Stephanie has a broad-ranging practice focussing on EU and German competition law, EU regulatory compliance, commercial contracts, and arbitration and litigation.

Competition Law

Drafting and analysing commercial agreements (including distribution and supply agreements, licensing agreements and strategic alliances) to ensure competition law compliance; Advising on antitrust compliance of various types of commercial conduct (e.g. concerning exchange of commercially sensitive information, abuse of dominance / relative market power); Handling EU and national merger clearances for numerous transactions; Preparing and holding antitrust compliance seminars for employees.

EU Regulatory Compliance

Advising on EU regulatory matters, including on German national legislation implementing EU law, in various fields such as product approvals and product safety, chemicals legislation and environmental legislation; Representing client interests before the European institutions with regard to legislative proposals that affect their business.

Commercial Contracts

Drafting and reviewing various types of commercial contracts, including intellectual property licensing agreements and supply agreements; Advising companies on potential liability exposure resulting from commercial contracts.

Arbitration & Litigation

Handling of international arbitration cases before the ICC (International Chamber of Commerce); Litigation of competition law cases before the European courts.


German, English, French


  • Chambers Global – ‘Foreign Expert’ (Competition/European Law)


  • University of Trier, Master of Laws, 1993


Contributor to Van Bael & Bellis, Competition Law of the European Community (fifth edition, Kluwer, 2010), a standard work of reference in the field of EU competition law.

Professional Membership

Member of “Studienvereinigung Kartellrecht”, the German Competition Lawyers’ Association

Bar Admissions


Notable assignments

  • Acting as lead counsel before the German Federal Cartel Office in a high-profile case which received a Global Competition Review Matter of the Year award: successfully opposing the 2010 joint venture between BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto on behalf of the Japanese steel industry.

  • Assisting NSSMC in obtaining clearance from the German Cartel Office for the acquisition of a minority shareholding in Vallourec.

Publications and insights

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    • 08/01/2021
    • Articles

    German Government prohibits Chinese acquisition under foreign direct investment rules

    On 2 December 2020, the German Government prohibited on public security grounds the sale of the German Institut für Mobil- und Satellitenfunktechnik (“IMST”), a specialist in satellite and communications technologies, to Addsino, a subsidiary of State-owned defence group China Aerospace Science and Industry Corp (“CASIC”). This is only the second time that the German Government has decided to prohibit a transaction on the basis of the Foreign Trade and Payments Ordinance, and is technically the first prohibition to take effect as the first transaction had been abandoned once it became clear that the prohibition was imminent.

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    • 08/03/2017
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    German FCO concludes investigation into district heating markets

    Abuse of Dominance | Germany - The German Federal Cartel Office (“FCO”) has concluded proceedings initiated due to concerns of abusive pricing practices in the district heating markets by...

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    • 15/02/2017
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    German Federal Court of Justice rules on rental fees for broad band cables conduits

    Abuse of Dominance | Germany - In a judgment of 24 January 2017, the German Federal Court of Justice (“the Court”) ruled on whether Telekom Deutschland had abused its dominant position on the market for access to cable conduits by way of excessive pricing.

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