Dr. Sebastian Janka , LL.M. (Stellenbosch)

Associated Partner
Practice Group Antitrust & Competition
Practice Group Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions

Dr. Sebastian Janka advises national and international clients on all matters of European and German antitrust & competition law. His advice covers, inter alia, M&A/transactions (merger control by the European Commission and the Federal Cartel Office (Bundeskartellamt) as well as the coordination of multijurisdictional filings), cartel investigations and fine proceedings initiated by the European Commission and the Bundeskartellamt, cartel damage claims and other disputes (also before German courts as well as before the General Court and the Court of Justice of the European Union), and advice on compliance matters. Dr. Sebastian Janka has studied in Hamburg (Germany), Bordeaux (France) and Stellenbosch (South Africa) and worked with international law firms in Buenos Aires (Argentina) and New York (USA).

Dr. Sebastian Janka is author of various publications on competition and sports law related questions and frequently contributes as speaker or panel chair on national and international antitrust law conferences. He is a member, among others, of the German Competition Law Association (Studienvereinigung Kartellrecht e.V.), the American Bar Association (ABA) and the International Association of Young Lawyers (AIJA).

He is recommended by various publications, including the current first edition of Who’s Who Legal: Competition – Future Leaders 2017, published by GCL, and listed in The Best Lawyers in Germany 2018 in the Competition/Antitrust Law category.


  • German and European antitrust & competition law
  • German and European merger control / M&A
  • Compliance and internal investigations
  • Sport and media law


  • Legal studies at the Universität Hamburg (Germany) as well as at the Université de droit in Bordeaux (France)
  • Postgraduate studies at the University of Stellenbosch (South Africa)
  • Ph.D. in 2008 on a merger control topic
  • Legal experience with the law firm M. & M. Bomchil in Buenos Aires (Argentina)
  • With Noerr since 2008
  • Admitted to the Munich Chamber of Lawyers
  • Work for Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP in 2014 in New York (USA)


  • Andritz group: Constant advice on various antitrust issues, for instance multi-jurisdictional merger projects such as in the case of the public takeover of Schuler AG with notification requirements in, inter alia, the authorities in the US, China, Brazil, Turkey and with the European Commission
  • Bahlsen: Advice for a former sales director of the German cookie manufacturer in proceedings before the Federal Cartel Office and the Higher Regional Court of Dusseldorf regarding an alleged confectionery cartel
  • CMC Commerical Metals Company: Advice in connection with antitrust administrative proceedings and cartel damages claims
  • Daimler: Continuous antitrust law advice in connection with joint ventures and cooperation in CEE, in particular Russia; acting for the premier automotive group in merger control cases such as the sale of its majority in MBtech to the French engineering and consulting company AKKA Technologies 
  • GVC Holding: Advice in the context of its €1.5bn acquisition of online gaming provider bwin.party digital entertainment
  • PCC Precision Castparts Corp.: Advice on merger control including representation in phase II proceedings before the Federal Cartel Office
  • SKW Stahl Metallurgie group: Representing listed SKW in the so-called calcium carbide case (EU cartel case for alleged price and quota agreements) before the European General Court and the European Court of Justice, as well as before national courts (including the Federal Supreme Court) in civil proceedings
  • ThyssenKrupp: Advice on the handling of antitrust law compliance issues, such as the establishment and execution of an amnesty programme and support with a general antitrust audit


  • He is recommended by various publications, including the current first edition of Who’s Who Legal: Competition – Future Leaders 2017, published by GCL, and listed in The Best Lawyers in Germany 2018 in the Competition/Antitrust Law category.
  • "NOERR’s Sebastian Janka is commended for his proficiency in cartel investigations and follow-on damages claims work. According to sources, he “possesses impressive in-depth knowledge” and “offers a really practical approach” to solving complex problems.", Who’s Who Legal





  • German Competition Law Association
  • Antitrust Section of the American Bar Association (ABA)
  • International Association of Young Lawyers (AIJA)
  • German-South African Lawyers Association

Selected Publications

  • Parent Company Liability in German and EU Competition Law: Two Worlds Apart?, JECLP (2016) 7 (9): p. 614 et seq.
  • Parent liability and claims for recovery between joint and several debtors according to EU antitrust law, ECLR Vol. 35: Issue 12 2014, p. 594 et seq. 
  • Dawn Raids – richtiger Umgang mit kartellbehördlichen Durchsuchungen, DER BETRIEB, Nr. 09 v. 28.02.2014, p. 467 et seq. (with A. Birnstiel and G. Schubert)
  • Die Pressefusionskontrolle nach deutschem und südafrikanischem Kartellrecht, dissertation, Nomos Verlag