Etsuko Kameoka specialises in EU competition law, with a particular emphasis on merger control proceedings, cartel investigations, distribution agreements, and abuses of dominance involving Japanese clients.

Prior to joining Van Bael & Bellis in 2001, Etsuko worked as a trainee in the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Competition and also gained experience in both French and British law firms. 

She regularly speaks at legal conferences in Europe and Japan. She also advises governments and public organisations on EU competition issues.


Japanese, English, French


  • College of Europe, Belgium, Post-Graduate Studies in European Legal Studies, 2001
  • New York University School of Law, LL.M. in International Legal Studies, 1997
  • University of Paris I Panthéon Sorbonne, Post-Graduate Studies in EC Law, 1996
  • Keio University, Japan, Bachelor and Master of Laws, Ph.D candidate, 1994                                                                                                    


“Competition Law and Policy in Japan and the EU” (Edward Elgar Publishing, 2014).

Contributor to Van Bael & Bellis, Competition Law of the European Community (fifth edition, Kluwer, 2010) and its Japanese-language digest “EC Competition Law” (Shoji-homu, 2007).

Bar Admissions       

New York


Notable assignments

  • Assisting Elpida Memory (at the time Japan’s leading DRAM supplier) throughout the Commission’s lengthy investigation into a cartel in the DRAM sector. This was the first investigation ever to be settled under the Commission’s new settlement procedure.

  • Assisting Japan Airlines, Japan’s flag carrier, in the cartel proceedings by the European Commission in the airfreight sector.

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