Hanne Baeyens

Senior Associate

Hanne Baeyens is a senior associate in the Commercial and Competition department of the law firm ALTIUS in Brussels. She specializes in all aspects of EU and Belgian competition law (mergers and antitrust regulation, state aid, etc.) and the fundamental EU freedoms (freedom of goods, services, establishment and capital). She regularly represents clients in legal proceedings before the Belgian competition authority, the European Commission and the national and EU courts. She has gained extensive experience in State aid matters in a wide range of sectors (transport, public service missions, sport,…). Hanne holds a Master’s degree in law from the University of Ghent and a LLM degree in European and Competition law from the Institute of European Studies (Université Libre de Bruxelles).


1266 Bulletin

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.

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