Dr Marcel Meinhardt is a leading expert in competition law and is renowned for his broad, first-rate practice. He specialises in all areas of Swiss and European merger control work and competition law, particularly in postal services, insurance, banking, motor car, energy, media, retail, construction, pharma, ticketing and information technology. He also advises on regulatory issues in connection with the electricity and gas industry. Marcel Meinhardt has been responsible for a large number of merger notifications to the Swiss Competition Commission and has coordinated multi-jurisdictional merger filings. He advises in contentious and non-contentious matters and has acted in high-profile cases on alleged abuses of dominant positions, vertical restraints and cartels. He heads the competition and regulated market practice group of Lenz & Staehelin.
In April 2017, the Swiss business magazine Bilanz named Marcel Meinhardt as competition lawyer with the most recommendations of general counsels and colleagues in Switzerland. Chambers and Partners has recognised his many years as a leading lawyer in the field of competition and antitrust. He is described as a ‘brilliant lawyer’ and clients attest that ‘he impresses with his first-rate theoretical and practical knowledge of competition law, and is a very quick and smart thinker, who is pragmatic as well as thorough. He tailors his advice to our individual needs and to the specific requirements of each situation, and I appreciate his incredibly fast response times’ (2018). He is commended as a ‘dedicated litigator who is very supportive and has good business sense’ (2017). Marcel Meinhardt is ‘outstanding in what he does, what he writes and how he handles searches’ (2016). The Legal 500 lists him in the latest ‘Legal 500 Hall of Fame’ as one of only four Swiss competition lawyers who has received constant praise from his clients for continued excellence and for being ‘at the pinnacle of the profession’. He is ‘one of the top leading experts in competition and antitrust law’, who ‘focuses on results and the specific requirements of each situation’ and possesses ‘first-rate theoretical and practical knowledge’ (2018). Who’s Who Legal 2018 lists Marcel Meinhardt as a ‘most highly regarded’ lawyer and he is considered a ‘top partner at the firm and in Swiss competition law’. According to Who’s Who Legal 2017, he has the ‘ability to analyse complex circumstances and provide advice on both the legal and business aspects’. He also qualifies as ‘absolutely brilliant’ and as ‘a counsel you desperately want to have, especially on hard-core abuse of dominance, cartel and other horizontal agreements’ (Who’s Who Legal 2016).