The following Competition guidance note Produced in partnership with Laga provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:
A conversation with Hendrik Viaene, partner at Belgian law firm Laga on key issues on merger control in Belgium.
NOTE–to see whether notification thresholds in Belgium and throughout the world are met, see Where to Notify.
In Belgium, merger control rules were first introduced by the Act on the Protection of Economic Competition on 5 August 1991, which entered into force on 1 April 1993. At that time, the Belgian thresholds included both a turnover and a market share threshold. The 1991 Act was subsequently replaced by the 1999 Act. In its turn, the 1999 Act was replaced by the 2006 Act on the Protection of Economic Competition (APEC), which entered into force on 1 October 2006. The APEC introduced a number of important changes in the area of merger control, mainly due to the fact that the substantive test for reviewing mergers was aligned with the test introduced at the EU level by the EU Merger Regulation.
On 3 April 2013, Belgian Competition law was amended by the adoption of a new act inserting Competition law provisions into the Belgian Code of Economic Law (BCEL) and abrogating
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