James Killick | White & Case LLP International Law Firm, Global Law Practice
James Killick
James Killick

James Killick

Partner, Brussels

“Clients say Brussels-based James Killick ‘is knowledgeable in the area and I like his broad way of thinking. He looks at the topic from a variety of angles and listens. He summarises the details well and gives good suggestions on how to move forward.’” “Clients summarise James Killick’s main strength as ‘being able to capture how our business works, identifying any weak spots and deciding which specific problems we need to tackle.’”

Chambers Europe 2015

Overview

James is a litigator whose practice covers competition, pharmaceuticals, and international trade. He advises leading industry players in a broad range of business sectors, from information technology and chemicals to airlines and paper. Recognized as one of the leading lawyers in his field by The International Who's Who of Competition Lawyers & Economists 2015, James uses his extensive experience and formidable grasp of EU laws and procedures to help clients navigate complex strategic issues.

James has been involved in pleading numerous high-profile cases in the European Courts, including: Servier (patent settlements), 'SAS v Commission' (Air Cargo), 'Rambus' (standard setting), Intel, (discounts), 'Microsoft v Commission' (compulsory licensing; treatment of trade secrets), 'Hanner' (finding the Swedish retail monopoly on pharmaceuticals illegal), 'Forum 187 v Commission' (fiscal state aids), 'Pfizer v Council'  (precautionary principle), 'IMS Health' (compulsory licensing), 'Nintendo v Commission' (parallel trade), 'Servier v Commission' (banning of pharmaceuticals), 'Cheil Jedang v Commission' (fining policy) and 'Du Pont v Commission' (anti-dumping, GSP).

In the competition field, James regularly advises companies under investigation by the Commission, notably in areas such as pharmaceuticals and standard setting, where IP and competition law overlap. He also advises merging parties under the EU Merger Regulation, and has successfully defended major cartel cases and. He also acts for third-party complainants in mergers and classic antitrust cases and has an extensive advisory practice.

James has initiated worked on several major anti-dumping and anti-subsidy actions for European industries, notably in relation to China and India. He also provides advice on export control compliance with the EU dual-use regulation and national military control regulations.

As leader of the firm's EU sanctions team, James advises clients throughout the world on EU sanctions and export control issues and keeps a very close watch on the frequent changes to EU sanctions regimes, especially those on Iran and Ukraine. (e.g., Iran, Syria, Libya, Belarus, Burma/Myanmar and the Ukraine crisis).

Bars and Courts

  • England and Wales
  • Brussels Bar (E list)

Education

  • Licence spéciale en Droit européen, University of Brussels
  • LLM, University of Cambridge
  • BA, University of Cambridge

Languages

  • English
  • French
  • Russian

Experience

Speaking Engagements

Pay for Delay: Views from Both Sides of the Pond, June 23, 2015: video conference organized by the American Bar Association

New Frontiers of Antitrust, June 15, 2015: organized by Concurrences, Paris

"The ECJ ruling on Cartes Bancaires: A new interpretation of 'by object' restrictions?", November 11, 2014: organized by Concurrences, Brussels

EU competition law and patent settlements, IBC pharma and competition, 27 November, Brussels

Follow-on Damages Litigation – Class Actions on the Horizon, London November 20, 2014

Digital Health: The Path Forward, November 13, 2014, Palo Alto

"The Effect of Russian Sanctions on International Trade", October 7, 2014, New York

Pharma Law Academy, September 12, 2014: organized by Informa, Cambridge

The Intel Judgment, American Chamber of Commerce, Brussels, 27 June 2014

"Doing Business in Russia: The Effect of Sanctions on Financial Institutions", June 24, 2014, London

"Practical advice on how to bring an action before the EU General Court", May 12, 2014: ERA Conference, Trier

Concurrences workshop, May 6, 2014: The Abuse of Dominance in the Pharmaceutical Sector under EU Competition Law, Brussels

Biotech & Pharmaceutical Patenting 2014, February 18-19, 2014, Munich

"The Microsoft judgment and its implications for (dominant) IP holders", November 12, 2013: Antitrust Seminar organized by Chen & Lin Antitrust, Taipei

"Using Litigation Strategically: A guide to the EU courts for public affairs professionals", October 23, 2013: British Chamber of Commerce, Brussels

Chair, ERA Annual Conference on EU Trade Law, September 30 – October 1, 2013, Brussels

Publications

Awards & Recognition

The International Who's Who of Competition Lawyers & Economists 2015

Named as one of the world's leading competition lawyers

The International Who's Who of Trade and Customs Lawyers 2015

Named as one of the world's leading trade lawyers

Leading Individual, The Legal 500 EMEA 2015

-- Customs, Trade, WTO and Anti-Dumping

Notable Practitioner, Chambers Belgium 2015

– Competition/European Law

Global Competition Review 2012 and 2008

Twice named as one of the 40 leading competition lawyers under the age of 40