Partner, Van Bael & Bellis
Andrzej Kmiecik focuses on competition law, with particular expertise in merger control, cartels, dominance, distribution, pricing, intellectual property and state aid. He represents clients before the European Commission, the EU Courts and in national competition law proceedings. Andrzej’s practice covers a wide range of industries, including the automotive sector, pharmaceuticals, paper and board products, office equipment, consumer electronics, aerospace, shipping, petrochemicals, clothing and footwear, and financial infrastructure.
Some of the high-profile EU merger control cases he has handled include: Boeing/McDonnell Douglas; Enso/Stora; Boeing/Hughes; Caemi/Mitsui/CVRD; Boeing/Lockheed/ULA; SABIC/Huntsman; SABIC/GE Plastics; DFDS/CRO Ports/Älvsborg; and Canon/IRIS (article 22 referral). His experience in EU cartel investigations includes acting as defence counsel in: Newsprint; Amino Acids (also on appeal); Carbonless Paper (also on appeal); Publication Papers; Fine Papers; and Car Parts.
Andrzej has also successfully defended clients against complaints of exclusionary conduct before the European Commission, including Canon (ink jet consumables) and Honda (racing engine technology).
His experience extends to acting as counsel in major EU antitrust investigations involving the life sciences sector, including: Becton Dickinson/Novo Nordisk (diabetes care); Lederle/SKB (vaccines) and Chiron/DRK (blood screening). He was actively involved in the Commission’s pharmaceutical sector inquiry. He has also developed a niche practice in the field of motor vehicle distribution. He counsels and defends a number of manufacturers, combining extensive experience with in-depth industry knowledge. He regularly lectures and writes on competition law matters.