Jacques Derenne is Head of EU Competition & Regulatory of Sheppard Mullin. He is a member of the Brussels and Paris Bars. He graduated from the University of Liège (Belgium, 1987) and from the College of Europe (Bruges, 1988). Since 1988, Jacques has advised on all aspects of competition law (mergers, cartels, abuses of dominance and State aid) and of EU law. He has experience in a variety of sectors, in particular regulated industries and services such as the postal sector, aviation, railways, energy, telecoms and tobacco products. He regularly appears in competition hearings before the European Commission, and pleads cases before the General Court and the Court of Justice of the European Union, national competition authorities, the Belgian and French courts and various regulatory bodies. With respect to State aid, Jacques Derenne has been involved in such ground-breaking cases as the SFEI/UFEX-Chronopost litigation (on behalf of SFEI, DHL, Fedex, UFEX) on the notion of cross-subsidies and the role of national courts in State aid issues, the landmark Alstom restructuring aid case, as well as the Micula and Tempus Energy cases. Before the EU courts, Jacques also represents or represented in complex EU litigation clients such as Air France-KLM and Air France, Alstom, Associazione Italiana Tecnico Economica del Cemento (AITEC), Brussels Airlines, EDF, FagorBrandt, the EU agency Fusion for Energy, International Express Carrier Conference (IECC- DHL, Fedex, TNT, UPS), Korean Air, Philip Morris International, Ullens de Schooten or the European Commission. Jacques State aid experience spans more than three decades, during which time he has acted for beneficiaries, competitors and Member States before the European Commission, EU and national courts. Jacques co-directed and co-authored seminal studies published by the European Commission on the private enforcement of State aid rules at national level (2006 and 2009). He also co-edited and authored several books and numerous articles and he regularly speaks at conferences on this matter. Jacques is a professor at the University of Liège (teaching State aid law in the LL.M on EU Law since 2006) and at the Brussels School of Competition (teaching ’The Law and Economics of State aid’ with two EU officials, an economist and a member of the Legal Service since 2009). He also taught competition law at the Brussels Bar between 2002 and 2008 and at the Lille Bar between 2015 and 2019. He is a founding member in 2004 of the Global Competition Law Centre (GCLC - College of Europe, Bruges) and is a member of its Scientific Council and its Executive Committee. He has widely published on EU constitutional, competition, in particular State aid, and regulatory issues. Since 2004, he has been writing with EU officials the Quarterly State Aid Chronicles in the Review Concurrences.

2021 Awards


Nominee, 2021 Antitrust Writing Awards: Academic, Procedure

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