Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)

Catherine Gordley

Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)
Lawyer (Associate)

Catherine Gordley is an Associate in the Van Bael & Bellis’ Brussels office. Catherine’s practice focuses on all aspects of EU competition law. Prior to joining Van Bael & Bellis, Catherine gained experience as a litigation and arbitration associate in the New York office of a leading international law firm.

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4842 Bulletin

Catherine Gordley The EU Commission imposes a € 7.5 million fine on a chemical company for providing misleading information during the review of its acquisition (Sigma-Aldrich / Merck)


On 3 May 2021, the Commission imposed a € 7.5 million fine on Sigma-Aldrich for providing incorrect and misleading information during the Commission’s review of its acquisition by Merck. While this is only the third fine the Commission has imposed on this basis, it extends the Commission’s (...)

Catherine Gordley The EU Commission conditionally clears a merger in the radiotherapy solutions market and subjects it to interoperability commitments (Siemens / Varian Healthineers)


On 19 February 2021, the Commission conditionally cleared the acquisition of Varian by Siemens’ subsidiary Siemens Healthineers. Varian is a leading US supplier of radiotherapy solutions used to plan and deliver radiotherapy treatment, while German-based Siemens Healthineers is a leading (...)

Catherine Gordley The EU Commission conditionally clears the acquisition of a financial data products provider by a leading financial infrastructure company (Refinitiv / London Stock Exchange)


On 13 January 2021, the European Commission (“Commission”) conditionally cleared the London Stock Exchange Group’s (“LSEG”) acquisition of financial data products provider Refinitiv following an in-depth (Phase 2) investigation. LSEG is a leading financial infrastructure company, which operates the (...)

Catherine Gordley The UK Competition Appeal Tribunal dismisses the Competition Authority’s decision and authorizes the acquisition of a company in the sports retailing sector in light of the COVID-19 pandemic (JD Sports / Footasylum)


On 13 November 2020, the UK Competition Appeal Tribunal (“CAT”) upheld an appeal brought by JD Sports against the Competition and Markets Authority’s (“CMA”) decision to prohibit its already completed acquisition of rival retailer Footasylum. On 6 May 2020, the CMA had blocked the merger between the (...)

Catherine Gordley The Polish Competition Authority issues first decision authorizing a foreign acquisition following its temporary FDI screening mechanism during the COVID-19 pandemic (H&F Corporate Investors VIII / The Center for Electronic Settlements Polish ePayments)


On 19 October 2020, the Polish Competition Authority (“UOKiK”) issued a decision authorising the Cayman Islands-based H&F Corporate Investors VIII Ltd. to acquire the Center for Electronic Settlements Polish ePayments S.A. The transaction was not notified to the UOKiK under the normal merger (...)

William Haig, Porter Elliott, Catherine Gordley The EU General Court annuls the Commission’s decision prohibiting the acquisition of two telecommunication companies (Telefónica UK / Hutchison 3G UK)


1. Summary On 28 May 2020, the EU General Court handed down a ruling annulling the European Commission’s (“Commission”) decision prohibiting the proposed acquisition of Telefónica UK (“O2”) by Hutchison 3G UK (“Three”). The ruling has potentially significant implications for mergers in the telecoms (...)


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