Elisabeth Macher advises clients on intellectual property law, in particular unfair competition law, and regulatory matters. Her specialty is access to data and information.

Elisabeth’s work in unfair competition law and regulatory matters focuses on the automotive sector. She advises various clients in the independent aftermarket (suppliers, parts dealers, data publishers), including associations. For her clients, Elisabeth is active both in and out of court, including the European Court of Justice, as well as in front of authorities such as the Federal Cartel Office and the European Commission.

She also gained valuable in-house experience spending a secondment in the legal department of one of the world’s largest automotive suppliers.

Elisabeth studied law in Goettingen and obtained an LL.M. degree from the University of Birmingham, UK. She completed her legal traineeship in Berlin and at Europol in The Hague. Elisabeth was admitted to the Cologne bar in 2012 and worked at a U.S. law firm in Cologne before joining Osborne Clarke in 2020.

Helping you succeed in tomorrow's world

The automotive sector faces exciting changes, but also challenges, in particular with regard to decarbonisation and digitalization. I seek to secure fair treatment of the independent aftermarket by vehicle manufacturers. That means ensuring competition and a level playing field for all market participants, especially regarding access to data.

Gesamtverband Autoteile-Handel

In a test case brought by Gesamtverband Autoteile-Handel e.V. – a client of international legal practice Osborne Clarke – against the vehicle manufacturer Scania, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) today handed down another landmark decision in favour of competition in the automotive sector (Case C-319/22), read more.

Carglass and A.T.U.

Representation before the European Court of Justice in proceedings regarding the obligation of vehicle manufacturers to provide access to the vehicle’s data stream for independent operators through the so-called OBD port.

German Association of Spare Parts Distributors (GVA)

Representation before the European Court of Justice in proceedings regarding the right to access technical information according to Regulation (EU) 2018/858.

Between cybersecurity and competition

The automotive world is changing. Cybersecurity threats require appropriate responses from vehicle manufacturers. In this expert article for RAW (March 2023), you can find the following conclusion: read more.

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