Yvan Desmedt advises clients on competition law and regulatory matters across a range of sectors.
His competition law experience includes merger control at the EU and national levels as a notifying party or third-party opponent. Examples include assisting Bridgestone, Carlyle, GE, and SAP in various transactions. He also has acted for complainants in a number of transactions leading to significant structural remedies (Universal/EMI).
His antitrust experience includes the investigation of interchange fees on behalf of MasterCard, the U.K. roaming case, and the Power Cable and Vitamins cartels at the EU level, as well as various national proceedings conducted in Belgium, the Netherlands, France, and Luxembourg. Yvan regularly advises on commercial agreements, including joint ventures, distribution, and licensing. He has advised trade associations, including the GSM Association, the Committee for Electronic Domestic Appliances (CECED), and the Federation of European Stock Exchanges (FESE), on compliance and EU regulatory issues.
Yvan also has significant litigation and advisory experience in regulated industries (telecoms, postal, energy, and financial sectors). He has represented a number of fixed and mobile telecommunications and postal operators across Europe. These proceedings have involved cases before the competition authorities, regulators, administrative courts, and civil courts. He has assisted telecom clients in various other matters such as frequency auctions, licensing issues, site-sharing, and access agreements.
Also active in the area of trade matters and export control, Yvan recently advised on trade protection procedures in the field of raw materials/chemical derivatives and on dual-use regulations.
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