Van Bael & Bellis

Chaussée de la Hulpe 166 Terhulpsesteenweg
1170 Brussels

Van Bael & Bellis is a leading independent law firm based in Brussels, with a second office in Geneva exclusively dedicated to WTO matters. Our firm is known for its client-centred approach, its commitment to excellence and its extensive expertise in EU and national competition law, EU and international trade law, EU regulatory law as well as Belgian business law. With nearly 70 lawyers coming from 20 different countries, we bring you a highly effective team of professionals with multi-jurisdictional expertise and an international perspective.

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Mrs. Catherine Longeval (Partner)
Tel: +32 (0) 2 647 73 50
Fax: +32 (0)2 640 64 99

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Mrs. Lee Reign
Tel: +32 (0) 26 47 73 50
Fax: +32 (0)2 640 64 99

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Van Bael & Bellis sponsors DIApositief

Van Bael & Bellis co-founder of the Legal Diversity and Inclusion Alliance (LDIA), is very proud to sponsor DIApositief, a wonderful Diversity & Inclusion project of the Dutch-speaking Brussels Bar. 

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Van Bael & Bellis promotes Thibaut D’hulst

Van Bael & Bellis is pleased to announce the promotion of data protection, IT and IP specialist Thibaut D’hulst to Counsel.

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Van Bael & Bellis Managing Partner honoured at the Chambers Europe Awards for Excellence 2014

On 24 April 2014, Van Bael & Bellis' Managing Partner Jean-François Bellis was honoured by Chambers & Partners for his Outstanding Contribution to the Legal Profession. The award is one of Chambers' most prestigious prizes and is given to lawyers who have had a significant impact on the European legal market. The awards ceremony was held at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane in London.

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Van Bael & Bellis is pleased to welcome David Hull as a Partner

Van Bael & Bellis is pleased to announce that David Hull has joined the firm as a partner. Mr. Hull Is a highly-experienced competition lawyer who has been involved in a number of major cases in recent years including the Lundbeck case on patent settlements and Ryanair's appeal of the Commission's decision blocking its takeover of Aer Lingus. He is particularly known for his deep experience in the life sciences sector, which will reinforce Van Bael & Bellis' active life sciences practice.

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Consumer’s Right of Withdrawal in Distance Contracts – Duty to Provide Information Clarified by EU Court of Justice

On 23 January 2019, the Court of Justice of the European Union (“ECJ”) handed down its judgment in Case C-430/17, Walbusch Walter Busch, in which it clarifies the scope of a trader’s duty of information in distance contracts with consumers pursuant to Directive 2011/83/EU of 25 October 2011 on consumer rights (the “Consumer Rights Directive”).

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Reform of Belgian Competition Law – Draft Bill Moves Forward

On 16 November 2018, the Belgian Council of Ministers adopted a draft Bill (the “Draft Bill”) bringing about a wholesale change of the competition law provisions of the Code of Economic Law (“CEL”) (see, Van Bael & Bellis on Belgian Business Law, Volume 2018, No. 11, p. 3, available at When the Belgian government became a caretaker government a few weeks later, the Draft Bill seemed moribund. However, members of parliament recently converted it into a private members’ bill which was introduced in the Federal Chamber of Representatives at the end of February 2019.

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Abuse of Position Involving Economic Dependence Will Soon Be Actionable in Belgium

On 21 March 2019, the Belgian Parliament adopted a law modifying the Code of Economic Law to, inter alia, introduce as an actionable offence the abuse of a position involving economic dependence (Wet houdende wijziging van het Wetboek van Economisch Recht met betrekking tot misbruiken van economische afhankelijkheid, onrechtmatige bedingen en oneerlijke marktpraktijken tussen ondernemingen / Loi modifiant le Code de droit économique en ce qui concerne les abus de dépendance économique, les clauses abusives et les pratiques du marché déloyales entre entreprises – the “Law”).

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Brussels International Business Court: Parliament adopts amending Bill

On 10 December 2018, the Committee for Legal Affairs of the Federal Chamber of Representatives adopted a draft bill (the "Bill") for the creation of the Brussels International Business Court (the "BIBC"). 

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