Capabilities
Antitrust/Competition

European Competition

Our experienced team of European competition attorneys is based in Brussels, London, and Frankfurt. We advise clients from around the world on EU and national competition laws and cross-border regulatory matters. We draw on our diverse nationalities, our long experience in practice, and on prior careers in the European Commission, the Court of Justice, and academia to provide a high-quality and practical approach.

We have experience in many industry sectors and particular focus in life-sciences (pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, and medical devices), fast-moving consumer goods (food and tobacco), telecommunications (mobile and internet services), financial services (especially payment services), chemicals (including agro-chemicals and seeds), energy (particularly electricity generation, and oil and gas exploration/transport), maritime and multi-modal transport, and IP and New Economy issues.

We have been trusted by repeat clients to represent them in some of the most complex mergers and acquisitions, including several Phase II investigations by the European Commission and multi-jurisdictional investigations, and to find creative remedies to challenging competition concerns.

We also handle some of the most prominent cartel and abuse of dominance cases, from internal investigations to securing immunity, from dawn raids to successful defenses in enforcement proceedings. We also have valuable experience in handling appeals and interventions in the EU courts in Luxembourg.

We represent clients, including national governments, in state aid matters, including notifications to the Commission and representing clients in international arbitration cases. We also have an active practice in public procurement challenges.

We advise clients on UK, German, Belgian, French, and Danish competition laws, and represent them before national competition agencies, including the German Federal Cartel Office and the UK Competition and Markets Authority. Where we are not able to act ourselves, we work alongside an informal and non-exclusive network of leading competition specialists from more than 40 key antitrust jurisdictions in the Americas, Africa, Asia, Australia, and Europe.

We have been recommended by leading ranking organizations, such as Chambers Global, Global Competition Review, The International Who's Who of Competition Lawyers, The Legal 500, Life Sciences Europe by Legal Media Group, JUVE, and Kanzleien in Deutschland.

Experience

General Electric Company Sale of GE Appliances business

Obtained antitrust clearances associated with the company’s US$5.6 billion sale of its appliances business to Qingdao Haier Co., Ltd.

Cisco Systems Acquisition of Sourcefire, Inc.

Obtained antitrust clearance for the US$2.7 billion acquisition of Sourcefire, Inc., a provider of cybersecurity solutions.

Cisco Systems Acquisition of NDS Group Limited

Represented client with regard to global antitrust review of its US$5 billion acquisition of NDS Group Ltd, a provider of video software and content security solutions.

Bucyrus International Sale of company to Caterpillar

Obtained international antitrust clearances in connection with the client’s sale to Caterpillar.

Japanese automotive parts manufacturer Cartel investigation

Represented client in connection with EC investigation into potential cartel activities with respect to bidding and pricing practices for certain auto components. 

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Perspectives

UK Mergers, Military and Technology
Alert
Suitable for the Political Climate: Revision of the Sanctioning Law for Companies in the Coalition Agreement
Deutscher AnwaltSpiegel
From Crisis to Compliance: An Antitrust/Competition Seminar
Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer, Frankfurt
Merger Enforcement Takeaways From 5 Recent Cases
Competition Law360, Energy Law360, Mergers & Acquisitions Law360, Retail & E-Commerce Law360, Sports Law360
Merger Enforcement Round-Up: Fall 2017
Advisory
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Recognition

Chambers Europe
Competition/European Law (Belgium) (2011-2018)
Competition/Antitrust (Europe-wide) (2014-2015)
Chambers Global
Competition/European Law (Belgium) (2012-2018)
Competition/Antitrust (Global-wide) (2017-2018)
Chambers UK
Competition Law (London) (2017-2018)
Competition/European Law (London) (2013-2014)
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