Wilko van Weert focuses his practice on EU competition law. He has provided first-class advocacy to corporate clients involved in high-profile international cartel investigations. He has delivered convincing cartel defense analysis and persuasive and vigorous representation of clients’ interests before the European Union’s enforcement agencies and judiciary.
As a former senior official on the regulator’s side, Wilko has the network, insights and experience to facilitate a fruitful interaction with the relevant authorities. Working in a closely-knit team of antitrust lawyers, Wilko has handled and coordinated multi-jurisdictional leniency applications and cartel defense actions and worked with the Firm’s US offices on issues related to criminal sanctions. He has also represented clients in civil claims related to cartel conduct.
Wilko has significant experience with intellectual property (IP)-related matters connected to the technology and life sciences sectors, including technology transfer, patent pools, standard setting and generic entry. He works with a wide spectrum of industries such as high-tech electronics, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, medical equipment and automotive. Wilko led clients through one of the first reverse settlement or pay-for-delay cases investigated in the European Union.
To protect the integrity of international corporations and trade associations, Wilko advises on the design and implementation of compliance programs. In addition, he has coordinated the implementation of clients’ corporate policies to ensure compliance with anticorruption (UK Bribery Act, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA)) and other global trade laws, including on trade sanctions and export controls. He has obtained merger control clearance for mergers, acquisitions and the creation of joint ventures.
Wilko is a lecturer at the Waseda and Nihon Universities in Tokyo.
Represented clients in matters involving patent pools and standards, including the development of the high-definition multimedia interface (HDMI) standard setting and licensing mechanism and matters involving the MP3 patent pool
Represented clients in the first-ever EU cartel case on alleged delayed generic entry following patent settlement (“pay-for-delay”)
Represented clients seeking leniency or immunity from fines under the EU antitrust leniency program