Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)

Catherine Longeval

Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)
Lawyer (Partner)

Catherine Longeval specialises in litigation before the Belgian courts and advises clients on a wide range of issues, including life sciences law. Her expertise in this area covers laws governing medicines, biotech products, medical devices, cosmetics and food supplements, among other aspects. She also specialises in unfair market practices, distribution law, product liability, employment law and general commercial law. Catherine began her professional career in October 1989. Prior to joining Van Bael & Bellis in 1994, she worked as an associate with a leading Brussels law firm. She regularly lectures and writes on life sciences regulatory matters and procedural law matters. She often speaks at conferences.

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Michael Clancy, Samuel Hall, Peter L’Ecluse, Catherine Longeval, Koen T’Syen The Austrian Competition Authority accepts commitments and closes its pharmaceutical pricing investigation on the sale of a brain tumor treatment (Merck Sharp / Dohme)

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On 2 April 2021, the Austrian competition authority accepted commitments and closed its case concerning pricing strategies alleged to unlawfully hinder entry by generic competitors. According to the authority’s press release, the investigated pricing strategy concerned the product Temodal (...)

Michael Clancy, Samuel Hall, Peter L’Ecluse, Catherine Longeval, Koen T’Syen The EU Commission issues a second competition comfort letter in support of pharmaceutical cooperation to combat COVID-19

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On Monday 29 March 2021, the European Commission’s Directorate General for Competition (the Commission) published its second “new style” comfort letter. It was addressed to the organisers of an online “matchmaking event” that runs on 29 and 31 March 2021 and brings together more than 300 parties (...)

Michael Clancy, Samuel Hall, Peter L’Ecluse, Catherine Longeval, Koen T’Syen The EU Court of Justice dismisses appeals by several manufacturers of medicines regarding pay-for-delay patent settlement agreements (Lundbeck)

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On 25 March 2021, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) dismissed all appeals against the decision of the European Commission (the Commission) to fine Lundbeck and four generic pharmaceutical companies (Alpharma, Arrow, Merck, and Ranbaxy) for concluding “pay-for-delay” patent (...)

Michael Clancy, Samuel Hall, Peter L’Ecluse, Catherine Longeval, Koen T’Syen The EU Commission publishes a notice on how to fight collusion in public procurement and on guidance on how to apply the related exclusion ground

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On 18 March 2021, the Official Journal of the European Union published a European Commission (Commission) Notice on “tools to fight collusion in public procurement and on guidance on how to apply the related exclusion ground” (see, attached copy; the Notice). The Notice develops the tools which (...)

Michael Clancy, Samuel Hall, Peter L’Ecluse, Catherine Longeval, Koen T’Syen The Italian Highest Administrative Court refers a case involving an anti-competitive arrangement concerning the sale of eye medication for the second time to the EU Court of Justice (Avastin / Lucentis)

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1. Background of Case On 18 March 2021, the Italian highest administrative court, the Consiglio di Stato (the CS), decided to refer a case under its review for the second time to the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) pursuant to Article 267 TFEU. The case finds its origin in a (...)

Peter L’Ecluse, Catherine Longeval, Koen T’Syen The Spanish Competition Authority imposes a €5,76 million fine on colluding suppliers of radio-pharmaceuticals equipment (Novartis Groupe France / Advanced Accelerator Applications Ibérica / Glo Holdco / Curium Pharma Spain)

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The Spanish Competition Authority, the Comisión Nacional de los Mercados y la Competencia (“CNMC”), imposed total fines of € 5,76 million on Novartis Groupe France and its Spanish subsidiary Advanced Accelerator Applications Ibérica, SLU (“AAA”), Glo Holdco and its Spanish subsidiary Curium Pharma (...)

Peter L’Ecluse, Catherine Longeval, Koen T’Syen The Spanish Competition Authority confirms the opening of an investigation against pharmaceutical firms (Leadiant Biosciences Spa / Leadiant Biosciences LTD)

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Reports that Leadiant is also in the crosshairs of the Spanish competition authority were confirmed today. The Comisión Nacional de los Mercados y la Competencia announced that it started formal proceedings against Leadiant Biosciences Spa and Leadiant Biosciences LTD on the grounds that these (...)

Koen T’Syen, Catherine Longeval, Peter L’Ecluse The German Competition Authority authorises a proposed joint venture company to run a digital healthcare platform for the purchase and ordering of both prescription and over-the-counter medicines (Phoenix / Noventi)

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The Bundeskartellamt, the German competition authority (BKA), authorised today under German merger control rules a proposed joint venture company (JV) to run a digital healthcare platform for the purchase and ordering of both prescription and over-the-counter medicines and other functions such (...)

Peter L’Ecluse, Catherine Longeval, Koen T’Syen The UK Competition Authority accepts legally binding commitments from a pharma company to continue supplying a key bipolar drug at an affordable price (Essential Pharma)

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The UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) published today its decision accepting binding commitments from Essential Pharma (EP) to continue supplying for at least 5 years a medicine for the first line treatment of bipolar disorder and other mental conditions at a price considered (...)

Peter L’Ecluse, Catherine Longeval, Koen T’Syen The UK Competition Authority consults on proposed commitments from a pharma company to keep bipolar medicine on the market at an affordable price (Essential Pharma)

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Early last month, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) started an investigation into Essential Pharma because of suspicions that the firm might have abused an allegedly dominant position by taking steps to withdraw Priadel® from the UK market. This is a lithium based medicine indicated (...)

Peter L’Ecluse, Catherine Longeval, Koen T’Syen The Italian Competition Authority announces it is continuing its inquiry into the alleged abuse of dominance by a pharmaceutical company (Leadiant)

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The Italian competition authority, the “Autorità garante della concorrenza e del mercato” ( AGCM ), announced yesterday that it would continue its inquiry into the practices of pharmaceutical company Leadiant Biosciences ( Leadiant ) until 30 June 2021 (see, attached extract from AGCM’s latest (...)

Peter L’Ecluse, Catherine Longeval, Koen T’Syen The Romanian Competition Authority fines €2.5 million a pharmaceutical company for failure to observe commitments in an abuse of dominance probe (GlaxoSmithKline)

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The Romanian Competition Authority announced on 25 August 2020 that it imposed a fine of 11.9 million lei (approximately EUR 2.5 million) on GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) for its failure to observe in full commitments which it had given earlier to allow the competition authority to terminate an inquiry (...)

Peter L’Ecluse, Catherine Longeval, Koen T’Syen The EU Commission starts a market test on the proposed commitments offered by a pharmaceutical company to address the Commission’s concerns over excessive pricing for a range of off-patent cancer medicines (Aspen)

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Today, the European Commission (the Commission) started a market test inviting comments from interested parties on commitments offered by Aspen Pharmacare Holdings (Aspen) to address the Commission’s concerns over excessive pricing for a range of off-patent cancer medicines (see, attached (...)

Koen T’Syen, Peter L’Ecluse, Catherine Longeval The Italian Competition Authority approves a distribution scheme allowing disposable surgical masks to be sold in pharmacies and health retail outlets as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic

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On 1 June 2020, the Italian competition authority (“L’Autorità Garante della Concorrenza e del Mercato”) authorised a scheme that would allow disposable surgical masks to be distributed and sold in pharmacies and health product retail outlets (see, attached press release). It did so at the request (...)

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