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REPRESENTATIVE EXPERIENCE

Philip Torbøl

Advised a tobacco company in a Commission investigation into alleged collusion.
Defended an oil company in a cartel investigation by DG Comp into an alleged collusion in the European oil sector.
Advised bathroom fixture and fitting producer in relation to a DG Comp investigation into an alleged European-wide cartel in that sector.
Advised CD-ROM and DVD producers in relation to an investigation by DG Comp related to their patent pool.
Prepared a complaint (subsequently settled) against a large technology and entertainment company for bundling its music store products to its playing devices.
Advised travel distribution companies and associations in relation to the Lufthansa / Air Berlin merger control case in the airline sector.
Assisted travel distribution clients with a filing of complaints against a large airline group for having introduced discriminatory practices against independent distributors and travel agencies.
Successfully defended the standings rights for a trade association, as a non-competitor, before the European Court in the maritime sector.
Assisted air travel distribution clients in connection with the European Commission’s sector inquiry into the airline distribution sector and follow on DG Comp investigations into specific practices of airline ticket distributors.
Developed strategies for EU and US clients to tackle unfair commercial practices by Chinese state owned or controlled enterprises on the European market -, including unfair subsidies, predatory pricing and lack of reciprocity (access to the market).
Filed a TBR complaint with the European Commission (DG TRADE) against China’s regulatory framework on CRS (computer reservation systems) for being in breach of China’s WTO obligations. Advising on China’s subsequent regulation regarding partial opening of the market, reviewing those regulations, advising and assisting on alternative ways to gain access to the market and representing the client in negotiations with Chinese authorities in Beijing.
Advising and representing a travel technology company in a large number of bilateral aviation agreements between the EU and various third countries, including but not limited to US, Canada, China, Russia, Brazil and more recently ASEAN, Qatar and Turkey. Proposing and discussing agreement texts with the European Commission. Assessing impact on the market.
Advised a designer and manufacturer of specialized security systems and components as a third party intervener before the European Commission, Federal Trade Commission, CADE (Brazil) in connection with its main competitor USD 710 million acquisition of another large competitor. Subsequently advised the client in the acquisition of the divested business, including filings before relevant Competition Authorities.
Advised clients in connection with post-merger remedy implementation issues before the European Commission and the Federal Trade Commission.
Advised several trade associations in the metals sector on competition law compliance and distribution, including appropriate exchange with competition authorities.
Assistance and advice relating to the suspension of EU import duties on two substances produced by a US metals company.
Assistance in the procedures relating to the access to EU and European national governments’ funding for US companies.
Prepared a complaint under EU competition law for an Albanian telecom operator against abuse of dominance and possible collusion by its competitor and represented the client before EU and Albanian competition authorities
Advised operators in the maritime port sector on competition matters related to interaction between competitors and appropriate communication with DG Comp on the same.
Advised a large association of freight forwarders in its negotiations with an association of airlines on a new cooperation program and on its implementation.
Assisting and represented a European manufacturer of chemicals substances in an anti-dumping investigation in India. The representation resulted in the Indian authorities dropping the case against the client.
Assist and advise a US transport operator on the traffic rights granted under the EU Air Transport Agreements, in relation to shipment and transport of goods.
Advised and represented a US publisher against a Danish tax law that would limit its access to the market, including filing complaints to the European Union and designing a lobbying strategy in Brussels, Copenhagen and Washington.
Assistance and advice relating to access to tender procedures in a number of EU Member States for a US bidder.
Developed strategies for EU and US clients to tackle unfair commercial practices by Chinese state owned or controlled enterprises on the European market, including unfair subsidies, predatory pricing and lack of reciprocity (access to the market).
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