Christian Peeters


            Christian’s competition law practice specialises in multi-jurisdictional merger cases in addition to defences in complex abuse of dominance and cartel investigations.

            Christian is a partner in DWF’s EU & Competition Law team. 

            A German-qualified lawyer by trade, Christian has extensive experience representing clients before the European Commission, the German Federal Cartel Office and other agencies around the world. 

            His practice includes the provision of strategic antitrust-related advice on M&A transactions, the drafting of distribution and other cooperation agreements, plus the preparation and presentation of compliance programs. Christian also has litigation experience in SEC and DOJ investigations under the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

            Clients appreciate Christian’s pragmatic, no-nonsense approach to helping them navigate the transactional, regulatory and antitrust enforcement challenges they face. 

            Since completing his studies and training in Germany (Berlin) and the UK (Glasgow, LL.M.) in 2005, Christian has practised in London and Brussels. 

            • Studienvereinigung Kartellrecht e.V.

            Antitrust Merger Control

            • Honeywell in its EUR 425 million acquisition of Transnorm, a global leader in high-performance conveyor solutions;
            • Mentor Graphics in its USD 4.5 billion sale to Siemens to create the world's leading supplier of industrial software for the Digital Enterprise;
            • Celanese in various transactions, including its acquisition of SO.F.TER. Group, one of the world’s largest independent thermoplastic compounders;
            • Honeywell in its USD 1.5 billion acquisition of Intelligrated, a leader in supply chain and warehouse automation solutions;
            • Honeywell in its USD 480 million acquisition of Xtralis, a leading global provider of aspirating smoke detection along with advanced perimeter security technologies and video analytics software;
            • Honeywell in its USD 5.1 billion acquisition of Elster, a leading provider of thermal gas solutions for commercial, industrial, and residential heating systems and gas, water, and electricity meters;
            • Honeywell in its acquisition of Sigma-Aldrich’s laboratory research chemicals business;
            • Honeywell in its USD 950 million sale of its automotive Consumer Products Group to investment company Rank Group;
            • Hydro in its joint venture cooperation with Orkla to establish the global leader in extruded aluminum solutions, Sapa;
            • Sumitomo Metal Industries in its merger with Nippon Steel Corporation to form the world’s second largest steelmaker;
            • Western Digital Corp. in its USD 4.5 billion acquisition of Hitachi Global Storage Technologies creating one of the world’s largest computer hard disk drive manufacturers;
            • The Coca-Cola Company in its proposed acquisition of China Huiyuan Juice Group Limited, the first merger case under the new Chinese antitrust merger control regime and at that time the biggest takeover by a foreign company ever attempted in China;
            • Tele Atlas in its USD 2.8 billion sale to TomTom, the first case under the European Commission's then new non-horizontal merger guidelines;
            • Dade Behring in its USD 7 billion sale to Siemens, creating the world’s leading clinical laboratory diagnostics company;
            • Citigroup in its share exchange agreement with the US government under its TARP scheme;
            • Bear Stearns in its take-over by JPMorgan Chase, the overture to the then ensuing credit crunch.

            Other Antitrust

            • Apple before the Swiss Competition Commission in relation to Apple Pay and other mobile payment services;
            • Apple in its defense before the German Federal Cartel Office in relation to an investigation into the company’s trading practices concerning audiobooks;
            • Honeywell in its defense before the European Commission against a patent ambush allegation;
            • Honeywell in its defense before the European Commission concerning an investigation into the company’s refrigerants-related R&D cooperation with DuPont;
            • ABB in its defense before the European Commission and other antitrust enforcement agencies in connection with a worldwide high voltage power cables cartel investigation and related leniency applications;
            • Intel in its defense before the European Commission against an abuse of dominance charge tied to loyalty-inducing rebates and payments; 
            • Daimler in its defense before the US Securities and Exchange Commission and the Department of Justice in relation to an FCPA investigation.
            Huawei Ban Creates Challenge For Int'l Antitrust Enforcement; Law360 (Expert Analysis – Opinion) 30 May 2019