Kaarli H.Eichhorn

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Kaarli Eichhorn has acted on a significant number of high-profile and politically sensitive merger matters globally for more than 15 years. He has extensive experience in international policy work with competition authorities globally, including the International Competition Network, OECD, the EU Commission, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, and the U.S. Department of Justice.

Prior to joining Jones Day in 2018, Kaarli was global executive counsel of competition law & policy at General Electric Company (GE). During his 10-year tenure at GE he led global teams and regularly negotiated with competition authorities and governments. He handled a significant amount of GE's counseling and compliance (training, guidance, internal investigations, and audits) within the company's business divisions internationally and regularly handled matters related to cartel and abuse of dominance issues. He also engaged in legislative advocacy as a member of GE's government affairs team.

Kaarli has extensive experience advising in energy and oil & gas equipment, transportation, aerospace, medical devices, pharmaceutical products, financial services, and media.

Earlier in his career, Kaarli was in private practice with an international law firm for eight years. He is a non-governmental advisor at the International Competition Network, former vice chair of the In-House Counsel Competition Counsel Association, and a member of the Competition Committee of BusinessEurope and the American Bar Association. He has held leadership roles at AmCham EU and was a member of the board of European Justice Forum for several years.

Kaarli speaks often at international conferences and has authored articles and a textbook on competition law.

Experience

  • GE sells Intelligent Platforms business to EmersonJones Day served as antitrust counsel to General Electric Company in the sale of Intelligent Platforms, a division of General Electric, to Emerson Electric Co.
  • Confidential client responds to Italian antitrust proceedingsJones Day is advising a confidential client in connection with Italian Competition Authority proceedings related to alleged abuse of dominance in maintenance services for medical devices.
  • The below is a selection of matters on which Mr. Eichhorn has advised General Electric Company in the last ten years, prior to joining Jones Day.

    Represented NBC Universal in its acquisition by Comcast Corporation, in non-U.S. merger and strategic investment clearance processes between 2009 and 2011.

    Represented GE Energy in its 2011 $3.2 billion acquisition of French power conversion company Converteam Group SAS. The transaction led to horizontal overlaps and vertical links in a number of industrial markets. The transaction was unconditionally cleared globally, with divestments in the U.S. in low-speed synchronous electric motors.

    Represented GE Energy in its 2011 $3 billion acquisition of Dresser Holdings, managing multi-jurisdictional clearances.

    Represented GE Energy in a 2011 EU Commission investigation into potential anticompetitive practices related to gas reciprocating engines.

    Represented GE Aviation in the 2013 $4.3 billion acquisition of the aviation business of Avio S.p.A. of Italy. This vertical transaction was made conditional upon a series of commitments in the EU and the U.S.

    Represented Budapest Bank in allegations of the Hungarian Competition Authority in 2013 relating to anticompetitive conduct in the refinancing of foreign currency consumer mortgages.

    Counsel to GE Capital in numerous business divestments where the majority of GE Capital assets (valued at approximately $200 billion) were spun off in 'Project Hubble' in 2015-2017 covering, among others, equipment leasing, factoring, real estate, and consumer banking.

    Represented GE in obtaining global merger control clearances for the $10.6 billion acquisition of Alstom's power and grid business, its largest-ever industrial acquisition. The transaction was cleared following remedies in gas turbine markets provided in the EU and U.S. and following a very significant number of global merger and strategic investment clearances. The GE team won the 2016 GCR award in the category Merger Control Matter of the Year – Europe.

    Represented GE Energy in obtaining global merger control clearances for the 2016 establishment of Russian Gas Turbines, a joint venture between Inter Rao and United Engine Corporation of Russia and GE.

    Represented GE Energy Financial Services in the 2017 acquisition, jointly with Macquarie Group, of Markbygden ETT of Sweden, upon completion, the largest single onshore wind farm in Europe. The transaction was unconditionally cleared by the EU Commission.

    Represented GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) in obtaining global merger control clearances for its 2017 acquisition over Irish joint venture Einn Volant Aircraft Leasing Holdings Ltd., jointly with Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec. The joint venture is active in the acquisition and leasing of aircraft.

    Represented GE Healthcare in its amicable settlement with the Swiss Competition Commission in 2016, regarding imports of medical ultrasound machines.

    Represented GE Capital in dismissing allegations in one of the highest profile antitrust investigations conducted by the Italian Competition Authority in recent years, involving information exchange practices among several Italian-based automotive leasing and fleet management companies.

    Represented NBC Universal in an EU investigation into several major U.S. Hollywood film studios' contract provisions (including so-called 'MFN' clauses) relating to the financing and installation of digital projection equipment in cinemas.

    Represented GE Healthcare after its US$2.4 billion acquisition of medical device manufacturer Instrumentarium in 2004 in comprehensive commitments compliance. The transaction was cleared conditional upon divestments, supply commitments, and a perpetual Open Interfacing Commitment.

    Represented NBC Universal in the HULU joint venture in non-U.S. clearance processes throughout 2007-2011.

    Additional Publications

    Publications Prior to Jones Day

    2017

    “AmCham EU’s Consultation Response on evaluation of procedural and jurisdictional aspects of EU merger control”, Rapporteur, AmCham EU

    2016

    Jurisdictional Nexus in Merger Control Regimes, OECD

    2014

    “Policy Recommendations to the European Parliament (contributed to Legal Affairs Chapter),” AmChamEU

    2014

    “Response of AmCham EU to the European Commission’s public consultation ‘Toward more Effective Merger Control’” , Rapporteur, AmCham EU

    2011

    “AmCham EU’s Response to the European Commission’s consultation on: Best practices for cooperation among EU National Competition Authorities, Rapporteur, AmCham EU

    2010

    “EU sanctions policy and the encouragement of private enforcement in Article 102 TFEU cases”, IX Convegno Antitrust Fra Diritto Nazionale E Diritto Dell’Unione Europea, edited by Enrico Adriano Raffaelli

    April 2009

    “Corporate counsel: Kaarli Harry Eichhorn - Insight” Global Competition Review

    2007

    “Euroopa Liidu ja Eesti Konkurentsiõigus” (with Dr Carri Ginter), Juura

    2006

    “International Legal Developments in Review (contributed to Antitrust Chapter)”, The International Lawyer, Volume 40 Number 2

    2002

    “Medlemsstaternas nya bruk av koncentrationsförordningens artikel 22 – ‘en flygande holländare’ som skapar osäkerhet för fusioner”, Europarättslig Tidskrift, nr 3.

    Speaking Engagements

    • November 2018
      Global Trends in Antitrust Enforcement, LeadershIp 2018
    • October 2018
      Working with the Baltic and Nordic Competition Authorities: Compliance, panel moderator

    Speaking Engagements Prior to Jones Day

    2017

    European Competition & Consumer Day, organized by the EU Presidency
    Tallinn

    2017

    New Frontiers of Antitrust, Concurrences
    Paris

    2016

    Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Working Party No 3 on Co-Operation and Enforcement, Roundtable on Local Nexus and Jurisdictional Thresholds in Merger Control
    Paris

    2016

    Antitrust law and policies from Brussels to Washington D.C.: The Atlantic divide, Concurrences
    Brussels

    2016

    IBC Advanced EU Competition Law
    Brussels

    2016

    International Competition Network (ICN), Annual Meeting,
    Singapore

    2016

    Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Working Party No 3 on Co-Operation and Enforcement, Roundtable on Local Nexus and Jurisdictional Thresholds in Merger Control
    Paris

    2015

    ICC Hot Topics in Competition Law, A Dialogue Between Business and Agencies
    Sydney

    2015

    10th anniversary of Turkish law firm ELIG Conference
    Istanbul

    2015

    IBC Advanced EU Competition Law
    Brussels

    2015

    Canadian Bar Association Competition Law Fall Conference
    Ottawa

    2015

    Concurrences, Pros and cons of settlement in competition Law
    Paris

    2014

    GCR - 3rd Annual Antitrust Law Leaders Forum
    Miami Beach

    2014

    IBC Advanced EU Competition Law
    London

    2014

    International Bar Association 18th Annual Competition Conference
    Florence

    2014

    Litigation in Europe after Passage of the EU Directive on Antitrust Damages Actions, ABA, Section of Antitrust Law
    Brown Bag

    2013

    International Bar Association 17th Annual Competition Conference
    Florence

    2013

    1st Malaysia Competition Commission Competition Law Conference
    Kuala Lumpur

    2013

    The inaugural global merger control conference – navigating unchartered waters of global merger regimes, Competition Review
    Paris

    2013

    The Competition Summit, Premier Circle
    Brussels

    2013

    IBC Advanced EU Competition Law
    Brussels

    2013

    Building effective markets – the role of an integrated legal system, Swiss Re Institute and the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies at Oxford University, The Centre for Global Dialogue
    Switzerland

    2013

    CMS Competition Conference
    Brussels

    2012

    CIPA Congress
    London

    2012

    Antitrust in Brussels and Washington, Bridging the Atlantic Divide, Concurrences
    Brussels

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