Hendrik Viaene - McDermott Will & Emery


Hendrik Viaene focuses his practice on competition law, regulated markets and regulatory law. He advises clients across a wide range of related issues including state aid, cartels, licensing agreements, merger filings, M&A negotiations, abuse of dominance cases, and distribution agreements.

Hendrik assists governments as well as privately and publicly owned companies. He has a wealth of experience in a range of sector such as energy, chemicals, paints, automotive, financial data, recycling and waste management, telecom, construction, renewables, media, private equity and the financial industry.

Hendrik represents companies before national competition authorities and before the European Commission in state aid, cartel, merger, and abuse of dominance investigations. He also assists governments and companies on defence strategies as well as compliance programmes to avoid fines or having to refund or recover state aid.

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  • Assisted several governments and government entities in developing COVID-19 related state aid initiatives, successfully notifying at and obtaining state aid clearance from the European Commission*
  • Assisted a company in abuse of dominant position complaint proceedings before the European Commission, extracting commitments from the dominant company allowing our client to obtain access to an energy market in the European Union*
  • Assisted companies in the healthcare industry during cartel and abuse of dominance investigations by national competition authorities, including dawn raids*

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  • Legal 500 EMEA 2023, Leading Individual in Competition: Belgian Law
  • The Best Lawyers in Belgium 2023, Competition / Antitrust Law
  • Chambers Global, Competition / European State Aid Law, 2022 – 2023
  • Chambers Europe, Competition Law, 2022 – 2023
  • IFLR 1000 2022, Rising Star, Competition

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King’s College London, LLM European Law, 1999
University of Gent, MA Law, 1998