Dr Sebastian Janka advises national and international clients on European and German antitrust law. His advisory services cover inter alia M&A/transactions (merger control by the European Commission and the German Federal Cartel Office and coordination of multijurisdictional filings), antitrust investigations and fine proceedings conducted by the European Commission and the German Federal Cartel Office, damages proceedings, and other judicial and extra-judicial disputes (before German courts, the European General Court, and the European Court of Justice), and compliance advice. Another focus of his work is digital business models. Sebastian Janka has been appointed Ambassador of the Artificial Intelligence Center Hamburg (ARIC) e.V. and elected member of the Legal (Antitrust) Working Group of “Plattform Industrie 4.0”, a digitisation project initiated and directed by the German Federal Ministry for Economics Affairs and Climate Action (BMWiK) and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), leading industry associations, and top-ranking representatives of the business and scientific communities and trade unions.
Dr Sebastian Janka studied law at the Universities of Hamburg (Germany), Bordeaux (France), and Stellenbosch (South Africa) and did both his doctorate and his Master of Laws (LL.M.) on an antitrust law topic. As part of his legal training, he worked for the German Federal Cartel Office in Bonn (Germany) and the law firm M&M Bomchil in Buenos Aires (Argentina), amongst others.
Sebastian Janka was admitted to the German Bar in 2008 and worked for the international law firm Noerr LLP as an associated partner in the area of antitrust law until mid-2019. In 2014, he did a secondment in the Antitrust Division of the US law firm Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in New York (USA). Sebastian Janka joined Luther as a partner in 2019. He has authored numerous publications on matters relating to antitrust and sports law. Furthermore, he is a frequent lecturer and moderates discussions on the topic of antitrust law at national and international conferences. He is a member of, inter alia, Studienvereinigung Kartellrecht, an association of German-speaking lawyers specialising in antitrust law, the American Bar Association (ABA), and the International Association of Young Lawyers (AIJA). At Luther, he is a member of the Information Tech & Telecommunications and Mobility & Logistics industry groups.