Damien Geradin, Director of the Global Competition Law Centre

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The Global Competition Law Centre (GCLC) started on 1 January 2004. Over the past three years the GCLC has grown rapidly in terms of its research, events, sponsors and participants.

Brussels Legal spoke with Professor Damien Geradin, Director of the GCLC, about why the GCLC was started, how it has developed and its future plans.

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Peter Citron, Head of Practice Development and Knowhow at Hogan Lovells

Peter Citron, Head of Practice Development and Knowhow at Hogan Lovells Image

Peter Citron, a Brussels-based UK-qualified competition lawyer, has worked for a number of years in private practice and in-house. Mr. Citron returned to private practice over a year ago to take up a newly created position as the now HoganLovells' Competition and EU Head of Practice Development and Knowhow.

Brussels Legal spoke with Mr. Citron about his professional experience in private practice and in-house and the challenges and opportunities of his new role.

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Mario Todino, Resident Brussels Office Partner, Gianni Origoni Grippo

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In mid-December 2006 Gianni Origoni Grippo & Partners announced the opening of the firm's Brussels office from 1 January 2007.

Brussels Legal spoke with Mario Todino, resident Brussels office partner, about the firm's arrival in Brussels.

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Götz Drauz, Partner at Howrey LLP in Brussels

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After 25 years working at the European Commission, Götz Drauz left in May 2006 to become a partner in private practice.

Prior to his departure, Mr. Drauz was one of the Commission's top antitrust officials and the regulator's most senior merger official.

Brussels Legal spoke with Mr. Drauz about his reasons for entering private practice, the professional adjustment his new role requires and his reflections on some past and present antitrust matters.

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Herman Sobrie, Legal Manager of EURid

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In December 2005 Herman Sobrie, a Belgian-qualified lawyer, became Legal Manager (equivalent to General Counsel) at EURid, the Brussels-headquartered organisation responsible for the launch and management of the new .eu internet domain name.

After working for 30 years in private practice and in-house, this switch meant moving to a different type of organisation.

Brussels Legal spoke to Mr. Sobrie about his function within EURid, the legal issues that have arisen during EURid's "start-up" phase and about moving from a multinational to a not-for-profit organisation.

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Andrea De Matteis, Partner of Labruna Mazziotti Segni

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Would you stop practising in Brussels, return to your home jurisdiction and start a new department from scratch?

After 10 years spent working for 2 international law offices in Brussels and twice at DG Competition, Italian antitrust lawyer Andrea De Matteis returned to Italy to become Head of the Competition practice of Labruna Mazziotti Segni. 

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William Baer and Marleen Van Kerckhove, Partners of Arnold & Porter in Brussels

Arnold & Porter's Brussels office was established in August 2003 and has steadily grown since then.

Brussels Legal spoke with William Baer, Head of the firm's antitrust practice, and Marleen Van Kerckhove, Head of the European antitrust practice and of its Brussels office, about the office's creation and development.

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Trevor Soames, Managing Partner of Howrey LLP in Brussels

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In the past, Howrey's Brussels office has recruited a number of high-profile competition and IP lawyers from the European Commission and private practice.  This was the office's most significant expansion since opening in September 2002. 

Brussels Legal spoke with Howrey's Brussels Managing partner, Trevor Soames.  We discussed the past and future development of the office and the challenges of managing this growing, vibrant practice. 

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Indra Van Gisbergen, Globalization of Justice Project Officer at Avocats Sans Frontières

Brussels-based Avocats Sans Frontières (ASF) is dedicated to supporting the rights and legal systems of peoples in many troubled parts of the world.

Brussels Legal spoke with ASF's Indra Van Gisbergen about the organisation and how international lawyers in Brussels can help with its current projects.

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Michael Rosenthal and John ('Jack') Martin, Partners at Hunton & Williams

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In March 2006 Hunton & Williams announced the creation of its Brussels-based European competition law practice.

Brussels Legal spoke with the two recently-appointed partners developing this practice in Brussels, Michael Rosenthal and John ('Jack') Martin.

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June O'Keeffe, Head of EU & WTO Affairs of the Law Societies' Joint Brussels Office

For UK lawyers in Brussels, the Law Societies' Joint Brussels Office is a useful organisation dealing with a range of professional activities.

Brussels Legal asked June O'Keeffe, Head of EU & WTO Affairs, about the organisation.

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#Title: Mastering English Writing - Top 10 Tips: Tip 6

Marisa Kakoulas continues her Top 10 Tips list with:

Tip 6: Transition Between Paragraphs.

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Frank Wijckmans and Filip Tuytschaever, Partners of contrast

contrast, a Brussels-based law firm specialising in European and business law opened on 1 January 2006.

Two of the firm's partners, Frank Wijckmans and Filip Tuytschaever, spoke with Brussels Legal about the launch of their firm.

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Vassiliki Avgoustidi, Founding President of the Organisation of Women in International Trade

Vassiliki Avgoustidi, Founding President of the Organisation of Women in International Trade Image

The Brussels chapter of the Organisation of Women in International Trade (BWIT) was founded in 2005.

But do not be misled by its name! In fact BWIT is open to both men and women.

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