Robbert Snelders focuses his practice on EU competition law.

He has extensive experience in EU and worldwide merger control proceedings, EU and international cartel and abuse of dominance investigations, litigation before national courts and the European Courts in Luxembourg, and arbitration proceedings.

Robbert joined the firm in New York in 1992 and became a partner in 2001.

Notable Experience

EU Cartel Investigations and Cartel Settlements

  • Counsel in numerous cartel investigations including the first-ever EU leniency application (lysine) and the first-ever EU cartel settlement decision (DRAMs), spanning a broad range of industries (e.g., the lysine, nucleotide, faucets, bitumen, wax, DRAM, optical disk drives, bearings and other automotive components, gasoline, natural gas, trucks, shipping and financial services sectors).

  • Citigroup in the EU investigations of alleged Yen Libor and Euribor rate manipulation and the EU investigation of CDS data licensing.

  • NSK in an EU cartel settlement concerning bearings.

  • ExxonMobil in securing a €20 million fine reduction before the EU General Court in connection with the paraffin wax cartel.

  • Sony in its pending appeal against a €30 million cartel fine in the ODD sector.

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Merger and Alliance Cases

  • ArcelorMittal/Ilva

  • Peugeot/GM (Opel)

  • Exxon/Mobil and ExxonMobil/XTO

  • Mittal/Arcelor

  • Sony/BMG and Sony/SonyEriccson

  • Philip Morris/Nabisco

  • Gazprom/Wintershall

  • Alitalia/Air France

  • GM/Fiat

  • Nokia/Siemens and Nokia/Trolltech

  • IBM/Cognos, IBM/Telelogic, IBM/Rational, IBM/Informix and IBM/PriceWaterhouseCoopers

  • Suntory/Beam

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Unilateral Conduct and Other Investigations

  • Google in an ongoing EU investigation covering virtually all aspects of Google’s business.

  • IBM in its successful defense against a series of high-profile antitrust complaints before the EU concerning mainframes and mid-range servers.

  • Sony BMG’s successful defense in the 2010 EU investigation of its online licensing arrangements with Apple’s iTunes platform.

  • Sony in an Article 101/102 investigation into Blu-ray and HD-DVD standard setting.

  • Walt Disney in EU investigations of MFN clauses with pay-TV broadcasters and virtual print fees for digital cinema.

  • Philips in connection with an EU investigation of an IP licensing program.

  • Dassault Systemes, ASML and other software, IT and telecom firms in various matters including EU investigations.

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SELECTED ACTIVITIES

  • Member, Scientific Council, College of Europe’s Global Competition Law Centre

Publications

  • “Belgium” by Robbert Snelders, Thomas Woolfson and Athina Van Melkebeke, The Dominance and Monopolies Review, Law Business Research, August 2017, p. 23-43 (Chapter 3)
  • Co-editor and co-author, Abuse of Dominance Under Article 102 TFEU (Claeys and Casteels)
  • Co-author, Antitrust Developments in Europe (annual; LexisNexis)

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