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Marguerite Soete


CMS DeBacker
Chaussée de La Hulpe 178
1170 Brussels
Languages French, English, Spanish, Dutch

Marguerite joined CMS Belgium’s European and Competition Law department in January 2016. She specialises in European Law, more particularly in competition law and State aid.

She has gained experience in the transport sector but also in public investment and public service missions (financing of infrastructure, SGEI, etc.).

She advises companies and associations regarding   national and European grants.

Marguerite is currently developing her skills in the air transport and the airport sector. In particular, she assists the French airports and public entities  in the context of investigations by the European Commission concerning the financing of airports and their commercial relations with airlines.

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  • 2015 - University of Louvain, U.C.L. (Law degree)
  • 2016 - Bar admission (Brussels, Belgium)
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  • "Les subventions du D.G.A.S. au regard de la réglementation européenne en matière d’aides d’état", with Annabelle Lepièce, in Le décret de gestion et d’assainissement des sols du 1er mars 2018 (D.G.A.S.), Larcier, January 2019 
  • "Arrêt ERSTE Bank Hungary : clauses abusives et rôle du notaire dans l'apposition de la formule exécutoire", European Journal of Consumer Law, 2015/2.
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Septem­ber 2018 News­let­ter
EUR 44 mil­lion of il­leg­al aid for re­fur­bish­ment of dry docks in Port...
On 20 Septem­ber 2018, the European Com­mis­sion is­sued its de­cision in the case of the Port of Naples. In par­tic­u­lar, the de­cision con­cerns the grant­ing of EUR 44 mil­lion of sub­sidies from the Itali­an na­tion­al budget to the Port Au­thor­ity of Naples to ren­ov­ate.
June 2018 News­let­ter
EU Gen­er­al Court sus­pends State aid re­cov­ery
On 15 May 2018, the Pres­id­ent of the Gen­er­al Court ordered the sus­pen­sion of the op­er­a­tion of a Com­mis­sion de­cision on State aid. The de­cision con­cerned, among oth­ers, Span­ish foot­ball club Elche Club de Fut­bol, SAD, which had re­ceived il­leg­al and in­com­pat­ible.
Septem­ber 2017 News­let­ter
Ab­use of dom­in­ant po­s­i­tion by copy­right man­age­ment or­gan­iz­a­tions col­lect­ing...
The European Com­mis­sion is gen­er­ally re­luct­ant to con­demn ab­uses of a dom­in­ant po­s­i­tion when they arise from ex­cess­ive prices, par­tic­u­larly in com­pet­it­ive open mar­kets, be­cause they tend to self-reg­u­late.
European & Com­pet­i­tion Law
Elec­tri­city ca­pa­city re­serve: the European Com­mis­sion again in­vest­ig­ates...
The be­gin­ning of this month once again saw elec­tri­city ca­pa­city mech­an­isms catch the at­ten­tion of the European Com­mis­sion. The Com­mis­sion opened an in-depth in­vest­ig­a­tion in­to a Ger­man pro­ject in this mat­ter.
April 2017 News­let­ter
Re­veal­ing the ex­ist­ence of a car­tel can make a big dif­fer­ence: John­son...
On 8 Feb­ru­ary 2017, the Com­mis­sion ad­op­ted a car­tel mat­ter de­cision in the car bat­tery re­cyc­ling sec­tor. Between 2009 and 2012, four re­cyc­ling com­pan­ies took part in a car­tel that in­volved fix­ing the pur­chase prices for re­cyc­ling scrap bat­ter­ies.
Feb­ru­ary 2017 News­let­ter
EU ordered to pay more than EUR 50,000 in dam­ages for slow­ness pro­ceed­ings
The ex­cess­ive length of pro­ceed­ings be­fore the Gen­er­al Court may cause harm and may en­gage the non-con­trac­tu­al re­spons­ib­il­ity of the European Uni­on (the “EU”). This was in­voked by Gascogne Sack Deutsch­land and Gascogne be­fore the Gen­er­al Court, which ruled.