Covington & Burling (Brussels)

Laura van Kruijsdijk

Covington & Burling (Brussels)
Lawyer (Associate)

Laura van Kruijsdijk is competition/antitrust lawyer, advising national and international companies on a full range of EU and Belgian competition law issues, including restrictive practices, merger control and antitrust damages recovery. She also assistsed clients in a variety of other matters including unfair market practices, consumer protection, licensing, advertising, trade and anti-dumping, and EU and Belgian regulatory matters. Laura has represented clients before the European Commission, the General Court of the EU, the Belgian Competition Authority, the Belgian courts, and the Flemish media regulator. Laura completed several internships in national and international law firms. In the spring of 2017, Laura completed a traineeship at the European Commission’s Directorate General for Competition, where she gained experience in merger control in the energy, environment, and automotive and trucking sectors. Laura earned her B.A. in law from the Catholic University of Leuven in 2014 and obtained a J.D., cum laude, from the Catholic University of Leuven in 2016. In 2016, she participated in the summer school programme of the London School of Economics and Political Science, focusing on competition law. She obtained an LL.M, magna cum laude, from the Institute for European Studies of the Université Libre de Bruxelles with a specialization in competition law. She became a member of the Brussels bar in 2017.

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1258 Bulletin

Johan Ysewyn, Laura van Kruijsdijk Leniency & competition law : an overview of EU and national case law


More than 25 years after the adoption of the first European Commission Leniency Notice, the fight against cartels remains at the top of the European Commission’s (“Commission”) priorities, and the 27 European Union (“EU”) national competition authorities (“NCAs” or “CAs”). The economy is facing significant challenges as it needs to recover from the deep crisis caused by the pandemic. That recovery must also be in a way that is consistent with a greener and digital future. In light thereof, the Commission considers it is more important than ever that markets work fairly and well, and that it will take firm action to tackle cartels. Leniency programmes are a crucial tool for uncovering cartels. Historically, a large majority of cartel decisions adopted by European competition authorities is based on immunity and leniency applications. The number of leniency applications is however decreasing. The increasing cost and risk associated with obtaining immunity from different jurisdictions around the world, together with the private enforcement risk, seems to disincentive companies from applying for leniency. The Commission is increasing its focus on the operation of the leniency programme, and has launched regular discussions with business and other competition enforcers to get their views and share experiences.

Miranda Cole, Laura van Kruijsdijk, Andrés Betancor Jimenez de Parga The EU Court of Justice AG Rantos delivers his opinion in a request for a preliminary ruling on the conduct of an energy and gas producer in the context of the liberalisation of the electricity market in Italy (Enel)


On 9 December 2021, Advocate General (“AG”) Rantos delivered his Opinion in Servizio Elettrico Nazionale (Case C‑377/20), a request for a preliminary ruling from the Italian Consiglio di Stato. The case concerns the conduct of the ENEL Group (“ENEL”) in the context of the liberalisation of the (...)

Johan Ysewyn, Laura van Kruijsdijk The EU Commission adopts an extension of the scope of the General Block Exemption Regulation to include State aid measures which support economic recovery from COVID-19 in a sustainable way


On 23 July 2021, the European Commission (“Commission”) adopted an extension of the scope of the General Block Exemption Regulation (“GBER”). The revised rules concern : Aid for projects funded via certain EU centrally managed programs under the new Multiannual Financial Framework ; and Certain (...)

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