EU Competition Law

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With one of the largest competition teams in Brussels, Van Bael & Bellis has developed longstanding relationships with clients, who consider us to be their “preferred EU competition law firm”.

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    • 03/02/2020
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    Van Bael & Bellis hosts the 5th CEA Annual Conference on EU law and arbitration

    The 5th Annual Conference organised by the Club Español del Arbitraje (CEA) Capitulo Belga, the CEA Mujeres and the CEA-40, on the topic “A new landscape for EU law and arbitration: Challenges and opportunities”.

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    • 01/02/2020
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    Van Bael & Bellis Promotes Michael Clancy

    This week, Van Bael & Bellis in Brussels promotes Michael Clancy to its partnership. Michael is known for acting as a valued adviser to clients, delivering actionable legal advice and effective solutions, allowing clients to manage complex internal and external circumstances and achieve their objectives. He has extensive experience in the life sciences sector, where he advises on the competition law issues arising throughout the lifespan of products. Michael’s other notable experience includes successfully defending clients in antitrust investigations by the European Commission and other authorities in the pharmaceutical and cosmetics sectors and his ongoing work on the appeal against the Commission's first decision on reverse-payment patent settlements in the pharma industry. Michael says "I am delighted and honoured to be joining the partnership at Van Bael & Bellis, which has been a thought-leader on competition law matters for the past 35 years, and which includes so many great colleagues who are industry-leading experts focused on delivering the highest quality legal services to our clients." David Hull, senior competition partner, commented: “I have worked closely with Mike for over 10 years. He is a superb lawyer who has developed deep expertise in the life sciences sector. Our clients in that sector are increasingly seeing him as their go-to competition lawyer who combines a broad knowledge of the sector with a practical approach to solving competition issues.” Jean-François Bellis, Chairman, remarked: “In the five years Mike has been with us, I have only heard praise about his work coming from all directions, clients, his colleagues in the firm and his peers outside the firm. His accession to the partnership reinforces our competition law team as one of the strongest in Brussels.” Michael joined Van Bael & Bellis as Counsel in 2014 and was promoted to Senior Counsel in 2018. He previously worked in Brussels and London at other international law firms. The firm's EU competition team now includes 14 partners and 7 counsel in its Brussels office.

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  • The lawyers have a top-notch understanding of EU competition law and a practical approach.

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  • The service provided is comparable to the magic circle firms.

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  • The firm has a unique position in the market as one of the only Benelux domestics to compete with the large international practices.

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  • Van Bael & Bellis ‘certainly stands up to its excellent reputation’ in the competition field, and is ‘always quick to respond to queries’.

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With 11 partners, 9 counsel and 17 associates, Van Bael & Bellis houses one of the largest and most experienced competition teams in Brussels.

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    • 13/01/2020
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    VBB on Competition Law, Volume 2019, No. 12

    The December 2019 issue of our newsletter, VBB on Competition Law, which covers major developments in competition law at both the European Union and Member State levels.    Click below to view and download the issue

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    • 28/11/2019
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    VBB on Competition Law, Volume 2019, No. 11

    The November 2019 issue of our newsletter, VBB on Competition Law, which covers major developments in competition law at both the European Union and Member State levels.    Click below to view and download the issue

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    • 19/11/2019
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    VBB on Belgian Business Law, Volume 2019, No. 10

    The October 2019 issue of our Belgian Business Law newsletter reporting on the latest developments in a range of areas, including competition, data protection, intellectual property and labour law.

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