Stefan Höfling advises on competition and antitrust law, dispute resolution and litigation, including court proceedings, and compliance. Furthermore, he advises clients on company and (unfair) competition law. His work focuses on advising in competition and antitrust matters, especially in the context of representing clients, both infringers and those affected by infringements, in private damage claims (private enforcement as part of follow-on complaints). He also represents clients in regulatory offense proceedings.
A specific understanding of the actual, especially technical processes characterizes his special expertise in digital platforms and other digital applications. This applies in particular to the competition and antitrust assessment of online business models and platform markets and the latest developments of their regulation, e.g. in the context of the Digital Markets Act (DMA). His expertise also considers the interaction of competition and antitrust law with data protection laws, especially concerning the interaction with the requirements under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The foregoing also applies to issues in connection with the use of algorithms and Artificial Intelligence (AI), as well as general legal matters of e-commerce.
In addition, Stefan Höfling also advises on cases relating to the abuse of dominant market power and on M&A, particularly under German and European merger control legislation.
Stefan Höfling is a partner at MEISTERLAW and was admitted to the bar in 2012. During his law clerkship at the Higher Regional Court in Munich he worked at MEISTERLAW and in a law firm in Edinburgh, Scotland specialized in company law. He studied law at the Ludwigs-Maximilians University of Munich and holds a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Competition Law & Economics of the Brussels School of Competition (BSC). He is a member of the Studienvereinigung Kartellrecht e.V., Münchner Kartellrechtsforum e.V. (MKRF), Competition Litigation Forum e.V. (CLF) and the Friends of the BSC a.s.b.l.