Leader of German Offices Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Co-leader of European Antitrust & Competition

Christian Horstkotte

Antitrust & Competition, International Trade, Litigation & Dispute Resolution

“competent, clear, pragmatic" (client)
JUVE Handbook 2015/16

Visión general

Christian Horstkotte counsels clients on all aspects of German and European antitrust law. He represents clients with complex merger control proceedings, cartel investigations, and proceedings before German and European competition authorities and courts, including follow-on litigation. Christian also advises clients in dominance matters, in the implementation of compliance programmes and with respect to Foreign Investment proceedings and filings under the EU Foreign Subsidies Regulation. He has specific expertise in the automotive, chemical, metals, energy, financial services, construction, and logistics industries.


  • Various clients in a number of complex cartel investigations of the European Commission and the German Bundeskartellamt including appeal proceedings at the respective courts.
  • Carlsberg in a German appeal court proceeding before the Higher Regional Court Dusseldorf in the beer cartel, having the court completely annul a EUR 62 million fine.*
  • a German car parts manufacturer in a cartel investigation of the German Bundeskartellamt as well as follow-on litigation.


  • "Leading Name" for Antitrust – JUVE 2023/2024
  • "Excellent in complex merger control." – JUVE , client
  • Ranked for Competition/European Law in Germany – Chambers Global and Chambers Europe
  • ‘Leading Individual’ for Antitrust – Legal 500 EMEA
  • “The Best LawyersTM in Germany” 2023 for Competition/Antitrust Law
  • Listed among most renowned lawyers for antitrust in Germany by WirtschaftsWoche 2023
  • “Thought Leader” in Competition by Who's Who Legal Global 2023 and Germany 2023
  • Recommended by Who’s Who Legal Global 2023 and Germany 2023
  • "He is one of the key players in the market." – Who's Who Legal Global Competition 2023
  • “He has a great commercial approach” - Who's Who Legal Global 2023
  • Recommended by Global Competition Review Global Elite 2023
  • “Acritas Star” by Acritas Sharplegal
  •  Listed among most renowned lawyers for antitrust in Germany by WirtschaftsWoche 2024


  • Second State Law Examination (bar exam), Wiesbaden
  • Legal Clerkship (Referendariat), in Wiesbaden, Frankfurt, Speyer and Brussels
  • Commerzbank AG, Legal Consultant
  • First State Law Examination, Georg-August-University Göttingen, Germany


  • Düsseldorf, Germany


  • English
  • German
  • Italian

Participación Profesional y Comunitaria

  • German Association of Antitrust Lawyers (Studienvereinigung Kartellrecht)
  • German Israeli Lawyers Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Board of trustees of the Institute for Competition Law at the University of Düsseldorf
  • Co-author of Frankfurter Kommentar zum Kartellrecht and several other antitrust publications