Title: Distributorship


Carmen Verdonck



Carmen Verdonck

Firm: ALTIUS/Tiberghien
Address:Havenlaan 86C box 414 Avenue du Port
Brussels 1000
Phone:32 2 426 14 14
Fax:32 2 426 20 30
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Local Time:Fri. 23:53


Carmen advises a wide range of domestic and multinational clients on all aspects of Belgian and EU competition law. She also assists various multinational clients in the setting-up of compliance programs and trainings. In merger control cases, Carmen assists clients in obtaining merger control clearance from the Belgian Competition Authorities and the European Commission and in the coordination of merger filings in numerous other countries.

Carmen has also developed a solid experience in providing advice on a broad range of commercial issues and more specifically in contract law. She advises clients on the most complex contractual matters and the drafting of all types of commercial agreement, such as sale, distribution, agency, franchising, joint venture, commercial cooperation, R&D, joint production agreements, technology transfer or non-disclosure agreements.

Maître de Conférences at the University of Liège lecturing on Belgian Competition law in the LL.M. programme in European Competition and IP law; Vice President of Association pour l'Etude du Droit de la Concurrence (AEDC); Booard member of Ligue International du Droit de la Concurrence (LIDC); Member of the legal committee of the Belgian Franchising Association (BFF); Author of various articles and regular speaker at seminars on competition law.


Languages: Dutch, French, English, German, Italian and Spanish


Areas of Practice


Main Focus: Antitrust and Unfair Competition

  • Agency and Distributorship
  • Agency Law
  • Antitrust and Unfair Competition
  • Commercial Law
  • Competition
  • Contract Law
  • Distributorship Law
  • Franchising
  • Joint Ventures
  • Licensing
  • Sports and Recreation
  • Unfair Competition


Professional Career


Professional Associations

Vice President of Association pour l'Etude du Droit de la Concurrence (AEDC);
Booard member of Ligue International du Droit de la Concurrence (LIDC);
Member of the legal committee of the Belgian Franchising Association (BFF);
Member of the Women's Competition Network (WCN)


Author of three-monthly publications on Belgian competition law in "Developments in National Competition Law" published in Wirtschaft und Wettbewerb, Verlagsgruppe Handelsblatt, Düsseldorf (2001-2011);
"Herziening van de mededingingsregels voor de distributie van goederen en diensten van toepassing vanaf 1 juni 2010" (Review of the competition law regime applicable to the distribution of goods and services), Distributie Vandaag 2010, 18-20
"Belgian chapter" in Vertical agreements 2010: the regulation of distribution practices in 42 jurisdictions worldwide in the series Getting The Deal Through - Global Competition Law Review, 25-31
“Private handhaving staatststeunbepalingen: mededeling van de Commissie over de handhaving van de staatssteunregels door nationale gerechtelijke instanties” (“Private enforcement of state aid rules: commission notice on the enforcement of State aid law by national courts”), NJW 2009, 786-802 (with T. Bruyninckx)
Chapter on Belgian law in Getting The Deal Through Vertical Agreements, the regulation of distribution practices in 41 jurisdictions worldwide 2009, Global Competition Review;
"Voetbal op internet, GSM of TV: de mededingingsautoriteiten kijken mee", ("Football on the internet, mobile phones or television: the competition authorities are also watching"), Jaarboek Handelspraktijken en Mededinging 2006, 844-862 (with L. Depuydt).
"Mededingingsrecht als instrument van herstel en verweer in geschillenbeslechting" ("Competition as both a sword and a shield in antitrust proceedings") in Montangie, Y. (ed.), Mededingingsrecht in kort bestek, Intersentia, 2006 (with H. De Bauw).
Author of part on Belgian law in "Handbuch internationales Handelsvertreterrecht", Bundesanzeiger Verlag (2006).
"Tweede fase onderzoek bij concentratieprocedures: 'ernstige twijfels'?" ("Second phase investigations in merger control: 'serious doubts'?), Jaarboek Handelspraktijken en Mededinging 2004, 1038-1051.
Author of part on Belgian Insolvency Law in "Münchener Kommentar zur Insolvenzordnung", Verlag C. H. Beck, München (2003, first edition and 2008, second edition ).
Various case comments for E-concurrences and the International Law Office competition law newsletter.

Bar Admission

Admitted, 1996, Brussels



(University of Leuven (Lic. Jur., magna cum laude 1995); University of Bayreuth, Germany (Erasmus Exchange Programme, 1994); University of Bristol, UK (LL.M. in European Law, 1996)