Kristian Helge Straton-Andersen has worked within competition law for more than 15 years and advises on all areas of Danish and EU competition law. Kristian also advises on foreign direct investments.
Kristian has extensive experience with merger control work, including more than 100 merger notifications to the Danish Competition and Consumer Authority, the European Commission, and foreign competition authorities.
He advises clients on distribution agreements and other cooperation of a horizontal or vertical nature as well as conduct by dominant undertakings. He has extensive experience within the maritime sector, having advised ship owners and managers in this area since 2007. He represents clients before the Danish competition authorities, the Danish Competition Appeals Tribunal, and the European Commission.
After graduating from the University of Copenhagen, he trained as practicing lawyer with Gorrissen Federspiel and as an international associate in the United States with the law firm Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, New York. For two years, he was special advisor with the Danish Competition and Consumer Authority.
For many years, Kristian has been part-time lecturer in The Law of Competition Law and Unfair Competition at the University of Copenhagen and he is author and co-author of several publications on competition law and FDI law, including 'Konkurrenceloven med Kommentarer' (Danish Act on Competition with Commentary), 'Investeringsscreeningsloven med kommentarer' (Danish Act on Foreign Direct Investments with Commentary), and 'Markedsretten' (Danish market law). He is a frequent speaker at conferences.
Career and education
Gorrissen Federspiel, 2016 -
Danish Competition and Consumer Authority, 2014 - 2016
Gorrissen Federspiel, 2006 - 2014
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, New York, 2011
Admitted to the Danish Bar, 2009
Master of Laws, University of Copenhagen, 2006
Kristian Helge Straton-Andersen is ranked as Rising Star in Legal500
Danish Act on Foreign Direct Investments with Commentary by Kristian Helge Straton-Andersen (Jurist- og Økonomforbundets Forlag, 2022)
Danish Act on Competition with Commentary by Jacob Pinborg and Kristian Helge Straton-Andersen (Jurist- og Økonomforbundets Forlag, fifth edition, 2022)
Markedsretten by Torsten Bjørn Larsen and Kristian Helge Straton-Andersen (Karnov Group, 2019)
Danish Act on Competition with Commentary by Kirsten Levinsen and co-authored by Kristian Helge Andersen and Louise Kastfelt (Jurist- og Økonomforbundets Forlag, fourth edition, 2018)
Vertical Agreements: Tilting Information Exchanges in Dual Distribution Scenarios (Denmark) in Journal of European Competition Law & Practice, 2022
The first 6 years with the new merger control rules in the Danish Act on Competition in Revision- & Regnskabsvæsen no 1/2017, p. 36-52
Review of Christian Bergqvist, Jesper Kaltoft, and Sune Troels Poulsen, Merger Control in Denmark (Fusionskontrol i Danmark) in EU-law and Human Rights Law (EU-ret & Menneskeret) no 4/2012, p. 159-165
Co-author of Chapter 4 (Denmark) in European Competition Laws (Frank L. Fine, ed., Matthew Bender & Co, 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019, 2013, and 2012)
Co-author of Vertical Agreements and Dominant Firms 2019 | Denmark, International Comparative Legal Guides, 2019 and 2018
Danish merger control in 2022, Linkedin
2021: Another record year for the Danish merger control rules, LinkedIn
2017: Record year for the Danish merger control rules, LinkedIn
"Et pereat mundus, studies in justice", Copenhagen University prize paper 2004
Memberships and activities
Part-time lecturer in The Law of Competition Law and Unfair Competition, University of Copenhagen 2015-2021, 2022-
Teaching assistant in Market Law, University of Aalborg 2018-2020