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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 January 2016. 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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Education

  • 2015 - University of Louvain, U.C.L. (Law degree)
  • 2016 - Bar admission (Brussels, Belgium)
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Publications

  • « 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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