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Alexis Laes


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

Alexis Laes joined the Brussels Bar in 2010, and specialised within the law firm Olswang in new technology law, regulatory law as well as general EU law, both advising and litigating. By joining CMS in 2017, he continues to develop expertise in his key areas of focus.

Alexis principally deals with regulatory cases involving the national regulatory authorities in charge of electronic communications/telecommunications.

Alexis also deals with free movement cases, principally in the field of e-Commerce and sport.

Furthermore, Alexis regularly intervenes in gambling cases (off-line and on-line) where he counsels Belgian and foreign operators on the specifics of the Belgian legislation and its compatibility with EU law, and represents them before the Gaming Commission (including licence applications and sanctioning proceedings).

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"The CMS teams are fully dedicated to the matters which the client entrusts to them. They really care about their clients, work relentlessly in the best interest of their clients and always look for additional innovative arguments. Dirk Van Liedekerke and Alexis Laes really stand out in this respect."

Feedback from a client about the department - Legal 500, 2022


  • A. LAES & M. VAN LIERDE, “The Grand Chamber of the Court of Justice clarifies the theory of the “acte clair” almost 40 years after its judgment in Cilfit”, CMS publications, 02/12/2021.
  • A. LAES & M. VAN LIERDE, “European General Court confirms that recourse to CAS arbitration under sports federation statutes does not compromise the full effectiveness of EU (competition) law”, CMS publications, 13/01/2021.
  • A. LAES & M. VAN LIERDE, “Court of Justice confirms that taxi apps are in principle to be qualified as information society services”, CMS publications, 08/01/2021.
  • A. LAES & M. VAN LIERDE, “Glawischnig-Piesczek v Facebook: CJEU ruling on online defamation and liability of hosting services providers under the e-Commerce Directive”, CMS publications, 19/12/2019.
  • A. LAES & M. VAN LIERDE, “Certain shocking cases are sad reminders of the importance of caller location in emergency calls”, CMS publications, 18/12/2019.
  • A. LAES, “Belgium tightens legislation on online gambling advertising: for better or for worse?”, CMS publications, 12/12/2018.
  • A. LAES & M.LOGNOUL, “La fin de l’anonymat des cartes SIM prépayées”, Revue du droit des industries de réseau, 2017/2-3, pp. 198-205.
  • A. LAES & D. VAN LIEDEKERKE, “Les recours contre les décisions des autorités de régulation économique devant la Cour des marchés : état des lieux à la suite de l’adoption de la loi du 20 février 2017”, Revue du droit des industries de réseau, 2017/2-3, pp. 205-211.
  • A. LAES & D. VAN LIEDEKERKE, “Advocate General Szpunar considers that Uber’s activity should not benefit from the country of origin principle enshrined in the E-Commerce Directive”, CMS publications, 26/05/2017.
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  • 2010 - Université de Namur, UNamur - Belgium (Advanced Master ICT in Law)
  • 2009 - Université Libre de Bruxelles, ULB - Belgium (Master of Laws)
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10 key as­pects of the re­vised EU com­pet­i­tion law in the field of dis­tri­bu­tion...
The new Ver­tic­al Block Ex­emp­tion Reg­u­la­tion (VBER) and the new ac­com­pa­ny­ing Ver­tic­al Guidelines (VGL) were pub­lished on 10 May 2022. The new VBER will enter in­to force on 1 June 2022 and ap­ply for the next twelve years. The new VBER/VGL in­tro­duce sev


On­line gambling law and reg­u­la­tion in Bel­gi­um
CMS Bel­gi­um ad­vised Su­per­bet on its ac­quis­i­tion of Na­po­leon Games Group
CMS Bel­gi­um ad­vised Su­per­bet in con­nec­tion with the ac­quis­i­tion from Wa­ter­land of Na­po­leon Games Group, a lead­ing Bel­gian op­er­at­or act­ive in the on­line, re­tail ar­cade and sports bet­ting busi­ness, with...
European Gen­er­al Court con­firms that re­course to CAS ar­bit­ra­tion un­der...
In its judg­ment of 16 Decem­ber 2020, the European Gen­er­al Court de­cides that the European Com­mis­sion was not en­titled to con­sider that the ar­bit­ra­tion rules of the In­ter­na­tion­al Skat­ing Uni­on (ISU), which...
Court of Justice con­firms that taxi apps are in prin­ciple to be qual­i­fied...
On 3 Decem­ber 2020, the Court of Justice of the European Uni­on (“CJEU”) de­livered its rul­ing in the case Star Taxi App (C-62/19). The case con­cerns the in­ter­pret­a­tion of the no­tion of “in­form­a­tion...
Cer­tain shock­ing cases are sad re­mind­ers of the im­port­ance of caller loc­a­tion...
   In its judg­ment of 5 Septem­ber 2019 (case C 417/18), the Court of Justice of the European Uni­on con­sidered that the Uni­ver­sal Ser­vice Dir­ect­ive re­quires Mem­ber States, sub­ject to tech­nic­al feas­ib­il­ity...
Bel­gi­um tight­ens le­gis­la­tion on on­line gambling ad­vert­ising: for bet­ter...
In Bel­gi­um, the on­line gambling sec­tor has ex­per­i­enced sig­ni­fic­ant growth over the last few years, des­pite the re­strict­ive policy put in place by the au­thor­it­ies. Ac­cord­ing to some com­ment­at­ors, this...
Sum­mer of sports 2018
After much ex­cite­ment in June and Ju­ly, it was France who were left hold­ing the golden trophy aloft, with Les Bleus able to over­come Croa­tia to win their second FIFA World Cup.As al­ways, the FIFA World...
Loot boxes – a treas­ure trove of gambling reg­u­lat­ory is­sues
In this art­icle we take a look at the im­pact of pub­lic­a­tions from the Dutch and Bel­gian au­thor­it­ies in re­la­tion to loot boxes in com­puter games.The pop­u­lar FIFA com­puter game pub­lished by Elec­tron­ic Arts...
European & Com­pet­i­tion Law
Our team is led by An­na­belle Lepièce and Dirk Van Liedekerke. Ro­main Alder­weireldt, Joëlle Froid­mont, Alex­is Laes, Hanne Baey­ens, Raphaël Fleis­cher, Mat­thieu van Lierde, Kim Gil­lade and Mar­guer­ite...
May 2017 News­let­ter
Ed­it­or­i­al Dear Read­er,Since 2013, we have been sup­port­ing the Bel­gian Found­a­tion Against Can­cer through leg­al ad­vice and fin­an­cial sup­port. Last week­end, it was time once again to give our sup­port a...