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Kurt Haegeman

Attorney at Foreign Law (Admitted in Belgium, not admitted in Japan)
Baker & McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise)
Not admitted to practice law in this jurisdiction

Biography

Kurt Haegeman is a member of the steering committee of the Firm's Global Consumer Goods and Retail Industry Group, Global Cartel Task Force and European Competition Law Practice Group. He has published articles and spoken at conferences on a variety of EU competition law-related subjects, including leniency strategy, cartels and dawn raid defence, vertical restraints, e-commerce and competition compliance.

Practice Focus

Kurt has extensive experience in advising on cartel investigations, including assisting in the preparation of leniency applications and applications for immunity from fines before the European Commission and national competition authorities. He helps clients in the development and implementation of competition compliance programs throughout the European Economic Area (EEA). He assists clients regularly in the development, roll-out and policing of Europe-wide distribution systems, and has particular expertise in advising on selective distribution and online sales restrictions.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Represented the Brands for Europe coalition of 23 global brand owners in connection with the European Commission’s e-commerce sector inquiry.
  • Acts for a consumer goods manufacturer in the ongoing investigation by the European Commission into resale price maintenance and online sales restrictions.
  • Represented Mitsubishi Electric in the settlement of the European Commission's cartel investigation in the car parts sector (alternators and starters).
  • Represented an automotive parts supplier in the European Commission’s ongoing cartel investigations in the car parts sector, successfully securing the closure of the case.
  • Advised Mitsubishi Electric on the European Commission's cartel investigation involving gas-insulated switchgear, and securing on appeal before the General Court complete annulment of the fine.
  • Counseled Mitsubishi Electric on the European Commission's cartel investigation involving elevators and escalators, securing the lowest fine for the client.
  • Acted for a multinational supplier in the Belgian Competition Authority's first cartel settlement decision concerning the Belgian grocery sector.
  • Secured a client's acquittal in the Belgian Competition Authority's cartel investigation in the clinical test laboratory sector.
  • Secured Alcon's acquittal in the cartel and abuse of dominance proceedings before the Belgian Competition Authority.
  • Represented the immunity applicant in the Belgian Competition Authority's cartel investigation in the stevedoring services sector in Belgian ports.

Admissions

  • Brussels~Belgium (1996)

Education

  • Cambridge University (LLM) (1996)
  • University of Ghent (Licentiate) (1995)

Languages

  • Dutch
  • English
  • French