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Vincent MUSSCHE
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Vincent's practice focuses on EU and Belgian competition law. He is a seasoned multifaceted antitrust lawyer with significant expertise in successfully managing local and global complex multijurisdictional merger filings/cartel investigations, State aid cases and the development and implementation of tailored competition compliance programs.

Vincent has been practicing competition law in Brussels for more than 15 years. He started his career in 2004 as a trainee at the European Commission and the Belgian Competition Authority. He subsequently worked at two international law firms and also acquired significant in-house experience as antitrust counsel at two major global multinationals.

From 2019 onwards, Vincent has been selected as a future leader of international competition practice in the Who's Who Legal Competition law survey conducted in conjunction with Global Competition Review and which lists the foremost practitioners in the competition community aged under 45. The 2019 Legal 500 rankings for Belgian Competition Law described Vincent as a lawyer who "really goes the extra mile for his clients".

Vincent specialised in European law at the College of Europe, Bruges (Master Degree in European Law) (2004) and at the Université Robert Schuman, Strasbourg (Interdisciplinary Diploma of European Studies) (2003), and obtained his law degree at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (2002) and the Facultés Universitaires Notre-Dame de la Paix de Namur (1999).

Vincent joined Liedekerke as a Partner in August 2019.

RECENT MATTERS

  • Assisted Brussels Airlines in the context of its EUR 290 million State aid application to address the COVID19 pandemic.
  • Avoided a fine for Brussels Airlines despite the fact that the Belgian Competition Authority ruled that a Commercial Service Agreement with Thomas Cook Belgium had infringed Article 101 TFEU.
  • Represented DOMO before the European Commission on its acquisition of Solvay’s EU polyamide business (purchaser approval and merger clearance).
  • Represented AG Insurance and BNP Paribas Fortis before the European Commission on their acquisition of joint control over Optimile.

KEY PUBLICATIONS

  • Stefaan Raes & Vincent Mussche, Chapter on Belgium in The Cartels and Leniency Review, Eight (2020) Edition, Law Business Research.
  • Vincent Mussche, «How to successfully navigate the EC purchaser approval process », 2019.
  • Vincent Mussche & Fientje Moerman, “De nieuwe clementierichtsnoeren van de Belgische mededingingsautoriteit”, Lunchforum mededinging, TBM/RCB, 2016” pp. 334-338.
  • Vincent Mussche, Editorial, TBM/RCB, 2015, pp. 139-140.
  • Damien Gerard, Vincent Mussche & Peter Wytinck, « Renforcer la crédibilité de l’autorité belge de la concurrence », TBM/RCB, 2014, pp. 90-96.    
  • Vincent Mussche & H.C.L Hobbelen,  “Kartelhandhaving door de Europese Commisie in crisistijd : business as usual?”, 2009, Markt & Mededinging, pp. 185-192.
  • Jan Blockx & Vincent Mussche, « Divide et Impera, de Bofar beslissing van de Voorzitter van de Raad voor de Mededinging en het recht om de parallelhandel in geneesmiddelen te beperken», TBM/RCB, 2009, pp. 27-35.
  • Vincent Mussche , Rapport Lunchforum Mededinging "Settlements and alternative techniques" au niveau européen et belge, TBM/RCB, 2008, pp. 32-35.

MARKET RECOGNITION

  • Vincent Mussche is recommended by Legal 500 - 2020
  • From 2019 onwards, Vincent has been selected as a future leader of international competition practice in the Who's Who Legal Competition law survey conducted in conjunction with Global Competition Review and which lists the foremost practitioners in the competition community aged under 45.

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