Hartmut Schneider

Hartmut Schneider is a US and German-qualified lawyer who practices antitrust law primarily before US agencies and courts. He has extensive experience in securing merger clearance for transactions in a diverse range of industries. He also regularly counsels clients on legal issues at the intersection of antitrust and intellectual property law, as well as on the compliance of joint ventures, other horizontal cooperation agreements and vertical distribution agreements with the antitrust laws.

Before relocating to Washington in 2005, Mr. Schneider worked in the Antitrust and Competition Department of the firm's Brussels and Berlin offices, as well as in the New York office. In addition to his US antitrust law expertise, Mr. Schneider has significant experience in EC and German competition law.

Professional Activities

Mr. Schneider currently serves as a member of the 2018 MLex Advisory Board and on the Council of the ABA Section of Antitrust Law. Previously, he served as co-chair of the Section's Intellectual Property Committee (2016–2018), of the ABA Spring Meeting (2013–2015), as a member of the Section's Long Range Planning and Nominating Committees, and as the assistant to the chair of the Section.


    • Guiding three major Japanese container shipping carriers in the US and EU antitrust reviews of their 1,440,000 TEU joint venture, Ocean Network Express.
    • Advising Baker Hughes in connection with the global merger review of the proposed $32 billion combination with GE Oil & Gas, and previously with regard to Halliburton's proposed $34.6 billion acquisition of Baker Hughes.
    • Advising International Paper Company in obtaining clearance in the United States and seven other jurisdictions for its $2.2 billion acquisition of the pulp assets of Weyerhauser.
    • Assisting American Science & Engineering in securing antitrust clearance for its $269 million sale to OSI Systems.
    • Assisting Demandware in securing antitrust clearance for its $2.8 billion sale to
    • Assisting MKS Instruments in securing antitrust clearance for its $980 million acquisition of Newport Corporation.
    • Assisting leading academic publisher Springer Science Business Media (SSBM) in securing merger control clearance in the United States, the European Commission and several other jurisdictions for the combination of SSBM with the majority of Holtzbrinck-owned Macmillan Science and Education (namely Nature Publishing Group, Palgrave Macmillan and the global businesses of Macmillan Education) in a joint venture with approximately EUR 1.5 billion in annual revenues.
    • Assisting Analog Devices in securing antitrust clearance for its $2.5 billion acquisition of Hittite Microwave.
    • Advising Ophthotech Corporation in connection with a licensing and commercialization agreement with Novartis Pharmaceuticals focused on the treatment of wet age-related macular degeneration.
    • Assisting International Paper Company in securing antitrust clearance for its $4.4B acquisition of Temple-Inland, Inc., and for the $710 million sale of its Temple-Inland Building Products division to Georgia-Pacific.
    • Defending Cephalon in "reverse payment" Hatch Waxman patent settlement cases pending in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, including those brought by the Federal Trade Commission, Apotex, and a number of purported purchaser classes.
    • Advising the founders of a patent pool for Blu-ray optical media technology on US antitrust aspects of the pool's formation, and assisting in obtaining worldwide antitrust clearances for the establishment of the pool's licensing agent.


  • Recognized in the 2018 edition of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business as a top lawyer in DC for antitrust
  • Selected as a top-rated antitrust litigation lawyer in 2016, 2017 and 2018 by Washington DC Super Lawyers
  • Recognized in the 2015, 2016 and 2017 editions of Global Competition Review's Who's Who Legal, The International Who's Who of Competition Lawyers and Economists
  • Recognized for antitrust in the 2012–2018 editions of The Legal 500 United States  
  • Listed in the 2014 edition of Expert Guides as a leading economist in Washington DC in the area of Competition/Antitrust Law

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  • Education

    • LLM, University of Michigan Law School, 2000

    • Second State Exam, Berlin, Court of Appeals, 1999

    • Doctorate in Law, University of Freiburg, 1997

    • First State Exam, University of Freiburg, 1996

    • Licence en droit, University of Paris X - Nanterre, 1993

  • Admissions

    • District of Columbia

    • Berlin

  • Languages

    • German

    • French