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Kris van Hove

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Kris Van Hove is a partner in Van Bael & Bellis’ Brussels office. His main areas of practice are EU and national competition law and EU aviation law. He specialises in all aspects of competition law, with particular expertise in cartels, merger control, dominant market positions, distribution and technology transfer, as well as EU aviation law. He handles notifications and investigations as well as litigation before European and national courts.

Kris’ notable experience includes achieving an exceptional result from the EU’s General Court by obtaining, on substantive grounds, the annulment of the principal part of the European Commission’s decision in CISAC (2013). He also has extensive experience in representing clients in cartel defence cases, including representation in leniency and settlement proceedings and litigation before the courts. He led the team that assisted one of the parties in the Commission’s first-ever direct settlement case (DRAM). Since then, he has been involved in several other settlement procedures (such as automotive bearings) and standard procedures (such as smart-card chips). Most recently, as counsel for Japan Airlines, he was instrumental in securing a landmark victory when the EU General Court overturned the Commission’s 2010 decision in the Air Cargo case, resulting in the annulment of Japan Airlines’ €35.7 million fine.

His practice covers a wide variety of sectors, including, but not limited to, car parts, aviation, consumer products, basic industries, steel, energy, chemicals, construction equipment, building materials, electronics, music, and information and communications technology.

Kris is a sought-after speaker who has given several lectures and presentations around the world on competition law matters, including before the ICN. He is recognised as a leading expert in his field by all major legal directories, including Chambers Global, Chambers Europe, The Legal 500, Global Competition Review’s GCR 100, Expert Guides and Best Lawyers.

Kris completed his LLM at Duke University. He holds a postgraduate degree in European Law from the Sorbonne (Paris II) and a degree in law from the University of Leuven (KUL). He is a member of the Brussels Bar.

WWL says: Kris van Hove is an eminent name in the market and is recognised for his outstanding performance in merger control matters and cartel defence proceedings. One source describes him as a “rising star in the Van Bael & Bellis practice”.

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