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Dr. Julia von Eitzen Peretz

Julia is a commercial litigator focusing on competition litigation which is international in scope.

Expertise

Julia undertook her training contact at Hausfeld Berlin and London. A significant amount of her work involves cartel damages claims and she has also acted in proceedings relating to the renowned ‘interchange fees’ litigation.

Julia gained expertise in international arbitration whilst interning as a foreign qualified lawyer at Wilmer Hale, working on high-profile cross-border disputes under various sets of arbitration rules.

Prior to qualifying as a lawyer, Julia completed her doctorate at Humboldt University of Berlin with research studies in Washington DC and New York City. She worked at the German Federal Parliament during her PhD, first in the Research Unit for Constitutional and European Law and subsequently for a Committee specifically tasked to investigate the failure of the German Governments, law enforcement and secret services in uncovering the existence and crimes of an active terrorist group. After the committee concluded its work, Julia joined the German Federal Ministry of Justice as a research associate for one year.

Clients

Julia has acted for several leading automotive manufacturers in pursuing damages claims relating to the car glass, bearings, maritime car carrier and other auto-part cartels. She has also represented a group of international retailers against Visa and Mastercard.

Practice Areas

Competition Disputes

Julia is an active member of the firm’s antitrust automotive practice, which is the strongest in Europe. She has worked with clients on recovering follow-on damages as the result of the following cartels:

Julia is also part of the team building claims for European truck purchasers allegedly harmed by the prominent Trucks cartel - representing over 2,100 clients across Europe with a truck count of some 275,000 - and represented PSA Group as well as BMW in the automotive bearings.

She has been instrumental as part of the legal team leading claims against Mastercard and Visa in relation to interchange fees on both cross‐border and domestic transactions in 18 European countries on behalf of over 1000 operating entities in 8 corporate groups – a complex and extensive dispute.

What Others Say

The Lawyer Top 20 Litigation 2019

 “The trucks litigation is one of the most significant follow-on damages cases being heard in the English courts”, says The Lawyer who counted it in its Top 20 Cases for 2019. Lining up to defend the manufacturers from further damages are some of biggest names in litigation. Julia is a member of the team representing Wolseley UK Ltd & Ors, Suez Groupe SAS & Ors and Veolia Environnement S.A. & Ors.

Education

Doctor of Laws (magna cum laude), Humboldt University of Berlin
First State Exam (with honours), Humboldt University of Berlin
Second State Exam (with honours), Higher Regional Court Berlin 

Bar Admissions

Admitted to the Berlin Bar (Germany), 2018

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