DG COMP (Brussels)

Sophie Moonen

DG COMP (Brussels)
Head of Unit

Sophie Moonen is Head of Unit C5 in the European Commission, Directorate General for Competition. Unit C5 deals with mergers in the IT, telecoms, and media sectors. Since joining the European Commission in June 2002, she has dealt with mergers in numerous sectors, in particular IT, telecoms, media, transport (airlines), energy, pharmaceuticals and mining, and has investigated competition infringements in the energy sector. Examples of the cases that she worked on include Inco/Falconbridge, Oracle/Sun Microsystems, Seagate/Samsung HDD Business, Western Digital/Hitachi Global Storage Technology, Universal/EMI, and Hutchison 3G UK/Telefónica Ireland. Prior to joining the European Commission DG Competition, Ms Moonen practiced law at Wilmer, Cutler and Pickering (Brussels and Washington, D.C. offices) from October 1996 until June 2002. At Wilmer, Cutler and Pickering she had a broad regulatory practice covering trade, antitrust and general matters of European law with a focus in the IT industry and financial services industry. She was also an associate in the Washington D.C. office of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius (Trade and Antitrust Section) from August 1995 until May 1996. Ms Moonen has been a member of the NY bar since 1999 and was a member of the Brussels bar until joining the European Commission in 2002. She is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Liège law school and holds an LL.M. from the University of Michigan law school.

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3899 Bulletin

Bruno Alomar, Gorka Navea, Philippe Redondo, Sophie Moonen The EU Commission fines Belgian electricity undertaking for infringing the standstill obligation under Merger proceedings (Electrabel / CNR)


"Electrabel/CNR: the importance of the standstill obligation in merger proceedings"* On 26 March 2008, Electrabel SA (“Electrabel”), a Belgian electricity company which is part of the French group, Suez (now GDF Suez), notified to the Commission a concentration consisting in the acquisition of (...)

Caroline Boeshertz, Pierre Lahbabi, Sophie Moonen The EU Commission conditionally clears a merger in the mining industries breaking new ground in the Commission’s practice with regard to efficiencies and remedies in merger cases (Inco / Falconbridge)


Inco/Falconbridge: A nickel mine of applications in efficiencies and remedies* 1. Introduction Following an in-depth investigation, on 4 July 2006, the Commission approved the acquisition by Inco Limited (“Inco”) of Falconbridge Limited (“Falconbridge”), subject to conditions and obligations. (...)

Alessandro Paolicchi, Miguel de la Mano, Pierre Lahbabi, Sophie Moonen The EU Commission conditionally approves the acquisition of two subsidiaries of the incumbent oil and gas Hungarian company by a German energy supplier (MOL / E.ON)


"A combination of gas release programmes and ownership unbundling as remedy to a problematic energy merger: E.ON / MOL"* 1. Introduction Following an in-depth investigation, on 21 December 2005, the Commission approved under the EU Merger Regulation the acquisition of MOL WMT and MOL Storage, (...)

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