James R Modrall is a partner in the antitrust and competition practice of Norton Rose Fulbright LLP in Brussels. He joined Norton Rose Fulbright LLP in September 2013 as partner, having been a resident partner in a major US law firm since 1995.
Mr Modrall practices extensively in the area of EU and international competition law, including the review and clearance of international mergers and acquisitions, the treatment of potentially restrictive agreements and practices, potential abuses of dominant positions and the evaluation and approval of potential state aid. Mr Modrall also has extensive experience with EU financial regulatory reform, advising the world’s leading private equity groups in connection with the new EU directive on alternative investment fund managers and leading banks and investment firms on EU initiatives including EU regulation of derivatives, EU reforms in financial market regulation and the creation of a new EU framework for crisis management, among others.
Mr Modrall’s recent experience includes the review and approval of mergers and joint ventures in a wide range of businesses, including energy, technology, financial services, transportation and life sciences, assisting an Asian conglomerate on the competition and state aid aspects of a major power plant construction and financing project, and assisting major private equity groups on the merger review and approval of their investments in portfolio companies and antitrust compliance by those portfolio companies.
Mr Modrall joined the firm as a partner in 2013. Mr Modrall received an LLM degree from the European University Institute and a JD degree, magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, from the University of Michigan Law School. Mr Modrall received his undergraduate degree from Stanford University.
Mr Modrall is a member of the Bars in Brussels, New York and Washington, DC. He is also a member of the American Bar Association and is active in its antitrust section (serving as vice chairman of several committees) and the International Bar Association, serving on the editorial board of its journal, Competition Law International.
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