Dr. Pascal Friton

General Industries

The manufacturing sector has long been of critical importance to the German and European economy. Economic policy initiatives, such as the Industrial Strategy 2030 of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action or the European Commission's New Industrial Strategy for Europe, aim to increase the attractiveness and strengthen the EU as an industrial location. The ecological change and the digital transformation toward Industry 4.0 represent enormous upheavals, which are further complicated by rising energy prices, by weaknesses in global supply chains that have recently come to light, or by geopolitical tensions. The transformation to a green, digital and resilient industry is accompanied by increasing regulatory density, which presents affected companies with new legal challenges.


  • Advising BMW on customs related issues

  • Advising and representing agribusiness companies (e.g. ADM, Olenex and a leading international seed producer) on customs and excise law proceedings and antitrust law issues

  • Advising and representing Infineon on international trade law issues

  • Advising Knorr-Bremse on a regular basis on EU export controls and sanctions law

  • Advising MAN Energy Solutions on global merger control issues in various transactions

  • Advising various companies in the sugar industry (e.g. ED&F Man and Südzucker) on a variety of customs and market regulation law issues

  • Advising Feintool on merger control law in the acquisition of Kienle+Spiess

  • Advising companies in the petroleum industry on energy law and electricity tax law issues (e.g. BP, Shell, and Nynas)

Extremely pleasant team that has represented us very successfully for a long time, even in complex energy and alcohol tax law issues. We are always impressed by the expertise and greatly appreciate the solution-oriented approach.
Svenja Otto, BP Europe
Excellent and high quality legal advice, always responsive and practical with deep technical understanding of the matters.
Andrea Birkmann, Infineon