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Wesley Lepla
Associate
Brussels +32 2 545 7511 wlepla@cov.com Download V-card

Wesley Lepla advises on all aspects of Belgian and European competition law, including merger control, cartels, anticompetitive agreements, abuse of a dominant position, and state aid law.

He has worked on a range of merger control cases before the European Commission and numerous national authorities and has gained extensive experience in coordinating multijurisdictional merger control notifications and proceedings. Mr. Lepla has represented clients in antitrust proceedings and regularly counsels on state aid, vertical agreements, and the licensing of intellectual property rights.

  • Advised an American global manufacturer of consumable dental products on a multi-billion acquisition (cleared by the European Commission in Phase I with remedies).   
  • Advised an American global pharmaceutical corporation on the largest pharmaceutical merger ever (eventually abandoned).   
  • Advised one of the largest FMCG companies in the world on numerous of its global transactions, including on the divestment of its personal power business, pet care business, bleach business, and several fragrance and soap businesses.   
  • Worked on the representation of a major financial institution in relation to the European Commission’s antitrust investigation into credit default swaps.   
  • Counseled on the licensing of intellectual property rights, the legality of vertical agreements (e.g. single branding agreements), state aid, and regulatory telecom matters.

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Research and Teaching Assistant, Free University of Brussels (VUB), 2014-present.

Previous Experience

  • Associate (EU Competition Law) at two international law firms in Brussels, 2013-2016.
  • Fellowship for Graduate Study, Belgian American Educational Foundation (B.A.E.F) (2012-2013)
  • Fulbright Scholar, Commission for Educational Exchange Between the United States of America, Belgium and Luxembourg, The Fulbright Program (2012-2013)
  • René Marcq Award, Free University of Brussels (VUB) (2012)