Alexander Israel , LL.M. (Boston)

Rechtsanwalt
Partner
Practice Group Antitrust & Competition
Practice Group Compliance & Investigations

Alexander Israel advises national and international companies on German and European competition law, state aid and regulatory issues. Alexander acts for clients in merger control proceedings, in global cartel investigations, abuse of dominance constellations and related litigation.

He has particular experience in aviation, automotive, financial services, basic industry, consumer goods and the IT sector. Alexander is regularly involved in highly regarded cases, including the Air Cargo defense and the CDS defense (both GCR Matters of the year 2016.) He is a regular speaker at conferences and teaches “European Competition Law” at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW) in Winterthur, Switzerland. Alexander is also an author of many publications relating to German and EU competition law.

Chambers Global (since 2016) and Chambers Europe (since 2016 ), JUVE (since 2015) and Best Lawyers 2017/2018 rank Alexander among the leading practitioners in Brussels. Chambers highlights the client praise that "Alexander is one of the best competition lawyers we ever instructed because of his highquality legal analysis, his strategic business guidance and his work produced on a fast turnaround." and that Alexander is described by an impressed client „as one of the most responsive, diligent and valuable outside counsel I have ever worked with.“
Alexander was also included in Who's Who Legal’s first edition “Competition – Future Leaders”, which will list the foremost practitioners in this area aged 45 or under. His inclusion was based on the praise that “he is an outstanding strategist and highly proficient. He is a commercially minded lawyer who produces impressive work within a very short time."

Expertise

  • Antitrust law
  • Compliance
  • European law

Career

  • Legal studies at the universities of Göttingen and Boston (USA)
  • Mutliple years with a US law firm in Brussels (Belgium)
  • With Noerr since 2013
  • Admitted to the Düsseldorf and Brussels Bar (Belgium)

Selected Projects

  • Numerous national and international companies in global cartel investigations, in particular in the automotive sector
  • Secured full immunity for leading US company in the EU investigation “car battery recycling”
  • Represented WABCO, Trane Inc. and Ideal Standard before the General Court in the bathroom fittings cartel case, resulting in a historic fine reduction of €205 million
  • Representing Swiss watch maker in proceedings before the EU courts
  • Represented Swiss watch marker in EU investigation “Independent Watch Repairers”, resulting in a closure
  • Representing European Commission in case T-441/14 "Power Cables"
  • Represented Lufthansa and Swiss in their appeal of the cartel decision “Air Cargo” achieving the first annulment of an immunity decision (Matter of the Year 2016, Global Competition Review)
  • Represented bearing manufacturer in EC cartel case “Bearings”
  • Coordinated global defence against private damage claims for antitrust violations
  • European investment bank in EC’s proceedings into CDS (various allegations) resulting in a rare closure of the file after the Statement of Objections (Behavioural Matter of the Year 2016, Global Competition Review)
  • Lufthansa in the EC’s transatlantic alliance (Star Alliance) investigation
  • Two European airlines in the EC’s code share investigation
  • Lufthansa in the global merger clearance for the acquisitions of Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines and bmi as well as the sale of bmi to IAG
  • Cisco re global merger control clearance of its acquisition of Tandberg and Coreoptics
  • Lufthansa and Austrian Airlines before the General Court in cases T-162/10
  • Numerous EC complaints alleging abuse of dominance and defending such allegations

Distinctions

  • Who's Who Legal: Competition – Future Leaders (foremost practitioners under 45)
  • Highlighted by the leading German legal directory JUVE (since 2015) as a recommended antitrust lawyer in Germany and Brussels
  • Ranked by Chambers Global and Europe (since 2016) as a leading practitioner in Brussels (Band 6) and „Foreign Expert for Germany“
  • The 2017 and 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers in Belgium included Alexander in the practice area of „Competition/Antitrust Law“

Memberships

  • Studienvereinigung Kartellrecht
  • American Bar Association - Section of Antitrust Law
  • European Competition Lawyers Forum
  • European Aviation Club

Selected Publications

  • Leniency, Enforcement Powers and Settlements in: Kamann/Ohlhoff/Völcker, Kartellverfahren und Kartellprozess (Proceedings in Competition Cases), Co-author G. Miersch, 2017
  • Verordnung Nr. 1218/2010 (Spezialisierungsvereinbarungen), in: Münchner Kommentar zum Europäischen und Deutschen Wettbewerbsrecht, Bd. 1, 2. ed., 2015
  • Drittanfechtungen in der Fusionskontrolle – Das Urteil des EuGH in Sachen Sony/BMG (with S. Völcker), in: ZWeR 2011, p. 95
  • Europäische Zusammenschlusskontrolle, in: Kölner Kompendium zum Luftrecht, 2010 (with S. Völcker and R. Schütt), p. 566 (English issue 2012)