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Our international Competition and EU Regulatory Group assists businesses in a wide range of industries to provide practical solutions to commercial situations.

In the area of EU regulatory law, our main areas of expertise include:

  • chemicals (e.g. REACH, classification and labelling, marketing and use restrictions and any product related legislation)
  • pesticides
  • biocides
  • cosmetics
  • food
  • pharmaceuticals
  • electronic products
  • textiles
  • medical devices

Our advice includes related business and antitrust issues that arise when drafting and negotiating commercial agreements or setting up task forces in the EU.

We also have strong expertise in the regulatory and antitrust issues relating to the transport, energy and telecommunications sectors, where our team has assisted clients in key transactions for 15 years.

Our EU lawyers are also leaders in product defence and in general the free movement of goods throughout the European Community. We establish industry task forces, consortia and associations, and guide clients through the maze of EU regulations. In addition, we often lobby EU and Member State institutions on our clients’ behalf before legislation is adopted and, when necessary, represent their interests in related litigation before the European Court of Justice, the European Court of First Instance and the courts in various Member States. Our EU regulatory team has been recommended by “EU Life Sciences” Report for its “extensive industry knowledge and recognised expertise in contentious regulatory matters”, and is often invited to speak at major conferences on EU regulatory and litigation matters.

In the area of competition law, we help clients manage competition risks and use competition laws to leverage a better position for our clients. Emphasis is placed on understanding the business sector in which the client is engaged. We advise on the whole range of Belgian, UK and EC competition law and have devised innovative and flexible legal solutions to the problems that some of our highly individual projects have presented, including:

  • mergers
  • joint ventures
  • state aids
  • licensing and distribution
  • regulatory investigations
  • franchising
  • third party challenges to restrictive practices
  • parallel importation problems
  • public procurement
  • anti-dumping

We also have particular expertise in designing and implementing competition law compliance programmes and subject specific regulatory issues including food, cosmetics, environmental, transport, energy, telecommunication and Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE).

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