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PARTNER MOVES - Highly Regarded Competition Law Expert Martin Bechtold Joins Eversheds

02 Mar 2016

Eversheds has strengthened its competition team with the appointment of Martin Bechtold who joins the Munich office on March 1st, 2016. Martin is a highly recognized expert in cartel law and has many years of experience in German and European competition law, as well as in complex cross-border proceedings. He has specialized knowledge in cartel and dominance cases, anti-trust litigation and competition counselling, advisory and compliance work. Having advised on numerous merger control cases in Germany and before the European Commission, including several high profile second phase investigations, Martin is particularly experienced in the field.

Martin Bechtold has previously been a partner at Magic Circle firms in Brussels and was most recently employed in Frankfurt am Main.

Eversheds Competition, EU and Regulatory Group is recognised as one of Europe’s leading antitrust practices, handling complex investigations and securing difficult merger approvals as well as being active in competition litigation, state aid and procurement challenges, export control and trade law and wider EU regulatory compliance. The team has advised clients in some of the largest investigations undertaken by the competition authorities, including the European Commission’s investigations into the financial services and automotive sectors.

Joos Hellert, litigation and dispute resolution partner, Eversheds Germany commented:

“The demand for interdisciplinary counselling for anti-trust disputes and compliance topics is growing rapidly. With Martin we have gained a well-established expert in this market. Welcoming a new member who is at the interface between anti-trust and procedural law is an important step in expanding our German competition practice. Equally it is good networking on the European level and a significant win for our clients.”

Ros Kellaway, competition product group head at Eversheds commented:

“Germany is an important part of our international legal services offering. Martin is a highly skilled competition lawyer and we are delighted to welcome him to our team as we continue to grow our international mandates.”

Commenting on his motivation for joining Eversheds, Martin said:  

“Eversheds is one of the most innovative firms in international business consulting and provides its clients a comprehensive service offering on-site and around the globe through its presence with three German offices, in Brussel, and its worldwide network. I am looking forward to the national and international collaboration with my new colleagues. Together we will continue to drive the development of the consulting portfolio.”

Eversheds is also developing its consulting services in competition law: Gerald Brei, also an internationally recognised lawyer joined Eversheds’ office in Zurich on February 1st. Gerald Brei, who came to Eversheds following ten years at Homberger’s competition law practice, joined Eversheds as a partner. He has many years of experience with anti-trust fine proceedings with cartel offices, the Swiss and European merger controls, as well as cross-border merger proceedings. He will continue to consult regularly in distribution and licensing competition matters, as well as competition issues.