I am Hendrik Viaene
EU Law, Competition and Regulation specialist
Industrials and Chemicals specialist

Hendrik Viaene

Hendrik focuses on European and Belgian competition law (merger control, cartels and abuse of dominant position), state aid and free movement of goods, services, persons and capital. 

With regards to European law, Hendrik represents clients before national courts, administrative authorities, the Court of Justice and the European Commission. He also assists clients on compliance matters with European sanction regimes and international trade issues.

Furthermore, Hendrik advises on Belgian competition law and assists clients in structuring acquisitions, joint ventures and agreements. He also represents clients in complaints & requests for interim measures and merger notifications before the Belgian Competition Authority and the Court of Appeals in Brussels.

Hendrik has a Master of Laws in European Law (LL.M) from King’s College University London. 

  • Languages: Dutch, French, English
  • Admitted to the Brussels Bar: 1999
  • Partner since: 2009

Experience

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13.10.2017 BE law
Stibbe is strategic partner of IOE's guide on 'Doing Business in Belgium'

Inside Stibbe - Stibbe is proud to be partner of the 2017 Doing Business in Belgium Guide, published by the Institute of Export (IOE), a professional UK membership body that represents and supports the interests of those in imports, exports, and international trade. The IOE partners with the British Chamber of Commerce and the Department for International Trade at the British Embassy in Belgium.

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01.05.2017 EU law
Commercial Court of Ghent grants compensation to parallel importers for competition law infringement by Honda

Short Reads - On 23 March 2017, the Commercial Court of Ghent ruled that the damages claim brought by parallel importers in the Honda motorcycle abuse of dominance case were not time-barred. In March 1999, following a complaint filed by a number of parallel importers, the Belgian Competition Authority (BCA) imposed a fine of approximately EUR 750,000 on Honda Motor Europe Logistics for abusing its dominant position on the Belgian market for the issuance of conformity certificates for Honda motorcycles.

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04.10.2017 EU law
Stibbe attends IBA’s annual conference in Sydney

Conference - The International Bar Association (IBA) organises its Annual Conference from 8-13 October. This year’s edition takes place in Sydney, Australia’s leading global city. A team from Stibbe’s offices worldwide attends this prestigious event for international lawyers.

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04.04.2017 EU law
District Court of Gelderland denies passing-on defence in antitrust litigation related to the GIS-cartel

Short Reads - On 29 March 2017, the District Court of Gelderland rendered a ruling in the "damage assessment procedure" ("schadestaatprocedure") between TenneT and ABB concerning an overcharge TenneT allegedly paid for a gas insulated switchgear installation ("GIS-installation"). The District Court awarded an amount of EUR 23 million plus interest to TenneT and denied ABB’s defence that TenneT did not suffer any loss because it passed on the costs of the GIS-installation to its customers (the "passing-on defence").

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21.06.2017 BE law
Belgische Mededingingsautoriteit publiceert richtsnoeren rond samenspanning bij overheidsopdrachten

Articles - De Belgische Mededingingsautoriteit publiceerde richtsnoeren voor inkopers bij overheden met als doel de samenspanning bij overheidsopdrachten te voorkomen en op te sporen. De richtlijnen bieden een overzicht van (i) aanwijzingen dat samenspanning bij overheidsopdrachten plaatsvindt, (ii) marktomstandigheden die de samenspanning bij overheidsopdrachten vergemakkelijken, en (iii) de beste praktijken om samenspanning bij overheidsopdrachten te voorkomen.

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04.04.2017 EU law
European Commission proposes a new Directive to empower national competition authorities to be more effective enforcers of EU competition law rules

Short Reads - On 22 March 2017, the European Commission published a proposal for a new Directive that aims to provide national competition authorities ("NCAs") with minimum instruments to detect EU competition law infringements and impose effective sanctions.

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