Margot Vogels focuses on Belgian business law, as well as all aspects of Belgian and EU competition law. 

Prior to joining Van Bael & Bellis, Margot worked as a trainee in the Food Task Force at the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Competition. Margot also gained experience in competition law during an internship in the Beijing office of an international law firm, as well as during several internships in the Brussels offices of leading international law firms.


French, English, Dutch


  • Columbia Law School, LL.M., B.A.E.F. Fellow, 2018
  • University of Brussels (ULB), Master of Laws, magna cum laude, 2016
  • China University of Political Science and Law (CUPL), Exchange programme, 2014
  • Saint-Louis University, Brussels, Bachelor of Laws, cum laude, 2014


Q. Declève et M. Vogels, “Ordonnance européenne de saisie conservatoire des comptes bancaires: la Cour de justice de l’Union européenne préserve l’équilibre entre les intérêts des créanciers et les droits de la defense des débiteurs”, TBH-RDC, 2020/1, pp. 63-68.
Contributor to “Private antitrust litigation in Belgium: overview” (Thomson Reuters Practical Law, 2019).

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    • 28/03/2022
    • News

    Competition Policy International publishes article on ‘Revising the competition law rulebook for digital markets in Europe’ authored by Kris Van Hove, Argyrios Papaefthymiou and Margot Vogels

    Kris Van Hove (Partner at Van Bael & Bellis), Argyrios Papaefthymiou (Associate at Zepos & Yannopoulos) and Margot Vogels (Associate at Van Bael & Bellis) have authored a new article on “Revising the competition law rulebook for digital markets in Europe: an update” published in the latest edition of Competition Policy International (CPI). Its purpose is to timely inform readers of the seismic shift that is currently underway in competition law enforcement in the digital sector. The new article is a sequel to a previous article written by Kris Van Hove and Argyrios Papaefthymiou in October 2020 on the same subject matter and also published in CPI (available here). At that time, there were multiple studies and policy papers that identified the perceived competition law problems in digital markets in Europe and discussed various approaches to address these problems. The article then discussed these problems and approaches and submitted them to a critical assessment. In the meantime, these studies and policy papers have been translated into legislative and regulatory action as well as new enforcement action. The new article addresses these initiatives and enforcement action, which - as previously - have been submitted to a critical assessment. The new article is available under this link.

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    • 27/01/2022
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    Van Bael & Bellis lawyers’ contribution nominated for the 2022 Antitrust Writing Awards

    The article “The EU Commission publishes the draft revised Vertical Block Exemption Regulation and draft revised Guidelines on Vertical Restraints,” co-authored by VBB partners Andrzej Kmiecik and Andreas Reindl and associates Valérie Lefever and Margot Vogels, has been nominated for the 2022 Antitrust Writing Awards. VBB’s article has been nominated in the Best Business Article category, under “Concerted Practices”. The article sets out how the draft Vertical Block Exemption Regulation and draft revised Guidelines on Vertical Restraints would bring about a number of important changes to how the EU competition rules apply to a wide range of vertical agreements, affecting not only distribution systems for branded products but more broadly any form of vertical agreement in all sectors of the economy. The article provides a detailed analysis of the most important changes and their potential impact on market participants. You can vote for VBB’s article by clicking on this link. The winners will be announced in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, 5 April 2022.

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