Merit Olthoff - Olthoff Merit 102697

Merit Olthoff


Merit’s practice covers EU and German competition law with a focus on EU state aid rules.

Based in Freshfields’ Brussels office, and also a core member of the firm’s German antitrust team, Merit’s practice covers all aspects of EU and German competition law, including cross-border merger control and foreign investment screening, as well as antitrust investigations.  Her clients include financial institutions, industrials in transformation, tech companies and private equity firms.

Merit also specialises in EU state aid procedures before the European Commission and EU Courts, and is currently advising at the forefront of green transformation and its funding.  She is a core member of Freshfields’ antitrust and sustainability working group, which is responsible for our contribution to ongoing policy debates and formulating regulatory strategies that help clients achieve their ESG goals.  She is also actively engaged in the EU’s proposed new Foreign Subsidies Regulation, and co-heads the firm’s internal skills group.