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Carmen Verdonck

Carmen Verdonck

Commercial & Competition

Dutch, French, English, Spanish, Italian and German

Admitted to the Brussels Bar : 1996

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.

Carmen is the President of the International League of Competition Law / Ligue International du Droit de la Concurrence (LIDC) and board member of the Association pour l’Etude du Droit de la Concurrence (AEDC). 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.

Carmen Verdonck is "super easy to work with, very responsive and very good with people." – Chambers Europe, 2019

Carmen Verdonck is a “flexible but strong lawyer who stands behind her advice” and "has a vision in terms of how a case should go” – Chambers Europe, 2018

"Sources value that Carmen is pragmatic and can grasp difficult and complex problems quickly and give you a quick recommendation on what to do." – Chambers Europe, 2017

"Sources describe Carmen as a real expert on competition regulation." – Chambers Europe, 2016

"Sources appreciate Carmen Verdonck, who provides 'wel-thought'out' advice in the most complex matters" - Legal 500, 2016


  • LL.M. in European Law (University of Bristol)
  • Erasmus Exchange Program (Universität Bayreuth, Germany)
  • Lic. Juris (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven)
  • Cand. Juris (Université de Namur)

Selection of publications

"Contributor to The Merger Control Review", Eighth edition, Belgian chapter, Law Business Research Ltd., 2017.

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