Duvernoy, Christian

Partner
Partner-in-Charge, Brussels Office

christian.duvernoy@wilmerhale.com

Bastion Tower, Place du Champ de Mars / Marsveldplein 5 , BE 1050 Brussels , Belgium
+32 2 285 49 06 (t) +32 2 285 49 49 (f)

Christian Duvernoy has been based in the firm's Brussels office since 1990, where he serves as partner-in-charge. His practice focuses on the application of EU competition law and regulation in a diverse range of sectors, including IT/IP, financial services and other network and manufacturing industries. Mr. Duvernoy represents clients before the European Commission in antitrust proceedings targeting dominant firms, often involving IP-related issues, as well as in cartel enforcement proceedings. He also advises more generally on EU market access issues, including product standards and industry-specific regulatory requirements.

Practice

Mr. Duvernoy has been involved both in clearance and in opposition proceedings concerning a number of significant communications and information technology mergers (Oracle/PeopleSoft; Telia/Sonera; PPC/Wind; MCI/WorldCom and WorldCom/Sprint; and Vodafone AirTouch/Mannesmann). He also advises more broadly on competition law issues, in particular issues faced by dominant firms. Mr. Duvernoy has represented an Internet domain name registrar in an Article 102 TFEU investigation, a leading broadcaster in Greece in competition proceedings concerning the pay-TV sector, and a new entrant in the Finnish mobile telephony sector in network access proceedings.

The market access practice often raises complex regulatory and legislative issues concerning EU health, safety and product standards. It includes advising clients on the regulatory aspects of e-commerce services, such as EU data protection requirements, online selling and marketing rules and consumer protection issues. In EU legislative proceedings, Mr. Duvernoy works with clients to establish a persuasive evidence-based record in support of their positions.