Covington & Burling (Brussels)

Peter D. Camesasca

Covington & Burling (Brussels)

Peter D. Camesasca is a partner at Covington & Burlin based in the Brussels office. He has broad experience in all major aspects of EU and national competition law. He has advised US and EU clients across a diverse range of sectors, including aviation, maritime transport, harbors and shipyards, chemicals and pharmaceuticals, electronics and semiconductor industries, as well as telecommunications industries and internet services. His experience includes cases under Articles 101 and 102 TFEU, the antitrust / IP cross-over, national and multijurisdictional merger and joint venture notifications, the antitrust / distribution system management, investigations by multiple enforcement authorities and transatlantic antitrust litigation and monopolisation issues. He counsels clients on Article 101 exposure ranging from pure information exchanges to cartel-like allegations, having represented or still representing clients in the majority of the European Commission’s recent cartel investigations, including Heat Stabilizers, DRAM, SRAM, Calcium Carbide, Air Cargo, Freight Forwarders, TFT-LCD (1&2), Smart Cards, Power Cables, Car Parts, Liner Shipping and various still confidential matters.


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2353 Bulletin

Peter D. Camesasca, Horst Henschen, Katherine Kingsbury, Martin Juhasz, Ron Thoma The German Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action partially prohibits Chinese investment in a Hamburg container terminal (COSCO)


On October 26, 2022, the German government permitted (with conditions) an investment by Chinese state-owned COSCO Shipping Group (“COSCO”) in one of Hamburg’s four shipping container terminals. Pursuant to foreign direct investment (“FDI”) laws, the German Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate (...)

Peter D. Camesasca, Carole Maczkovics, Sophie Bertin The EU Parliament signs the Commission’s proposal which would allow the Commission to examine whether foreign subsidies have a potential negative impact on the internal market


On 4 May 2022, the European Parliament (the “Parliament”) adopted its position on the proposal of the European Commission (the “Commission”) for a Regulation on foreign subsidies distorting the internal market (the “Foreign Subsidies Regulation”) (see our alert on the proposal). It confirms the (...)

Peter D. Camesasca, Laurie-Anne Grelier, Sophie Bertin, Johan Ysewyn, Horst Henschen, Katherine Kingsbury, Sebastian Vos The EU Commission proposes a regulation that introduces more scrutiny for companies receiving foreign subsidies


Companies that benefit from non-EU state support or subsidies will soon face heightened scrutiny in the European Union (EU) as the European Commission unveiled on May 5 its proposed Regulation on foreign subsidies distorting the internal market. As its name suggests, the proposed Regulation (...)

Horst Henschen, Sarah Hachmeister, Peter D. Camesasca The German Parliament enters into force its 10th amendment of the act against restraints of competition bringing powers for intervention in digital markets and changing the merger control regime


On 19 January 2021, the 10th amendment of the German Act against Restraints of Competition (“ARC”), the so-called ARC Digitisation Act (the “ARC-DA”) entered into force. The ARC-DA brings far-reaching amendments to German competition law, containing inter alia the introduction of a new framework to (...)

Louise Freeman, Alexander Leitch, Johan Ysewyn, James Marshall, Peter D. Camesasca, Harry Denlegh Maxwell The UK Supreme Court dismisses the appeal of a financial services company in a class action related to an alleged overcharging of interbank fees (Merricks / Mastercard)


The UK Supreme Court has today ruled in favour of Walter Merricks, the former head of the UK Financial Ombudsman Service., in a hotly-anticipated judgment in the first opt-out competition class action brought in the UK. Background Mr Merricks is the proposed class representative for 46.2 (...)

Peter D. Camesasca, Horst Henschen, Martin Juhasz The German Government prohibits the acquisition of a telecommunication company by a Chinese buyer under the foreign direct investment rules (IMST / Addsino)


On 2 December 2020, the German government prohibited the acquisition of German company IMST GmbH, Kamp-Lintfort (“IMST”) by a Chinese investor. This is the second high profile prohibition decision issued by the German government this year on the grounds of Foreign Direct Investment (“FDI”) rules. (...)

Peter D. Camesasca, Horst Henschen, Katherine Kingsbury, Sarah Hachmeister The EU Parliament and Council see their framework for the screening of foreign direct investments enter into force


On October 11, 2020, the EU FDI Screening Regulation (EU) 2019/452 – the “Regulation”) entered fully into force. The Regulation, which was approved and adopted in March 2019, establishes a framework for the screening of foreign direct investments (“FDI”) by EU Member States in which decision-making (...)

Ichiro Morinaga, Graham Vinter, Jeremy Wilson, Peter D. Camesasca, William H.Y. Park The EU Commission launches an antitrust investigation into LNG destination clauses (Quatar Petroleum)


On June 21, 2018, the European Commission (“Commission”) started a new investigation to determine whether so-called destination clauses in Qatar Petroleum’s liquefied natural gas (“LNG”) supply contracts with European buyers infringe the European Union (“EU”) antitrust rules. The investigation comes (...)

Johan Ysewyn, Peter D. Camesasca, Louise Freeman The UK Competition Appeal Tribunal refuses a £14 billion class action against a financial service company (Merricks / MasterCard)


On Friday, July 21, 2017, the UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal (the “CAT”) handed down its second class certification decision under the class actions regime introduced by the Consumer Rights Act 2015 (the “Act”). It dismissed the application for two reasons. First, the proposed representative (...)

Johan Ysewyn, Peter D. Camesasca, Louise Freeman The UK Competition Appeal Tribunal hands down its first-class certification for entering into agreements and concerted practices aimed at prohibiting the online advertising of certain models of mobility scooter (Dorothy Gibson / Pride Mobility Products)


The UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal (the “CAT”) has handed down its first class certification judgment in relation to the class actions regime introduced by the Consumer Rights Act 2015 (the “Act”). The result? The hearing has been adjourned, with the proposed representative allowed to file and (...)

Alexander Leitch, Peter D. Camesasca, Andrea Zulli, Ashley E. Bass, Jonathan Gimblett, Robert D. Wick, Alan M. Wiseman The UK Parliament introduces a class action mechanism for antitrust damages


The UK has introduced a class action mechanism that could lead to an increase in antitrust litigation. Most significantly, the new mechanism will enable opt-out class actions, which are potentially effective in aggregating individually low value claims, into a single high value, and (...)

Miranda Cole, Peter D. Camesasca The EU Court of Justice finds that a holder of a standard-essential patent may abuse a dominant position by seeking to enjoin infringement (Huawei / ZTE)


On July 16, 2015, the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU” or “the Court”) issued its long-awaited judgment in Huawei Technology Co. Ltd v ZTE Corp., ZTE Deutschland GmbH. The CJEU found that the holder of a standard essential patent (“SEP”) may, in certain circumstances, abuse its dominant (...)

Johan Ysewyn, Peter D. Camesasca, Andrea Zulli, Alexander Leitch, Robert D. Wick, Derek Ludwin, Anita F. Stork The EU Court of Justice rules on the expansion of jurisdiction to impose fines based on foreign sales of cartelized components (Innolux)


On July 9, 2015, the EU’s top court, the EU Court of Justice (CJEU), rendered its long-awaited ruling in the Innolux - LCD cartel appeal. The Innolux case is effectively the EU counterpart of the U.S. Motorola litigation in that it concerns fundamental issues of antitrust jurisdiction over (...)

Johan Ysewyn, Peter D. Camesasca, Melissa Van Schoorisse, Laura Corbett The Belgian Competition Authority imposes a record fine in the supermarkets cartel (Cartel de la beauté)


On 22 June 2015 the Belgian Competition Authority (“BCA”) issued its decision in the supermarkets cartel, fining 18 supermarkets and suppliers of personal care, hygiene and cleaning products for coordinating retail price increases between 2002 and 2007. This occurred in the context of a cartel (...)

Peter D. Camesasca, Johan Ysewyn, Laurie-Anne Grelier, Phillip H. Warren, Michael J. Fanelli, Derek Ludwin The EU Court of Justice confirms that the exchange of sensitive information could constitute a cartel (Dole Food)


In an important ruling rendered March 19, 2015 in the Bananas case, the EU’s top court definitively upheld the EU Commission’s expansive view of cartel conduct and held that no “fix” (as in agreement) is needed for the EU to conclude that cartel activities have occurred. It is no secret that the (...)

Peter D. Camesasca, Miranda Cole The EU Court of Justice AG Wathelet states that holding a standard essential patent does not mean a company is dominant (Huawei / ZTE)


The Reference On 5 April 2013, the Landgericht Düsseldorf referred questions relating to injunctive relief over standard-essential patents (“SEPs”) to the Court of Justice (“CJEU”) in connection with a patent dispute between Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd (“Huawei”) and ZTE Corp., ZTE Deutschland GmbH (...)

6229 Review

Peter D. Camesasca, Horst Henschen, Martin Juhasz Foreign direct investment screening in Europe: A comparative perspective on differences and commonalities within Europe


The authors provide a comparative perspective on foreign direct investment (“FDI”) screening in Europe in light of the EU’s new regulation, Regulation (EU) 2019/452. They explain the key drivers behind FDI screening and offer an analysis of what it implies at a European level. The article further (...)

Anne-Sophie Choné-Grimaldi, Ashley E. Bass, Florian Bien, Florian Wagner-von Papp, Luis Loras, Miguel Angel Malo, Paul Hitchings, Peter D. Camesasca, Rafael P. Amaro, Silvia Pietrini Implementation of EU Directive 2014/104 on actions for damages for infringements of competition law


The directive on actions for damages for infringements of the competition law has been published on 26 november 2014. This On Topic aims to show the principal issues that arise from the expected implementation of the directive on national laws. Presentation ---- Anne-Sophie Choné-Grimaldi (...)


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