Dr. Sven B. Völcker is a partner in Latham & Watkins’ Brussels office and Vice Chair of the firm's 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 20 years' experience in competition law, Dr. 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