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Axel Beckmerhagen

European Counsel

Axel Beckmerhagen

European Counsel
London +44-20-7959-8900+44-20-7959-8900 +44-20-7959-8950+44-20-7959-8950
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Axel Beckmerhagen is European Counsel in Sullivan & Cromwell’s London office whose practice focuses on German and European competition law.

Prior to joining Sullivan & Cromwell in 2007, Mr. Beckmerhagen worked for Hengeler Mueller in Düsseldorf (Germany) for several years.


His experience includes advising:
  • Leonardo DRS, Inc. in its merger with RADA Electronic Industries Ltd. producing a combined company valued at approximately $4.2 billion
  • ​Merck KGaA in its acquisition of Versum Materials
  • Bayer AG on its acquisition of Monsanto Company
  • Barclays in the EU Commission’s Forex cartel investigation
  • Technicolor in the EU Commission’s TV and Computer Monitor Tubes cartel investigation
  • Iveco in the EU Commission’s Trucks cartel investigation
  • Diebold, Inc. on its acquisition of Wincor Nixdorf AG;
  • Deutsche Wohnen AG on its attempted voluntary public tender offer to acquire all outstanding shares of LEG Immobilien AG;
  • Deutsche Annington (now Vonovia) on its takeover of GAGFAH;
  • Alcatel-Lucent on its intended combination with Nokia;
  • ZF Friedrichshafen AG on its acquisition of TRW Automotive Holdings Corp;
  • Novaled on its acquisition by Samsung/Cheil Industries;
  • Priceline on its acquisition of Kayak;
  • Cytec Industries on the sale of its coating resins business to Advent International;
  • CPTN Holdings (a Microsoft-led consortium) on competition matters relating to its acquisition of patents and patent applications from Novell;
  • Rhône Capital on antitrust and competition law issues relating to its acquisition of Evonik Carbon Black (and other selected subsidiaries) from Degussa;
  • Goldman Sachs Funds on their acquisition, with TPG Capital, of Ontex from Candover Investments;
  • Silver Lake Partners on its acquisition of a 65% interest in Skype Technologies from eBay;
  • Mainova on the acquisition of Thüga from E.ON by a consortium of investors;
  • Fiat on its strategic alliance with Chrysler and on its acquisition of joint control of Italian engine manufacturer VM Motori; and
  • Commerzbank on its acquisition of Dresdner Bank from Allianz.
In addition to advising on merger control, he also has advised in cartel investigations by the EU Commission and the German Bundeskartellamt.