Portrait of Dr Christian Huveneers

Dr Christian Huveneers : Associate

Christian has a background in law, economics and econometrics. As a full-time member of the Belgian Competition Council since 2004, and Vice-President from 2007 to September 2013, he gained extensive experience in competition matters including cartels, abuses of dominance and mergers. He is currently a part-time assessor (panel member) of the Belgian Competition Authority.

Before Christian’s appointment to the Belgian Competition Council, he worked for a Belgian industrial holding company and acted as an expert for the Belgian Federal Planning Bureau and the Belgian Central Economic Council for several years.

Christian has lectured in Belgian, Dutch and French universities. He has conducted research and published in the fields of industrial economics and the economic analysis of law, studying the nexus between industrial organisation and corporate finance. His works have been published widely, including in the Journal of Industrial Economics, the Journal of Banking and Finance, the Journal of European Competition Law and Practice, Competition Law Journal, Revue du droit des industries de réseau, Recherches économiques de Louvain, Revue d’économie financière, Tijdschrift voor Economie en Management, Tijdschrift voor Belgische Mededinging – Revue de concurrence belge, and Markt & Mededinging.

Christian speaks English, French, and Dutch.

Tel: +44 (0) 1865 253000

Christian's specialisms include:

Selected
professional experience

  • Teaching in competition economics for Belgian civil servants (2008, 2009) and for judges (1998, 2004, 2005, 2021)

  • Economic advice to Belgian distribution network operators in energy (2020)

  • Drafting of interim measures in cases on pharmaceuticals (2017) and sport associations (2020)

  • Drafting of Decisions on merger cases, including the acquisition of the Belgian financial dailies De Tijd and L’Echo (2005), a merger of on-shore handlers in the port of Antwerp (2006), the acquisition of restaurants along the Belgian highways by Autogrill (2006), the acquisition by Proximus of Scarlet (2008) and of The Phone House (2011), the merger of the cable operators in Wallonia (2008), and a merger between Belgian gasoline stations (2020)

  • Expert report for the Belgian Central Economic Council on state aid for the postal distribution of newspapers (2019)

  • Economic assistance in a litigation case between firms before a Dutch court (2015)

Selected
publications

  • Huveneers, C. (2020), ‘Territoriale leveringsbeperkingen tussen de Benelux-landen: werkt de interne markt voor iedereen?’, Markt & Mededinging, 3.

  • Huveneers, C. (2017) ‘State aid and network industries: what are the key issues from an economics and finance perspective?’, Revue du droit des industries de reseau, 2017:2–3, pp. 119–28 .

  • Huveneers, C. and de Ghellinck, E. (2016), ‘Définition des marchés pertinents du secteur des communications électroniques et transactions internes: la recommandation de 2014 de la Commission européenne est-elle en concordance ou en rupture par rapport à la politique belge de régulation et de concurrence?’, Revue du droit des industries de réseau, 2016:1, pp. 72–85.

  • Huveneers, C. and de Ghellinck, E. (2013), ‘Who is Right on Margin Squeeze: Competition Law or Sector Specific Regulation?’, Journal of European Competition Law & Practice, November.

  • Huveneers, C. and Naert, F. (2009), ‘Concurrentiebeleid en de bestrijding van inflatie’, Tijdschrift voor Belgische Mededinging – Revue de concurrence belge, 1, pp. 17–31.

  • Huveneers, C. and de Ghellinck, E. (1995), ‘Community Policies in the Commercial, Industrial and Competition Fields: Complementarity and Conflicts. Application to Chemical Fibers’, in P. Buigues, A. Jacquemin and A. Sapir (eds.), ‘Consistency between Competition Policy, Industrial Policy and Trade Policy’, Edward Elgar.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Law, and Bachelor in Economics, University of Louvain (UCL), Belgium

  • MA Economics, University of Leuven (KUL), Belgium