Frank Wijckmans

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Frank Wijckmans is a partner of contrast. He is active in the fields of EU and competition law and Belgian business law. Frank is an experienced negotiator, litigator and arbitrator (ICC, CEPINA, ad hoc arbitration). He is a regular speaker at conferences.

Frank graduated from the University of Antwerp and obtained a Master's degree at the University of Virginia (USA).

Frank Wijckmans is professor at the Brussels School of Competition, where he teaches "The Law of Economics of Vertical Restraints". He is guest lecturer at the University of Antwerp and the Solvay Business School.

Frank Wijckmans has an extensive publication record in the fields of EU competition law and EU and Belgian distribution law. His most recent publications (2018) are the monograph published by Oxford University Press on 'Vertical Agreements in EU Competition Law', including motor vehicle distribution (third edition) and the monograph published by Larcier on ‘Distribution Agreements – EU – Belgium – Netherlands’. These publications are part of a pan-European publication project steered and coordinated by Frank . He edited and co-authored also a monograph published by Oxford University Press on 'Horizontal Agreements and Cartels in EU Competition Law'. In addition Frank contributed articles to a wide range of international and national law reviews. For a full list: see publications.

Frank Wijckmans is a member of the Brussels Bar. He speaks Dutch, French and English.


  • University of Virginia (LL.M. 1986)
  • University of Antwerp (1985)


  • contrast (2006-present)
  • VWEW, partner, head of the EU and competition law department (1993-2005)
  • Van Bael & Bellis (1986-1993)

Founding partner Frank Wijckmans is experienced in all types of commercial and antitrust dispute resolution, and is experienced in acting before both domestic and European authorities. Clients are delighted that he "combines an encyclopaedic knowledge with a pragmatic business mindset."

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22 Apr 2018

Top rankings for contrast

contrast is very proud that the contrast Competition & EU team continues to be ranked as the absolute top (Band 1) for Belgian competition law by Chambers & Partners and Legal 500. For the EU, our team is ranked no. 2 of the independent Belgian law firms active in this area. Chambers ranks Frank Wijckmans in band 1 and Filip Tuytschaever in band 3 (competition/domestic). Both of them are recognized by Legal 500 as being amongst the 9 ‘leading lawyers’ for Belgian competition law. Anouk Foquet (senior associate) and Karolien Francken (associate) are also recommended.

This splendid ranking is the result of a true team effort of the 18 lawyers, 2 paralegals and the support team which are part of our Competition & EU team. A special thanks goes to our referees for quoting our team as being “very pragmatic, down-to-earth, accessible and the foremost authority as far as distribution agreements and distribution systems are concerned” and for enthusing that "the quality is always there, even though they are swift and concise when you want them to be”.

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