Dr Jens Steger
Jens focuses on German and EU antitrust & competition law and in compliance. He advises and represents clients on the full spectrum of EU and German Competition law, specialising in German and European merger control, proceedings before the Federal Cartel Office and the European Commission. The top law firm ranking 2019/2020 of WirtschaftsWoche lists Jens Steger as one of the most renowned antitrust lawyers in Germany.
Jens acts for sector investigations by the Federal Cartel Office and the European Commission on abusive practices by dominant companies. He also represents clients (i) with fine proceedings before the Federal Cartel Office and the European Commission and (ii) against antitrust follow-on claims and enforcing compensation claims. He further represents clients regarding horizontal and vertical cooperation agreements and research and development (R&D) agreements and joint ventures as well as on Compliance Management Systems.
- Recent Work*
- assisting Monsanto regarding ex-US merger clearances in the acquisition by Bayer
- assisting General Electric in a transaction combining GE Oil & Gas with Baker Hughes to create a new publicly traded company owned 62.5% by GE with $23bn in combined revenue. Co-lead counsel for the EU filing that ended with an unconditional clearance
- assisting Cisco in its German merger filing with regard to its $3.7bn acquisition of AppDynamics Inc.
- assisting Cisco in its German merger filing with regard to its US$1.9bn acquisition of BroadSoft
- representing Safran in several merger control proceedings before the German Bundeskartellamt and the European Commission
- advising a leading Bakery Chain in an antitrust follow on action against former cartelists
- advising a company in a complaint of abuse of dominance before the European Commission
- advising a global automotive supplier in internal investigation in several jurisdictions worldwide.
* Before joining Simmons & Simmons in April 2018
Jens joined Simmons & Simmons in April 2018. Before joining the firm, he worked at another international law firm in the Antitrust and Competition department for six years.
During his legal traineeship (Referendariat) Jens worked at the German Federal Cartel Office, in the Antitrust and Competition group at another international law firm in Cologne and Dusseldorf, and at the First Cartel Senate of the Higher Regional Court Dusseldorf.
During his work on his doctoral thesis in the area of merger control law ("Die räumliche Marktabgrenzung nach der Bagatellmarktklausel des § 35 Abs. 2 Satz 1 Nr. 2 GWB"), Jens worked as a research assistant at the Institute for Energy Law at the University of Cologne, in the area of German and EU Competition law with regards to Energy law, and at an international law firm (specialized in antitrust law) in Cologne.