20 Jul

Marijke Roelants wrote for the Professional Institute of Recognized Accountants and Taxists

Marijke Roelants, specialist in corporate law and M&A at contrast, wrote the article ‘Statements and guarantees on the sale of shares: why?’ at the request of the President of the Professional Institute of Recognized Accountants and Taxists (BIBF/IPCF). The article is available (free of charge) in Dutch and French in the contrast bookshop.

12 Jul

ELSA Summer School

On 14 July Frank Wijckmans and Sarah Jaques host an interactive competition compliance workshop for the ELSA Summer School at the University of Antwerp. During one hour and a half the speakers will involve the participants in their everyday practice. Packed with concrete examples they will provide them with tips and tricks, which are useful for every future legal counsel. Would you like to learn more about our compliance programs? Please have look at

28 Jun

Vertical Agreements in EU Competition Law

Oxford University Press confirms that third edition of “Vertical Agreements in EU Competition Law” will be published before the end of the year.

27 Jun

Kluwer's legal event

On 27 June, 100+ participants attended Kluwer’s legal event on “Data protection / GDPR – One year to go …”. Anouk Focquet, senior associate and data protection specialist at contrast, took participants through the “why?”, “who?”, “what?” and “how?” of data processing in the EU. Real life cases and questions, which contrast encounters in its day-to-day practice, were tackled head-on leading to an interesting debate and further questions.

13 Jun

Herlinde at IBC

On 13 June 2017, Herlinde Burez chaired the annual Conference on Competition Law in the Automotive Sector, a unique event in Europe regarding the latest competition law developments in the automotive sector. On the agenda: access to technical information, digitalisation, connectivity and autonomous drive, the trucks cartel and its private enforcement aftermath, access to aftersales networks, compliance, innovation in merger control and much more. Interested in more information on these topics? You can read our In the Picture on private damages (…/wat-nu-ik-word-gedagvaard-do…/).

08 Jun

Fourth M&A Survey published in TRV-RPS

The contrast M&A Survey is published in Belgium’s leading corporate law review, Tijdschrift voor Rechtspersoon en Vennootschap / Revue pratique des sociétés (TRV-RPS nr. 2017/3 van 15 mei 2017). For subscribers, the article is available here.

You can also order a booklet with all the results of the Survey. The fourth M&A Survey concerns the period 2012-2016 and was realized with the support of 74 partners (investment companies, financial service providers and law firms). It covers more than 300 transactions with a total value of almost 15 billion euro.

01 Jun

contrast welcomes summer trainees in June and July

contrast welcomes Kato Sneyers, Paulien Van de Velde and Marie Beudels as summer trainees in its Competition & EU Law team and Marie De Roeck, Laura Maes and Laura Adriaensens as summer trainees in its Corporate & Business Law team. They will assist contrast lawyers on case work and do research for ongoing publication projects .

29 May

contrast speaks at seminar on share purchase agreements

Are you interested in share purchase agreements? Then we would like to invite you to the seminar ‘Overeenkomst tot overdracht van aandelen: analyse van clausules’, organized by M&D Seminars. During this seminar Bart Bellen, Ine Schockaert and Jesse Docx will discuss a number of clauses which can occur in a classic share purchase agreement. Participants are offered the possibility to buy the book ‘Share Purchase Agreements – 2016’ at a reduced price. You can subscribe here

23 May

Maaike Visser and Karolien Francken give a guest lecture at VUB

On Friday 26 May 2017, Maaike Visser and Karolien Francken will give a guest lecture during the course European Competition Law of Filip Tuytschaever at the VUB. They will share their practical insights and experiences with a recent cartel case and the aftermath of private damages.

03 May

contrast competition law team receives Global Competition Review Award

The contrast competition law team, as part of a combined team with Eversheds Sutherland and Cleary Gottlieb, received the Global Competition Review (“GCR”) Award for Behavioral Matter of the Year (Europe) for its work in the European Commission’s Trucks settlement case. The Award was handed over at the annual GCR Awards ceremony in Washington DC on 29 March 2017. With this Award, the teams were recognized for the creative, strategic and innovative work carried out in the Trucks case. The Trucks case marks the first (hybrid) settlement case after the European Commission had already issued a statement of objections. GCR is the world’s leading competition law and policy journal.