Laurence N.Van Mullem

Associate

Brussels + 32.2.645.14.21

Laurence Van Mullem practices in the area of European competition law. She concentrates on anticompetitive agreements, abuse of dominance, State aid, and merger control. In addition to her antitrust practice, Laurence gives regulatory advice to companies active in the financial and electronic communications sectors. She also regularly assists clients on compliance matters, both at national and international levels.

Laurence has worked on major matters involving pan-European mergers, telecom regulatory issues, and antitrust behavioral cases. She was one of the leading associates dealing with the $12.5 billion sale of Procter & Gamble's beauty business to Coty and a €500 million damage claim for abuse of dominant position against Proximus. Laurence was recently involved in Wabtec's acquisition of Faiveley Transport (Phase II).

Laurence has litigation experience before the civil courts, national competition authorities, and national regulatory authorities of the EU Member States. She successfully represented POST Luxembourg in its challenge against a Luxembourgish competition authority's infringement decision for alleged abuse of dominance in relation to rebates.

In electronic communications, Laurence has advised operators such as T-Mobile, Post Telecom, Telenet, and Bouygues Telecom on a vast range of regulatory aspects dealing with roaming, allocation of spectrum, infrastructure sharing, and access regulation.

Laurence is committed to the cause of democracy and humanitarian relief. In 2019, she provided legal representation to migrants on a voluntary basis as part of a project sponsored by Jones Day.

Prior to joining Jones Day, Laurence served as an academic assistant in the legal department of the College of Europe, where she gained substantive experience in European institutional and competition law matters. She also has been a lecturer at IFAPME Liège training institute.

Experience

  • MEWA SARL successfully defends investigation and litigation related to allegations of infringement of competition rulesJones Day successfully advised and represented MEWA SARL in an investigation by the French competition authority, the Autorité de la Concurrence, and subsequent court litigation, alleging infringement of Article 101 and 102 TFEU and the corresponding provisions of French competition law.
  • POST Luxembourg successfully appeals Competition authority's fine for abuse of dominanceJones Day represented POST Luxembourg, the incumbent postal and telecom operator in Luxembourg, in its appeal before the Luxembourg Administrative Court against a decision of the Luxembourg Competition authority fining POST for alleged abuse of dominance through the application of illegal rebates.
  • Wabtec acquires Faiveley Transport for $1.8 billionJones Day advised Wabtec Corporation in the acquisition of Faiveley Transport S.A., a global supplier of high added value integrated systems for the railway industry, for a total of $1.8 billion in cash and stock, including assumed debt.
  • Electricity producer and supplier seeks advice on state aid investigationJones Day advised an electricity producer and supplier in relation to the European Commission’s state aid investigation into the French capacity mechanism.
  • Procter & Gamble sells its beauty brands to Coty for $12.5 billionThe Procter & Gamble Company ("P&G") has merged its 43 beauty brands ("RMT Brands") of global salon professional hair care and color, retail hair color, cosmetics, and fine fragrance businesses, along with select hair styling brands with Coty Inc. in a Reverse Morris Trust transaction for $12.5 billion.
  • BASE Company successfully resolves abuse of dominance complaint brought against ProximusJones Day represented BASE Company in a damage claim for abuse of dominant position against Proximus NV, the Belgian mobile incumbent operator.
  • 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.
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