Overview

Catherine Longeval specialises in litigation before the Belgian courts and advises clients on a wide range of issues, including life sciences law. Her expertise in this area covers laws governing medicines, biotech products, medical devices, cosmetics and food supplements, among other aspects.

She also specialises in unfair market practices, distribution law, product liability, employment law and general commercial law.

Catherine began her professional career in October 1989. Prior to joining Van Bael & Bellis in 1994, she worked as an associate with a leading Brussels law firm. 

She regularly lectures and writes on life sciences regulatory matters and procedural law matters. She often speaks at conferences.

Languages

Dutch, English, French

Recommendations

  • Chambers Global and Chambers Europe for Dispute Resolution
  • Chambers Europe – ‘Leaders In Their Field’ (Dispute Resolution) 
  • Expert Guides – Guide to the World’s Leading Litigation Lawyers
  • PLC for EU Life Sciences – Regulatory
  • PLC for EU Life Sciences – Competition/Anti-trust
  • PLC for Dispute Resolution 
  • PLC for Belgium Life Sciences – Regulatory
  • Legal 500 for Employment law
  • Legal 500 for Dispute Resolution
  • European Legal Experts for Litigation
  • Who’s Who Legal for Life Sciences
  • LMG Life Sciences (Europe) – Life Sciences Star
  • Best Lawyers – Litigation  

Education

  • University of Brussels (ULB), Master of Laws, 1989 
  • University of Leuven, Master of Laws, 1987

Publications

Contributor to Van Bael & Bellis' Business Law Guide to Belgium (Kluwer Law International/Bruylant, 2003).

Co-author of PLC's Life Sciences Handbook, Chambers' Pharmaceutical Advertising Guide, and dispute resolution section of Chambers' Litigation guide. 

Professional Memberships

Member of CEPINA (Belgian Centre for Mediation and Arbitration)
Member of the Brussels Pharma Law Group
Member of the European Employment Lawyers Association
Member of the International Bar Association

Bar Admission

Brussels

Notable assignments

  • Representing a global pharmaceutical company in the context of “extreme urgency” suspension proceedings before the Council of State, aimed at the suspension and annulment of a tender decision of the Office de la Naissance et de l’Enfance (ONE) granted in favour of a competitor of our client.

  • Representing a global logistics company in proceedings initiated by an international organisation and the Belgian State following our client’s attachment of assets in a case which raises complex issues under international and procedural law.

Publications and insights

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    • 11/09/2019
    • Articles

    Stella Kyriakides Commissioner-Designate for Health

    Stella Kyriakides, a member of the Cypriot parliament, a trained psychologist and a forceful advocate of patient rights (she is a past President of Europa Donna, the breast cancer patient group), has been entrusted with the health portfolio by Ursula von der Leyen, the President-elect of the incoming European Commission. Like the other designated Commissioners, Ms. Kyriakides’ appointment still has to be approved by the European Parliament, but with her colleagues she is expected to take up her position in November 2019.

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    • 09/09/2019
    • Articles

    Belgium - Minister of Economic Affairs Uses Price Regulation Powers against Leadiant's CDCA

    Minister of Economic Affairs Wouter Beke took action against pharmaceutical firm Leadiant and, making use of his price regulation powers, reduced the price of chenodeoxycholic acid Leadiant (“CDCA”), a medicine indicated for the treatment of patients afflicted with cerebrotendinous xanthomatosis, a rare metabolic disorder (“CTX”). CDCA was designated as an orphan medicine in December 2014, but its active substance is no longer patented and has been used for many years as an inexpensive treatment for cholesterol gallstones. In a press release (see attached, only the Dutch version is available), the Minister says that he lowered the price of what would seem to be a presentation of 100 tablets of 250mg of CDCA Leadiant to EUR 3,653.25 ex factory, while Leadiant had sought a price of EUR 14,000 ex factory. The presentation at issue covers the treatment of CTX during approximately one month. The Minister has also urged the Belgian Competition Authority (“BCA”) to review as a matter of priority the alleged abuse of a dominant position of which Leadiant might be guilty. The case before the BCA results from a complaint filed by consumer organisation Test-Aankoop/Test-Achats earlier this year (see, Van Bael & Bellis Life Sciences Newsflashes of 9 April 2019 and 11 February 2019). Additionally, the Minister called on the European Commission to review the rules governing orphan medicines. However, that call is superfluous as an assessment of these rules has already been under way for quite some time (see, Van Bael & Bellis Life Sciences Newsflash of 18 October 2018) and the outcome of this exercise is expected to be high on the agenda of the incoming European Commission.

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    • 05/09/2019
    • News

    Medicines Cooperation - Sweden to Join International Horizon Scanning Initiative

    On 4 September 2019, the Dutch Minister for Medical Care, Bruno Bruins, announced plans for Sweden to join the impending International Horizon Scanning Initiative (“IHSI”) (see, attached press release). IHSI, which is expected to start in October 2019, is a form of international cooperation that seeks to identify innovative medicines before they reach the market. It will inform decision-making on treatment and budgets in the participating countries. IHSI is just one example of a broader trend of expanding international cooperation on medicines in a range of areas and in varying geographical constellations. Last month, Minister Bruins had already announced that Canada would also become a member of IHSI (see, Van Bael & Bellis Life Sciences Newsflash of 18 July 2019). When airing the intentions of Sweden, Minister Bruins expressed the hope that IHSI would be able to begin operations with 10 member countries. Other known aspiring members include Belgium, Ireland, Luxemburg and The Netherlands.

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