Jean-François Bellis

Jean-François Bellis
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Who's Who Legal Competition: Lawyers

Jean-François Bellis is a founding 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.

Jean-François assists international clients in competition 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 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. Notable cases include, among many others: Microsoft, Intel, CISAC, LCD Panels and Airfreight.

Jean-François is one of the most renowned legal practitioners in his field and is recognised by all legal directories. He is the recipient of a “Lifetime Achievement Award” from Global Competition Review (GCR) in recognition of his long-standing experience in the field of competition law and an “Outstanding Contribution to the Legal Profession” award from Chambers and Partners.

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, fifth edition), 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.

WWL says: Jean-François Bellis of Van Bael & Bellis is a “headline name” who is a “dominant” force in the Brussels competition arena.

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