Karsten Metzlaff

Main Focus

National and international franchising and distribution law (from transactional and litigation perspectives), especially the drafting and negotiation of franchise agreements and related agreements (such as confidentiality agreements, master franchise agreements, developer agreements), the review of foreign franchise agreements, advice on mandatory legal requirements, on competition law issues (both EU and Germany) and franchise disputes


German, English, French, Spanish


Westfälische Wilhelmsuniversität, Münster (Germany)
University of Lausanne (Switzerland)
London School of Economics, London (UK)
University of Hamburg (Germany)
Admitted to the Berlin Bar of Lawyers

Professional Experience

Directorate General for Competition at the EU Commission
In-house counsel for Montblanc
Partner at Noerr LLP since 1999


International Bar Association (IBA):
-  2016 - 2017: Co-Chair of the International Franchising Law Committee
-  2011-2017: Officer of the International Franchising Committee
American Bar Association (ABA):
-  International Franchise & Distribution Committee
-  Antitrust Section of American Bar Association
International Distribution Institute (IDI)
German Antitrust Law Association (Studienvereinigung Kartellrecht)
German Franchise Association, Chair of the Legal Committee
European Franchise Federation, Member of the Legal Committee


Frequent lecturer and various publications on the subject of franchising, competition and distribution law


Professor at the European University VIADRINA (Frankfurt/Oder)