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Christoph Arhold's main practice areas are German and European competition law, including mergers, cartels and, in particular, State aid. He also has substantial experience in other fields of European Community law, such as the fundamental freedoms of the Common Market and trade law.
Christoph Arhold has advised German and international clients in various industries, including glass, chemicals, transport and financial services. He also represents the German government in cases before the highest national administrative courts and the European Court of Justice (ECJ). He has significant know-how in representing clients in State aid cases before both the European Commission and the European Community Courts. He obtained the first ever suspension order in a State-aid case before the Community Courts in the landmark TGI case. In another landmark case, he achieved the first ever judgment of the European Courts confirming the right to access to documents in State-aid procedures.
He is recognized as one of the leading State aid law experts in the 2007/2008 German directory Juve Handbuch.
Christoph Arhold regularly publishes and speaks on State-aid and other EC law topics (see list below), and is also visiting lecturer for EC State aid law at the Europa-Institut of the University of Saarland.
Before joining White & Case, Christoph Arhold worked as an assistant to Prof. Dr. Torsten Stein, University of Saarland (Germany), as an assistant to a member of the European Parliament and, as part of his legal training, in the cabinet of Prof. Dr. Günter Hirsch, a former judge at the ECJ.
Advising STEAG GmbH on the sale of 49 percent of the shares in its wind farm portfolio in France to an infrastructure fund of Allianz Global Investors. STEAG remains majority shareholder with 51 percent and continues to be responsible for commercial and technical management.
Continuity and change ‒ The DAWI reform package of the European Commission (Kontinuität und Wandel – Das DAWI-Reformpaket der EU-Kommission), PUBLICUS, Issue 4, pp. 17–20, 2012, (co-author with Lars Ole Petersen)
German Federal Court of Justice strengthens procedural rights for competitors of recipients of potential State aid, the European Sate aid Law Quarterly No. 2 2011, News from the Member States, 2011, (co-author with Kai Struckmann, Franziska Zibold)
The German Scheme on the Fiscal Carryforward of Losses – a 'Selected Case', EStAL, Issue 1, pp. 71–79, 2011
State Aid for Financial Restructuring (Staatshilfe zur finanziellen Restrukturierung), Praxishandbuch des Restrukturierungsrechts, Ed. Rüdiger Theiselmann, Cologne, 2010
Guidelines on the application for low interest loans under the KfW special programs (Praxisleitfaden zur Nutzung des KfW-Sonderprogramms), Corporate Finance Law, Issue 1, 2010, Pages 58–63, 2010