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

Publications & News

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February 28, 2013

European Commission on Technology Licenses and Patent Pools

As part of its ongoing review of how competition law should apply to licensing, on 20 February, the European Commission published a revised draft Technology Transfer Block Exemption Regulation (the draft BE) and a revised draft of its Guidelines on the application of Article 101 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union to technology transfer agreements (the draft Guidelines).

February 4, 2013

WilmerHale 2012 in Review

As another busy year gathers momentum, we are pleased to report to you on some of the firm’s key achievements of the past 12 months. In 2012, we were privileged to gain a fresh appreciation for the depth and breadth of our practices, the financial strength of our firm, and the loyalty of our remarkable clients, from our new vantage as co-managing partners. It was an exciting year, as our lawyers and staff responded with enthusiasm and dedication to the continued strong demand for our services, and our clients and friends showed their ongoing support in countless ways.

May 11, 2012

Chambers Europe 2012 Recognizes WilmerHale Lawyers and Practices

May 1, 2012

Major Events and Policy Issues in EU Competition Law, 2010–2011 (Part 1)

An article by John Ratliff, first published by Sweet & Maxwell in International Company and Commercial Law Review, Issue 4, 2012 and reproduced by agreement with the publishers.

May 1, 2012

Major Events and Policy Issues in EU Competition Law, 2010–2011 (Part 2)

An article by John Ratliff, first published by Sweet & Maxwell in International Company and Commercial Law Review, Issue 4, 2012 and reproduced by agreement with the Publishers.

April 10, 2012

WilmerHale Recognized as a Leading Firm in Europe by Legal 500 EMEA

March 16, 2012

Chambers Global 2012 Ranks 29 WilmerHale Lawyers, 12 Practices

March 12, 2012

Practical Law Company Names WilmerHale to 2012 Life Sciences Super League

January 31, 2012

WilmerHale 2011 in Review

June 23, 2011

Europe's New Strategy for the Future of IPRs in the Digital Age: Launch of a Legislative and Regulatory Debate

Events

March 19, 2013

Federal Assembly

Wiesbaden, Germany

March 12, 2013

Law and Economics of the WTO: Dispute Settlement

Florence, Italy

February 26, 2013

Regulation on Medical Devices(MDs) and In Vitro Diagnostic Medical Devices (IVDMDs)

Brussels, Belgium

November 27, 2012

Advanced EU Competition Law

Brussels, Belgium

September 25, 2012

IBC Legal Conference: IP & Competition Law 2012

Brussels, Belgium

September 20, 2012

The Competition Day

Helsinki, Finland

November 23-24, 2010

IBC Legal Conference: 19th Annual Advanced EU Competition Law, Brussels

Brussels, Belgium

November 16-17, 2010

Global Competition Review: 2010 Competition Law Review

Brussels, Belgium

October 5-7, 2010

International Competition Network (ICN): 2010 ICN Cartel Workshop

Yokohama, Japan

September 30, 2010

IBC: Aviation Regulation and Competition Law 2010

Brussels, Belgium