Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)

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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Articles

1932 Bulletin

Laura Lehoczky-Deckers, Andreas Reindl, Katharina Bongs The Munich Regional Court issues two preliminary injunctions regarding a cooperation agreement that has the effect of restricting competition on the market for health portals (Google / German Ministry of Health)

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On 20 January 2021, the Regional Court of Munich I (the “Court”) issued two preliminary injunctions against Google Ireland Ltd. (“Google”) and the Federal Republic of Germany, represented by the German Federal Ministry of Health (“the Ministry”), at the request of health platform NetDoktor.de (...)

Laura Lehoczky-Deckers, Katharina Bongs The German Competition Authority fines manufacturers of manhole covers €6 million for price-fixing (MeierGuss Sales & Logistics / KG)

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On 14 January 2021, the German Federal Cartel Office (“FCO”) announced that it had fined two manufacturers of manhole covers approximately € 6 million for price-fixing and coordinating their respective offers for two large contracts. The companies manufacture products such as manhole covers and (...)

Laura Lehoczky-Deckers, Katharina Bongs The German Competition Authority fines five aluminium forging companies and ten responsible individuals for price fixing (Otto Fuchs / Leiber / Emmingen-Liptingen)

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On 23 December 2020, the German Federal Cartel Office (“FCO”) announced that it had fined five aluminium forging companies and ten responsible individuals a total amount of approximately € 175 million for price fixing between April 2006 and April 2018. Automotive and motorcycle manufacturers and (...)

Laura Lehoczky-Deckers, Katharina Bongs The German Competition Authority dismisses a crop protection producer’s claim for state liability against Federal Cartel Office (BayWa)

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On 2 December 2020, the Regional Court of Bonn (“Court”) dismissed a claim of € 72.8 million by crop protection producer BayWa against the German Federal Cartel Office (“FCO”). BayWa argued that the FCO had violated its procedural rights, in particular the principle of equal treatment, in the (...)

Katharina Bongs The Regional Court of Düsseldorf refers questions regarding the licensing of standard essential patents in multi-layered supply chains to the EU Court of Justice (Nokia / Daimler)

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On 26 November 2020, the Regional Court of Düsseldorf (“Düsseldorf Court”) decided to request a preliminary ruling from the Court of Justice of the European Union (“ECJ”) in patent infringement proceedings involving Nokia and Daimler. The questions give the ECJ the opportunity to offer guidance on (...)

Katharina Bongs The German Federal Court of Justice rules on passing-on defence in damages claims proceedings following a sanctioned cartel in the rail market (Rail cartel)

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In a recently published judgment of 23 September 2020, the German Federal Court of Justice (“FCJ”) ruled once again on the private damages claims of a public transport company following on from the Federal Cartel Office’s rail track cartel decision (see VBB on Competition Law, Volume 2012, No. 7 (...)

Katharina Bongs The Mannheim Regional Court grants injunctive relief to a telecommunication provider and clarifies the application of FRAND in the supply chain (Daimler / Nokia)

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According to a press release of the Mannheim Regional Court of 18 August 2020 in the matter Nokia v Daimler, the Regional Court of Mannheim (the “Court”) ruled in favour of Nokia that Daimler had infringed Nokia’s patent and could not invoke a FRAND objection. The Court held that Daimler and a (...)

Katharina Bongs, Laura Lehoczky-Deckers The German Federal Court of Justice remits beer cartel case for a new trial due to flawed assessment of causality and limitation period (Carlsberg)

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On 13 July 2020, the German Federal Court of Justice (“FCJ”) overturned an earlier judgment of the Higher Regional Court of Düsseldorf to terminate proceedings against the brewery Carlsberg and Carlsberg’s managing director for their role in the Beer cartel case. In 2014, the Federal Cartel Office (...)

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)

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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 (...)

Katharina Bongs The Higher Regional Court of Düsseldorf annuls a Competition Authority’s decision prohibiting a merger in the healthcare sector (University Hospital of Greifswald / Regional Hospital of Wolgast)

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On 7 May 2008, the Higher Regional Court of Düsseldorf quashed a decision of the German Federal Cartel Office prohibiting the merger between the university hospital of Greifswald and the regional hospital of Wolgast. The Düsseldorf Court applied the recent case law of the German Federal Court of (...)

Katharina Bongs The German Government overrules on public interest grounds the Competition Authority’s prohibition of a merger in the hospital sector (University hospital Greifswald / Regional hospital Wolgast)

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On 17 April 2008, the German Federal Minister of Economics and Technology approved the merger between the university hospital Greifswald and the regional hospital Wolgast, thereby overruling the German Federal Cartel Office’s (FCO) prohibition of the transaction in December 2006. Under German (...)

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