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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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2009 - 2010 – Facultés Universitaires Notre Dame de la Paix, Namur (Advanced Master ICT in Law)
2004 - 2009 – Université Libre de Bruxelles, ULB (Master in Law)

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13 January 2021
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...
08 January 2021
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...
21 December 2020
On­line gambling law and reg­u­la­tion in Bel­gi­um
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...
12 December 2018
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...
August 2018
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...
20 June 2018
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...
06 September 2017
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...