Georg Weidenbach is a partner in the Frankfurt office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. He is a member of the firm’s Antitrust and Competition and the Litigation Groups.
Mr. Weidenbach focuses his practice on European and German antitrust law. He regularly advises clients on cartel investigations and related cartel damage claims, merger control, compliance programs and audits, antitrust related distribution and abuse of dominance matters.
Mr. Weidenbach is regularly recommended by the leading legal publications. For example, JUVE Handbook 2020/2021 includes him in its list of the top antitrust advisors in Germany under the age of 50; Handelsblatt / The Best Lawyers™ 2021/2022 list him among the best lawyers in Germany for Competition/Antitrust Law and elected him as antitrust lawyer of the year 2020/2021 in Germany; The Legal 500 Deutschland 2021 and The Legal 500 EMEA 2021 recognize Mr. Weidenbach as one of the “Leading Individuals” for Antitrust in Germany; Chambers Global 2021 and Chambers Europe 2021 rank him for Competition/European Law – Germany; Who’s Who Legal lists him as Global Leader as well as National Leader for Competition law; and Kanzleimonitor 2020/2021 recommends Mr. Weidenbach among the leading lawyers for antitrust in Germany. WirtschaftsWoche recognized him as a Top Lawyer 2021 in Antitrust in Germany. Over the years, clients and other market participants described Mr. Weidenbach in legal publications as “brilliant and bright,” “quick-witted,” “strategically smart,” “incredibly attentive, very perceptive, and detail-oriented,” “customer-oriented, innovative and always on top of recent developments and court rulings,” and “one of the best young antitrust lawyers.” They also acknowledged his “thoughtful approach” and that he “thinks outside the box in favor of the perfect strategy.” Furthermore, Mr. Weidenbach earned praise for his “skillful handling of sensitive issues,” his “deep knowledge and understanding in vertical antitrust law and sales conception questions” as well as his “good availability and fast feedback.” (Handelsblatt / The Best Lawyers™ 2018, Chambers Europe Germany 2015 & 2016, Chambers Global 2021, The Legal 500 EMEA 2014 & 2016, JUVE Handbook 2016/2017).
Mr. Weidenbach regularly publishes on antitrust matters. Besides many articles, he recently co-edited a handbook on antitrust damage claims (Kartellrechtliche Schadensersatzklagen, 2018/2021, Frankfurt am Main) and authored chapters about antitrust compliance (Handbuch Compliance-Management, 3rd edition 2020, Berlin) and antitrust limits for commercial contracts (Münchener Vertragshandbuch, Vol. 2, Wirtschaftsrecht I, 8th edition 2020, Munich). He has also been teaching antitrust law at German universities, including the EBS Law School and the University of Münster.
Prior to joining Gibson Dunn, Mr. Weidenbach was Deputy Office Managing Partner of the German offices of a renowned US law firm.
Mr. Weidenbach is a founding member of the association of antitrust lawyers in the wider Frankfurt region (Kartellrechtsforum Frankfurt am Main).
In addition to his native German, he is fluent in English.
Representations in cartel proceedings include:
In antitrust damages proceedings, Mr. Weidenbach has represented defendants as well as claimants in many cases, for example, with regard to the European pre-stressing steel cartel, the global freight forwarding cartel, the German rail track cartel, a global cartel in the healthcare industry, a multi-jurisdictional cartel in the area of energy supply, a settlement case concerning the EC Cash payment system, and numerous cartels related to automotive parts.
The hundreds of merger proceedings that Mr. Weidenbach handled in Germany, the EU and globally include:
*Includes experience prior to joining Gibson Dunn
University of Konstanz - 2001 Dr. jur.
University of Oxford - 2000 Magister Juris
University of Konstanz - 1998 Law Degree
Germany - Rechtsanwalt