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  • 13/01/2022
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Van Bael & Bellis expands leadership of renowned EU Competition team

Following the successful launch of its London office last year, Van Bael & Bellis adds to the leadership of its expanding EU/UK competition team with the appointment of partner Porter Elliott as co-head of the firm’s competition law practice. Porter will work alongside senior partner Andrzej Kmiecik, appointed head of practice in 2019, in managing the growing team. Porter joined Van Bael & Bellis in 1997 and was made partner in 2005. He advises on all aspects of competition law and is one of the firm’s most experienced merger control lawyers, having advised on more than 100 transactions over the past 25 years. During his career, Porter has been involved in some of the most notable deals in the market, including Microsoft’s acquisition of Skype and the successful opposition to the proposed joint venture between BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto, both of which were recognised by Global Competition Review with matter of the year awards. He has assisted clients such as Boeing and Motorola on numerous acquisitions and acted as co-counsel for Halliburton in the EU merger control filing and review of its $34.6 billion acquisition of Baker Hughes, one of the largest and most complex transactions ever to be subject to an EU merger control proceeding. More recently, Porter advised Fincantieri on its proposed acquisition of rival shipbuilder Chantiers de l'Atlantique, one of the major EU Phase II merger reviews of 2020. He was also involved in Take-Two’s proposed acquisition of video game publisher Codemasters. Managing partner, Philippe De Baere, confirms that Porter’s appointment is part of the firm’s global growth strategy: “As one of the original European firms to specialise in competition and trade law, we are resolutely proud of our history. At the same time, we are committed to the future growth of our firm, and a key part of that is developing our leadership teams so that we can continue to provide the highest levels of service and expertise to our international clients.” Co-head of practice, Andrzej Kmiecik, comments further: “Now, more than ever, regulatory requirements are raising new and complex competition law questions for clients. As one of Brussels’ largest competition teams, our exceptional group is well positioned to meet these demands. Porter is a key member of that team and his appointment is a natural progression in the evolution of our practice.” Porter Elliott comments: “I am honoured to take on this role and work alongside Andrzej, who was my mentor for many years, as well as so many other talented lawyers in our Brussels and London offices. I am looking forward to making a meaningful contribution to the future direction of what I consider to be the premier competition practice in Europe.”

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    • 14/01/2022
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    欧州委員会による炭素国境調整措置(CBAM)導入規則案の公表及び日本企業への示唆 / Note on the implications of future EU CBAM for Japan

    2021年7月14日、欧州委員会は、炭素国境調整措置(CBAM)を導入する規則案を公表しました。今後、欧州議会や閣僚理事会により重要な修正が加えられる可能性もありますが、本稿では、規則案において提案されているCBAMの主要な要素及び日本企業への示唆を説明します。

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    • 14/01/2022
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    Van Bael & Bellis successfully represents European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA) in Ville de Paris landmark case

    Van Bael & Bellis successfully represented European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA) in its intervention in the landmark case Ville de Paris (Joined cases C-177/19 P , C-178/19 P and C-179/19 P) concerning the interpretation of the provisions of Directive 2007/46/EC establishing a framework for the approval of motor vehicles and their trailers, and of systems, components and separate technical units intended for such vehicles. By its judgment of 13 January 2022, the Court of Justice of the European Union found that the adoption, by the municipalities of Paris, Brussels and Madrid, of legislation limiting the local circulation of certain vehicles for the purposes of protecting the environment is not liable to infringe the prohibition laid down in Article 4(3) of Directive 2007/46, read in conjunction with Regulation 2016/646. The Court thus concluded that Regulation 2016/646 is not of direct concern to the municipalities at stake and annulled the judgment of the General Court, declaring the actions at first instance inadmissible. ACEA was represented by Van Bael & Bellis’ partners Fabrizio Di Gianni and Gabriele Coppo. A copy of the judgment is available here.

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    • 11/01/2022
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    Clinical Trials Regulation - Cooperation of Member States in Safety Assessment of Clinical Trials

    The European Commission published yesterday a Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2022/20 of 7 January 2022 “laying down rules for the application of Regulation (EU) No 536/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards setting up the rules and procedures for the cooperation of the Member States in safety assessment of clinical trials” (the Regulation; see, attached copy).

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    • 10/01/2022
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    EFPIA Publishes Regulatory Wish-List Ahead of European Commission Proposals for Pharmaceutical Reform Due in 2022

    As you know, as part of its wide-ranging EU Pharmaceutical Strategy, the European Commission (the Commission) plans to submit proposals for changes to the EU regulatory framework governing medicines later this year. EFPIA, the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations which represents the innovative pharmaceutical sector, anticipated this significant milestone in the rule-making process by publishing a list of recommendations for regulatory modifications (see, attachment).

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    • 10/01/2022
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    VBB on Competition Law, Volume 2021, No. 12

    The December 2021 issue of our newsletter, VBB on Competition Law, which covers major developments in competition law at the European Union, UK and Member State levels. Among others, the developments we cover in this issue include:

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    • 10/01/2022
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    Van Bael & Bellis adds banking, finance and projects team to its transactional services offering

    In a move that underlines the strategic growth of its transactional services team, international independent law firm Van Bael & Bellis (VBB) is pleased to announce the arrival of leading banking, finance and projects partner Johan Mouraux alongside senior associate Caroline Coppens and associate Lucas De Four. Based in VBB’s Brussels office, Johan is a seasoned banking, finance and projects partner with two decades of experience who will add strong expertise to the wide range of transactional expertise within the firm. Johan joins from DLA Piper where he was a partner and head of the Belgium office’s finance, projects and restructuring practice group. Johan has experience advising all parties involved in financing transactions, including arrangers, lenders, borrowers, investors, sponsors and public authorities. Johan has particular expertise in the infrastructure sector, renewables, in real estate finance and in leveraged finance. He also acts on debt restructuring transactions, and advises on financial services regulation in the banking, insurance, and investment services sectors. Johan has been recognised for many years as a leading practitioner in the main legal directories such as Chambers & Partners, Legal 500 and IFLR 1000, and has received the top accolade of Global Thought Leader in project finance in the International Who’s Who Legal guide. Caroline and Lucas also join from DLA Piper. Together with Johan, the team have built up a leading marketplace reputation. Client testimonies about the team refer to “a deal-maker firm, which is absolutely primordial for us" and “close, pragmatic, very aware of the environment in which banking operates and very hands-on" (Chambers and Partners 2021), whilst Legal 500 describes the group as “an excellent team of knowledgeable, trustworthy and customer-oriented legal experts”, who are “flexible and take a pro-active approach in getting the deal through” and with “in-depth knowledge of the market”. About the Transactional Services Team of VBB VBB’s transactional services team handles all ranges of complex Belgian and cross-border transactional services. This includes mergers and acquisitions, capital markets (debt and equity), insolvency and restructuring, private equity and venture capital transactions, as well as corporate real estate transactions. The transactional services team benefits from the firm’s expertise in other areas, including competition, employment and benefits, dispute resolution and arbitration, general commercial law, intellectual property, GDPR, as well as our sector-specific public law expertise in highly regulated markets (such as renewable energy, telecom, aviation, etc.). The team is consistently ranked as one of the leading independent corporate M&A practices in Belgium. Philippe De Baere, managing partner, comments: “The arrival of Johan and his team is part of our long-standing strategy to be leaders in the specific areas we focus on. Our transactional services team has gone from strength to strength for well over a decade now and will continue its growth in the future. Following the opening of our London office, this move shows once again that VBB is a firm that invests in high-end expertise for its clients.” Michel Bonne, head of the transactional services team, adds: “Johan’s team adds strong expertise to our wide range of transactional services, in Belgium and abroad. We work continuously with Belgian and multinational clients and the finest independent firms around the globe, and Johan’s expertise fits neatly into our strategic goal of being the go-to independent in the market. We are very excited to work with Johan and his team.”

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    • 03/01/2022
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    Catherine Longeval appointed Co-Chair of the International Bar Association (IBA)’s Healthcare & Life Sciences Law Committee

    Van Bael & Bellis is pleased to announce that Catherine L. has been appointed Co-Chair of the International Bar Association (IBA) effective January 1st, 2022. This appointment recognizes the high standing of our firm’s thriving life sciences practice in the international life sciences community. Catherine’s Co-Chair during the first year of her two year mandate is Jonás Bergstein of Bergstein Abogados in Uruguay. Together with a dedicated team of fellow Officers, they are committed to further enhancing the visibility and the work of that Committee, which has a dynamic and diverse membership spanning all continents. The Committee focuses on all aspects of healthcare law, pharmaceutical, biotech and medical devices regulatory law, intellectual property, bioethics and scientific developments across the globe. It provides a forum for discussion among health and life science lawyers and aims to provide regular updates of important changes in this field through newsletters, webinars/seminars and conferences. For more information on the work of the IBA’s Healthcare & Life Sciences Law Committee, please click here.

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    • 23/12/2021
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    European Commission Adopts South Korea Adequacy Decision

    On 17 December 2021, the European Commission announced its decision on the adequate protection of personal data by the Republic of Korea (South Korea). After the conclusion of adequacy talks in March 2021, the adoption of the decision marks the final step in the adequacy process. With the adequacy decision, personal data can be transferred freely from the EU to South Korea. Please click on the link below to read our note on the subject.

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    • 23/12/2021
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    VBB on Belgian Business Law, Volume 2021, No. 11

    The November 2021 issue of our Belgian Business Law newsletter reporting on the latest developments in a range of areas, including competition, data protection, intellectual property and labour law.

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