Hendrik Viaene

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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.

Digital Markets Act Now Firmly on its Way


By , , , and on Mar 31, 2022
Posted In Brussels Developments, EC Developments, EU Developments

On March 24, 2022 the Council of the EU and the European Parliament reached political agreement on the “Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on contestable and fair markets in the digital sector” (Digital Markets Act or DMA). The political agreement comes just 15 months after the European Commission published its legislative...

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Changes to the Legislative Landscape of Belgian Competition Law


By , and on Mar 17, 2022
Posted In Brussels Developments, EC Developments

On March 7, 2022, changes to both the Belgian Code of Economic Law (CEL) as well as the Belgian Criminal Code (BCC) were published in the Belgian Official Gazette (Belgisch Staatsblad, Moniteur belge). The main changes include: Introducing a filing fee in notifications of concentrations Folding the rules and formalities relating to leniency programmes in...

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Annual European Competition Review 2021


By , , , , , , and on Feb 4, 2022
Posted In Brussels Developments, EC Developments, Energy/Commodities, EU Developments, French Developments, German Developments, Healthcare Antitrust, IP Antitrust, Italian Developments, Mergers & Acquisitions, Monopolization/Abuse of Dominance

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...

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EU General Court Clarifies Rules on Gun Jumping


By and on Oct 18, 2021
Posted In Brussels Developments, EC Developments, EU Developments, Mergers & Acquisitions

On September 22, 2021, the EU General Court (GC) upheld a decision from the European Commission (Commission) by which it fined telecommunications operator Altice for gun jumping (T-425/18, Altice Europe v Commission). In particular, the GC affirmed that the Commission could impose two separate fines: (i) a fine for implementing a concentration prior to its...

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European Commission and National Authorities Take a Stand Against Excessive Pricing by the Pharmaceutical Industry


By and on May 17, 2021
Posted In Brussels Developments, EC Developments, EU Developments, Healthcare Antitrust

The European Commission and national competition authorities (NCAs) are very actively fighting a number of anticompetitive practices in the pharmaceutical industry. Enforcing the prohibition against excessive pricing has become a particular area of focus for competition authorities in Europe. The European approach to excessive pricing differs from that followed in the United States, where excessive...

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New European Commission Guidance Acquisitions of Nascent Competitors on the Radar


By and on Mar 31, 2021
Posted In Brussels Developments, EC Developments, EU Developments, Mergers & Acquisitions

The European Commission wants to be able to block or conditionally approve transactions, mainly in the digital economy and in the pharmaceutical sector, even when the thresholds for notification are not met. In publishing its new Article 22 Guidance, the Commission has significantly expanded its ability to review transactions. Parties to a transaction, especially in...

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Annual European Competition Review 2020


By , , and on Feb 2, 2021
Posted In Brussels Developments, Cartel Enforcement, EC Developments, EU Developments, Monopolization/Abuse of Dominance

McDermott’s Annual European Competition Review summarizes significant developments in the field of European competition law. 2020 saw several important legislative and policy developments, including EC guidance on foreign direct investment, the promulgation of a temporary framework for antitrust cooperation in the context of COVID-19 and the issuance of a rare competition law comfort letter thereunder....

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European Commissions Continues to Amend COVID-19 Temporary State Aid Framework


By and on Jan 29, 2021
Posted In EC Developments, EU Developments

On January 28 2021, the European Commission (Commission) amended its COVID-19 Temporary State aid Framework (Temporary Framework) for the fifth time. The Commission adopted the Temporary Framework at the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis (March 19 2020) to support the economy and help Member States set up various aid measures. Since the adoption of the...

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