Bonn & Schmitt (Luxembourg)

Gabriel Bleser

Bonn & Schmitt (Luxembourg)

Gabriel Bleser is a managing partner at Bonn & Schmitt in Luxembourg. Admitted to the Luxembourg Bar in 1997, Gabriel Bleser has more than 20 years’ of professional experience. He is recognised for his significant experience in European law with particular emphasis on European competition law (cartels, abuse of dominant position, joint ventures, state aid, merger control, distribution law) and sectoral regulation (gas, electricity, transportation, telecommunications). He also advises on Luxembourg competition law, unfair competition law, administrative law and public law, public procurement law and procedures, in real estate and urban planning law, on new technologies, labour law and social security law. Gabriel represents the law firm in the Labor Law group within the IR GLOBAL network. Gabriel was the first general rapporteur of the Inspectorate of Competition and has gained significant experience in European and Luxembourg competition law. He helped set up the new Luxembourg competition authorities in 2004. Gabriel Bleser is a founding member and President of the Luxembourg Association for the Study of Competition Law (ALEDC), a board member and treasurer of APSI (Association luxembourgeoise des professionnels de la société de l’information), member of APDL , the Luxembourg Data Protection Association and of the AIPPI (International Association for the protection of intellectual property). He is member of the Disciplinary commission of the Chambre immobilière . Gabriel is also the President of the Luxembourg National Committee of the Union International des Avocats (UIA). Before joining Bonn & Schmitt in October 2020, Gabriel was a partner in his own law firm and in several reputable law firms.

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74311 Bulletin

Gabriel Bleser, Clara Danois The Luxembourg Administrative Tribunal modifies and upturns the Competition Authority’s fine on a food supplier for resale price maintenance, and affirms the right of a leniency applicant to benefit from the principle of legitimate expectation (Bahlsen / Delhaize / Auchan)


Introduction On 6 January 2015, the Luxembourg Competition Authority (formerly the Competition Council, hereinafter “Authority”) opened an investigation against the food supplier Bahlsen on suspicion of aligning resale prices to consumers. After a search of the supplier’s headquarters on 15 (...)

Gabriel Bleser, Clémence Patte The Luxembourg Administrative Tribunal rules for the first time on the Competition Authority’s competence in matters of ex post control of concentrations in the energy sector (Fédération des Artisans / Encevo / Enovos Luxembourg / Paul Wagner / Fils)


I. Introduction On January 25, 2021 the Administrative Tribunal of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg (hereinafter the “Administrative Tribunal”) rendered a judgment ruling for the first time on the competence of the Competition Council of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg (hereinafter the (...)

Clémence Patte, Gabriel Bleser The Luxembourg Competition Authority’s president rejects a request for interim measures in the context of the COVID-19 health crisis (Bionext / Laboratoire National de Santé)


I. Introduction On 17 December 2020, the President of the Luxembourg Competition Council (hereinafter the “President”) rendered a decision on a request for interim measures requested by the laboratory Bionext S.A. (hereinafter “Bionext”) against the Laboratoire National de Santé (hereinafter (...)

Gabriel Bleser, Thierry Schiltz The Luxembourg Administrative Tribunal annuls decisions imposing interim measures and fines in the telecommunications sector (Entreprise des Postes et Télécommunications)


Introduction In a judgment dated 20 May 2009 (the Judgment), the Luxembourg administrative tribunal (the Tribunal) annulled two decisions of the Competition Council (the Council) and the President of the Council (the President) concerning interim measures and fines imposed on the (...)

Gabriel Bleser, Gabriel de la Bourdonnaye The Luxembourg Administrative Tribunal upholds fines and periodic penalty payments imposed by the Competition Council (”House of Justice" case)


Background By a decision of 30 April 2007 (the "Decision") the Competition Council (the "Council") imposed fines and periodic penalty payments on three companies which had refused to submit appropriate information to the Competition Inspectorate (the "Inspectorate") in the course of a cartel (...)

Gabriel Bleser The Luxembourg Competition Authority adopts the first conservatory measures against the telecommunications incumbent regarding alleged abusive bundling of fixed-line telephone, mobile telephone and high-speed Internet access (Entreprise des Postes et Télécommunications)


On 22 January 2008, the President of the Competition Council (Council) handed down an 83-pages decision, for the first time after the law of 17 May 2004 on competition (Law on competition) came into force, imposing a limited number of conservatory measures on the public entity Entreprise des (...)

Gabriel Bleser The Luxembourg Government proceeds to consultation following the submission of the draft bill aimed at reforming the 2004 Competition Act (Draft Bill n° 5816)


In December 2007, the Minister of the Economy and Foreign Trade (Minister) submitted a draft bill to Parliament (Draft Bill) with the aim of reforming the law of 17 May 2004 on competition, as amended (the Law on Competition). Although no serious assessment was made concerning the three years (...)

Dirk Walter Hamann, Gabriel Bleser The Luxembourg Administrative Tribunal rules on the prohibition of self-incrimination in cartel investigation procedures (Tile products cartel)


I. Introduction On 15 November 2007, the Luxembourg administrative tribunal (Tribunal administratif) (“Tribunal”) rejected an action for annulment (hereinafter the “Action”) filed against a decision adopted by the Competition Inspectorate (Inspection de la concurrence) (“Inspectorate”), by (...)

Dirk Walter Hamann, Gabriel Bleser The Luxembourg Competition Authority rejects an abuse of dominance complaint in the car insurance sector concerning alleged obligation to use a software application (OEIPA / Le Foyer Assurances)


On 5 September 2007, following quite a lengthy decision, The Competition Council (Conseil de la concurrence) (Council) rejected a complaint submitted to the Competition Inspectorate (Inspectorate) by a professional association of car damage experts (Ordre des experts indépendants (...)

Gabriel Bleser The Luxembourg Competition Council imposed a fine and a daily penalty payment for non-compliance with requests of information in the course of investigations ("House of justice" case)


In the course of a cartel investigation carried out by the Competition Inspectorate (Inspection de la concurrence)(the "Inspectorate"), the addressee of the decision refused to submit accurate information to the Inspectorate, which, in reaction, adopted a formal request by way of decision (...)

Gabriel Bleser The Luxembourg Courts take the rare opportunity to consider a case concerning the car distribution sector under Article 81 of the EC treaty (I.C.S. Renting / Etoile Garage)


Even if courts had already the power to apply article 81, paragraph 1, EC Treaty before the 1st May 2004, article 81 EC Treaty has been rarely applied by Luxembourg courts and there exists not really a developed Luxembourg case law concerning the application of articles 81 and 82 EC Treaty. (...)

Gabriel Bleser "Modernisation" du droit luxembourgeois : La loi du 17 mai 2004 introduit en droit interne les dispositions « miroirs » des Art. 81 et 82 CE et installe l’autorité luxembourgeoise de concurrence


Depuis le 29 mai 2004, date de l’entrée en vigueur de la loi du 17 mai 2004 relative à la concurrence, le Grand-Duché de Luxembourg dispose enfin d’une nouvelle loi relative à la concurrence et d’une autorité de concurrence. Sept ans, et la forte volonté politique d’un ministre libéral de (...)

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