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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.

Stefaan RAES
Partner, Head of Practice
T : +32 2 551 14 52

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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.



What others say about us

‘The team has sufficient resources, excellent knowledge of the regulations and a lot of experience‘. ‘In addition to being very knowledgeable, the team’s way of working is very hands-on and pragmatic. It listens to its clients‘.

-- Legal 500 Competition: Belgian Law 2020

“The lawyers can be easily contacted and return calls quickly," says one client.

Interviewees report that Stefaan Raes "can give very useful insight on a file," and describe him as "responsive, pragmatic and available." Raes frequently assists clients with competition litigation cases before the BCA. He has a number of clients from the telecommunications and pharmaceutical sectors.

-- Chambers Europe Competition: Domestic 2020

In May 2019, Vincent Mussche was selected as a future leader of international competition practice (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).

Vincent Mussche is a lawyer who "really goes the extra mile for his clients"

-- Legal 500 Belgian Competition Law 2019

“Liedekerke did an outstanding job in researching the particulars and developing a sound proposal in a short period of time.”

-- Chambers Europe 2017