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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: Belgian law

Jones Day acted on a steady stream of merger reviews, abuse of dominance and cartel cases and state aid matters over the past year. Notable engagements included successfully acting for Mastercard to dismiss a damage claim brought by the Delhaize supermarket chain concerning interchange fees – Bernard Amory led that work. Serge Clerckx and practice head Alexandre Verheyden are also key contacts.

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EU and global

Within: EU and global

Jones Day’s international network is ‘second-to-none’ and it impresses with its ‘great ability to combine its Washington DC and Brussels expertise for transatlantic matters’. Brussels head and ‘statesman of competition lawBernard Amory is representing Deutsche Telekom in two complex cases, including defending the telecoms giant in an EC antitrust investigation. Yvan Desmedt is ‘very skilled in managing complex multinational transactions’ and the team also benefits from the expertise of competition lead Alexandre Verheyden, who has strong experience in transatlantic merger reviews and cartel investigations, and younger partner Philipp Werner.

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Belgium: Industry focus

IT and telecoms

Within: IT and telecoms

Jones Day has a well-established European regulatory practice in the telecoms space and its office network allows it to handle complex domestic and cross-border work. It also has a strong offering in cybersecurity, data protection and privacy, a practice in which counsel Jörg Hladjk plays a significant role. Alexandre Verheyden leads the team, which also includes antitrust expert Bernard Amory.

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