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Joëlle Froidmont

Senior Associate

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

Joëlle specialises in Competition & European Union Law as well as in Technology, Media and Communications Law, both advising and litigating.

She counsels and assists undertakings active in a broad range of industries in respect of the implication on their business activities of the Belgian and EU competition rules (abuse of dominant position, cartels, damages claims, merger control, etc.). In these areas Joëlle handles cases before the European and national courts and administrative authorities. Since 2010 she has notably gained experience in the following sectors: media and communications, pharmaceuticals, retail, banking and insurance.

Joëlle also deals with regulatory files involving the national regulatory authorities in charge of electronic communications and the operators active in Belgium.

Joëlle joined the Brussels Bar in 2010. Prior to joining CMS, Joëlle started her professional career at international law firm Olswang.

She holds a Master in Law from the Université catholique de Louvain (UCL) (2008), and a LL.M in European Law from the Katholieke universiteit Leuven (KUL) (2009).

Joëlle also coordinates the competition law and sector-specific regulation section of the Revue de droit commercial belge / Tijdschrift voor belgisch handelsrecht (RDC/TBH) since 2019 and publishes articles in her areas of expertise.

She is fluent in French and English, and proficient in Dutch.

Joëlle joined CMS in April 2017.

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  • EU Competition Law and the Digital Economy: Protecting Free and Fair Competition in an Age of Technological (R)evolution, The XXIX FIDE Congress in The Hague, 2020 Congress Publications, Vol. 3, National report for Belgium
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Lectures list

  • 19/09/2019 : Speaker at Lunch-Forum Concurrence (SPF Economie), “Réforme du Livre IV du Code de droit économique sur la protection de la concurrence – Analyse critique”, in Brussels
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  • 2010 - Bar admission (Brussels, Belgium)
  • 2009 - University of Leuven, KU Leuven (LL.M. in European Law)
  • 2008 - University of Louvain, UCLouvain (Master of Laws)
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European & Competition Law
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Algorithms and Collusion – the debate by the OECD Competition Committee
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May 2017 Newsletter
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