Dr. Andreas Grünwald

Partner | Berlin • Brussels

agruenwald@mofo.com | 49 3072622-132032 2340-7356

49 3072622-1320
32 2340-7356

I help clients navigate the regulatory landscape when growing their business in Germany and the EU.

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Andreas Grünwald is a partner in the Global Antitrust Law Practice Group, and head of Morrison & Foerster’s German antitrust practice. He covers a wide range of antitrust and regulatory matters, with a particular focus on the telecommunications, media and technology (TMT) sector.

Based in our Berlin and Brussels offices, Andreas provides antitrust advice on M&A strategy, represents public and private corporations in merger control proceedings before the German Federal Cartel Office and the European Commission, and he has notable experience in coordinating multi-jurisdictional merger filings involving European, U.S., and Asian authorities. He also advises on other transactional matters such as sector-specific permit requirements as they often arise in regulated industries.

Andreas also counsels his clients on a wide range of operational issues, for example on abuse of dominance issues, information exchange, vertical agreements, antitrust compliance, and internal investigations. Moreover, his practice includes antitrust litigation, specifically with regard to cartel damage claims, where he represents clients in German courts and advises on the application of German law in relation to cross-border cartels.

Andreas’ regulatory practice is primarily focused on the TMT sector, where he advises clients on matters such as licensing requirements, access regulation, spectrum issues, platform regulation, youth protection, and price regulation under German and EU laws. This again includes representation before regulatory agencies (e.g., the German Federal Network Agency) and in court, and the development of public policy strategies. Andreas also has extensive experience in handling multi-jurisdictional regulatory projects for TMT clients, e.g. providers of telecoms or internet services.

Andreas teaches media and competition law at the University of Münster; he served, among other things, as expert consultant to the Council of Europe and the European Commission; and is a founding editor of the International Journal of Communications Law and Policy (IJCLP). He studied law in Würzburg and Münster (Dr. iur.); was a research fellow (1996-2000) with Professor Dr. Bernd Holznagel at the Institute for Information, Telecommunications and Media Law (ITM) in Münster; a visiting scholar at the Communications Media Center of New York Law School (1998); and an international fellow of the Information Society Project at Yale Law School (1999).

Representative Experience

  • Counsel to numerous technology companies in merger control proceedings before the German and foreign competition authorities (e.g., FTC, MOFCOM, KFTC), for example in the semiconductor, automotive, professional services, manufacturing, and other industries.
  • Counsel to a Japanese multinational as defendant in follow-on damage cases relating to cathode ray tubes and rechargeable batteries.
  • Counsel to a sweets manufacturer in claiming follow on damages from the German sugar cartel.
  • Counsel to Sony Music on merger control, joint ventures, and distribution issues.
  • Counsel to Sky Deutschland before the German Federal Cartel Office in the successful defense against allegations of abuse of dominance in the German pay TV market.
  • Counsel to cable network operators and third parties in numerous merger control proceedings before the German Federal Cartel Office and the European Commission (including “phase 2” cases like Kabel Deutschland / Tele Columbus; Liberty / Kabel BW; Kabel Deutschland / Orion Cable; and ish / iesy).
  • Counsel to News Corporation (now: 21st Century Fox) in the merger control proceedings before the European Commission to acquire Premiere (now: Sky Deutschland) and Jamba, respectively.
TMT Regulatory
  • Counsel to Sky Deutschland on a wide range of media and competition issues (e.g., platform regulation, youth protection, and public policy initiatives).
  • Counsel to Unify, a provider of cloud-based (OTT) communications solutions, as well as other providers of OTT services, on multijurisdictional telecommunications law issues.
  • Counsel to Planet Labs on the telecoms regulatory aspects of the acquisition of BlackBridge, a satellite services provides.
  • Counsel to cable network operators Tele Columbus and PrimaCom, respectively, in proceedings before the Federal Network Agency relating to network access and price regulation.
  • Counsel to ProSiebenSat.1 in the proceedings before the German Federal Administrative Court to successfully challenge the decision by the German media ownership commission (KEK) to block P7S1’s acquisition by Axel Springer.
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