Laurent Garzaniti is a partner in Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s antitrust, competition and trade group, based in the firm’s Brussels office. He is a member of the Brussels and New York Bars. Laurent has a broad range of experience in both EU and Belgian competition law, with particular expertise in the telecommunications, media and technology (TMT) sector. He has extensive experience in the cartel and merger control arenas, including coordinating multi-jurisdictional mergers and regulatory investigations and regularly represents clients in proceedings before national competition authorities, the European Commission and the European courts. His recent TMT experience includes guiding one of the largest broadband cable operators in the US through acquisitions the largest broadband cable operators in Belgium and Germany; advising incumbent telecom operators on regulatory issues, including on the scope of the Universal Service Directive, before the European Commission, the European Court of Justice and national courts; and a provider of mobile satellite services in obtaining operating licences to provide new satellite broadband services. Together with Matthew O’Regan, Laurent is the Co-Editor of Telecommunications, Broadcasting and the Internet: EU Competition Law and Regulation, now in its third edition. Laurent is recognised in his fields of expertise (antitrust/competition and TMT) in a number of legal directories including Chambers (Global and European guides), Legal 500, PLC Which Lawyer and the International Who’s Who of Competition Lawyers. Laurent was educated at the Universities of Liège and Cambridge and Columbia Law School.
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