James Modrall is a partner based in the Brussels office.
Mr. Modrall practices extensively in the area of EU and international competition law, 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 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.”
Mr. Modrall joined the firm in 1986 and became a partner in 1995. From 1986 to 1988 and from 1992 to 1995, he was resident in the New York office. From 1988 to 1992, and from 1995 to 2000, he was resident in the Brussels office. From 2000 to 2003 he was resident in the Washington DC office, and since 2003 he is again resident in the Brussels office. Mr. Modrall received an LL.M. degree from the European University Institute and a J.D. degree, magna cum laude
, Order of the Coif, from the University of Michigan Law School in 1986. He received an undergraduate degree, Phi Beta Kappa, from Stanford University in 1980.
Mr. Modrall is a member of the Bars in New York, Washington, D.C. and Brussels. He is also 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