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Carmen Verdonck

Carmen Verdonck



  • Agency Law
  • Antitrust and Unfair Competition
  • Commercial Law
  • Competition

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Antitrust Group
IBA Group
WSG Coronavirus Task Force Group
Carmen advises a wide range of domestic and multinational clients about all aspects of Belgian and EU competition law, including cartel cases, distribution networks, technology transfer agreements, joint ventures, abuse(s) of dominance, and State aid matters. Carmen also represents clients in antitrust cases before the Belgian and European competition authorities and courts. She regularly assists various multinational clients in the setting-up of compliance programmes and training. In merger control cases, Carmen assists clients in obtaining merger control clearance from the Belgian Competition Authority and the European Commission and in the coordination of merger filings in numerous other countries.

Carmen has also developed solid experience in providing advice on a broad range complex contractual matters and the drafting of all types of commercial agreements.

Carmen has been appointed an Assessor in the Belgian Competition Authority and Maître de Conférences at the Liège University, teaching in the LLM in European Competition and IP law.

Bar Admissions

Brussels Bar: 1996


LL.M. in European Law (University of Bristol)
Erasmus Exchange Program (University of Bayreuth, Germany)
Lic. Juris (University of Leuven)
Areas of Practice

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

Professional Career

Professional Associations

Carmen is the president of the Association pour l’Etude du Droit de la Concurrence (AEDC) and a board member of the International League of Competition Law (LIDC). She is a member of: Women’s Competition Network (WCN) and the Association of Belgian competition lawyers (VBMa). She is also a member of the Belgian Franchise Federation’s legal commission and the advising commission installed under the law on pre-contractual information obligations in commercial co-operation agreements. Carmen regular lectures at conferences and seminars.


The BCA Suspects Caudalie of Imposing Minimum Resale Prices on its Distributors
ALTIUS/Tiberghien, January 2021

Over the last 4 years, the Belgian Competition Authority (“BCA”) has increasingly scrutinised anticompetitive restraints in vertical agreements and assessed these restraints under Article IV.1 of the Belgian Code of Economic Law and Article 101 TFEU...

New Unfair Trading Practices in the Food Supply Chain
ALTIUS/Tiberghien, July 2020

Within the agricultural and food supply chain, significant imbalances in bargaining power between suppliers and buyers of agri-food products are frequent. Those imbalances in bargaining power are likely to lead to unfair trading practices. The Directive 2019/633 (the “Directive”) aims to ensure that agri-food companies are protected against these unfair practices.   Scope of the Directive The Directive’s scope is very limited...

What Can Member States do to Financially Support their Undertakings Under EU State Aid Rules?
ALTIUS/Tiberghien, June 2020

The Covid-19 outbreak is not only a huge challenge for health care, but also has enormous consequences for the economy. Different sectors (such as the hospitality, tourism and transport sectors and many others) will not be able to overcome the difficult times that we are currently facing without public support. Many Member States have already adopted exceptional aid measures and many more will follow, but public support for undertakings must still comply with the EU State aid rules...



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