Johan Van Acker is recognised as "one of the leading experts in antitrust" matters by peers. He is "extremely responsive and insightful" while being "very much client-oriented".
Johan Van Acker is a partner in Van Bael & Bellis’ Brussels office, specialised in EU and Belgian competition law.
Johan is particularly experienced in merger control, and he has successfully assisted clients in numerous merger cases before the European Commission and national competition authorities. For instance, Johan has been involved in several high-profile EU merger control cases, including Halliburton/Baker Hughes, BHP Billiton/Rio Tinto, Boeing/Lockheed Martin, Canon/IRIS and Novartis/Chiron, to name but a few. Johan also represented Skype in the unconditional EU approval of its acquisition by Microsoft, which won the Global Competition Review (GCR) 2011 Matter of the Year (Europe) Award.
He also regularly advises clients on other aspects of competition law, including cartels, horizontal and vertical agreements, abuse of dominance and state aid. For instance, Johan represents Japan Airlines in the ongoing cartel damages litigation in Europe following the European Commission’s Airfreight cartel decision. The Airfreight litigation won GCR’s 2016 Matter of the Year Award.
Johan appeared in GCR’s 2015 “40 under 40” feature as one of the 40 best competition lawyers worldwide under the age of 40. He is also ranked as a leading EU competition lawyer in Chambers Global, Chambers Europe, The Legal 500, Expert Guides and IFLR1000.
Johan completed his LLM in European law at King’s College London. He holds a Master of Laws degree from the University of Antwerp and the University of Nice. He is a member of the Brussels Bar.