Andreas Grünwald

Andreas Grünwald

Partner

Berlin, 49 3072622-1320

Education

University of Münster (First State Exam, 1998)
University of Münster (Dr. iur., 2000)
Berlin District Court (Second State Exam, 2002)

Bar Admissions

Germany

Deutsche Version

Andreas Grünwald is a partner at Morrison & Foerster’s German office in Berlin. His practice focuses on antitrust and regulatory matters, with a particular emphasis on the telecommunications, media and technology (TMT) sector.

Mr. Grünwald heads Morrison & Foerster’s German antitrust law practice. He represents clients in merger control proceedings and advises on other regulatory aspects of TMT transactions (for example, permit requirements under media and telecommunications law). He also counsels his clients on a wide range of operational issues (e.g., with respect to market entry, dominant market positions, price regulation, network access, vertical agreements, and antitrust compliance). His practice also includes representation before antitrust and other regulatory authorities as well as in court proceedings, specifically with regard to cartel damage claims.

Since 2013, the JUVE Handbook features Andreas Grünwald as a “Leading Lawyer” in media competition law. In Chambers Europe 2015 and 2016, he was recommended for the area of TMT/Media; in Legal 500 Germany 2016, for Antitrust Law, Telecommunications/Regulation, and Media/Entertainment.

Andreas Grünwald lectures on media and antitrust 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 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 Matters

  • Representation of multinational technology companies in merger control proceedings (Germany, EU, and international coordination) and ongoing antitrust advice on operational business activities
  • Representation of plaintiffs or defendants in cartel damages cases (for example, against the German sugar cartel)
  • Comprehensive antitrust advice to Sony Music, e.g., on label deals, music licensing, and on distribution matters
  • Comprehensive media and antitrust advice to Sky Deutschland, e.g. on platform regulation issues
  • Advice to various cable network operators in merger control proceedings before the Federal Cartel Office and the European Commission (among others, in the Kabel Deutschland / Tele Columbus; Kabel Deutschland / Orion Cable; Liberty / Unitymedia; and ish / iesy cases) as well as in proceedings before the Federal Network Agency relating to network access and price regulation
  • Advice to Unify, a provider of cloud-based (OTT) communications solutions, on multijurisdictional telecommunications law issues

JUVE Handbuch 2016/2017: Highlighted as “leading name” in media antitrust law.

Chambers Europe 2016: Specifically noted in the area of TMT/Media (“a young and very successful partner.”)

Legal 500 Deutschland 2016: Recommended for Telecommunications/Regulatory, Antitrust Law, and Media/Entertainment.

Legal 500 Europe 2015: Recommended in the Media/Entertainment sections for Germany.

JUVE Handbook 2015/2016: Frequently recommended for Technology, Media and Telecommunications and praised as “the highly regarded partner Dr. Andreas Grünwald”.

Best Lawyers Germany 2015: Recommended for Media.

Chambers Europe 2015: Recommended for TMT/ Media for Germany, praised as “absolutely reliable and offers a very high level of service.”

JUVE Handbook 2014/2015: Highlighted as a Leading Name in media competition law and praised as “Top notch, more like a strategic advisor than a lawyer”, frequently recommended for Technology, Media and Telecommunications.

Best Lawyers Germany 2014: Recommended for Media.

Best Lawyers Germany 2013: Lawyer of the Year Berlin for Media.

Chambers Europe 2013: Highlighted as a Leading Individual and recommended in the TMT and Competition/European Law sections for Germany, praised as being “really smart”, and for “his expertise regarding TV broadcasting regulatory,” as well as for “[having] very deep experience. He anticipates problems and advises strategically – he's a very practical expert.

JUVE Handbook 2013: Recommended in the Antitrust, M&A, Media and Telecommunications sections for Germany, highlighted as a Leading Name in media competition law and praised as “personally and professionally compelling.”

Legal 500 Europe 2013: Recommended in the Antitrust and Media/Entertainment sections for Germany, praised that he “prepares high-quality documents on short notice” and “manages costs efficiently”.

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