Region: Belgium

Belgium considers first merger block

The Belgian Competition Authority’s investigative arm has called on the agency to stop a national meat processor from acquiring two subsidiaries of a Mexican multinational food company, which would mark the enforcer’s first prohibition since it was formed in 2013.

12 May 2023

Brussels court rejects challenge to RTL Belgium takeover

A pair of companies have lost their appeal against the Belgian Competition Authority's decision to conditionally allow the €250 million joint takeover of broadcaster RTL’s national subsidiary.

05 May 2023

Clifford Chance promotes in Brussels and London

Clifford Chance has promoted competition lawyers Milena Robotham and Stavroula Vryna to its partnership in Brussels and London respectively.

28 April 2023

A&O grows partnership in Europe and Australia

Allen & Overy has promoted two counsel and one senior associate to partner at its offices in Sydney, Amsterdam and Brussels, effective 1 May.

26 April 2023

Belgium considers novel interim measures in abuse of dominance merger probe

The head of the Belgian Competition Authority’s investigative unit has urged the agency’s decision-making arm to impose an interim injunction pausing Proximus’ integration with edpnet as it progresses a landmark abuse of dominance probe into the merger.

21 April 2023

Belgium closes JV probe after parties voluntarily remove conflict concerns

Belgium’s Competition Authority has closed an investigation into a telecommunications joint venture after the parties voluntarily assuaged concerns over the new entity’s potential indirect ownership by local municipalities.

19 April 2023

Linklaters promotes in US, Europe and China

Linklaters has added Marcus Pollard and William Leslie to its respective partnerships in Hong Kong and Brussels, while also promoting a lawyer at an affiliate firm in China and adding five new counsel in Europe and the US.

03 April 2023

Belgium blesses first sustainability initiative in banana sector

The Belgian Competition Authority has approved a collaboration between a sustainable trade association and five supermarkets that seeks to improve wages across the banana supply chain, marking the enforcer’s first approval of such an agreement on sustainability grounds.

31 March 2023

Belgium opens abuse probe into below-threshold merger

Belgium’s Competition Authority has launched an abuse of dominance investigation into Proximus’s €20.5 million acquisition of a rival, less than a week after the European Court of Justice blessed such probes.

23 March 2023

Orange acquisition wins conditional EU approval

The European Commission has cleared Orange’s €1.8 billion acquisition of Belgian rivals Voo and Brutélé subject to the buyer giving the country’s largest cable broadband provider access to two of its internet services networks for the next decade.

20 March 2023

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