“Sources describe that he ‘keeps calm in stressful situations and finds solutions extremely fast’, being ‘always three steps ahead.’”Who’s Who Legal Competition 2019

Sebastian Max Hauser

Frankfurt
  • Die Welle
  • Reuterweg 20
  • 60323 Frankfurt am Main
  • Germany
 
 

Dr. Sebastian Max Hauser is a partner in Latham & Watkins' Frankfurt office and a member of the firm’s Global Antitrust & Competition Practice. He has extensive experience in the full range of transaction and conduct related antitrust law issues under German and EU law, with a particular focus on German, EU, and international merger control proceedings. In addition, Dr. Hauser represents clients in antitrust proceedings and plaintiffs as well as defendants in antitrust-related disputes. He also advises on antitrust compliance and other antitrust issues such as cooperation agreements, non-competition clauses, exclusivity schemes, distribution systems, and market information systems.

The Who’s Who Legal Competition 2019 guide recognizes Mr. Hauser as a Future Leader by noting his excellence and experience in merger control matters and cartel investigations. Sources describe that he “keeps calm in stressful situations and finds solutions extremely fast,” being “always three steps ahead.”

His practice spans a wide range of industries, including automotive, financial services / private equity, food retailing, healthcare, information technology, oil and gas, and recycling.

Mr. Hauser was a law clerk at the German Federal Cartel Office and the Directorate-General for Competition of the European Commission. He was a visiting researcher at Cornell Law School in Ithaca, New York, United States, and earned his doctorate summa cum laude with a thesis on divestiture remedies in cartel proceedings. Mr. Hauser regularly publishes articles on antitrust law issues.

Mr. Hauser has handled a large number of German, EU, and multi-jurisdictional merger control proceedings. His experience includes obtaining merger control clearances for the following transactions:

  • Acco on the acquisition of Esselte
  • ArthroCare on the acquisition by Smith & Nephew
  • Actavis on the acquisition of Warner Chilcott
  • BC Partners on the sale of Synlab to Cinven
  • Callaway on the acquisition of Jack Wolfskin
  • Carlyle on a number of intended and completed transactions including the acquisition of KAP Beteiligungs-AG and on the sale of Custom Sensors & Technologies’ sensing business to Sensata Technologies
  • CDPQ on its joint acquisition with Suez of the water processing business of General Electric
  • Chequers Capital on a number of intended and completed transactions including the sale of Metabo to Hitachi Power Tools
  • Chiho-Tiande on the acquisition of Scholz Group
  • Extreme Networks in its acquisitions of Zebra’s WLAN business and Avaya’s networking business
  • Gerflor on the acquisition of DLW's insolvent linoleum flooring business
  • Hellman & Friedman on the acquisition of Scout24
  • Hg on the acquisitions of Transporeon Group, MeinAuto.de, and Mobility Concept, as well as on the sale of Teufel Group
  • Hyundai and KIA on the investment into IONITY, a joint venture established by BMW, Daimler, VW with Porsche and Ford to set-up and operate a pan-European High-Power-Charging network for electric vehicles
  • Keiper/Recaro on its acquisition by Johnson Controls*
  • LDiscovery on the acquisition of Kroll Ontrack
  • Omnicom on the sale of Sellbytel to KKR/Webhelp
  • Permira on its investment in the FlixMobility Group
  • Quadriga on the acquisition of the Vescon and Schiller Groups for the purpose of creating a new platform for industrial automation
  • Safran on the acquisition of the aerospace electrical power systems business of Goodrich
  • Siemens/Osram on the acquisition of Siteco*
  • Triton on a number of intended and completed transactions including on the acquisitions of the IFCO (together with Abu Dhabi Investment Authority), Royal Reesink, and the All4Labels Groups as well as on the sales of COBEX to Tokai Carbon and of Aventics to Emerson

Mr. Hauser's cartel defense and litigation experience includes the following advice and representations for/regarding:

  • Nestlé in an investigation by the German Federal Cartel Office regarding food retail
  • Multi-jurisdictional investigations regarding automotive parts
  • German investigation regarding into the rail sector and subsequent follow-on cartel damages litigation
  • German investigations regarding steel products
  • Follow-on cartel damages litigation regarding German debit card scheme
  • Follow-on cartel damages claims regarding automotive parts
  • Private equity firm and public utility group in arbitration proceedings regarding contract, energy, and antitrust law issues and regarding a post M&A dispute, respectively

*Matter handled prior to joining Latham

 
 
 
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