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Prof. Dr. Hans-Georg Kamann

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Kamann, Hans-Georg

Prof. Dr. Hans-Georg Kamann's practice focuses on European and German competition law (antitrust, state aid and procurement), European Union constitutional and administrative law and regulation, with emphasis on the agro-chemical, healthcare, transport and media industries, as well as international trade law and regulation. He has significant litigation experience, representing corporate and institutional clients before the European Court of Justice and the General Court in Luxembourg, as well as German civil and administrative courts. He joined the firm in 2008.

Honors & Awards

  • Continuously recommended by JUVE Handbook since 2008/2009 for his work in the antitrust practice and public sector/state aid. Clients describe him as a "solution-oriented" and "well networked" attorney who is "very good at other regulatory interfaces" and has "a good understanding of European issues."
  • Further continuously recommended in the JUVE Handbook 2008/2009-2016/2017 editions in the area of healthcare and healthcare transactions.
  • Recognized in the 2011-2017 editions of Chambers Europe for his work in Germany in the field of antitrust and competition law, and state aid, particularly in the life sciences and media industries. Described as "effective and accurate," he is renowned for advising on contentious competition mandates, particularly at the European level. Clients say he is "really bright, fast and active in antitrust law in Frankfurt."
  • Recommended by Legal 500 Deutschland 2016-2018 for his antitrust and competition work.
  • Further recommended by Legal 500 Deutschland 2015-2018 in the healthcare sector.
  • Recommended by Legal 500 EMEA 2012 in the area of state aid.
  • Recommended by The Legal Experts EMEA 2011 for antitrust, EU and competition. WilmerHale's antitrust practice was recognized in Germany for its "well-rounded practice and its integrated teams from its vast network."
  • Selected by clients and peers as being among the world's leading competition lawyers in the 2015-2018 editions of Who's Who Legal: Competition.

Publications & News

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March 20, 2018

Chambers Europe 2018 Recognizes WilmerHale Lawyers and Practices

Twelve WilmerHale lawyers and three firm practices have been recognized in the 2018 edition of Chambers Europe: Leading Lawyers for Business.

March 16, 2018

WilmerHale Recognized for Outstanding International Lawyers and Practices in Chambers Global 2018

In the 2018 edition of Chambers Global, 33 WilmerHale lawyers were named among “The World's Leading Lawyers for Business."

December 6, 2017

WilmerHale Listed Among the Most Recommended Law Firms in Germany by The Legal 500 Deutschland

The Legal 500 has released its 2018 edition of The Legal 500 Deutschland, Germany's guide to outstanding lawyers, recognizing WilmerHale in seven categories. Moreover, the guide has recommended 11 WilmerHale attorneys within their practice areas.

November 2, 2017

JUVE Ranks WilmerHale Lawyers and Practice Areas in Germany

JUVE, the leading legal publication in Germany, highly recommends WilmerHale in the following practice areas: Antitrust, Arbitration/Mediation, Commercial Litigation and Liability, Compliance Audits and Investigations, Corporate, Energy Law, Information Technology, M&A, and State Aid Law.

July 24, 2017

German Government Amends German Foreign Trade and Payments Ordinance to Widen Control of Foreign Takeovers of Critical German Companies

On July 12 the German federal government adopted important amendments to the German Foreign Trade and Payments Ordinance.

June 22, 2017

The Brexit Negotiations (2): What is the UK's Opening Position

This is our second Alert on the Brexit negotiation, which started on Monday, June 19, 2017. Having outlined the EU's opening position, we now turn to that of the United Kingdom.

June 20, 2017

The Brexit Negotiations (1): What is the EU's Opening Position?

The Brexit negotiations started yesterday. After months of speculation as to what will be their focus, it may be useful to recall the European Union's opening position and the United Kingdom's opening position.

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).

May 11, 2017

Treatment of articles 16-21 in the Commentary of the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

A commentary by Dr. Martin Braun and Prof. Dr. Hans Georg Kamann, published in Kommentar zur Datenschutz-Grundverordnung: DS-GVO, Ehmann/Selmayr (ed.), C.H. Beck Verlag, Munich, pp. 435-528.

April 11, 2017

Chambers Europe 2017 Recognizes WilmerHale Lawyers and Practices

Twelve WilmerHale lawyers and five firm practices have been recognized in the 2017 edition of Chambers Europe: Leading Lawyers for Business.

Recent Highlights

Antitrust and Merger Control

  • Advised an international flat glass producer in the European Commission’s flat glass price fixing investigation
  • Advised an international pharma company in the European Commission’s sector inquiry in the pharma sector
  • Advised American and European enterprises in proceedings before the European Commission against the abusive practices of Microsoft
  • Advised Bundesverband Musikindustrie in an investigation by the German Federal Cartel Office in certain elements of the official Chart rules
  • Advised Star Alliance in common sourcing projects

State Aid

  • Advised the State of Hessen in state aid procedures before the European Commission relating to the financing of the Hessische Staatsweingüter and the regional airport of Kassel-Calden
  • Advised various German banks as well as an international investor on state aid issues in connection with the international financial crisis
  • Advised RAG, the German energy, chemicals and real estate conglomerate, on various state aid issues in connection with its transformation and the envisaged spin-off and IPO of Evonik Industries
  • Advised a German media company in a complaint procedure before the European Commission relating to the financing of the German public broadcasters
  • Advised a group of German spirits producers in a state aid investigation by the European Commission on the German spirits monopoly system

Litigation

  • ECJ, Case C-529/07 Lindt & Sprüngli AG vs. Franz Hauswirth GmbH (question on the interpretation of European Trade Mark Regulation (EC) No. 40/94)
  • ECJ, Case C-457/05 Schutzverband der Spirituosen-Industrie (question of whether a Directive itself violates the principle of free movement of goods)
  • ECJ, Case C-203/04 Gebrüder Stolle vs. Heidegold (food labelling case)
  • ECJ, Case C-239/99 NACHI Europe (anti-dumping case)
  • Represented BASF in the vitamins litigation in Germany
  • Represented various pharma companies in litigation relating to tender procedures by German public health funds for so-called rebate agreements (“Rabattverträge”)
  • Represented various pharma, medtech and plant protection product producers in competition litigation relating to parallel imports

Professional Activities

Prof. Dr. Kamann is honorary professor at the University of Passau, director of the Centre of European Law at the University of Passau (CEP) and a member of the Association for the Study of Antitrust Law (Studienvereinigung Kartellrecht).

He has lectured on European and international regulation topics at the University Passau, the University of Frankfurt, the University of Saarbrücken, the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management and the Management Center Innsbruck. 

Practices

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Education

Hon. Prof., Passau, 2010

Second State Exam, Munich, 1997

Dr. iur., European Community Law, University of Passau, 1996

First State Exam, Passau, 1994

Bar Admissions

Frankfurt

Brussels

Languages

English

German

French

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