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The "excellent" Katharina Bongs is "very hard-working and has experience of big merger deals", say sources, who note that she is "very good for cartel defence, including leniency and settlements“.


Katharina Bongs is counsel in Van Bael & Bellis’ Brussels office. Her practice focuses on EU and German competition law.

In particular, Katharina represents clients in German and EU cartel and merger control cases and acts before the European Commission, the EU General Court and in national competition proceedings. She has experience advising in cartel defence cases, including leniency and settlement proceedings. Furthermore, she assists clients on how to structure their agreements to ensure competition law compliance and organises customised EU and German competition law compliance programmes. She deals with cases in a range of sectors, including industrial products, waste management and recycling.

Katharina also advises clients on EU customs law.

Katharina completed her Master of European Legal Studies degree at the College of Europe (Bruges) and holds a diploma in international law studies in Anglo-American and French law from the University of Trier. She is qualified as a German lawyer and is a member of the Düsseldorf and the Brussels Bars (E-list). She is fluent in German, English, French and Spanish and is recommended by Chambers Global as a foreign expert in the field of competition and EU law.

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