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Christian Horstkotte

Baker & McKenzie Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten und Steuerberatern mbB


Christian Horstkotte heads our German antitrust practice. He advises clients on all aspects of German and European antitrust law, focusing on complex German and European merger control proceedings. In addition, he is experienced in representing well-known companies before German and European competition authorities and courts in cartel cases. Christian is regularly advising on the implementation of antitrust compliance systems including compliance and dawn-raid trainings and has a broad experience in the assessment of cooperations and distribution systems. His recent clients include German and international companies, in particular in the automotive, natural resources, mobile telephony, finance, financial services and logistics industries.

Christian completed his legal education at the universities of Berlin, Bologna and Gottingen. He joined Baker McKenzie in 2011 after having spent nine years with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in Brussels (2002-2006) and Dusseldorf (2006-2011). Before qualifying as a lawyer, he worked at a major German bank. He is admitted to the Dusseldorf bar and is a member of the German Association of Antitrust Lawyers where he co-chairs the Dusseldorf/Cologne regional group.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Advised on a number of high-profile EU, German and multijurisdictional merger control proceedings, in particular in the automotive, construction, logistics and fast moving consumer goods sectors.

  • Advised Weichai in the acquisition of shares in German forklift manufacturer KION.

  • Advised HOCHTIEF on the divestiture of its facility management business to SPIE.

  • Advised in a number of complex cartel investigations of the European Commission and the German Bundeskartellamt including appeal proceedings.

  • Advised Deutsche Bahn AG in various matters relating to antitrust and dominance questions as well as number of merger control proceedings.

Professional Honors

  • Recommended in Competition Lawyers, Who's Who Legal 2019 
  • Wirtschaftswoche Top Kanzlei, The Best Antitrust Lawyers in Germany, March 2018
  • Acritas Star, Acritas Sharplegal 2018


  • Germany (2002)


  • English
  • German
  • Italian


Co-author (with Dr. Eugen Wingerter), "Neueste Entwicklungen im europäischen Kartellrecht," Zeitschrift für Internationales Wirtschaftsrecht (IWRZ), February 2018

Co-author, "Big is Bad": New Guidelines of the Federal Cartel Office," July 2013

Co-author, "Conciliation Committee Agrees on the Content of the 8th Amendment of the German Act Against Unfair Competition," June 2013

Co-author, "Vermittlungsausschuss einigt sich über den Inhalt der 8. GWB-Novelle – Baldiges Inkrafttreten zu erwarten," June 2013

Co-author, "Germany's Supreme Court Confirms Availability of 'Passing-on Defence' and Ability of Indirect Purchasers to Sue for Damages," August 2011