Laurent Geelhand, Partner at Hausfeld in London and the Managing Partner of Hausfeld in Brussels, is one of the pioneers of antitrust private enforcement in Europe. Prior to Hausfeld, Laurent was the European General Counsel of Michelin, where he turned Michelin’s European legal department into a profit centre by systematically pursuing actions against suppliers and securing multi-million euros settlements arising from the rubber chemicals, synthetic rubber and paraffin wax cartels using innovative litigation techniques and funding schemes. While at Michelin, he also devised a highly regarded and successful antitrust compliance programme using innovative communication techniques.
For years, Laurent has been at the forefront of private enforcement in Europe having been involved in many landmark antitrust cases. Laurent has represented Michelin in the Michelin II abuse of dominance case, Boeing before the European Commission in the Boeing/McDonnell Douglas merger control case and Klaus Jacobs in the Belgian Barry/Callebaut merger control case, as well as Coca-Cola Enterprises in abuse of dominance litigation.
Laurent is also widely recognized as an authority in European antitrust law and cross-border litigation, listed among the stars of the in-house antitrust bar by Global Competition Review and, in December 2014, listed among the Top 35 Corporate Competition Counsel by the same review. Laurent is a regular speaker at leading conferences worldwide such as the ABA and French Supreme Court and frequently interviewed by the Financial Times and Business Week.
University of Washington 1989 – 1990
Master of Laws (LLM)
Université libre de Bruxelles 1987 – 1989
Bachelor of Laws (LLB), Law and economics, Magna cum laude and top 10%
Université libre de Bruxelles 1986 – 1987
Criminal Law, Magna cum laude and top 10%
Université libre de Bruxelles 1983 – 1986
Bachelor of Laws (LLB), Cum laude and top 10%
Affiliations & Memberships
Lectures on European antitrust law at the University of Montpellier
News & Press
BFM Business TV, 18 September 2018: Les "cartels des camions", un dossier sans précédent pour le droit de la concurrence en Europe
Les Echos, 10 September 2018: Déjà puni par Bruxelles, le « cartel des camions » fait face à ses clients
Various interviews in Global Competition Review
« L’indemnisation du préjudice causé par une pratique anticoncurrentielle : nouvel eldorado des praticiens du droit de la concurrence et des victimes de pratiques anticoncurrentielles? » in A quoi sert la concurrence?, Institut de droit de la concurrence, October 2014
Various publications, notably on the reform of Article 102 of the EC Treaty, and on antitrust compliance programmes; co-author with Michael D. Hausfeld of “The rise of public cartel enforcement and the seeds of potential decline” in St.Gallen ICF Conference Book, 2010.
Presentations & Speeches
Authorité de la Concurrence, 2 October 2018 La Procédure de Transaction
CDR Competition LItigation Symposium, 22 February 2018 Current developments on the implementation of the EU Damages Directive
GCR 10th Annual Competition Litigation Conference 4 October 2018
International Corporate Counsel College in Amsterdam on 09-10 November 2017
Knect Competition Law in the Automotive Sector in Brussels on 13 June 2017
Knect UK Competition Law 2017 Conference in London on 28 February 2017
Private Enforcement of Competition Law in Brussels on 27 February 2017