Kamann, Hans-Georg

Prof. Dr. Hans-Georg Kamann

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.

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. 

Experience

  • 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 

Recognition

  • Recommended by Handelsblatt Best Lawyers List® in the field of competition/antitrust law as a top business lawyer (Handelsblatt 2018).
  • 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 and in the 2018/2019 edition for European Law.
  • Recognized in the 2011-2018 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.

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Credentials

  • Education

    • Hon. Prof., Passau, 2010

    • Second State Exam, Munich, 1997

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

    • First State Exam, Passau, 1994

  • Admissions

    • Frankfurt

    • Brussels

  • Languages

    • English

    • German

    • French

Credentials