Dr. Michael Engel is a partner in the Antitrust and Competition team in London. He represents clients before the European Commission, the German Federal Cartel Office and the UK Competition and Markets Authority.
Michael advises on the full spectrum of competition law, in particular European Union, German, UK and multi-jurisdictional merger control, cartels, State aid and compliance as well as foreign direct investment matters. Michael has extensive experience in advising on multi-jurisdictional merger reviews. His contentious experience includes advising clients in the context of cartel and state aid investigations, appeals of European Commission decisions to the Court of Justice of the European Union and follow-on damages actions before national courts.
Chambers and Partners have ranked Michael as ‘Up and Coming‘ (2022). Michael was further recognised by Lexology who named him as the winner of the 2021 Client Choice Award for the category ‘Competition & Antitrust in the U.K.‘ Additionally, Who’s Who Legal has identified Michael as one of the UK’s leading competition law practitioners and recognised him as ‘Global Leader‘ in Competition (2021 and 2022) and ‘Future Leader’ (2020) where he was noted as “a highly recommended competition lawyer who gives sound and intelligent legal advice, and is very thorough and methodical”. The Legal 500 (2022) has recognised Michael as one of the key lawyers of Kirkland & Ellis’ Antitrust and Competition team who is “highly committed and very collaborative”.
Prior to joining Kirkland & Ellis, Michael practiced competition law in the London office of Sullivan & Cromwell and also gained experience in-house at Goldman Sachs’s Investment Banking Legal Division in London.
Recognized as “Recommended” in the UK (Global Competition Review 100 – 2022)
Winner of the 2021 Client Choice Award for the category “Competition & Antitrust in the U.K.” (Lexology – 2021)
Ranked as “Up and Coming” for Competition Law (Chambers UK – 2022)
Michael Engel is consistently lauded as “a highly recommended competition lawyer who gives sound and intelligent legal advice, and is very thorough and methodical”. (Who’s Who Legal, Competition – Future Leaders 2020)
Clients of Michael Engel are “most impressed by his very broad and well-rounded competition law expertise and his impressive diplomatic skills”. He is described as “clearly a standout; a sharp-minded competition lawyer who consistently demonstrates excellent thinking" and as a “great pleasure to work with”. (Who’s Who Legal, Competition – Future Leaders 2019)
Memberships & Affiliations
Non-Governmental Advisor to the International Competition Network appointed by the UK Competition and Markets Authority
European Competition Lawyers Forum
Studienvereinigung Kartellrecht e.V.
Admissions & Qualifications
- 2010, Admitted to Practice as a Solicitor of England and Wales
- 2006, Germany (Rechtsanwalt)
- Brussels (EU List)
- Ludwig Maximilians University MunichDr. jur.magna cum laude2008
- State of Lower SaxonySecond German State Examination2006
- Ruprecht Karls University HeidelbergFirst German State Examination2004Konrad Adenauer Foundation Scholar