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Carmen Verdonck

Altius (Brussels)

Carmen Verdonck is a partner at the ALTIUS law firm, Brussels, heading the competition law department. She was admitted to the Brussels Bar in 1996 and advises a wide range of domestic and multinational clients about all aspects of Belgian and EU competition law, including merger control, cartel cases, distribution networks, technology transfer agreements, abuse of dominance, and State aid matters. Carmen also regularly represents clients in antitrust cases before the Belgian and European competition authorities and courts. Carmen has been appointed an Assessor in the Belgian Competition Authority and Maître de Conférences at the Liège University, teaching in the LLM in European Competition and IP law. Carmen is Past President and Board member of the International League of Competition Law / Ligue International du Droit de la Concurrence (LIDC) and board member of the Association pour l’Etude du Droit de la Concurrence (AEDC). She is also a member of the Belgian Franchise Federation’s legal commission and the advising commission installed under the law on pre-contractual information obligations in commercial co-operation agreements. Carmen holds a Bachelor’s degree of the University of Namur, a Master’s degree from the University of Leuven and a LLM in European law from the University of Bristol.

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Carmen Verdonck, Nina Methens The Belgian Brussels Court of Appeal rejects a supermarket’s request to suspend a merger between two of its rivals due to gun jumping (Carrefour / Intermarché / Mestdagh)


Introduction On 23 December 2022, the Brussels Court of Appeal (the Market Court) rejected Carrefour Belgium’s application for the suspension of the Belgian Competition Authority’s (BCA’s) decision of 9 November 2022, which authorised the concentration between Intermarché AB (ITM) and (...)

Carmen Verdonck, Hanne Baeyens, Nina Methens, Quentin Silvestre Sports & competition law: An overview of EU and national case law


In 1974 the Court of Justice of the EU (“CJEU”) concluded in its famous Walrave and Koch case that sport is subject to EU law as far as it constitutes an economic activity. In the Meca-Medina case of 2006 the Court confirmed that sporting regulations that have economic effects could be analysed under competition law. However, even though the European Commission has also on several occasions explicitly stated that competition law does apply to the sports sector, the enforcement of competition rules in antitrust cases in the sports industry was not the focus of the European Commission’s competition law enforcement at the start of this millennium.

Carmen Verdonck, Louise Depuydt The Belgian Prosecutor refuses to prohibit grant of a public tender for public bicycle rental system (ClearChannel Belgium/JC Decaux Belgium sa and Région de Bruxelles-Capitale)


In Spring 2008, the government of the Brussels-Capital Region (Région de Bruxelles-Capitale/ Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest) issued an invitation to tender for the creation and implementation of an automatic bicycle-hire system for public use in the Brussels region. Three tenders were (...)

Carmen Verdonck, Jenna Auwerx The Belgian Competition Authority clarifies the standard of proof applicable to cases involving recommended prices by associations (Intérêts veterinaries)


On 15 of April 2008 the Belgian Competition Council (Conseil de la Concurrence/Raad voor de Mededinging) (“BCC”) adopted its decision in a case about price recommendation by a Belgian veterinarian association (hereinafter referred to as the “veterinarian decision”). Around the same time, the (...)

Carmen Verdonck, Jenna Auwerx The Brussels Court of Appeal gives its opinion on the relationship between merger control and the Belgian equivalents of Art. 101 and 102 TFEU in what may be its last preliminary ruling (Rocco)


On 15 December 2006, the Brussels Court of Appeal ruled on the relationship between the merger control rules and the general rules on restrictive practices. The court’s judgment followed a request for a preliminary ruling to the Court from the Commercial Court of Namur. Background The (...)

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