Francois Doumont's practice focuses on all aspects of Belgian and European (EU) competition law, with particular emphasis on merger control proceedings, state aid, abuse of dominance and cartel matters.

Mr. Doumont joined the the firm's Brussels team in 2016. Prior to joining, Mr. Doumont worked in other US leading international competition law firms in Brussels and has also undertaken a traineeship at the European Commission's Directorate General for Competition.

Experience

  • Monsanto Company in obtaining antitrust clearances outside North America in the proposed acquisition by Bayer (ongoing).
  • Komatsu Ltd. in international merger filings regarding its $2.9 billion agreement to acquire mining equipment company, Joy Global.
  • Represented General Electric before the US Department of Justice and European Commission in its transaction combining GE Oil & Gas with Baker Hughes to create a new publicly traded company with $23 billion in combined revenue owned 62.5% by GE. After a "second request" in the United States, the transaction closed after GE agreed to a consent decree requiring only the divestiture of a business that GE had announced its intention to sell at the same time it announced the Baker Hughes transaction. The European Commission cleared the transaction without remedies.
  • Represented Hitachi Chemical Co., Ltd. in its joint venture with FIAMM Group to acquire FIAMM's lead acid battery business.

Credentials

Education
  • LLM, King's College London, 2015
  • Master of Laws, University of Louvain-la-Neuve (UCL), 2013,

    cum laude

Admissions
  • Brussels, Belgium
Languages
  • French
  • English
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