Brussels/EU 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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Christian Duvernoy

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christian.duvernoy@wilmerhale.com

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September 15, 2016

Brexit and Competition Law: What to Expect

While we wait for the UK to clarify what sort of relationship it will be seeking with the EU after Brexit, it may be useful to highlight what appear to be the main consequences for the enforcement of competition law.

June 24, 2016

Brexit – Major Upheaval and Change

As the UK leaves the EU, in light of the seismic result of the recent United Kingdom referendum, there will be an immense amount to do, for the UK and the remaining EU, and for companies that are either based in, or have interests in the UK.

March 23, 2016

Chambers Global 2016 Ranks WilmerHale Lawyers, Practices

Chambers Global has named 28 WilmerHale lawyers among “The World's Leading Lawyers for Business” in its 2016 edition. Additionally, the firm is ranked in 15 practice areas that span five regions.

March 15, 2016

The EU and the U.S. Reached an Agreement on the Safe Harbour's Successor: The EU-U.S. Privacy Shield

An article by Frédéric Louis, Takeshige Sugimoto and Itsiq Benizri, published in the Journal of the Japanese Institute of International Business Law,  Vol. 44, No. 3, pp.462.

March 15, 2016

Pay for delay: How the European Commission views restriction by object

In this article, published in Competition Law Insight, John Ratliff discusses the approach by the European Commission to restriction by object in the two pay-for-delay decisions which the EC published in the last year.

March 1, 2016

European Commission and U.S. Department of Commerce Release Legal Foundation of EU-U.S. Privacy Shield

On Monday, February 29th, the European Commission and U.S. Department of Commerce released a collection of documents summarizing actions taken on both sides of the Atlantic to implement the new Privacy Shield framework.

March 1, 2016

Major Events and Policy Issues in EU Competition Law, 2014–2015 (Part 2)

Written by John Ratliff for International Company and Commercial Law Review (2016, Issue 4, Volume 27, Sweet & Maxwell), this is the second and final part of the overview, following on from Part 1 published in February's journal. The reference period is from November 2014 until the end of October 2015.

February 15, 2016

EU Reaches Political Agreement on New Cybersecurity Obligations for Businesses- Network and Information Security Across the EU (NIS Directive)

An article by Frédéric Louis, Takeshige Sugimoto and Itsiq Benizri, published in the Journal of the Japanese Institute of International Business Law, Vol. 44, No. 2, pp. 302-306.

February 1, 2016

Main Developments in EU Merger Control 2014-2015

An article by Cormac O'Daly, published in Competition Law & Policy Debate, Vol. 2, Issue 1, February 2016. 

February 1, 2016

Major Events and Policy Issues in EU Competition Law, 2014–2015 (Part 1)

In this article, published in International Company and Commercial Law Review (2016, Issue 3, Volume 27, Sweet & Maxwell), John Ratliff offers an overview of the major events and policy issues related to arts 101, 102 and 106 TFEU from November 2014 until the end of October 2015.