The “excellent” Sebastian Max Hauser “keeps calm in stressful situations and finds solutions extremely fast”, and is “always three steps ahead.” He has significant experience representing clients in merger control matters and cartel investigations. (2019)

An “impressive practitioner”, combining “thorough analysis with a pragmatic approach” and “offering solutions that work in practice.” (2020)

Who’s Who Legal - Future Leaders 2019-2020

Sebastian Max Hauser

  • Die Welle
  • Reuterweg 20
  • 60323 Frankfurt am Main
  • Germany

Dr. Sebastian Max Hauser is recognized as a leading antitrust and competition lawyer and is listed as a Future Leader by the Who’s Who Legal 2019 and 2020 guides. He advises German and international clients on transactional and behavioral antitrust matters, as well as on the resolution of antitrust-related disputes.

Mr. Hauser advises clients on a broad spectrum of antitrust matters under German and EU laws, particularly matters related to:

  • Merger control clearances in Germany, the EU, and globally
  • Cartel and abuse of dominance investigations, as well as compliance programs and audits
  • Antitrust damages claims, representing both defendants and claimants 

He advises clients from a wide range of industries, including financial services, private equity, automotive, food retailing, pharmaceuticals, information technology, and oil and gas.

Mr. Hauser excels at simplifying complex issues, especially in cross-border situations, drawing on experience from more than a hundred  successful merger control filings. He also leverages insights from his experience clerking for senior officials at the German Federal Cartel Office and the Directorate-General for Competition of the European Commission.

He regularly publishes articles on antitrust law issues, and has co-authored a cartel damages handbook. He is a board member of the recently established Competition Litigation Forum in Germany.

Mr. Hauser has handled a large number of German, EU, and multi-jurisdictional merger control proceedings. His experience includes obtaining merger control clearances for the following transactions:

  • Acco on the acquisition of Esselte
  • ArthroCare on the acquisition by Smith & Nephew
  • Actavis on the acquisition of Warner Chilcott
  • BC Partners on the sale of Synlab to Cinven
  • Callaway on the acquisition of Jack Wolfskin
  • Carlyle on a number of intended and completed transactions including the acquisition of KAP Beteiligungs-AG and on the sale of Custom Sensors & Technologies’ sensing business to Sensata Technologies
  • CDPQ on its joint acquisition with Suez of the water processing business of General Electric
  • Chequers Capital on a number of intended and completed transactions including the sale of Metabo to Hitachi Power Tools
  • Chiho-Tiande on the acquisition of Scholz Group
  • Extreme Networks in its acquisitions of Zebra’s WLAN business and Avaya’s networking business
  • Gerflor on the acquisition of DLW's insolvent linoleum flooring business
  • Hellman & Friedman on the acquisition of Scout24
  • Hg on the acquisitions of Transporeon Group,, and Mobility Concept, as well as on the sale of Teufel Group
  • Hyundai and KIA on the investment into IONITY, a joint venture established by BMW, Daimler, VW with Porsche and Ford to set-up and operate a pan-European High-Power-Charging network for electric vehicles
  • Keiper/Recaro on its acquisition by Johnson Controls*
  • LDiscovery on the acquisition of Kroll Ontrack
  • Omnicom on the sale of Sellbytel to KKR/Webhelp
  • Permira on its investment in the FlixMobility Group
  • Quadriga on the acquisition of the Vescon and Schiller Groups for the purpose of creating a new platform for industrial automation
  • Safran on the acquisition of the aerospace electrical power systems business of Goodrich
  • Siemens/Osram on the acquisition of Siteco*
  • Triton on a number of intended and completed transactions including on the acquisitions of the IFCO (together with Abu Dhabi Investment Authority), Royal Reesink, and the All4Labels Groups as well as on the sales of COBEX to Tokai Carbon and of Aventics to Emerson

Mr. Hauser's cartel defense and litigation experience includes the following advice and representations for/regarding:

  • Nestlé in an investigation by the German Federal Cartel Office regarding food retail
  • Multi-jurisdictional investigations regarding automotive parts
  • German investigation regarding into the rail sector and subsequent follow-on cartel damages litigation
  • German investigations regarding steel products
  • Follow-on cartel damages litigation regarding German debit card scheme
  • Follow-on cartel damages claims regarding automotive parts
  • Private equity firm and public utility group in arbitration proceedings regarding contract, energy, and antitrust law issues and regarding a post M&A dispute, respectively

*Matter handled prior to joining Latham

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