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Stefaan RAES

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Stefaan Raes has a broad and longstanding experience in European and national competition law, both as a judge and as the president of the Belgian Competition Authority. As a judge, and, before that, as an attorney, he equally has a broad and longstanding experience in litigation, not only in competition law, but also in other areas of economic law, such as sector regulation, market practices and intellectual property rights, as well as in cases of civil liability.

Stefaan has been an attorney at the Brussels bar (1981-1994), a judge in the Court of first instance of Brussels (1994-1998), a judge in the Court of appeal of Brussels (1998-2004), president of the Competition Council (the Belgian Competition Authority, 2004-2013), and afterwards again a judge in the Court of appeal of Brussels (2013-2015). In the Court, he has presided the chamber having jurisdiction over cases of competition law.

Stefaan is the author of numerous publications in the fields of civil procedure and economic law. He has been active both in research and teaching in the field of civil procedure, at the Law Faculty of the KU Leuven (1986-1994).

He is licentiate in law of the University of Leuven (KU Leuven 1980) and Master of Laws (LL M) of the University of Chicago Law School (1981).
Stefaan has joined Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick as a Partner in April 2015.


  • Defends undertakings in cartel and abuse of dominance investigations by the EU Commission (languages: French and English) and is currently involved in some 15 such investigations conducted by the Belgian Competition Authority (languages: Dutch, French and English)

  • Defends the target in the most high profile merger control by the Belgian Competition Authority at present (in the pharmaceutical sector)

  • Defends the European Chemicals Agency in the Case C-350/15 P before the European Court of Justice (identification of a substance of very high concern under REACH) (procedural language: English)

  • Co-author of more than twenty advisory opinions of the Competition Council to the Federal Regulator for Postal Services and Telecommunications on definition of markets, designation of operators with substantial market power, and remedies, in the sector of electronic communications

  • Author or co-author of more than two hundred judicial opinions by the Court of Appeal of Brussels, rendered between September 2013 and March 2015, in competition law, sector regulation, civil liability (also of entities of public law), administrative law and matters of general jurisdiction

  • Assistance to clients in three merger control cases before the Belgian Competition Authority

  • Assistance to clients in one cartel investigation by the European Commission and three cartel investigations by the Belgian Competition Authority

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