Overview

Etsuko Kameoka specialises in EU competition law, with a particular emphasis on merger control proceedings, cartel investigations, distribution agreements, and abuses of dominance involving Japanese clients.

Prior to joining Van Bael & Bellis in 2001, Etsuko worked as a trainee in the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Competition and also gained experience in both French and British law firms. 

She regularly speaks at legal conferences in Europe and Japan. She also advises governments and public organisations on EU competition issues.

Languages

Japanese, English, French

Education

  • College of Europe, Belgium, Post-Graduate Studies in European Legal Studies, 2001
  • New York University School of Law, LL.M. in International Legal Studies, 1997
  • University of Paris I Panthéon Sorbonne, Post-Graduate Studies in EC Law, 1996
  • Keio University, Japan, Bachelor and Master of Laws, Ph.D candidate, 1994                                                                                                    

Publications

“Competition Law and Policy in Japan and the EU” (Edward Elgar Publishing, 2014).

Contributor to Van Bael & Bellis, Competition Law of the European Community (fifth edition, Kluwer, 2010) and its Japanese-language digest “EC Competition Law” (Shoji-homu, 2007).

Bar Admissions       

New York
Brussels

Expertise

Notable assignments

  • Assisting Elpida Memory (at the time Japan’s leading DRAM supplier) throughout the Commission’s lengthy investigation into a cartel in the DRAM sector. This was the first investigation ever to be settled under the Commission’s new settlement procedure.

  • Assisting Japan Airlines, Japan’s flag carrier, in the cartel proceedings by the European Commission in the airfreight sector.

Publications and insights

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    • 07/06/2019
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    Van Bael & Bellis lawyers speak at seminar on EU competition law developments in Tokyo on 5 June 2019 organised in collaboration with Keidanren, the Japan Business Federation

    Van Bael & Bellis lawyers spoke at a seminar on EU competition law developments on 5 June 2019 at the headquarters of Keidanren – the premier organization representing Japanese business, whose members include the main Japanese multinational companies – in Tokyo before a large audience. Thomas Kramler, Head of Unit, DG Competition, European Commission, spoke on EU competition policy in the digital era. Van Bael & Bellis partners Kris Van Hove and Andrzej Kmiecik and counsel Etsuko Kameoka spoke on developments in the areas of cartels, vertical restraints and legal professional privilege, respectively. Keidanren Executive Director, Takashi Inoue, opened the event, while Van Bael & Bellis Chairman Jean-François Bellis delivered introductory and concluding remarks.

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    • 05/02/2019
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    Etsuko Kameoka speaks on EU competition law developments of importance for Japanese business

    On 1 February 2019, Van Bael & Bellis counsel Etsuko Kameoka spoke on recent developments in EU competition law significant for Japanese business at a monthly seminar organised by the Japanese Institute of International Business Law in Tokyo. Etsuko’s presentation covered recent investigations of the European Commission in the field of cartels, vertical restraints, abuse of dominant position, merger control – including gun-jumping cases – and legislative developments. Her presentation also covered the potential impact on competition law enforcement of Brexit as well as the elections of and appointments to the EU institutions in 2019.

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    • 20/09/2018
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    Etsuko Kameoka speaks on EU competition law developments significant for Japanese business

    On 18 September 2018, Van Bael & Bellis counsel Etsuko Kameoka spoke on recent developments in EU competition law significant for Japanese business at a seminar organised by the Fair Trade Institute in Tokyo. Etsuko’s presentation covered recent cartel investigations, vertical restraints, abuse of dominant position, merger control, private damage actions and recent legislative developments, including the proposed EU framework for screening foreign direct investment inflows into the EU.

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