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A&O Shearman

A&O Shearman‘s longstanding expertise in domestic cartel defence, merger control and antitrust litigation work ensures that an impressive and growing roster of local and global market leaders – particularly those operating in the TMT sector – instructs the group. Recently, the team has also increasingly been advising on Belgian foreign direct investment rules, levering the strength of the firm’s public law department. Dirk Arts heads up the department, supported by a deep bench of specialised senior associates , including the newly promoted Nele De Backer.

Practice head(s):

Dirk Arts

Other key lawyers:

Charles Pommies; Eliana Paredis; Hannelore Wiame; Nele De Backer


‘Very capable team. Good knowledge and long-standing experience. Flexible thinking and to the point advice.’

‘Pleasant and quick way of working. Experienced and high availability.’

Key clients



Work highlights

  • Advising BelOrta on the envisaged acquisition of one of its key competitors, Belgische Fruitveiling.
  • Assisting Mediahuis with the merger control process related to the partial sale of its stake in Vlaanderen Eén, a joint venture between Mediahuis and the French media group NRJ, to telecoms operator Telenet.


As well as handling a plethora of complex cartel investigations and abuse of dominance cases, contrast is regularly instructed to act in interim measures cases before the Belgian Competition Authority. The firm has also carved out a niche for itself in high-level sports disputes where competition law issues are in issue. The core senior bench comprises founding partner Filip Tuytschaever, merger control expert Herlinde Burez, and newly promoted partner Sébastien Engelen.

Practice head(s):

Filip Tuytschaever; Herlinde Burez; Sébastien Engelen

Other key lawyers:

Stefanie Colaers; Benjamin Magnus


‘Very good legal experts that can combine legal advice with practical business needs. Very accessible and strong in communication. Would highly recommend contrast to others.’

‘Great lawyers. Keen sense of business. Strong in advice and communication.’

‘Highly knowledgable team with a strong interaction and the clear support of the founding partner (if needed).’

Key clients

Adriaenssens Management en Beheer Holding


AXA Belgium

Belgian Competition Authority

Belgian Ministry of Economy



Energetica Natura


Flemish Government

ING Belgium

Orange Belgium

Renault Trucks Belgium

Royal Excelsior Virton

The Football Forum

Volvo Car Belgium

Volvo Trucks Belgium

Work highlights

  • Acting as external legal counsel to the Belgian Competition Authority in the appeal introduced before the Brussels Market Court by four tobacco manufacturers (Philip Morris Benelux, British American Tobacco Belgium, Japan Tobacco International Company Netherlands, and Imperial Tobacco against a decision imposing fines of more than €36m.
  • Successfully represented Orange Belgium in an interim measures case and investigation brought by the Belgian Competition Authority into the strategic joint venture between Orange Belgium and Proximus for the roll-out of 5G in Belgium following a complaint by Telenet.
  • Representing the Belgian Ministry of Economy in the appeal procedure filed by Proximus with the Brussels Market Court against the €66m fine imposed by the Belgian Competition Authority on Proximus for abuse of dominance.

Covington & Burling LLP

At Covington & Burling LLP, the key senior contact for Belgian competition work is Johan Ysewyn, who also co-heads the firm’s global offering in this space and acts as managing partner of the Brussels office. Merger control filings, cartel investigations, monopolisation cases and other conduct investigations make up the team’s regular workload. Of counsels Carole Maczkovics and Melissa Van Schoorisse round out the group.

Practice head(s):

Johan Ysewyn

Other key lawyers:

Carole Maczkovics; Melissa Van Schoorisse

Key clients


PSA Antwerp/MPET

Belgian Government

advising DPG Media, the leading Belgian media group and publisher

active in Flanders, the Netherlands and Denmark, on the merger control aspects of its €250

million acquisition of the Belgian radio and television group RTL Belgium, active in Brussels

and Wallonia

Dexia Group

DPG Media NV

Fluxys Belgium SA

European Tissue Symposium


Work highlights

  • Advising DPG Media, a Belgian media group and publisher active in Flanders, the Netherlands and Denmark, on the merger control aspects of its €250m acquisition of the Belgian radio and television group RTL Belgium, active in Brussels and Wallonia.


The integrated antitrust litigation group at Stibbe is widely known for successfully representing a roster of notable clients before the Belgian Competition Authority, as well as regularly handling follow-on damages claims, and cases relating to illegal state aid. As well as its contentious excellence, the team is also noted for advising on merger control issues and joint ventures. Peter Wytinck and Sophie Van Besien are the key partner-level names to note. Counsel Quentin Declève joined from Van Bael & Bellis in January 2023, further boosting the team’s significant litigious strength.

Practice head(s):

Peter Wytinck; Sophie Van Besien

Other key lawyers:

Tom Ruys; Quentin Declève

Work highlights

  • Acting in the elevator cartel case, including handling one procedure which has been referred to the Court of Justice.
  • Representing a key player from the tobacco industry in appeals against the Dutch and Belgian Competition Authorities’ decisions to fine four major cigarette manufacturers.
  • Advised a major Belgian roadside assistance company on its internal restructuring and the subsequent sale of its business to AG Insurance and BNP Paribas Fortis.

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

The team at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton has significant experience representing public and private companies before the Belgian Competition Authority and in competition-related litigation before the Brussels Court of Appeal and local commercial courts. Merger control proceedings are another key area of specialism for the firm, with key senior practitioners including Nicholas Levy – who splits his time between the Brussels and London offices – and Robbert Snelders standing out for their expertise in this field. In April 2022, the practice was further strengthened by the arrival of Isabel Rooms from Linklaters.

Practice head(s):

Nicholas Levy; Robbert Snelders

Other key lawyers:

Isabel Rooms; Dirk Vandermeersch


‘Excellent collaboration.’

Key clients

Philip Morris International




NV Roche SA

Exide Technologies




American Express

Work highlights

  • Advising Nethys on the proposed acquisition of VOO and Brutélé by Orange.
  • Representing Philip Morris International in a Belgian Competition Authority investigation into the indirect exchange of information.


Between them, CMS‘ senior practitioners Annabelle Lepièce and Dirk Van Liedekerke provide both breadth of expertise and clear industry focus, with the former standing out for her knowledge of state aid work in the aviation sector, while the latter is widely recognised for his expertise at the intersection of competition and telecoms law. Antitrust cases, merger control proceedings, cartel investigations, and issues relating to foreign direct investments are also capably handled by the wider team.

Practice head(s):

Annabelle Lepièce; Dirk Van Liedekerke

Other key lawyers:

Romain Alderweireldt; Marguerite Soete

Key clients

Walloon Region



European Industrial Gas Association (EIGA)

Horeca Totaal


FIFA / Diarra

Belgian Federal State


Work highlights

  • Assisted several Walloon public entities with assessment and notification of aid schemes in support of renewable energy, decarbonation, climate and environment protection.
  • Advised Moderna on the distribution of the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine by Medison in more than 20 countries in Central Eastern Europe and Israel and all related competition law issues.
  • Representing Proximus in investigations regarding the RAN-sharing mobile network agreement that it concluded with Orange Belgium.

Crowell & Moring

Crowell & Moring is best known for handling competition law issues for notable clients operating in the telecoms and media industries, including representing such household names before the Belgian Competition Authority and the Market Court. Thomas De Meese and Karel Bourgeois lead on the key mandates; between them, their regular practices span foreign direct investment screening, the regulation of state aid and subsidies, advice on distribution issues, and provision of antitrust compliance programmes. In May 2023, counsel Benjamin Geisel joined from A&O Shearman.

Practice head(s):

Thomas De Meese; Karel Bourgeois

Other key lawyers:

Karl Stas; Marieke Van Nieuwenborgh; Benjamin Geisel


‘I work with Thomas De Meese and Marieke Van Nieuwenborgh. Both are exceptionally skilled. Good industry knowledge, their legal knowledge is second to none. Advice is hands-on and pragmatic. They think with the client for workable solutions.’

‘Thomas De Meese is one of the best competition lawyers I have worked with in telecoms and media.’

‘Very strong, experienced and pragmatic team.’

Key clients



Liberty Global

Ahold Delhaize

The Flemish Government



IPM Group

PPTA (Protein Plasma Therapeutics Association)

Harmony Industries

Work highlights

  • Represented Renewi, a major waste-to-product company, in a state aid investigation initiated by the European Commission.
  • Representing The Federation of Music Festivals in Flanders (FMiV) in proceedings against SABAM related to the collective management organisation’s royalty rates and the methods for calculating the royalties due by festival organisers.
  • Represented IPM, a diversified Belgian media group, as a third party-intervener before the Belgian Competition Authority in a merger control procedure concerning the acquisition of Belgian commercial TV broadcaster RTL Belgium by DPG Media and Rossel.


Under the leadership of Grégoire Ryelandt, Deprevernet maintains its stellar reputation for abuse of dominance cases. The team also continues to stand out as an advisor of choice for day-to-day competition law issues for major names from the gamut of industry sectors; founding partner Evrard De Lophem is particularly active on behalf of TMT clients. In addition, the group is regularly instructed by the Belgian Competition Authority to represent it in appeals of its decisions before the Market Court.

Practice head(s):

Grégoire Ryelandt

Other key lawyers:

Evrard de Lophem; Jasper De fauw


‘A dedicated team that is easily approachable and that provides high-quality advice with a quick turnaround for reasonable fees.’

‘Grégoire Ryelandt is always available for any small and big question and will make the extra effort to understand the specific context of each question, which is reflected in his straightforward and pragmatic approach to any legal advice.’

‘Gregoire Ryelandt is very efficient, pragmatic and a real expert in his field.’

Key clients

Belgian Competition Authority


Institut belge des postes et télécommunications


Henkel Benelux

Ministry of Economy

Cosmetics Europe


Walloon Region

Work highlights

  • Representing the Belgian telecoms regulator in various proceedings to oppose the planned acquisition of EDPNET by the Belgian incumbent Proximus.
  • Advising the Belgian Competition Authority on appeals launched against the decision authorising the acquisition of RTL BELGIUM by DPG and ROSSE.
  • Assisting the Belgian State with state aid aspects of the concession for the distribution of newspapers and magazines.

Jones Day

The team at Jones Day leverages the strength of its deep senior bench to expertly handle major Belgian-level merger proceedings, abuse of dominance cases, state aid issues, and follow-on litigation, including acting in proceedings before domestic courts and administrative bodies. Bernard Amory, who co-leads the firm’s global antitrust and competition practice, and Alexandre Verheyden, who oversees the Brussels office, both have significant experience in transatlantic merger and cartel work. Other key contacts in the practice include Laurent De Muyter and Yvan Desmedt.

Practice head(s):

Bernard Amory; Alexandre Verheyden

Other key lawyers:

Laurent De Muyter; Yvan Desmedt; Serge Clerckx; Charlotte Breuvart; Geoffroy van de Walle; Laurence Van Mullem


‘Alexandre Verheyden is knowledgeable, available, nice, pragmatic and business minded.’

‘Highly skilled people, very open communication.’

‘Charlotte Breuvart is an outstanding lawyer. Besides an in-depth knowledge in competition law, she is also very business-oriented and very flexible.’

‘In-depth advice which is clear and to the point.’

‘They are extremely strong in both legal advice and local procedures, which is hugely important when advising on local matters. Their expertise is really broad and supported by being part of a larger global team.’

‘Bernard Amory is a class act.’

‘I’ve found Laurent De Muyter extremely impressive. He has fantastic analytical skills, is very collaborative and great to work with. He also has superb knowledge of local procedures.’

Key clients



ECS Corporate


iSTAR Medical

Luminus (subsidiary of EDF)


Mestdagh (subsidiary of Fidagh)

Solvay S.A.

Suez R&R Belgium

Telenet / Liberty Global

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented Carrefour and secured a ruling which rejected an attempt to challenge the Belgian Competition Authority’s clearance of Fidagh’s sale of Mestdagh to French company Groupement Les Mousquetaires/Intermarché on behalf of Fidagh.
  • Successfully represented Newpharma in a case before the Belgian Competition Authority, which issued a decision to impose the maximum fine against beauty products manufacturer Caudalie in relation to Caudalie’s illegal imposition of the sale price of its online products.
  • Advised iStar Medical on its strategic alliance with AbbVie.


Liedekerke‘s capabilities span the gamut of contentious and advisory competition matters, including merger control cases, dawn raids, cartel investigations, and compliance programs. Ex-President of the Belgian Competition Authority Stefaan Raes and former in-house counsel Vincent Mussche bring their specific experiences to the team, allowing the firm to leverage a range of viewpoints. Recently, clients have been increasingly reliant on the department to assist with navigating through the Belgian foreign direct investment screening regime.

Practice head(s):

Stefaan Raes

Other key lawyers:

Vincent Mussche


‘Available, very hands-on.’

‘I appreciate their deep expertise in Belgian competition law.’

‘Vincent Mussche has exceptional understanding/expertise in competition law. Strong dedication to clients, making himself available at short notice.’

Key clients

MWingz (JV Proximus – Orange Belgium)

AG Insurance

Sligro Food


Philip Morris Benelux


Jean-Paul Van Avermaet



ECHA (European Chemicals Agency)

AEG Belgium (Vinci Group), presently called TRANZCOM

BNP Paribas Fortis

Brussels Airlines (Lufthansa)


Provera (Cora – Louis Delhaize)



DP World (Antwerp Gateway)


Boehringer Ingelheim


Deister Electronic GmbH

Gantner Pigeon Systems GmbH

Ruter EPV-Systeme GmbH

Work highlights

  • Representing Proximus in abuse of dominance proceedings initiated by the Belgian Competition Authority against the client’s acquisition of Edpnet.
  • Successfully advised Sligro Food Group on the acquisition of nine Metro cash & carries, including representation in merger control proceedings before the Belgian Competition Authority.
  • Successfully acted on behalf of AG Insurance before the Belgian Competition Authority regarding the acquisition of Touring.


Household names across the gamut of industry sectors continue to instruct Quinz, relying on the firm’s proficiency in both handling contentious antitrust mandates and advising on commercial strategies in the competition field. Experienced litigator Wim De Meester was promoted to partner in January 2023, shoring up the team’s capabilities in that space. The arrival of counsel Nathalie Smuha from Jones Day in November 2022 further developed the group’s abilities around the regulation of digital technology, already an area of considerable strength.

Practice head(s):

Wim De Meester

Other key lawyers:

Miranda Van Limpt; Nathalie Smuha


‘Available, to the point, pragmatic and “readable” advice, top expert knowledge.’

‘The lawyers are easily accessible. Very good preparation of the case with sufficient consultation moments with the client.’

‘Promising young team with good cohesion and prepared to go to the extra mile.’

‘Wim De Meester is a strong team lead and good motivator.’

‘Flexible, dedicated, constructive, pragmatic, responsive.’

‘Expert advice based on a real understanding of the industry and company’s operations. Very pragmatic approach that helps clarify issues to people with little or no legal expertise. High partner involvement.’

‘Hands-on team, with excellent expertise and a very approachable, yet professional, way of working. Very quick at understanding concerns specific to an industry or company.’

Key clients


European Pet Food Industry Federation (FEDIAF)

BNP Paribas Fortis Private Equity

Tony Rus Activities

Stephenson Harwood LLP


Royal Belgian Pigeon Association


AG Insurance


Nu Skin International


Johnson & Johnson

BNP Paribas Fortis


Recordati Group



Work highlights

  • Representing Roche in an investigation by the Belgian Competition Authority involving alleged anticompetitive practices towards biosimilars entering the Belgian market.
  • Represented Febelco in a cartel investigation launched by the Belgian Competition Authority.
  • Representing the Royal Belgian Pigeon Federation in proceedings before the Belgian Competition Authority.


With a particular focus on highly regulated sectors – including energy, insurance, retail, telecoms and transport – Strelia regularly appears before the Belgian Competition Authority on merger clearance cases, as well as handling notifications and third-party interventions. The team is also well known for litigating damage actions resulting from anti-competitive practices and regulatory infringements before domestic courts. Pierre Goffinet leads on much of the work, supported by counsel Laure Bersou and associate Mediona Shehu.

Practice head(s):

Pierre Goffinet

Other key lawyers:

Laure Bersou; Mediona Shehu


‘Availability and knowledge of the subject.’

‘Extensive experience in competition law, including within the Belgian Competition Authority.’

‘Pierre Goffinet is a standout performer and a pleasure to co-operate with. He has a great willingness to dive deep into complex matters and to work on very short notice.’

‘The lawyers of Strelia, in particular Pierre Goffinet and Laure Bersou, are very professional, highly qualified and very good at analysing complex technical legal/economic matters.’

‘Pierre Goffinet and Laure Bersou are two lawyers with outstanding qualifications, experience and insight in complex legal and economic matters. They work together very well which gives confidence, a more informal and reliable overall feeling as a client.’

Key clients

Carrefour Belgium

Orange Belgium




CarASAP (D’Ieteren)


Cono Kaasmakers

City of Brussels

One Square Advisors

Pro League

Hector Cue Sports Belgium (GDM Sports)

Work highlights

  • Represented Carrefour Belgium in litigation against the Belgian Competition Authority, supported by Intermarché Alimentaire and Fidagh, concerning the decision adopted by the Belgian Competition Authority to approve the acquisition of Mestdagh by Intermarché Alimentaire.
  • Representing Orange Belgium in litigation against Coditel (Telenet) concerning access to the television cable-network.
  • Advising Pro League, the association of professional Belgian football clubs, on the allocation system of TV rights.

Van Bael & Bellis

Regularly appearing before the Belgian Competition Authority and national courts, Van Bael & Bellis fields a specialised team which is well placed to handle merger control cases, abuse of dominance investigations, and distribution issues. The firm is particularly well regarded for its strength in the healthcare and life sciences industries, with practice head Peter L’Ecluse providing key expertise in these fields. Kris Van Hove is the group’s damages litigation specialist, and is instrumental both in handling such mandates locally, and co-ordinating the response across Europe.

Practice head(s):

Peter L’Ecluse

Other key lawyers:

Kris Van Hove; Koen T’Syen; Valérie Lefever


‘This practice is very business oriented and understands the company’s needs when dealing with antitrust matters which are critical to move forward strategies.’

‘Individuals are very up to date with legislation and easily accessible.’

Key clients

Ads & Data


Coca-Cola Europacific Partners


GlaxoSmithKline plc

Haleon (spin-off containing the former consumer health business of GlaxoSmithKline)


Safran Group

Work highlights

  • Represented advertising management agency Ads & Data in its challenge of the acquisition of RTL Belgium by DPG Media and Rossel Group before the Belgian Competition Authority and the Markets Court.
  • Representing the DAF group and Paccar group companies in all their damage claims which are being raised in Belgium following on from the Commission’s settlement decision in Trucks.
  • Represented Sopra Steria before the Belgian Competition Authority on its acquisition of Assua.


Merger control forms the core of the practice at ALTIUS; the firm is skilled in clearances from the Belgian Competition Authority, as well as co-ordinating filings. Recently, the team has also seen a dramatic increase in antitrust damages litigations cases, which are fast becoming an area of specialism. Carmen Verdonck oversees the department, working closely with recently promoted counsel Beatrijs Gielen, for whom IP-related competition law issues are a particular strength.

Practice head(s):

Carmen Verdonck

Other key lawyers:

Beatrijs Gielen; Nina Methens


‘Carmen Verdonck is very knowledgeable and is involved in top cases.’

‘Beatrijs Gielen is very approachable and works quickly. She clearly knows her stuff.’

‘Carmen Verdonck and her team and very knowledgeable, extremely responsive, and a pleasure to work with. Their advice is concise and business-oriented.’

‘What makes Carmen Verdonck stand out is that she is extremely well connected and often has valuable insights into current developments at the Belgian Competition Authority. In addition to her expertise, her understanding of the client’s needs and her business-oriented approach are particularly valuable.’

Key clients



Flemish Government (Agentschap Natuur & Bos)




Citymesh (Cegeka group)

Fost Plus




Work highlights

  • Representing Campine in proceedings before the General Court and the Court of Justice regarding a fine imposed by the Commission and the Commission’s refusal to pay interest on the amount of the fine which was provisionally paid by Campine and thereafter partially annulled by the General Court.
  • Representing private investment fund Indufin Investment Fund in merger clearance proceedings relating to its acquisition of joint control – together with BNP Paribas Fortis Private Equity Belgium, Jan Penne and Frans Penne – in the PENNE GROUP.
  • Advising Citymesh on all competition law issues relating to its entry onto the Belgian telecoms market and the roll-out of its 5G network, as well as representing it in the appeal against Proximus’ acquisition of EDPNET and its intervention in the case launched by the Belgian competition prosecutor against Proximus regarding this acquisition.

Ashurst LLP

Ashurst LLP‘s team is valued by clients for its experience in both restrictive practices and merger control cases; both of these areas are key focuses for highly regarded practitioner Annick VroninksDenis Fosselard, who is dual qualified in both Brussels and Rome, is a particular expert in state aid and behavioural matters. In September 2022, Esther Kelly joined the firm from Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, bringing additional strength in abuse of dominance work to the group.

Practice head(s):

Denis Fosselard

Other key lawyers:

Denis Waelbroeck; Annick Vroninks; Esther Kelly

Key clients

Imperial Brands

P&O Ferries





New Yorker Jeans

Work highlights

  • Represented Imperial Brands in an appeal procedure against an infringement decision before the Belgian Market Court, following fines imposed by the Belgian Competition Authority on the four main cigarette manufacturers in a restrictive practices case.
  • Representing a ferry operator before the Belgian Courts regarding service charges which are challenged under competition law and internal market rules.
  • Assisting Unilabs with the notification of a direct competitor in the field of laboratory diagnostics.

Baker McKenzie CVBA/SCRL

Under the leadership of Kurt Haegeman, who is particularly noted for his work in the consumer goods and retail industries, the team at Baker McKenzie CVBA/SCRL expertly handles domestic merger control cases, provides general compliance advice, and represents clients in relevant litigation. Recently, the firm has also been growing its investigations expertise. Counsel Bram Hoorelbeke is another key contact.

Practice head(s):

Kurt Haegeman

Other key lawyers:

Bram Hoorelbeke

Key clients



Bâloise Belgium











Levi Strauss Europe


Mercedes Benz

Methanex Europe




Pioneer Europe

Samsonite Europe

Unilever Belgium


VF Europe


Work highlights

  • Represented HP before the Belgian Competition Authority and Belgian courts in an investigation and a request for interim measures alleging abuse of dominance.
  • Represented the Pharmaceutical Wholesale Cartel in the Belgian Competition Authority’s investigation into the pharmaceutical wholesale sector.
  • Advised Mercedes Benz on the reorganisation of its distribution system, including the divestiture of several of its owned and operated workshops and dealerships to multiple acquirers.

Bird & Bird

Bird & Bird offers clients from a range of heavily-regulated industries expertise in both competition and trade law, and is consquently increasingly instructed to advise on foreign subsidies and foreign direct investment control mechanisms. Cartel investigations are another rapidly growing area, while advice on distribution, online sale and geo-blocking issues also continues to keep the group busy. José Rivas and Hein Hobbelen are the key senior names to note.

Practice head(s):

José Rivas; Hein Hobbelen


‘Bird & Bird is one of the best law firms that I have worked with. They provide comprehensive and tailor-made legal opinions in a timely manner.’

‘Whenever I need legal assistance José Rivas is the person that I call at first instance. I respect his great expertise and work ethic.’

‘We have worked and continue to work with Bird & Bird in a very large strategic competition matter. We have been impressed with the work of the Bird & Bird team which is highly knowledgeable and provides business focused, succinct advice in a very timely manner.

‘Hein Hobbelen is an excellent EU antitrust lawyer with loads of experience and he always provides very pragmatic and timely advice – he is really a go-to EU competition and trade partner in Brussels. His entire team has demonstrated the ability to work under very high pressure and they always remain calm and very approachable under all circumstances.’

‘The Brussels team knows how to integrate various areas of law in a comprehensive advice that provides real added value to us.’

Key clients



Boehringer Ingelheim







Work highlights

  • Representing Securitas in a cartel investigation by the Belgian Competition Authority.
  • Advised NRB on the notification of its acquisition of NeWIN to the Belgian Competition Authority.
  • Represented the generic medicines manufacturer EG, as an interested third party, in an investigation by the Belgian Competition Authority into an alleged cartel in the sector for the distribution of pharmaceutical products to pharmacies.


Private and public sector clients alike turn to the experienced team at Eubelius to handle cartel and abuse of dominance investigations, as well as the gamut of transactional work. The firm is regularly instructed to act in disputed matters, including appeals against decisions and fines before the Brussels Court of Appeal. Jan Bocken has a strong focus on the regulated industries, particularly public transport and mobility, telecoms and energy. Hans Gilliams  is noted for his state aid expertise.

Practice head(s):

Jan Bocken

Other key lawyers:

Hans Gilliams; Kim Gillade


‘Their hands-on and business-minded approach, combined with excellent technical legal skills, allows you to navigate the pitfalls whilst preserving the business logic. Theoretical advice when needed, practical advice where possible. Good value for money.’

‘Relatively small team, but with the knowledge you need, and with excellent availability. Good communicators, both internally and externally.’

Key clients


Belgian “Excess Profit Rulings” scheme


Dow Silicones

Asco Industries


EPI Interim Company

TUI Belgium

Régie Média Belge

Port of Antwerp-Bruges (Port Authority)



Work highlights

  • Representing bpost in its opposition against a large fine imposed by the Belgian Competition Authority.
  • Advising Batopin – a joint venture comprising four major Belgian banks which is in the process of designing, building and operating a new nationwide ATM network – on a probe conducted by the Belgian Competition Authority.
  • Assisting the Belgian State with the life extension of nuclear power plants in Belgium and with obtaining state aid clearance.


The practice at Linklaters is split between merger control and behavioural matters, with the team regularly appearing before the Belgian Competition Authority and domestic courts of all levels. Bernd Meyring, who is known for his expertise in anti-cartel proceedings, and counsel Lodewick Prompers, who has oversight of work in the Benelux region, jointly head up the department. Liliane Gam is another key senior contact.

Practice head(s):

Bernd Meyring

Other key lawyers:

Liliane Gam; Lodewick Prompers


‘The team was of great quality and was on top of things. The team was up to the task and targeted the right issues without overinvesting ressources. They were also able to translate the questions into easy to manage workstreams.’

‘Bernd Meyring was leading the team by setting the right focus and cutting down to the essence.’

‘Liliane Gam provided the pragmatic approach needed to speed up the process but had sufficient attention for the details.’

Key clients


Pharma Belgium-Belmedis (McKesson)

Les Mousquetaires – Itermarché (ITM)

RTL Group

Verlinvest S.A.

Virya Energy NV

Work highlights

  • Represented Pharma Belgium-Belmedis in an antitrust investigation by the Belgian Competition Authority against pharmaceutical wholesalers.
  • Advised RTL Group on the competition aspects of the sale of RTL Belgium.
  • Represented Novartis in an antitrust investigation by the Belgian Competition Authority into an alleged unilateral abuse of a collective dominant position.

McDermott Will & Emery Belgium LLP

McDermott Will & Emery Belgium LLP is well known for successfully obtaining merger clearances, as well as defending clients in cartel investigations. State aid work is another stalwart for the team. The key contact for domestic competition work at the firm is Hendrik Viaene, who has particularly strength in the financial services, chemicals, construction, technology, pharmaceutical, and healthcare industries.

Practice head(s):

Hendrik Viaene


‘Profound knowledge on competition matters.’

‘Specific appreciation for Hendrik Viaene who has profound insights in competition matters.’

Key clients



Esko Graphics (part of Danaher Corporation)

Akzo Nobel

PMV (Participatiemaatschappij Vlaanderen)

University Hospital Gent

CHEP (Brambles Group)


Belgian State

Finance & Invest Brussels


Work highlights

  • Representing Ghent University Hospital in a cartel and abuse of dominance investigation by the Belgian Competition Authority in relation to certain pharmaceuticals used in the treatment of particular types of cancer.
  • Representing Soudal in a state aid investigation.
  • Assisting Ardian with obtaining merger control clearance from the Belgian Competition Authority for the acquisition of Belgian PPE distributor Vandeputte Group by its portfolio company RG Safety.