Jacques Bourgeois, a senior advisor in Sidley’s Brussels office, is a recognised authority on European Union law, with over four decades of experience in private practice and public service. He advises Sidley lawyers and clients around the globe on all aspects of EU law, with a specific focus on trade and competition matters.
Jacques has represented clients before the European Commission, the council of the European Union and other EU institutions, as well as before the European courts in Luxembourg and Belgian courts. He assists clients with complex EU trade and market access issues, including anti-dumping and anti-subsidies investigations. He also has extensive experience advising on matters related to the World Trade Organization, he has chaired a WTO dispute settlement panel and has represented clients in high-stakes WTO dispute settlement proceedings.
Jacques advises on EU competition matters related to restrictive business agreements and dominant positions, as well as on the review and clearance of mergers and acquisitions. Since 2006, he has served as chairman of the Competition Commission advising the Belgian government.
Prior to entering private practice, Jacques served for over 25 years as a senior official with the European Commission. From 1987 to 1991, he was the principal legal advisor of the Commission in charge of foreign trade policy and, later, antitrust policy. Previously, he served for several years as head of the trade policy instruments division in the Directorate-General for External Relations, and was responsible for the implementation of the EU's regulations on anti-dumping and anti-subsidies, as well as for safeguard measures and protection against illicit commercial practices.
WWL says: A "major addition to the firm" when he joined in 2015. In Bourgeois, Sidley has gained "one of the world's foremost competition and trade experts"
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