Christian Karhula Lauridsen

Attorney-at-Law, Partner

Christian Karhula Lauridsen is a specialist in EU Competition law.

His experience includes the largest ever abuse case in Denmark, the largest ever competition law damages case in Denmark and some of the largest ever EU cartel cases involving Danish companies. In addition, he coordinates and is highly involved in complex, multi-jurisdictional claims for clients.

Christian is part of a team which functions through a conscious notion of genuine team work. The team includes two economists and the former President of the General Court of the European Union, Bo Vesterdorf, who has unique and extensive experience in international and EU cases.

Christian has a combined Master of Laws (LL.M.) from the University of Copenhagen and Katholieke Universiteit Leuven as well as a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in competition law, EU law and IP law from the University of Cambridge (Jesus College). He was seconded to work at the group secretariat of Carlsberg and has been an associated professor at Copenhagen Business School.

Christian is the chairman of the Danish Competition Law Society, and he is a member of the Association of Danish Lawyers' expert panel for Competition Law.

Highlights

  • Danfoss A/S - defended Danfoss in the Refrigeration Compressors case. It was the first cartel case with joint dawn raids by EU, US and Brazilian authorities and one of the first cartel cases to be settled under the European Commission's new settlement procedure. He also co-ordinates the defence in investigations in various other jurisdictions and co-ordinates and is involved in multi-jurisdictional claims for damages
  • Ørsted (formerly DONG Energy A/S) - defended DONG Energy, Elsam and E2 in a number of complex court cases against the Danish Competition Appeals Tribunal concerning the alleged excessive pricing on the electricity spot market in Denmark and in relation to the follow-on damages claims from more than 1.100 companies The case is the largest ever in Denmark
  • Victor Hasselblad AB - defended Victor Hasselblad AB in a European Commission investigation regarding Hasselblad's alleged refusal to license essential IP rights and bundling of products – similar to the Microsoft case. After several years of investigation, the complaint was rejected by the European Commission
  • The local banks case - defended seven Danish banks in the local banks case. All serious allegations by the Danish Competition Authority against the seven banks as to cartel activities, agreements on market partitioning and price coordination were dismissed by the Danish Competition Appeals Tribunal
  • DONG Energy A/S - assisted the state-owned company in the contribution by, inter alia, Goldman Sachs of capital in DONG Energy. This was one of the largest ever in Europe. The work involved state aid advice and merger notification to the European Commission
  • Dansk Rørindustri - represented Dansk Rørindustri in pre-insulated pipes case, one of the first EU cartel cases involving a Danish company. The case established a number of important principles of EU competition law
  • Innovation Fund Denmark - assisted the largest state-owned foundation in Denmark, Innovation Fund Denmark, in creating a pragmatic and state aid compliant IPR frame-work for the foundation's funds to private companies and universities for the development of new and important technologies
  • Skandinavisk Motor Co. A/S - represented the importer of Audi in the European Court of Justice's Case C-125/05 Vulcan Silkeborg regarding the interpretation of the motor vehicle block exemption regulation

Ratings

  • Christian Karhula Lauridsen is ranked as a leading individual (Band 1) as regards Competition/European Law by Chambers Europe. Christian Karhula Lauridsen is experienced in representing high-profile clients before the competition authorities, and also deals with damages and appeals. He is considered to be a "strategic mastermind" by sources, who say he is "always willing to find solutions to move things forward." (2019)

  • Christian Karhula Lauridsen is listed as a leading individual as regards EU and Competition by Legal 500 (2019)

  • Christian Karhula Lauridsen is listed as a "Global Leader" with respect to Competition. (2019)

  • Christian Karhula Lauridsen is ranked as a leading individual (Band 1) as regards Competition/European Law. Christian Karhula Lauridsen has significant experience in competition-related damages claims, and has defended DONG Energy on damages cases relating to alleged excessive pricing in the energy markets. He also handles EU cartel work including cases involving multi-jurisdictional dimensions. Clients recognize his"very high standing" in this practice area, noting that "he's extremely detail-oriented and thinks outside of the box". (2018)

  • Christian Karhula Lauridsen is listed as a leading individual as regards EU and Competition. The group includes renowned Christian Karhula Lauridsen. (2018)

  • Christian Karhula Lauridsen is listed as an expert with respect to Competition. (2017)

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    Christian Karhula Lauridsen is ranked as a leading individual (Band 1) as regards Competition/European Law. Christian Karhula Lauridsen has a wealth of experience in competition law. 

    Christian Karhula Lauridsen is listed as a leading individual as regards EU and Competition. (2017)

  • Christian Karhula Lauridsen is listed as a leading individual as regards EU and Competition. (2017)

  • Christian Karhula Lauridsen is ranked as a leading individual (Band 1) as regards Competition/European Law. He receives praise from clients: "He is definitely a strong lawyer, specialised in complex matters. He is very good at going in depth into competition law issues." (2016)

  • Christian Karhula Lauridsen is listed as a leading individual as regards EU and Competition. (2016)
  • Christian Karhula Lauridsen is listed as an expert with respect to Competition. (2016)
  • Christian Karhula Lauridsen is listed as a leading individual as regards EU and Competition. (2015)
  • Christian Karhula Lauridsen is ranked as a leading individual (Band 1) as regards Competition/European Law. (2015)

  • Christian Karhula Lauridsen is listed as a Life Science Star as regards Non-IP Litigation. (2015)
  • Respected partner Christian Karhula Lauridsen is widely praised for his competition expertise and adept handling of international cases. "He has great business acumen and turns every stone to find solutions", impressed sources say. (2014)

  • Listed as a pre-eminent lawyer (Band 1) as regards Competition Law. (2014)
  • Listed as an expert (Band 1) in the area Competition/Antitrust. (2014)
  • Market commentators describe Christian Karhula Lauridsen as one of the best competition practitioners in the market. Sources say: "He is extremely analytical and straightforward. He is particularly strong on complex investigations, where every stone needs to be turned". (2013)
  • Christian Karhula Lauridsen is considered by clients to be "top-notch for complicated issues".  (2013)
  • Christian Karhula Lauridsen wins glowing reviews on all sides. Sources are greatly impressed by his "ability to provide clear advice on extremely complex legal matters" and by his "understanding of the economics of competition law." He has worked on some of Denmark's biggest cartel cases of late. (2012)
  • Christian Karhula Lauridsen has received the ILO Client Choice Award 2011 in the category "Competition Law".

    "Christian Karhula Lauridsen has proven extremely valuable to us in very difficult and complex cases."
    "He is definitely among the very best external lawyers we have ever used."
    "He has a high degree of expertise in competition law, as well as significant knowledge of the related economic and financial aspects, which is of paramount importance in this field."
    "Mr. Lauridsen is able to communicate and deliver the core arguments of a case in a clear, precise and compelling manner."
    (2011)

  • Christian Karhula Lauridsen is well-known for acting on significant cartel and abuse of dominance cases in recent years and his knowledge and commercial approach is appreciated. "He has a good ability to address both the legal and economic aspects of the mandate". (2011)

  • Christian Karhula Lauridsen has received the ILO Client Choice Award 2010 in the category "Competition Law".

    "Dedication to serve us as a client in a very effective and timely manner, superb strategic abilities and capacity combined with a deep insight into competition law matters."
    "Capable of preparing the right strategy to be used in the different matters – so his advice is not limited to pure legal matters."
    "He is very communicative - which means that you always feel that Mr Lauridsen is on top of the situation."
    "He is also heading a team of highly skilled lawyers."
    (2010)

  • Christian Karhula Lauridsen "has excellent analytical skills, is extremely knowledgeable and always delivers on time". (2009)
  • Sources comment that Christian Karhula Lauridsen "is brilliant, always convincing, and extremely impressive in the courtroom". (2009)

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