Jacques Bourgeois

Jacques Bourgeois graduated from Ghent University Law School in 1959. He studied economics at the University of Louvain and participated in the MCL Program at the University of Michigan.

After his apprenticeship at the Ghent Bar, he joined the European Commission where he held several important offices. He was, during more than fifteen years, member of the Legal Service of the European Commission, after which he became Head of the Trade Policy Instruments Division at the Directorate-General External Relations and finally Principal Legal Advisor. Having left the Commission in 1991, he became a member of the Brussels Bar and a partner in the Brussels office, first of Baker & MacKenzie, and subsequently of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld.

He now is Senior Counsel of Wilmer, Cutler, Pickering, Hale and Dorr in Brussels. His practice concentrates on EU competition matters both in the areas of restrictive business agreements and dominant positions and in the area of mergers and acquisitions under EU law. He also deals with trade policy matters under EU and WTO law.

His expertise in international trade matters was recognised by his appointment as chairman of GATT and WTO panels in international trade disputes between the USA and Sweden and the USA and India.

Jacques Bourgeois has also extensive teaching experience as a professor at the College of Europe where he teaches legal aspects of the EC’s trade policy and as a visiting professor at the University of Michigan Law School and at several European Law Schools, including the University of Ghent. He is past chairman of Global Competition Law Center. He presides over the (Belgian) Competition Commission.