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  Karel Bourgeois



Karel has 15 years’ experience in all aspects of EU and Belgian competition law as well as state aid law. He has represented a wide range of clients in merger control, abuse of dominance and cartel cases before the European Commission and the Belgian Competition Authority. As one of the few state aid experts at the Brussels bar, a considerable part of his practice also involves representing clients in strategic state aid cases. He also litigates in competition-related matters before the courts. In addition, he offers antitrust compliance support to his clients. Sector-wise, Karel has particular experience in the media, energy, financial, consumer goods and industrial sectors.

He is the author of a number of legal publications in the field of Belgian and EU competition law.

Professional qualifications


Admitted as advocaat, Belgium, 2007

Stagiair, Belgium, 2004

Academic qualifications

LLM, University of Chicago Law School, 2004

Master of Laws, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, 2003

Published work

K. Bourgeois, E. Paredis (2018) “Toepassing van de mededingingswet door de Belgische Mededingingsautoriteit in 2017”, in SEW juli/augustus 2018, Zutphen: Uitgeverij Paris, p. 302-320

K. Bourgeois, E. Paredis (2017) “Toepassing van de mededingingswet door de Belgische Mededingingsautoriteit in 2016”, in SEW juli/augustus 2017, Zutphen: Uitgeverij Paris, p. 311-328

D. Arts, K. Bourgeois (2014) “Some reflections on the effect on trade concept contained in Articles 101 and 102 TFEU” in Liber Amicorum Jacques Steenbergen “Mundi et Europae Civis”, Gent: Larcier, p. 331-346

D. Arts, K. Bourgeois, M. De Deygere (2014) “Cartels, Enforcement, Appeals & Damages Actions – Belgium”, in Global Legal Insights, London: Global Legal Group, p. 36-45

K. Bourgeois, M. Struys, J. Derenne and W. Broere, “Commission Study on the enforcement of State Aid law at National Level, Belgian Chapter”, March 2006

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