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Kris Van Hove

Work +32 2 647 73 50
Van Bael & Bellis

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Competition, Regulatory


Partner Kris Van Hove focuses on EU and national competition law, as well as regulatory law.

He specialises in competition law, with particular expertise in cartels, merger control, dominant market positions, distribution and technology transfer.

Kris also specialises in regulatory matters in the area of aviation law.

Kris’s practice covers a wide variety of sectors, including car parts, aviation, consumer products, basic industries, steel, energy, chemicals, construction equipment, building materials, electronics, music, and information and communications technology. He handles notifications and investigations as well as litigation before the EU and national courts.

Kris’s notable experience includes the appeal to the EU General Court which led to the annulment of the Commission CISAC decision.

Kris has extensive experience in representing clients in cartel defence cases, including leniency and settlement proceedings and litigation. He led the team that assisted one of the parties in the Commission’s first-ever direct settlement case (DRAM). Since then, he has been involved in several other settlement procedures (such as automotive bearings) and standard procedures (such as smart card chips). Kris acted as counsel for Japan Airlines in the proceeding before the EU General Court which overturned the Commission 2010 Air Freight decision and annulled Japan Airlines’ €35.7 million fine. He was part of the team that received the Global Competition Review Matter of the Year award in 2016 for his involvement in the case, which also won the American Lawyer’s Global Dispute of the Year: International Litigation award for 2016. In 2017, Global Competition Review 100 noted Kris as one of “the firm’s lawyers [who] excel in European court appeals stemming from DG Comp decisions”. Kris was named as one of 20 of the world’s foremost competition practitioners by Who’s Who Legal for Competition – Thought Leaders for 2018 and again for 2019.

He regularly lectures and writes on competition law matters.


Kris Van Hove has been a partner at Van Bael & Bellis since 2001.


Kris Van Hove speaks English, Dutch and French.


Member of the Brussels Bar


Duke University, USA, LL.M., 1992
Sorbonne (Paris II), Master of European Law, 1990
University of Leuven, Law Degree, 1989


Competition: Belgian law

Within: Competition: Belgian law

Van Bael & Bellis' Belgian competition law practice, which is co-led by Martin Favart and Peter L’Ecluse, is a well-established force in high-stakes, reputationally-sensitive antitrust investigations. Favart and associate Charlotte Woolfson are advising Belgian consumer association Test-Achats (as the complainant) on the Belgium Competition Authority's investigation into allegedly anti-competitive agreements between two pharmaceutical companies concerning treatments for age-related eye disease. Elsewhere, the team is also highly sought-after for advice on mergers and joint ventures, litigation and the establishment and operation of distribution systems. In 2018, Kris Van Hove and counsel Koen T’Syen assisted Belgian DIY retail chain Intergamma with the Belgian merger control aspects of its acquisition of 151 DIY stores from Ireland-based CRH. Associate ValĂ©rie Lefever is another highly rated practitioner in the team, whose other active clients include Safran Group, Allianz and bpost Bank.

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Competition: EU and global

Within: Competition: EU and global

Van Bael & Bellis' longstanding track-record in headline behavioural and transactional competition mandates ensures that it consistently attracts high-end work from blue-chip clients, such as AstraZeneca, Bloomberg, Coca-Cola European Partners and Halliburton. Praised for its 'in-depth analysis' of matters across the entire competition law spectrum, the group includes Porter Elliott, who is currently advising Quaker Chemical on the EC's review of its proposed acquisition of Houghton International for $1.4bn. Jean-François Bellis and Tim Kasten recently represented Viscas in a General Court appeal of the European Commission's decision to fine the client for its alleged involvement in a global market/customer allocation cartel in the power cables sector. In 2017, Andrzej Kmiecik, who heads the practice, was the lead adviser to Toyoda Gosei on the EC's investigation into an alleged cartel among car safety equipment suppliers over the supply of occupant safety systems to Japanese car manufacturers. The 'highly attentive' Andreas Reindl, who recently made partner, 'can quickly grasp the main issue, even when limited information is provided'. Another newly-promoted partner is Gabriele Coppo. In the air freight sector, Johan Van Acker, who is praised for his 'excellent relationship management', and Kris Van Hove are acting as coordinating counsel to Japan Airlines in eight follow-on damages actions across various European jurisdictions. David Hull, senior counsel Michael Clancy and Markus Wellinger are also names to note.

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