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Europe 2022
Belgium Competition/European Law
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10 Ranked Lawyers

Chambers Review

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Competition: EU - Belgium
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What the team is known for

Interviewees report that Cleary Gottlieb offers outstanding expertise across the full range of EU competition law issues. The firm's work for leading global IT companies on EU abuse of dominance investigations and subsequent GCEU appeal processes is often seen as a clear endorsement of the firm's ability to handle the most sophisticated and high-impact behavioural work. The firm has secured significant fine reductions for cartel leniency applicants and has experience in appealing important cartel decisions, particularly in the pharmaceutical sector. Cleary also regularly wins instructions on complex merger control mandates that attract close scrutiny from the EC, while its capacity to coordinate related US, UK and other international filings through its global network is an additional benefit to companies undertaking multi-jurisdictional transactions. The firm's more high-profile state aid work centres around key clients challenging the introduction of various measures to support airlines throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

Work Highlights

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  • Assisted Alstom with securing merger clearance for its acquisition of Bombardier Transportation.

Notable Practitioners

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Antoine Winckler
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Antoine Winckler is recognised among market commentators as a hugely experienced and high-profile figure within the Brussels competition law community. He attracts particular attention for assisting with sophisticated merger control mandates.

Maurits Dolmans
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Maurits Dolmans
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Interviewees identify Maurits Dolmans as a leading voice in the EU competition law community. He splits his time between London and Brussels, and is known for his work on significant behavioural mandates for sophisticated multinational companies. "His subject matter expertise is unsurpassed," states one client, adding: "I don't know of anyone who exceeds his knowledge of the law and the enforcement agencies." The same source goes on to praise Maurits Dolmans' "great business sense" and his ability to provide "practical and reliable advice."

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Robbert Snelders
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Robbert Snelders acts for some of Cleary's most high-profile IT sector clients on behavioural and merger control mandates. He has experience in transactions that necessitate the negotiation of significant remedy packages with the EC. Market commentators highlight his presence in key cases and praise his strong communication skills.

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Francisco Enrique González-Díaz
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Sources praise Francisco Enrique González-Díaz for his "sharp mind" and say that "he is intellectually brilliant." He attracts attention for his former experience working within the EC and for his proven capacity to handle sophisticated EU merger control mandates. "He is an impressive lawyer with significant experience, and there's a lot that comes from his position that is very useful for a client," says one interviewee.

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François-Charles Laprévote
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François-Charles Laprévote is best known for his contentious state aid work. He assists complainant third parties with ECJ proceedings seeking to challenge the provision of state aid to the aviation sector.

Nicholas Levy
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Nicholas Levy
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Nicholas Levy is a London and Brussels-based competition law specialist who attracts strong praise for his understanding of both the CMA and the EC. In addition to his impressive reputation for merger control work, Nicholas Levy has experience in the use of leniency applications to mitigate cartel fines. A client highlights his ability to "operate at a higher strategic level of thinking."

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Thomas Graf
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Market commentators note that Thomas Graf has played a prominent role in several of the firm's high-profile technology sector abuse of dominance cases. Clients highlight his ability to give pragmatic, in-depth advice and say that "he explains things in a way that is easy to understand."

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Romano Subiotto KC
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Romano Subiotto KC wins instructions acting for interested parties and defendants on EC behavioural investigations. He is also well known as a skilled litigator who assists with GCEU appeals against EC competition decisions. He is a member of the UK Bar and splits his time between London and Brussels.

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Christopher Cook
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Christopher Cook handles both EU and wider global merger notifications in support of high-value corporate transactions. "His advice is thorough and detailed, and he understands the institutions very well," says one client.

Patrick Bock
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Patrick Bock
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Patrick Bock enters the rankings as a result of consistently superb feedback for his work on diverse EU competition matters. "He has been exposed to so many situations, which means that he has a view on how the authorities will interpret things," says one client, going on to state: "No one wants long memos that only the lawyers read; Patrick Bock gets to the point and tells us what can we do, what the next steps are and how we can approach the issues." He acts for pharmaceutical, home appliance and utilities companies on merger filings in relation to M&A transactions or joint venture agreements.

Ranked Lawyers at
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

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Belgium

Competition/European Law: State Aid

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François-Charles Laprévote
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Competition: EU

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Antoine Winckler
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Senior Statespeople
Maurits Dolmans
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Maurits Dolmans
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Robbert Snelders
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Francisco Enrique González-Díaz
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Band 2
Nicholas Levy
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Nicholas Levy
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Band 2
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Romano Subiotto KC
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Thomas Graf
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Band 3
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Christopher Cook
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Band 4
Patrick Bock
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Patrick Bock
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