Partner at White & Case, Brussels
Axel is the Executive Partner of the Brussels office. He supports clients with a broad range of German and European Commission competition law matters.
He offers clients the benefit of his significant experience in this field, having handled merger control cases involving collective dominance and countervailing buyer power, as well as structural links issues in industries including aluminum, paper, energy, automotive, pharmaceuticals and medical devices.
Axel's varied sector knowledge is matched by his deep understanding of the cross-border intricacies of competition and antitrust law. The international dimension to his practice enables him to guide both domestic and multinational companies through whatever competitive issues they are faced with, regardless of their scale or multijurisdictional complexity.
Axel's significant track record in this area includes a number of high profile cases, such as 'Toshiba v. Commission' – in which the General Court of the European Union annulled in full the €90.9 million fine imposed on Toshiba by the European Commission, for its alleged participation in the Gas Insulated Switchgear cartel. He also worked on Toshiba's Cathode Ray Tube appeal, as well as the oral hearings in T-113/07 before the European Court of Justice, and the Transformers (Case COMP/39.129) hearing before the General Court.
Regularly called upon to head up teams of the Firm's lawyers, Axel is also noted for his skill in coordinating advice across multiple offices and territories, to provide his clients with clear and creative solutions to their problems.
Axel is a particularly valued resource for clients in the pharmaceutical industry. Recognized as a leading life sciences lawyer by Who's Who Legal 2012, he has developed a strong track record of helping clients with competition law issues in the fields of distribution, co-marketing, licensing and other kinds of vertical and horizontal cooperation agreements.
A respected authority on the latest competition and antitrust issues, Axel writes regularly for leading legal publications and was honored with the Institute of Competition Law's 2012 Antitrust Writing Award.