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Marguerite Soete

Associate

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

Marguerite specialises in European law and competition law, in particular State aid. In this field, Marguerite assists both public authorities and companies on all aspects of state aid rules.

Her practice includes the legal assessment of the existence of aid and its compatibility, the preparation of notifications of individual aid or aid schemes to the European Commission and the drafting of the legal instruments necessary for their implementation.

She also participates in the representation of public authorities in the context of European Commission investigations in the field of State aid (air transport, SGEI, tax exemption, etc.), drafts complaints and participates in the representation of public authorities or companies in litigation before national and European courts. She provides training in State aid matters.

She has gained experience not only in the transport and related infrastructure sector (air transport, airports, ports), in waste management but also in public investments and public service missions (financing of infrastructures, SGEI, etc.).

She also assists companies and associations in the context of national (grants/recoverable advances granted to carry out research projects) and European grants (in particular in the context of grant and consortium agreements concluded with a view to carrying out specific projects directly subsidized by the European Union).

Marguerite joined CMS in December 2015 and was admitted to the Belgian Bar in March 2016.

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"Young but bright, solution oriented and quick thinker."

Feedback from a client, Legal 500, 2022

Publications

  • M. SOETE & A. LEPIECE, “ Aid schemes : an overview of EU and national cases ”, Concurrences, 28/01/2021.
  • M. SOETE & A. LEPIECE, “ 25 years of existence ! An overview of the BCA’s activity ”, in the Financier Worldwide, June 2019.
  • M. SOETE, “ State aid and the General Block Exemption Regulation ”, Lexis Nexis, February 2019.
  • M. SOETE & A. LEPIECE,  “ Les subventions du D.G.A.S. au regard de la réglementation européenne en matière d’aides d’état  ” , in Le décret de gestion et d’assainissement des sols du 1er mars 2018 “  (D.G.A.S.), Larcier, January 2019.
  • M. SOETE, “ 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

  • 17/12/2020: « COVID-19: How to support the companies under State aid rules? », with A. Lepièce, Amcham Belgium.

 

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Education

  • 2016 - Bar admission (Brussels, Belgium)
  • 2015 - University of Sherbrooke, Canada (Erasmus)
  • 2015 - University of Louvain, UCLouvain - Belgium (Master of Laws)
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12/05/2022
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

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07/07/2022
European Com­mis­sions call for evid­ence con­sulta­tion on the de min­imis Reg­u­la­tion
On 27 June 2022, the European Com­mis­sion launched a pub­lic call for evid­ence on Reg­u­la­tion (EU) No 1407/2013 on de min­imis aid. Un­der this Reg­u­la­tion, pub­lic au­thor­it­ies may grant aid of lim­ited amounts...
25/03/2022
European Com­mis­sion ad­opts Tem­por­ary Crisis Frame­work to sup­port the eco­nomy...
Many busi­nesses and in­di­vidu­als are already feel­ing the ef­fects of the crisis res­ult­ing from the Rus­si­an in­va­sion of Ukraine, as well as the re­per­cus­sions of all the eco­nom­ic sanc­tions ad­op­ted at the...
23/03/2022
European Com­mis­sion pub­lishes guidelines on con­di­tion­al­ity mech­an­ism to...
The European Com­mis­sion has re­cently ad­op­ted Guidelines on the gen­er­al re­gime of con­di­tion­al­ity, a re­gime which aims to pro­tect the EU budget against breaches of the prin­ciples of the rule of law. These...
23/09/2021
New European Com­mis­sion no­tice on the en­force­ment of State aid rules by...
On 23 Ju­ly 2021, the European Com­mis­sion ad­op­ted a new no­tice (“No­tice”) on the en­force­ment of EU State aid rules by na­tion­al courts. The No­tice, which has a bet­ter struc­ture, up­dates and fur­ther...
22/09/2021
Re­cap­it­al­isa­tion of Air France: Vuel­ing in first place for the al­loc­a­tion...
On 20 Septem­ber 2021, the European Com­mis­sion ap­proved the al­loc­a­tion to Vuel­ing of 18 daily slots at Par­is-Orly air­port fol­low­ing a se­lec­tion pro­ced­ure over the sum­mer. This meas­ure is part of the re­cap­it­al­isa­tion...
03/09/2021
COV­ID-19: Com­mis­sion ap­proves Span­ish aid to com­pensate Air Nos­trum's dam­age
On 23 Ju­ly 2021, the European Com­mis­sion ap­proved Span­ish aid of EUR 9 mil­lion to com­pensate Air Nos­trum for the dam­age suffered as a res­ult of the COV­ID-19 pan­dem­ic on the basis of Art­icle 107(2)(b)...
16/07/2021
Re­struc­tur­ing plan and res­cue aid for TAR­OM: European Com­mis­sion opens...
The European Com­mis­sion de­cided on 5 Ju­ly 2021 to open an in-depth in­vest­ig­a­tion in­to the re­struc­tur­ing plan of the air­line TAR­OM no­ti­fied by Ro­mania in May 2021, as well as in­to the EUR 190 mil­lion aid...
13/07/2021
Pro­posed ac­quis­i­tion of Air Europa by IAG: Com­mis­sion opens in-depth in­vest­ig­a­tion
On 29 June 2021, the European Com­mis­sion opened Phase II mer­ger con­trol pro­ceed­ings on IAG's pro­posed ac­quis­i­tion of Air Europa be­cause of its po­ten­tial im­pact on the Span­ish air ser­vices mar­ket. In May...
15/06/2021
Agree­ment in prin­ciple between ASEAN and the EU on co­oper­a­tion in the air...
On 2 June 2021, the As­so­ci­ation of South­east Asi­an Na­tions (ASEAN), the European Uni­on and its mem­ber States have reached a com­pre­hens­ive air trans­port agree­ment to en­hance con­nectiv­ity and eco­nom­ic de­vel­op­ment...
26/05/2021
COV­ID-19: the European Com­mis­sion ap­proves EUR 392,000 Bel­gian aid for...
On 18 May 2021, the European Com­mis­sion ap­proved an aid of EUR 392,000 to com­pensate for the dam­age suffered by SA Kléber Rossil­lon Wa­ter­loo, in charge of the man­age­ment and com­mer­cial and tour­ist activ­it­ies...
17/05/2021
Sus­tain­able tax­onomy in the avi­ation sec­tor: European Com­mis­sion pub­lishes...
In the avi­ation sec­tor, identi­fy­ing "green" eco­nom­ic activ­it­ies and pro­jects is not an easy task. The European Com­mis­sion has pub­lished Steer­'s study on the cri­ter­ia to be taken in­to ac­count when es­tab­lish­ing...
11/05/2021
The European Com­mis­sion pro­poses EUR 3.7 mil­lion to sup­port the 1,500 former...
Swis­s­port Bel­gi­um, one of the two li­censed ground hand­ling ser­vice pro­viders at Brus­sels Air­port, was de­clared bank­rupt in June 2020, three months after the air­port's op­er­a­tions were in­ter­rup­ted due to...