Maaike Visser

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Maaike Visser is counsel at contrast since 2015. She specializes in (EU and Belgian) competition law, in particular cartel investigations.

Maaike graduated from the University of Ghent and obtained a Master’s degree in European law from Queen Mary, University of London. She was an intern at DG Competition of the European Commission.

Maaike has contributed to the books 'Vertical Agreements in EU Competition Law' (2nd edition, Oxford, Oxford University Press 2011, F. Tuytschaever and F. Wijckmans), 'Distributieovereenkomsten in het Mededingingsrecht' ('Distribution Agreements in Competition Law') (Brussels, Larcier 2012, F. Tuytschaever and F. Wijckmans) and 'Horizontal Agreements and Cartels in EU Competition Law', Oxford University Press 2014 (edited by F. Tuytschaever and F. Wijckmans). Most recently, Maaike co-authored a book on the EU Private Damages Directive ('The EU Private Damages Directive - Practical Insights') (Brussels, Intersentia, 2016, Frank Wijckmans, Maaike Visser, Sarah Jaques and Evi Noël). For a full list of her publications: see publications.

Maaike also speaks regularly at seminars on EU and Belgian competition law.

Maaike is one of the driving forces behind contrast’s Closed Workshop.

Maaike is admitted to the Brussels bar. She speaks Dutch, English and French.


  • Queen Mary, University of London (LL.M European Law, 2001)
  • University of Ghent (Lic. Jur., 2000)


  • contrast (2006-present)
  • VWEW (2002-2005)
  • DG Competition, European Commission (Internship, 2001-2002)
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24 Oct 2018

First edition of the Crash Course Competition

On 18 and 19 October, contrast organized the first edition of the Crash Course Competition, a 1,5-day interactive session on competition law for a selected audience of 15 participants. The lecturers at the Crash Course were Frank Wijckmans, Filip Tuytschaever, Maaike Visser, Emmelie Wijckmans, Herlinde Burez and Eva Alboort. One of the participants described the Crash Course as follows:

"contrast manages to bring competition law alive in one day and half with an excellent mix of theory and practice and innovative wrap-ups. After the crash course, infringement is no longer an option."

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