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Yvan N. Desmedt

Jones Day (Amsterdam), Jones Day (Brussels)
Lawyer (Partner)

Yvan Desmedt advises clients on competition law and regulatory matters across a range of sectors, particularly in the regulated industries of telecoms, energy, and transport. His competition law experience includes merger control at the EU and national levels as a notifying party or third-party opponent (Alenia/Sukhoi, SAP/Business Objects, Omya/Huber, Belgacom/Scarlet, Brambles/VTG, SES/GE Americom, and BT/AT&T). He also has worked on antitrust cases, including the MasterCard investigation of interchange fees case, the U.K. roaming case, and the Vitamins cartel at the EU level, as well as various infringement procedures conducted by the Belgian competition authorities. Yvan regularly advises on commercial agreements, including joint ventures, distribution, and licensing (Toyota and Milliken). He has advised trade associations, including the GSM Association and the Committee for Electronic Domestic Appliances (CECED), on compliance issues and horizontal cooperation. Yvan also has significant litigation experience. He has represented a number of fixed and mobile operators against the incumbent in Belgium. These proceedings have involved cases before the competition authorities, the regulators, administrative courts, and civil courts. He has assisted telecoms clients in various matters such as frequency auctions, licensing issues, site-sharing, and access agreements. Yvan regularly speaks at conferences and lectures. He is a member of the Brussels Seminar on European Law and Institutions, which is organized by the Institut d’Etudes Européennes and The University of Georgia.


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3696 Bulletin

Charlotte Breuvart, Eric Barbier de la Serre, Dr. Jürgen Beninca, Serge Clerckx, Marta Delgado Echevarría, Yvan N. Desmedt, Mario Todino The EU Commission issues draft revisions to its Vertical Block Exemption Regulation and Vertical Guidelines


In Short The Background : The European Commission ("Commission") recently unveiled long-awaited draft revisions to its Vertical Block Exemption Regulation ("VBER") and Vertical Guidelines. The VBER includes safe harbors that exempt some agreements in the vertical supply chain from antitrust (...)

Charlotte Breuvart, Eric Barbier de la Serre, Marta Delgado Echevarría, Yvan N. Desmedt, Mario Todino, Alexandre G. Verheyden, Philipp Werner The EU Commission issues its State aid guidance on national recovery and resilience plans and makes it clear that all investment projects must comply with State aid rules


In Short The Situation : The European Commission has launched its largest ever stimulus package to support recovery of EU economies from the COVID-19 pandemic’s unprecedented economic and social disruption. Each EU Member State must submit a recovery plan and funding requests for Commission (...)

Laurent de Muyter, Bernard Amory, Alexandre G. Verheyden, Yvan N. Desmedt, Eric Barbier de la Serre, Craig A. Waldman, Jörg Hladjk, Undine Von Diemar, Matt Evans The EU Commission unveils sweeping proposals to regulate the digital sector


In Short The Development : The European Commission ("EC") recently released two long-awaited legislative proposals, the Digital Services Act ("DSA") and Digital Markets Act ("DMA"), that would significantly increase the EC’s regulatory oversight of online platform companies (previewed in our (...)

Yvan N. Desmedt, Laurent de Muyter, Eva Monard, Alexandre G. Verheyden The EU Commission endorses the toolbox of mitigating measures aiming to secure 5G network in the Union due to alleged ties between certain telecom equipment suppliers and foreign governments


In January 2020, the European Commission endorsed the Toolbox of mitigating measures agreed by the Member States of the European Union to address security risks related to the rollout of 5G. The protection of national security, and cybersecurity in particular, are unquestionably legitimate (...)

Yvan N. Desmedt The Dutch Trade and Industry Appeals Tribunal upholds the Competition Authority’s approval for an acquisition in the sector of telecommunications regulation (KPN / Vodaphone)


In Short The Ruling : The Dutch competition authority’s approval of KPN’s acquisition of fiber operator Reggefiber was upheld by the Dutch Trade and Industry Appeals Tribunal in February 2018. In assessing the merger’s competitive effects, the Tribunal notably considered regulatory measures (...)

Henry de la Barre d’Erquelinnes, Philipp Werner, Yvan N. Desmedt The EU General Court issues a ruling on mandatory access and interoperability in the software industry (Contact Software)


The European General Court’s ("GC") decision relates to a complaint filed with the European Commission ("EC") by Contact Software, a German software supplier of Product Data Management ("PDM"). Contact Software alleged an abuse of dominance by Dassault Systèmes and Parametric Technology Corp., as (...)

Alan Davis, Matt Evans, Yvan N. Desmedt The EU Court of Justice Advocate General Szpunar encourages to adopt a strict standard for undertakings to distance themselves from potentially anticompetitive actions by a third party (Eturas)


An advisor to Europe’s highest court, the Court of Justice of the European Union ("CJEU"), is encouraging the CJEU to adopt a strict standard for companies to distance themselves from potentially anticompetitive actions by a third party with which they do business. In a case involving (...)

Alexandre G. Verheyden, Bernard Amory, Yvan N. Desmedt The EU Commission adopts revised safe harbor rules for minor agreements and provides guidance on "by object" restrictions of competition


The European Commission has published revised safe harbor rules for agreements that are not deemed to appreciably restrict competition. This is the so-called "De Minimis Notice," the first version of which dates back to 2001. At the same time, the Commission also published guidance on the (...)

Yvan N. Desmedt The Netherlands launches new Consumer and Market Authority


The Netherlands launches its new Consumer and Market Authority (Autoriteit Consument en Markt ("ACM")) on 1 April 2013. The ACM combines and replaces three previous authorities : the Dutch Competition Authority (Nederlandse Mededingingsautoriteit ("NMa")), the Consumer Authority (...)

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