Melanie Bruneau

K&L Gates (Brussels)
Lawyer (Partner)

Mélanie Bruneau is a partner in the firm’s Brussels office. She advises on a broad range of areas in European Law. Her practice focuses on advising clients a variety of industrial sectors, including transport, and aviation, pharmaceuticals, medical devices and cosmetics, manufacturing, chemicals and IT on the legal aspects of their business activities, with a particular emphasis on regulatory compliance. Ms. Bruneau advises large multinationals on all aspects of EU competition law. She has significant experience in cartel investigations and sector inquiry investigations. Ms. Bruneau was also involved in the first cartel settlement and in the first hybrid cartel settlement before the European Commission. Ms. Bruneau regularly advises clients on global compliance programs regarding antitrust. She performs internal audits and compliance trainings. She frequently advises on the rules and procedures governing State aid and EU public procurement directives. In terms of compliance, Ms. Bruneau also advises on anti-corruption (including the OECD Convention, UK Bribery act and US FCPA) and on the anti-money laundering legislation. Ms. Bruneau has significant experience in advising on vertical agreements including exclusive distribution and supply as well as selective distribution and franchising. Ms. Bruneau has also a lot of experience in advising on horizontal issues including joint ventures, collaboration, cooperation, R&D as well as consortium agreements. She frequently advises on resale price maintenance (RPM) and price discrimination issues on behalf of some of the largest companies in the world. Ms. Bruneau frequently advises on restrictions of active and passive sales, non compete provisions but also on termination of distribution agreements. She also advises on parallel import restrictions and more generally on free movement of goods. Ms. Bruneau regularly advises on commercial agency agreements (including on compensation and termination issues).

Linked authors

DG COMP (Brussels)
Oxera (London)
McDermott Will & Emery (Brussels)
McDermott Will & Emery (Paris)
Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati (Brussels)
McDermott Will & Emery (Paris)
European Company Lawyers Association (ECLA)

Articles

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Melanie Bruneau, Antoine de Rohan Chabot The EU Commission launches a public consultation to continue the process of identifying possible areas of the EU Merger Regulation suitable for improvements

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OVERVIEW OF THE PROPOSED REFORMS OF THE EU MERGER CONTROL REGIME* In October 2016, the European Commission launched a public consultation to continue the process of identifying possible areas of the EU Merger Regulation suitable for refinement, improvement and simplification. In the past (...)

Wilko Van Weert, Melanie Bruneau The EU General Court upholds the EU Commission’s fine of €150 m on undertakings for entering into reverse settlement agreements which delayed the entry of cheaper generic versions of a blockbuster antidepressant (Lundbeck)

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EU COURT CONFIRMS EUROPEAN COMMISSION’S DECISION ON PAY-FOR-DELAY AGREEMENTS* On 8 September 2016, the General Court of the European Union upheld the European Commission’s decision in which the antitrust regulator imposed fines of approximately EUR 150 million on Lundbeck and a number of generic (...)

Philip Bentley, Melanie Bruneau The EU Commission accepts commitments by 14 shipping liner companies to change their practices concerning announcements of intended price increases for containerised shipping services (Liner Shipping case)

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EUROPEAN COMMISSION CHALLENGES PUBLIC PRICE ANNOUNCEMENTS BY SHIPPING LINER COMPANIES* On 7 July 2016, the European Commission adopted a decision accepting commitments by 14 shipping liner companies to change their practices concerning announcements of intended price increases for (...)

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