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Herbert Smith Freehills

Competition/European Law

2 ranked lawyersBand 3BelgiumEurope 2021 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

Acts on merger control issues arising from several high-profile strategic acquisitions that test the scope for further consolidation of the media and manufacturing sectors. Offers notable strength in contentious state aid mandates, advising government bodies and beneficiary companies on state aid investigations and litigation before the ECJ. Represents companies in appeals to the CJEU seeking to overturn findings of cartels or abuse of dominance. Works with the firm's network of offices to defend European follow-on damages proceedings.

Strengths

"They're fantastic," enthuses a client, adding that the lawyers are "intellectually smart and very good with clients."

Work highlights

Assisted Synthomer with the Phase I clearance procedures at the EC in relation to its acquisition of OMNOVA Solutions.

Notable practitioners

Kyriakos Fountoukakos has a strong practice advising on complex multinational merger clearance procedures, as well as assisting with cartel investigations and abuse of dominance allegations. He is a popular choice for clients in the technology and financial sectors, and additionally benefits from Greek law qualifications to advise international clients.

Lode Van Den Hende acts for a range of multinational clients in the energy and technology sectors, advising on state aid mandates, as well as challenges to EU directives that limit competition. Clients enthuse that "the quality and detail of his advice is very impressive," adding that "he is good at putting our case into a wider context."

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Belgium

Competition/European Law: State Aid


Lode Van Den Hende
Band 3

Competition: EU


Kyriakos Fountoukakos
Band 3