Katharina Bongs focuses on EU and German competition law and EU trade law. 

EU Competition 

Katharina advises and represents clients in German and EU cartel and merger control cases. Her experience includes preparing leniency applications as well as assisting in cartel defence and settlement proceedings. She also advises clients on how to structure their agreements to ensure competition law compliance and organises customised EU and German competition law compliance programmes. 

​Trade & Customs 

In the field of trade law, Katharina specialises in EU customs law. Her expertise extends to advising clients on multi-jurisdictional customs matters and representing them before national customs administrations, courts and the European Commission.

Katharina is also part of the regulatory team and routinely deals with legal questions involving chemicals and energy. 

Prior to joining Van Bael & Bellis, Katharina qualified as a German lawyer. In the course of her two years of legal training, she worked, notably, at the Cologne office of a large German commercial law firm dealing with distribution and EU law, with the German Federal Ministry of Economics dealing with anti-dumping measures and with the German Embassy in Oslo.


German, English, French, Spanish


  • Chambers Global (Competition/European Law)
  • Who's Who Legal - Competition (Future Leaders)


  • College of Europe, Bruges, Master of European Legal Studies, 2007
  • Higher Regional Court of Cologne, Second State Examination in Law, 2006
  • University of Bonn, First State Examination in Law, 2002
  • University of Salamanca, Spain, Erasmus Programme, 1998/1999
  • University of Trier, Diploma in International Law Studies in Anglo-American and French Law, 1999


Contributor to Van Bael & Bellis, Competition Law of the European Community (fifth edition, Kluwer, 2010), the standard work of reference in the field of EU competition law.

Regular contributor to the monthly competition law newsletter, VBB on Competition Law.

Teaching Posts

Katharina Bongs was a Graduate Assistant to Prof. Dr. Wagner at the Institute of Civil Procedural Law of the University of Bonn where she was involved in an international research project and the annotation of the “Münchener Kommentar” on tort law.

Professional Membership

“Studienvereinigung Kartellrecht”
“European Forum for External Trade, Excise and Customs”

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