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VERTICAL REGULATIONS AND DOMINANT FIRMS (7TH EDITION)
De toekomstige verticale groepsvrijstelling wordt voorbereid: geen aardverschuiving op komst, maar toch… (Dutch)
The Private Competition Enforcement Review – 14th edition
Het recht op inzage: krijgt de betrokkene waar voor zijn ‘recht’? (Dutch)

Whistleblowing systems in practice

Anouk Focquet - Karolien Francken - Julie Mannekens - Morgane Smets

This article discusses how to establish a whistleblowing system under the Belgian Whistleblower Act of 28 November 2022.

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Whether there are reasons to worry?

Frank Wijckmans - Competitio 2023

This article discusses the legal uncertainty for companies as a result of current competition law legislation, due to a prominence of complex economic and legal considerations.

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VERTICAL REGULATIONS AND DOMINANT FIRMS (7TH EDITION)

Frank Wijckmans - Emmelie Wijckmans, ICLG, 2023

This article in Q&A format guides the reader through the landscape of vertical agreements (distribution and supply relationships) and pays particular attention to the position of dominant firms. The article takes the new European block exemption regulation (Regulation 2022/720) and the new Vertical Guidelines, as well as the Horizontal Guidelines, fully on board.

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VERTICAL REGULATIONS AND DOMINANT FIRMS (6TH EDITION)

Frank Wijckmans - Emmelie Wijckmans, ICLG, 2022

This article in Q&A format guides the reader through the landscape of vertical agreements (distribution and supply relationships) and pays particular attention to the position of dominant firms. The article takes the new European block exemption regulation (Regulation 2022/720) and the new Vertical Guidelines fully on board.

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De toekomstige verticale groepsvrijstelling wordt voorbereid: geen aardverschuiving op komst, maar toch… (Dutch)

Frank Wijckmans - Lise Ryckaert, Competitio, 2021

This article provides an insight into the draft prepared by the European Commission for the new block exemption regulation on vertical agreements. It is particularly helpful to understand the development of the draft towards the definitive texts of Regulation 2022/720 and the new Vertical Guidelines. Some points of criticism reflected in the article have been resolved in the final version of the new legal instruments.

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The Private Competition Enforcement Review – 14th edition

Frank Wijckmans - Maaike Visser - Karolien Francken - Monique Sengelov, Manda Wilson, The Law Reviews, 2021

Based on their experience in private damages cases following Commissions cartel decisions, the authors describe the relevant questions that apply to this type of legal actions. The article is intended to provide pragmatic answers to some the challenges presented by private damages claims.

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HET ONDERZOEK À DÉCHARGE – FOOD FOR THOUGHT (DUTCH)

Frank Wijckmans - Herlinde Burez, Tijdschrift voor Belgische Mededinging, 2021

Based on Belgian case law, the interpretation of the requirement of conducting an investigation à décharge in competition law is discussed, as well as the possible consequences of a breach by the Auditorate of this duty.

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Het recht op inzage: krijgt de betrokkene waar voor zijn ‘recht’? (Dutch)

Anouk Focquet - Laura Sente, Tijdschrift Privacy & Persoonsgegevens, 2020

This article addresses one of the key topics of the legislation on data protection, notably the right of individuals to review the data that are being kept on him or her. The contribution deals with the question of whether individuals are getting xhat they are entitled to.

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“PARENTAL LIABILITY” IN HET BELGISCH MEDEDINGINGSRECHT (DUTCH)

Frank Wijckmans – Emmelie Wijckmans, Tijdschrift voor Belgische Mededinging, 2016

This article focuses on the policy of "parental liability" in Belgian competition law. It addresses the question of when parent companies are liable for competition infringements of other group companies.

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OP ZOEK NAAR EEN GEBALANCEERDE INTERPRETATIE VAN HET BEGRIP DOELBEPERKING IN HET MEDEDINGINGSRECHT. (DUTCH)

Grégoire Ryelandt – Emmelie Wijckmans, Revue de Droit Commercial., 2015

The CJEU case-law is analyzed to determine whether Cartes bancaires is a confirmation, an (r)evolution, or a reversion of the determination of the boundary between agreements by object and those with anti-competitive effects. It then analyses the consequences re: information exchanges and ‘signaling’, and ends with comments on the balance between the protection of the fundamental rights of companies/individuals and the importance of correctly qualifying conduct.

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GEGEVENSBESCHERMING EN MEDEDINGING: EEN ARTIFICIEEL OF INTELLIGENT HUWELIJK? (DUTCH)

Anouk Focquet – Julie Van Pée, Tijdschrift voor Privacy & Persoonsgegevens, 2014

Based on the decision on Facebook by the German competition authority on 06/02/2019, a picture is painted of the relationship between competition and data protection law. The interaction between the two is discussed, as well as how they can reinforce each other.

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TOT ZOVER HET BELGISCH KARTELPARADIJS (DUTCH)

Frank Wijckmans – Filip Tuytschaever, Rechtskundig Weekblad, 2008

This article provides the practicing lawyer with an overview of the main rules of public enforcement and private enforcement of the cartel ban. The Belgian Leniency Notice of 22 October 2007 is explicitly discussed in this context.

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ACTIVE SALES RESTRICTIONS REVISITED (DUTCH)

Frank Wijckmans – Filip Tuytschaever, European Competition Law Review, 2004

This article examines the restrictions on active sales. The analysis aims to provide a roadmap to avoid inadvertent infringements of Article 4(b) of Regulation No 2790/99, thus avoiding the loss of the benefit of the then-current block exemption for the entire agreement.

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TOT ZOVER HET VERBOD OP ACTIEVE VERKOOP (DUTCH)

Frank Wijckmans – Filip Tuytschaever, Rechtskundig Weekblad, 2002

The article discusses the conditions under which the ban on active selling is consistent with the (then current) European block exemption. The intention is to provide practitioners with guidance so that they do not lose the benefit of the Block Exemption due to a single inadvertent misstep.

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