McDermott Will & Emery Welcomes New Antitrust Partner in Europe


BRUSSELS (September 1, 2015) International law firm McDermott Will & Emery announced today that it has appointed Mélanie Bruneau as partner in its Antitrust & Competition practice, based in its Brussels and Paris offices.

Ms. Bruneau advises on a broad range of areas in European law, including industrial sectors such as transport, aviation, manufacturing, consumer products, food, chemicals and IT, with a particular emphasis on regulatory compliance.

Prior to joining McDermott, she was a partner with an international firm in Brussels and in Paris.

Mélanie advises large multinationals on various aspects of EU competition law and has significant experience in cartel investigations, having been involved in particular in several cartel settlements before the European Commission. Mélanie regularly advises companies, but also trade associations, on global compliance programs regarding antitrust and performs internal audits and compliance trainings. She frequently advises on the rules and procedures governing anti-corruption and anti-money laundering legislation.

Ms. Bruneau advises companies on distribution agreements and strategies including e-commerce cross-border issues and distribution networks in Europe. She has assisted various clients in the setting up of their commercial websites in compliance with the e-commerce and data protection legislations. She also advises on consumer protection legislation, including misleading advertising and multi-level marketing. Mélanie is a member of the Paris and Brussels Bars.

Mélanie will be joined by associate Antoine de Rohan Chabot, who focuses his practice on antitrust and corporate matters. He advises large multinationals on international contracts, transportation and logistics issues, distribution agreements and on e-commerce cross-border issues, as well as antitrust cases and compliance programs.

“We are delighted to welcome Melanie back to the Firm,” said Ray Jacobsen, head of McDermott’s international Antitrust & Competition Practice Group. “Our strategy is to build a vibrant antitrust and regulatory practice in Europe and we have ambitious plans for developing our capabilities across the continent. We believe that Melanie and her team will be instrumental in driving them forward.”

Jacques Buhart, partner-in-charge of McDermott’s Paris office, added: “Our offices in France and Belgium are now experiencing a period of dynamic growth and we are very excited to welcome Melanie to our growing team. As a French lawyer working in Brussels, she has a good understanding of cross-border, international work. With her experience, she will be able to play an active role in developing our international clients for European Competition matters, with special focus on French clients. Additionally, Mélanie’s impressive competition experience will strengthen our pan-European offering.”

McDermott’s Antitrust & Competition Practice Group has broad experience in all aspects of antitrust and competition law, and it is recognized as one of the leading antitrust/competition practices in the world. The Group’s 65+ lawyers have a sophisticated practice that encompasses U.S. antitrust law, EC competition law and the competition laws of other countries throughout the world.

The Group is centered in Washington, D.C. and has lawyers with significant antitrust/competition experience in its Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Orange County, Brussels, Paris and Milan offices. The Brussels office is comprised of lawyers from a number of jurisdictions, thus providing companies strong competition law capabilities at both the EU and Member State level.

Working with MWE China Law Offices, our integrated antitrust/competition law capability includes advising clients under China’s Anti-Monopoly Law. Our lawyers regularly represent clients before the FTC; DOJ; DG Competition; the Chinese competition authorities; U.S., European and Chinese courts; and other national antitrust and competition authorities.

About McDermott

McDermott Will & Emery is a premier international law firm with a diversified business practice. Numbering more than 1,000 lawyers, we have offices in Boston, Brussels, Chicago, Dallas, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Houston, London, Los Angeles, Miami, Milan, Munich, New York, Orange County, Paris, Rome, Seoul, Silicon Valley and Washington, D.C. Further extending our reach into Asia, we have a strategic alliance with MWE China Law Offices in Shanghai.

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