Dr. Jan Christoph Höft is a partner in the Düsseldorf office of Latham & Watkins and a member of the firm’s Antitrust & Competition Practice. He advises clients in all areas of EU and German competition law, representing them before the German Federal Cartel Office and the European Commission. In particular, Mr. Höft assists clients with merger control, cartel defense, and abuse of dominance matters, as well as complex antitrust litigation, including civil damages actions.

With almost 10 years‘ experience in competition law, Mr. Höft has developed strong expertise in the technology, media, and retail sectors. The breadth of his cartel experience includes successful settlement discussions with the German Federal Cartel Office and defense in court and in extrajudicial proceedings against subsequent civil damages actions, which to date form the largest ever civil damages litigation in Germany.* In the area of merger control, he has successfully represented a retailer contesting a ministerial approval of a planned merger in the German retail sector.*

Mr. Höft regularly writes on recent developments in competition law.

*Matter handled prior to joining the firm

Bar Qualification

  • Rechtsanwalt (Germany)


  • Dr. iur., University of Bonn, 2012
  • Second State Exam, Higher Regional Court, Cologne, 2012
  • First State Exam, Higher Regional Court, Cologne, 2007