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Bernard Amory

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Antitrust & Competition Law; Government Regulation; Antitrust Mergers & Joint Ventures; Antitrust Criminal Investigations

Position

Bernard Amory, Partner, represents numerous clients before the European Commission, national courts, and competition authorities in Europe and the European Courts in Luxembourg. He is now the Partner-in-Charge of the Brussels Office, after overseeing the Firm's European Antitrust & Competition Law Practice for 16 years. Bernard's recent or ongoing representations relating to Article 101 (restrictive practices) include: the air cargo case and the One World Alliance for American Airlines, the vitamins case for Aventis, the marine hoses case for Parker Hannifin, the paper and forestry products and industrial bags cases for UPM, the bananas case for Dole, the credit card investigation for MasterCard, the O2/T-Mobile infrastructure sharing and national roaming case on behalf of O2, and the Apple iTunes pricing investigation. Some of the leading merger cases in which Bernard has represented the notifying party include: BT/MCI and BT/AT&T, Total/Petrofina, Renault/Nissan, Procter & Gamble/Gillette, and Warner Music/Parlophone. He also acts for intervening parties and complainants in merger cases, such as for Warner Music Group in EMI/Sony and EMI/Universal, BT in Vodafone/Mannesmann, Apple in Sony/BMG, Tele Denmark in Telia/Telenor, and AT&T in MCI/WorldCom/Sprint. He also has significant experience in Article 102 (abuses), including the roaming case on behalf of Telefonica-O2, Microsoft on behalf of a third party, and Dell in the Intel rebates case. His experience on state aid and state measures include the representation of BUPA in the risk equalization scheme in Ireland and work for Bouygues. He also serves as an arbitrator. Bernard served as council member of the International Bar Association (SBL) and is on the advisory board of the European Competition Journal.

Career

Official, Directorate General IV (Competition) of the European Commission (1989-1991) and Belgian Army (1983-1984).

Languages

English, French.

Member

Brussels Bar.

Education

University of Exeter, England (LL.M. 1983); University of Louvain, Belgium (Licence en Droit 1981); Law Faculty of Namur, Belgium (B.A. 1978)


Belgium

Competition: Belgian law

Within: Competition: Belgian law

Jones Day's clients benefit from the synergies between the competition practice and the firm's strengths in litigation, corporate and M&A, and regulatory matters. Co-led by Alexandre Verheyden and Bernard Amory, the competition team covers major Belgian-level mergers, investigations and litigation centred on alleged abuse of dominant positions/cartels, and state aid cases . In the competition litigation arena, clients benefit from the experience of Michèle Grégoire, who is one of only 20 lawyers to be a member of the Belgian Supreme Court Bar. The firm's excellent practice generates work from a mix of Belgian and global clients; Verheyden, Sébastien Champagne and associate Laurence N. Van Mullem are representing BT, Colt and Verizon in three separate damage claims in relation to an alleged abuse of dominance by Belgacom Mobile concerning low on-net tariffs. Further showcasing the firm's strengths in the telecoms sector, Yvan Desmedt has been advising Telenet/Liberty Global on a requirement to provide access to competitors to the cable market in Belgium. Elsewhere, the group stands out in matters involving other industries, such as transportation, consumer goods, energy and resource management, and financial services. Laurent De Muyter and Charles de Navacelle recently made partner.

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Competition: EU and global

Within: Competition: EU and global

Jones Day fields 'a very practical team' that 'looks around the corner to anticipate issues'. The group, which is jointly led by Bernard Amory and Alexandre Verheyden, is well placed to handle the complex EU and global competition issues of international clients in merger control matters, litigation, cartel and abuse of dominance investigations, and state aid cases. Its breadth and depth of antitrust expertise is complemented by cross-practice support in areas such as corporate and M&A, regulatory and litigation. In addition, it is also able to leverage the knowledge and experience of competition experts throughout the global network. In the TMT sector, Amory, Verheyden, Philipp Werner and recently promoted partner Laurent De Muyter are acting for Deutsche Telekom/T-Mobile in an EC investigation into mobile telephone network sharing agreements, and, separately, are handling its challenge before the EC of an EU member state's auction of spectrum on allegedly discriminatory terms in favour of an incumbent operator. The firm also assists Procter & Gamble with its worldwide acquisitions and divestitures; recent work includes Serge Clerckx and others acting as antitrust counsel to the client on the acquisition of Merck's worldwide consumer health business for $4.2bn, and also the dissolution of its healthcare partnership with Teva. Mario Todino, Charlotte Breuvart, Yvan Desmedt and recently promoted partner Charles de Navacelle are also recommended. Kaarli Eichhorn joined from General Electric in April 2018.

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