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Virginie Dor

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Public Law, Public Procurement & PPP


Virginie joined CMS DeBacker in 2003. Previously she practiced Business Law with Liedekerke, Wolters, Waelbroeck & Kirkpatrick. She has been assistant to Professor ‘t Kint at the University of Louvain (UCL). Since her arrival at CMS DeBacker, Virginie has specialised in public procurement. In her daily practice (public procurement, concessions, PPP), Virginie assists contracting authorities and tenderers on the drafting of tenders or the conception and implementation of procurement procedures. She is a regular author of procurement documents; negotiates complex operations; undertakes comprehensive analysis of the awarding of tenders and the compliancy of the awarding procedure, and assists either contracting authorities or tenderers in the context of litigation. As a specialist in the sector, she regularly gives training sessions and conducts seminars in Englisch, French and Dutch.


Virginie is a partner at CMS DeBacker


French, Dutch, English, Italian


Member of ESIMAP’s Board of Directors (seminars and trainings in the field of public procurements)


Université Catholique de Louvain, UCL (Law Degree, 2002) European Institute of High International Studies, Nice, France (Master European and International Studies, 2003)


Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences

Within: Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences

The healthcare and life sciences team at CMS acts for hospitals, healthcare providers and public authorities, as well as pharmaceutical companies, with clients including the Hospital of Charleroi, the European Commission, Aspen Pharmacare and Takeda Pharmaceutical Company. Virginie Dor, who has particular expertise in public procurement, heads up the practice alongside counsel Bruno Fonteyn. Annabelle Lepièce is a key name to note for competition law.

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