Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)

Maria-Olga Papadopoulou

Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)
Lawyer (Associate)

Maria-Olga is an associate who specialises in competition law and European law. Prior to joining Van Bael & Bellis, Maria-Olga worked in the public sector for the Paris Court of Appeal as a law clerk and also as an intern at the European law delegation of the Conseil d’Etat, Paris and the Council of Europe delegation in Geneva. Maria-Olga also gained valuable experience in competition law and European law working in two well-known European law firms.

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342 Bulletin

Maria-Olga Papadopoulou The EU Court of Justice annuls commission’s settlement decision for its failure to consider adverse effects on third party interests (Paramount / Sky / Groupe Canal +)


On 9 December 2020, the European Court of Justice (“ECJ”) upheld Canal +’s appeal against the General Court’s (“GC”) judgment that had upheld the Commission’s commitments decision in the Paramount case, and annulled the GC’s judgment as well as the Commission decision (Case C-132/19 P). The ECJ, (...)

Maria-Olga Papadopoulou, Kris Van Hove The EU Court of Justice rules that an online travel agency has abused its dominant position, and opens greater access to victims to bring actions before national courts (Wikingerhof /


On 24 November 2020, the Grand Chamber of the Court of Justice (the “ECJ”) ruled that the special jurisdiction rule for tort disputes under Regulation 1215/2012 (the “Brussels I bis Regulation”) applies to actions based on a breach of competition law, even within the context of a contractual (...)

Maria-Olga Papadopoulou The French Competition Authority fines a champagne supplier and distributors for maintaining exclusive import agreements (Nicolas Feuillatte / Financière Martin / Distillerie Dillon)


In a decision published on 29 October 2020, the French Competition Authority (“FCA”) fined champagne supplier Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte and two importer-distributors € 642,800 for having concluded exclusive import agreements in the French Antilles (i.e., Saint-Martin, Saint- Barthélemy and (...)

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