Hannelore Wiame focuses her practice on European and Belgian competition law. Her practice covers the entire range of competition law issues, such as cartel investigations, abuse of dominance, merger control, State aid, litigation, as well as compliance and advisory work relating to horizontal and vertical agreements.
Acted for a consumer electronics goods manufacturer in an investigation by the European Commission into resale price maintenance and online sales restrictions, leading to the first ever settlement case adopted by the European Commission for vertical infringements*
Represented an automotive parts supplier in cartel proceedings before the European Commission*
Acted for a client in the fast-moving consumer goods industry in an internal cross-jurisdiction audit investigation*
Defended one of the parties involved in the cement cartel fined by the Belgium Competition Authority, in a subsequent abuse of dominance and cartel case brought before the Belgian courts*
Secured a reduction of the fine imposed by the European Commission on a company active in the petroleum sector for its participation in the Bitumen Spain cartel, by representing the company in proceedings before the European Court of Justice*
Represented Lonza in merger control filings across more than 10 jurisdictions in relation to the sale of its specialty chemicals business*
Represented Brussels Airlines in proceedings before the Belgian Competition Authority relating to its acquisition by Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium*
Regularly advises on multijurisdictional analyses as well as substantive assessments and feasibility, studies of envisaged acquisitions, internal reorganisations, and mergers
Represented a multinational computer technology corporation in proceedings before the Belgian courts aimed at recovering State aid following the European Commission’s “excess profit ruling” decisio
Regularly advises on State aid related matters (including advising on funding schemes under GBER, market economy operator principle, etc.)
Advised a consumer goods manufacturer on its planned overhaul of its SDS by reviewing its multi-tiered selective distribution agreements across more than 10 European countries*
Substantive experience in relation to queries on abuse of dominance, vertical agreements, including distribution agreements, agency agreements, non-compete arrangements, etc.
Advised tech companies in relation to selected issues such as the competition law considerations in relation to the pass-on of digital service tax, horizontal cooperation agreements with respect to 5G, partnerships in relation to cloud, etc.*
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