Vladimir Novak’s practice focuses on EU, U.S., and international competition law/antitrust, including complex merger control proceedings, cartel investigations, abuse of dominance cases, antitrust counseling, and litigation before EU Courts, as well as a wide range of issues under EU law and sports-related matters.

His experience covers a range of industries, including steel, metals, energy, agrochemicals, pharmaceuticals, payment card systems, IT, finance, consumer goods, and sports. Since 2015, he regularly co-authors an annual publication on developments in EU merger remedies.

Vladimir is also a member of the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne and is listed at the Vienna International Arbitral Centre.

Vladimir joined the firm in 2012 and was resident in the Washington, D.C. office in 2015 and 2016.

Notable Experience

  • Airbus in the establishment of a joint venture with Safran.

  • ArcelorMittal in its bid for the steelmaking group Ilva.

  • Company in cartel investigation in Europe.

  • The Dow Chemical Company in its $130 billion merger of equals with DuPont.

  • Gazprom in its $2 billion complex asset swap with Wintershall, involving an exchange of interests in Russian gas fields for European gas production, distribution and storage assets.

  • Marine Harvest in an appeal before the EU Court of Justice and EU General Court against the EU Commission’s €20 million fine for an alleged breach of the notification and standstill obligations in the EU Merger Regulation in respect of its acquisition of Morpol.

  • Several clients in non-public antitrust investigations.

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Selected Activities

  • Member (Arbitrator) at the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne, Switzerland 

Publications

  • Recent Developments in EU Merger Remedies,” Journal of European Competition Law and Practice, May 2018.
  • “Developments in EU Merger Remedies,” Journal of European Competition Law and Practice, 2017.
  • “Developments in EU Merger Remedies,” Journal of European Competition Law and Practice, 2016.
  • “Developments in EU Merger Remedies,” Journal of European Competition Law and Practice, 2015.