS) in May 2011.

July 1, 2010

Price adjustment clauses within general terms and conditions and their assessment by the courts

An article by Christian Schwedler, published in Betriebs Berater, p. 585.

July 2, 2008

The antitrust assessment of agreements in the automotive supply industry – a practical guideline

An article co-authored by Christian Schwedler, published in Betriebs Berater, p. 902.

Speaking Engagements

November 21, 2014

EBS Law Congress

Oestrich-Winkel, Germany


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Second State Exam, Frankfurt am Main, 2012

First State Exam, University of Frankfurt, 2010

Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, 2004

Bachelor of Business Law, University of Applied Sciences Trier, 2005

Bar Admissions

Frankfurt am Main





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