Altius (Brussels)

Nina Methens

Altius (Brussels)

Nina Methens is an associate in Altius’ commercial and competition team in Brussels and specializes in all aspects of EU and Belgian competition law and distribution systems in a wide variety of sectors including sport, telecom and media. Prior to joining the firm, Nina obtained a Master’s degree from the Université Catholique of Louvain-la-Neuve and a LL.M in international law, international relations and foreign trade at the Instituto Superior de Derecho y Economía in Madrid, Spain.

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1237 Bulletin

Carmen Verdonck, Hanne Baeyens, Nina Methens, Quentin Silvestre Sports and 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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