Lars KjølbyeOffice Managing Partner at Latham & Watkins LLP
Lars Kjølbye is a partner in Latham & Watkins' Brussels office. He focuses his practice on complex cases in all areas of EU competition law, including abuse of dominance, restrictive practices, merger control, and state aid. He has advised clients on a number of landmark matters in recent years including Microsoft’s acquisition of LinkedIn. Mr. Kjølbye has extensive experience in a wide range of industries, including consumer products, electronics and software, energy, pharmaceuticals, telecommunications, and transport.
Prior to private practice, Mr. Kjølbye spent ten years at the European Commission's (EC) Competition Directorate General where he held several prominent positions. As head of the Energy and Environment Unit he led the completion of the energy sector inquiry and prosecuted several major abuse of dominance cases, including the first EU case involving market manipulation. He was also involved in drafting Regulation 1/2003, which established a new procedural framework for applying Articles 101 and 102 TFEU and the accompanying guidelines and notices. Mr. Kjølbye also served as a référendaire at the European Court of Justice.