Christian Ritz, LL.M. (USYD)

Christian Ritz, LL.M. (USYD)


Email [email protected]​

Phone +49 89 290 12 0

Fax +49 89 290 12 222

LanguagesEnglish, French, German

Practice groupLitigation, Arbitration, and Employment

profound economic understanding

Who's Who Legal 2019

Christian Ritz handles complex antitrust and competition law matters, multi-jurisdictional authority investigations as well as internal investigations and compliance issues.

In particular, Christian's practice focuses on representing his clients in dawn raids and providing them with strategic guidance and legal advice in multi-jurisdictional investigations, including complex internal investigations. Additionally, Christian represents his clients in cartel damages litigation and regularly advises them on the development and implementation of global compliance systems. Christian defends his clients against compliance violation claims and advises them in civil litigation cases following compliance breaches.

He also advises regularly on global merger control and cooperation agreements.

A specific focus of his practice is on ESG related topics both in the field of competition law ("Green Competition") and compliance ("ESG Compliance").

Christian has been ranked as the only antitrust lawyer from Germany in the prestigious Global Competition Review's '40 under 40' quadrennial list of the top young antitrust lawyers in 2020.  He has been recognized as Rising Star Lawyer for Competition and Antitrust at the Rising Star Awards 2020 Europe by IFLR. In 2021, he has been listed for the second consecutive time by prestigious German journal WirtschaftsWoche among the most renowned antitrust and competition lawyers in Germany.

Christian undertook his legal education at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn and the Université Paris-Sud, France. He obtained a Master of Laws degree (LL.M.) from the University of Sydney, Australia. 

Christian publishes and speaks regularly on topical issues in the field of antitrust, investigations and compliance.

Awards and recognitions


Recognized in GCR's '40 under 40' list of the top young antitrust lawyers
Global Competition Review


Leading lawyer for antitrust and competition in Germany


Recommended lawyer for antitrust, compliance, and investigations
Legal 500 Germany


Future leader for competition law
Who is Who Legal Germany


Rising star for competition & antitrust Europe
IFLR Rising Stars Awards


Rising star for competition and antitrust in Germany
Expert Guides

Education and admissions


Second State Exam in Law, Appellate Court of Berlin/Brandenburg, 2012

LL.M., University of Sydney, 2010

First State Exam in Law, University of Bonn, 2009


Studienvereinigung Kartellrecht (German Association for Antitrust Law)

Representative experience

Advising a leading international company in the energy sector on all aspects of global merger control, cooperation agreements, and antitrust compliance.

Advising German DAX 40 company in dawn raids and cartel investigation by the EU Commission.

Advising an international life sciences and medical devices corporation on all aspects of EU competition law, including merger control, cooperation agreements, and antitrust compliance.

Advising German DAX 40 company in dawn raids and cartel investigation by the German FCO.

Advising an international pharmaceutical corporation on potential cooperation projects with a competitor.

Advising a leading international healthcare corporation on the development of their antitrust compliance program.

Advising major international beverages producer regarding horizontal and vertical cooperations.

Representing major US pharmaceutical company in preliminary ruling proceedings before the CJEU.*

Advising major German OEM in the automotive sector regarding worldwide distribution agreements.

*Matter handled prior to joining Hogan Lovells.

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