Kris Van Hove - Van Bael & Bellis

Kris Van Hove

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2013
Phone: 32 2 647 7350

Kris Van Hove is a partner in Van Bael & Bellis' Brussels office. His main areas of practice are EU and national competition law and regulatory affairs.

Kris specialises in all aspects of competition law, with particular expertise in cartels, merger control, dominant market positions, distribution and technology transfer. He also specialises in regulatory affairs in the area of aviation law.

Kris’ practice covers a wide variety of sectors, including, but not limited to, car parts,  aviation, consumer products, basic industries, steel, energy, chemicals, construction equipment, building materials, electronics, music and information and communications technology. He handles notifications and investigations as well as litigation before European and national courts.

Kris’ notable experience includes achieving an exceptional result from the EU’s General Court by obtaining, on substantive grounds, the annulment of the principal part of the Commission’s decision in CISAC (2013).

Kris also has extensive experience in representing clients in cartel defence cases, including representation in leniency and settlement proceedings and litigation before the courts. He led the team that assisted one of the parties in the Commission’s first-ever direct settlement case (DRAM). Since then, he has been involved in several other settlement procedures (most recently automotive bearings (March, 2014)) and standard procedures (most recently smart card chips (September, 2014)).

He regularly lectures and writes on competition law matters.


  • Chambers Global and Chambers Europe for Competition Law
  • Chambers Europe – ‘Leaders In Their Field’ (Competition/European Law)
  • Expert Guides – Competition and Antitrust
  • Legal 500 for Competition Law
  • European Legal Experts for Competition Law
  • PLC for Competition Law


Duke University, USA – LL.M., 1992

Sorbonne (Paris II) – Post-graduate degree in European Law, 1990

University of Leuven (KUL), Belgium – Law Degree, 1989


Kris Van Hove is a 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. Recent articles include “The Commission’s direct settlement procedure: more than meets the eye” (Competition Law Insight, June 2010) and “Commission on track with direct settlements” (Competition Law360, May 2010).

Speaking Engagements

Kris Van Hove is a sought-after speaker who has given several lectures on competition law matters, including:

  • Antitrust damages actions – An EU perspective (Keidanren, October 2014)
  • Should jurisdictions seek to allocate cases to prevent double penalisation? (ICN, Taipei, October 2014)
  • EU Cartel Law – Compliance (Keidanren, Tokyo, November 2012)
  • EU and Belgian Cartel Law (IBJ, Brussels, November 2011)
  • The Commission’s current cartel enforcement policy (ULB, Brussels, November 2010)
  • New trends in cartel enforcement in Europe (Tokyo, June 2010)
  • Cartel Enforcement: Recent and future developments (Brussels Bar Antitrust Conference, panel chairman, Brussels, November 2009)
  • Merger control in a global economy (Tokyo, February 2009)
  • Competition in the aviation sector: a unique story (Treviso, May 2008)

Office Location

Glaverbel Building
Chaussée de La Hulpe 166 Terhulpsesteenweg
Brussels, B-1170

Practice Areas

Competition / Antitrust Law

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