Johan Van Acker

Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)
Lawyer (Partner)

Johan Van Acker is a partner in the competition law team of Van Bael & Bellis, one of the leading firms in EU competition law. Johan is a Belgian-qualified lawyer who specialises in EU and Belgian competition law, with a particular focus on merger control. He has been involved in a number of the firm’s most significant merger cases over the past decade, including the opposition to BHP Billiton’s tie-up with Rio Tinto and Microsoft’s acquistion of Skype. For both deals, the Van Bael & Bellis team received merger control matter of the year awards from Global Competition Review. Johan also regularly advises clients on other aspects of competition law, such as cartels, abuse of dominant market position and state aid. Johan contributed to Competition Law of the European Community, Van Bael & Bellis (2009) and co-authored the European Union chapter of Merger Control, Jurisdictional Comparisons, The European Lawyer Reference (2011) and The current state of the EU merger control system: ten areas where improvement could be made, a paper presented at the 2011 Fordham International Anti-trust Law & Policy conference. He also wrote the Belgian merger control chapter of Wet en Duiding, Mededingingsrecht (2013), a commentary (in Dutch) on Belgian and EU competition law legislation. He holds an LL.M European Law from King’s College London and a Master’s degree in Law the Universities of Antwerp (Belgium) and Nice (France).

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Articles

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Clara Van Hemelrijck, Johan Van Acker The Brussels Court of Appeal upholds the Belgian Competition Council’s decision to fine a French media distributor for operating an abusive rebate scheme (Presstalis)

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In a judgment of 27 September 2013, the Brussels Court of Appeal upheld the decision of the Belgian Competition Council imposing a fine of € 245,530 on Presstalis for operating an abusive rebate scheme. Presstalis, previously known as Nouvelles Messageries de la Presse Parisienne, is a French (...)

Johan Van Acker The Brussels Court of Appeal annuls decisions of the President of the Competition Council requiring leading diamond supplier to continue supplying Belgian diamond trader (De Beers / Spira)

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On 26 March 2013, the Brussels Court of Appeal annulled three decisions of the President of the Competition Council who had extended the preliminary measures requiring leading diamond supplier De Beers to continue supplying rough diamonds to Belgian diamond trader Spira. The Brussels (...)

Johan Van Acker, Porter Elliott The German Competition Authority fines company for non-disclosure of personal majority shareholdings in merger notification (Clemens Tönnies)

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According to a press release of 15 January 2013, the German Federal Cartel Office (“FCO”) has imposed a fine of € 90,000 on Clemens Tönnies, the majority shareholder of Tönnies Holding GmbH & Co. KG (“Tönnies Holding”), for the non-disclosure in a merger notification of Mr Tönnies’ personal (...)

Johan Van Acker The Brussels Court of Appeal finds that a distribution company delivering and collecting newspapers and magazines abused its dominant position by charging excessive and discriminatory prices (AMP)

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In a judgment of 29 May 2012, the Brussels Court of Appeal held that AMP, a distribution company delivering and collecting newspapers and magazines for retail shops, had abused its dominant position by increasing the fixed minimum fee for its services without any economic justification. (...)

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