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

+32 2 285 49 18 (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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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.

July 1, 2013

International Merger Remedies

An article by Frédéric Louis and John Ratliff, published in the fourth edition of The Merger Control Review.

May 20, 2013

WilmerHale Lawyers, Practices Recognized by Chambers Europe 2013

In the 2013 edition of Chambers Europe: Leading Lawyers for Business, 20 WilmerHale lawyers and seven firm practices have been recognized as leading in their field.

May 17, 2013

WilmerHale’s Comments on the European Commission’s Review of its Technology Transfer Block Exemption and Guidelines

Comments by John Ratliff, Cormac O’Daly, Hartmut Schneider and Frédéric Louis.

May 16, 2013

Unilateral conduct in the energy sector: An overview of EU and national case law

An article by John Ratliff and Roberto Grasso, published in e-Competitions' National Competition Laws Bulletin, No. 52021.

February 28, 2013

European Commission Proposals on Technology Licenses and Patent Pools: A Summary of the Main Changes the Commission is contemplating

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.

Events

November 26-27, 2013

Advanced EU Competition Law 2013

Brussels, Belgium

September 9, 2013

Kilpailuoikeus

Helsinki, Finland

May 30, 2013

Pricing Fundamentals in Europe

Webinar

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

December 18, 2012

The Modernization Reform of EU Trade Defence

Brussels, Belgium

November 27, 2012

Advanced EU Competition Law

Brussels, Belgium

November 22-23, 2012

EU Governance of Global Emergencies

Brussels, Belgium

November 8-9, 2012

Competition Law in Times of Economic Crisis: In Need of Adjustment?

Sofia, Bulgaria