9 September 2021 / 6:30 - 8:30

Master Class - Come hell or high water: navigating antitrust in M&A

Navigating antitrust in M&A can be very challenging. Merger clearance goes to the heart of deal certainty, one of the key considerations for parties to an M&A transaction. Competition law aspects of a transaction therefore often pose challenging and important legal and commercial business questions, be it in considering to commit to a hell of high water clause, pre-closing business conduct, gun-jumping considerations or transaction timelines. Additional regulatory requirements in relation to M&A are becoming more important, including foreign direct investment regimes and the European Commission's upcoming Foreign Subsidies Regulation, which will need due consideration in a transaction context.

During this Master Class Bart de Rijke and Pete Lawley will share their insights from private practice and provide an update on key developments.

This Webinar Master Class will be held on Thursday, 9 September at our Amsterdam Office (Covid permitting) from 08:30 – 10:30 or Friday, 10 September via MS Teams from 08:30 – 10:00.


Bart derijke
Bart is a partner in the De Brauw's Competition practice and divides his time between Amsterdam and Brussels. He specialises in EU and cross-border competition law matters and represents companies in their multi-jurisdictional competition cases. His practice spans a wide range of sectors. He has a special interest in technology-driven industries and the platform economy and he is at his best in cases involving complex technical issues and cases requiring a cross-expertise approach. Bart has significant experience in acting as coordinating counsel in multi-jurisdictional merger filings and he has established working relations with first tier competition experts in all major jurisdictions. He has successfully litigated in abuse of dominance cases and regularly advises clients on related topics. His work includes advising and defending clients in investigations by European and national regulators. He also regularly advises multinational clients on aspects of competition law in contractual relations, in particular involving IP rights.


Pete lawley
Pete specialises in cross-border private M&A, joint venture and private equity transactions. He also advises on public M&A transactions. Many of the transactions that Pete works on are highly complex, such as carve-outs, back-to-back transactions or JVs with sophisticated exit arrangements. He also frequently works on transactions involving regulated financial institutions, which adds a further layer of complexity. Pete regularly advises both strategic corporates and financial sponsors. He is a key member of the firm’s Financial Institutions Group and has a particular expertise in transactions involving Japanese parties, having spent nearly ten years working and studying in Japan. Before joining De Brauw in Amsterdam, Pete spent many years advising on cross-border transactions in New York, London and Tokyo.

08 September 2021

6:30 - 8:30

09 September 2021

6:30 - 8:00

Please note that our Master Classes are invitation only.