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Karel Bourgeois

Counsel

Brussels

Bourgeois Karel
Karel Bourgeois

Counsel

Brussels

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.

Experience highlights

Office

Brussels

Allen & Overy (Belgium) LLP
Tervurenlaan 268A avenue de Tervueren
Brussels
1150

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Qualifications

Professional

 

Admitted as advocaat, Belgium, 2007

Stagiair, Belgium, 2004

Academic

LLM, University of Chicago Law School, 2004

Master of Laws, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, 2003

Pro-bono experience

Giving classes to teenagers from disadvantaged neighbourhoods in Brussels at Toekomstatelier/Atelier de l’Avenir, introducing them to the role of a lawyer in society.

Recognition

Published work

News & insights

Publications: 05 JUNE 2020

Covid–19 coronavirus: global merger review (updated 5 June 2020)

Merger review processes are being impacted worldwide as merger control authorities adapt to take account of the consequences of Covid-19 coronavirus.

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Publications: 05 JUNE 2020

Covid–19 coronavirus update: global application of antitrust rules (updated 5 June 2020)

Adverse economic or social conditions have not historically tended to affect the general application and enforcement of antitrust rules. 

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Publications: 05 JUNE 2020

Covid–19 coronavirus update: an overview of European Commission State aid decisions – Updated 5 June 2020

Under State aid rules, UK and EEA Member State governments may not generally provide selective assistance to businesses without prior approval from the European Commission (EC). This includes…

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Key regulatory topics

Publications: 01 MAY 2019

Belgium adopts legal framework on tenders for new offshore electricity production installations

​On 4 April 2019, the Belgian Parliament adopted a law introducing a competitive bidding procedure to award domain concessions for new offshore wind farms. In addition to setting out a general…

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