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Laurent Geelhand

Managing Partner (Brussels, Paris) and Partner (London)

Laurent Geelhand

Laurent is widely recognized as an authority in European antitrust law and cross-border litigation and has been listed among ‘the stars of the in-house antitrust bar’ by Global Competition Review.

Expertise 

Prior to Hausfeld, Laurent was the European General Counsel of Michelin, where he systematically pursued actions against suppliers and secured 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 program.

Clients

At Hausfeld, Laurent leads the strongest antitrust automotive practice in Europe having achieved many settlements and recovered millions of euros on their behalf. In addition, he represents some of the best known corporates and professional associations of Belgium, France and the Netherlands. 

Practice Areas

Competition Disputes

Regarded as one of the pioneers of antitrust private enforcement in Europe, Laurent has been at the forefront of many landmark antitrust cases.

Most recently, he has been building claims in the Dutch courts for European truck purchasers allegedly harmed by the Trucks cartel - representing over 2,100 clients across Europe with a truck count of some 275,000 - and represented PSA Group as well as BMW in the automotive bearings.

He represented Michelin in the Michelin II abuse of dominance case. At Hausfeld, he represented claimants in the following cartels or abuse of dominance cases:

     Rubber Chemicals  Synthetic Rubber
     Paraffin Wax  Air Cargo
     Car Glass Bearings
     Wire Harnesses Detergents
     Occupant Safety Systems Yoghurts (France)
     Elevators RoRo/Maritime Carriers
     Pre-stressing Steel Starters & Altenators
     Google  


Previously, he:

  • represented Boeing before the European Commission in the Boeing/McDonnell Douglas merger control case, and Klaus Jacobs in the Belgian Barry/Callebaut merger control case
  • was part of the team working on Coca-Cola Enterprises in abuse of dominance litigation. 

What Others Say

Legal Business Awards 2019

Hausfeld was nominated as 'Competition Team of the Year' for its work with Peugeot (PSA Group) against two European and four Japanese manufacturers found guilty of price fixing in 2014, which was a claim led by Laurent.

Financial Times Innovative Lawyers Awards 2018

Hausfeld won the 'Innovation in Legal Expertise - Dispute resolution' award at the Financial Times Innovative Lawyer Awards 2018 for the way it applied innovative thinking enabling Dutch truck owners bring a mass claim in the Trucks cartel. Laurent was personally commended for his role in this case, working closely with the leading truck trade association TLN in the Netherlands.

The Lawyer Top 20 Litigation 2018

Hausfeld represented PSA Group in their claim against the manufacturers of the Bearings cartel. The case, which settled before trial, was listed as of one of The Lawyer’s Top 20 Cases of 2018. 

Legal 500

‘Expert-level expertise’ – Competition Litigation, 2020

Laurent Geelhand … highly commended for their work across the ‘impressive portfolio of automotive clients.’ - Competition Litigation, 2018

Who’s Who Legal

Laurent was mentioned as a leading name in European anti-trust and is ‘highly regarded for his experience acting for plantiffs’ in significant private enforcement cases.’ He was listed for his ‘exceptional performance’ in the ‘Who’s Who Legal 2018 Plantiffs’ chapter’ where the European offices were called “stand out….leading firm in the European market.” - Competition Litigation, 2018

Global Competition Review

Laurent is widely recognized as an authority in European antitrust law and cross-border litigation, listed among the stars of the in-house antitrust bar, in December 2014, listed among the Top 35 Corporate Competition Counsel by the same review. “…Using innovative litigation techniques and funding schemes, Laurent secured multimillion-euro settlements for the tyre maker arising from the rubber chemicals, synthetic rubber and paraffin wax cartels....” – GCR, 2018

Listed among the stars of the in-house antitrust bar
Listed among the Top 35 Corporate Competition Counsel. – Competition Litigation, GCR, 2014

Education

Master of Laws (LLM), University of Washington
Bachelor of Laws (LLB), Law and economics, Université libre de Bruxelles, Magna cum laude and top 10%
Criminal Law, Université libre de Bruxelles, Magna cum laude and top 10%
Bachelor of Laws (LLB), Université libre de Bruxelles, Cum laude and top 10%

Bar Admissions

Brussels Bar

Affiliations & Memberships

Lectures on European antitrust law at the University of Montpellier

News & Press

Laurent is frequently interviewed by radio, TV and the quality written press such as the Financial Times and Business Week. You can access the most recent news, press releases and articles Laurent contributed to in the respsective sections below. In addition, a few highlights include:

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

Publications

"Guide to funding competition damages claims in England - Law & European Affairs", 2016/1, co-authored with Stella Gartagani and Charles Laporte-Bisquit

"CDC v Akzo Nobel and Others: Clarifications on the Jurisdiction Rules in Cartel Damages Claims" - Journal of European Competition Law & Practice, July 2015, co-authored with Stella Gartagani

« 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; of “The rise of public cartel enforcement and the seeds of potential decline” - St.Gallen ICF Conference Book, 2010, co-authored with Michael Hausfeld

Presentations & Speeches

Laurent is a regular speaker at leading conferences worldwide such as the ABA, GCR, Knect and French Supreme Court.

You can access the most recent events Laurent spoke at in the dedicated ‘Events’ section below. In addition other conferences are:

  • Developments and economics of follow on damages, Brussels KNect CompLaw Cartel Conference, 17 September 2019
  • Mass Claims – approaches to the management, coordination and bundling of large numbers of related claims, GCR 10th Annual Competition Litigation Conference in London, 4 October 2018
  • Authorité de la Concurrence, La Procédure de Transaction, 2 October 2018 
  • Quelle Application en Europe, Rendez-vous de L'Autorite de la Concurrence Transaction in Paris, 2 October 2018
  • Current developments on the implementation of the EU Damages Directive, CDR Competition LItigation Symposium, 22 February 2018 
  • International Corporate Counsel College in Amsterdam, 9-10 November 2017
  • Knect Competition Law in the Automotive Sector in Brussels, 13 June 2017
  • Knect UK Competition Law 2017 Conference in London, 28 February 2017
  • Private Enforcement of Competition Law in Brussels, 27 February 2017

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