Carsten Dau focuses on cross-border commercial transactions. He advises domestic and international clients on German, EU and international distribution, competition (antitrust) and commercial law.

He specialises in developing legally sound distribution structures, drafting and negotiating distribution agreements and helping his clients avoid legal pitfalls when doing business in the EU.

Carsten acts for domestic and multinational clients from a broad range of industries and sectors such as manufacturers of consumer products,  life science and health care companies or IT companies.

Prior to joining Osborne Clarke’s Hamburg office in 2014, Carsten was a partner of a global law firm in Frankfurt.

He obtained his LL.M. (with distinction) at Tulane Law School (New Orleans, Louisiana) and passed the New York Bar Exam.

Carsten qualified in 2001.

Carsten is co-publisher and co-author, respectively, of Schultze/Wauschkuhn/Spenner/Dau/Kübler, Der Vertragshändlervertrag (The Authorized Distribution Agreement) (5th ed. 2016), Flohr/Wauschkuhn, Vertriebsrecht Kommentar (Distribution Law Commentary) (2nd ed. 2018).

He has lectured on the drafting of international contracts (FORUM), international supply contracts in the automotive industry (Euroforum), and international quality assurance agreements (Euroforum).

Since the 2007/2008 edition Carsten has been listed as a recommended lawyer for distribution law in the JUVE Handbook German Commercial Law Firms.

Osborne Clarke was awarded JUVE law firm of the year for use of Sales, Commerce and Logistics in 2017.

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