Katharina Bongs

Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)
Lawyer (of Counsel)

Katharina Bongs focuses on EU and German competition law and EU trade law. Katharina advises and represents clients in German and EU cartel and merger control cases. Her experience includes preparing leniency applications as well as assisting in cartel defence and settlement proceedings. She also advises clients on how to structure their agreements to ensure competition law compliance and organises customised EU and German competition law compliance programmes. In the field of trade law, Katharina specialises in EU customs law. Her expertise extends to advising clients on multi-jurisdictional customs matters and representing them before national customs administrations, courts and the European Commission. Katharina is also part of the regulatory team and routinely deals with legal questions involving chemicals and energy. Prior to joining Van Bael & Bellis, Katharina qualified as a German lawyer. In the course of her two years of legal training, she worked, notably, at the Cologne office of a large German commercial law firm dealing with distribution and EU law, with the German Federal Ministry of Economics dealing with anti-dumping measures and with the German Embassy in Oslo.


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Katharina Bongs The German Federal Court of Justice preliminarily confirms that an online platform abused its dominant position on the German market of social networks (Facebook)


On 23 June 2020, the German Federal Court of Justice (“FCJ”), in summary proceedings, preliminarily confirmed the finding of the Federal Cartel Office (“FCO”) that Facebook had abused its dominant position. It overturned the decision of the Higher Regional Court of Düsseldorf that had suspended the (...)

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