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Michael Walther is a partner in the Munich office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. His expertise has a multidisciplinary and international approach covering antitrust and competition, data protection and cybersecurity, as well as white collar defense and investigations.
He successfully advises German and international clients many of which are active in technology-driven industries, such as automotive, high technology, IT, semi-conductor, pharma and medical devices on antitrust and competition law. His in-depth knowledge of the underlying technology and longstanding experience in dealing with various competition authorities worldwide allow him to deliver custom-made and efficient legal solutions to all aspects of domestic and international antitrust issues.
Michael Walther is regularly involved in complex transactions concerning acquisitions, joint venture scenarios and other forms of cooperation within the industry. His expertise covers the interface between antitrust and IP related topics that typically arise in the course of M&A transactions and encompasses the drafting and negotiation of complex IP driven transactions, such as joint venture, manufacturing and R&D agreements, as well as BTO and outsourcing projects, including license, content, and technology transfer agreements.
Furthermore Michael Walther brings to the table a profound record of white-collar defense and regulatory compliance advice. In this crucial field, clients strongly rely on his poignant advice on the prevention and detection of banned business practices. They trust him with creating sustainable antitrust compliance programs and taking the lead in internal investigations of international scope, benefitting from Gibson Dunn’s outstanding worldwide network.
Mr. Walther regularly handles EU and German data privacy and cybersecurity issues for national and international clients particularly in the context of outsourcing transactions, response to data breaches and in audits and investigations conducted by German Data Protection Commissioners.
Clients hail Michael Walther’s extensive and deep competencies in antitrust and related issues, his practical understanding of commercial needs and striking personality. He was ranked as one of the leading lawyers for EU and Competition in Germany by Legal Experts EMEA and has been repeatedly included in Handelsblatt/The Best Lawyers™ in Germany for Competition/Antitrust since 2012 to date. In addition, the JUVE Handbook continuously acknowledges Mr. Walther and his team among the renowned antitrust practices in Germany, and has recognized him in its edition 2021/2022 as “frequently recommended” for Antitrust. Competitors acknowledge: “outstanding lawyer and a pleasant partner to negotiate with” (JUVE Handbook 2020/2021). The weekly German business magazine WirtschaftsWoche listed him as one of 81 Top Lawyers 2020 in Antitrust, selected out of a list of more than 4,000 German lawyers. The Legal 500 Deutschland 2021 and The Legal 500 EMEA 2021 recommend him for Compliance and Antitrust, citing a reference: “Michael Walther’s strength lies in the combination of his very broad antitrust law background in connection with his very good understanding of technological issues and the resulting questions from IT and IP law. He is therefore an excellent advisor for technology companies.” The 2020 edition of The Legal 500 EMEA 2020 highlighted his “extensive experience in merger control law alongside antitrust compliance.”
Mr. Walther regularly publishes on legal matters related to data protection, antitrust, IP and compliance.
Prior to joining Gibson Dunn, Mr. Walther was partner in a renowned international German law firm where he was chair of the antitrust practice group.
Michael Walther is a member of the Munich Bar, the German Bar Association, the American Bar Association and the German association of antitrust professionals (Studienvereinigung Kartellrecht). He advises clients in German and English.
University of Erlangen-Nuremberg - 1984 Law Degree
Germany - Rechtsanwalt