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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.
European Competition Review 2022
By Jacques Buhart, Stéphane Dionnet, Frédéric Pradelles, Hendrik Viaene, Anna Ciesielska, Mary Hecht, Max Küttner, Andrea Otaola, Karolien Van der Putten and Hannelore Wiame on Feb 6, 2023
Posted In Cartel Enforcement, Consumer Protection/Privacy, EC Developments, EU Developments, Mergers & Acquisitions
This Review provides legal counsel and their teams easy reference guidance on essential EU competition law developments covering key areas of law and policy. Topics covered include: Cartels & Restrictive Agreements Abuse of Dominant Position Merger Control State Aid Legislative and Policy Developments Access the special report.
Annual European Competition Review 2021
By Jacques Buhart, Hendrik Viaene, Max Küttner, Karolien Van der Putten, Frédéric Pradelles, Mary Hecht and McDermott Will & Emery 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...
Annual European Competition Review 2020
By Jacques Buhart, Hendrik Viaene and McDermott Will & Emery 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....
COVID-19 and EU Competition Proceedings: Extraordinary Times Call for Extraordinary Measures
By Jacques Buhart on Mar 23, 2020
Posted In EC Developments, EU Developments, Mergers & Acquisitions
In the midst of the ongoing global effort to mitigate the effects of COVID-19, the Directorate-General for Competition (DG Competition) of the European Commission (EC) and the EU courts are taking measures to prevent the spread of the virus among individuals whilst at the same time seeking to ensure that the EU economy remains as...
Interim Measures Imposed on Broadcom: The Re-Awakening of a Once-Dormant Tool?
By Jacques Buhart on Nov 7, 2019
Posted In EC Developments, Monopolization/Abuse of Dominance
The European Commission (EC) has found, on a prima facie basis, that Broadcom abused its dominant position. In order to avert the risk of serious and irreparable damage to competition, Broadcom has been ordered to cease its prima facie abusive conduct with almost immediate effect. This is the first time in 18 years that the...
Bigger Is Better. . .Or Maybe Not: The Siemens/Alstom Railway Merger
By Jacques Buhart on Feb 11, 2019
Posted In EC Developments, Mergers & Acquisitions
The European Commission recently reaffirmed that industrial policy objectives have no role to play when it comes to applying the EU merger control rules. Despite unusually intense industrial and political pressure to get the Siemens/Alstom railway merger done, Competition Commissioner Vestager has forcefully reiterated that the substantive test under the EU Merger Regulation remains exclusively...
Application of Jurisdiction Clauses to Competition Damages Actions Depends on Cause of Action
By Dr. Boris Uphoff, Jacques Buhart and Jacob Grierson on Nov 13, 2018
Posted In Cartel Enforcement, EU Developments
The European Court of Justice (ECJ) recently ruled that a jurisdiction clause does not need to refer expressly to disputes arising from a breach of competition law where damages are claimed based on Art. 102 TFEU (i.e., for abuse of a dominant position). This contrasts with the ECJ’s position in follow-on cartel damages claims (under...
Three Things To Know About French Merger Control
By Jacques Buhart on Dec 13, 2017
Posted In EC Developments, EU Developments, French Developments, Joint Ventures/Competitor Collaboration, Mergers & Acquisitions
Jurisdictional thresholds French merger control applies if the turnovers of the parties to a transaction (usually the acquirer(s) including its (their) group(s) of companies, and the target) exceeded, in the last financial year, certain (cumulative) thresholds provided in Article L. 430-2, I of the French Commercial Code (the “Code”): Combined worldwide pre-tax turnover of all...
McDermott EU Competition Annual Review 2016
By Jacques Buhart on Feb 2, 2017
Posted In Cartel Enforcement, EC Developments, EU Developments, French Developments, German Developments, Italian Developments, Mergers & Acquisitions
It is difficult for General Counsel and their teams to monitor all new developments adequately. With the growth of the Internet and the daily updates to EU competition rules, everyone receives and has access to masses of information, but it is difficult to select that which is really relevant to one’s business. McDermott’s EU Competition...
The Concept of Full-Function Joint Venture in the EU
By Jacques Buhart and Louise Aberg on Aug 26, 2016
Posted In EC Developments, Joint Ventures/Competitor Collaboration
In the European Union (EU), at the inception of a joint venture (JV), parent companies must determine whether the newly created structure presents a full-functionality nature, which depends on its degree of autonomy. The answer to this question will determine the legal framework applicable to it. On the one hand, if the JV is full-function...