John Wileur guides companies through complex EU antitrust proceedings and merger control matters.
Drawing on his experience in high-profile European competition matters, Mr. Wileur delivers creative and pragmatic solutions to clients. He represents multinational and European companies involved in a range of industries, from technology and live events to pharmaceuticals, transportation, and energy.
Mr. Wileur brings particular experience navigating prominent merger control and abuse of dominance matters. His work includes some of the largest and most complicated matters at the EU and national levels, including proceedings brought before the EU Courts in Luxembourg. Mr. Wileur also counsels clients on complex competition issues involving cartel investigations, distribution agreements, and State aid.
Mr. Wileur regularly speaks and writes on EU law topics, including as a lecturer at the University of Liège law school in Belgium. He has written on abuse of dominance and other competition law topics in a number of leading legal publications.
Mr. Wileur maintains an active pro bono practice. His work includes advising nonprofit organizations on EU and Belgian law issues. He is also a member of the firm’s Pro Bono and Recruiting Committees.
Mr. Wileur’s experience includes advising:
- Microsoft in obtaining merger clearances for its acquisitions of GitHub, Nokia*, and Skype*
- Live Nation in achieving merger clearances for several acquisitions involving promotion, festival, venue, and ticketing businesses
- Siemens in securing merger clearances for its acquisition of Dresser-Rand
- Worldline in obtaining merger clearances for its acquisition of Ingenico
- Ticketmaster in antitrust investigations
- Eli Lilly (Elanco) in gaining merger clearance for its acquisition of Novartis’ animal health business
- Dana in securing merger clearance for its acquisition of the drive systems business of Oerlikon
- Neptune Orient Lines (NOL) in securing merger clearance for its acquisition by CMA CGM
- Major airlines in appeals of European Commission decisions before the EU General Court
- A tour operator in an antitrust investigation by the Belgian competition authority
- A battery supplier in cartel investigations by the Belgian and Dutch competition authorities
- Slovak Telekom in an abuse of dominance investigation by the European Commission*
- Czech electricity generator ČEZ in an abuse of dominance investigation by the European Commission*
- Microsoft in its complaint against Motorola Mobility concerning abuse of standards-essential patents*
- Microsoft in its complaint against Google regarding abusive practices in online search markets*
*Matter handled prior to joining Latham