Geert Goeteyn is a partner in the Antitrust practice at Shearman & Sterling Brussels. He is qualified to practice law in Belgium as well as in England and Wales, and holds an LLM in European Law.
Geert focuses on all areas of EU competition, merger and regulatory law. He has represented a large number of clients in a wide variety of industries including agricultural seeds, automotive, aviation, biotechnology, consumer goods, oil, paper, telecommunications and high-tech and advises clients on complex antitrust issues including merger remedy cases, cartel related issues (both in the context of European Commission investigations and private damages actions) and abuse of dominance cases.
Geert has been consistently nominated by his peers as one of the world's leading aviation lawyers in the International Who's Who of Aviation Lawyers and has been repeatedly identified by Euromoney as one of the top 20 aviation lawyers in the world. Geert is frequently quoted in the press, regularly contributes to books and journals and is the editor of the aviation chapter of the Butterworths Competition Law Encyclopaedia.
Representative matters include:
- Cargolux in its appeal to the EU General Court against the EC's decision in the Air Cargo cartel case. The General Court annulled the EC's decision in its entirety in so far as Cargolux was concerned. The annulment of the EC's cartel decision was awarded "Matter of the Year" by Global Competition Review and "Global Legal Award for Global Dispute of the Year: International Litigation" by The American Lawyer.
- Cargolux on EU antitrust related issues arising in the context of the follow-on damages claims before the High Court of England & Wales (and coordinates the airline's defence in civil actions in several EU Member States). Within the context of this case, the English High Court granted the defendants' action to strike out a significant part of the claimants' case in so far as it relates to alleged collusion pre 2004. The successful strike out action won "Litigation of the Year – Cartel Defense" award at the 2018 GCR Awards.
- Etihad in relation to its stake in Air Berlin.
- SAS, Finnair, British Airways, JAL, Iberia (and other) carriers on all competition law issues arising from proposed alliance related initiatives.
- United Airlines in the EC's investigation of the merger with Continental (cleared unconditionally).
- United Airlines in the EC's air cargo investigation (all allegations were dropped); on a number of alliances, including its fully integrated "metal neutral" A++ transatlantic joint venture with Air Canada, Continental and Lufthansa.
- Finnair on competition law issues relating to its involvement in strategic alliances and other cooperative arrangements.
- Acting as joint adviser to two European carriers, advising on competition law issues relating to the proposed merger between the two airlines.