Brussels

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher’s Brussels office is the heart of our competition law practice in Europe.  We provide expert advice on all aspects of European Union and EU national competition law, including merger control, cartels, co-operative arrangements, abuse of dominance and State aids.  We work seamlessly with our Antitrust and Competition practices in the United States, Germany, France, the UK and Hong Kong, and are increasingly involved in follow-on and appellate litigation both before the EU and national courts. All of our lawyers are qualified and members of the bar in one or more Member States of the European Union.

Office

Avenue Louise 480, 1050 Brussels, Belgium

Tel: +32 (0)2 554 70 00

Fax: +32 (0)2 554 70 33

PARTNER IN CHARGE

Wood, David

Tel: +32 2 554 72 10

Our internationally recognised EU antitrust practice covers a comprehensive range of matter types.  These include:

  • Merger clearances (both under the EU Merger Regulation and national merger rules)
  • Infringement actions concerning horizontal or vertical arrangements
  • Abuse of dominance complaints and investigations
  • Cartels
  • Online and offline distribution policies
  • Sector inquiries
  • State aids

Our EU practice has exceptional strength and experience across a wide range of sectors, and in particular in TMT and IT/Online, shipping, real estate, financial services, gaming/betting services, hotels and leisure, pharmaceuticals, and energy.  We also represent clients on other EU legal issues (including matters involving data protection, public procurement, and the freedom to provide goods and services throughout the EU) before EU Member State courts such as those of Germany, Spain, France, Belgium, Denmark and Greece.

Gibson Dunn’s Brussels team has deep experience of obtaining complex merger and joint venture clearances before the European Commission and EU national competition authorities.  This frequently involves conducting an analysis of merger filing requirements on a global scale.

The team in Brussels is an acknowledged market leader in representing parties involved in cartel investigations, including applications for immunity, leniency and settlement negotiations.  Our lawyers are frequently asked to advise on the implementation of antitrust compliance programs and the conduct of antitrust audits and training.  We have considerable experience in guiding parties and their trade associations through EU and national antitrust sector inquiries.

We also provide advice on EU competition law issues affecting clients’ strategic market interests or business models, particularly where these concern network industries.  Whether working on an innovative monopolisation defence or helping design the development of a sophisticated pan-European sales channel, we adopt forward-looking approaches that allow our clients to make informed choices at each critical stage of the relevant procedure.

As well as competition advocacy before the European Commission, we are increasingly involved in follow-on litigation, both before the EU Courts (on appeal from Decisions of the European Commission) and national courts (in relation to damages claims).

  • Global Competition Review 2020 recommends Gibson Dunn as a “Highly Regarded” firm in Brussels in its GCR 100, and names a Brussels partner to its “40 under 40” list.
  • Chambers Europe 2020 and Chambers Global 2020 recommend Gibson Dunn’s Brussels office in the field of Competition/European Law.  In addition, four partners are ranked as leading lawyers for Competition/European Law in Belgium, and one partner is ranked as an expert for Competition/European Law work in Denmark.
  • Who’s Who Legal 2020 names four Brussels partners as experts, two partners as Thought Leaders, and one partner as a Future Leader in its Who’s Who Legal for Competition.
  • Legal 500 EMEA 2020 recommends Gibson Dunn’s Brussels office and seven of its lawyers for EU and Global Competition.
  • JUVE Handbook 2019/2020 recommends Gibson Dunn’s Brussels office and two of its partners.
  • Best Lawyers 2020 recommends four Brussels partners in their respective fields, including Competition/Antitrust Law and European Union Law.  In addition, Brussels partners were named as 2018- 2019 Brussels “Telecommunications Lawyer of the Year”, 2014-2015 Brussels “Media Lawyer of the Year”, and Best Lawyers in Germany for Competition/Antitrust Law and Litigation.
  • IFLR1000 2020 recommends Gibson Dunn’s Brussels office in the category Western Europe: EU Competition, and recognizes two partners as highly regarded.
  • The Lawyer Awards 2018 named Gibson Dunn’s Brussels lawyers as ‘Competition and Regulatory Team of the Year’, for their representation of complainants in the EC’s Google investigation.
  • Legal Business Awards 2018 named Gibson Dunn in Brussels as its “Highly Recommended” firm in the ‘Competition Team of the Year’ category, for our representation of complainants in the EC’s Google investigation.
  • Global Competition Review Awards 2017 named Gibson Dunn’s representation in the Microsoft/LinkedIn matter as ‘Merger Control Matter of the Year Europe’.