Mr Peter L'Ecluse > Van Bael & Bellis > Brussels, Belgium > Lawyer Profile

Van Bael & Bellis
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Work Department

Competition, Regulatory


Partner Peter L’Ecluse focuses on life sciences, competition law and intellectual property (IP) rights.

Life Sciences

Peter’s expertise encompasses a wide range of areas, including registration, pricing and reimbursement matters, advertising issues and all aspects of competition law. He has successfully represented clients before civil courts, as well as Belgium’s administrative court, the Council of State, in challenging reimbursement decisions and rules imposing prescription requirements on physicians.   

Competition Law

Peter has been involved in most of the significant cases arising before the Belgian competition authorities. His expertise in this area extends to merger control, dominant market positions and procedural issues.

IP Rights

Peter’s patent litigation practice focuses on the life sciences industry. For several years, he has acted as co-counsel for one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world, handling multi-jurisdictional patent litigation while defending valuable patents covering various active substances against generic competitors. Peter also acted as co-counsel in proceedings before the European Patent Office and the Belgian courts for a major medical devices company in patent litigation which covered three jurisdictions. He often advises on supplementary protection certificate patent extension issues and assists clients in dealing with counterfeit trade in pharmaceuticals.


Peter speaks English, Dutch and French.


Member of the Brussels Bar. Former member of the Brussels Bar Council of Dutch-speaking lawyers


The George Washington University, Washington D.C., USA – Master’s Degree in Comparative Law, 1987 Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KUL), Belgium – Law Degree, 1986 Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KUL), Belgium – Philosophy Degree, 1985

Lawyer Rankings

Belgium > Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences

(Hall of Fame)

Peter L’EcluseVan Bael & Bellis

Belgium > Competition: Belgian law

Van Bael & Bellis‘ domestic competition practice has a broad offering, encompassing merger control, joint ventures, damages actions, and cartel investigations, combining advisory and litigation capabilities. The firm acts for domestic and international clients, including on Belgian clearances for cross-border mergers and in large-scale EU and BCA investigations. Alongside logistics and transportation, the firm has notable expertise in the life sciences sector through practice head Peter L’Ecluse, with Kris Van Hove also a key member of the team, with a strong record in damages claims.