Michael Masling advises clients on all aspects of EU and German competition law. Michael obtains merger clearances from national and international competition authorities in complex transactions, defends clients in government and private investigations and cross-border litigation, provides antitrust counseling including on distribution systems and compliance systems. In addition, he counsels on European and German foreign direct investment rules.
Michael’s work spans a variety of industries, including automotive, chemicals, financial services, as well as healthcare and life sciences.
Additionally Michael regularly speaks at seminars and publishes articles on developments in European and German competition law. He is an editor of a section on international antitrust developments of Germany’s leading antitrust law journal Wirtschaft und Wettbewerb.
In 2014, Michael was seconded to Morgan Lewis’s Washington, DC, office. Prior to joining Morgan Lewis, Michael served as a legal clerk at the District Court of Hamburg. During his legal training he worked on antitrust matters for an international oil company, a German strategy consultancy, and the Permanent Mission of Germany to the United Nations in New York.
A native German speaker, Michael is also fluent in English and French.
Mergers and Acquisitions
Acting for Eugen Münch and investment firm HCM in merger control proceedings at the German Federal Cartel Office in relation to a joint venture with hospital group Asklepios and voluntary takeover of Rhön-Klinikum
Acting for BASF in obtaining phase II merger control approval at the EU Commission in relation to its proposed acquisition of the global polyamide and engineering plastics business from Solvay including sale of divestment business and coordinating multijurisdictional filing analysis
Acting for Tadano in merger control proceedings at various competition authorities for its acquisition of the Demag Cranes business
Acting for BASF in merger control proceedings at the European Commission in relation to its $3.2 billion acquisition of Chemetall and coordinating multijurisdictional merger filings
Acting for Connect Airways in merger control proceedings at the European Commission in relation to its proposed acquisition of Flybe Group Plc and it subsidiaries
Acting for Deutsche Börse AG in merger control proceedings at the EU Commission regarding its proposed acquisition of the New York Stock Exchange Group including in the appeal litigation at the European General Court
Regularly acting for private equity clients in relation to merger control proceedings at the German Federal Cartel Office and the European Commission and coordinating multijurisdictional merger filings
Representations of numerous European and German clients in multinational cartel investigations in various industries, including construction materials, food, chemicals and electronics
Acting for US vaping company on European selective distribution system
Acting for German cement manufacturer in relation to its defense against various cartel follow-on litigation claims
Acting for German cookie manufacturer in relation to its complaint against German sugar cartel
Acting for companies in relation to its complaints against EU truck cartel