James S. Venit > Dentons > Brussels, Belgium > Lawyer Profile


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Competition: EU And Global




James (Jim) Venit has been practicing competition law in Brussels since 1980. He has extensive international antitrust and European competition law experience and has represented multinational companies in proceedings under the EU Merger Regulation and Articles 101 and 102 involving a wide-range of industries and economic sectors. He has handled major mergers such as Volvo/ScaniaGE/HoneywellArcelor/Mittal and Outokumpu/Inoxum, major Commission investigations such as Intel and has been involved in landmark cases, including Lufthansa/United AllianceGSK/Spanish PricingIntel and Yamaha. He also has extensive experience counseling companies on compliance matters and on the implementation of compliance programs.

Jim has written extensively on various aspects of EU competition law and was named one of the “Top 10 antitrust lawyers” from around the world by Global Counsel. He has been selected repeatedly for inclusion in Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business. In addition, Mr. Venit was named a leading practitioner in his field by Who’s Who Legal: Competition Lawyers & Economists and Who’s Who Legal: Competition.

Jim received his JD from New York University School of Law 1979 and has been a partner at Dentons since 2017. He is a Belgian national fluent in English, French and German.


English, French, German


Brussels Bar
New York Bar


New York University, School of Law, 1979, JD, New York University Law Review; Order of the Coif
Columbia University, 1976, PhD
Columbia University, 1971, MA
Yale University, 1967, BA, Phi Beta Kappa; summa cum laude

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Belgium > Competition: EU and global

Dentons‘ competition practice in Brussels has gone from strength to strength since the office was opened in 2010. It has built up a circa ten-strong team of multilingual practitioners, who demonstrate strong capabilities on a full range of matters. Jean-Nicolas Maillard focuses on EU and French competition law issues, with particular strengths handling cartel (and other behavioural) investigations. James Venit  advises clients on competition compliance programmes, while other drivers of activity for the team include merger control and competition litigation. Yves Botteman is advising an energy sector client on various M&A transactions.