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Dr. Michael Albers


Brussels, Belgium

Dr. Albers advises competition authorities in Europe and Asia on the development of competition policy and on the enforcement of competition law. His consultancy ranges from conceiving policies and strategies for enforcement authorities to counseling of case teams in individual antitrust and merger cases.

Before starting to work as an independent consultant, he was a Hearing Officer in competition cases of the European Commission until 2013. Prior to his appointment as Hearing Officer, he did policy and case work for the German competition authority (“Bundeskartellamt”), as well as the Directorate-General for Competition of the EU Commission. He joined the latter in 1990 when the Merger Task Force was set up to inaugurate the European merger control regime. Subsequently, He was entrusted with the coordination of all pending EU antitrust proceedings, initially as principal administrator, later in the function of a Deputy Head of Unit. From 1998 to 2003 he was Deputy Head of the Energy Unit of DG Competition. Between 2003-2006 he has nominated responsible for the development of a “more economic approach” for the enforcement of the prohibition of abuse of dominance (Art. 102 TFEU). At the same time he has presided the Green Book Team created to identify the possibilities and improve the conditions for private claims on damages caused by competitive violations within the European Union. Before his nomination as Hearing Officer, Dr. Albers has led the Telecommunications Unity in the DG Competition between 2006 and 2008.

Module 4: European and International Business and Trade Law

Competition Law and Competition Law Authorities in Developing Countries