28 October 2004 LAWFUEL – Law firm, law, legal, attorney news

28 October 2004 LAWFUEL – Law firm, law, legal, attorney news Allen & Overy has appointed renowned antitrust lawyer, Professor Dr Hermann-Josef Bunte, as ‘of counsel’ in its Hamburg office. Professor Bunte will join the practice on 1 November 2004.

Until mid-2001, he taught private and commercial law at the Universität der Bundeswehr in Hamburg. During that time, he [advised] on major antitrust proceedings, including the procedure to obtain ministerial approval in connection with the E.ON/Ruhrgas merger. He has been acting as competition counsel in private practice in Hamburg since 2001, with clients mainly in the insurance and financial services and energy sectors.

Professor Bunte has also been editor and co-author of “Langen/Bunte”, one of the leading German antitrust law commentaries for over ten years. The tenth edition will soon be published. He is also co-editor of “Bankrechtshandbuch” and regularly lectures on current antitrust issues.

“In addition to my work as a scholar, my advisory practice has expanded steadily,” comments Professor Bunte. “Joining Allen & Overy’s German antitrust group will allow me to further meet my clients’ growing need for increasingly international legal advice.”

Allen & Overy’s EU and US Antitrust Group comprises over 100 specialist lawyers and has been represented in Germany since 2002 by a team led by partner Dr Ellen Braun.

Dr Braun adds: “Having successfully established our antitrust group, the appointment of Professor Bunte is a key strategic step for us. This will expand the offering to our clients and will reinforce our market leading profile in Germany.”

For further information, please contact Dr Ellen Braun (ellen.braun@allenovery.com) on +49 (0)40 82 22 12 13 or Dr Neil George Weiand (neil.weiand@allenovery.com) on +49 (0)69 2648 5710 or Jo Shepherd (jo.shepherd@allenovery.com) on +44 (0) 20 7330 2195 or 07771 896 290.

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