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Van Bael & Bellis

Work +32 2 647 73 50
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Brussels, Geneva

Martin Favart

Work +32 2 647 73 50
Van Bael & Bellis

Work Department

Competition, Corporate and commercial


Partner Martin’s practice focuses on competition law and Belgian business law. Martin’s expertise focuses on dominant market positions and cartels. He represents international clients before the European Commission, the EU Courts and in national competition law proceedings. Martin’s practice covers a wide range of sectors, including basic industries, food and drink, automobiles, building materials, chemicals, electronics, as well as information and communications technology. Martin also represents companies in EU and Belgian merger clearance proceedings as notifying parties or interested third parties. In the field of Belgian Business Law, Martin handles both advisory files and litigation cases in a wide range of commercial matters with a particular focus on contracts, distribution, unfair market practices, marketing and corporate. He regularly lectures and writes on competition and Belgian business law issues.


Martin Favart joined Van Bael & Bellis as an associate in 1997 and became a partner in 2006. In 2001/2002, he was seconded as in-house counsel to the Brussels-based subsidiary of a worldwide bottler and distributor of soft drinks. Martin Favart is a part-time assessor (panel member) of the decision-making body of the Belgian Competition Authority.


Martin Favart speaks English, French, Dutch and Spanish.


Member of the Brussels Bar


University of Oxford, United Kingdom – M. Jur., 1997 University of Louvain (UCL), Belgium – Lic. Jur., 1996 University Faculties Saint-Louis (FUSL), Belgium – Cand. Jur., 1993


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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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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