Anthony Bochon

Anthony Bochon obtained a Master’s Degree in Law from the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB) (2010) and a Bachelor’s degree in History from the Université Saint-Louis (2010).

He then obtained a Master’s Degree in European and Economic Law (LL.M.) from the University of Cambridge (United Kingdom, 2011) and joined the Brussels Bar the same year.

He previously worked in the Brussels office of the international law firm Squire Patton Boggs. He joined EVEREST in 2018.

Activities

Anthony Bochon is a Belgian attorney registered at the Brussels Bar. His activities mainly focus on EU law (including internal market and regulatory issues), Belgian economic law and competition law (antitrust, merger control and State aid) in particular. He has represented companies both at EU and Belgian levels in antitrust investigations (dawn raids, settlement proceedings, leniency programmes), antitrust litigation (appeals, antitrust damages), merger control filings and also represented companies or governments in State aid procedures. Anthony has extensive court experience both before the Belgian and EU courts. He also advises companies and trade associations on various non-procedural competition law issues (vertical and horizontal agreements, pricing and marketing strategies, joint ventures) and assists them to build compliance programmes. 

Anthony Bochon has also been pursuing an academic career since 2011 at the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB), where he is a research fellow and associate lecturer for the courses on Economic Law and European Union law, covering both EU and Belgian competition law. He is also a visiting professor in Business Law at the Brussels Business Institute. He is the editorial secretary of the European Journal of Consumer Law. He authored several articles on competition law.

His expertise in new and disruptive technologies has made him one of the most recognized experts in nanotechnology law in the world. Author of many conferences and publications on this topic, including the reference book Nanotechnology Law & Guidelines (Springer, 2019), he has been in charge of the legal expertise within the framework of the Horizon 2020 project “EC4SafeNano” funded by the European Commission since 2016.

He is perfectly fluent in French, Dutch and English.

Languages

  • Dutch
  • French
  • English

Main competences

Everest Law Firm:

Everest is a law firm specialised in legal services for businesses and corporations. Everest is comprised of a team of lawyers, each highly specialised in those fields of law with which companies are faced on a daily basis. Our legal services focus on the things that truly matter to you: quality, economy, expertise – and a regional and an international focus in which your business takes centre stage. Our lawyers have practised for years in renowned law firms, where they have built up their reputations, counselling large corporations as well as small and medium-sized enterprises. In addition, several of our lawyers lecture at university. Everest has offices in Brussels, Ghent and Bruges.

Philippe De Baere

Philippe De Baere focuses on EU and WTO trade law as well as EU customs law and export controls.

EU and International Trade
Philippe specialises in trade defence instruments and has been involved in most major EU anti-dumping, anti-circumvention and anti-subsidy proceedings since 1990. He represents clients before the European Commission, the EU General Court, the EU Court of Justice, WTO Panels and the WTO Appellate Body. Notable cases include MTZ Polyfilms v Council and Far Eastern Textile, Ltd. v Council, a case which addressed the use of zeroing methodologies in anti-dumping investigations.

WTO
Philippe assists WTO Members in various WTO dispute settlement proceedings. Notable cases include: EC – Importation, Distribution and Sale of Bananas; EC – Pipe Fittings; India – Anti-Dumping Measures on Certain Products from Chinese Taipei; US – Continued Existence and Application of Zeroing Methodology; Dominican Republic-Safeguard Measures on Imports of Polypropylene Bags and Tubular Fabric; China – Definitive Anti-Dumping Duties on X-Ray Security Inspection Equipment from the EU; Russian Federation — Recycling Fee on Motor Vehicles and Ukraine – Definitive Safeguard measures on certain passenger cars. Most notably, in the EC – Definitive Anti-Dumping Measures on Certain Iron or Steel Fasteners from China dispute, the WTO ruled that the EU’s Basic Anti-Dumping Regulation, as such, was incompatible with the EU’s WTO obligations. Philippe has regularly assisted governments during their WTO accession negotiations as well as during the Uruguay Round and Doha Round negotiations.

Customs and Export Controls
Philippe represents several large manufacturers of high technology products in disputes concerning customs classification, valuation and origin. Notable cases include Canon Europa v Commission, Kyocera Mita Europe v Commission and Sony Computer Entertainment Europe v Commission, a case in which the EU General Court took the unprecedented step of annulling a customs classification regulation in a direct action by the company concerned. In WTO disputes related to customs issues, Philippe successfully assisted Japan and Chinese Taipei in the EC – Tariff Treatment of Certain Information Technology Products dispute. He also advised the US in EC – Selected Customs Issues.

Making sense of EU trade relations after Brexit:

Van Bael & Bellis is uniquely placed to assist companies and third country governments in understanding and navigating the regulatory complexities resulting from the UK’s decision to leave the EU.

Our lawyers are frequently consulted by governments and multinational companies on how to address the complexities resulting from Brexit.

As the leading trade and customs law specialists in Brussels, Van Bael & Bellis assists clients in dealing with the disruption of supply chains as a result of the reintroduction of tariffs and customs borders between the UK and the EU27, and advises on the steps that can be taken to mitigate the impact.

Likewise, the firm provides guidance on how free trade agreements (“FTAs”) can be used to maintain free access to the EU and UK markets for both goods and services.

Annick Vroninks

Annick is a partner in the Competition and EU law department in Brussels. 

She has a broad experience in all areas of competition law.

Annick acted in a number of high-profile cartel and abuse cases before the Competition Authorities in Belgium and the EU and built up a particular expertise in defending dominant companies in different industries.

Annick also represents clients before the Belgian and European Courts in contentious competition law related cases.

In addition, she advises a wide variety of mainly industrial clients on EU and Belgian merger control matters and has inter alia been involved in a large number of energy related mergers (including second phase).

Annick handled competition law cases and advised on compliance with competition law in a broad range of industry sectors such as energy, consumer goods, retail, waste, cement, packaging, etc.

Annick is a Belgian advocaat/avocat and a member of the Brussels Bar. She is fluent in Dutch, French and English.

Annick is ranked by Chambers and Legal 500. Recent client quotes include:

“She has a combination of legal understanding and a willingness to go a step further in terms of understanding the economic and business issues and how business functions”. CHAMBERS – BELGIUM – COMPETITION – 2018.

“Her personal involvement in the matters, her efficiency and her very practical approach”. CHAMBERS – BELGIUM – COMPETITION – 2017.

Pascal Vanderveeren

Pascal Vanderveeren is a Belgian lawyer. He was the president of the International Criminal Bar (the bar association of the International Criminal Court) during 2007-2010. He was president of the bar in Belgium during 1998-2000. He also founded his own law firm, Vanderveeren & Associes, in Brussels, which specializes in business crime.

Vanderveeren received his Dr. Jur. from Université catholique de Louvain in 1968, and Lic. Econ. Law from Université Libre de Bruxelles in 1969. He is married to Ana da Silveira.

Spyros A. Pappas

Prior to founding the firm, Spyros A. Pappas held various senior positions in Greece, the Netherlands and the European Union. Having been called to the Athens Bar in 1976, he was a member of the Supreme Administrative Court (Conseil d’Etat) by 1978, Maître des Requêtes in 1983. In 1985 he took over as Secretary General of the National Centre of Public Administration and set it up. In 1988 he became an Associate Professor (Professor after 1992) of European Law at the European Institute for Public Administration (Maastricht), which he was Director-General of, between 1990-1995.

From 1995 to 2001 he held the positions of Director General in the European Commission, in charge of of Consumer Policy (DG XXIV) setting up the relevant directorate general that flourished for over 15 years as SANCO, Director-general of Information, Communication, Culture and Audiovisual Policy (DG X), and, finally, Director General of the directorate-general of Education and Culture (EDUC) that he proposed and set up. He returned to private practise in 2001, and is currently a member of both the Athens and Brussels Bar Associations.

Associations:

– Member of the Athens and Brussels Bars;
– Chairman of SRDA, The Center of Social Responsibility in the Digital Age (www.srda.eu);
– Chairman of Argo: Argo-Brussels Hellenic Network (http://argo-network.eu/el).

Languages:

– Greek (mother tongue)
– English (fluent)
– French (fluent)
– German (independent user)

Academic Qualifications:

– Degree in Law (University of Athens – Faculty of Law);
– Degree in Political Sciences (University of Athens – Faculty of Political Sciences);
– Post-Graduate Diploma in Administrative Law (Panteios School of Economic and Political Sciences, Athens);
– Certificate in the French Civilization (University of Sorbonne, Paris);
– Post-Graduate Degree (D.E.A) in Public Administration and in Public Law (University of Paris I, Panthéon-Sorbonne);
– Certificate in Community Law (Directorate for European Affairs of the Ministry for Coordination, Athens);
– Diploma in Advance Management Programme (INSEAD, Fontainebleau);
– Certificate in the USA Governmental System, The Brookings Institution, Washington, DC).

Articles & Books:

Numerous articles in the field of administrative and constitutional law, European law, competition policy, audiovisual policy, consumer policy, culture and sport, environment, European integration, administrative science and policy analysis published in scientific reviews, books or newspapers in the most of the European Countries and in the US; the more recent ones are dealing with “The New European Governance”, “The Euro-Digital Democracy”, “After Nice: more intergovernmental or more federal?”, “The cultural dimension of Euro”, “The paradoxes of the European Community”, “A new era of competition policy under the guidance of the Court of First Instance”, “The alteration of the right of initiative of the European Commission”, “The competence of making regulatory decisions of the European Commission”, “Morale and change in the Union” etc.. Among the books: “Current trends and developments in the case-law of the Court of Justice of the European Communities” EIPA, vol. I, 1993, vol. II 1995; “National Procedures for the preparation and implementation of Community decisions”, EIPA, 1994; “EC Competition Law: Financial aspects”, UK Association of European Law and EIPA, 1994, coed. with Lord Slyn; “The changing roles of Parliaments in the European Union, EIPA, 1995, co-ed. with Prof. F. Laursen; “The European Union’s Common Foreign and Security Policy: the challenges of the future”, EIPA, 1996, co-ed. with S. Vanhoonacker.

Other Achievements:

First Prize of the Foundation for Administrative Law ‘Michel Stassinopoulos’ (1976); Scholar of the Council of Europe (1977); Officer in the Order of Merit of the Grand Duke of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg for the diffusion of Community law in the Member States and the creation of the European Centre of Judges and Lawyers in 1992 (1994); “Medal of Honor” from the European Institut (Lodz) for the contribution to Poland’s integration process into the EU (1998); Honorary Fellow of the European College of Sport Science of the Universities of Cologne and Jyväskylä (2000); Honorary Member of the Association of European Journalists (The Hague)(2000).

Koen V. Vanhaerents

Koen Vanhaerents joined Baker & McKenzie in 1987 and was admitted to the Brussels’ bar in the same year. He was made partner in 1994. Koen Vanhaerents has an extensive Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity, Securities and Corporate Finance practice. Koen Vanhaerents is a member of the Firm’s Global Executive Committee and chairs the Firm’s Regional Council. He leads the Corporate Finance Practice Group in Belgium and is a member of the steering committees of the European Venture Capital Group and the Global Securities Practice Group. Mr. Vanhaerents chaired Baker & McKenzie’s Policy Committee (2005-2008) and has also served as managing partner of the Belgium offices (2000-2009).

Koen Vanhaerents advises Belgian and foreign clients on a wide range of corporate finance operations (both public and private) and complex corporate law issues. As head of the Belgian corporate finance practice group, he is closely involved in numerous operations and take-overs on the Belgian capital markets, private equity transactions and mergers and acquisitions. In the context of the financial crisis, he has been involved in a number of rescue operations for Belgian financial institutions since 2008

Corporate Finance Practice:

Our Corporate Practice Group is one of the largest and leading legal corporate finance teams in Belgium. We help clients with day-to-day corporate governance and corporate maintenance as well as complex corporate finance issues such as mergers, acquisitions, capital markets transactions, private equity and venture capital investments, and buyouts.

With our broad experience and global network, we represent clients in large-scale mergers and acquisitions and private equity transactions, both in Belgium and abroad. We also have a leading capital markets expertise and have advised issuers, underwriters and investors in numerous capital market transactions such as IPOs, secondary offerings and public takeover bids in and outside Belgium

Baker & McKenzie:

Baker & McKenzie defined the global law firm in the 20th century, and we are redefining it to meet the challenges of the global economy in the 21st .

We bring to matters the instinctively global perspective and deep market knowledge and insights of more than 11,000 people in 77 offices worldwide. We have a distinctive global way of thinking, working and behaving – “fluency” – across borders, issues and practices.

We understand the challenges of the global economy because we have been at the forefront of its evolution. Since 1949, we have advised leading corporations on the issues of today’s integrated world market. We have cultivated the culture, commercial pragmatism and technical and interpersonal skills required to deliver world-class service tailored to the preferences of world-class clients worldwide.

Ours is a passionately collaborative community of 60 nationalities. We have the deep roots and knowledge of the language and culture of business required to address the nuances of local markets worldwide. And our culture of friendship and broad scope of practice enable us to navigate complexity across issues, practices and borders with ease.