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Van Bael & Bellis

Competition/European Law

8 ranked lawyersBand 2BelgiumEurope 2021 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

Belgian firm with a strong EU and domestic law offering. Particularly active on behavioural antitrust matters, advising on cartel and abuse of dominance investigations carried out by the EC or the Belgian Competition Authority. Recognised as a strong choice to handle appeals against EC decisions, having acted on significant cases for both addressees of EC decisions and third-party interveners. Represents defendants in follow-on damages claims, providing strategic advice on cases filed across multiple European jurisdictions. Advises major multinational companies on compliance with competition rules concerning the distribution of goods and services. In addition to a strong behavioural practice, the firm also advises on merger control mandates.

Strengths

One client simply describes the team as "outstanding in competition law advice."

Another stresses that "the firm has a good team of very knowledgeable people who go deep" into competition topics.

Work highlights

Acted for Boeing on the Phase II clearance of its acquisition of an 80% stake in the commercial jet business of Embraer.

Notable practitioners

Head of department Andrzej Kmiecik has a wide range of experience representing clients in matters relating to vertical agreements and assists them with obtaining merger clearance.

David Hull is an experienced competition litigator, representing clients in cases before the CJEU, with substantial expertise in the pharmaceutical sector. One client simply says: "If we have major competition issues in Europe, we would go to him first."

Jean-François Bellis "remains a key litigator in Brussels," according to interviewees. He has a substantial history in competition law, providing clients with his experience in contested mergers, as well as abuse of dominance and cartel investigations.

A client enthuses that Johan Van Acker is "someone I can trust to know our business and our sector and to provide quick, pragmatic advice." He acts for intervenors at the EC in relation to merger control procedures in the electronics and manufacturing industries.

Kris Van Hove is an experienced competition litigator, advising clients on appeals against cartel decisions and defending them in cartel damages actions. He is described by sources as "an excellent competition lawyer" who "stays calm and makes the right judgement calls."

Markus Wellinger represents clients in appeals to the EC in relation to cartel decisions, as well as assisting clients with merger control procedures. He acts for clients from the mining and recycling sectors.

Peter L'Ecluse represents clients before domestic regulators in matters relating to joint ventures, abuse of dominance and cartel follow-on damages. He is particularly experienced acting for clients from the telecommunications sector.

According to clients, Porter Elliott is an "extremely talented, highly skilled lawyer with deep expertise in the area." He acts for clients from the transportation, chemicals and payment services sectors on merger clearance procedures.

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Belgium

Competition: Domestic


Peter L'Ecluse
Band 3

Competition: EU


Andrzej Kmiecik
Band 3
David Hull
Band 3
Jean-François Bellis
Senior Statespeople
Johan Van Acker
Band 6
Kris Van Hove
Band 4

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