Bernard Amory

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Bernard Amory has practised law in Brussels since 1984. While working as an official in the Directorate General IV (Competition) of the European Commission, he was in charge of the application of the competition rules in the telecommunications sector and played a key role in the liberalisation of the European telecommunications market. He has extensive experience as a Commission official and as a private practitioner in dealing with joint ventures, strategic alliances, and mergers and acquisitions (on behalf of both notifying parties and third parties), as well as abuses of dominant position, cartel investigations, and state aid matters before the Commission and the European courts. The leading cases in which he has been recently or is currently involved include: MCI WorldCom/Sprint, Telia/Telenor, BT/AT&T, the Irish risk equalisation scheme case for BUPA, the roaming inquiry, the vitamins cartel for Aventis, the credit card investigation for MasterCard, the Microsoft inquiry on behalf of AOL Time Warner, the Sony/BMG proposed merger on behalf of Apple Computer, the O2/T-Mobile infrastructure and national roaming agreement exemption on behalf of O2, and the paper and forestry product investigation on behalf of UPM-K. He obtained one of the last Article 81(3) exemptions from the Commission for mm02 plc and 02 Germany in relation to their infrastructure sharing and national roaming agreement with T-Mobile in Germany and the U.K. He also represents fixed and mobile operators in a wide variety of regulatory matters and has assisted governments across the world in relation to telecommunications legislation. In 2006, Bernard was named lawyer of the year for regulatory communications by Who’s Who Legal. He also has been selected as one of the world’s top 20 lawyers by the Commercial Lawyer 2000 and is described by Chambers Global - The World’s Leading Lawyers as one of ’Europe’s finest telecoms lawyers.’ Bernard has served as a member of the Council of the Business Law Section of the International Bar Association.

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