Clients report that Jens Peter Schmidt is "very business-minded, very pragmatic in his advice, responsive and really good to work with."
Chambers Global 2019

Overview

Jens Peter Schmidt is a partner in the Brussels and Düsseldorf offices of Mayer Brown's Antitrust & Competition practice. He co-leads the European Antitrust & Competition team and is partner-in-charge of the Brussels office.

A focus of his counseling concerns merger control risk analyses and complex merger control notifications. He has gained considerable experience in responsibly handling second phase (in-depth) investigations before the European Commission and the German Federal Cartel Office (Bundeskartellamt). He regularly coordinates multi-jurisdictional merger filings.

Jens Peter also represents clients in cartel case investigations, structures compliance programs, and provides assessments of vertical and horizontal arrangements, including information exchanges and he advises on state aid issues.

IFLR 2019 Guide to the World's Leading Financial Law Firms ranks Jens Peter as a "highly regarded lawyer for EU Competition." Who is Who Legal 2019 lists him as as "being among the world’s leading experts in competition law". Chambers Global 2019, Chambers Europe 2018, and Legal500 2018 recommend Jens Peter Schmidt. Chambers Global 2017 noted that that one client describes him as "very user-friendly" and said he "made things much easier for us by highlighting what we needed to focus on." Chambers Global 2014 says Jens Peter Schmidt is "flexible, proactive and communicative, with an excellent European Commission network.” German directory JUVE 2018/2019 ranks him as "frequently recommended" expert and JUVE 2013/2014 states that he "belongs to the circle of well-established antitrust lawyers at EU level." Chambers Europe 2012 states that "clients note his responsiveness and strategic advice."

Spoken Languages

  • German
  • English

Experience

  • Represented Global Houghton in the EU Commission’s merger investigation resulting in a remedy clearance concerning the merger with Quaker.
  • Representing international food/agricultural company Cargill in various merger notifications to the EU Commission and national authorities.
  • Representing third party in the EU Commission abuse of dominance proceedings against Qualcomm.
  • Advising brand manufacturer on the EU and German antitrust aspects of online/platform sales strategies.
  • Represented third party companies in a General Court appeal and in an EU Commission second phase proceeding in relation to the EUR 8.6 billion acquisition of E-Plus by Telefónica.
  • Advised utility on state aid in relation to transfer of radioactive waste liabilities to a EUR 24.1 billion public fund in Germany.
  • Represented third party in the second phase merger proceeding of German Federal Cartel Office in relation to the VTG/Nacco transaction.
  • Represented Blohm+Voss/Star Capital Partners in merger control proceedings of the German Federal Cartel Office in relation to the acquisition by Lürssen shipyard.
  • Representing the European Steel Companies' Association EUROFER as complainant in an EU Commission second phase investigation of the USD 41 billion acquisition of Xstrata by Glencore.
  • Represented Caterpillar in its USD 800 million acquisition of MWM in the second phase investigation of the EU Commission following referral requests of several Member States.
  • Represented EUROFER as lead complainant in the cartel investigation of the EU Commission and in the parallel second phase merger control investigation of the German Federal Cartel Office in relation to the contemplated USD 116 billion iron ore joint venture between BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto.
  • Represented a company in the food/retail cartel investigation of the German Federal Cartel Office (Bundeskartellamt).
  • Represented numerous private equity funds in transactions before the EU Commission and national authorities.
  • Represented EUROFER as lead complainant in the second phase merger control proceedings of the EU Commission in relation to the contemplated USD 170 billion offer by BHP Billiton for Rio Tinto.
  • Represented a European shipbuilder as complainant in the second phase merger control proceedings of the EU Commission in relation to the USD 800 million acquisition of Aker Yards by STX Corporation.
  • Represented Andrew Corporation in its USD 2.6 billion merger with CommScope before the EU Commission.
  • Advised United Airlines in relation to cartel accusations on surcharges on cargo shipments and certain international passenger routes.

Education

University of Bonn, Doctor's degree (PhD in law)

Second State Law Examination (bar exam), Düsseldorf

First State Law Examination, Düsseldorf

University of Bonn, 1988-1992

Admissions

  • Brussels, Belgium
  • Düsseldorf, Germany

Memberships

  • Board Member, German-American Lawyers' Association
  • Co-head of Practice Group Antitrust/Regulated Industries/Media of German-American Lawyers' Association
  • Member, German Association for the Study of Antitrust Law
  • Member, International Bar Association, Section on Antitrust & Trade Law
  • Global Competition Review and Who’s Who Legal 2019 consider him as "being among the world’s leading experts in competition law".
  • Chambers Global 2019 and Chambers Europe 2019 ranks Jens Peter for Competition/European Law and as Expert for Germany: "Clients report that Jens Peter Schmidt is 'very business-minded, very pragmatic in his advice, responsive and really good to work with'."
  • JUVE 2018/2019 lists Jens Peter as a "frequently recommended lawyer" in the area of Antitrust.
  • IFLR 2019 Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms ranks Jens Peter as a "highly regarded lawyer for EU Competition".
  • Chambers Global 2018 ranks Jens Peter for Competition/European Law and as Expert for Germany.
  • Jens Peter is recommended by Legal 500 2018. "Office head Jens Peter Schmidt is also highly regarded and handles merger reviews, cartel cases, compliance programmes and state aid issues."
  • JUVE 2017/2018 lists Jens Peter as a "frequently recommended lawyer" in the area of Antitrust. A client describes him as "very responsive and hands-on" and a competitor notes that he "works with him on a regular basis, always pleasant".
  • IFLR 2018 ranks Jens Peter as a "highly regarded lawyer for EU Competition".
  • Chambers Global 2017 and Chambers Europe 2017 rank Jens Peter and note that one client describes him as "very user-friendly" and said he "made things much easier for us by highlighting what we needed to focus on".
  • IFLR 2017 ranks Jens Peter as a "Leading Lawyer for EU Competition".
  • JUVE 2016/2017 lists Jens Peter as a "frequently recommended lawyer" in the area of Antitrust and notes that he "belongs to the crème de la crème of the German-international lawyers" and that he is "professional and pleasant".
  • Chambers Global 2016 ranks Jens Peter and notes that clients describe him as "an expert in his field - very practical and good at digesting complex factual issues and boiling them down to manageable points.”
  • Jens Peter is ranked in Chambers Europe 2016.
  • Jens Peter is recommended by Legal 500 2016.
  • JUVE 2015/2016 lists Jens Peter as a "frequently recommended lawyer" in the area of Antitrust.
  • IFLR 2016 ranks Jens Peter as a "Leading Lawyer for EU Competition."
  • Chambers Global 2015 notes that clients value his business-oriented and pragmatic advice, saying: "He is keen and experienced, and always provides us with a very short and clear answer."
  • Legal 500 2015 recommends Jens Peter as "key name".
  • IFLR 2015 ranks Jens Peter as a "Leading Lawyer for EU Competition."
  • Recommended by German directory JUVE 2014/2015.
  • Chambers Global 2014 notes that sources describe Brussels-based Jens Peter Schmidt as "flexible, proactive and communicative, with an excellent European Commission network."
  • Jens Peter is recommended by Legal500 2014.
  • IFLR 2014 ranks Jens Peter as a "Leading Lawyer for EU Competition."
  • JUVE 2013/2014 notes that Jens Peter "belongs to the circle of well-established antitrust lawyers at EU level."
  • Chambers Global 2013 ranks Jens Peter in Belgium: Competition/European Law and Germany: Corporate/M&A: Competition.
  • Legal500 2013 notes that Jens Peter is 'thorough' and 'pragmatic'.
  • IFLR 2013 ranks Jens Peter as a "Leading Lawyer for EU Competition."
  • JUVE 2012/2013 notes: "Clients praise the reliable and extensive legal advice."
  • Chambers Europe 2012 ranks Jens Peter as an up-and-coming antitrust expert stating that "clients note his responsiveness and strategic advice."
  • Legal500 2012 notes that "Jens Peter Schmidt ... is 'effective', 'responsive' and 'diligent'."
  • JUVE 2011/2012 states that "he was involved in high-profile merger cases."
  • Chambers Europe 2011: "Sources commend Jens Peter Schmidt of Mayer Brown LLP in Brussels for his communication skills and pragmatic approach."
  • A team led by Jens Peter won the Global Competition Review's 2011 "M&A Transaction of the Year Asia-Pacific, Middle East & Africa Award."