Dirk Arts is the head of the belgian competition law department. He specialises in belgian and EU competition law as well as general EU law. He advises and assists clients in administrative and judicial procedures, both before national and European authorities and courts. Dirk has particular experience within the energy, media, chemical, retail and automobile sectors. He represents clients in cartel investigations conducted by both the Commission as well as the Belgian competition authority, and advises on merger control cases. Dirk is a member of the editorial board of Tijdschrift voor Belgische Mededinging (TBM) and a founding member of the Belgian Association of Competition Lawyers. Dirk has worked as a research assistant at the Institute for European Law of the KULeuven before serving as a Référendaire (legal secretary) in the General Court. He teaches Judicial Protection in the EU at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and a yearly introductory course at the College of Europe in Bruges. Together with Koen Lenaerts, judge of the Court of Justice, he has written the leading treatise "Procedural law in the European Union" (Sweet & Maxwell, London).
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The EU cartel settlement regime will soon celebrate its sixth anniversary since its introduction . After a somewhat hesitant start, cartel settlement would appear to have overcome its teething phase and to be gathering pace