Sven B. Völcker

  • Partner
  • Boulevard du Régent, 43-44
  • Brussels B-1000
  • Belgium
  • T +32.2.788.6242


Mr. Sven B. Völcker is a partner in Latham & Watkins’ Brussels office and member of the Global Antitrust & Competition Practice. His practice covers the full range of EU and German competition law, including merger control, cartel and other behavioral cases, and EU State aid. With more than 25 years' experience in competition law, Mr. Völcker guides clients through complex antitrust procedures. He has obtained merger clearances on behalf of his clients in a number of major cross-border transactions and has advised on some of the largest multi-jurisdictional cartel and abuse of dominance cases of recent years. With a track record of more than 25 cases before the EU courts, he is also an experienced litigator and able to effectively defend his clients’ business interest beyond the authority level, if needed.

Mr. Völcker has particularly deep experience in a range of industry sectors, including aviation, high technology, software, financial services, and sports.

Mr. Völcker frequently writes and speaks on competition law issues, and teaches EU and German competition law at Göttingen University and Brussels School of Competition. He is a non-governmental advisor to the European Commission in the International Competition Network (ICN). Legal publications such as Chambers, GCR’s Who’s Who Legal, Legal 500, JUVE, and Best Lawyers in Belgium recognize him as one of the leading lawyers in his field.


Mr. Völcker advises international companies in all areas of EU competition law. His matter highlights include:

  • Acting for Siemens AG in obtaining EU and global merger clearances for its acquisition of Dresser-Rand
  • Obtaining EU clearances in complex merger proceedings, including Tetra Laval/Sidel*, Oracle/PeopleSoft*, Verbund/ Energieallianz*, Cisco/ Tandberg* and IAG/British Midland* (Phase I)
  • Representation of companies in several pending EU investigations into the enforcement of standards-essential patents
  • Representing clients in several global cartel investigations, including Air Cargo and LCD*
  • Representing clients in a number of high-profile cartel and merger appeals before the EU courts in Luxembourg, including Wabco, Tetra Laval,* and an international airline

 *Matter handled prior to joining Latham


Thought Leadership

  • Impact of COVID-19 on Global Merger Control Reviews -  May 12, 2021
  • New Guidance on Article 22 EUMR Referrals to the European Commission -  March 30, 2021
  • The New German Digitalization Act: An Overview -  January 20, 2021
  • Merger Control in Europe Following COVID-19 -  March 24, 2020
  • Deal Planning After Brexit — Merger Control Aspects -  January 29, 2020
  • New DOJ Guidance Increases Benefits for Robust Antitrust Compliance Programs — What Companies Need to Know -  July 15, 2019
  • Can Private Equity Buyers Be Suitable Purchasers of Divested Assets for Antitrust Regulators?  -  August 09, 2018
  • Germany and Austria Release Guidance on New Size-of-Transaction Test in Merger Control -  August 07, 2018
  • How to Pass the New German Merger Control Size-of-Transaction Test -  June 06, 2017
  • General Court Annuls Fine in Envelope Cartel Settlement -  December 15, 2016
  • New Size-of-Transaction Test in German Merger Control -  July 05, 2016
  • European Commission Asserts Broad Power to Scrutinize Transactions Involving Chinese State-Owned Enterprises -  June 06, 2016
  • 欧洲委员会对涉及中国国企的交易进行详查 -  June 06, 2016
  • Annual HSR Threshold Adjustments Announced -  January 21, 2016
  • Darwinism in Cartel Enforcement: Can a Farmer Become a Hunter? -  November 24, 2015
  • ECJ Decision in LCD Cartel Case Affirms Potential for Higher Fines to be Imposed on Vertically Integrated Companies -  July 13, 2015
  • Court of Justice Finds Deutsche Bahn Dawn Raids Illegal  -  June 23, 2015
  • General Court Rules on Relationship Between “Standard” and Settlement Cartel Procedures for First Time  -  May 22, 2015
  • European Court of Justice Underlines Importance of Non-Discrimination Principle in EU Cartel Fines -  November 14, 2014
  • The European Court of Justice Caps Liability for Acquired Companies’ Cartel Infringements  -  September 9, 2014
Clients enthuse: "You want him for critical cases, he is one of the best in the market and stands out from a strategic perspective.”Chambers Global 2018
Bar Qualification
  • Brussels Bar - E List
  • Rechtsanwalt (Germany)
  • LL.M., Harvard Law School, 1996
  • Second State Exam, Hamburg Regional Court of Appeals, 1995
  • Dr. jur., University of Bonn, 1994
  • First State Exam, Cologne Supreme Court, 1991
  • Entertainment, Sports & Media
  • Aerospace, Defense & Government Services
  • Technology
  • Antitrust & Competition
  • Litigation & Trial Practice