Jean Paul Poitras is the Managing Partner of Latham & Watkins' Brussels office. His practice focuses on EU competition law, with an emphasis on cartel defense, merger review, cooperation agreements and abuse of dominance. Over the years, he has also handled matters involving other areas of EU law including aviation law, environmental law, product safety and trade. He has practiced in Brussels for more than nineteen years.
In the area of cartels, Mr. Poitras is currently coordinating a global team assisting one of the airlines involved in the air cargo investigations and a separate global team assisting one of the liner shipping companies in the European Commission’s liner shipping investigation. The air cargo representation involves ten jurisdictions covering both regulatory/criminal and civil damage proceedings.
Mr. Poitras has been involved in many second phase EU merger cases acting for one of the merging parties or for a complainant. His merger work has covered a broad range of industries including aviation, beverages, computer manufacturing, elevators/escalators, forestry equipment, heavy trucks, internet services, software and steel. Recently, he led the team for US Airways that secured EU clearance for the US Airways/American Airlines merger.
Mr. Poitras has also advised on non-merger cooperation and information exchange issues including in the context of alliances and joint ventures, trade associations, joint sales agreements and joint purchasing agreements. Mr. Poitras has particular expertise and experience with cooperation in the aviation and liner shipping industry. His work on abuse of dominance issues has focused on marketing practices and pricing.
Mr. Poitras has been recognized in publications such as The Legal 500 and the Who's Who of Aviation Lawyers. IFLR 1000 recently quoted a client who reported that Mr. Poitras “is very talented and very detailed. A very good lawyer.”