LaurentDe Muyter

Partner

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With more than 15 years of experience, Laurent De Muyter's practice covers the regulation of electronic communications, data protection, and antitrust. Laurent ensures clients' regulatory compliance and litigates before the EU Commission and national regulators/courts in infringement procedures and related damage claims.

In electronic communications, Laurent has advised operators and regulators, such as T-Mobile and KPN, on liberalizing markets, allocating spectrum, rolling-out and sharing networks, interconnection and interoperability, roaming, access regulations, universal services obligations and financing, numbering, and legal tapping.

Laurent's data protection experience includes advising companies like Cardinal Health and ICANN on issues such as handling data breaches, drafting privacy policies, establishing direct marketing and whistleblower schemes, transferring data outside the EU (including approvals of binding corporate rules [BCRs] and standard contractual clauses [SCCs]), data portability, data retention, and cybersecurity.

Laurent's antitrust experience covers anticompetitive practices and merger filings at the EU and national levels across various industries, including automotive, chemicals, consumer goods, pharmaceuticals, oil, telecoms, and waste management. He regularly advises clients on compliance matters in relation to cooperation agreements, distribution, and technology licensing.

Laurent has been a member ("assessor") of the decisional body of the Belgian Competition Authority since 2013, as well as a research fellow at the University of Liège since 2008. He teaches the regulation of data at the FEB program on artificial intelligence. He has been an officer of the IBA Communications Law Committee since 2016 and is also a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP). Laurent's in-house experience includes a secondment at the GSMA in London in 2008.

Experience

  • Arsenal Capital Partners acquires HistoGeneX and Caprion BiosciencesJones Day advised Arsenal Capital Partners on major investments in HistoGeneX and Caprion Biosciences and the subsequent combination of the two businesses.
  • Hexagon Intergraph acquires Belgian-based BricsysJones Day advised Hexagon Intergraph AB in its acquisition of Belgian-based Bricsys group, including Chapoo NV and Amelia NV.
  • Suez forms joint venture with La PosteJones Day advised Suez RV France S.A. on the creation of a joint venture with La Poste S.A., which is active in the collection and recovery of non-hazardous office waste in France.
  • Total reviews EU R&D block exemption regulationJones Day advised Total S.A. on the implementation of the EU R&D block exemption regulation.
  • Major international automotive parts distribution company assesses corporate liability risk in allowing Internet access to employeesJones Day assisted a major international automotive parts distribution company in assessing its corporate liability exposure in relation to its provision to allow Internet access to employees.
  • Suez Environnement and Itochu Corporation receive advice as joint bidders in auction processJones Day provided merger, acquisition, and antitrust assistance to Suez Environnement Company SA and Itochu Corporation as joint bidders in the auction process for the acquisition of the Belgian target company, Indaver NV.
  • BASE obtains favorable decision in claim against Belgacom Mobile for abuse of dominant positionOn behalf of Dutch-based telecommunications operator KPN and its subsidiary BASE, Jones Day challenged abuses by Belgacom Group of its dominant position, which had radically distorted the competitive environment in the Belgian telecommunications market.
  • Eastman Chemical acquires Commonwealth Laminating & CoatingJones Day advised Eastman Chemical Company in its acquisition of Commonwealth Laminating & Coating, Inc., an independent manufacturer and global marketer and distributor of window films and specialty films for automotive, architectural, and protective applications.
  • Eastman Chemical acquires Taminco for $2.8 billionJones Day advised Eastman Chemical Company in connection with its acquisition of Taminco Corporation, a global specialty chemical company, for $2.8 billion.
  • Eastman Chemical acquires aviation turbine oil business from BPJones Day advised Eastman Chemical Company in its acquisition of the assets of BP's global aviation turbine engine oil business.
  • NextiraOne sells 16 European companies to Dimension Data GroupJones Day represented NextiraOne Europe B.V., a pan-European telecommunications services and hardware/software provider (the ex-Alcatel e-Business division), in connection with the divestiture of 16 of its subsidiaries in 13 countries throughout Europe to the Dimension Data Group, an affiliate of NTT.
  • Belgian cable operator VOO appeals regulatory decision mandating access to its networkJones Day represents several Belgian cable TV operators (including VOO, Brutele, and AIESH) before the Brussels Court of Appeal in the challenge of a decision by Belgium's telecommunications regulator that mandates access to its cable network.
  • Eastman Chemical acquires Solutia for $4.8 billionJones Day advised Eastman Chemical Company, a global chemical company that manufactures and sells a broad portfolio of chemicals, plastics, and fibers, in its $4.8 billion acquisition and related $3.5 billion financing of Solutia Inc., a global leader in performance materials and specialty chemicals.
  • Procter & Gamble and Teva Pharmaceutical form consumer health care partnershipJones Day advised The Procter & Gamble Company in its agreement with Teva Pharmaceutical Industries to create a partnership in consumer health care by bringing together both companies' existing over the counter medicines and complementary capabilities to accelerate growth.
  • BASE wins Brussels Court of Appeal case regarding mobile telecom termination feesJones Day obtained a favorable outcome for our mobile telecommunications client BASE, KPN's subsidiary in Belgium, from the Brussels Court of Appeal.
  • J.M. Huber sells global precipitated calcium carbonate business to OmyaJones Day advised J.M. Huber Corporation in the sale of its global precipitated calcium carbonate (PCC) business to Omya AG.
  • Procter & Gamble secures regulatory approvals worldwide for Gillette acquisitionJones Day served as U.S., EU, and worldwide coordinating antitrust counsel for Procter & Gamble in connection with the antitrust aspects of its $57 billion acquisition of The Gillette Company, P&G's largest and most important deal ever.
  • Additional Publications

    • September 2018
      Belgium finalizes GDPR implementation: A practitioner’s view, iapp
    • 2018
      Chapter XVI on Telecommunications in the Bloomberg BNA Portfolio n°7451 - Business Operations in the European Union – Regulatory (new edition)
    • November 2017
      Section on Belgium in "Annual Review Data protection & Privacy Laws 2017", financierworkdwide.com.
    • June 2016
      Roaming Regulation IV: Implementation Challenges Ahead, IBA communications newsletter
    • June 2016
      EU Roaming Regulation IV: implementation challenges ahead
    • 2016
      From Safe Harbor to Pearl Harbor: The European Court of Justice decision in Maxilian Schrems, ABA/Section of International Law, The Year in Review 2016, vol. 50, p. 595
    • August 2015
      Antitrust Law Answer Book, PLI
    • January 2015
      A New EU Commission for the Digital Single Market: Time for a Legislative Rethink? Who's Who Legal
    • 2013
      "Net neutrality: from a catch-all to a catch 22?” in Strowel (éd), Net Neutrality in Europe, Collection de l’IEJE de l’université Saint Louis, Bruylant
    • May 2013
      La protection des nouveaux entrants en droit de l’Union Européenne, Concurrences, art. n° 51598
    • April 2013
      The Belgian Parliament enacts a new competition law,e-Competitions, n°51813
    • 2013
      New Fining Guidelines in Belgium: if not a spotlight, then a glimmer?, European Competition Law Review, Issue 3
    • 12 octobre 2012
      Le blocage des prix, une tempête dans un verre d'eau? L'Echo
    • August 2012
      Regulatory Asymmetry? The Competition Between Telecommunication Operators and Other ICT Players, JECLAP
    • 2012
      Vers une révision de la loi sur la protection de la concurrence économique?, Revue de la Concurrence Belge, TBM-RCB, Vol.1, p. 35-46
    • 2012
      Une transaction en droit belge de la concurrence? Revue de la Concurrence Belge, TBM-RCB, Vol. 2-3
    • February 2011
      L'application du droit belge de la concurrence aux secteurs libéralisés, in. N. Petit (éd), Le nouveau droit belge de la concurrence, Commission Université Palais, Anthémis
    • October 2010
      Interplay of Ex post and Ex ante regulations: converging on substance but diverging on institutional processes?, Intermedia, Vol. 38, Iss. 4, p.30.
    • April 2009
      Price Squeeze Abuse in the EU Telecommunications Sector: A Reasonably or Equally Efficient Test?, GCP Magazine
    • December 2008
      Does Europe Need a Single European telecom Regulator?, European Competition Journal, Vol. 4, p.561.
    • October 2004
      Le nouveau règlement d'exemption par catégorie pour les accords de transfert de technologie, Cahier du Juriste - van de jurist, n°2/2004, p. 124
    • June 2003
      Flawed Reform of the Competition Rules for the European Motor Vehicle Distribution Sector, European Competition Law Review, Vol. 24, p. 254.

    Speaking Engagements

    • June 6, 2019
      ERA Annual Conference on European Media Law 2019 - Licensing practices for audiovisual media services in the EU - recent developments in competition law.
    • April 29-30, 2019
      Mergers – content, data and digitalisation as drivers for M&A (moderator), 30th Annual IBA Communications and Competition Conference
    • March 15, 2019
      Big data: legal framework and practice, Law, Cognitive Technologies & Artificial Intelligence Study Programme, Federation of Enterprises in Belgium.
    • February 8, 2019
      Sport et droit de la concurrence, Délégation des Barreaux de France
    • November 2018
      New Enforcement Powers: What DPAs Can Learn from Competition Law Practice, IAPP Europe Data Protection Congress 2018
    • June 11 & 12, 2018
      Infrastructure sharing panel, moderator, IBA Conference
    • January 26, 2018
      Brussels School of Competition’s New Study Programme on Cognitive Technologies & Artificial Intelligence
    • November 23, 2017
      Competition law and data protection, AEDC/VSMR half-day study event, ING Auditorium
    • June 30, 2017
      Cognitive Technology and AI: Legislation and Regulation, Brussels School of Competition
    • April 5, 2017
      Le RGPD en détail – Analyse des directives des autorités de protection des données et des efforts de mise en œuvre au niveau national
    • March 29, 2017
      Règlement Général sur la Protection des Données : les nouveaux outils de la de la CNPD, Conférence des Directeurs Juridiques Luxembourgeois, Banque & Caisse d’Epargne de l’Etat
    • March 15, 2017
      Webinar Series: EU General Data Protection Regulation (three-part series)
    • October 17, 2016
      Big Data: At the Intersection of Competition and Privacy Laws, Brussels School of Competition, Federation of Enterprises in Belgium
    • June 21, 2016
      Review of the E-Privacy Directive, ARMA EU Conference
    • April 20, 2016
      What future for the E-Privacy Directive? IAPP Conference
    • October 28, 2014
      Presentation to the members of the Belgian Competition Authority on "net neutrality", Belgian Competition Authority Office
    • November 28, 2013
      Mergers and Market Consolidation in the Telecom Sector, Cullen Law Seminar
    • September 24, 2013
      A New Belgian Competition Authority: What Impact for my Company?
    • March 25-27, 2012
      Policies For The Future Internet, EuroCPR 2012 Conference
    • December 12, 2011
      Settlement Procedure in Competition Law, Federation of Enterprises in Belgium
    • February 11, 18 & 25, 2011
      The new Belgian competition law, CUP Conference
    • April 30, 2010
      What comes next in electronic communications?A review of the new EU framework, IEJE Conference
    • April 28 & 29, 2010
      International Institute for telecommunications' Telecommunications and Media Forum
    • May 11, 2009
      Is the Guidance Notice on Article 82 EC a Suitable Instrument for Liberalized Markets?, Half Day Conference on the Commission’s Guidance Notice on Article 82 EC
    • May 2008
      Does Europe Need a Single European Telecom Regulator?
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