Sébastien Engelen is a specialist in EU and Belgian competition law. He handles antitrust, merger control and State aid cases, as well as general EU law matters (EU freedoms, Structural Funds...). He also practices general commercial law, including distribution law.
As head of contrast’s State aid practice, Sébastien advises clients on the qualification of a measure from a state aid law perspective and the manners to ensure the compatibility of an aid measure with EU rules.
Sébastien is used to assisting both private and public clients in non-contentious and contentious matters. He conducts litigation before National Competition Authorities as well as national and European courts. He strongly believes that it is better to be safe than sorry, therefore he regularly gives competition law compliance trainings.
In addition, Sébastien regularly contributes to publications in the field of competition law.
Sébastien joined contrast in 2016, he became counsel in 2020 and was promoted to partner in 2022.
Sébastien holds a master’s degree in Law from the University of Leuven (UCL) and obtained a DEA in European law at the Free University of Brussels (ULB).
Sébastien Engelen was admitted to the Brussels bar in 2006. He speaks French, English, Dutch and Italian.
I worked only with Sébastien Engelen in a very sensitive competition matter which required a high level of experience, connections and analysis and I was really impressed by his skills and availability in an urgent and difficult case. His intervention helped our client to avoid an important fine from the Belgian Competition Authority.