Sébastien Engelen

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I am a specialist in EU and Belgian competition law. I handle antitrust, merger control and State aid cases, as well as general EU law matters (EU freedoms, Structural Funds...).

As head of contrast’s State aid practice, I advise clients on the qualification of a measure from a state aid law perspective and the manners to ensure the compatibility of an aid measure with EU rules. I also practice general commercial law, including distribution law.

I am used to assisting both private and public clients in non-contentious and contentious matters. I conduct litigation before National Competition Authorities as well as national and European courts. I strongly believe that it is better to be safe than sorry, therefore I regularly give competition law compliance trainings.

In addition, I regularly contribute to publications in the field of competition law in journals such as Journal de Droit Européen, Rechtskundig Weekblad and SEWTijdschrift voor Europees en economisch recht.

I joined contrast in 2016 and I am counsel since 2020.

I hold a master’s degree in Law from the University of Leuven (UCL) and obtained a DEA in European law at the Free University of Brussels (ULB).

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

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16 Apr 2021

contrast highly recommended in The Legal 500 EMEA 2021 edition

‘The team is very hands-on, to the point, high expertise and no-nonsense, no panic approach; offering solutions on the way forward, instead of creating memos with no solution. Also on a strategic level, their advice is extremely useful.’ Happy to be highly recommended in all of our practice areas, and as a Belgian Top Tier Firm in Competition Law. Especially proud of Herlinde Burez as a ‘next generation partner’ in competition law and Anouk Focquet, who leads our Privacy and Data Protection practice, as a ‘rising star’. Congratulations to both lawyers and the team! Read more here

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