Felix Helmstädter

Felix Helmstädter

Education

University of Geneva (Certificate of Transnational Law, 2003)
Humboldt University Berlin (First State Exam, 2006)
Appellate Court of Berlin (Second State Exam, 2010)
Humboldt University Berlin (Dr. iur., 2010)

Bar Admissions

Germany


Deutsche Version

Felix possesses more than a decade of experience in complex regulatory counselling, compliance, and litigation. He advises major companies, public sector entities, and innovative businesses on EU and German regulatory law, with a particular focus on foreign trade, government contracts, and competition. His clients span a range of industries, including telecoms, digital economy, media, technology, financial services, healthcare, energy, and transportation. Felix regularly represents clients in administrative proceedings and public and civil law disputes before national and European authorities and courts, including in public procurement matters and bid protests.

His specific experience in foreign trade matters comprises EU sanctions and export control compliance counselling, representation of Asian or U.S. investors in foreign investment control clearance proceedings, and other complex matters involving cybersecurity or further national security concerns.

Felix also oversees large-scale internal investigation or regulatory law-driven transactional projects and is particularly experienced in providing strategic advice to market entrants and representing clients in sophisticated multiparty negotiations.

As a member of our leading global National Security, Sanctions and Export Control, Government Contracts, and Antitrust practice groups, Felix works closely with high-ranking experts across three continents.

Felix regularly lectures at the Humboldt University of Berlin. His dissertation deals with the market regulation issues of liberalizing the railway sector.

Felix studied in Berlin (Dr. iur.) and Geneva, Switzerland (“Certificate in Transnational Law”). He worked as an intern in the Hearing Office of the European Commission (Directorate-General for Competition) in Brussels and at the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (Department of Competition, Regulation and Privatization Policy) in Berlin.

Representative Experience

  • Advice to a Fortune 500 company on public procurement law compliance in agreements with German and European public contractors.
  • Antitrust and procurement law advice as well as general compliance advice to a German healthcare group within the scope of internal investigations and follow-on litigation, including successful representation in proceedings before the public procurement review bodies.
  • Successful representation of internationally active investors in proceedings for investment control according to German foreign trade law.
  • Advice to Viacom on the establishing of a joint venture for the marketing of TV and online advertising.
  • Advice to cable network operator Tele Columbus on antitrust and public procurement law matters.
  • Advised a German tech company on public procurement, antitrust and EU state aid law to foster its entrance into local e-mobility infrastructure markets.
  • Advice to private railway operators with regard to their market entry in Germany and in Austria, in particular the Railway Development Corporation Deutschland (RDC), Hamburg-Köln-Express GmbH (HKX) and WESTbahn Management GmbH (Vienna), including representation before the European Commission and before regulatory agencies in Germany (Federal Network Agency, Federal Railway Authority, Federal Cartel Office).
  • Advice to Axel Springer SE on the acquisition of N24 Media GmbH.
  • Advice to the public transport company Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe in the conducting of public procurement procedures.
  • Advice to internationally active companies on compliance with EU sanction regulations and with German and European export control law.
  • Regular representation of clients in merger control proceedings.

Rankings

  • Recommended for Competition / Antitrust Law – Best Lawyers Germany 2020

Best Lawyers Germany 2020: Recommended for Competition / Antitrust Law

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