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Van Bael & Bellis

Work +32 2 647 73 50
Fax +32 2 640 64 99
Brussels, Geneva

Catherine Longeval

Work +32 2 647 73 50
Van Bael & Bellis

Work Department

Corporate and commercial, Regulatory


Partner Catherine Longeval specialises in litigation before the Belgian courts and advises clients on a wide range of issues, including life sciences law. Her expertise in this area covers laws governing medicines, biotech products, medical devices, cosmetics and food supplements, among other aspects.

She also specialises in unfair market practices, distribution law, product liability, employment law and general commercial law.

She regularly lectures and writes on life sciences regulatory matters and procedural law matters. She often speaks at conferences.


Catherine began her professional career in October 1989. Prior to joining Van Bael & Bellis in 1994, she worked as an associate with a leading Brussels law firm. 

Catherine is a member of: CEPINA (Belgian Centre for Mediation and Arbitration); the Brussels Pharma Law Group; and the European Employment Lawyers Association.


Catherine Longeval speaks Dutch, English and French.


Member of the Brussels Bar


University of Brussels (ULB), Master of Laws, 1989
University of Leuven, Master of Laws, 1987


Dispute resolution

Within: Dispute resolution

Van Bael & Bellis provides 'very valuable legal advice', particularly on disputes in the competition, life sciences and IP sectors. Arbitration is another core area of instruction for the team. Catherine Longeval leads the group, which includes Peter L’Ecluse, who is noted for his expertise in patent litigation from the life sciences area, and competition law expert Martin Favart.

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Within: Employment

Van Bael & Bellis' team advises on compliance matters, contentious work, social security cases and corporate support for clients primarily drawn from the life sciences sector. Practice head Catherine Longeval is well known for her expertise in litigation, and garners praise for her 'clear and calm advice'.

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Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences

Within: Leading individuals

Catherine Longeval - Van Bael & Bellis

Within: Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences

Van Bael & Bellis has 'a good mix of regulatory, competition, privacy and IP lawyers well versed in the specificities of the life sciences sector'. The practice acts for large global pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical devices companies, among others. Catherine Longeval attracts praise for 'fighting very hard for her client's cases' and 'will not hesitate to go in the trenches to look for a solution', and is particularly noted for her expertise in regulatory matters and product liability. Peter L’Ecluse jointly heads the practice alongside Longeval and has a broad practice encompassing regulatory, competition and IP issues. David Hull and recently promoted senior counsel Michael Clancy are highlighted for handling competition law matters for life sciences sector clients. Koen T’Syen was recently promoted to counsel.

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