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Main Conference: 23 & 24 November 2021 / Digital Focus Day: 22 November 2021
Hotel Le PlazaBrussels, Belgium

Hein Hobbelen
Partner at Bird & Bird


Hein Hobbelen is a Partner at Bird & Bird in Brussels, admitted to the Brussels and Amsterdam bars. Hein has more than 20 years of experience in Competition, Trade and TMT regulatory cases.

With more than 20 years of experience in EU Competition, Trade and TMT regulatory law, Hein and his team assist clients in cases in these fields in front of the European Commission and other (national) competition and sector regulatory authorities. His practice spans sectors ranging from TMT and pharmaceuticals to security services, retail, paper/fibre, energy, chemicals, and many others. Hein co-heads Bird & Bird’s Brussels Competition and Trade practice as well as the Brussels TMT sector group.

Throughout Hein‘s career, he has been involved in a significant number of high-profile cases involving cartels, State aid, mergers, abuse of dominance and trade defence. Hein also represents a number of companies in proceedings before the European Union courts in Luxembourg.

Hein has assisted clients in more than 20 antitrust dawn raids in his career and many cartel cases including leniency. Hein also works a lot at the interface of competition and TMT sector regulation, such as recently in a matter involving spectrum allocations. Specific to Hein’s practice is also the fact that he and his team support clients with both EU competition and trade defence cases including litigation and possible PA support.

Many clients entrust Hein and his team with strategic matters, including recently ASML; Morgan Stanley; John Bean Technologies, Boehringer-Ingelheim, Ahlstrom-Munksjö group; various European packaging, fibre and paper companies such as Mitsubishi and many others.

Hein is regularly involved in activities in the antitrust, communications and trade community. This includes:

  • member of the Florence Competition Programme Advisory Council at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy;
  • guest lecturer at Leuven University in the Post-Graduate Studies in the ICT, IP and Media Law programme; and
  • officer of the Communications Committee of the International Bar Association.

Hein has authored a chapter entitled State Aid in the Broadband Sector for the book EU State Aid Control (Wolters Kluwer) together with high-ranking European Commission official Oliver Stehmann (currently being updated). Hein has been recognised by clients and peers in a number of legal directories including by Who's Who Legal - Competition as one of the world's leading competition lawyers.

Agenda Sessions

  • Data Portability in EU Competition Law, including DMA