Jean-François BellisPartner at Van Bael & Bellis
Jean-François Bellis is a founding partner of Van Bael & Bellis. Before setting up the firm in 1986, he clerked for Lord Mackenzie Stuart, the British judge at the European Court of Justice, and was a partner in the European law department of a major Brussels law firm. Jean-François has several decades of experience in competition and trade law, representing clients in numerous cases before the European Commission and the EU Courts.
Jean-François assists clients on all aspects of competition law with particular expertise in cartels, abuses of dominance and merger control. He has acted in landmark competition cases including United Brands, Woodpulp, Michelin I and II, Microsoft and Intel. He is also frequently asked to provide guidance as expert on EU competition law issues in international arbitrations.
In 2014, Jean-François was honoured by Chambers & Partners for his “Outstanding Contribution to the Legal Profession”.
Previously, in 2011, the Global Competition Review (GCR) granted him a “Lifetime Achievement Award” in recognition of his longstanding experience in competition law. He has also been named by Best Lawyers as a “Lawyer of the Year” for 2010, 2013, 2014 and 2015.
Jean-François Bellis has written numerous books and articles on competition and trade law and regularly speaks on both of these subjects at international conferences and seminars.
Jean-François Bellis lectures on EU competition law at the Institute of European Studies of the University of Brussels (ULB) and directs a seminar on competition law at the University of Liège. He also lectures on abuses of dominance at the Brussels School of Competition.