Dr. Max Klasse
Dr. Max Klasse
Partner, Antitrust, Competition and EU State Aid Law
T +49 30 214 802 700
E max.klasse@blomstein.com

Max focuses on all aspects of German and European antitrust and competition, EU state aid and merger control law. In the area of antitrust, he advises companies in relation to internal investigations, in cartel proceedings, in compliance and behavioral matters. He is very experienced in getting deals through merger control, including in complicated cases with remedy packages. In state aid cases he represents both companies and state authorities before the EU courts and was recently counsel to the German Federal Government before the European Court of Justice.

Max works across many industries and has particular experience in the following sectors: food and consumer products, pharmaceuticals, healthcare, chemicals, media, transport and logistics, and telecoms. Max is listed as “one of the world’s leading competition experts” in Who’s Who Legal: Competition 2018 and as “a leading competition expert under 45” in Who’s Who Legal: Competition – Future Leaders 2017. He is recognised in the Legal Media Group’s Expert Guides “Rising Stars” section for competition and antitrust (2016, 2017 and 2018 editions) and is also ranked by GCR Who’s Who Legal as one of eight leading state aid lawyers in Germany (2017 edition).

Max is admitted to the Bar in Germany (Rechtsanwalt). He is a member of the association of German antitrust lawyers (Studienvereinigung Kartellrecht), the Berlin Roundtable EU State aid law (Berliner Gesprächskreis zum Europäischen Beihilfenrecht), and the American Bar Association (Antitrust Section).

Languages: German, English


  • Advising leading Chinese locomotive manufacturer CRRC Zhuzhou Locomotive Co., Ltd. on the merger control aspects of its acquisition of Vossloh Locomotives GmbH (Vossloh Locomotives)
  • Advising a private equity investor in relation to the acquisition of a chemicals company (complex EU case);
  • Advising a multinational conglomerate in relation to the sale of a supplier to the automotive industry to a competitor (complex EU case with remedies);
  • Advising a large media company in relation to a marketing joint venture with a competitor (phase II case before the German Federal Cartel Office);
  • Advising a multinational conglomerate in relate to the acquisition of a competitor (complex EU case);
  • Advising an FMCG conglomerate in relation to the German Federal Cartel Office’s proceedings against suppliers and retailers in relation to RPM and other vertical agreements;
  • Advising a market dominant company in relation to its new trade terms and rebate scheme;
  • Advising companies in relation to internal compliance audits.
  • Various restructuring aid cases including advising for clients from the industrial and banking sectors.


Before founding BLOMSTEIN, Max was a lawyer in the antitrust and competition group of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP from 2005 until 2016. During his time with Freshfields he was seconded to the Freshfields offices in Düsseldorf (2015), London (2014) and Cologne (2008) and also worked in Brussels. In 2012 he was seconded to a leading transport services provider.

Max studied law at Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany. He holds a Doctor of Laws degree (Dr. iur., summa cum laude) from the University of Cologne, Germany. During his legal studies he spent time with another law firm in London and with the Directorate General for Competition of the European Commission (2005).

Max regularly publishes on aspects of German and European antitrust and EU state aid law. He is co-author of a legal textbook on antitrust law in the pharmaceutical sector (together with Thomas Lübbig, 2nd edition 2015) and author in Heidenhain, European State Aid Law.

“A Rising Star in Competition and Antitrust” Guide to Leading Attorneys – Expert Guides (2016 edition)

“Leading competition expert under 45” Global Competition Review Who’s Who Legal: Competition – Future Leaders 2017

“Leading state aid lawyer” Global Competition Review Who’s Who Legal: Competition 2017


  • Geldbußen im Kathodenstahlröhrenkartell, Anm. zu EuGH, Urteil v. 14.9.2017, Rs. C-588/15 P, EuZW 2017, 935
  • Digitalisierungsvorschriften in der 9. GWB-Novelle, Max Klasse und Lars Wiethaus, WUW 2017, 354
  • Kartellrecht im Pharma- und Gesundheitssektor, Thomas Lübbig and Max Klasse, Baden-Baden, 2nd edition (2015) (1st edition 2007)
  • Chapter The Impact of Altmark: The European Commission Case Law Responses, in: Financing Services of General Economic Interest, Szyszczak/van de Gronden (eds.), T.M.C. Asser Press (2013)
  • Chapters Public Undertakings and Services of General Economic Interest, in: European State Aid Law, Heidenhain (ed.), C. H. Beck/Hart Publishing (2010)
  • Kartellrechtliche Schranken beim Abschluss von Rabattverträgen, Thomas Lübbig and Max Klasse, Arzneimittel & Recht (2009), p. 51
  • Ausfuhrbeihilfen nach dem EG-Beihilfenrecht, Ehlers/Wolffgang/Schröder (eds.), Subventionen im WTO- und EG-Recht, Frankfurt am Main (2007)
  • Gemeinschaftsrechtliche Grenzen für staatlich veranlasste Wettbewerbsbeschränkungen, Baden-Baden (2006)


  • Hipster Antitrust – Digitisation of antitrust law, panel discussion with Anna Huttenlauch, Nikolas Guggenberger and Sebastian Louven, Telemedicus Sommerkonferenz 2018, Berlin, 1 Juli 2018
  • Studienvereinigung Kartellrecht, Bonn, 1 December 2016, “Die fusionskontrollrechtlichen Vorschriften der 9. GWB Novelle”
  • 7. Deutscher Energiesteuertag, Berlin, 9 December 2016, “Praxispanel Beihilferecht: EU-Vorgaben für das deutsche Energiesteuerrecht” (introduction and moderator)
an absolute expert with a focus on state aid, a top choice for digital topics
WWL Competition 2019
an outstanding competition lawyer with expertise spanning antitrust, merger control and state aid
WWL Competition 2018