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  Charles Pommies



Charles Pommiès specialises in competition law. Given the importance of China for our clients, he relocated in 2014 to our Beijing office from our Brussels office. His practice has been covering a broad variety of matters, including assisting leading U.S., European and Asian companies in antitrust investigations (cartels and abuses of dominant position) and merger control reviews. Charles assists clients from a wide range of industries, including pharmaceuticals, consumer electronics, chemicals, transportation, automotive and financial institutions.

Charles has been involved in obtaining European Commission clearance in a number of precedent-setting and complex merger cases, including the unconditional Phase 2 clearance of the acquisition by Nynas of Shell’s Hamburg refinery (the first clearance on failing division grounds in the history of the EU Merger Regulation), the conditional Phase 2 clearance of Huntsman’s acquisition of the titanium dioxide business of Rockwood, the conditional Phase 1 clearance of Novartis’ acquisition of Alcon and the conditional Phase 1 clearance of Sanofi-Aventis’ acquisition of Zentiva.

Charles has also advised on a number of cartel and behavioural investigations. These include advising Samsung Electronics on the specific aspects connected with the EC investigation into standard-essential patents in mobile telephony standards (the winner of GCR’s 2015 award for Behavioural Matter of the Year – Europe), Samsung SDI on a cartel investigation by the European Commission in relation to cathode ray tubes, a Korean carrier in an investigation initiated by the European Commission in relation to container shipping, a European truck manufacturer on the European Commission's truck cartel investigation, and Novartis in one of the first pharmaceutical ‘pay-for-delay’ investigations by the European Commission.

Charles is admitted to the Bar in both France and Belgium. Charles has previously practised antitrust law in Washington D.C. and Paris.

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