Dr. Lars Petersen

Local Partner, Hamburg, Berlin

Biography

Overview

Lars Petersen's practice focuses on EU and German public and regulatory law.

Lars advises on regulatory compliance in a broad range of areas, across a variety of industrial sectors. His regulatory practice focuses particularly on digital platforms (including social media), public procurement law as well as export and foreign direct investment control.

Lars has extensive experience in representing international and national clients before a variety of regulatory authorities including the State Media Authorities (Landesmedienanstalten), the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs (Bundeswirtschaftsministerium), the Federal Cartel Office (Bundeskartellamt) and the European Commission. He has litigated cases before the German courts and Public Procurement Chambers.

Lars also advises on matters of EU and German competition law. His antitrust expertise includes cartel investigations, merger control proceedings, joint ventures, cases of abuse of a dominant position and matters of antitrust compliance.

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), the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the Delegation of the European Union to the United Nations on issues of EU law and export control. Lars teaches public procurement law at a Hamburg university.

Bars and Courts
Rechtsanwalt
Education
LLM
European Law
London School of Economics and Political Science
Second State Exam
Hanseatic Higher Regional Court of Hamburg
Dr jur
Christian-Albrechts-University Kiel
First State Exam
Bucerius Law School, Hamburg
Languages
English
German

Experience

PPF a.s.
Advised Czech PPF a.s. in connection with its participation in the bidding process to acquire Toll Collect GmbH and to conclude a new operator agreement between the Federal Republic of Germany and Toll Collect GmbH. PPF a.s. is one of the largest PE investment firms in the Czech Republic.

Vattenfall facility operations outsourcing
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.

Public bank on procurement of mobility and client management services
Advised a public bank on the long-term procurement of its mobility and client management services in two separate European public procurement procedures.

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

The Greenbrier Companies, Inc
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.

EDEKA
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.

Publications

Chapter 9 "Public Procurement Law" (pp. 245-260), Legal handbook Cyber-Security (Rechtshandbuch Cyber-Security), Fachmedien Recht und Wirtschaft, dfv Mediengruppe, 2019

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