University of Tokyo

Simon Vande Walle

University of Tokyo

Simon Vande Walle is a professor at the University of Tokyo. He was a case handler at the European Commission - DG Comp, in the Mergers - Telecoms, IT and Media unit. Previously, he was a research fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science at the University of Tokyo. He obtained his doctoral degree in law from Kyushu University, Japan, and, prior to that, practiced as a lawyer at the Brussels office of Linklaters from 2003 until 2008. He is originally from Belgium and studied law at Leuven Catholic University, Belgium (LL.B., LL.M.), Université Jean-Moulin Lyon III, France (Erasmus), Kyushu University, Japan (LL.M., LL.D.) and Georgetown University Law Center, U.S. (LL.M.). He is the author of Private Antitrust Litigation in the European Union and Japan – A Comparative Perspective (Maklu Publishers, 2013). A full list of publications can be found at


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Pablo Serrano, Simon Vande Walle, Szabolcs Lorincz The EU Commission clears an acquisition between two leading global manufacturers of threat detection equipment subject to remedies (Smiths / Morpho Detection)


SMITHS GROUP / MORPHO DETECTION : MAINTAINING SECURITY THROUGH INNOVATION * In a nutshell : Smiths’ acquisition of Morpho Detection brought together two leading suppliers of the equipment used to detect explosives and narcotics. This equipment is omnipresent at security checks in airports and (...)

Luca Manigrassi, Simon Vande Walle The EU Commission approves acquisition of a mobile network operator by a virtual mobile network operator, subject to fix-it-first remedies (Liberty Global / BASE)


LIBERTY GLOBAL / BASE : FIWING IT FIRST IN THE BELGIAN MOBILE MARKET* In a nutshell : Liberty Global/BASE entailed the acquisition of a mobile network operator by a mobile virtual network operator. The transaction prompted an in-depth investigation and was ultimately cleared with a (...)

Simon Vande Walle The Japanese High Court of Tokyo dismisses a predatory pricing lawsuit in the market for door-to-door delivery service (Yamato Unyu / Nippon Yūsei Kōsha / Yūbin Jigyō)


The views expressed in this case summary are those of the author, not those of any organisation. Yamato, Japan’s largest door-to-door delivery service, sought injunctive relief against the low prices of a competitor, Japan Post. In a judgment of 19 January 2006, the Tokyo District Court (...)

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Simon Vande Walle Clearance : The European Commission clears the acquisition of a maker of fitness trackers and smartwatches by a major online platform, subject to long-lasting behavioural remedies (Google / Fitbit)


Acquisitions by large digital platforms are all the rage. Competition authorities subject these deals to stricter scrutiny than before, but, in spite of this, Big Tech companies continue to expand their ecosystems by acquiring targets left and right. Google’s acquisition of Fitbit is (...)

Catherine Prieto, Laurence Idot, Martine Behar-Touchais, Florian Bien, David Bosco, Josep M. Carpi Badia, Etienne Chantrel, Marta Giner Asins, Didier Theophile, Simon Vande Walle, Jérôme Vidal Vers un réseau européen du contrôle des concentrations


Réputé pour avoir institué un système de coopération particulièrement efficace pour la mise en œuvre des articles 101 et 102 TFUE, le Réseau européen de concurrence (REC) n’a pas été étendu au contrôle des concentrations. Le besoin de coopération est pourtant également ressenti en ce domaine,. En témoignent (...)

Simon Vande Walle Non-collusive oligopoly gap : The General Court of the European Union annuls the decision of the European Commission’s prohibition of a four-to-three merger in the UK telecoms sector, in the first judgment to directly deal with the legal test for “gap cases” (CK Telecoms UK)


In May 2020, the General Court rendered its long-awaited judgment on the appeal against the Commission’s decision to prohibit Hutchison’s acquisition of O2, a deal that would have combined two of the UK’s four mobile network operators. The judgment is a resounding victory for the applicant, (...)

Simon Vande Walle Market concentration : The European Commission approves a merger leading to very high combined market shares in the chemicals sector with remedies (Synthomer / Omnova Solutions)


Synthomer and Omnova may not exactly be household names, but both companies are major producers of so-called specialty chemicals. These are products such as polymers, which are ubiquitous in our everyday life, as they are used as an ingredient in various finished products, including consumer (...)

Simon Vande Walle Sole control : The Belgian Competition Authority clears a vertical merger in the audiovisual sector, subject to conditions (Telenet Group BVBA / De Vijver Media NV)


On 13 May 2019, the Belgian competition authority cleared Telenet’s acquisition of De Vijver Media, subject to remedies. The acquisition gave Telenet – a Belgian cable operator – sole control over De Vijver Media, a broadcaster of TV channels. TV channels are an input for cable operators, who (...)

Simon Vande Walle Commitments : The European Commission approves a telecoms merger with commitments to address unilateral horizontal effects without dominance (so-called “gap” case) (Vodafone / Liberty Global)


Background The good old cable network. Originally rolled out to transmit TV channels to households in the 80s, it has become the pipe through which millions of Europeans access fast internet or “broadband”. Little wonder that cable networks are eagerly coveted by telecom companies and, when they (...)

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