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Marguerite Soete

Associate
Lawyer

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

Marguerite joined CMS Belgium’s European and Competition Law department in December 2015. 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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Publications

  • « Aid schemes : an overview of EU and national cases », with Annabelle Lepièce, Concurrences, December 2020;
  • « 25 years of existence ! An overview of the BCA’s activity », with Annabelle Lepièce, in the Financier Worldwide, June 2019;
  • « State aid and the General Block Exemption Regulation », Lexis Nexis, February 2019;
  • « 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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Lectures list

  • « COVID-19: How to support the companies under State aid rules? », with Annabelle Lepièce, Amcham Belgium, 17 December 2020;  
  • « Mesures incitatives en faveur des compagnies aériennes en droit européen » with Annabelle Lepièce, Aéroports de Lyon, 4 February 2020;
  • « Les aides d’Etat » with Annabelle Lepièce, Service Public de Wallonie, 20 January 2020.
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Education

  • 2015 - University of Louvain, U.C.L. (Law degree)
  • 2016 - Bar admission (Brussels, Belgium)
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23 March 2021
COV­ID-19: the European Com­mis­sion au­thor­izes a Finnish aid to com­pensate...
On 12 March 2021, the European Com­mis­sion has ap­proved an aid meas­ure of EUR 351.38 mil­lion to com­pensate for the dam­age suffered by Fin­nair as a res­ult of the meas­ures taken by Fin­land, the EU and oth­er...
16 March 2021
COV­ID-19: the European Com­mis­sion ap­proves aid for Riga, Florence and Pisa...
At the be­gin­ning of March, the European Com­mis­sion ap­proved two aid meas­ures to sup­port Riga, Florence and Pisa air­ports, severely af­fected by the COV­ID-19 pan­dem­ic. On 2 March, the Com­mis­sion ap­proved...
17 December 2020
COV­ID-19: how to sup­port com­pan­ies un­der State aid rules?
Or­gan­ised in col­lab­or­a­tion with AmCham Bel­gi­um:me­di­um­AmCham Bel­gi­um and CMS are de­lighted to in­vite you to an ex­clus­ive we­bin­ar on pub­lic sup­port to com­pan­ies brought to you by An­na­belle Lepièce and...
26 November 2020
COV­ID-19: European Com­mis­sion ap­proves EUR 22.2 mil­lion Cyp­ri­ot loan in...
By its de­cision of 18 Novem­ber 2020, the European Com­mis­sion ap­proved a Cyp­ri­ot aid scheme with a budget of EUR 22.2 mil­lion in fa­vour of Her­mes Air­ports Lim­ited, the op­er­at­or of Larnaka and Pa­fos in­ter­na­tion­al...
20 October 2020
COV­ID-19: European Com­mis­sion au­thor­ises EUR 19.3 mil­lion Ro­mani­an state-guar­an­teed...
On 5 Oc­to­ber 2020, the European Com­mis­sion au­thor­ised the grant­ing of a pub­lic loan guar­an­teed by the Ro­mani­an State for an amount of EUR19.3 mil­lion in fa­vour of Tar­om. The air­line had already re­ceived...
19 October 2020
COV­ID-19: European Com­mis­sion au­thor­ises a Bel­gian aid scheme for the hotel...
On 9 Oc­to­ber 2020, the European Com­mis­sion gave the green light for the es­tab­lish­ment of a Brus­sels aid scheme to sup­port the hotel sec­tor (in par­tic­u­lar, ho­tels and apar­tho­tels) in view of the health...
16 October 2020
COV­ID-19: the European Com­mis­sion pro­longs the Tem­por­ary Frame­work on State...
On 19 March 2020, the Com­mis­sion ad­op­ted a Tem­por­ary Frame­work on State aid meas­ures to sup­port the eco­nomy in the cur­rent COV­ID-19 out­break. The Frame­work fore­sees a series of aid meas­ures that can be...
05 October 2020
European Com­mis­sion's pub­lic con­sulta­tion on short-term ex­port-cred­it in­sur­ance
Are you a pub­lic au­thor­ity, a com­pany in­volved in ex­port cred­it in­sur­ance or simply an in­ter­ested party? Then you have un­til 7 Oc­to­ber 2020 to make your opin­ion known! In the Com­mu­nic­a­tion from the Com­mis­sion...
07 September 2020
COV­ID-19: European Com­mis­sion gives green light to aid scheme for Ger­man...
In a de­cision of 11 Au­gust, the European Com­mis­sion au­thor­ised a Ger­man aid scheme to sup­port Ger­man air­port op­er­at­ors. The scheme was au­thor­ised partly on the basis of Art­icle 107(2)(b) TFEU and partly...
26 August 2020
Thomas Cook-Brus­sels Air­lines case: Bel­gian Com­pet­i­tion Au­thor­ity con­firms...
In Au­gust 2017, the Bel­gian Com­pet­i­tion Au­thor­ity (BMA) opened an in­vest­ig­a­tion in­to po­ten­tial an­ti­com­pet­it­ive prac­tices res­ult­ing from the con­clu­sion of a "Com­mer­cial Ser­vice Agree­ment" between Thomas...
25 August 2020
COV­ID-19: European Com­mis­sion au­thor­ises EUR 1 mil­lion aid for Tim­isoara...
On 5 Au­gust 2020, the European Com­mis­sion ap­proved aid of around EUR 1 mil­lion for Tim­isoara air­port. The meas­ure is based on Art­icle 107(2)(b) TFEU and aims at com­pens­at­ing for the dam­ages suffered by...
18 May 2020
COV­ID-19: European Com­mis­sion au­thor­ises EUR 550 mil­lion Ger­man state-guar­an­teed...
At the end of April 2020, the European Com­mis­sion au­thor­ised a pub­lic loan guar­an­teed by the Ger­man State for an amount of EUR 550 mil­lion in fa­vour of Condor, a Ger­man charter com­pany, un­der the European...