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 covers a wide range of antitrust and regulatory matters, with a particular focus on the telecommunications, media and technology (TMT) sector. 

Mr. Grünwald heads Morrison & Foerster’s German antitrust practice. He 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.

Mr. Grünwald 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.

Mr. Grünwald’s 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. Mr. Grünwald also has extensive experience in handling multi-jurisdictional regulatory projects for TMT clients, e.g. providers of telecoms or internet services.

Mr. Grünwald 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 MATTERS

Antitrust

  • 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

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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