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Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick

Work Department

Competition and European Law




Stefaan Raes has a broad and longstanding experience in European and national competition law, both as a judge and as the president of the Belgian Competition Authority. As a judge, and, before that, as an attorney, he equally has a broad and longstanding experience in litigation, not only in competition law, but also in other areas of economic law, such as sector regulation, market practices and intellectual property rights, as well as in cases of civil liability.

Stefaan has been an attorney at the Brussels bar (1981-1994), a judge in the Court of first instance of Brussels (1994-1998), a judge in the Court of appeal of Brussels (1998-2004), president of the Competition Council (the Belgian Competition Authority, 2004-2013), and afterwards again a judge in the Court of appeal of Brussels (2013-2015). In the Court, he has presided the chamber having jurisdiction over cases of competition law.

Stefaan is the author of numerous publications in the fields of civil procedure and economic law. He has been active both in research and teaching in the field of civil procedure, at the Law Faculty of the KU Leuven (1986-1994).

He joined Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick as a Partner in April 2015


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Stefaan is licentiate in law of the University of Leuven (KU Leuven 1980) and Master of Laws (LL M) of the University of Chicago Law School (1981).

Lawyer Rankings

Belgium > Competition: Belgian law

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Stefaan RaesLiedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick

Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick works with major clients in a wide range of sectors, including tech, pharma, and energy, alongside European and domestic regulatory authorities, handling merger control, state aid, and sectoral investigations. The team has strong in-house competition expertise in the public and private sector, with practice head Stefaan Raes a former head of the BCA, allowing it to interact effectively with regulatory agencies. Vincent Mussche has in-house competition counsel experience, and has a successful record in merger filings, cartel investigations, and compliance programmes.