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Yvan Desmedt

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Antitrust & Competition Law


Yvan Desmedt, Partner, advises clients on competition law and regulatory matters across a range of sectors, particularly in the regulated industries of TMT, energy, and transportation. His competition law experience includes merger control at the EU and national levels as a notifying party or third-party opponent. Examples include assisting SAP in a number of acquisitions in enterprise application software and BT in various acquisitions in the telecommunications sector. He also has acted for intervening parties and complainants in a number of transactions, including Universal/EMI and Oracle/Sun. His antitrust experience includes the investigation of interchange fees on behalf of MasterCard, the U.K. roaming case, and the Vitamins cartel at the EU level, as well as various infringement proceedings conducted by the Belgian competition authorities, including those involving diamond producer De Beers. Yvan regularly advises on commercial agreements, including joint ventures, distribution, and licensing. He has advised trade associations, including the GSM Association and the Committee for Electronic Domestic Appliances (CECED), on compliance issues and horizontal cooperation. Yvan also has significant litigation experience. He has represented a number of fixed and mobile operators against the incumbent in Belgium. These proceedings have involved cases before the competition authorities, regulators, administrative courts, and civil courts. He has assisted telecom clients in various other matters such as frequency auctions, licensing issues, site-sharing, and access agreements. Also active in the area of trade matters and export control, Yvan recent advised on trade protection procedures in the field of raw materials/chemical derivatives and on dual-use regulations.


Dutch, English, French, German, Italian.


Admitted to the Brussels Bar and registered in the Netherlands as a European lawyer


New York University (LL.M. 1999; BAEF Fellow/Fulbright Scholar); Free University of Brussels (J.D. summa cum laude 1998); Universita degli Studi di Siena (Erasmus Exchange, 1998)

Belgium: Competition

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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