Alexandre G. Verheyden

Partner at Jones Day

Alexandre G. Verheyden

Alexandre G. Verheyden

Partner at Jones Day

Biography

Jones Day
Alexandre G. Verheyden
Partner
Alexandre Verheyden's practice focuses on competition/antitrust law, representing major corporations before the European Commission, European courts, and national authorities. He also has significant experience in transatlantic mergers.

Alexandre's experience involves abuse of dominant position/monopoly offense, cartel, merger, and state aid cases. He represented DoubleClick in its merger with Google and BT in its various mergers since 1995 (including MCI, AT&T, Infonet, and Radianz). He obtained a favorable judgment in a €500 million damage claim for abuse of dominant position against Belgacom Mobile and the largest fine ever imposed on a dominant enterprise by the Competition Council. He represented Dole in the banana cartel case and Bouygues Telecom in several state aid cases against the French government. He also represents Toyota in all its competition law-related European distribution matters.

Alexandre is vice chair of the Communications Committee of the International Bar Association. He received an award from the Belgian American Educational Foundation and is a winner of the 2012 Antitrust Writing Awards for the article "EU Court of Justice Provides Guidance on Abusive Margin Squeezes" written in collaboration with Serge Clerckx. He also is a regular speaker at conferences.

Education

The University of Chicago (LL.M. 1992; BAEF Fellow); University of Louvain (Licence en Droit magna cum laude 1990)

Bar Admissions

Brussels and New York

Experience


Kingdom of Belgium wins dismissal of expropriation, related claims in Eastern District of Virginia
Jones Day client the Kingdom of Belgium won dismissal of a case brought under the Alien Tort Statute (ATS) and Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act (FSIA).

Belgian cable operator VOO appeals regulatory decision mandating access to its network
Jones 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.

KPN Group Belgium challenges law imposing 2G license renewal fees
Jones Day is advising mobile telecom operator KPN Group Belgium SA before Belgium's Constitutional Court in its challenge to a law imposing an €180 million fee for the renewal of licenses to operate a 2G mobile network.

Eastman Chemical acquires Solutia for $4.8 billion
Jones 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.

Level 3 Communications obtains antitrust clearance for acquisition of Global Crossing
Jones Day represented Level 3 Communications, Inc. before antitrust authorities in the U.S. and Europe in its $3 billion acquisition of Global Crossing Ltd., which combined two leading Internet backbone networks.

Entreprise des Postes et Télécommunications successfully challenges attempt by Luxembourg competition law authority to prohibit "quadruple play" package offer
Representing Luxembourg's incumbent telecom operator Entreprise des Postes et Télécommunications ("EPT"), Jones Day successfully challenged the very first case in which the Conseil de la concurrence (competition law authority in Luxembourg) imposed interim measures for alleged anticompetitive behavior.

BASE obtains favorable decision in claim against Belgacom Mobile for abuse of dominant position
On 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.

BASE wins Brussels Court of Appeal case regarding mobile telecom termination fees
Jones Day obtained a favorable outcome for our mobile telecommunications client BASE, KPN's subsidiary in Belgium, from the Brussels Court of Appeal.

O2 UK defends against EC roaming investigation
Jones Day represented O2 UK in connection with the long-running European Commission investigation of mobile telecom operators and alleged excessive charges for roaming services.

British Telecom obtains EC antitrust clearance for $175 million acquisition of extranet service provider Radianz
Jones Day represented British Telecommunications plc (BT) in the successful EC antitrust clearance of BT’s $175 million acquisition of extranet service provider Radianz from Reuters.

J.M. Huber sells global precipitated calcium carbonate business to Omya
Jones Day advised J.M. Huber Corporation in the sale of its global precipitated calcium carbonate (PCC) business to Omya AG.

Bridgestone acquires Belgian tire mold manufacturer Mecamold
Jones Day represented Bridgestone Europe with respect to its acquisition of Belgian tire mold manufacturer Mecamold S.A.

COLT Telecom España and four telecom operators pursue competition law complaint against Belgacom for abuse of dominant position
Jones Day represented four telecommunications operators (WorldCom/Codenet, Colt and Versatel) in a complaint for abuse of a dominant position (price squeeze, predatory pricing, and discriminatory pricing) against Belgacom before the Belgian Competition Council.

MCI Worldcom and four other telecom operators charge Belgacom with abuse of dominant position
Jones Day represented four telecommunications operators (WorldCom/Codenet, Colt, and Versatel) in a complaint for abuse of a dominant position (price squeeze, predatory pricing, and discriminatory pricing) against Belgacom.

Scoot Benelux brings antitrust claim against Belgacom involving directory services
Jones Day has represented Scoot Benelux as a plaintiff in an antitrust litigation against Belgacom in relation to directory services and access to listings.

Starmap Alliance proposes seamless international mobile telecom services
Jones Day represented the Starmap Alliance of nine European mobile telecom operators (Retevision Movil in Spain; O2 in the U.K., Germany, and Ireland; Telenor in Norway; Sunrise in Switzerland; Pannon in Hungary; and One in Austria and Italy) before the European Commission regarding a proposal to offer seamless international mobile telecom services, particularly to multinational companies.

Telenet Operaties wins dismissal of abuse of dominance case in unique EU judgment
Jones Day represented Telenet, Belgium's largest cable TV operator, in an abuse of a dominant position and telecommunications regulatory dispute with Belgacom, the incumbent telecom operator in Belgium.

Bayer secures worldwide antitrust approval for Visible Genetics acquisition
On behalf of Bayer Corporation, Jones Day coordinated global antitrust merger filings for its acquisition of Visible Genetics, a Canadian pharmacogenomics company, which involved the acquisition of molecular diagnostics tests, hardware, and software used to determine genetic sequencing.

Mobistar defends Belgian regulatory attempt to reduce mobile phone service termination charges
Jones Day represented Mobistar, the second largest GSM operator in Belgium, in connection with an attempt by the Belgian telecommunications regulator, BIPT, to force a reduction of mobile operators' termination charges.

VersaTel in competition law dispute with Belgium incumbent telecom operator
On behalf of communications network operator VersaTel International, Jones Day is handling a litigation dispute with the incumbent telecom operator in Belgium, Belgacom, involving an alleged abuse of dominant position.


Publications

February 2013
Antitrust Alert: New Competition Law Regime Established in African COMESA


June 2012
Shelter from a Storm: Will Greek Elections Halt a Euro Breakup? PDF


February 2012
The EU Launches Initiative to Revamp EU Privacy Rules PDF


February 2011
Antitrust Alert: EU Court of Justice Provides Guidance on Abusive Margin Squeezes


October 2010
Antitrust Alert: ECJ Affirms Judgment Against Deutsche Telecom in Margin Squeeze Case


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.


June 2010
Jones Day and ECTA Publish Seventh European Regulatory Scorecard for 2009


April 2010
Antitrust Alert: ECJ Advocate General Seeks to Affirm Judgment in Margin Squeeze Case


July 2009
Crystalizing the Principles of the EU Regulatory Framework in the Belgian Regulator’s Market Analyses and the Case Law - PDF Only PDF


July 2009
Functional separation in Belgium - PDF Only PDF


February 2009
Article 82 Guidelines—Missed Opportunities In the Telecoms Sector, Global Competition Policy magazine - PDF Only PDF


January 2009
Jones Day and ECTA Publish European Regulatory Scorecard for 2008


May 2008
Comments on the CFI's Recent Ruling in Deutsche Telekom v. European Commission, Global Competition Policy - PDF Only PDF


February 2008
Jones Day and ECTA Publish European Regulatory Scorecard for 2007


December 11, 2006
Jones Day and ECTA Publish European Regulatory Scorecard for 2006


April 2006
Regulatory Progress or Setback in Interconnection Pricing?, IBA Journal Convergence, Vol 2, No 1


December 5, 2005
Jones Day and ECTA Publish European Regulatory Scorecard for 2005


May 25, 2004
Jones Day and ECTA Publish Second European Regulatory Scorecard


November 2002
Jones Day Publishes First European Regulatory Telecommunications Scorecard PDF


May 2002
Recent Developments in International Cartel Enforcement:The EU's New Leniency Notice PDF


Speaking Engagements

January 28, 2013
Telecoms Conference Series: Lessons from Hutchison/Orange: What's Next for EU Telecoms Consolidation? Teleconference

May 2012
Future regulatory challenges, seminar, Entreprise des Postes et Télécommunications (EP&T) Luxembourg

November 2011
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November 10, 2011
European Union Competition Policy Symposium in Tokyo Tokyo, Japan

November 2011
Co-chair of the Communications Law committee of the IBA (International Bar Association); Round tables & presentation in the framework of the Telecommunications Sector Dubai

February 22, 2011
GSM Association's (GSMA) General Counsel Summit Brussels, Belgium

February 15, 2011
Further consolidation in telecoms: what will be the position of antitrust authorities across the world?; Access to customers or networks? The rules which govern revenue allocation between carriers and content providers, GSM Association General Counsel Summit Barcelona, Spain

December 2010
2010 Unilateral Conduct Workshop hosted by DG Competition of the European Commission Brussels, Belgium

November 5, 2009
The Prohibition of Abuse of Dominant Position in the Electronic Communications Sector - A Perspective From a Practionner, CRID/ICRI / Cullen International Brussels, Belgium

October 20, 2009
Recent competition law issues in relation to mobile activities, IBC Brussels, Belgium

July 1, 2008
The CFI Judgment in Deutsche Telekom AG v. Commission, Lunch talk of the College of Europe Brussels, Belgium

November 2007
Communications and Competition Law - Flexibility of Remedies, IBC Informa Conference Brussels, Belgium

2006
The latest developments of anti-trust law, closed door seminar organized by LECG Lake Como, Italy

December 2006
General Competition and Regulatory Principles at Play in the Field of Electronic Communications, University of Zagreb Zagreb, Croatia

November 6, 2006
The design of judicial review in electronic communications - Role of the ECJ in the regulation of the market for Electronic Communications, CRID Brussels, Belgium

October 2006
Keidanren Seminar Tokyo, Japan

September 17-22, 2006
The Future of International Terminating Access, IBA Conference Chicago, Illinois

January 18, 2005
Case Study on the International Coordination and Enforcement Issues Arising in the Telecommunications Sector, 2nd Regulation Forum Meeting of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law London, United Kingdom

November 25, 2004
Competition Law and Sector-Specific Regulation in the EU and Emerging Countries, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development Conference

December 2003
Taking a Case for Failure to Implement under the New Regime, 4th Annual Regulatory Conference of the European Competitive Telecommunications Association Brussels, Belgium


Areas of Focus

Antitrust & Competition Law
Antitrust Civil Investigations & Litigation
Antitrust Mergers & Joint Ventures
Antitrust Criminal Investigations

Honors & Distinctions

Listed in: Chambers Europe (2011) as a leading practitioner in technology, media, and telecom (Band 1) ("an impeccable lawyer") and in competition/European law

Chambers Global (2011) as a key practitioner in competition/European law ("a strong track record") and

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Languages
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Jones Day LP provides legal services. The company's practice areas include banking and finance, capital markets, mergers & acquisitions, real estate, government regulations, tax, financial institutions litigation and regulation, business restructuring, and private equity. It offers services to the airlines, aviation, automotive, construction, energy, healthcare, insurance, media, pharmaceuticals and telecommunication industries. Jones Day was founded in March 1893 by Edwin J. Blandin and William Lowe Rice and is headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio.

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NVIDIA Corp. purchases Mellanox Technologies Ltd.

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Milliken & Co., Inc. purchases Polartec LLC from Versa Capital Management LLC

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Mitsui & Co., Ltd., Denka Co., Ltd. purchase E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Co. /Chloroprene Rubber Business from DuPont resulting in a new company Denka Performance Elastomer LLC

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