Prof. Dr. Thomas Höppner

Prof. Dr. Thomas Höppner is a Partner at Hausfeld in Berlin, specialising in EU and German competition law and intellectual property law. His practice covers the full range of contentious and non-contentious competition law matters, including related regulatory areas such as media, telecommunications, broadcasting and energy.

He has spearheaded complaints before the European Commission and taken competition claims before German courts, particularly in the context of an abuse of dominance and damage claims. Thomas has particular expertise in technology, media and network industries where he regularly advises clients in complex proceedings and litigations at the interface of competition law, sector-specific regulation and intellectual property law. Recent cases include representing several complainants in investigations relating to Google and YouTube at European and national levels, private enforcement of competition law claims to compulsory licenses as well as advising on regulatory reforms in the area of digital markets.

Having studied in Berlin, Glasgow and Dundee, Thomas holds a Ph.D and an LL.M in competition law. He is a professor of business law and intellectual property law at the Wildau Technical University of Applied Sciences and a Visiting Professor for telecoms law at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. Thomas has published, inter alia, three books on the regulation of networks and regularly speaks on current topics of competition and intellectual property law.

Thomas has been recommended by Legal 500, noting that clients commend his “great expertise in the area of digital economy” and consider him as a “valued strategic adviser”. The German legal directory JUVE recommended him as “simply a first-rate lawyer.”

Prior to joining Hausfeld, Thomas worked several years in the competition and TMT groups of Hogan Lovells and Olswang in Berlin and London.

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