Annabelle Lepiece

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Annabelle Lepièce is a European law specialist, with a focus on European competition law: State aid, antitrust law and merger control. She co-heads CMS Belgium’s Competition and EU Law practice. She also has expertise on EU freedoms (freedom to provide services, freedom of establishment, free movement of goods and persons). Her legal practice includes drafting and submitting public intervention notifications to the European Commission (rescue and restructuring aid, investment aids, RDI schemes, etc) and representing the Belgian, French, Spanish, Romanian, Dutch authorities and beneficiaries in European investigations on alleged illegal aid. She assisted public authorities in numerous notification of individual aid and aid schemes in the context of the covid-19 outbreak. She has a recognised expertise in relation to aviation, in the railway and maritime transport sectors, the banking sector, the manufacturing industry, energy and government investments. She is one of the Belgian experts of the 2019 Study for the European Commission on the enforcement of state aid rules and decisions by national jurisdictions. Annabelle is a highly recommended lawyer in the 2020 edition of the GCR 100 as well as in the in the 2020 edition of the Chambers, notably in state aid, and The Legal 500 EMEA. She regularly lectures on state aid at the Panthéon-Sorbonne University, at the Ecole Nationale d’Aviation Civile and at the Assembly of European Regions, at Connect, etc. She has published numerous legal articles on state aid issues. She is regularly invited to hearings by the Committee of the Regions as an expert in state aid. She is a member of the Scientific Committee of the Revue du droit des Industries de réseau (RDIR), of the “Competition Women’s Network” and the Belgian Competition Law Association.

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