Firm Profile > Arnold & Porter > Brussels, Belgium

Arnold & Porter
1, Rue du Marquis -
Markiesstraat, 1
B-1000 Brussels

Competition: EU and global Tier 3

Arnold & Porter undertakes the full range of EU competition law matters for clients, with its Brussels, London and Frankfurt offices working as one integrated practice. Luc Gyselen heads up the Brussels team, whose experience spans industries such as financial services, life sciences, transport and telecommunications. In the merger control sphere, the firm is acting as co-counsel to AbbVie on the $63bn acquisition of Allergan. Axel Gutermuth and counsel Charlotte Simphal are working with the Washington DC team on this matter. In addition, a group including Niels Ersbøll and others assisted Pfizer with the EU and all non-US merger filings associated with its $12.7bn joint venture with GSK, leading to a combination of the parties' consumer healthcare businesses. On the cartel side. Ersbøll and Sebastian Jungermann are representing Mitsui OSK Lines in a number of follow-on cartel damages claims, including one brought by Daimler in relation to the car carriers cartel. The firm also undertakes a significant amount of competition work for companies in the technology and digital economy space. Alexander Italianer, who was formerly Secretary-General and Director-General for Competition of the European Commission, joined as senior international policy adviser.

Practice head(s):

Luc Gyselen

Other key lawyers:

Key clients




Belgian government

Boston Scientific


Bulgarian government

Cisco Systems


Eden Europe


General Electric Company

GN Resound


Hitachi-LG Data Storage

Komatsu Ltd.


Monsanto Inc.

Novo Nordisk




Visa Inc.

ZF TRW and ZF Wind

Firm overview: Arnold & Porter is a nearly 1,000 lawyer firm with global reach, experience, and deep knowledge enabling the firm to serve clients across geographic, cultural, technological, and ideological borders. The firm’s European practice assists clients in a broad range of regulatory, litigation, and corporate transactional matters to overcome the legal, public policy, and regulatory issues they face as they conduct business in the European environment. Lawyers practice across more than 30 practice areas assisting with complex needs to stay ahead of the global market, anticipate opportunities, and address issues that impact the value of their businesses. Clients include multinational corporations and financial institutions, governments, international organisations, and others. They come to Arnold & Porter from a broad array of industries, including fast moving consumer goods, pharmaceuticals and medical devices, media and communications, IT, financial services, consumer electronics, shipping and general manufacturing. Based in London, Brussels, and Frankfurt, the European practice has a stellar reputation for regulatory advice within the life sciences, telecommunications, and financial services sectors.

Main areas of practice
Advises clients from around the world on EU and national competition laws and cross-border regulatory matters. The firm draws on its long experience in practice, and on prior careers in the European Commission, the Court of Justice, and academia to provide a high-quality and practical approach.

Commercial disputes: Extensive experience acting on complex litigation and arbitration proceedings across a wide range of sectors, including financial services, private equity, hedge funds, asset management, technology, media, telecoms, life sciences, leisure, aerospace, and highnet-worth individuals.

Corporate and finance: At the heart of Europe’s financial centers, our London- and Frankfurt-based European Corporate and Finance practice advises on domestic, multijurisdictional, and cross-border transactions. The firm’s experience includes a focus on private equity, mergers and acquisitions, and life sciences transactions. What sets Arnold & Porter apart from other firms is its multidisciplinary approach to handling transactions — the breadth of its regulatory practices complements its transactions experience, providing a strategic advantage to its clients.

Intellectual property: Handles transactional and litigation work across the full range of IP, including patents, copyright, trademarks, design rights and trade secrets. Arnold & Porter works across all industries and technologies, with a particular focus on pharmaceuticals, medical devices, electronics, media, chemicals, food, automotive, and manufacturing.

International arbitration: Represents dozens of Sovereign States, state-owned companies and entities, corporations and individuals in Investor-State and commercial arbitrations before international arbitral institutions worldwide, and under a variety of arbitral rules and various chambers of commerce and industry-specific institutions.

Labor and employment: With the firm’s combined litigation and substantive experience, Arnold & Porter has expertise handling the full range of employment cases. The firm provide guidance on employment issues in merger, acquisition, divestiture and similar transactions.

Life sciences: Attuned to the current state of play and future of genomics, proteomics, bioinformatics, biochips, pharmacogenetics, and other current technological developments. The practice has experience in advising on all types of collaborative and licensing agreements, and corporate transactions for pharmaceutical and biotech companies, offering an unparalleled integration of regulatory, intellectual property, and competition law expertise.

Product liability: Defends large and complex mass tort matters, acting both as national and trial counsel in cases asserting personal injury and property damage claims.

White-collar criminal defense: Represents individuals and corporations in grand jury and administrative enforcement proceedings, criminal trials, and internal investigations.

Number of lawyers : nearly 1,000
Chairman : Richard M Alexander (chairman)
Co-Managing Partner : Michael D Daneker (co-managing partner)
Co-Managing Partner : Anne P Davis (co-managing partner)
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