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Lars Kjølbye

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Lars Kjølbye is the Managing Partner of Latham & Watkins' Brussels office. His practice focuses on complex cases in the areas of abuse of dominance, restrictive practices, and merger control. He has extensive experience across a number of sectors including energy, software, electronics, media, pharmaceuticals, telecommunications and consumer products. Mr Kjølbye spent ten years at the European Commission’s DG Competition where he headed the energy unit from 2006 to 2008. During this period the unit undertook a comprehensive sector inquiry and prosecuted several high profile cases. Mr Kjølbye also contributed significantly to the guidelines on technology transfer agreements, the guidelines on Article 101(3) and the Article 102 review.


  • English
  • French
  • Danish


  • LLM, King's College London, 1991
  • Diploma in Law, Aarhus University, 1990


Competition: EU and global

Within: Competition: EU and global

Latham & Watkins LLP's Brussels office serves as a hub for the European competition practice, and its team is a regular fixture in industry-shaping mergers, as well as reputationally-sensitive antitrust investigations and litigation. In 2017, Sven Völcker, Michael Esser and others assisted Lufthansa with obtaining EU clearance of its acquisition of a substantial part of Air Berlin’s business. In addition, Joshua Holian and Luca Crocco were part of the international group that acted for Broadcom on the global merger control aspects of its acquisition of Brocade Communications Systems for $5.9bn.  On the behavioural side, in a matter involving the interface between EU competition law and digital goods/online platforms, Lars Kjølbye is leading the advice to Valve Software on the EC's investigation into alleged geo-blocking practices by video games publishers. Matteo Bay and Javier Ruiz Calzado are also recommended. Adrien Giraud joined from Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP.

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