Dr. Michael Schütte

Rechtsanwalt / Avocat (Berlin), établi à Bruxelles
Experience - Track Record and Recent Cases

Competition counsel for ArcelorMittal. Representing ArcelorMittal in the first formal State aid procedure opened by the European Commission against Romania, relating to alleged State aid in the privatisation of Petrotub SA, now ArcelorMittal Tubular Products Roman SA, in 2003 (2007 - 2009). Advising ArcelorMittal Galati SA in a formal procedure regarding other State aid allegations in Romania (2011 - ongoing).


Competition and State aid counsel to AUDI Hungaria Motor Kft., in a formal State aid procedure relating to investment aid. (2010 - 2013).

Competition counsel for Deutsche Bahn. Deutsche Bahn had retained Michael for antitrust and State aid work under a framework agreement. The assignments are confidential, but often include key legal opinions (2006 - 2008).

Competition counsel for Ford Motor Company. Jointly with Martina Maier of Mc Dermott Will & Emery, I advised Ford on the privatisation of Automobile Craiova and Daewoo Motors in Romania, where the Commission completed its formal State aid procedure in record time. (2007 - 2008,). Furthermore, Martina Maier and Michael Schütte advised Ford on the granting of investment aid, which was approved by the European Commission very swiftly, and is currently advising Ford in respect of training aid for the training program to be implemented for employees in Romania. (2008 – 2010).

Competition counsel for a major automotive company with regard to a partially negative decision by the Commission. (2014 - ).

Competition counsel to Dortmund Airport. Representing Dortmund Airport in a formal procedure before the European Commission relating to the financing of the airport infrastructure as well as the funding of an incentive scheme for airlines. The procedure was successfully closed in 2014. (2004 - 2014).

Competition counsel for the Land Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Michael Schütte provided a legal opinion on the granting of financing to a fundamentally healthy company that was, however, suffering from not obtaining a bank loan in the credit crunch as a consequence of the worldwide financial crisis. The issue was to ensure that the granting of a loan would not constitute State aid under the EU rules, despite the fact that, if no loan was granted, the company might ultimately have gone into difficulties. (2008 - 2010) Advising the Land Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in a State aid investigation regarding Hohe Düne, Rostock (2010 - 2012). Advising on the granting of rescue aid and regarding the dissolution plan of P+S Werften (2011 - 2013). Regular advice to the Land in various matters of State aid.

Trade Counsel to Vallourec Deutschland GmbH. Advising two companies of the Vallourec Tubes group in anti-dumping procedures concerning the imports of seamless tubes from the People’s Republic of China into the EU. (2008 – 2009 and 2013). Advising in a review procedure concerning imports from Russia (2011 - 2012).


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