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DWF Germany appoints new Head of Competition

Legal business DWF has appointed partner Dr. Daisy Walzel as the firm’s new Head of Competition for Germany. Daisy joins from German firm Kapellmann Rechtsanwältin and will be based in Cologne.

Daisy has substantial experience advising clients on all issues concerning German and EU competition law and specialises in merger control, competition law aspects in distribution relationships, competitor co-operations, cartel proceedings and competition law compliance. She works with clients across a number of sectors, including retail, automotive and food, and has extensive involvement with competition authorities across Europe.  

She has been involved in a number of significant cases, including various German and European cartel cases in the food and automotive sector as well as in large transactions requiring merger filings before the EU Commission, the German Federal Cartel Office or before multiple competition authorities in parallel.

DWF firmwide Head of Competition Jonathan Branton said: “The UK and Europe are going through a period of change and our clients are facing a series of challenges as they continue to do business internationally – it’s more important than ever that as DWF grows we have excellent people in key jurisdictions to make future transactions as easy as possible for our clients. Daisy’s appointment is an encouraging part of our development as we become a pan-European competition team.”

Michael Falter, DWF Germany Managing Partner, said: "We're really pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Walzel. Her appointment enables DWF to provide comprehensive cross-border advice from all our European offices in the UK, Ireland, Belgium, France and Germany on competition law issues and cross-border transactions." 

Dr. Daisy Walzel said: “DWF has a well-established competition practice in the UK and Brussels as well as a team of lawyers who are genuinely experts in their field. I look forward to working with my colleagues across the growing European practice as we look ahead to a future of new and exciting change.”

DWF Germany has continued to grow since its launch following the merger with commercial law firm BridgehouseLaw early 2016 via a number of senior appoints to enhance the firm’s international capability, including tax partner Andreas Panzer from Beiten Burkhardt and financial services partner Dr. Wolfgang Richter from Abadi & Co Global Markets. 

Dr. Daisy Walzel, LL.M. (oec)

Partner - Head of Competition (Germany)

I advise on all aspects of German and EU competition law, specialising in merger control, competition law compliance and provide advice on competitor co-operations and cartel proceedings.