Mr. Gyselen joined the firm after a long career in government, primarily at the European Commission (EC). His competition law practice encompasses strategic and compliance advice, representations before the EC and some EU Member State agencies as well as litigation in the European Union (EU)'s General Court or Court of Justice.

Government Experience

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Gyselen held several senior positions at the European Commission's Directorate-General for Competition (DG COMP). As Head of Unit, he played a key role in many high-profile cartel and abuse cases, in particular in the sectors of banking, insurance, food, and pharmaceuticals. Prior to that, as special assistant to the Director-General in DG COMP, he oversaw the entire range of EU competition enforcement policy activities, including the introduction of EC merger control, and acted as liaison officer between DG COMP and the Commissioner in charge of competition policy and his personal staff.

In the earlier years of his career, Mr. Gyselen was a member of the European Commission's Legal Service and a law clerk at the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg where he clerked for Judge Joliet.

Mr. Gyselen is involved in EC competition cases "across the board" (i.e., mergers, antitrust, and state aids). He also represents a number of international clients in antitrust cases pending before the Belgian competition authority. Since 2008, Mr. Gyselen is a Non-Governmental Advisor (NGA) to the EC. In that capacity, he has spoken at annual conferences or workshops organized by the International Competition Network (ICN).

Experience

  • Tronox/Cristal: counsel to Cristal in connection with its sale of inter alia its titanium dioxide pigment business. The EC conditionally cleared the transaction in July 2018 following a phase II investigation.
  • Abbott/Alere: co-counsel to a third party intervener (a medical equipment manufacturer). The EC conditionally cleared the transaction in January 2017 following a phase I investigation.
  • Visa Inc. / Visa Europe: counsel to Visa Inc. in connection with its acquisition of Visa Europe. The EC unconditionally cleared the transaction in June 2016 following a phase I investigation.
  • Liberty Global / BASE Belgium: counsel to a third party intervener (a virtual mobile network operator). The EC conditionally cleared the transaction in February 2016 following a phase II investigation.
  • Intel/McAfee: counsel to Intel in connection with its purchase of security software firm McAfee. The EC conditionally cleared the transaction in January 2011 following a phase I investigation.
  • Sea-Invest/EMO-EKOM: counsel for Sea Invest in connection with its purchase of a controlling minority share in EMO-EKOM, the largest stevedoring terminal for coal and iron ore in Europe. The EC unconditionally cleared the transaction in August 2006 after a phase II investigation.

Perspectives

The New ECN+ Directive: Towards an Even More Integrated Antitrust Enforcement in the EU
Advisory
Competition Law in Life Sciences Seminar
Arnold & Porter Antitrust/Competition Seminar, Z├╝rich, Switzerland
Competition Law in Life Sciences
Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer, London
EU Commission Proposes a Framework for Screening Foreign Direct Investments into the EU
Advisory
Evidence Gathering by Competition Authorities: What to Expect In a Cartel Investigation
Webinar
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Recognition

Who's Who Legal
Competition (2009-2011, 2014, 2017-2019)
Competition Thought Leader (2019)
Life Sciences: Transactional (2019)
Best Lawyers in Belgium
Competition/Antitrust Law (2009-2020)
Chambers Europe
Competition/European Law (Belgium) (2014-2019)
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Credentials

Education
  • LLM, Harvard Law School, 1983
  • LLM, College of Europe, 1979
  • LLB, University of Leuven (KUL), Belgium, 1978, magna cum laude
  • Bachelor Degree, Philosophy, University of Leuven (KUL), Belgium, 1978, magna cum laude
Admissions
  • Brussels, Belgium
Government & Military Service
  • Senior Official, Directorate-General for Competition, European Commission
Languages
  • Dutch
  • English
  • French
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