Willkie Expands European Antitrust & Competition Group with Leading Attorney Jens-Olrik Murach

February 17, 2021

New York, NY (February 17, 2021) --- Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP today announced that prominent antitrust lawyer Dr. Jens-Olrik Murach will join Willkie’s Antitrust & Competition Group as a partner. Mr. Murach will be based in Willkie’s Brussels and Frankfurt offices. He was previously a partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher.

Mr. Murach has over 20 years of experience practicing antitrust law in Brussels and Germany. His practice covers a full range of EU and German antitrust issues, including merger control, restrictive practices, market dominance, cartel investigations, distribution systems, sectoral investigations, compliance, and antitrust litigation.

“Jens-Olrik is highly regarded as a leading antitrust lawyer in Europe, known for his pragmatic, commercial approach and deep client relationships,” said Philipp Girardet, Head of Willkie’s European Antitrust & Competition Group. “His extensive experience, in particular in merger control and cartel defense matters as well as in relation to antitrust litigation in front of EU and German Courts, will strengthen both our EU and German antitrust and competition capabilities. We are very pleased to welcome him to the firm.”

Mr. Murach has advised on many complex and high-stakes merger control matters, both before the European Commission and the German Federal Cartel Office. He also has significant experience in managing global merger control investigations. Mr. Murach regularly represents companies in cartel and abuse of dominance investigations before the German Federal Cartel Office and the European Commission, including handling leniency applications, settlement negotiations, and appeals against infringement decisions. He also has significant experience advising on vertical distribution matters and represents clients in commercial and administrative antitrust litigation before German courts and the courts of the EU in Luxembourg.

“Willkie’s Antitrust & Competition Group is a well-integrated global team with a strong track record across Europe and the US and a collaborative approach across offices and jurisdictions,” said Mr. Murach. “I look forward to working with my new colleagues to help clients with their most pressing and challenging antitrust matters.”

Mr. Murach is recognized as a leading practitioner by Chambers Europe and Chambers Global 2020 in the area of Competition: EU (Belgium), and recommended in the JUVE Handbook (2017-2021), The Legal 500 Deutschland (2021), The Legal 500 EMEA (2020), Who’s Who Legal and The Best Lawyers™ in Germany (2021) for Competition/Antitrust Law and Litigation. A frequent author and speaker, Mr. Murach wrote a handbook on German merger control, Deutsche Fusionskontrolle, and is a co-author of a German commentary on EU antitrust law, Frankfurter Kommentar zum Kartellrecht. He serves on the academic advisory board of leading German antitrust law journal Wirtschaft und Wettbewerb and regularly lectures at the Academy of European Law. Mr. Murach is fluent in German and English.

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP serves an antitrust world without borders with a fully integrated team of competition lawyers in the U.S. and Europe and with close connections to competition law experts in all other major jurisdictions. We represent a global client base with global merger filings, U.S. and European investigations of all forms of anticompetitive activity, class action and private litigation, and business ventures in multiple jurisdictions. We act across many sectors, including financial services and consulting, business and financial information, media, e-commerce, hedge funds and private equity, pharmaceuticals, transports, energy, telecommunication, retail apparel, industrial and chemical manufacturing, and satellite communications.

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