Stefan Kirwitzke advises clients on all questions relating to EU and German antitrust and competition law as well as international trade and investment law. At the intersection of competition and trade law, Stefan guides clients to successfully close their multi-jurisdictional M&A transactions in the context of merger control and foreign investment control proceedings. He focusses his practice on international, cross-border cases and has experience handling complex global mergers in front of the European Commission, the German Federal Cartel Office and Ministry of Economics as well as coordinating merger and FDI filings in jurisdictions globally towards multiple regulators. Stefan also advises on sanctions and export controls in a German, European and international context as well as procurement law, specialising in defence procurement. With a background in diplomacy and policy, Stefan has a sound understanding of liaising between international clients respectively and in their relation to international authorities. Prior to joining the firm, Stefan completed traineeships in the Hamburg and Ho-Chi-Minh-City offices of another international law firm and at the German Embassy in Bratislava, Slovakia. Stefan is German-qualified and undertook his legal education at the Universities of Münster and Salzburg and at the Appellate Court of the Federal State of Schleswig-Holstein. Besides German law, he focused his studies on international and European private and public law as well as common law, working inter alia with a London-based law firm.