Prof. Dr. Karsten Metzlaff

Practice Group Antitrust & Competition
Practice Group Digital Business

Prof. Dr. Karsten Metzlaff advises German and foreign clients on all aspects of German and European antitrust law. The advice he provides focuses on merger control (including the coordination and management of multijurisdictional filings), antitrust authority investigation proceedings (German Federal Cartel Office and European Commission), cartel damages claims and compliance issues (including e-discovery and e-learning). He also advises on all issues relating to distribution law, in particular franchise law. Karsten Metzlaff's special industry focus is in the areas of Retail, Health Care & Life Sciences and Media & IT & Real Estate. Karsten Metzlaff began his career at a major German branded goods company, where he had overall responsibility for establishing its international franchise system.


  • German and European antitrust law
  • Distribution law and franchising


  • Studied law at the Universities of Münster, Hamburg, Lausanne (Switzerland), London (UK) and Brussels (EC Commission)
  • State-certified real estate manager (Kaufmann der Grundstücks- und Wohnungswirtschaft)
  • With Noerr since 1999
  • Admitted to the Berlin Chamber of Lawyer


  • Recommended lawyer for Franchise, Who's Who Legal (2016)
  • Prof. Dr. Karsten Metzlaff is distinguished as a leading lawyer for antitrust and distribution law in leading legal directories: Best Lawyers, Chambers Europe, Legal 500, Who’s Who Legal. The JUVE Handbook, for example, also distinguishes him as one of the leading names in distribution law.
  • The magazine Wirtschaftswoche included Dr. Karsten Metzlaff in the top 25 German lawyers for antitrust law.


  • International Bar Association (IBA), Co-Chair International Franchising Law Committee and Member of Antitrust Law Committee
  • Antitrust Section of American Bar Association (ABA)
  • ABA Forum on Franchising
  • German Antitrust Law Association (Studienvereinigung Kartellrecht)
  • German Franchise Association e.V. (DFV)

Selected Publications

  • Dr. Metzlaff is active as a author on numerous antitrust and distribution law issues.
  • Co-editor of the distribution law journal "Zeitschrift für Vertriebsrecht", ZVertR, Beck-Verlag
  • Überblick über das Franchiserecht in Deutschland (German franchise law overview), in: Getting the Deal Through Franchise 2014, German Chapter
  • Commentary on Sec. 1 GWB (German Act Against Restraints of Competition)/ Art. 101 TFEU/ Horizontal Guidelines / Vertical Agreements Block Exemption Regulation, in Flohr/Wauschkuhn (ed.), Kommentar Vertriebsrecht (distribution law commentary), C.H. Beck Verlag (2013)
  • Produktions-Franchise-Vertrag (production franchise agreements), in: Martinek/Semler/Flohr (ed.), Formularsammlung Vertriebsrecht (distribution law forms handbook), C.H. Beck Verlag (2012)
  • Internationale Franchiseverträge (international franchise agreements), in: Pfaff (ed.), Lizenzverträge – Formularkommentar (licence agreement forms commentary), Beck-Verlag 2009
  • Die Behandlung von Einkaufsvorteilen im deutschen und europäischen Kartellrecht (the treatment of purchasing advantages in German and European antitrust law), in: Handbuch Franchising & Cooperation (handbook), 1st ed., 2009
  • Internetvertrieb und Kartellrecht (internet distribution and antitrust law), in: Jahrbuch Franchising (yearbook) 2009 (edited by: Deutscher Franchiseverband)
  • Antitrust law forms, in: Musterformularsammlung zum gewerblichen Rechtsschutz und Urheberrecht, (intellectual property and copyright law sample forms collection) (editor: Bartenbach), Verlag C.H. Beck, 2005
  • Editor of the practical handbook Franchising, Verlag C.H. Beck, 2003