Herlinde Burez

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I am a specialist in (EU and Belgian) competition and distribution law.

I head contrast’s merger control team. I have extensive experience in EU and Belgian merger control and the coordination of rest-of-the world merger filings. I also assist companies with all competition law related aspects in the context of their transactions, such as gun jumping questions, the organization of due diligence with respect for the rules on exchange of commercially sensitive information, assessment of competition covenants in transaction agreements agreements, and so on.

I also support clients in shaping commercial relationships to fit their business needs and in managing those relationships, including in relation to the termination of commercial cooperation agreements and related conflict management.

In these areas, I have in particular acquired expertise in the automotive industry. I co-authored the chapter 'Motor Vehicle Distribution' in 'Vertical Agreements in EU Competition Law' (3rd edition, Oxford, Oxford University Press 2018, 462 p., F. Wijckmans | F. Tuytschaever) and I head our Automotive Task Force.

I hold a master’s degree in Law from the University of Ghent and obtained a DEA in European law at the University of Aix-Marseille III.

I have been at contrast since the start in 2006 and became partner on 1 January 2017.

I have published several articles on EU and Belgian competition law and distribution law in leading Belgian journals. My publications include regular contributions to the section 'Case Law in Summary' in TBM-RCB (Journal for Belgian Competition Law, now Competitio) from 2006 until 2016.

contrast‘s heavyweight team has featured in most of the cartel investigations brought by the Belgian Competition Authority (BCA), as well as the majority of interim measures cases. In addition, it also features prominently in abuse of dominance matters and merger reviews. Frank Wijckmans, Filip Tuytschaever and Herlinde Burez jointly lead the highly regarded group.

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22 Sep 2021

Merger control

Today, the General Court of the European Union largely upheld the double gun jumping fine imposed by the European Commission on Altice for acquiring control over PT Portugal prior to notification to, and clearance by, the European Commission. This judgement is a clear warning to companies that they should limit the rights of the buyer over the target’s conduct between signing and closing in a notifiable transaction to what is necessary to ensure that the value of the target is preserved or to avoid its commercial integrity being compromised.

Want to know more? Contact one of our merger control specialists Herlinde Burez, Maaike Visser, Laura Sente and Manda Wilson or read the press release of the General Court. #mergercontrol #generalcourt #gunjumping #altice

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