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Lars Ole Petersen's main practice areas are European and German competition law with a particular focus on public procurement law. Lars has significant know-how in advising German and international bidders in public procurement procedures in Germany. He regularly represents clients in cases before the German Public Procurement Chambers and Courts. His track record spans a wide array of industries, with a particular focus on the energy, transport and financial services sectors. Lars also advises public authorities on how to shape their public procurement proceedings in order to comply with German and European law.
Lars' antitrust expertise includes cartel investigations, merger control proceedings, joint ventures, cases of abuse of a dominant position and matters of antitrust compliance. Lars' expertise in cartel investigations spans a variety of industries including shipping, food and food retail. He represents clients before the Federal Cartel Office (Bundeskartellamt) and the European Commission. Lars has developed a successful track record assisting clients with merger and foreign direct investment filings.
Lars is an alumnus of the German National Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes). During his legal training he worked for the German Federal Foreign Office (Auswärtiges Amt), North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the Delegation of the European Union to the United Nations on issues of European and public international law. Lars writes regularly on legal developments which affect his client's business.
Advised Vattenfall in the outsourcing of its German facility operations to ISS Facility Services in a European public procurement process. The transaction involved the acquisition of the Vattenfall subsidiaries that have previously provided these services. The contract value of the service agreement is a multiple three-digit million euros figure.
Advised a public bank on the long-term procurement of its mobility and client management services in two separate European public procurement procedures.
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 on matters of antitrust and public procurement.
Advised US-listed The Greenbrier Companies, Inc. on a joint venture with Astra Rail Management GmbH in multi-jurisdictional merger control proceedings. 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.
Represented EDEKA, a leading food retail company in Germany, in various merger control proceedings before the Federal Cartel Office, including the recent acquisition of Kaiser's Tengelmann.
Commentary on §§ 8, 39 and 62 VgV and 6, 30 and 46 UvgO, Eds. Martin Dieckmann, Jan Peter Scharf & Kersten Wagner-Cardenal, Munich 2018
Commentary on §§ 18 to 20 VOL/A and 21 to 24 EG VOL/A, VOL/A, Eds. Martin Dieckmann, Jan Peter Scharf & Kersten Wagner-Cardenal, Munich, 2013
Continuity and change? The DAWI reform package of the European Commission, PUBLICUS, Issue 4, pp. 17–20, 2012, (Kontinuität und Wandel – Das DAWI-Reformpaket der EU-Kommission) (co-author with Christoph Arhold)
Europeanization of Diplomacy – Aspects of Public International Law and European Law, Dissertation, Berlin, 2011, (Europäisierung der Diplomatie – Völker- und Europarechtliche Rahmenbedingungen)
Legal Protection of the Individual in the European Union (Individualrechtsschutz in der Europäischen Union), Verfassungsgebung für Europa, Cologne, Eds. Jörn Axel Kämmerer and Miroslaw Wyrzykowski, pp. 181–212, 2005