Julia Molestina

Senior Associate

Julia advises on all aspects of German and EU competition law, including cartels, German and EU merger control, competition law aspects of distribution contracts and joint ventures, internal investigations and antitrust compliance. 
Her clients originate from various sectors, such as automotive, private equity, (re-)insurance, chemicals or aircraft-manufacturing sector. She possesses special expertise in antitrust litigation, in particular through her work as a defendant’s attorney in a large European and national cartel follow-on damage case. Julia also has experiences in the field of international antitrust law through her doctoral thesis.



Representative matters

Scania on defense of follow-up claims for damages in the "truck cartel" case. This is the largest private enforcement (follow-on) damages case in Germany to date, with over six hundred lawsuits pending.

Advent on the acquisition of the Engineering Materials business from DSM with LANXESS and on the establishment of a joint venture for engineering and high-performance polymers in a in €3.7bn deal.

The defence of a global pharmaceutical and healthcare company on a pan-European litigation campaign (Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Ireland, Netherlands) brought by a direct competitor. The antitrust based defence grounds eventually led to a withdrawal of all actions across Europe against our client.

Leadership Positions And Professional Affiliations

  • Julia is a member of the Studienvereinigung Kartellrecht e.V. as well as of the Münchner Kartellrechtsforum e.V. 


  • Julia received the Ludwig Maximilian University’s award for achieving the highest mark (summa cum laude) in her doctoral thesis



Admitted as Lawyer, Germany, 2016


Phd in competition law at the Max-Planck-Institute for Competition and Innovation and the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, 2015

Second German Law Degree, Higher Regional Court of Munich, Germany, 2015

First German Law Degree, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany, 2010

A&O Shearman was formed on May 1, 2024 by the combination of Shearman & Sterling LLP and Allen & Overy LLP and their respective affiliates (the legacy firms). Any matters referred to above may include matters undertaken by one or more of the legacy firms rather than A&O Shearman.