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 extensive 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

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January 26, 2016

WilmerHale 2015 in Review

As the new year gathers momentum, we want to pause and thank you for your support over the past 12 months—a period in which we enjoyed challenging legal work, strong client relationships, and a collegial culture grounded in hard work, teamwork and dedication to community.

December 16, 2015

European Union Reaches Agreement on Data Protection Law Reform

On December 15, 2015, the European Union reached an agreement on the final text of the new General Data Protection Regulation. The Regulation will replace the 1995 Data Protection Directive, which is currently the basis for national data protection laws of the Member States of the European Union.

June 24, 2015

Chambers Europe 2015 Recognizes WilmerHale Lawyers and Practices

Twelve WilmerHale lawyers and four firm practices have been recognized in the 2015 edition of Chambers Europe: Leading Lawyers for Business.

March 5, 2015

The Future European Patent System: Being Prepared

Dramatic changes to the European patent system are planned for next year or the following year. In particular, there will be a new European patent with unitary effect across, ultimately, 25 EU Member States and a new Unified Patent Court with jurisdiction across all Member States of the EU that have signed up to it.

January 26, 2015

WilmerHale 2014 in Review

We want to take this opportunity to express our thanks as we look back on an exciting year that marked the successful conclusion to our first decade as WilmerHale.

January 1, 2015

International Cooperation between Competition Authorities – OECD Recommendation Proposal Heralds Brave New World of Enforcers Sharing Confidential Information Without Consent of Companies (Vol.I)

An article by Frédéric Louis and Takeshige Sugimoto published in the January 1, 2015 edition of the Journal of the Japanese Institute of International Business Law, Vol. 43, No. 1, 2015, pp. 88–90.

October 8, 2014

Light at the End of the Tunnel: Litigating Access to Cartel Leniency Documents in the EU

A chapter by Frédéric Louis, published in the seventh edition of The International Comparative Legal Guide to Competition Litigation 2015.

September 2, 2014

Update on German Anti-Corruption Legislation and Procedure

On 1 September 2014, an important amendment to German anti-corruption legislation has entered into force.

September 1, 2014

The European Commission’s New Guidelines on State Aid for Environmental Protection and Energy

An article by Frédéric Louis and Takeshige Sugimoto, published in the August 2014 edition of The Journal of the Japanese Institute of International Business Law, Vol. 42, No. 9, pp. 1458-1461.

August 14, 2014

Territoriality and Jurisdiction in EU IP Law

An article by Trevor Cook published in the July 2014 edition of Journal of Intellectual Property Rights, Vol. 19, pp. 293-297.