Annual European Competition Review 2021

In our super-connected age, we are inundated with information. It can be difficult to select what is really relevant to one’s business. The purpose of this Review is to provide legal counsel and their teams easy reference guidance on essential EU competition law developments covering key areas of law and policy, to help keep you up to date on the latest requirements.

Inside you’ll find:

Cartels and Restrictive Agreements
From geo-blocking to pay-for-delay agreements and bid-rigging, find out the latest legal developments in restrictive practices.

Abuse of Dominant Position
Excessive pricing in the healthcare sector and a monopoly on online searches are key areas of development.

Merger Control
Gun-jumping remains a real focus for the European courts, with additional judgments on the provision of misleading information in merger proceedings.

State Aid
Transfer pricing and rules governing subsidiaries are hot topics, with the courts keeping an eye on excess profits and tax rate schemes.

Legislative and Policy Developments
Digital markets is the focal point of policy development in Europe, as verticals agreements also come under scrutiny.

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Philip Bentley
Philip Bentley focuses his practice principally on EU antitrust and EU anti-dumping, and also extends to related matters such as state aid, subsidies, customs, marketing authorizations (notably for genetically modified organisms (GMOs)) and judicial review litigation before the EU General Court and Court of Justice. Read Philip Bentley, QC's full bio.


Jacques Buhart
Jacques Buhart focuses his practice on cross-border mergers and acquisitions and EU/French competition investigations and litigation out of Brussels and Paris. Jacques has also developed substantial knowledge of various industries, including nuclear, telecommunications, pharmaceutical, paper and energy. He is head of the Firm's Paris and Brussels offices. Read Jacques Buhart's full bio.


Hendrik Viaene
Hendrik Viaene focuses his practice on competition law, regulated markets and regulatory law. He advises clients across a wide range of related issues including state aid, cartels, licensing agreements, merger filings, M&A negotiations, abuse of dominance cases, and distribution agreements. Hendrik assists governments as well as privately and publicly owned companies. He has a wealth of experience in a range of sector such as energy, chemicals, paints, automotive, financial data, recycling and waste management, telecom, construction, renewables, media, private equity and the financial industry.Read Hendrik Viaene's full bio.


Max Küttner
Max Küttner focuses his practice on antitrust, competition and trade law. He has advised on numerous cross-border M&A transactions from negotiation to the notification at various national/supranational competition authorities. Read Max Küttner's full bio.


Karolien Van der Putten
Karolien Van der Putten focuses her practice on European law and competition law. She assists clients on various aspects of European and Belgian competition law. In particular, she focuses on anti-competitive agreements, abuse of dominance, merger control and state aid. Furthermore, she has experience with litigation, dawn raids and investigations by the Belgian Competition Authority. Read Karolien Van der Putten's full bio.


Frédéric Pradelles
Frédéric Pradelles focuses his practice on French and European competition law. He regularly advises international clients in abuse of dominance cases, cartel investigations and on distribution matters, notably in the context of litigation before the French and European competition authorities and courts. Frédéric also advises clients in global, European and national merger control cases, including Phase II cases. He has extensive experience in the notification of strategic alliances and joint ventures as well as negotiating innovative remedies to secure antitrust approval for the deals on which he advises.


Mary Hecht
Mary Hecht focuses her practice on EU competition and antitrust matters. Before joining McDermott, Mary worked in a wealth management firm. She was an intern in several French law firms specialized in competition law and also interned at Samsung Electronics and at Euro Disney. Read Mary Hecht's full bio.

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