René Galle

Dr René Galle


René advises on all aspects of German and EU competition law, including cartels, abuse of dominance, German and EU merger control, competition law aspects of distribution contracts and joint ventures, internal investigations and antitrust compliance.

He is widely recognised for his expertise across the entire spectrum of competition law.

One of his focus areas is competition litigation, where he regularly represents clients in disputes, e.g. in private damages actions and in the judicial review of decisions from competition authorities. He possesses a particular expertise in antitrust economics and his doctoral thesis (an economic approach to antitrust) relates to this topic. René regularly publishes articles on issues of competition law in journals and is a speaker on seminars on competition law. He co-heads the German Association of Antitrust Lawyers (Northern Chapter).


Published Work

  • Private enforcement of the DMA – Where do we stand? (with F. Dressel), EuZW 2024, p. 105-115
  • Sweat dreams: Comments on the Supreme Court Ruling in the Mattress Case, NZKart 2024, p. 91-94
  • Recent developments in merger control – a global overview of competition authorities’ activities in 2021 (with J. v. Düring), M&A Review 2023, pp. 175-182
  • Ex-post review of non-notifiable transaction under the rules of abuse of dominance (comment on ECJ, judgment from 16 March 2023, C-449/21 – Towercast), Der Betrieb 2023, p. 883

Leadership Positions And Professional Affiliations

  • Studienvereinigung Kartellrecht
  • Competition Litigation Forum
He is exceptionally sound in every area of competition law
WWL Competition: Future Leaders, 2023
Rene is very knowledgeable. He is great to work with in complex merger control proceedings. He offers quality, speed and technical knowledge
WWL Competition: Future Leaders, 2022


  • Rising Star - Antitrust, Legal500, 2024
  • Future Leader - Competition Future Leaders - Non-Partners, WWL, 2023
  • Best Lawyer/Handelsblatt - Recommended as leading Competition law attorney in Germany, 2023
  • Competition Lawyer of the Year 2022 (Nord), Handelsblatt/Best Lawyers
  • Rising Star, Euromoney's Expert Guide, 2022



Attorney, Germany, 2009


Dr iur, Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany, 2009 

Second State Exam, Germany, 2008

First State Exam, Germany, 2006

LL.M., University of Minnesota, USA, 2004


English, German
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