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Dr. Andreas von Bonin Rechtsanwalt (Cologne, Germany); LL.M.


Andreas is an antitrust, competition and trade partner in our Brussels office.



Antitrust, competition and trade


Andreas has spent over 10 years developing his practice in Brussels and is the lawyer clients come to when they need someone who really understands how the European institutions work.

His practice focuses on EU and international competition law spanning merger control and joint venture cases, antitrust compliance and investigations of anti-competitive behaviour, as well as competition litigation before the EU Courts. Andreas also specialises in EU State aid and regulatory procedures, including in the context of privatisations and most recently in respect of the European Commission’s focus on State aid breaches through Member States’ tax measures.

Additionally, Andreas oversees Freshfields’ EU regulatory and public affairs practice, advising clients at the interface of law, politics and business.

‘... Dr Andreas von Bonin in Brussels, whom a client praises for his “quick and creative solutions in complicated EU law cases”.’
Juve, 2015
'Andreas] was repeatedly recommended to researchers for the "undeniable quality" of his State aid practice.’
Chambers Global, 2016

Recent deals/Highlights

  • Anheuser-Busch InBev on the global competition strategy for its $106bn acquisition of SABMiller, which created one of the world's largest consumer goods companies. The deal was subject to regulatory clearances in more than 30 countries and required remedies including a significant disposal of assets across the US, Europe and Asia and public interest commitments in several jurisdictions.
    Described as 'massive' the merger was named 'Global Deal of the Year 2016' by The American Lawyer and Freshfields' role was commended as 'Standout' in the 2016 Financial Times Innovative Lawyers Awards.
  • Hapag-Lloyd on the global coordination of its merger with Dubai-based United Arab shipping Co. (UASC) having similarly advised Hapag-Lloyd on its merger with the container shipping activities of Chile’s Compañía Sud Americana de Vapores(CSAV) in 2014.
  • Major multinationals (client names confidential), from across various sectors of the economy, in the European Commission's wave of formal investigations into State aid through national tax regimes, including in respect of appeal procedures before the European Courts in Luxembourg.
    He continues to advise several major European financial institutions and governments on the State aid aspects of restructuring and resolution proceedings and helps sellers and bidders in privatisations of state owned assets.

Qualifications and education

University of Freiburg, Germany (Dr jur)

Columbia University Law School, New York, USA (LLM)

Admitted to the Cologne and Brussels (E-list) Bars


German, English and French

  • Brussels

  • Bastion Tower
  • Place du Champ de Mars/
  • Marsveldplein 5
  • B-1050 Brussels
  • T +32 2 504 7000
  • F +32 2 504 7200

  • andreas.vonbonin@freshfields.com
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