Brussels/EU Practice REGIONAL PRACTICES

We opened our office in Brussels in 1990, just as the European Community introduced its Merger Control Regulation and in anticipation of the impact of the single market in 1992.

Since opening, the office has contributed to the leading reputation of the firm in Europe and has gained widespread recognition as one of the premier law offices in Brussels. We concentrate on complex, challenging issues at the intersection of business, law, and policy. The success of the Brussels office can be attributed to the continued work in these areas, as well as to the careful combination of an exceptional group of lawyers from across Europe and North America.

Our lawyers are qualified in many of the major European and North American jurisdictions, including Austria, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The breadth of European and American legal traditions represented gives us a pronounced pan-European and transatlantic orientation that is reflected both in the work and the culture of the office. Claus-Dieter Ehlermann, resident in the Brussels office, perhaps best personifies these qualities. Before joining the firm, Professor Ehlermann spent a large of part of his career developing and implementing policies to further European market integration, as Director-General of DG Competition of the European Commission and before that, Director-General of the Commission’s Legal Service. He then spent six years adjudicating the most contentious global trade disputes between the world’s nations as a Member and later Chairman of the Appellate Body of the World Trade Organization. With this unparalleled experience, Claus-Dieter Ehlermann and the other members of our competition, trade, and other regulatory practices are able to provide to the firm’s clients around the world unique insight into and guidance through the decision making processes of European, US and other governmental institutions. Read about our cross-border investigations and compliance experience.

We opened our office in Brussels in 1990, just as the European Community introduced its Merger Control Regulation and in anticipation of the impact of the single market in 1992.

Since opening, the office has contributed to the leading reputation of the firm in Europe and has gained widespread recognition as one of the premier law offices in Brussels. We concentrate on complex, challenging issues at the intersection of business, law, and policy. The success of the Brussels office can be attributed to the continued work in these areas, as well as to the careful combination of an exceptional group of lawyers from across Europe and North America.

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Duvernoy, Christian

Christian Duvernoy

Partner-in-Charge, Brussels Office

+32 2 285 49 06 (t)

christian.duvernoy@wilmerhale.com

Louis, Frédéric

Frédéric Louis

Partner

+32 2 285 49 53 (t)

frederic.louis@wilmerhale.com

Mueller, Thomas

Thomas Mueller

Partner

+1 202 663 6766 (t)

thomas.mueller@wilmerhale.com

Ratliff, John

John Ratliff

Partner

+32 2 285 49 08 (t)

john.ratliff@wilmerhale.com

von Hehn, Paul A.

Paul A. von Hehn

Partner

+32 475 902 965 (m) +32 2 285 49 03 (t)

paul.vonhehn@wilmerhale.com

De Paepe, Frank

Frank De Paepe

Of Counsel

+32 2 285 49 30 (t)

frank.depaepe@wilmerhale.com

O'Daly, Cormac

Cormac O'Daly

Special Counsel

+44 (0)20 7872 1534 (t)

cormac.odaly@wilmerhale.com

van den Broek, Naboth

Naboth van den Broek

Special Counsel

+1 202 247 3267 (t)

naboth.vandenbroek@wilmerhale.com

Publications & News

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July 18, 2014

US Targets Major Russian Financial and Energy Firms in Sector-Specific Sanctions

This week, the United States announced new sanctions against Russia in response to what the Obama Administration describes as Russia’s continued attempts to destabilize Ukraine.

June 10, 2014

WilmerHale Lawyers Named to “Best Lawyers in Germany” 2014

Nine WilmerHale lawyers from the Berlin and Frankfurt offices were named "Best Lawyers" in a recent edition of Handelsblatt.

June 10, 2014

European Court of Justice Provides Guidance Regarding Potential Liability of Cartel Members in EU Member States for Sales by Non-Cartel Participants

Last week, the EU’s highest court, the European Court of Justice (ECJ), held that Member State laws may not categorically prohibit consumers from recovering from cartel members damages attributable to purchases from non-cartel participants that—acting independently—were able to charge inflated prices as a result of market-wide price effects from cartel behavior.

May 20, 2014

Cross-Border Investigations and Compliance

It is often said that corporations are not criminally liable under German law. As we explain in this alert, whilst technically accurate, such a statement should be tempered by two important considerations.

March 18, 2014

Unlimited Jurisdiction: A look at how the European Courts review European Commission competition law penalties

An article by John Ratliff, published in the March 18, 2014 edition of Competition Law Insight, pp. 13-14.

March 1, 2014

Major Events and Policy Issues in EU Competition Law, 2012-2013 (Parts 1 & 2)

An article by Partner John Ratliff, first published by Sweet & Maxwell in International Company and Commercial Law Review, Issues 3 & 4, 2014.

February 3, 2014

WilmerHale 2013 in Review

In 2014, we will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the formation of WilmerHale through the merger of our two A-List predecessor firms. The past 12 months represent the culmination of a decade of growth that has borne out the promise of this historic merger, as our combined strengths have forged a firm greater than the sum of its distinguished parts.

December 10, 2013

European Commission Aims to Reduce Red Tape for Companies Notifying Deals That Do Not Raise Antitrust Issues

On December 5, 2013, the European Commission (EC) announced measures to reduce the administrative burden on companies needing clearance from the EC before merging with, or acquiring, another company.

September 17, 2013

WilmerHale Antitrust Attorneys Secure Appeal Victory

In 2010, the Brussels antitrust practice was selected from a number of law firms to represent Wabco in the appeal of a €326 million (close to $435 million) fine imposed by the EU Commission for participation in the bathroom fixtures cartel (faucets, shower enclosures and ceramic basins, tubs and toilets).

August 28, 2013

Ten Years of Effects-based Approach in EU Competition Law

A foreword by Jacques Bourgeois, published in the 2012 GCLC Conference Series brochure.