Enterprises and investors with interests anywhere in Europe must comply with two levels of legal and regulatory challenges: those of the Member States in which they have operations and customers, and those of the European Union.
Operating at the heart of the EU, our Brussels team supports McDermott’s global client base and provides sophisticated counsel in all aspects of competition and international trade law, including the following areas transaction counsel, merger control notification, state aid, public procurement, cartel investigations, technology licensing, pricing and distribution arrangements, EU and Member State litigation, arbitration and mediation, risk arbitrage, sector inquiries and agency complaints.
We are multi-legal, multinational and multilingual: we work closely with lawyers throughout the Firm, including practitioners in our strong Milan and Paris offices; our lawyers are of many different nationalities and speak—literally—the languages of our clients; and we are admitted to practice across Europe and the United States. As specific examples of our broad reach, we have dealt with merger control clearances in more than 30 jurisdictions around the world, and anti-dumping cases in more than 20 countries outside of Europe. This international perspective enables us to balance different viewpoints, identify the most effective approach to each matter, and foster a broad network of key legal, regulatory and industry contacts around the world.
Our Brussels team and individual lawyers are recognized consistently by publications such as Legal 500 EMEA 2015 for providing high-quality counsel on EU regulatory and trade matters. Chambers Europe 2015 praises our “strong reputation for multi-jurisdictional competition work” and our “close links with colleagues across Europe and in the USA.” The publication further recognizes our “long-standing experience” in anti-dumping cases and EU trade defense law, as well as our “additional strength” in EU export sanctions and WTO disputes.