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Peter D. Camesasca is a partner in the Covington’s Brussels and London offices, with broad experience in all major aspects of EU and national competition law.

Dr. Camesasca specializes in complex competitor interactions, advising on M&A and JV activities (specialization, R&D, joint development, etc.), as well as various informal types of competitor cooperation. He counsels clients on Article 101 exposure ranging from pure information exchanges to cartel-like allegations, having represented or still representing clients in the majority of the European Commission's recent cartel investigations, including Heat Stabilizers, DRAM, SRAM, Calcium Carbide, Air Cargo, Freight Forwarders, TFT-LCD (1&2), Smart Cards, Power Cables, Car Parts, Liner Shipping, Capacitors, and various still confidential matters. Dr. Camesasca also coordinates the defenses in numerous related damages claims before national courts.

  • Representing Samsung Electronics in the EU settlement relating to the enforcement by Samsung of standard essential patents (“SEPs”) in connection with the 3G standard used in smartphones and tablets. The EU settlement closed the investigation against Samsung without a finding of infringement or fine levied against Samsung.
  • Samsung Electronics in the EU investigation into TFT-LCD (1&2). Lead counsel to Samsung Electronics concerning all aspects of the European investigation into alleged collusion in TFT-LCD.
  • Representing Samsung Electronics in the Smart Card Chips cartel investigation in the EU.
  • Representing Samsung Electronics relating to various civil follow on claims.
  • Representing Hapag-Lloyd and United Arab Shipping Company regarding the Container Shipping investigation in the EU.
  • Representing a half dozen liner shipping carriers regarding various aspects of EU competition law (covering alliances and cooperation type agreements).
  • Representing World Liner Data and Container Trade Statistics regarding all EU aspects of their data gathering/dissemination activities.
  • Representing Samsung Electronics relating to various distribution related matters (EU and national).
  • Representing Samsung Electronics relating to various IP related matters (EU and national).
  • Representing Samsung Electronics relating to various transactional matters in the EU.
  • Representing a major U.S. freight forwarder in the European Commission’s investigation into alleged collusion in Freight Forwarding.
  • Samsung Electronics in the European investigation into DRAM. Served as lead counsel to Samsung Electronics, concerning all aspects of the EU investigation into alleged collusion in DRAM (settled as part of the first settlement under EU competition law, 2010).
  • Truvo Netherlands/European Directories. Lead counsel to Truvo (formerly known as World Directories), a major provider of directory services worldwide and publisher of the Gouden Gids (Yellow Pages) in the Netherlands, in the merger with European Directories. In a 2-to-1 merger, the Dutch Competition Authority provided clearance without remedies, based on detailed economic assessment (cleared 2008 and prevailed in subsequent appeals).
  • European Liner Affairs Association, grouping the world’s 21 leading liner shipping companies, in the EU Review of the Conference Block Exemption and the Consortia Block Exemption (2003-2009). Following abolition of the aforementioned Conference Block Exemption after an unprecedented five-year regulatory review, achieved a replacement regime in the form of the EC Maritime Guidelines, which formed the basis for the information exchange aspects subsequently covered in the EC Horizontal Guidelines.
  • Honeywell v. Commission and GE v. Commission. Acted as counsel to Rockwell Collins, a major avionics manufacturer, concerning its interventions in the landmark appeals before the European General Court against the European Commission's GE/Honeywell decision, in what is generally considered a turning point in EC merger control. Supported the Commission's position in both cases and won (2005).
  • JUVE, Brussels (2015-2016) 
  • Global Competition Review, 40 Under 40 (2012)
  • Chambers Global, Competition/European Law (Belgium) (2011-2012, 2016-2020)
  • Chambers Europe, Competition/European Law (2017-2019)
  • Shortlisted for “Lawyer of the Year - Under 40” by GCR Awards 2011
  • Legal 500 EMEA, Competition: Belgium (2015-2017), Healthcare and Life Sciences (2017) and EU Regulatory - Information Technology (2015-2016)