Jacques Derenne is Global Co-Practice Group Leader, Antitrust & Competition of Sheppard Mullin. He is a member of the Brussels and Paris Bars. 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 Chronopost litigation (on behalf of DHL, Fedex, UFEX) on the notion of cross-subsidies and the role of national courts in State aid issues and the landmark ALSTOM restructuring aid case. Jacques State aid experience spans more than two 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 LL.M in Competition and IP Law) and at the Brussels School of Competition (’The Law and Economics of State aid’ with an economist and an EU official). He also taught competition law at the Brussels Bar between 2002 and 2008. He is a founding member 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.

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