Robert Benditz represents multinational corporations on EU and German competition law, particularly contentious merger control matters.

Mr. Benditz draws on experience advising on some of the highest profile matters before the European Commission and the German Federal Cartel Office (FCO) — including several Phase 2 merger control proceedings — to guide clients on:

  • Multijurisdictional merger control
  • Abuse of dominance
  • Digital markets regulation
  • Cartel investigations

He approaches each matter with creativity and pragmatism to help clients navigate evolving and increasingly demanding regulatory requirements in the EU and beyond.

Mr. Benditz has served on the firm’s Technology Committee and is a member of the First-Generation Professionals Group and Asian Lawyers Group.

A recognized thought leader, he regularly publishes articles on antitrust developments in Europe and is a member of the Studienvereinigung Kartellrecht.

Mr. Benditz maintains an active pro bono practice including advising Blueprint for Free Speech, an international nongovernmental organization that promotes the right to freedom of expression.

Prior to joining Latham & Watkins, Mr. Benditz served as an intern at DG Competition at the European Commission and in the antitrust and competition practice group of another international law firm.

Mr. Benditz’s experience includes representing:


  • Aon in its planned US$30 billion acquisition of Willis Tower Watson (conditional Phase II clearance in EU and global filings)
  • Novelis in its acquisition of aluminum producer Aleris (global merger clearance, including conditional EU clearance in Phase II)
  • Siemens Healthineers in its US$16.4 billion acquisition of Varian Medical Systems (global merger clearance, including conditional Phase I EU clearance)
  • Deutsche Lufthansa in its:
    • Acquisition of a substantial part of Air Berlin’s business (Phase I EU clearance) and related pending litigation before the General Court
    • Successful appeal before the European General Court against the European Commission’s decision rejecting to waive certain merger remedies
  • Avago in its US$37 billion acquisition of Broadcom (global merger clearance, including EU)
  • A confidential third party in the European Commission’s investigation of Qualcomm’s exclusivity payments in the market for baseband chipsets, resulting in a €997 million fine
  • European Club Association as a third party in FifPro’s complaint to the European Commission alleging anti-competitive practices (Art. 101 and 102) in connection with FIFA’s transfer system


  • Deutsche Lufthansa in abuse-of-dominance proceedings regarding feeder flights services before the FCO and litigation before the Higher Regional Court Düsseldorf
  • EG Group in its planned acquisition of the OMV petrol station network in Southern Germany (Phase II case after EU referral to German FCO)
  • Modine in the planned sale of its thermal management business to Dana (Phase II case;)
  • Deutsche Lufthansa in a wet lease agreement with Air Berlin (German merger clearance)
  • Live Nation and its subsidiary Ticketmaster in various abuse-of-dominance and merger control proceedings in Germany, the UK, Ireland, and Scandinavia

Bar Qualification

  • Brussels Bar - E List
  • Rechtsanwalt (Germany)


  • Postgraduate Degree in Economics for Competition Law, King's College London, 2016
    With merit
  • LL.M., Tilburg University, Netherlands, 2014
    cum laude
  • Second German State Exam, Higher Regional Court, Brandenburg, 2013
  • First German State Exam, University of Potsdam, 2010

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • German