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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 partner in Baker McKenzie’s Brussels office, currently based in the Tokyo office as a Attorney at Foreign Law. Kurt 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.

Practice Focus

Kurt has extensive experience in advising on antitrust investigations focusing on horizontal and vertical conduct, including dawn raid defence, and leniency strategy. Kurt 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. He advises clients on the development and implementation of global competition compliance programs.

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, and currently in the context of the review of the EU Vertical Restraints Block Exemption & Guidelines.

  • Represents several consumer goods manufacturers in ongoing antitrust investigations into resale price maintenance, territorial and customer restraints, and online sales restrictions.

  • Represented Pioneer in the European Commission's investigation concerning resale price maintenance and territorial restrictions, securing a 50% discount in the first EU settlement in a verticals case.

  • 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.

  • Represented the immunity applicant in the Belgian Competition Authority's cartel investigation in the stevedoring services sector in Belgian ports.

Professional Honors

  • Acritas Star Lawyer 2018
  • Competition & Future Leaders, Who's Who Legal 2018-2019

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Non-Governmental Advisor (NGA) for DG Competition (European Commission) at the International Competition Network (ICN), 2019-2020

Admissions

  • Brussels~Belgium (1996)

Education

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

Languages

  • Dutch
  • English
  • French