Silke Heinz is counsel based in the Cologne office.
Ms. Heinz’s practice focuses on European and German competition law, in particular merger notifications, antitrust law, including distribution and cooperation agreements, cartels, dominance, and litigation. She has experience in a number of industries, including aerospace, energy, chemical, consumer goods, broadcasting and media, medical devices, IT and telecommunications. She also has experience in other European regulatory matters, including privacy rules. JUVE
, the leading publication on German law firms, distinguishes Ms. Heinz as a frequently recommended lawyer for antitrust. Ms. Heinz has published on EU and German competition law and is an author of the Kluwer Competition Law Blog
Ms. Heinz has been involved in a broad range of merger control proceedings with the European Commission and with the Federal Cartel Office in Germany, including second-phase proceedings, the negotiation of undertakings as well as referral cases to and from the European Commission. She is also experienced in worldwide multi-country merger filings. In addition, Ms. Heinz has represented clients in litigation, notably with the Düsseldorf Court of Appeals, the German Federal State Court and the European Courts.
Ms. Heinz further has in-depth experience with cartel proceedings with the European Commission and national authorities, including the coordination of multi-authority proceedings. She has carried out internal investigations, has assisted in dawn raids, has been involved in leniency applications, and in the negotiations of settlements. She has also advised on damage claims.
Ms. Heinz joined the firm in 2000 and became counsel in 2008. She was resident in the Brussels office from 2000 to 2004. Ms. Heinz received an LL.M. degree from the College of Europe in Bruges in 1997. She passed her second state law examination in the State of Hamburg in 2000 and the first state law examination at the University of Hamburg in 1996.
Ms. Heinz is a member of the Bar in Cologne. Her native language is German, and she is fluent in English and French.