Dr. Fabian Badtke, LL.M.

Lawyer (Rechtsanwalt)
Head of Antitrust & Competition
Head of Healthcare

Fabian Badtke specialises in European and German antitrust law. His core practice areas include merger control and coordination of multijurisdictional filings, antitrust investigations (Federal Cartel Office and European Commission), filling and defending against cartel damage claims and compliance-advice (including internal investigations, e-discovery and e-learning). Fabian has specific industry know-how in the financial services, health care & life sciences, and retail and media sectors.

Fabian regularly publishes on current antitrust topics. He is a member of the antitrust research association Studienvereinigung Kartellrecht and the founder and moderator of the Antitrust Law Group @XING, an online-community for antitrust law (Antitrust|XING).


  • German and European competition law
  • German and European merger control
  • European law
  • Compliance and internal investigations
  • Healthcare & life sciences


  • Legal studies at the Universities of Potsdam and Cambridge, (UK)  (LL.M.) and at the Humboldt-University of Berlin
  • Secondment to Deutsche Bank (2014)
  • Experience as a lawyer in a law firm specialising in medical law in Berlin
  • At Noerr since 2007
  • Admitted to the Berlin Chamber of Lawyers since 2006

Selected Projects

  • Fresenius/Helios: Advising on the acquisition of 40 hospitals and 13 medical care centres from Rhoen Klinikum
  • ABN AMRO: Advising on the acquisition of Credit Suisse´s private banking business in Germany
  • Large German industrial: Advising the company on its internal compliance investigations
  • Gazprom: Advising the company on its acquisition of Envacom’s power supply business
  • Fresenius Kabi the healthcare company on the implementation of an antitrust compliance programme
  • Major European retail chain: Providing ongoing comprehensive competition law advice
  • Zimmer Biomet: Providing ongoing comprehensive competition law advice to its EMEA branch


  • Frequently recommended for antitrust law (“really good, very pragmatic” (client), “ambitious and dedicated” (competitor)), Juve 2017/2018;
  • Recommended advisor for healthcare antitrust law (Juve 2017/2018)
  • Recommended by GCR Competition Review in “Who’s Who Legal: Competition – Future Leaders 2018” (“really impressive for merger filings” and also “well known for his strong antitrust practice, receiving international endorsements for his work on complex cartel damages claims”)
  • Frequently listed as an "antitrust Cartel law expert", " in Germany’s "Handelsblatt" newspaper
  • In 2008, he was awarded a prize for the best dissertation in competition law, corporate law and intellectual property rights by the Humboldt-University of Berlin


  • Member of the antitrust research association Studienvereinigung Kartellrecht
  • KartellrechtsForum Frankfurt am Main

Selected Publications

  • Das Kartellrecht der Bankgeschäfte, Bankrecht, 5th ed. 2018, Carl Heymanns Verlag
  • Zur kartellrechtlichen Beurteilung von F&E-Verträgen, Verträge über Forschung und Entwicklung, 3rd ed. 2018, Carl Heymanns Verlag
  • Wer zahlt Kartellbußen? – Bundesarbeitsgericht zur Managerhaftung, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung 28/06/2017, Recht und Steuern
  • Aktuelle Entwicklungen beim Akteneinsichtsrecht in Wettbewerbsverfahren (with Jan Moritz Lang), Wirtschaft und Wettbewerb (WuW 2016)
  • Should the Acquisition of Non-controlling Minority Shareholdings be Treated as Concentra-tions? (with Rea Diamantatou), Journal of European Competition Law & Practice, 2016, Vol. 7
  • Das Kartellrecht der Bankgeschäfte, Bankrecht, issue 4 2014, Carl Heymanns Verlag
  • Kollektive Marktbeherrschung im Kraftstoffmarkt? (with Dr Oliver Vahrenholt), Zeitschrift für Wettbewerbsrecht (ZWeR), 2012
  • Die Bedeutung des Kartellrechts bei M&A-Transaktionen, Kölner Schrift zum Wirtschaftsrecht (KSzW), 2011
  • Das Kartellrecht und die aktuelle Debatte um die Laufzeitverlängerung von Atomkraftwerken – eine kritische Würdigung (with Oliver Vahrenholt), Wettbewerb in Recht und Praxis (WRP) 2010
  • Der “Rhön-Beschluss” des BGH – endlich Klarheit bei der Zusammenschlusskontrolle von Krankenhausfusionen?, Zeitschrift für das gesamte Krankenhausrecht (KHR), 2008
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