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Alexandre Verheyden

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Antitrust & Competition Law; Antitrust Civil Investigations & Litigation; Antitrust Mergers & Joint Ventures; Antitrust Criminal Investigations.

Position

Alexandre Verheyden is a Partner at Jones Day. His practice focuses on competition/antitrust law, representing major corporations before the European Commission, European courts, and national authorities. He also has significant experience in transatlantic mergers. Alexandre's experience involves abuse of dominant position/monopoly offense, cartel, merger, and state aid cases. He represented DoubleClick in its merger with Google and BT in its various mergers since 1995 (including MCI, AT&T, Infonet, and Radianz). He obtained a favorable judgment in a ‚ā¨500 million damage claim for abuse of dominant position against Belgacom Mobile and the largest fine ever imposed on a dominant enterprise by the Competition Council. He represented Dole in the banana cartel case and Bouygues Telecom in several state aid cases against the French government. He also represents Toyota in all its competition law-related European distribution matters.

Career

Alexandre is vice chair of the Communications Committee of the International Bar Association. He received an award from the Belgian American Educational Foundation and is a winner of the 2012 Antitrust Writing Awards for the article "EU Court of Justice Provides Guidance on Abusive Margin Squeezes" written in collaboration with Serge Clerckx. He also is a regular speaker at conferences.

Languages

Dutch, English, French.

Member

Admitted to the Brussels and New York Bars.

Education

The University of Chicago (LL.M. 1992); University of Louvain (Licence en Droit magna cum laude 1990).


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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EU regulatory: information technology

Within: EU regulatory: information technology

Among Jones Day's key matters, Alexandre Verheyden is advising Broadband Belgium and Broadband Portugal on regulatory issues, including the extension of the companies' spectrum licences. Other clients include BT, bpost and Huawei.

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Industry focus: IT and telecoms

Within: Industry focus: IT and telecoms

Jones Day¬†has 'deep¬†knowledge of the telecom industry and regulatory framework' with its cross-departmental team attracting praise for its 'proactive assistance'. The group represented BT, Colt, and Verizon in three separate damage claims brought¬†by Belgacom Mobile¬†pertaining to abuse of dominance allegations. In another recent work highlight, a team acted for Fortino Capital Partners on its ‚ā¨2.2m investment in Dobco Medical Systems.¬†The department also assists¬†Broadband Belgium and Broadband Portugal with regulatory advice. Alexandre Verheyden¬†is 'highly recommended for regulation and competition in the field of telecoms' and heads the group alongside M&A partner Thomas De Muynck¬†and recently promoted partner¬†J√∂rg Hladjk, who specialises in cybersecurity, privacy and data protection.

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