Dr. Justus Herrlinger

Partner, Hamburg


“A client admires his dedication, stating: ‘He is really a fighter, he never gives up.’”
Chambers Global, 2018


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). Currently, Justus Herrlinger is also co-chairing the Northern regional section of the Studienvereinigung Kartellrecht e.V.

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


ADO Properties
Representation of ADO Properties S.A. (ADO Properties) in connection with the voluntary, public takeover offer for ADLER Real Estate AG (ADLER).

Representation of Angelini in the merger filings with the German and Austrian competition authorities. The Bundeskartellamt mentioned the transaction in one of its case reports.

Advised a consortium composed of Brookfield Infrastructure and its institutional partners and GIC on the US$8.4 billion acquisition of Genesee & Wyoming Inc. (NYSE:GWR) (G&W).

Polish Aviation Group (PGL)
Advised the Polish Aviation Group (PGL), owner of LOT Polish Airlines S.A. (LOT), on the acquisition of Germany's Condor Flugdienst GmbH (Condor). The combination of LOT and Condor will create one of the leading European aviation groups carrying around 20 million passengers per year.

Nordic Capital
Advised Nordic Capital on merger control aspects in the proposed acquisition of iLOQ from Sievi Capital and other shareholders.

Advised Altor on merger control aspects of the acquisition of Thomas Cook Northern Europe by a consortium of Altor, Strawberry and TDR Capital.

Outbrain Inc.
Advising Outbrain Inc. (Outbrain) on the acquisition of the native advertising provider Ligatus GmbH (Ligatus).

Competition law advice on merger filings in Germany and Poland for a joint venture with another specialized supplier for major production assignments in the field of exhaust systems.

Food retail company
Successful defence of one regional division of the leading food retailer in Germany in an antitrust investigation against a multi-million fine on charges of alleged vertical price-fixing.

Representing EDEKA, a leading food retail company in Germany, in various merger control proceedings before the Federal Cartel Office, inclusive the recent acquisition of Kaiser's Tengelmann.

DMK Group
Advising DMK Group, one of the largest domestic dairy producer, on various international cooperation projects, including joint production agreements with other European producers.

DZ Bank AG
Merger control advice on DZ BANK’s acquisition of the electronic payments provider Cardprocess.

Representing DZ BANK in its merger with WGZ BANK before the Federal Cartel Office. The merger resulted in the third largest financial institutioin in Germany based on a balance sheet total of approx. 500 billion euros. The merged entity started operations as "DZ BANK.Die Initiativbank" as of August 1, 2016 and serves as consolidated central bank for more than 1,000 cooperative banks in Germany.

Merger control advice in various acquisitions, including the add-on acquisition of a special construction business from Bilfinger Group by Triton's portfolio company Equos.

The Greenbrier Companies, Inc.
Advising US-listed The Greenbrier Companies, Inc. on a joint venture with Astra Rail Management GmbH. Both companies will merge their operational units based in Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Germany. The manufacturing, engineering and sale of railcars as well as extensive service capabilities will be bundled within the newly formed company Greenbrier-Astra Rail to strengthen and expand the business in Europe, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) nations and Eurasia.

Equens SE
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.

Speaking Engagements

Article on non-competition clauses for no longer controlling founders, "makers" and other minority shareholders (Wettbewerbsverbote für nicht mehr kontrollierende Gründer, „Macher“ und andere Minderheitsgesellschafter), Handelsblatt Wirtschaft und Wettbewerb, 2020

Antitrust Law, in: Cyber-Security Legal Handbook (Rechtshandbuch Cyber-Security), Gabel/Heinrich/Kiefner (Eds.), Frankfurt am Main, 2019, pp. 229-244

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 and Recognition

Best Lawyer Germany in Competition / Antitrust Law, Handelsblatt 2021

"Lawyer of the Year" for Competition/Antitrust Law, Handelsblatt 2020

Highly Recommended Lawyer, JUVE 2020/2021
Antitrust Law

Highly Recommended Lawyer, Best Lawyers/Handelsblatt, 2019: Antitrust/Competition Law
Leading Individual, Chambers Europe, Germany 2018/2019
Competition/European Law

Chambers Global, 2018
"A client admires his dedication, stating: 'He is really a fighter, he never gives up.'