Yvan N.Desmedt

Partner-in-Charge Amsterdam

Amsterdam + 31.20.305.4203 Brussels + 32.2.645.15.23

Yvan Desmedt has advised clients for 20 years on EU and national-level competition law, as well as advisory and litigation matters in regulated industries (telecoms, postal, energy, and financial services). He is the Partner-in-Charge of the Amsterdam Office, with a regular presence in the Brussels Office.

Yvan's competition law experience includes merger control at the EU and national levels as a notifying party or third-party opponent. Examples include assisting global corporates such as Carlyle, GE, Newell Brands, Toyota, and SAP in various transactions. He also has acted for complainants in transactions leading to significant structural remedies (Universal/EMI).

His antitrust experience at the EU level includes the interchange fee investigation for MasterCard, the roaming investigation, and the Power Cable and cargo cartels, as well as national proceedings in Belgium, the Netherlands, France, and Luxembourg. Yvan regularly advises on commercial agreements, including joint ventures, distribution, and licensing. He also advises trade associations, including the GSM Association (mobile network operators), APPLiA (the European Association for Household Appliances), and the Federation of European Stock Exchanges (FESE), on compliance and EU regulatory issues.

Yvan has significant litigation and advisory experience in the regulated industries. He advises fixed and mobile telecommunications and postal operators across Europe in proceedings before competition authorities, regulators, and civil and administrative courts. He also assists telecom clients in other matters such as frequency auctions, licensing issues, site-sharing, and access agreements.

Also active in international trade 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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Experience

  • United Nations University obtains assistance with "Survivor's Package" for survivors of modern slavery and human traffickingJones Day conducted worldwide research for the United Nations University Centre for Policy Research to assist in the development of a "Survivor Package" for survivors of modern slavery and human trafficking.
  • PETRONAS Chemicals acquires Da Vinci Group B.V. for €163 million (US$182.2 million)Jones Day advised PETRONAS Chemicals Group Berhad (PCG) in its acquisition of a 100 percent stake in Da Vinci Group B.V. from its shareholders including funds managed by Bencis Capital Partners for €163 million (US$182.2 million).
  • AURELIUS sells Solidus Solutions for €330 million (US$375.6 million)Jones Day advised AURELIUS Equity Opportunities SE & Co. KGaA on the full shop auction sale of the Solidus Solutions group to funds advised by Centerbridge Partners, L.P.
  • Newell Brands sells Process Solutions to One Rock Capital Partners, LLC for $500 millionJones Day advised Newell Brands Inc. in the sale of its Process Solutions business to One Rock Capital Partners, LLC for $500 million in cash.
  • Garmin® acquires Tacx, the leading manufacturer of indoor bike trainersJones Day advised Garmin Ltd. in its acquisition of the Tacx group, a Dutch family business that designs and manufactures high end indoor bike trainers, tools and accessories, as well as indoor training software and applications.
  • Euricom acquires 100 percent of Marbour Group's European dry rice divisionJones Day advised Euricom S.p.A. on the acquisition of the private label dry rice business of Marbour Foods S.A.S. located in Italy, Poland, and the Netherlands.
  • Mitsui Chemicals establishes new polypropylene compounds company in NetherlandsJones Day advised Mitsui Chemicals, Inc. in the establishment of Mitsui Prime Advanced Composites Europe B.V. in the Netherlands.
  • Newell Brands sells Pure Fishing to Sycamore Partners for $1.3 billionJones Day advised Newell Brands Inc. in the sale of its Pure Fishing business to Sycamore Partners for approximately $1.3 billion in cash.
  • Aurora Resurgence sells Alltub Group to One Equity PartnersJones Day advised Aurora Resurgence in the sale of portfolio company Alltub Group to One Equity Partners.
  • NEP Group acquired by Carlyle Global PartnersJones Day advised the NEP Group, Inc., a Pittsburgh-based global leader in outsourced technical production for producers of live sports, entertainment, music and corporate events, in connection with the acquisition by Carlyle Global Partners of a majority stake in NEP Group.
  • Baker Hughes sells natural gas solutions business to First Reserve and Pietro FiorentiniJones Day advised Baker Hughes, a GE company (BHGE), in the sale of its global Natural Gas Solutions (NGS) business to two separate buyers, First Reserve and Pietro Fiorentini.
  • Asian-headquartered energy company resolves Dutch competition authority investigationJones Day advised a bunker supplier and trading subsidiary of an Asian-headquartered energy company in connection with the investigation by De Autoriteit Consument en Markt (ACM), the Dutch Competition Authority, into suspected consultation on pricing in the bunker sector in the Amsterdam – Rotterdam – Antwerp region.
  • Arsenal Capital Partners sells IGM Resins to AstorgJones Day advised Arsenal Capital Partners (“ACP”) on the full shop auction of IGM Resins Cooperative U.A. and its group (“IGM”) to European private equity firm Astorg as the successful bidder.
  • Newell Brands sells Rawlings Sporting Goods Company, Inc. for $395 millionJones Day advised Newell Brands Inc. in the $395 million sale of Rawlings Sporting Goods Company, Inc. to Seidler Equity Partners and Major League Baseball.
  • Newell Brands sells The Waddington Group to Novolex for approximately $2.3 billionJones Day advised Newell Brands Inc. in its sale of The Waddington Group to Novolex Holdings, a portfolio company of The Carlyle Group, for approximately $2.3 billion in cash.
  • Baker Hughes sells A-C Compressor business to Rotating Machinery ServicesJones Day advised Baker Hughes, a GE company, in the sale of its A-C Compressor service and repair business to Rotating Machinery Services, Inc. ("RMS").
  • Newell Brands sells Winter Sports businesses to Kohlberg & Company for $240 millionJones Day advised Newell Brands Inc. (NYSE: NWL) in the sale of its Winter Sports businesses to private equity firm Kohlberg & Company for $240 million, subject to adjustment.
  • AURELIUS sells Getronics Group for €220 million (US$251.3 million)Jones Day advised AURELIUS Equity Opportunities SE & Co. KGaA on the sale of its subsidiary Getronics to strategic investor Bottega Invest Co S.à.r.l. for €220 million (US$251.3 million) (enterprise value).
  • Gimv invests in Snack ConnectionJones Day represented Gimv N.V. in connection with its investment in Snack Connection B.V., a Dutch company specialized in purchasing, processing, mixing and packing nuts, kernels, seeds, subtropical fruits and related products.
  • Timken acquires Groeneveld Group for $280 millionJones Day advised The Timken Company in its $280 million acquisition of Groeneveld Group, a leading provider of automatic lubrication solutions used in on- and off-highway applications.
  • Additional Publications

    • April 2019
      "La nouvelle loi postale belge: premières analyses et réflexions", published in RDC
    • March 2019
      'De een zijn dood, de ander zijn brood: De handelsbeschermende maatregelen van president Trump en de mogelijke impact ervan voor het bedrijfsleven in de EU en Nederland', Tijdschrift Ondernemingsrecht 2019(3), pp. 161-171
    • December 2017
      European General Court Rules (Again) on Mandatory Access and Interoperability in Software Industry, Cyberspace Lawyer, Vol 22 Issue 11
    • March 2014
      The First Competition Law Case in the Belgian Postal Sector: Should the Messenger Have Been Shot twice?
    • 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
    • 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
    • May 2009
      European Ombudsman's first decision on access to file in antitrust investigation, European Competition Law Review

    Speaking Engagements

    • June 6-7, 2019
      Conference ERA/EMR on EU law in the Media Sector
    • November 6, 2018
      Competition Law and Regulation in the Telecoms & Communications Sector 2018
    • November 28, 2017
      Breakfast Workshop on Dawn Raids
    • October 17-18, 2017
      Competition Law and Regulation in the Telecoms, Media & Technology Sectors
    • October 18-19, 2016
      Competition Law and Regulation in the Telecoms, Media and Technology Sector 2016
    • October 14, 2016
      Seminar Crisis: How to Manage?
    • June 6, 2016
      27th Annual Communications and Competition Conference
    • November 18-19, 2015
      IBC’s Legal’s 21st Annual Competition Law, Telecom, Media & Technology (TMT) Sector 2015
    • October 6, 2015
      Annual Conference of the International Bar Association
    • September 1, 2015
      Antitrust and State Aid Presentation to University of Hohenheim’s Aviation MBA Program
    • November 6, 2014
      Competition Law in the Broadcasting Sector 2014
    • March 19, 2014
      Telecoms Conference Series: Demystifying EU telecoms consolidation
    • October 17, 2013
      The New Belgian Competition Act and Recent Developments in Belgian Competition Law
    • May 29, 2013
      Antitrust Law in the Aviation Industry
    • April 29-30, 2013
      International Bar Association's 24th Annual Communications and Competition Conference
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