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Europe 2022
Belgium Competition/European Law
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3 Ranked Lawyers

About

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Skadden EU team is one of the market leaders in EU and global competition law, focusing on the two core areas within the field: merger control and investigations.

Skadden has a reputation for undertaking high-value and complex merger control matters, including numerous Phase II investigations. Our extensive international network enables us to carry out multijurisdictional filings that few other firms can match. Our Brussels office is also rapidly building capabilities in the fields of behavioral investigations and follow-on damages litigation.

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Competition: EU - Belgium
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What the team is known for

The firm benefits from a strong pipeline of major M&A transactions, including US strategic investments into Europe and vice versa. The strength of its Brussels-based practice earns the firm roles on transactions that are subject to detailed investigation by the EC and that often necessitate the negotiation and implementation of complex remedy packages. Skadden also acts on important EU behavioural mandates, including investigations into excessive pricing in the pharmaceutical sector or potential collusion between companies in the financial services sector. The firm assists with the negotiation of behavioural commitments that ensure the speedy closure of Commission investigations. Key individuals also handle advisory matters relating to the set-up of distribution networks or the drafting of collaboration agreements.

Work Highlights

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  • Advised Willis Towers Watson on the EU's phase II merger control investigation into the planned combination of Willis Towers Watson and Aon.

Notable Practitioners

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Frederic Depoortere
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Frederic Depoortere
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Frederic Depoortere leads a significant amount of Skadden's most high-profile merger control work. He is picked out by diverse sources as a strong choice to handle the EU aspects of high-value global mergers. "He has years of experience, knows everyone in the Commission and knows how to handle the personalities on massive transactions, and is able to manage the stresses involved," says one interviewee. "He is calm, keeps on top of things and has good ideas," reports another source.

Ingrid Vandenborre
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Ingrid Vandenborre
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Interviewees note that Ingrid Vandenborre has a broad practice that encompasses both merger control mandates and significant cartel investigations. She also has experience in the negotiation of commitments that satisfy EC concerns about potential abuse of dominance in the pharmaceutical sector. Market commentators identify Ingrid Vandenborre as a leading practitioner in Brussels.

Bill Batchelor
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Bill Batchelor
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Clients appreciate Bill Batchelor's hands-on approach, saying: "He's willing to talk about the nitty-gritty of matters without needing to involve a load of associates." The same source goes on to report: "He can give quick advice on issues that others might need to research if it's not their day-to-day subject matter." Bill Batchelor has standout experience in the defence of EC behavioural investigations into the videogames sector.

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Belgium

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Frederic Depoortere
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Frederic Depoortere
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Band 2
Ingrid Vandenborre
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Ingrid Vandenborre
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Bill Batchelor
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Bill Batchelor
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