Koen Platteau

Partner – Country Head - Belgium

Brussels

T +32 2 542 09 63
M +32 495 57 28 03
koen.platteau@simmons-simmons.com

General Experience

Koen advises clients on EU and Belgian competition law matters and has significant experience in merger control, cartel cases and abuse of dominance cases, compliance programmes, competition litigation/arbitration and State aid matters. He also advises more broadly on EU law matters such as free movement and various regulatory issues. His broad ranging practice spans the energy, life sciences and TMT sectors.

He has over 20 years’ experience in Brussels advising and representing clients before EU institutions, the Belgian Competition Authority, the EU Courts in Luxembourg and national courts.

Koen has published the European Union law section in Global Legal Insights to: Merger Control 5th Edition, read the chapter here.

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Recent Work
  • advising a client on a potential M&A operation in an oligopolistic market
  • handling an investigation by the Belgian Competition Authority into an alleged “hub and spoke” cartel in the fast moving consumer goods sector
  • assisting an R&D consortium in a European Commission State aid investigation
  • advising the authorities of a Member State on proposed subsidies to infrastructure projects in the transport sector
  • assisting the European Commission in Cases T-196/09, T-196/09R and T-350/09 before the General Court in Luxembourg (annulment procedures relating to a decision to select operators of pan-European systems providing mobile satellite services)
  • preparing a complaint to the European Commission on abuse of IP rights in technology markets (standard essential patents and FRAND licensing obligations)
  • assisting an R&D consortium in a European Commission State aid investigation
  • advising and representing the authorities of a Member State in the notification to the European Commission of proposed subsidies to an infrastructure project in the transport sector.
Background

Koen has been a member of the Brussels Bar since October 1988.

He regularly speaks at conferences on various competition issues and provides teaching in Belgium and The Netherlands.

Koen works in Dutch, English and French.

Koen is ranked individually for competition in Belgium in Chambers and Partners European guide, as well as within Best Lawyers in Belgium for competition/antitrust law.