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Dr. Falk Schöning

Partner
Brussels

Dr. Falk Schöning

Falk Schöning can assist you regarding all questions and problems of EU and German antitrust law, EU State Aid law and export control law. He advises in particular on international cases which require coordination between different legal systems or representation vis-à-vis several regulators. Falk also has experience of policymaking in Brussels and Berlin and can assist you effectively in policy advocacy projects. Clients praise Falk as solution-orientated, pragmatic and reliable. He can advise you on the structuring of transactions, joint ventures or divestitures, and he represents you in merger control and foreign investment control proceedings to ensure that you can successfully close your M&A transaction. In cartel cases, Falk represents companies vis-à-vis authorities and in follow-on damage litigation cases.

In State Aid cases he structures projects and transactions and counsels in the proceedings of the European Commission, national authorities or courts. Falk is also frequently called on by companies which need advice on EU or German export control law, in particular regarding internal investigations. He knows the typical pitfalls of trade and sanctions cases and regularly cooperates with the German regulators BAFA and the customs authorities. He also has a particular focus on EU defense procurement. For more than 10 years he has monitored the political and legal developments in this area and assists companies to adapt to the new EU level playing field, e.g. regarding R&D projects, Article 346 TFEU or individual tenders and State Aid cases in the area of defense.

Representative Experience

Advising German stock exchange Deutsche Börse regarding the acquisition of OTC trading platform Tradegate

Advising Apollo and BC Partners regarding the sale of German cable network Unitymedia to Liberty Global (European Commission merger filing)

Advising a US industrial company regarding state aid and restructuring matters in a privatization process in a new EU Member State

Advising a major international airline in a complex European Commission investigation

Advising Zodiac Aerospace on the acquisition of Sell GmbH (German merger control filing)

Advising News Corporation on stakebuilding in Sky Deutschland AG, including several capital increases and other financial measures

Education and admissions

Education

  • Dr. jur., University of Bonn, 2007
  • Second State Exam in Law, Higher Regional Court of Berlin, 2007
  • First State Exam in Law, University of Bonn, 2002

Memberships

  • Forum Vergabe (German Public Procurement Association)
  • Studienvereinigung Kartellrecht (German Association for Antitrust Law)
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