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Latham & Watkins LLP
BOULEVARD DU RÉGENT 43-44
1000 BRUSSELS
Belgium

Belgium > Competition: EU and global Tier 2

Latham & Watkins LLP combines its strong international merger control offering with expertise in cartel investigations, litigation, and other enforcement proceedings, including criminal cases, acting on behalf of major international clients across a diverse range of sectors in collaboration with its US and other European offices. The practice was expanded following the arrival of Carles Esteva Mosso from the European Commission, bolstering its expertise in legislative and regulatory change, alongside high-level merger control and state aid proceedings. Sven Völcker advises blue-chip clients on complex merger investigations, with Brussels managing partner Lars Kjølbye also a strong performer in global clearance proceedings before the Commission. Luca Crocco and Héctor Armengod are up-and-coming members of the team, regularly advising on global mergers and enforcement investigations.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Sven Volker; Carles Esteva Mosso; Luca Crocco; Hector Armengod; David Little; John Wileur

Testimonials

‘David Little is first rate.’

‘What makes the practice unique are the individuals that work at the firm. The level of expertise and engagement is outstanding.’

‘Héctor Armengod is an exceptional competition lawyer. His pragmatic approach gets the job done. He is always available for his clients and provides an outstanding service. He also surrounds himself with excellent associates. He is currently one of the best competition lawyers working on European competition law.’

‘Great team, very good knowledge of the EC practices and of the EC regulation, very responsive.’

‘John Wileur is a reliable and efficient competition law specialist.’

Key clients

American Airlines

Singapore Airlines

Microsoft

Facebook

NVIDIA

AMD

Farfetch

EssilorLuxottica

The Carlyle Group

Siemens Healthineers

Work highlights

  • Advising Grail on its planned acquisition by Illumina, involving the first Art. 22 referral request to the European Commission.  
  • Advising Aon on its planned $30 billion acquisition of Willis Tower Watson which was abandoned following a conditional EU Phase II clearance and merger filings in 17 jurisdictions .
  • Represented Broadcom in the investigation by the European Commission into rebates and other commercial terms related to Broadcom and set-top boxes and modems.

Germany > Antitrust

Embedded within the firm's global antitrust practice, Latham & Watkins LLP's German team is at the forefront of digital antitrust developments and acts in key landmark cases; the partner appointment of Jan Christoph Höft in January 2021, who focuses on advising digital companies, underlines the importance of this field for the firm. Merger controls continue to be another mainstay, whereby the team can also rely on internal cross-practice expertise in investment control law. Michael Esser in Düsseldorf covers German and European antitrust issues ranging from merger control procedures to investigations by authorities and complaints procedures. And Carles Esteva Mosso joined the Brussels office from the European Commission.

Key clients

Facebook

The Carlyle Group

Vodafone

Hyundai Motors

Scout24

Renesas

Work highlights

  • Supporting Facebook in Federal Cartel Office proceedings related to suspicion of abuse of a dominant position in connection with data protection and antitrust regulations.
  • Achievement of an unconditional merger control clearance after a thorough phase II review of the merger of the two largest hospitals in Flensburg, Malteser Hospital St. Franziskus-Hospital, Flensburg, and the somatic department of Deaconess Hospital, Flensburg.
  • Representing Liberty Global/Unitymedia in damages proceedings before the Federal Court of Justice against Deutsche Telekom relating to abusive practices in the use of cable ducts – one of the largest damages proceedings before a German court.

Spain > EU and competition

Renowned for his longstanding activity in the market, José-Maria Jiménez-Laiglesia heads the Spanish competition department at Latham & Watkins LLP. He is widely recognised for his expertise handling global merger clearances and conduct investigations, as well as for his litigation prowess, frequently representing clients in appeals regarding CNMC decisions. The team's presence in Brussels (where it already had four Spanish associates) was further reinforced in June 2021 with the arrival of partner Carles Esteva Mosso, who joined from the European Commission. Associate Carlos Betoret is another name to note.

Key clients

Repsol

Urbaser

Ferrovial

Mastercard

AbbVie

Orange

Fertiberia

Logista

Santillana

Cedro

Egeda

Platinum Equity

Work highlights

  • Obtained for AbbVie the closing of a two-year investigation by the CNMC following a complaint in connection with alleged exclusionary rebates.
  • Obtained on behalf of Repsol an annulment of a decision imposing a fine of €22.5m.
  • Assisting Platinum Equity in obtaining antitrust and FDI clearances for the acquisition of sole control over Urbaser.

The firm: Latham & Watkins is a leading international law firm serving multinational companies, start-ups, investment banks, private equity funds, venture capital firms, sovereign wealth funds, governments and other organisations. The firm’s global platform spans Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the US, and consists of internationally recognised practices across a wide spectrum of transactional, litigation, corporate and regulatory areas. Latham’s lawyers offer unrivalled legal resources and strategic commercial thinking to provide clients with innovative solutions to complex business and legal matters.

Latham & Watkins’ Brussels office is the hub for the firm’s European competition practice, a practice consisting of more than 50 lawyers in the major jurisdictions in Europe. This team is part of Latham’s global antitrust practice group, which includes more than 100 US antitrust lawyers in three offices and a team in Asia. This global footprint, top-notch team of Brussels professionals and a premier practice in the US combine to provide clients with unsurpassed service and deep insight into the workings of the regulatory authorities and courts. Latham & Watkins’ Brussels office is a market leader among the truly international law firms.

Areas of practice: Lawyers in Latham’s Brussels office handle the most pressing competition law needs for top companies around the world, including global cartel defence and litigation, complex merger clearances, and a range of cutting-edge alleged abuse of dominance and state aid matters that will set the legal standard for cases to come. It is also handling an ever increasing amount of litigation before the European and national courts, including civil damages actions.

Latham’s global platform and its considerable strength in both the US and Europe, as well as its cross-disciplinary approach combining antitrust/competition law experts with best-in-class white-collar criminal defence experts and class action expertise make it one of the very few firms able to give clients the integrated defence needed in global cartel enforcement. The firm’s experience across jurisdictions and disciplines has provided Latham with leading global expertise to handle these matters as they have spread beyond the EU, US, Canada and Japan to cover countries such as Korea, Taiwan, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil and South Africa. The resources the firm is able to bring to bear allow it to handle cases involving a complex and simultaneous array of criminal prosecutions, civil investigations and private damages actions in multiple countries.

Latham’s lawyers regularly handle proposed mergers that present challenging competition issues and receive the closest scrutiny by the European Commission, EU member states and jurisdictions around the world. Its clients benefit from Latham’s lawyers’ deep knowledge of the complex legal and economic principles, along with their unsurpassed experience with the evolving regulatory approaches in Europe, the US and around the world. Latham is one of only a handful of firms with the experience, capability and global footprint to secure merger clearances worldwide, with competition lawyers based in the major financial markets in Europe, the US and Asia. Contributing to their success is the firm’s leading corporate practice, which routinely garners top-ten rankings in the American Lawyer corporate score card year over year.

Latham’s Brussels lawyers also assist clients with regulatory issues such as data protection, environmental law, energy regulation, financial services, pharmaceutical and product safety.

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Antitrust and competition (including merger clearance; cartel investigations and litigation; abuse of dominance; civil antitrust damages claims; IP and antitrust interface; antitrust compliance; distribution and licensing; state aid; sector inquiries)
EU regulatory law (pharmaceuticals, medical devices, energy markets, financial services, data protection, environmental and product safety)
EU law (including freedom of establishment and services and free circulation of goods; trade law)
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