Louis, Frédéric

Partner

frederic.louis@wilmerhale.com

Bastion Tower, Place du Champ de Mars / Marsveldplein 5 , BE 1050 Brussels , Belgium
+32 2 285 49 53 (t) +32 2 285 49 49 (f)

Frédéric Louis focuses on all aspects of EU competition law, in particular, behavioral investigations (cartels and abuse of dominance), merger clearances and State Aid. In addition, he has extensive litigation experience, having represented clients in more than 35 proceedings before the European courts in Luxembourg. Mr. Louis also advises on other aspects of EU regulatory law, including product regulations and data protection. He has been centrally involved in pioneering transparency litigation, having won a series of cases mandating freedom of access to information held by the EU institutions. He also litigates and represents clients before Dutch, French and Belgian courts (including antitrust damages claims) and competition authorities.

Practice

Mr. Louis's competition practice includes cartel, parallel imports and abuse of dominance investigations (including internal investigations and leniency applications); complaints and litigation; merger clearance; State Aid investigations; and complaints and counseling. He advises clients across a wide variety of industry sectors, from basic industries (construction materials, chemicals) to consumer goods, including service industries (telecommunications, banking, media and sports). 

Mr. Louis's litigation experience before the EU courts ranges over various aspects (including freedom of commerce and constitutional issues) with a focus on competition litigation. Mr. Louis has argued cases before the Grand Chamber of both the General Court and the Court of Justice of the EU.

Mr. Louis is antitrust and regulatory counsel to a dozen of European and worldwide industry associations. He has advised and litigated on behalf of clients on numerous EU regulatory issues, including advertising, banking, communications, cybersecurity, data protection, energy, environment, health & safety, product liability, public procurement, freedom of commerce and provision of transborder services. He advises clients across a wide variety of industry sectors, from basic industries (construction materials, chemicals) to consumer goods, including service industries (electronic communications, banking, media and sports). He has represented the EU Commission and is advisor to the European Central Bank. Mr. Louis has advised Japanese and multinational companies on data protection law and general compliance issues, including jurisdiction and territorial scope, information notices, anonymization and pseudonymisation, cross border flows of personal data, foreign law enforcement requests in the context of cartel investigations issues, and online marketing.