Anne Caroline Wegner, LL.M. (European University Institute)

Anne Caroline Wegner, LL.M. (European University Institute)

Anne Caroline Wegner, LL.M. (European University Institute)

Dusseldorf

T +49 211 5660 18742

Partner
Lawyer
Industries Mobility & Logistics , Logistics , Italian Desk , Automotive

Areas of Practice

Anne Wegner specialises in German and European antitrust and distribution law, including disputes in these areas of law. She primarily advises on matters pertaining to distribution-related antitrust law, antitrust damages, compliance, administrative fine proceedings, merger control, joint ventures, and abuse of market dominance. Anne Wegner has many years of experience in representing her clients in these areas vis-à-vis cartel authorities and in court and arbitration proceedings, as well as in drafting and negotiating contracts. She is particularly experienced in issues regarding the automotive industry, logistics and the distribution of chemicals.

Court-approved antitrust mediator
Anne Wegner is an antitrust mediator approved by the competent German court of appeal. As a mediator, she specialises in out-of-court settlement of claims arising under antitrust law, e.g., for damages, injunctive relief, supply, etc. A procedure before an antitrust mediator offers several advantages. An agreement concluded by the parties in front of a court-approved mediator has the same effect as a state court judgment.

Practices
Vita

Anne Wegner joined Luther’s Dusseldorf office as a Partner in 2010 and is head of Luther’s antitrust team. Before moving to Luther, she worked for nine years for the international law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in Cologne and Brussels in the field of antitrust and distribution law. Anne Wegner studied law in Marburg (Germany), Strasbourg (France), Cologne (Germany) and at the European University Institute in Florence (Italy).

Clients

  • Advising diverse clients in cartel proceedings (partly including leniency applications) before the Federal Cartel Office and the European Commission (among others wholesaling of sanitary and healing products, automotive supplier industry, building material sector)
  • Representing Erste Bank in an action for annulment of a cartel fine (“Lombardclub”)
  • Merger control filings with the Federal Cartel Office and the European Commission as well as multijurisdictional filings (among others, Remondis’ acquisition of Xervon, Sodecia’s acquisition of a competitor from the automotive supplier industry)
  • Jointventures (merger control, non-compete obligations, FuE-cooperations, specialisation agreements)
  • Litigation: representing several importers of motor vehicles against individual and class actions by their authorised distributors (among others concerning standard terms, guarantee remuneration, margin, transport costs, contract termination, defence in refusal to supply actions, access to the distribution system)
  • Advising several clients on the adjustment of their distribution systems to the legal framework of the motor vehicle block exemption regulations (Commission Regulation (EC) no. 1400/2002 and 461/2010)
  • Advising an importer of automobiles on the set-up of a pan-European distribution system
  • Antitrust Due Diligence for an investment bank regarding the acquisition of a construction materials group
  • Advising a company in the out-of-home media industry with respect to the sector inquiry of the Federal Cartel Office
  • Defending a manufacturer of automobile components in an injunction proceeding concerning delivery of parts (“refusal to supply”)

Publications

Honors and Distinctions
  • Best Lawyers (2020): Award in "Competition / Antitrust Law "
  • JUVE Guide (2018/2019): Mentioned under frequently recommended in the sections "Antitrust Law", "Distribution Systems" and "Trade and Liability: Litigation Arbitration/Mediation, Product Liability"
  • kanzleimonitor.de (2018/2019): Listed under "Antitrust law"
  • Chambers Europe (2018): Ranking in "Commercial Contracts" and "Competition / European Law" (Comment: "open and just, with an impressive knowledge and fair approach")
  • The Legal 500 (2018): Recommended as a leading name in "Commercial and Distribution Law"
  • The Legal 500 (2018): Recommendation in the sections "Antitrust Law" and "Dispute Resolution - Commercial Law Conflicts"
  • Who´s Who Legal (2018): Ranking in the category "Competition"
  • Best Lawyers (2018): Award in the category "Competition / Antitrust Law"
  • Chambers Global (2018): Ranking in "Competition/European Law", "Commercial Contracts" and "Competition / European Law"
  • Chambers Global (2018): Ranking in the category „Competition/European Law"
  • Chambers Europe (seit 2018): Listed in "Competition/European Law" (Comment: "very sharp")
  • JUVE Handbook (2016/2017): Listed as a frequently recommended lawyer for "Antitrust Law", "Distribution Systems" (competitor’s comment: "professional colleague"), and "Trade and Liability: Litigation, Arbitration/Mediation, Product Liability".
  • Chambers Europe (2016): Listed in "Commercial Contracts"
  • The Legal 500 Germany (since 2016): Recommended for antitrust law (Wegner).
  • JUVE Handbook (2014/2015): Listed as a frequently recommended lawyer for "Antitrust Law", "Distribution Systems" (competitor’s comment: "strong litigator"), and "Trade and Liability: Litigation, Arbitration/Mediation, Product Liability". Anne Wegner is listed among the "Leading names in distribution law".
  • Chambers Europe (2015): Listed in "Commercial Contracts"
  • Market commentators praise her "great reputation and expertise in the automotive sector."
  • Best Lawyers (since 2014): Listed in the areas of “Competition” and “Antitrust Law”
  • 2014 Corporate INTL Award: Distribution Law - Lawyer of the Year in Germany
  • Expert Guides (since 2014): Listed in the area of competition
  • Guide to the World’s Leading Women in Business Law (since 2013): Anne Wegner is listed for her expertise in Competition & Antitrust.
  • Who’s Who Legal Germany (since 2013): Listed in the area of “Competition”