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  • 05/09/2022
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Van Bael & Bellis expands its Transactions Team further with corporate M&A team hire

With a growing Transactions Team that is establishing itself as one of the leading independent practices in the market, Van Bael & Bellis (VBB), a Brussels-based international law firm, is pleased to announce the arrival of leading corporate M&A partner Caroline Daout alongside senior associates Virginie Lescot and Cedric Hauben as well as associates Jens Westerwoudt and Charles-Antoine du Bus.

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    • 20/09/2022
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    General Court partially annuls the Commission’s Google-Android decision

    In its judgment of 14 September 2022 (the “Judgment”), the General Court partially upheld Google’s appeal against the Commission’s 2018 Google/Android decision, but upheld the decision’s most important and consequential elements, thus confirming that certain of Google’s practices regarding the Android mobile platform could be considered parts of a strategy to protect and consolidate Google’s dominant position for online general search services and infringed Article 102 TFEU.

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    • 19/09/2022
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    Tetyana Payosova and Joanna Redelbach co authored WTO chapter in The International Trade Review

    Van Bael & Bellis senior associates Tetyana Payosova (Geneva) and Joanna Redelbach (Brussels) have co-authored the WTO chapter in the 8th edition of The International Trade Law Review published by Law Business Research. The chapter examines some of the key developments in WTO case law over the past year and addresses the alternative means of settling appeals in the absence of a functioning WTO Appellate Body, including the Multiparty Interim Appeal Arbitration Agreement (MPIA) and the first-ever recourse to arbitration under Article 25 of the WTO Dispute Settlement Understanding.

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    • 19/09/2022
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    ICC YAAF: Economic Sanctions and International Disputes

    VBB is proud sponsor of and will be hosting an ICC YAAF event on 23 September 2022 in Brussels where arbitration law experts will discuss the impact of international sanctions on international disputes and arbitration proceedings.

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    • 16/09/2022
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    Belgium Eases Conditions for Parallel Imports of Pharmaceuticals

    Today, 16 September 2022, marks the entry into force of a Royal Decree of 4 September 2022 "amending the Royal Decree of 19 April 2001 on the parallel import of medicines for human use and the parallel distribution of medicines for human and veterinary use" (the RD; see attached copy). The RD was published in the Belgian Official Journal on 15 September 2022.

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    • 15/09/2022
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    European Commission publishes proposal for an EU-wide forced labour products ban

    On 14 September 2022, the European Commission published its legislative proposal for a Regulation prohibiting products made with forced labour on the European Union market. This comes precisely one year after the European Commission first announced the forced labour products ban initiative and follows the publication of the European Commission’s Decent Work Communication. The Proposal sets out a general prohibition on economic operators to make available on the EU market or export from the European Union products made, in whole or in part, with forced labour. If adopted, EU Member States will be required to directly detain, seize or order the withdrawal of any product made with forced labour at any stage of that product’s supply chain.

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    • 15/09/2022
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    Swiss Competition Authority Carries out Dawn Raid in Probe regarding Possible Abuse of Patent Rights

    On Tuesday, the Swiss Competition Authority carried out a dawn raid to collect evidence in a probe regarding a possible abuse of a dominant position in relation to dermatological medication (see, today’s attached press release in three languages). According to press reports, Novartis acknowledged to be the target of the investigation.

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    • 09/09/2022
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    VBB to sponsor and host ICC YAAF event on Economic Sanctions and International Disputes

    ICC YAAF: Economic Sanctions and International Disputes VBB is proud sponsor of and will be hosting an ICC YAAF event on 23 September 2022 in Brussels where arbitration law experts will discuss the impact of international sanctions on international disputes and arbitration proceedings.

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    • 08/09/2022
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    Van Bael & Bellis signs the Green Pledge

    Van Bael & Bellis (“VBB”) has signed the Green Pledge, an initiative led by the international arbitrator Lucy Greenwood and the Campaign for Greener Arbitrations (“CGA”).

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    • 07/09/2022
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    European Commission Prohibits Acquisition of Grail by Illumina

    On 6 September 2022, the European Commission (the Commission) prohibited the acquisition of cancer detection test start-up Grail by genetic and genomic analysis firm Illumina.

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