Sarah Jaques

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I specialize in European Union and national competition law, with a focus on vertical agreements. I advise and assist companies and trade federations in proceedings before the EU and national competition authorities. I also frequently speak at in-house seminars and trainings in the field of competition law.

I joined contrast in 2013 and I am counsel since 2021. I hold a master’s degree in law from the University of Leuven (KU Leuven) and an LL.M. in European Law from King’s College London.

I published on fundamental rights in the Belgian competition investigations and on the private damages directive.

I am a member of the Brussels bar. I speak Dutch, English and French.

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24 Jun 2021

Expert report VBER review published

The expert report by Frank Wijckmans and Sarah Jaques on the review of the Vertical Block Exemption Regulation (VBER) has just been published. This report contains contrast's expert advice on the use of active sales restrictions in different distribution models and combinations of such models. It is part of the European Commission’s Impact Assessment of the VBER.

The report describes the general regulatory framework and maps the difficulties encountered in respect of active sales restrictions under the VBER. It is based upon the experience resulting from the contrast practice, but also relies on input from practitioners in various Member States.

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