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Dr Marcel Nuys is a Partner in our Düsseldorf office and leads our German Competition practice.

He advises on all aspects of European and German competition law. His practice focuses on complex merger control proceedings, cartels, abuse of dominance proceedings, compliance programmes, and antitrust damage proceedings as well as on questions in relation to the EU Foreign Subsidies Regulation. Marcel advises clients in a variety of industries, including automotive, technology, media and telecommunications, transportation and logistics, consumer goods and energy.

Marcel  is regularly recognised as a leading lawyer for Competition Law in Germany ("Top-Anwalt für Kartellrecht") by WirtschaftsWoche. Clients praise him as "very knowledgeable, but never gets lost in technical details, quick and pragmatic - fantastic lawyer" (JUVE Handbook 2023/24).

Marcel regularly speaks at conferences on competition law developments and contributes to thought leadership. He is a co-editor of GTDT’s Competition in Digital Markets in the EU (here). He is also the editor of Cartel Intel, and is a regular contributor to the HSF Notes competition blog. 


  • "very knowledgeable, but never gets lost in technical details, quick and pragmatic - fantastic lawyer", Client, JUVE Handbook 2023/24
  • " pleasant, cooperative, self-confident", Competitor, JUVE Handbook 2023/24
  • Recognised as a leading lawyer for Competition in Germany ("Top-Anwalt für Kartellrecht"), WirtschaftsWoche 2023.
  • "emerging competition practice", "pragmatic and goal-oriented", Clients, JUVE Handbook 2021/22
  • The German CRT team has been ranked as recommended competition practice in Germany by Global Competition Review (GCR 100, 21st edition 2021)


Marcel is business fluent in English and has very good knowledge of Portuguese.

Experience & expertise

Selected matters

  • Lufthansa Group on merger control questions regarding the sale of their globally operating catering business to private equity company Aurelius Group
  • Event Hospitality & Entertainment on the sale of its German cinema exhibition division, CineStar, to UK-based Vue International Bidco, successfully obtaining Phase II conditional clearance from the FCO (deal was ultimately abandoned)
  • General Mills in competition law aspects of the sale of its European dough business to Cérélia, including securing unconditional Phase I clearance by the FCO
  • Rheinmetall AG on competition law aspects of the acquisition of Expal Systems S.A of Madrid including advising on merger control clearance proceedings in the Middle East and Spain
  • ArcelorMittal in relation to merger control aspects of several transactions
  • Deutsche Lufthansa in competition law aspects of the sale of its market leading inflight catering business to gategourmet including securing a conditional Phase I clearance by the European Commission
  • AerCap on obtaining clearance from the EU and a number of other jurisdictions (in particular Germany and Austria) for its US$30 billion combination with General Electric Capital Aviation Services
  • Iveco and Stellantis on defending against follow-on damages claims in Germany stemming from the European Commission's settlement decision in Trucks
  • Nachi-Fujikoshi Corporation in respect of follow-on damages claims and related contribution claims arising out of the European Commission decision in the automotive bearings cartel
  • Bharat Forge on its worldwide defence of follow-on damages claims arising from the German Federal Cartel Office steel mills and aluminium mills cartel decisions  
  • a plastic processing company on potential follow-on damages claims in the context of an EU Commission decision against Etyhlen purchasers
  • Aacar manufacturer in relation to the European Commission's ongoing automotive end-of-life vehicles cartel investigation
  • The Coca-Cola Company in a preliminary antitrust investigation by the European Commission, which was terminated without proceedings being opened
  • Zapp AG, a manufacturer of stainless-steel products, on the FCO's cartel investigation into stainless products, including on its successful application for leniency. settlement negotiations with the FCO in a cartel investigation following an internal investigation
  • Sky Deutschland on competition law questions, in particular regarding questions of the (digital) platform business
  • The Coca Cola Company on competition law questions