Christian Ahlborn will be joining Covington's global Antitrust Practice as a partner based in the firm’s Brussels office.
Christian advises on all areas of global competition law and has a broad range of experience in relation to complex M&A, merger control, market dominance, and state aid issues. He is well-known for his work on numerous high-profile matters over the past two decades, such as Deutsche Boerse/London Stock Exchange, Glencore/Xstrata, E.ON/RWE, and others. As a trained economist, Christian brings both his legal and economic experience to bear on the cases on which he advises.
Christian’s experience spans many industry sectors, with a particular depth in technology, financial services, fast-moving consumer goods, and energy. During his career, Christian has been seconded to the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Competition and to the Bundeskartellamt. Christian is recognized as a leading practitioner by both Chambers and Legal 500.
“The global antitrust landscape has never been more challenging,” said Thomas Barnett and Anne Lee, co-chairs of Covington’s global Antitrust Practice. “Christian’s arrival will significantly strengthen our ability to guide clients through their most complex antitrust issues that require deep expertise on both sides of the Atlantic. He is a terrific addition to our existing competition team in Brussels, Frankfurt, and London.”
Johan Ysewyn, co-chair of Covington’s global Antitrust Practice, added: “We are thrilled to welcome Christian, whose experience, reputation, and creative thinking will enhance the team’s capabilities here in Europe and in the US. We look forward to what we can achieve together for our clients.”
Christian studied law and economics at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg and the Université Paris I (Panthéon-Sorbonne), and holds a masters of law and a masters of economics from the London School of Economics. He is qualified in England & Wales and in Germany, and speaks English, French, and German.