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Competition and European Law

Our Competition and European law practice reflects the diversity and increasing importance of competition and European law. We handle contentious and non-contentious competition and European law matters. In order to ensure the best possible service, we often work closely with other teams (predominantly the Commercial, Corporate & Finance, Tax and Labour & Employment departments) within our law firm or with our trusted law firms abroad.

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We regularly advise a wide range of clients in the fields of competition, state aid, the internal market, public procurement, and on various regulatory matters.

Recent assignments include:

  • Assisting and representing collecting societies in a lawsuit against a major cable television provider: the collecting societies claim copyright/neighbouring rights (worth several million euros) for the cable transmission of some television channels.
  • Assisting and representing the Belgian state and Flemish region in bringing lawsuits against 6 members of a cartel for the installation and maintenance of elevators (the authorities claim damages to compensate the excess payments for public procurement contracts awarded between 1996 and 2004).
  • Assisting a Belgian federation with regard to an inquiry into pricing practices for port handling services.
  • Assisting a warehouse in the port of Antwerp with a lawsuit brought by a coffee trading company with regard to the conditions for release of store.
  • Assisting a client, active in food testing, with an inquiry and investigation procedure into an alleged cartel of laboratories active in BSE testing.
  • Filing a complaint on behalf of a national purchasing association of beer wholesalers before the Belgian Competition authorities for abuse of dominant position by a large international brewery.

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Department head Jules Stuyck has significant experience working on Belgian domestic matters and is appreciated by clients for taking the time to understand their problems: “He is incredibly qualified and proficient, and what I like is he takes the time to really understand your needs."

-- Chambers Europe – Competition – 2015

 

Jules Stuyck has a strong reputation for Belgian competition law matters. He is noted for his expertise in port-related issues.

-- Chambers Europe – Competition – 2015