Christian Ahlborn is a partner with Covington & Burling based in the firm’s Brussels office. He advises on all areas of global competition law and has a broad range of experience in relation to complex M&A, merger control, market dominance, and state aid issues. He is well-known for his work on numerous high-profile matters over the past two decades, such as Deutsche Boerse/London Stock Exchange, Glencore/Xstrata, E.ON/RWE, and others. As a trained economist, Christian Ahlborn brings both his legal and economic experience to bear on the cases on which he advises. Christian’s experience spans many industry sectors, with a particular depth in technology, financial services, fast-moving consumer goods, and energy. During his career, Christian has been seconded to the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Competition and to the Bundeskartellamt. Christian is recognized as a leading practitioner by both Chambers and Legal 500. Christian studied law and economics at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg and the Université Paris I (Panthéon-Sorbonne), and holds a masters of law and a masters of economics from the London School of Economics. He is qualified in England & Wales and in Germany, and speaks English, French, and German.
LinklatersThis Linklater’s initiative deals with the 2019 US DoJ new guidance on what it will look for when evaluating corporate compliance programmes. The key principles highlighted by the DOJ are to: (i) ensure the programme is well designed; (ii) assess whether the programme is being implemented effectively; and (iii) ask whether the programme works in practice. This is largely in line with best practices developed in other jurisdictions. The authors have condensed the most important and common elements of guidance provided by competition authorities globally to comprise a list of top tips for building effective compliance.