Christian Ritz, LL.M. (USYD)

Christian Ritz, LL.M. (USYD)


Email christian.ritz@​

Phone +49 89 290 12 0

Fax +49 89 290 12 222

LanguagesEnglish, French, German

Practice groupGlobal Regulatory

Rising Star Competition & Antitrust

IFLR Rising Stars Awards Europe 2020

Christian Ritz handles complex antitrust and competition law matters, multi-jurisdictional authority investigations as well as internal investigations and compliance issues.

In particular, Christian's practice focuses on representing his clients in dawn raids and providing them with strategic guidance and legal advice in multi-jurisdictional investigations, including complex internal investigations. Additionally, Christian represents his clients in cartel damages litigation and regularly advises them on the development and implementation of global compliance systems. Christian defends his clients against compliance violation claims and advises them in civil litigation cases following compliance breaches. He also advises on merger control as well as regulatory issues.

Christian has been recognized as 'Future Leader Competition' by Who's Who Legal since 2018. In its 2019 ranking, Who's Who Legal recognized him as "one of the promising associates of his generation" who is recognized for his “profound economic understanding”. Further, clients praise Christian as “a very calm and humble character" who “should become a leading expert in competition law in the foreseeable future". 

Prior to joining our firm, Christian practiced antitrust and competition law at the Berlin office of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. He also gained valuable experience in the EU public policy arena while working for Alber & Geiger in Berlin and Brussels. Christian undertook his legal education at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn and the Université Paris-Sud, France. He obtained a Master of Laws degree (LL.M.) from the University of Sydney, Australia. He trained with international law firms in Berlin as well as with the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology.

Christian publishes and speaks regularly on topical issues in the field of antitrust, investigations and regulatory.

Awards and recognitions


Recognized in GCR's '40 under 40' list of the top young antitrust lawyers
Global Competition Review


Leading lawyer for antitrust and competition in Germany


Recommended lawyer for antitrust, compliance, and investigations
Legal 500 Germany


Future leader for competition law
Who is Who Legal Germany


Rising star for competition & antitrust Europe
IFLR Rising Stars Awards


Rising star for competition and antitrust in Germany
Expert Guides

Education and admissions


Second State Exam in Law, Appellate Court of Berlin/Brandenburg, 2012

LL.M., University of Sydney, 2010

First State Exam in Law, University of Bonn, 2009


Studienvereinigung Kartellrecht (German Association for Antitrust Law)

Representative experience

Advising German DAX 30 company in dawn raids and cartel investigation by the EU Commission.

Advising German DAX 30 company in dawn raids and cartel investigation by the German FCO.

Advising major international beverages producer regarding horizontal and vertical cooperations.

Advising major German OEM in the automotive sector regarding worldwide distribution agreements.

Representing major US pharmaceutical company in preliminary ruling proceedings before the CJEU.*

Advising ECB and National Central Bank in proceedings before the General Court and the CJEU.*

*Matter handled prior to joining Hogan Lovells.

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