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Jay Modrall


Jay Modrall


T:+32 2 237 61 47

James R. Modrall is an antitrust and competition lawyer based in Brussels. He joined Norton Rose Fulbright LLP in September 2013 as partner, having been a resident partner in a major US law firm since 1986. A US-qualified lawyer by background, he is a member of the bar in New York, Washington, D.C. and Belgium.

With 27 years of experience, he is a leading advisor for EU and international competition work, in particular the review and clearance of international mergers and acquisitions. Mr Modrall also has extensive experience with EU financial regulatory reform, advising the world’s leading private equity groups in connection with the new EU directive on alternative investment fund managers and leading banks and investment firms on EU initiatives including EU regulation of derivatives, EU reforms in financial market regulation and the creation of a new EU framework for crisis management, among others.

Mr. Modrall’s native language is English, and he is fluent in Italian and proficient in Dutch and French.

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  • Admissions
    • Attorney at Law, admitted in New York
  • Publications

    Mr Modrall’s recent publications include: “Third-Country Funds and Fund Managers” (Private Equity Compliance Guide), “More Work Needed: The Independent Commission on Banking’s Findings Require More Rigorous Analysis” (competition-driven reforms of the UK retail banking sector), “EU Antitrust: In the Crosshairs” (EU investigations in the financial sector), “Breaking up is Hard to Do” (EU law on withdrawal from the Eurozone), “EU Competition Law Issues in the M&A Deal Process”, “Non-Compete Clauses in M&A Agreements – The European Union and the United States”, “Gun Jumping and EU Merger Control”, “The Allocation of Antitrust Approval Risk in M&A Agreements”.

  • Memberships and activities

    Mr Modrall is a member of the American Bar Association and is active in its Antitrust Section, serving as Vice Chairman of several committees, and the International Bar Association, serving on the editorial board of its journal, Competition Law International.

  • Videos

    Let’s talk antitrust

    May 2017

    Big data and competition – big deal or no deal?

    May 2017

  • Publications

    The EU gets tough on gun-jumping

    The United Kingdom’s June 23, 2016 vote to leave the European Union (EU)—known as Brexit—triggered a political and economic earthquake in Europe..

    September 28, 2017

    Let’s talk antitrust - The Intel judgment - What you need to know

    On 6 September 2017, the EU’s highest court, the Court of Justice (CJEU), released its long-awaited decision in the Intel case, in which the Commission imposed a fine of €1.06 billion – at the time, the largest fine ever imposed by a competition regulator on an individual company..

    September 26, 2017

  • News

    Norton Rose Fulbright advises ROFIN-SINAR on major transaction

    Global law firm Norton Rose Fulbright has advised ROFIN-SINAR Technologies, Inc. on an agreement with Coherent, Inc. under which Coherent will acquire ROFN-SINAR for $32.50 per share. The transaction is valued at approx. $942 million and is expected to close within six to nine months, subject to the approval of ROFIN-SINAR stockholders as well as regulatory approvals in the US and other countries..

    March 23, 2016