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Clemens Graf York von Wartenburg
Partner at Dechert


Clemens Graf York von Wartenburg focuses on EU and German competition law. He advises clients on a wide array of competition law issues, with a particular focus on complex merger control proceedings as well as cartel and abuse of dominance investigations before the European Commission and the German Federal Cartel Office. His practice includes the coordination of  multi-jurisdictional merger clearance processes in countries throughout the world.  He also regularly counsels clients on questions concerning the application of competition law to distribution agreements, pricing practices, and other relationships between companies operating at different levels of the supply chain.

In addition to his antitrust practice, Mr. York provides strategic advice and resolves government investigations for clients seeking foreign direct investment (FDI) approval in Germany.  He also regularly oversees FDI screening processes in other EU member states. 

Mr. York is recognized by the relevant industry publications for his antitrust work in Europe. In 2018, he was ranked as one of Germany’s leading antitrust lawyers by weekly business magazine WirtschaftsWoche. His work is also recognized in the 2019 editions of Legal 500 and GCR 100. He is listed amongst Germany’s best competition lawyers by German nationwide daily Handelsblatt. In 2020, he was named a “Future Leader” in competition by Who’s Who Legal.

Mr. York has significant experience in advising multinational corporations across a broad range of industries, including automotive, air cargo, biotechnology, broadcasting and media, chemicals, consumer products, energy, financial services, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals and telecommunications. Mr. York is a frequent speaker and author on antitrust/competition and foreign investment-related topics. Currently he is particularly invested in themes around antitrust and sustainability, focusing also on the new EU FDI regulation.

Prior to joining Dechert, Mr. York worked in the Brussels, Düsseldorf and New York offices of another international law firm.

Agenda Sessions

  • e-Commerce: Vertical Agreements, Excessive Pricing and Online Advertising