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Celebrating One Year with Faros!


As we mark the completion of our first year since setting sail in September, we have a special announcement to share. We're thrilled to introduce Vincent our newest team member, who joins us on this joyous occasion, making this celebration twice as special!

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Faros on national TV…


Last weekend, Faros was featured in a program of the leading Belgian business TV channel (Kanaal Z).

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Sofie Deprez and Julie Mannekens present 'Hot topics in data protection: 2023' at NCOI seminar


On 21 August, Faros lawyers Sofie Deprez and Julie Mannekens presented 'Hot topics in data protection: 2023' at a NCOI seminar.

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Annemie Van de Vliet & Frank Wijckmans speak at Informa Connect summer school @Cambridge University


Annemie Van de Vliet and Frank Wijckmans travelled to the University of Cambridge earlier this week for the annual Informa Connect ‘Competition law summer school’. Frank and Annemie lectured on the key principles and recent decisions regarding art. 102 TFEU (abuse of dominance) and co-chaired a Mock Hearing on the topic.

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Emmelie Wijckmans and Frank Wijckmans write chapter on 'Vertical Agreements and Dominant Firms' in ICLG


ICLG recently published its Comparative Legal Guide on 'Vertical Agreements and Dominant Firms'. In this latest edition and similarly to prior years, Faros lawyers Emmelie Wijckmans and Frank Wijckmans were invited to prepare the chapter focusing on the European Union.

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No summer at Faros without summer interns! Warm welcome to all of them.


In July and August, we welcome 4 summer interns. They will be an integral part of our team and live the Faros experience.

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Karolien Francken speaks at Informa conference ‘Vertical Restraints and Distribution’


On 13 June, Faros partner Karolien Francken took the stage at the Informa Connect conference ‘Vertical Restraints and Distribution’, where she joined the panel on 'Selective & Exclusive Distribution'. Many valuable insights were shared at the conference. Click on ‘Read more’ to discover them.

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Emmelie Wijckmans speaker @ Summer School in Cambridge – get your discount now!


According to tradition, Emmelie Wijckmans is heading to Cambridge this summer to teach at Informa Connect's Summer School.

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Frank Wijckmans and Luc Peeperkorn share views on new VBER in ECLR


Faros partner, Frank Wijckmans, and Luc Peeperkorn (former Principal Advisor Antitrust Policy at European Commission), have co-authored an insightful article in the prestigious European Competition Law Review. The article delves into the new European rules on vertical agreements (the “VBER”).

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Faros event '1st anniversary of VBER: looking beyond the EU borders'


On 11/05, Faros organised '1st anniversary of VBER: looking beyond the EU borders'. This was an online lunch session celebrating the first anniversary of the EU Vertical Block Exemption Regulation (VBER). We compared the EU regime with those applicable in Switzerland, the UK, Turkey and Serbia. The session uncovered the main similarities and differences.

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Faros attending a hearing at the Court of Justice's Grand Chamber


On Tuesday, May 2, Faros attended a hearing at the Court of Justice's Grand Chamber regarding a positive doping decision that involved an Austrian athlete (C-115/22). The athlete requested that the decision would not be published, but the national anti-doping authority refused, citing legal requirements. The athlete appealed to the Independent Arbitration Commission (USK), which submitted several preliminary questions to the Court.

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Karolien Francken speaks at Informa Connect conference ‘Advanced EU Competition Law’


On April 24th, Karolien Francken spoke at the 32nd Annual Conference of Informa Connect. She was part of a panel discussion with Tobias Kruis (Director, Ethics & Compliance Europe; Global Competition Counsel, TD SYNNEX) and Vincent Stier (Senior Legal Counsel, EDEKA Verband) on vertical restraints. Discover the range of topics that were covered below.

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Faros is ranked in Legal500 for its privacy and data protection practice


The Faros data protection team is ranked in Tier 2 for ‘EU Regulatory: Privacy And Data Protection’ and our partner Anouk Focquet is again a ‘rising star’.

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Faros attends the ‘Career Day’ of Elsa Brussel


On 18 April, Maaike Visser and Femke Van Belle represented Faros at the ‘Career Day’ of the student organization Elsa Brussel.

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Faros organizes ‘1st anniversary of VBER: looking beyond the EU borders’ on 11/05


The EU Vertical Block Exemption Regulation (VBER) turns one year old! During a (! free) online event on 11/05 (12:00-14:00 CET), we place the VBER in a pan-European context to mark this anniversary.

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Maaike Visser and Emmelie Wijckmans speak on the Competitio annual conference.


On 30/03, Faros partners Maaike Visser and Emmelie Wijckmans spoke at the Competitio annual conference, hosted by De Experten and Intersentia Ltd, to share the latest developments in Belgian competition law.

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GDPR 101 by Faros


On Wednesday 29th March, our data protection team hosted an interactive session on GDPR for the student organization ELSA Brussel. Just like we do for our clients!

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On March 13th, a Chair of Business Compliance created by VBO-FEB launched highlighting the increasing importance of compliance in companies.


Karolien Francken who leads compliance at Faros was invited to the launch of the chair created by VBO-FEB at the law faculties of the universities in Ghent and Liège.

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Faros speaks at VGA Academy


The VGA Academy kick-started with an initial session on arbitration in Hasselt on March 14th, 2023.

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On March 2nd 2023, Anouk Focquet and Sofie Deprez hosted a webinar on "Data Protection in Practice" organized by the Training Institute for Lawyers


Using a practical 10-point checklist Anouk Focquet and Sofie Deprez reiterated the basics of the GDPR to Brussels-based lawyers.

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First Faros Submissions for Chambers & Partners


Faros just forwarded to Chambers & Partners its very first submission! Chambers is however quicker than ever. The Global Legal Guide 2023 just issued that Faros is already picked up even though we started our niche practices in competition, data protection and compliance at the very end of the research period.

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Faros publishes on abuse of rights in data protection law


Anouk Focquet, Sofie Deprez and Julie Mannekens published a commentary on a landmark judgment by the Market Court rendered on 1 December 2021 concerning abuse of rights in data protection.

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Faros speaks at conference of Federation of Belgian Enterprises (VBO-FEB)


On 30/01, the Federation of Belgian Enterprises (VBO-FEB) organized a conference for its members on the new European legislation on vertical agreements. A number of distinguished speakers shared their experience regarding the new rules.

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Frank Wijckmans teaches ‘The Law and Economics of Vertical Restraints’ at the Brussels School of Competition


In a line with the tradition, Frank Wijckmans spent his Friday afternoons at the Brussels School of Competition in recent weeks, where he teaches the course 'The Law and Economics of Vertical Restraints' together with Luc Peeperkorn.

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Faros guest speaker at the Paralegal Day


The Paralegal Day is organized by NCOI Learning to address various legal topics closely related to the day-to-day practice of in-house lawyers and paralegals. Anouk Focquet and Julie Mannekens were invited to the Paralegal Day to reflect on the implementation of the GDPR in practice.

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Anouk Focquet, Sofie Deprez, Julie Mannekens present their book ‘Bos Door De Bomen: Gegevensbescherming' at the event 'Faros in conversation with...'


Anouk Focquet, Sofie Deprez, and Julie Mannekens launched the second edition of the book Bos Door De Bomen: Gegevensbescherming'. On the occasion of this publication, we organized an event 'Faros in conversation with Peter Berghmans (DPO), David Stevens (former first president GBA), and Anne-Marie Witters (president Market Court)'.

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Faros, partner of Friends of the Brussels School of Competition


Faros becomes a partner of the Alumni Program of the Brussels School of Competition.

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Faros speaks at conference of Belgian-German Lawyers’ Association


Tilman Kuhn (White & Case) and Frank Wijckmans (Faros) presented the new block exemption regulation on vertical agreements (Regulation 2022/720) at a conference organized by the Belgian-German Lawyers’ Association in Düsseldorf.

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Faros at networking event Elsa Leuven


We are always looking for enthusiastic students who can support our team during a summer or winter internship. Faros lawyers Anouk Focquet, Julie Mannekens and Kaat Aerts were therefore present at the Elsa Leuven networking event to introduce our new niche firm to the KU Leuven students.

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Faros at ‘Competition Law in the Aviation Sector’


Frank Wijckmans chaired a panel session devoted to online ticket distribution at Informa’s Conference held in Brussels on “Competition Law in the Aviation Sector”.

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Faros at Kilpailuoikeus 2022


‘Kilpailuoikeus 2022’ brings together the competition law community in Finland. Faros partner Frank Wijckmans was invited to provide a solid 1 ½ hour update on the new European regime on vertical agreements.

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What a joy to go into the depth of the new European regime on vertical agreements…


Even more so when this can be done in a cozy round table setting with participants from various businesses and different member states (spread out from Sweden to Bulgaria).

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Frank Wijckmans guest speaker at OECD training


Frank Wijckmans was invited to speak in Budapest at an OECD-organised training, for the Hungarian Competition Authority.

He was the only private practitioner in a room filled with competition law enforcers.

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Anouk Focquet, Sofie Deprez and Julie Mannekens publish a monograph on data protection


Anouk Focquet, Sofie Deprez and Julie Mannekens of our data protection team have released today their practice-driven monograph (300 p.) on data protection in Belgium. The book (in Dutch) guides the reader through the data protection landscape and aims to make this field of the law as accessible as possible.

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Competition law meets the new Civil Code


On 23 September Frank Wijckmans participated in a panel discussion at an all-day academic event organised by the University of Leuven (KUL) dedicated to the new Civil Code (the law of contractual obligations). His main role was to inject a practitioner's and competition law perspective.

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Family day @Faros


A month after Faros started, we invited our families to come and have a look at our brand-new office.

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Frank Wijckmans and Karolien Francken publish 'Vertical Block Exemption Regulation - Toolbook for practitioners'.


In response to the launch of the new European rules on vertical agreements on 1 June 2022, Frank Wijckmans and Karolien Francken published a 'Toolbook for practitioners'. The Toolbook includes the new texts with handy indications by means of keywords in bold. Furthermore, there is a practical Q&A (35 p.), which helps to apply the new rules in practice.

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Faros team meets with top management of high-tech spin-off companies


Faros gladly accepted the very kind invitation of the Robotics Department of the University of Brussels and spin-off company Axiles Bionics to take a closer look at their operations. This visit is consistent with Faros’ strong belief that its team does not only need to advise companies, but also to listen to business leaders to get a better feeling for the business reality. Many thanks to Pierre, Lennart and Jacques for their willingness to reserve so much quality time for the Faros team. This kind of visits can only help us to be better advisors and partners of our business clients.

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Update: Faros guest speaker at 2022 Gondola Negotiation Summit


Faros lawyers Frank Wijckmans, Karolien Francken and Emmelie Wijckmans were absolutely honoured to be invited by retail top magazine Gondola as guest speakers on its annual top event. The event was attended by more than 100 leading players active on Belgium’s distribution scene. Our Faros lawyers emphasized the unique importance of 2022 when it comes to the legal principles applicable to the distribution world. They offered a speed date with the new rules both under European and Belgian law.

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All right, off we go!


We have been looking forward to this for a long time and now it is finally happening: Faros is taking off! As from 1 September 2022 we are more than ready to support you in competition law, data protection law and compliance.

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Faros discusses the Belgian DPA's recent decisions


Anouk Focquet and Sofie Deprez spoke in August 2022 during NCOI Learning’s webinar days.

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Round Table Conferences regarding the new European rules on distribution and supply relationships


The set-up is crisp and clear: limited groups and focus on the details of the new European regime (Regulation 2022/720). We will go the extra mile in terms of content and practical relevance. Sessions are scheduled for 13/10 (Dutch), 20/10 (English). Each session is eligible for 7 OVB points and 7 IBJ points.

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Emmelie Wijckmans and Frank Wijckmans publish on Verticals and Dominance


Emmelie Wijckmans and Frank Wijckmans published in the International Comparative Legal Guides 2022 their EU competition law contribution on “Vertical Agreements and Dominant Companies”. The interplay between verticals and dominance is fascinating and it is presented in a handy Q&A format.

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Anouk Focquet, Sofie Deprez and Julie Mannekens hand in manuscript on data protection at LeA Publishers


The Data Protection team of Faros finalized and handed in its manuscript of what is expected to become the most practical handbook on Belgian data protection law. Publication is expected for 03/10/2022.

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Karolien Francken and Morgane Smets finalize the script of a novel compliance “on boarding” film


Within short, employees stepping on board or starting up a new project will benefit from a unique way of familiarizing themselves with the compliance requirements imposed by competition law. With the assistance of Comic House and Lectrr the Faros team has developed an animated movie that does the trick.

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Emmelie Wijckmans and Annemie Van de Vliet coordinate commentary on the draft Horizontal Guidelines


Lawyers of the Faros competition team have bundled their comments on the draft Horizontal Guidelines of the European Commission. In doing so, they relied extensively on their experience with the existing 2010 Guidelines.

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Frank Wijckmans submits Expert Report to DG Competition of the EU Commission


As part of the preparation of the new block exemption regulation on vertical agreements, Frank Wijckmans was invited by DG Competition to submit an Expert Report on certain specific issues that were on the table of the drafters. The Expert Report can be consulted on the DG Competition website.

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Maaike Visser joins the Editorial Board of Competitio


Competitio is one of the leading law reviews on competition law in Belgium. Faros partner Maaike Visser was invited to join the Editorial Board of Competitio and plays an active role in the success of the law review.

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