Andrzej Kmiecik is a partner in Van Bael & Bellis' Brussels office. His practice focuses on all aspects of competition law, with particular expertise in merger control proceedings and cartel cases, as well as distribution, pricing, intellectual property and state aid matters. He represents clients before the European Commission, the EU Courts and in national competition law proceedings.
Andrzej’s practice covers a wide range of industries, including the automotive sector, pharmaceuticals, paper and board products, office equipment, consumer electronics, aerospace, shipping, petrochemicals, clothing and footwear.
Some of the more high profile EU merger control cases he has handled include: Boeing/McDonnell Douglas; Enso/Stora; Boeing/Hughes; Caemi/Mitsui/CVRD; Boeing/Lockheed/ULA; SABIC/Huntsman; SABIC/GE Plastics; DFDS/CRO Ports/Älvsborg; and Canon/IRIS (Art. 22 referral).
His experience in EU cartel investigations includes acting as defence counsel in: Newsprint; Amino Acids (also on appeal); Carbonless Paper (also on appeal); Publication Papers; Fine Papers; and Car Parts.
Andrzej has also successfully defended clients against complaints of exclusionary conduct before the European Commission, including Canon (ink jet consumables) and Honda (racing engine technology).
His experience extends to acting as counsel in major EU antitrust investigations involving the life sciences sector, including: Becton Dickinson/Novo Nordisk (diabetes care); Lederle/SKB (vaccines) and Chiron/DRK (blood screening). He was actively involved in the Commission’s pharmaceutical sector inquiry.
He has also developed a niche practice in the field of motor vehicle distribution. He counsels and defends a number of manufacturers, combining extensive experience with in-depth industry knowledge.
He regularly lectures and writes on competition law matters.
- Chambers Global and Chambers Europe for Competition Law
- Chambers Global and Chambers Europe – ‘Leaders In Their Field’ (Competition/European Law)
- International Who’s Who of Competition Lawyers and Economists
- Expert Guides – Guide to the World's Leading Competition and Antitrust Lawyers
- IFLR1000 – EU Competition
- Legal 500 for Competition Law
- PLC for Competition Law
College of Europe, Bruges, Belgium – Diploma in European Law, 1990
College of Law, London, United Kingdom – 1986/1987
Merton College, Oxford University, United Kingdom – M.A., 1985
Andrzej Kmiecik is coordinating contributor to Van Bael & Bellis’ leading treatise “Competition Law of the European Community” (fifth edition, Kluwer, 2010), a standard work of reference in the field of EU competition law.