Jean-François Bellis is the managing partner of Van Bael & Bellis. In 1975, he started his practice in Brussels, specialising in EU competition and EU trade law. From 1979 to 1980, he served as legal secretary to Lord Mackenzie Stuart at the Court of Justice of the European Communities in Luxembourg. In 1986, he co-founded Van Bael & Bellis.
In the field of competition law, Jean-François assists international clients in cases at both the EU and the national level. He regularly advises on all aspects of competition law with particular expertise in a broad range of antitrust issues, including cartels, dominant market positions, mergers, distribution and licensing. He has extensive litigation experience and has been involved in a large number of major competition cases before the European Commission, the EU Courts and in national proceedings.
Jean-François is one of the most renowned legal practitioners in his field and is recognised by all legal directories. In February 2011, Global Competition Review granted Jean-François a “Lifetime Achievement Award” in recognition of his longstanding experience in the field of competition law. In April 2014, Jean-François was honoured by Chambers & Partners for his “Outstanding Contribution to the Legal Profession”.
He has written numerous books and articles on antitrust issues and has spoken at several international conferences and seminars. Notably, he is the editor and key contributor to Van Bael & Bellis’ leading treatise Competition Law of the European Community (Kluwer, 2010), a book that is considered a standard work of reference. He is also a professor of EU competition law at the Institute of European Studies of the University of Brussels.
Jean-François completed his LLM at the University of Michigan and holds a degree in law from the University of Brussels (ULB). He is a member of the Brussels Bar.
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