• University of Antwerp, L.B. (2000) magna cum laude
  • Catholic University of Leuven, M.L. (2003) magna cum laude
  • University of Chicago Law School, LL.M. (2004)


  • Belgium
  • European Court


  • Dutch
  • English
  • French
  • German

Karel Bourgeois


Clients turn to Karel Bourgeois to manage their competition risks, and they value his pragmatic approach and commercial understanding. Karel’s practice focuses on EU and Belgian competition law, foreign direct investment screening, and the regulation of state aid and subsidies.

Karel steers clients through merger control, cartel, and abuse proceedings before the European Commission, the Belgian Competition Authority, and other global regulators. Clients also seek his advice on how to realize their projects in compliance with antitrust and competition law.

With his extensive knowledge of state aid, Karel helps clients navigate state aid proceedings before the EC and advises them on strategic state aid and foreign subsidies issues. He regularly represents clients in national and EU courts in competition and state aid cases.

Karel represents clients in a range of industries, with significant experience in the telecommunications, media, energy, and health care sectors.

Karel is a regular speaker at competition law conferences and is the author of the standard book on Belgian merger control.

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Firm News & Announcements

December 22, 2022 Global Competition Review Recognizes Crowell & Moring’s Antitrust & Competition Group in "GCR 100 2023"
December 16, 2021 Global Competition Review Once Again Recognizes Crowell & Moring’s Antitrust & Competition Group in "GCR 100"
January 5, 2021 Prominent Antitrust Lawyer Karel Bourgeois Joins Crowell & Moring in Brussels