After having studied economics and political science at the University of Amsterdam, Luc Peeperkorn worked as an assistant professor at the Erasmus University Rotterdam where he specialised in industrial economics, public finance and welfare economics.
In 1991 he joined the State Aid section of the Directorate General for Competition of the European Commission, where he was responsible for controlling state aid provided to the shipbuilding sector in Germany, the UK, Denmark and Belgium. Since March 1995 he has worked in Directorate A of DG Competition, dealing with general policy issues and co-ordination of cases. He was part of the team responsible for the review of EC competition policy towards vertical agreements and the main author of the Vertical Restraints Block Exemption Regulation and Vertical Restraints Guidelines that entered into force on 1 June 2000. He was also the author of the new De Minimis Notice adopted on 20 December 2001. Subsequently he was member of the team responsible for the review of the Transfer of Technology Block Exemption Regulation and one of the main authors of the new rules that entered into force on 1 May 2004. Subsequent to that he was responsible for the policy review of Article 82 and one of the main authors of the Discussion Paper on the Application of Article 82 to Exclusionary Abuses published in December 2005 and the Guidance on the Commission's enforcement priorities in applying Article 82 of the EC Treaty to abusive exclusionary conduct by dominant undertakings published in December 2008. Most recently he was responsible for the review of the Vertical Restraints Block Exemption Regulation and Vertical Restraints Guidelines. The revised rules were adopted in April 2010 and entered into force on 1 June 2010.
Luc Peeperkorn has published a number of articles and papers on competition policy and related economic topics such as information exchange agreements, merger control, the economics of verticals, EC competition policy towards vertical agreements, resale price maintenance, and competition and innovation.