Hein Hobbelen

Bird & Bird (Brussels)
Lawyerl (Partner)

Hein is a partner in the Competition and EU practice, dividing his time between Brussels and The Hague, With over 20 years’ experience, he is a well-known practitioner for all key pillars of EU competition, trade and sector-specific laws. His experience in competition, trade and TMT law spans a period of more than 20 years. He has extensive experience in dealing with the European Commission, the Dutch and Belgian Competition Authorities and other regulators. He combines this with a number of academic activities in Leuven, Tilburg and Florence. He is working across a wide range of sectors including technology and communications, media and entertainment, pharmaceuticals, paper, energy (infrastructure), chemicals and many others. He is honoured to co-head our firm’s Brussels Tech & Comms and Media, Entertainment & Sports sector groups. He speaks Dutch, English, French, Italian and German.

Linked authors

Bird & Bird (Brussels)
Bird & Bird (Brussels)

Articles

178 Bulletin

Hein Hobbelen, Pauline Van Sande The Belgian Competition Authority adopts new guidelines regarding the calculation of fines, leniency applications and on the informal opinions of the Competition’s Authority President

9

On 22 May 2020 the Belgian Competition Authority (BCA) published three new guidelines: (i) new guidelines regarding the informal opinions of the BCA’s President; (ii) new guidelines regarding the calculation of fines; and (iii) new leniency guidelines. Below we set out the most important (...)

Pauline Van Sande, Hein Hobbelen The Belgian Competition Authority starts a phase II investigation into the acquisition of two companies active in the sector of production and sales of soft wheat flour (Ceres / Dossche Mills)

31

At the beginning of the year, the Belgian Competition Authority ("BCA") started a second phase investigation into the acquisition of Ceres NV by Dossche Mills, two companies active in the sector of production and sales of soft wheat flour for human consumption. The main issue concerned the (...)

José Rivas, Pauline Van Sande, Hein Hobbelen The Belgian Competition Authority fines a pharmaceutical company for implementing anticompetitive practices aimed at excluding an other association of pharmacies from the market (Order of Pharmacists)

15

The Belgian Competition Authority ("BCA") fined the national Order of Pharmacists EUR 1 million on 28 May 2019, for the use of anticompetitive practices aimed at excluding the Medi-Market Group, an association of (para)pharmacies, from the market for pharmacy services. Previously, the market (...)

José Rivas, Pauline Van Sande, Hein Hobbelen The Belgian Competition Authority conditionally approves an acquisition of sole control in the media market (De Vijver Media / Telenet)

17

On 13 May 2019 the Belgian Competition Authority ("BCA") conditionally approved Telenet’s acquisition of sole control over De Vijver Media, after a referral by the European Commission ("EC"). The deal was originally notified to the EC on 4 October 2018. The EC already investigated Telenet’s (...)

José Rivas, Pauline Van Sande, Hein Hobbelen The Belgian Federal Parliament adopts an Act reforming the competition law introducing technical legislative improvements such as streamlining procedures, formalising existing administrative practices and updating terminology

19

On 25 April 2019, the Belgian Federal Parliament adopted an Act reforming Belgian competition law (please note that the version of the Act adopted by the Parliament is not public yet and our analysis below is based on the fact that no amendments have been adopted to the version which was (...)

José Rivas, Pauline Van Sande, Hein Hobbelen The Belgian Parliament adopts a proposal amending the national competition law in order to include the concept of abuse of economic dependence

16

On 21 March 2019, the Belgian Parliament adopted a proposal amending Belgian competition law to include the concept of abuse of economic dependence in the toolbox of the Belgian Competition Authority (“BCA”) following the example of a number of other EU Member States. Under the new rules, it (...)

José Rivas, Pauline Van Sande, Hein Hobbelen The Belgian Competition Authority imposes interim measures in a public procurement procedure in the broadcasting transmission market (Norkring / Broadcast Partners)

21

This decision of 22 January 2019 is the next step in an eventful public procurement procedure and it confirms the preference of the Belgian Competition Authority ("BCA") to tackle cases via interim measures. Norkring has a service agreement to transmit the FM broadcasts of VRT that runs until (...)

Send a message