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Competition & Regulatory

Competition law affects your company from its top-level strategic objectives to its day-to-day commercial decisions. To succeed in a competitive world, your company will innovate, merge with other businesses or create strategic alliances. You may need to share information and work together both with competitors and non-competitors alike. We can assist you in achieving this, within the boundaries of competition law compliance.

Article - 24 April 2018

Compliance Handbook

Compliance has become a hot topic in today’s business conduct. Politicians, regulatory authorities, stakeholders and customers increasingly focus on the way...
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Article - 11 December 2017

EU Court of Justice allows restrictions on third-party websites in distribution of luxury products

The long-awaited judgment in Coty Germany. Coty wants a restriction on online sales preventing Coty’s distributors from using third-party websites.
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Article - 30 October 2017

Belgian and European Fines for Non-Compliance with Standstill Obligation (“gun -jumping”)

In two recent decisions, fines for breach of the standstill obligation in merger notification procedures have come in the spotlight.
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Article - 02 October 2017

Belgium introduces victim-friendly rules on damages claims

The Belgian Federal Parliament adopted a new Act on actions for damages for competition law infringements (the “Competition Law Damages Act”).
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Belgian competition authority imposes euro

Belgian Competition Authority imposes EUR 5.5 million fine for resale price maintenance

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Integrated approach

Do I need to notify this transaction for merger control clearance? What are the chances that the competition authority will clear our transaction? Am I allowed to cooperate with my competitor for R&D or to jointly distribute our products? What resale price policy may I impose on my distributors? How can I implement competition law compliance within my company? Which is the better fit for my company: selective or exclusive distribution? Officers of the Belgian Competition Authority or European Commission present themselves  to search my company’s offices for evidence of cartel infringements, what do I do?

Every company will face these and many other competition law questions, whether at the national or EU level. Very often the way in which these issues are handled will prove to be deal makers or deal breakers in your commercial transactions. In addition, antitrust or abuse of dominance investigations can seriously affect your company’s public image and lead to very high fines.

Clear-cut answers and solution driven advice

Our team of dedicated advisers is happy to assist you in dealing with the competition authorities and helps you to ensure full compliance of your company with those complex competition rules.

We aim to establish long-term, sustainable client relations in order to provide personal and client-tailored advice. Our specialist lawyers provide clear-cut and pragmatic answers to assist you in making the right decisions. We do not stop at identifying the problem, but strive to deliver solutions in a complex legal and business environment.

Sector knowledge and integrated approach

Our clients value our sector-specific knowledge. Applying competition law with the knowledge of trends and developments in a specific sector fosters accurate, pragmatic and solution-driven advice. Over the years we have gathered profound knowledge of the energy, automotive, healthcare & life sciences, food & beverages and real estate sectors. Our competition law team closely cooperates with national and international experts from other areas such as litigation, commercial law, corporate tax, corporate law, real estate and IP to offer an integrated approach to your legal needs.