Bill Batchelor is a member of the Firm’s European & Competition Law Practice in Brussels. He advises on merger control, investigations and EU regulatory matters. He has worked in the Washington, DC, London and Brussels offices of Baker McKenzie, as well as spending time at the EU and UK competition authorities. The 2015 edition of Chambers praises his "willingness to find commercial solutions to antitrust issues." Mr. Batchelor has contributed to Butterworths Competition Law, Cartels chapter, and Sweet & Maxwell’s IT Encyclopaedia, Competition Law chapter.
Mr. Batchelor focuses his practice on EU and UK competition law. He regularly represents clients in EU and global merger control matters, investigations and litigation. He counsels on distribution and collaboration agreements across a wide range of industries.
Representative Legal Matters
- Advising on merger control and joint ventures in relation to the BP/Nova styrenics joint venture (for BP), Cisco/WebEx (for Cisco), Bain/American-Standard (for American Standard), OTPP/Camelot (for OTPP) Canal+/TVN (for Canal+), Warner Bros./Eyeworks (for Warner Bros.) and ADM/Wilmar (for ADM).
- Annulled a cartel decision and fines in the Synthetic Rubber cartel (involving fines of EUR519 million).
- Annulled a EUR119 million fine in the GIS cartel.
- Secured one of the lowest negotiated settlements in the seven-year-long DRAM investigation. Halved the fine in the Windows Mountings case based on financial distress.
- Secured immunity or substantial leniency discounts in the Pipe Fittings, Citric Acid and Sodium Gluconate cartels.
- Settled the investigation of a large multinational bank in the EU Belgian Banks cartel investigation.
- Settled the 9/11 aviation insurance cartel inquiry on behalf of a major reinsurer.
- Represented a pharmaceutical company before the General Court in an alleged "reverse payment" settlement agreement.
- Represented KirchMedia (now Infront), and subsequently FIFA, before the EU courts reversing EU decisions mandating free-to-air coverage of the FIFA World Cup.
- Represented Dyson before the EU courts challenging labelling regulations favoring competing vacuum cleaners.
- Brussels [E-List]~Belgium (2006)
- England & Wales~United Kingdom (1998)
- College of Law at York (1995)
- Bristol University (1992)
- Hanover University (1991)
- Washington, DC