José Rivas

Bird & Bird (Brussels)
Lawyer (Partner)

José Rivas is the head of the International, EU and Competition Group of Bird & Bird since 2008. His practice covers all aspects of EU and competition law including in particular Articles 101 and 102, State aid and merger control and public procurement. He has extensive experience in representing leading U.S., Japanese and European clients across a broad range of industries, including aviation, media, telecommunications, energy and biotechnology. He has extensive litigation experience before the European Courts in Luxembourg - having represented clients in competition, trade and institutional EU law. He has represented clients under investigation and obtained phase I and phase II merger control clearance by the European Commission and other national competition authorities, and has filed complaints with such authorities. He also regularly organises anti-trust audits to help clients to identify any current or potential infringements of competition law and devised compliance programme to help prevent future infringements. Prior to joining Bird & Bird, José was head of a leading US firm’s Brussels office and co-head of the firm’s European competition group.

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Jones Day (Brussels)
Bird & Bird (Brussels)
Bird & Bird (Copenhagen)

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Paulien Van Sande, José Rivas The Belgian Competition Authority imposes an interim measure to temporarily suspend the joint venture between two of the three main telecom companies in the Belgian market (Orange / Proximus)

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On 8 January, the Belgian Competition Authority ("BCA") imposed an interim measure to temporarily suspend the joint venture ("JV") between Orange and Proximus, two of the three main telecom players in the Belgian market. The cooperation between Orange and Proximus relates to the sharing of (...)

Paulien Van Sande, José Rivas The Belgian Competition Authority fines €225,000 the national Order of Pharmacists for limiting the ability of pharmacists to advertise para-pharmaceutical products online (Ordre des Pharmaciens)

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On 15 October 2019, the Belgian Competition Authority ("BCA") imposed a fine of EUR 225,000 on the national Order of Pharmacists for adopting, maintaining and implementing provisions of its Deontological Code that limit the ability of pharmacists to advertise para-pharmaceutical products, in (...)

José Rivas The EU Court of Justice clarifies the notion of concerted practice and holds that a single meeting amongst competitors where they exchanged sensitive information can be caught by EU Antitrust rules (T-Mobile Netherlands)

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Concerted practices, greyhounds, swans and alcoholmeters* Adam Smith wrote in the Wealth of Nations that “two greyhounds, in running down the same hare, have sometimes the appearance of acting in some sort of concert. Each turns her towards his companion, or endeavours to intercept her when his (...)

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Georgina Eclair-Heath, José Rivas Striking the balance between public and private enforcement: The case for consensual compensation as a mitigating circumstance in setting fines for violations of EU competition law

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The article examines the Commission’s proposal of 11 June 2013 for a directive on damages actions for infringements of EU competition law In particular, it examines the risk that, by ignoring the interaction between public and private enforcement, the proposal could lead to a situation of (...)

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