Linklaters Appoints Bernd Meyring as Global Antitrust Head 

Global law firm, Linklaters has appointed Bernd Meyring (pictured), partner in the firm’s Brussels office, as its new Global Practice Head of Antitrust & Foreign Investment.   

Meyring brings a wealth of experience advising prominent national and international corporations, banks, and institutions on various aspects of competition and foreign direct investment laws. His expertise spans merger proceedings, anti-cartel investigations, unilateral conduct cases, and state aid matters before both the European Commission and national authorities. Meyring has litigated extensively in the General Court and the Court of Justice of the European Union, handling over 100 cases. 

With deep sector knowledge in technology, digital, and automotive industries, Meyring has been involved in some of the most significant deals and cases globally. He has served as counsel on major mergers such as Linde/Praxair, ABInbev/SABMiller, Ahold/Delhaize, and Ball/Rexam, as well as investigations including European Government Bonds, Google/Shopping, Cathode Ray Tubes, Car Glass, and Bananas. His role extends to navigating complex regulatory landscapes, including those under the EU’s new Digital Markets Act. 

Simon Branigan, partner and Global Head of Linklaters’ Corporate Division: 

“Bernd is a market leader. With his proven ability to advise clients on their most complex and novel global transactions, I have no doubt that the global practice will continue to thrive under his leadership.” 

“As the antitrust and foreign investment landscape becomes more complex, authorities and regulators are broadening their reach and adopting a more proactive approach, particularly in sensitive sectors such as Technology, and given the cost-of-living crisis move into enforcement mode in “traditional” industries which touch everyday consumers’ lives and so the importance of having top-tier talent to tackle these sophisticated issues cannot be overstated. It’s an exciting time for the practice, which has consistently ranked as Band 1 in recent years, as we have a global bench of incredible talent as well as new talent coming through the ranks ensuring we continue to meet growing demand from the world’s leading corporates, banks and financial sponsors.” 

Linklaters’ global Antitrust & Foreign Investment practice operates at the very top of the market and is led by senior individuals around the globe who have unparalleled expertise in advising clients on the most complex, “bet the farm” cases in front of the regulators and authorities. The global practice is made up of over 230 lawyers, including over 35 partners, in 14 offices.