Catherine Gordley focuses on EU competition law. 

She specialises in representing clients before the European Commission in complex merger proceedings as well as in antitrust and abuse of dominance investigations. 

Catherine has particular experience in merger control, including advising clients in Phase II merger proceedings and in other transactions requiring remedies.  Her merger experience spans a wide range of sectors, including financial services, aviation, steel, chemicals other basic industries. 

She also advises on the interplay of the EU merger control regime with newer instruments such as foreign direct investment and foreign subsidies reviews. She is a key member of the firm’s EU Foreign Subsidies Regulation (FSR) taskforce and a contributing author to a handbook on the FSR published by VBB with Concurrences.

Catherine’s practice includes advising on distribution, licensing and abuse of dominance issues, particularly in the luxury/retail goods and media sectors.  She is also active in the life sciences sector, advising pharmaceutical companies on matters related to distribution, pricing, product denigration and generic/biosimilar market entry.

Catherine regularly prepares compliance programmes and assists companies with their implementation.

Prior to joining Van Bael & Bellis, Catherine worked in the New York office of a leading international law firm, primarily on matters arising in the financial services sector.



English, French, Italian


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  • University of Brussels (ULB), LL.M. in European Law, 2017
  • Harvard Law School, J.D., 2011
  • University of Graz, Austria, Master in European Integration and Regionalism, 2008
  • Yale University, B.A., 2006


Country rapporteur (Belgium & UK) for the EU Competition Law Handbook, Jones and Van der Woude (Sweet & Maxwell, 2020).

Co-author, EU chapter, Chambers Cartels Guide (2020).

Co-author, EU merger control Q&A, Practical Law Merger Guide (2020).

Contributor (on pharmaceuticals and mergers) to Van Bael & Bellis, Competition Law of the European Union (sixth edition, Kluwer, 2020).

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