Dr. Justus Herrlinger | White & Case LLP International Law Firm, Global Law Practice
 Justus Herrlinger
 Justus Herrlinger

Dr. Justus Herrlinger

Local Partner, Hamburg

T +49 40 35005 0

E jherrlinger@whitecase.com


Justus Herrlinger specializes in antitrust law. His practice includes cartel investigations, merger control proceedings, joint ventures and cases of abuse of a dominant position. He has more than 10 years of experience in advising and representing national and international clients in a broad variety of competition law cases. Justus Herrlinger represents clients before the Federal Cartel Office (Bundeskartellamt), the European Commission and litigates cases before civil courts. His practice also includes multi-jurisdictional merger filings in the context of cross-border M&A transactions. Moreover, Justus Herrlinger is active in various mandates in the field of online sales and selective distribution schemes. In this and other areas Justus Herrlinger provides to his clients also regular advice on a day-to-day basis.

Industries in which Justus Herrlinger gained particular experience include banking, real estate, including shopping centers, food retail, logistics, including shipping, consumer electronics and medical devices. Chambers Europe states clients are satisfied that he "always gets to the point quickly and can always figure out ways to solve our problems."

Justus Herrlinger has also worked in the Brussels and New York office of White & Case. Justus Herrlinger is visiting lecturer on corporate & business law at the Leuphana University of Lüneburg and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Institut für Wirtschaftsverfassung und Wettbewerb e. V. (FIW).

Bars and Courts

  • Rechtsanwalt, Regional Court of Hamburg


  • Second State Exam, Higher Regional Court of Rostock
  • Dr jur, University of Munich
  • First State Exam, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich


  • English
  • German


Investor consortium of Allianz Capital Partners, Borealis Infrastructure Management Inc., Infinity Investments SA and MEAG, 2015

Advised an international consortium consisting of Allianz Capital Partners, Borealis Infrastructure Management Inc., Infinity Investments SA and MEAG on its acquisition of Autobahn Tank & Rast GmbH, the German motorway services company.

Equens SE, 2015

Advising Equens SE, one of the largest payment service providers in Europe, on a strategic business combination with the European market leader in payment and transactional services, Worldline SA. The business combination will create the new pan-European leader in payment services. In addition, Worldline SA will acquire PaySquare, the commercial acquiring subsidiary of Equens. The transaction is subject to regulatory and antitrust authorities' approvals.

PATRIZIA Alternative Investments GmbH (PAI), 2016

Representation of PATRIZIA Alternative Investments GmbH (PAI) in connection with two portfolio transactions acquiring retail assets for a special regulated funds. The total deal volume comprises approximately EUR 500 million at total. Our advice combined all aspects of the transactions, including real estate, M&A, corporate, tax structure and regulatory aspects, antitrust and bank finance.

Vattenfall Europe New Energy GmbH

Representing Vattenfall Europe New Energy GmbH in merger control proceedings in its sale of majority stakes in two waste incineration plants in Hamburg to the municipal waste disposal company (Stadtreinigung Hamburg).

Tractebel S. A.

Representing Tractebel S. A., a subsidiary of the French energy group GDF S. A., in multi-jurisdictional merger control proceedings in its acquisition of the engineering provider Lahmeyer group.


Representing EDEKA, a leading food retail company in Germany, in various merger control proceedings before the Federal Cartel Office.

Bavaria Industries

Representing Bavaria Industries, an industrial holding company specializing in the takeover and re-organization of earnings-poor enterprises, in multi-jurisdictional merger control proceedings in its acquisitions of the Italian printer and calendar business of BE printers (Bertelsmann) and in its acquisition of the Government Services business of Bilfinger SE.

Katara Hospitality

Advising Katara Hospitality, the Qatar-based global owner, developer and operator of hotels, in merger control proceedings for the acquisition of the five luxury InterContinental properties InterContinental Carlton Cannes, InterContinental Amstel Amsterdam, InterContinental Madrid, InterContinental Frankfurt and the leasehold interest on the InterContinental De La Ville Rome.


  • To the questionable limitation of the compliant in merger cases. Comment on the decision of the Higher Regional Court of Düsseldorf (Beschl. v. 5.2.2014, VI-Kart 3/13 (V)), WuW, Issue 07/08, pp. 698 – 704, 2014
  • To the interpretation of 'restriction of customer group' in Art. 4 lit. b Vertikal-GVO, NZKart, Issue 3, pp. 92 – 95, 2014, (Zur Auslegung der ,Beschränkung der Kundengruppe' in Art. 4 lit. b Vertikal-GVO)
  • From 'Springer/ProSieben' to 'Total/OMV': The case law of the Federal Court on the issue when the plaintiff would have an interest in establishing a related series of violations, WuW, Issue 4, pp. 332 – 343, 2013
  • Comment on latest decision of the Higher Regional Court of Karlsruhe regarding the requirements of the compulsory license defense in standard-essential patent infringement cases (Grenzen der kartellrechtlichen Zwangslizenzierungspflicht), GRUR, Issue 7, pp. 736 – 741, 2012
  • Antitrust administrative offence proceedings between code of criminal procedure and principle of opportunity (Das Kartellordnungswidrigkeitenverfahren zwischen Strafprozessordnung und Opportunitätsprinzip), ZWeR, Issue 2, p. 137 et seqq., 2012

Awards & Recognition

Highly Recommended Lawyer, JUVE 2014–2015

Antitrust Law

Up and Coming, Chambers Europe, Germany 2015

Competition/European Law