Christian Karhula Lauridsen

advokat (H), partner

Christian Karhula Lauridsen er specialist i EU-konkurrenceret.

Christians ekspertise omfatter den hidtil største sag om misbrug af en dominerende stilling i Danmark, de største konkurrenceretlige erstatningssager i Danmark og nogle af de største EU-kartelsager, som danske virksomheder har været involveret i. Desuden koordinerer han og er dybt involveret i komplekse, tværnationale sager.

Christian indgår i et team, hvor udgangspunktet er en klar bevidsthed om ægte teamwork. Teamet består bl.a. af to økonomer og den tidligere retspræsident for Den Europæiske Unions Ret i Første Instans, Bo Vesterdorf, som har imponerende og omfattende erfaring med internationale sager og EU-sager.

Christian har en kombineret cand.jur./Master of Laws (LL.M.) fra Københavns Universitet og Katholieke Universiteit Leuven og en Master of Laws (LL.M.) i konkurrenceret, EU-ret og immaterialret fra University of Cambridge (Jesus College). Han har tidligere været udstationeret til Carlsbergs koncernsekretariat og har været ekstern lektor på Copenhagen Business School. 

Christian er medlem af bestyrelsen for og varetager sekretariatsfunktionen i Dansk Forening for Konkurrenceret. Han er også medlem af Danske Advokaters ekspertpanel for konkurrenceret.

Highlights

  • Danfoss – repræsentation af Danfoss i sagen om køleskabskompressorer. Det var den første kartelsag, der involverede koordinerede uanmeldte kontrolbesøg (såkaldte dawn raids) fra EU-myndighederne, de amerikanske myndigheder og de brasilianske myndigheder og en af de første kartelsager, der blev afgjort efter EU-Kommissionens nye forligsprocedure. Koordinerer og deltager i forsvarsarbejdet i undersøgelser og erstatningssager i en række jurisdiktioner
  • DONG Energy – repræsentation af DONG Energy, Elsam og E2 i en række komplekse retssager mod konkurrencemyndighederne om den påståede opkrævning af urimeligt høje priser på elspotmarkedet i Danmark og i forhold til de efterfølgende erstatningskrav fra 1100 virksomheder. Sagskomplekset er det hidtil største i Danmark
  • Victor Hasselblad – repræsentation af Victor Hasselblad AB vedrørende undersøgelse foretaget af EU-Kommissionen vedrørende påstande om, at Hasselblad nægtede at give licens til væsentlige immaterielle rettigheder, og at Hasselblad bundlede produkter – i lighed med Microsoft-sagen. Efter flere års undersøgelse blev klagen afvist af Kommissionen 
  • Lokalbanksagen – repræsentation af syv danske pengeinstitutter i den såkaldte Lokalbanksag. Alle alvorlige påstande, som Konkurrencerådet havde fremsat mod de syv lokalbanker om kartelvirksomhed, aftaler om markedsopdeling og priskoordinering, blev afvist af Konkurrenceankenævnet 
  • DONG Energy – statsstøtteretlig bistand til det statsejede selskab DONG Energy i forbindelse med en kapitaltilførsel til DONG Energy på DKK 13.050 mio. fra bl.a. Goldman Sachs. Dette var den største rettede emission i Danmark i 2013 og en af de hidtil største i Europa
  • Dansk Rørindustri – repræsentation af Dansk Rørindustri i rørkartelsagen, en af de første EU-kartelsager, der omfattede en dansk virksomhed. Sagen fastlagde en række vigtige konkurrenceretlige principper i EU-retten
  • Innovation Fund Denmark – (Danmarks største statsejede fond) - etablering af de grundlæggende statsstøtteretlige rammer for fondens virke, herunder for udbetaling af fondens midler til private virksomheder og universiteter med henblik på udvikling af nye og vigtige teknologier
  • Skandinavisk Motor Co (Semler) – repræsentation af importøren af Audi ved EU-Domstolen i sag C-125/05 Vulcan Silkeborg vedrørende fortolkningen af motorkøretøjsforordningen

Ratings

  • 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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