Dr. Andrea Pomana is a senior associate and member of the firm’s Antitrust & Competition Group. She focuses on European and German competition law, antitrust compliance and foreign investment, with nearly 15 years of experience in these fields.

Dr. Pomana advises clients on complex international, European and German merger control proceedings before the European Commission and the German Federal Cartel Office. She has extensive experience in multijurisdictional merger reviews and in coordinating merger approvals with national regulators worldwide. She also advises on foreign direct investment issues and market dominance aspects, including in the digital space, as well as on vertical and horizontal agreements. She conducts antitrust compliance risk analyses and advises on a broad range of issues related to antitrust compliance.

She has particular experience advising in the fields of chemicals, energy (electricity and gas), natural resources, aviation, automotive, construction, technology, defence, and private equity.

Dr. Pomana has been named as one of the most distinguished antitrust lawyers in Germany by Wirtschaftswoche, a leading business weekly magazine in Germany. Who’s Who Legal Future Leaders Competition 2020 includes her in the “most highly regarded” category for Europe and describes her as an “outstanding antitrust lawyer” with “deep expertise in antitrust and compliance investigations, and abuse of dominant position cases.” Who’s Who Legal Future Leaders Competition 2019 includes her in the “most highly regarded” category for Germany and describes her as “fantastic,” “a superb lawyer, who is smart, sharp and always to the point” and “a really trusted source of advice.”

She has also been named by Women@Competition 2019 in their list “40 in their 40s Notable Women Competition Professionals in Europe Private Practice,” placing her in an elite group of competition professionals active in Europe.

Dr. Pomana is an appointed non-governmental advisor of the EU Commission to the International Competition Network and was selected to speak at the ICN merger conference in Melbourne in February 2020.

She is a frequent speaker on competition and competition compliance matters both in Germany and internationally. She has spoken at the renowned Convent (ZEIT) Compliance Symposium in Frankfurt, the spring course of the Institute for Law and Finance of Goethe University, the European Competition Lawyers Association, International Association of Young Lawyers (AIJA), International Association of Lawyers (UIA), Institute for Economic Constitution and Competition Law (FIW) and Women@Competition, as well as a number of roundtables, webinars and other events on antitrust and foreign investment.

Dr. Pomana is also a frequent author on a wide range of antitrust and compliance as well as foreign investment matters. Her most recent publications include “European Commission Imposed Interim Injunctive Relief against Broadcom — Questions Remain as the Dispute Over Prima Facie Abuse of Dominant Position Comes to a Close,” Distribution, Vol. 26, American Bar Association Antitrust Law Section (October, 2020); “Germany's Facebook ruling — A treasure trove of novel issues,” Global Competition Review (September, 2020); “EU Kommission erleidet bittere Niederlage vor Gericht,” Börsen-Zeitung (July, 2020); “Facebooks Niederlage,” Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (July, 2020); “Europe’s new FDI restrictions will hit global trade,” International Financial Law Review (June, 2020); Tech-Giganten: Zähmen leicht gemacht?,” Börsen Zeitung Special “Wirtschaftskanzleien” (November, 2019); “EU Commission Is Getting Tough On 'Gun-Jumping' Mergers,” Competition Law360 (August, 2019); “Facebook Germany: Is the competition authority overstepping its remit?,” Global Data Review (March, 2019); “Brüssels langer Arm - Kommission erreicht Private Equity Investoren,” Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (October, 2018); “Wettbewerbsrecht und Datenschutz: Facebook im Visier des Bundeskartellamts,” Betriebs-Berater (April, 2018); “Loyalty Rebates in the EU (after Intel) and the U.S.,” ABA Distribution and Franchising Newsletter (February, 2018); “What’s New About Germany’s Merger Control Regime?,” Competition Law360 (June, 2017); and “Walking The Line - The German government is placing continued focus on acquisitions by foreign companies in Germany,” International Financial Law Review (February, 2017).

Dr. Pomana is a member of the International Bar Association and of the American Bar Association’s Antitrust Section. She is a member of the Studienvereinigung Kartellrecht e.V. and a member of the board of KartellrechtsForum Frankfurt am Main e.V. She is an alumna of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung.

Dr. Pomana joined Debevoise in 2015. Prior to joining Debevoise, she was an associate with a leading international law firm from 2009 to 2014 and senior associate with a major compliance law firm from 2014 to 2015.

Dr. Pomana studied law at the universities of Bonn and Geneva and was admitted to the German Bar in 2009. In 2010 she received her doctorate in law (Dr. iur.) from the University of Bonn. She was a scholar of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, the European Commission and the University of Bonn. During her studies and legal traineeship, Dr. Pomana worked as a “blue book” scholar for the Directorate General Competition of the European Commission in Brussels, for several prestigious German law firms, for a wind energy fund in Sydney and for a major Danish law firm in Copenhagen.

Her native languages are German and Romanian, and she is fluent in English, French and Danish. Dr. Pomana also speaks Spanish and Italian.

Education

  • Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, 2010, Dr. iur.
  • Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, 2004, First State Examination

Bar Admissions

  • Frankfurt