Counsel at White & Case
Christoph Arhold’s main practice areas are German and European competition law, including mergers, cartels and – in particular – State aid. He also has substantial experience in other fields of European Community law, such as the fundamental freedoms of the Common Market and foreign trade law including export control law and anti-dumping.
Christoph Arhold has advised German and international clients in various industries, including glass, chemicals, transport, and financial services. He also represents the German Government in cases before the highest national administrative courts and the European Court of Justice (ECJ). He has significant expertise in advising and representing clients in State aid cases before national authorities and courts, the European Commission and the European Community Courts. He obtained the first ever suspension order in a State aid case before the Community Courts in the landmark TGI case. In another landmark case, he achieved the first ever judgment of the European Courts confirming the right of access to documents in State aid procedures.
During the current financial crisis, he is particular involved in notifying rescue and restructuring aids to large banks (HSH Nordbank) and airlines (Czech Air) as well as State aid in support of major infrastructure projects (e.g. D1 Motorway project).
He is recognized as one of the leading German State aid law experts in the German directory Juve Handbuch.
Christoph Arhold regularly publishes and speaks on State aid and other EC law topics (see list below), and is also visiting lecturer for EC State aid law at the Europa-Institut of the University of Saarland.
Before joining White & Case, Christoph Arhold worked as an assistant to Prof. Dr. Torsten Stein, University of Saarland (Germany), as an assistant to a Member of the European Parliament and, as part of his legal training, in the cabinet of Prof. Dr. Günter Hirsch, former judge at the ECJ.