Jean-François Bellis

Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)
Managing Partner

Jean-François Bellis started to practice law in Brussels in 1975 specialising in competition and trade law. In 1979 - 1980, he served as Legal Secretary to Lord Mackenzie Stuart at the Court of Justice of the European Communities in Luxembourg. In 1986, together with Ivo Van Bael, he founded Van Bael & Bellis, of which he is managing partner. In the field of competition law, Jean-François Bellis has advised international clients in numerous cases at EC and national level involving a broad range of antitrust issues, including price-fixing, abuses of a dominant position, mergers, distribution and licensing. In the field of trade law, he has advised international clients in countless EC anti-dumping cases as well as in many of the less frequently used EC countervailing, safeguard and "trade barriers" proceedings. He has been appointed by the WTO Director-General as a member of a WTO panel. Jean-François Bellis has extensive litigation experience in EC competition and trade cases. He has been involved in a large number of the major competition and trade cases in front of the Court of First Instance and the Court of Justice of the European Communities. Jean-François Bellis has written numerous books and articles in the field of competition and trade law and has spoken on these two subjects at many international conferences and seminars.

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Conseil régional de Midi-Pyrénées
Compass Lexecon (Paris)
Compass Lexecon (Brussels)
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (Paris)
University Paris II Panthéon‑Assas
General Court of the European Union (Luxembourg)
MAPP (Paris)
French State Council (Paris)


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Jean-François Bellis Sale of assets to preserve innovation: The European Commission clears the acquisition of energy business by a multinational conglomerate company subject to divestment of innovative assets (General Electric / Alstom)


Au terme d’une procédure d’examen approfondi (phase II), la Commission européenne a autorisé sous conditions l’achat par le conglomérat américain General Electric des activités de la multinationale française Alstom en matière de production d’électricité. Les activités cédées par Alstom concernent la (...)

Jean-François Bellis Misleading information: The European Commission fines an undertaking operating a social network due to incorrect or misleading information provided during the examination of its acquisition of a consumer communications services company (Facebook)


La Commission européenne a sanctionné Facebook, détenteur du réseau social du même nom, pour avoir lui avoir fourni des renseignements “inexacts ou dénaturés” au cours de l’examen par la Commission du projet de Facebook d’acquérir l’application de messagerie grand public WhatsApp. Il s’agit de la première (...)

Jean-François Bellis Full-function joint venture: The Advocate General Kokott considers that an operation seeking to transform an undertaking, which was under control of one group, under common control of two groups does constitute a merger under regulation EC n° 139/2004 only if the joint venture can qualify as a full-function joint venture (Austria Asphalt)


L’Avocat général Juliane Kokott a rendu ses conclusions dans la première procédure préjudicielle en matière de contrôle des concentrations. Celle-ci porte sur le champ d’application matériel du règlement CE n° 139/2004 sur les concentrations (le “règlement CE sur les concentrations”) et plus (...)

Jean-François Bellis, Valerie Lefever Commitments : The European Commission authorises takeover of a social network operator by a manufacturer of management software solutions, subject to conditions aiming at preserving competition between professional social networks (Microsoft / LinkedIn)


La Commission européenne a autorisé sous conditions l’acquisition par Microsoft du réseau social professionnel LinkedIn. Les conditions encadrant cette autorisation sont liées aux craintes de la Commission que cette opération permette à Microsoft d’utiliser la position forte de son produit Windows sur (...)

Jean-François Bellis, Valerie Lefever Shipping consortium: The European Commission approves container liner shipping merger, providing that the target company withdraws its participation from a consortium on the trade routes between Northern Europe and North America (Hapag-Lloyd / United Arab Shipping Company)


La Commission européenne a autorisé le transporteur maritime régulier par conteneurs Hapag-Lloyd à acquérir l’un de ses concurrents, United Arab Shipping Company (UASC), à la condition qu’UASC se retire du consortium NEU1. Les consortiums, ou alliances, sont des accords de coopération entre (...)

Jean-François Bellis, Valerie Lefever Joint Venture : The European Commission clears a merger between mobile network operators in Italy providing that they allow a fourth operator to join the market (Hutchison 3G Italy / WIND / JV)


Au terme d’un examen approfondi, la Commission européenne a autorisé sous conditions les entreprises de télécommunications Hutchison et VimpelCom à fusionner leurs filiales italiennes H3G et WIND en une seule entreprise commune. Tant Hutchison que VimpelCom sont actives sur le marché de détail des (...)

Bruno Lasserre, Jean-François Bellis, Jed Saul Rakoff, Wouter Wils Commitment decisions: Tool of choice or poison for antitrust enforcement? (New Frontiers of Antitrust, 15 June 2015, Paris)


This first roundtable of the “New frontiers of Antitrust” conference, Paris, 15 June 2015, was dedicated to the commitment decisions as « tool of choice or poison » for antitrust enforcement. After an introduction of Bruno Lasserre, President of the French Competition Authority describing the (...)

Jean-François Bellis The last word is always to the defendant


The European Court of Human Rights and the Court of Justice of the European Union have clarified in two decisions the relationship between administrative competition proceedings and fundamental rights. The Strasbourg Court holds that an administrative authority, which is not an independent and (...)


Droit européen de la concurrence

Cette seconde édition du manuel Droit européen de la concurrence, mise à jour au 30 septembre 2016, couvre l’intégralité du droit européen de la concurrence à l’exclusion des aides d’État. Il permet à (...)

Author(s) : Jean-François Bellis
Date 1 December 2014
ISBN 9782802737896
Concurrence en droit belge et européen

Cette seconde édition du manuel Droit européen de la concurrence, mise à jour au 30 septembre 2016, couvre l’intégralité du droit européen de la concurrence à l’exclusion des aides d’État. Il permet à (...)

Author(s) : Jean-François Bellis
Date 7 July 2009
ISBN 978-2-8044-3356-7
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