Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)

Stephanie Reinart

Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)
Senior Legal Counsel

Stephanie Reinart is a senior legal counsel at Van Bael & Bellis, based in Brussels. Stephanie’s experience includes securing merger clearance from the German Federal Cartel Office (Bundeskartellamt) in numerous cases and successfully defending clients in investigations of alleged cartel conduct and other anti-competitive practices conducted by the German Federal Cartel Office. Stephanie has handled numerous international cartel cases in which she defended companies in proceedings before the European Commission and the EU Courts. Stephanie’s EU competition law experience extends to advising clients on how to structure agreements, including strategic alliances, cooperation, licensing and supply agreements, in order to achieve compliance with competition law rules. She also frequently counsels companies holding a dominant market position on how to avoid abusive conduct. Stephanie regularly conducts training sessions on competition law matters for company employees throughout Europe. She also prepares antitrust compliance programmes and assists companies with their implementation. Stephanie assists clients involved in State aid investigations launched by the European Commission.

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Stephanie Reinart, Richard Burton, Andrzej Kmiecik, Michael Clancy, Charlotte Nassogne, Andreas Reindl, Steve Ross The EU Commission adopts new rules on horizontal agreements governing cooperation between competitors with the view to aiding sustainability efforts


In June 2023, the Commission adopted new rules on horizontal agreements, which as from 1 July 2023 replace the existing rules that date from 2010/2011. These rules govern the compatibility with EU competition law – specifically Art. 101 TFEU – of certain types of agreements and forms of (...)

Stephanie Reinart, Andreas Reindl The EU Commission sends a Statement of Objections to a Big Tech smartphone manufacturer clarifying its concerns over the firm’s App Store rules for music streaming providers, particularly on anti-steering obligations (Apple)


On 28 February 2023, the European Commission (the “Commission”) announced that in its investigation of Apple’s App Store terms for music streaming app developers, it has adopted a new statement of objections (“SO”) which replaces the previous SO issued against Apple back in April 2021, and (...)

Mira Milicevic, Stephanie Reinart The German Higher Regional Court of Düsseldorf provides guidance on when a target has “significant domestic activities” under the transaction value threshold for domestic merger notifications (Meta / Kustomer)


On 23 November 2022, in appeal proceedings lodged by Meta against a decision of the German Federal Cartel Office (“FCO”) relating to its acquisition of Kustomer, the Higher Regional Court of Düsseldorf (the “Court”) provided guidance on the interpretation of the criterion of “significant (...)


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