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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.

Partners Loyens & Loeff Brussels recognised by Best Lawyers
News - 28 June 2019 - Belgium

Partners Loyens & Loeff Brussels recognised by Best Lawyers

Congratulations to Peter Callens on being recognised by Best Lawyers™ as the 2020 Litigation “Lawyer of the Year” in Belgium. Only a single lawyer in each practice...
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News on cross-border financial services in Belgium post-Brexit
News - 23 April 2019 - Belgium

News on cross-border financial services in Belgium post-Brexit

A recently published law and an FSMA communication provides for certain transitory measures for financial services in case of a hard Brexit.
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New market for payment transaction processors faces strengthened regulation
News - 22 May 2017 - Belgium

New market for payment transaction processors faces strengthened regulation

A new act, subjecting systemically important payment transaction processors to certain conduct of business rules, aims to strengthen the continuity and stability...
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Belgian and European Fines for Non-Compliance with Standstill Obligation ('gun-jumping')

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


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

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

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.