Meet Carmen Verdonck

+32 2 426 14 14

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 of 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 University of Liège, teaching in the LLM in European Competition and IP law.

She is Past President of the International League of Competition Law/ Ligue Internationale du Droit de la Concurrence (LIDC) and is board member of the Belgian association for the study of competition law (AEDC).

Carmen is fluent in Dutch, French, English and speaks Italian, Spanish and German.

  • LL.M. in European law (University of Bristol)
  • Erasmus Exchange Programme (University of Bayreuth)
  • Lic. Juris (KU Leuven – KUL)
  • Cand. Juris (University of Namur)

Carmen is fluent in Dutch, French, English and speaks Italian, Spanish and German.

Selection of publications
  • Sports and competition law: An overview of EU and national case law”, Concurrences, e-Competitions Sports, Art. N° 92775, 16 July 2020 (with H. Baeyens, Q. Silvestre and N. Methens)
  • Contributor to The Merger Control Review, Twelfth Edition, Belgian chapter, Law Business Research Ltd. 2021
What our clients say about us

“We worked with Carmen Verdonck and Beatrijs Gielen. Both very professional, very knowledgable, very responsive and to the point.” – Legal 500 EMEA, 2024

“Carmen Verdonck is very knowledgeable in multiple areas including franchise work, which is very important to us. Carmen is highly pragmatic and a pleasure to work with.” – Legal 500 EMEA, 2024

“She understands the problem immediately and, due to her lengthy experience, she will also come up with multiple solutions.” – Chambers Europe, 2024

“She will immediately understand the needs or wishes of the client and she will adapt.” – Chambers Europe, 2024

“I am very happy with the collaboration with Carmen Verdonck. She combines her strong legal knowledge with strong commercial understanding.” – Chambers Europe, 2024

Carmen Verdonck has great experience with competition law matters in our sector and is available to discuss and willing to think alongside the business.”– Legal 500 EMEA, 2023

Carmen Verdonck is excellent and I can only recommend her. She provides high-level work and is responsive to clients.” – Chambers Europe, 2023

We can be sure we are in good hands with her.” – Chambers Europe, 2023

Carmen Verdonck is experienced in dealing with advisory matters and proceedings. Reactive and hands on.” – Legal 500 EMEA, 2022

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