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Competition and European Law

Our Competition and EU Law team handles contentious and non-contentious competition and European law matters.

We represent clients before the Belgian Competition Authority, European Commission and Belgian and EU Courts.

Our team provides deep expertise covering the full spectrum of competition law. We have been involved in major merger control cases at Belgian and European level and the majority of antitrust cases that have been handled by the Belgian Competition Authority, some of which having led to ground-breaking case law. For cross-border assignments, we work on a daily basis with top-tier foreign law firms.

We are also highly specialised in EU law, with a focus on public procurement matters and regulatory issues.

Stefaan RAES
Partner, Head of Practice
s.raes@liedekerke.com
T : +32 2 551 14 52



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HOW WE SUPPORT OUR CLIENTS

  • Successfully assisting DOMO in the context of its acquisition of Solvay’s EEA polyamide business following a divestment imposed by the Commission, including purchaser approval and merger clearance.
  • Representing BNP Paribas Fortis and AG Insurance on their acquisition of joint control over Optimile.
  • Assisting Brussels Airlines in the context of its EUR 290 million State aid application to address the COVID19 pandemic.
  • Avoiding 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 TFUE.
  • Defending Facebook in proceedings brought before the Belgian Courts, in summary proceedings and on the merits, by the Belgian Privacy Commission and before the Court of Justice of the European Union in preliminary rulings proceedings.
  • Acting on behalf of the Single Resolution Board in several litigation cases before the Courts of the Union.
  • Acting on behalf of the European Chemicals Agency in several litigations before the Courts of the Union.
  • Acting on behalf of the European Food Safety Authority before the Courts of the Union.
  • Defending Uber in all litigation before the Belgian Courts regarding Uber Pop and Uber X.
  • Assisting Uber in claims before the Belgian Courts and tribunals regarding rides in the Brussels Region area.
  • Defending Provera in an investigation with dawn raid by the Belgian Competition Authority for a joint purchase agreement with Carrefour Belgium.
  • Representing Mwingz, a joint venture between Proximus and Orange Belgium, in an investigation by the Belgian Competition Authority.
  • Filing of a complaint for abuse of dominant position against Polish multinational undertaking in the oil industry.
  • Defending a telecommunication operator in a private enforcement litigation against a network supplier before the Belgian Court.
  • Representing a manufacturer of pharmaceutical products in a complaint for abuse of dominance before the Belgian Competition Authority.
  • Representing clients in cases of sports in competition law: jumping events, football.

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What others say about us

Liedekerke’s Competition law practice is amongst the “Recommended” practices

-- GCR100’s 20th Edition, January 2020


Liedekerke’s Competition law practice is ranked in Band 3 and Stefaan Raes is ranked individually in Band 3 in Chambers & Partners Europe (2020). "The lawyers can be easily contacted and return calls quickly" says one client. Interviewees also report that Stefaan Raes "can give very useful insight on a file" and describe him as "responsive, pragmatic and available".

-- Chambers and Partners Europe, Competition.European Law 2020


Liedekerke’s Competition law practice is ranked Tier 3 in the Competition Belgian law category of The Legal 500 (2020): the team is praised for having “a strong track record in cases before the Belgian Competition Authority and DG COMP”. Client referees reported that “The team has sufficient resources, excellent knowledge of the regulations and a lot of experience” and that “In addition to being very knowledgeable, the team’s way of working is very hands-on and pragmatic. It listens to clients”.

-- Legal 500 Competition: Belgian Law 2020


Liedekerke is Highly Recommended

-- Leaders League’s 2020 Guide Litigation and Competition: EU Competition Litigation – Best Law Firms Belgium


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.


 

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

-- Legal 500, Competition: Belgian Law 2019