Filip Tuytschaever

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Filip Tuytschaever is a partner of contrast. He specializes in EU, competition and distribution law and assists companies and public authorities in proceedings before the European Union and national authorities and courts. He has represented the European Commission, the European Banking Authority and the Kingdom of Belgium before the EU Courts.

Filip graduated from the University of Ghent, obtained Masters’ degrees in International and European Law (University of Brussels - VUB) and in business management (VLEKHO). He was awarded a Ph.D. in law by the Law Department of the European University Institute in Florence (Italy). He was a national expert in the Secretariat-General of the European Commission and an intern in the Legal Service of the European Commission.

Filip is professor of EU competition law at the Law Faculty of the University of Brussels (VUB).

Filip Tuytschaever has an extensive publication record on EU and Belgian competition law, the internal market and EU constitutional and institutional law, including the books ‘Horizontal Agreements and Cartels in EU Competition Law’ (Oxford, Oxford University Press 2015, ed. with F. Wijckmans), ‘Distributieovereenkomsten in het Mededingingsrecht’ (‘Distribution Agreements in Competition Law') (Brussels, Larcier 2012, with F. Wijckmans), 'Vertical Agreements in EU Competition Law' (2nd edition, Oxford, Oxford University Press 2011, with F. Wijckmans), and ‘Differentiation in EU Law’ (Oxford, Hart Publishing 1999). For a full list: see publications.

Filip Tuytschaever is a member of the Brussels Bar. He speaks Dutch, French and English.


  • European University Institute (Florence, Italy) (Ph.D. 1998)
  • VLEKHO Business School (LL.M. Management of Enterprises 1992)
  • University of Brussels (VUB) (LL.M. International and European Law 1992)
  • University of Ghent (Lic. Jur., 1991)


  • Professor EU Competition Law, Law Faculty, University of Brussels (VUB) (2004-present)
  • Professor EU Institutional Law, Law Faculty, University of Brussels (VUB) (2001-2004)
  • contrast (2006-present)
  • VWEW, EU and competition law department (1999-2005)
  • Hogan & Hartson, European and international trade law department, Brussels/Washington DC (1997-1999)
  • Internship (Legal Service, European Commission) (1997)
  • National expert (Secretariat-General, European Commission) (1992-1994)

"Brilliant antitrust lawyer" Filip Tuytschaever specialises in EU, competition and distribution law. Sources enthuse: "He is always there when you need a question answered and his work product is great".

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Toprankings for contrast

contrast is very proud that three of its lawyers –senior counsel Luc Demeyere and partners Filip Tuytschaever and Frank Wijckmans– are recommended by Chambers & Partners Europe and highly regarded by Legal 500 for “dispute resolution”.

Chambers ranks Luc Demeyere in band 4 for offering a breadth of experience, and adds: “he’s very practical, shows a good deal of common sense and he always keeps his calm”. Filip Tuytschaever (“impeccable business and industry knowledge”, “highly regarded”) and Frank Wijckmans (“a superb lawyer”, “a wonderful litigator”) are ranked for having “a strong record in high-profile mandates” and for being “very strong in competition litigation”.

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