Mr Dirk Van Liedekerke > CMS > Brussels, Belgium > Lawyer Profile





Dirk specialises in EU and Belgian competition law and telecommunications law. With more than twenty years of experience in these areas, his expertise ranges from advising major EU public operators on electronic communications regulation, to assisting with litigation on inter-operator conflicts, regulatory complaints, and competition and merger control filings and litigation. He counsels and assists undertakings active in all industries in respect of the implication on their business activities of the Belgian and EU competition rules.

Prior to joining CMS in 2017, Dirk was a partner at Olswang after having started his professional career at Coudert Brothers and as a teaching assistant at the College of Europe in Bruges.


English, Dutch, French


1994 – Member of the Brussels Bar
1990 – College of Europe, Bruges (Diploma of Advanced European Legal Studies)
1989 – University of Ghent (Master in Law)

Lawyer Rankings

Belgium > Fintech

With a client base of international financial services providers and companies, CMS advises on projects and regulatory issues relating to cryptocurrency, payment services and e-money, asset management, and insurtech, with broad expertise across regulatory issues and cross-border work. The firm also leverages its international TMT offering to provide broad advice on IT and data issues to fintech and new technology clients. Banking, finance, and insurance regulatory specialist Benoît Vandervelde heads up the practice alongside Tom De Cordier, who focuses on IT and data privacy issues, and Dirk Van Liedekerke, an experienced adviser on electronic communications and competition law.

Belgium > Industry focus: IT and telecoms

(Leading individuals)

Dirk Van LiedekerkeCMS

CMS is well regarded by clients for its ‘dedicated, broad expertise‘. An impressive roster of blue-chip digital economy companies turn to the team for assistance with contentious and non-contentious matters, including cybersecurity issues, privacy infringement cases and regulatory questions. Dirk Van Liedekerke focuses on EU and Belgian competition law and communications law, working with various operators and platform providers across the board. Tom De Cordier is praised for his ‘truly supportive‘ approach in a range of TMC, data privacy and life sciences-based instructions.

Belgium > Competition: Belgian law

(Leading individuals)

Dirk Van LiedekerkeCMS

CMS handles the full range of competition matters, including merger control, state aid, cartels, and damages claims, among others, with a strong capability on the contentious side of public and private enforcement proceedings. Sector focuses for the firm include air transport, rail and pharma, and the group is adept at handling state aid for national and regional authorities. The team is led by Annabelle Lepièce, who has an active advisory and litigation practice and specialises in aviation sector work, alongside Dirk Van Liedekerke, who has strong telecoms sector expertise and advises on investigations, merger control, and civil enforcement actions.