Anne Vallery


  • Partner-in-Charge, Brussels Office

Partner-in-charge for the Brussels office, Anne Vallery has practiced EU competition and regulatory law in Brussels since 1996, with a particular focus on TMT and digital economy sector. She has litigated numerous cases before the European Commission, European courts, national competition authorities, Brussels courts and other national courts. Ms. Vallery has been involved in a host of major transatlantic cartel investigations. Ms. Vallery has also been involved in major abuse of dominance investigations, state aid litigation, damages litigation, ICSID and International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) arbitration and telecoms matters. She has also represented clients in numerous filings of mergers and joint ventures with the European Commission and national competition authorities, including negotiations of divestiture and other commitments.

Ms. Vallery has also assisted clients in State aid investigations, in securing European Commission’s approval, in complaint proceedings against illegal State measures, in subsequent litigation, in designing investment strategy and approach on the basis of State aid rules in the airline, financial, gaming and gambling, telecommunications, transportation and mobility and basic industry sectors. In addition to her State aid experience, she has advised and represented clients in the biotechnology sector, the film industry and sustainable innovation sector in obtaining EU funding or in dispute with the Commission regarding EU funding.


  • "EU Overview," Public Competition Enforcement Review, with Frédéric Louis
  • "Otis: Can the Commission be a victim in addition to acting as a police officer, a prosecutor and a judge?" Journal of European Competition Law & Practice
  • "Note on AC-Treuhand AG v. European Commission," Journal of European Competition Law & Practice
  • "Note: L'arrêt de la Cour constitutionnelle du 10 décembre 2014, la vérité judiciaire en constante évolution?" 4 TBM – RCB, Maklu (No. 4, p. 341, 2015)
  • "The Private Creditor Test: Anything new under the sun? – The Court's Judgment in case C-405/11P – Buczek Automotive sp. z o.o." EStAL (3/2014, p. 526), with Hannelore Wiame
  • "Business as usual after Menarini?" mLex Magazine (Issue 8, Jan.-Mar. 2012), with Marco Bronckers
  • "Fair and effective competition policy in the EU: Which role for authorities and which role for the courts after Menarini?" 8 European Competition Journal (Issue 2, pp. 41-57, 2012), with Marco Bronckers
  • "La loi sur la continuité des entreprises à l'épreuve du droit de la concurrence," Actualité de la continuité, continuité de l'actualité, États généraux de la continuité des entreprises (pp. 651-699, 2012), with Elise Hujoel, under the direction of Alain Zenner and Marc Dal, Barreaux de Bruxelles Ordre français, Larcier
  • "Note : L'arrêt de la Cour constitutionnelle du 22 décembre 2011 : une protection juridictionnelle effective en cas d'inspection," 6 TBM – RCB, Maklu, 130-153 (No. 2-3, 2012, pp. 130-153), with Hélène Marconi
  • "Norway Post: The EFTA Court advances the debate on human rights and administrative competition law enforcement (case note on Posten Norge AS - EFTA Surveillance Authority, EFTA Court, Judgment of 18 April 2012, E-15/10)," 15 European Law Reporter (No. 4, pp. 105-113, 2012), with Marco Bronckers 
  • "No Longer Presumed Guilty? The Impact of Fundamental Rights on Certain Dogmas of EU Competition Law" World Competition, (Vol. 34, No. 4, pp. 535–570, 2011), with Marco Bronckers
  • "Base v Ministerraad and Commission v Belgium: Case-by-case assessment of the unfair burden of universal service providers" Journal of European Competition Law & Practice, with Yves van Gerven
  • "Polska Telefonia Cyfrowa: Pricing of number portability: cost- or demand-based?" Journal of European Competition Law & Practice, with Yves van Gerven
  • "Settlements in EU Antitrust Law" ("Les procédures de règlement négocié de la Commission européenne en matière de concurrence: entre flexibilité et sécurité juridique"), Mélanges en l'honneur du Professeur Georges Vandersanden (Bruylant, Brussels, pp. 735-77, 2009)
  • "Telecommunications Law" (" Droit des télécommunications"), Les 25 marchés émergents du droit (Bruylant, Bruxelles, pp. 390-441, 2006), with Yves van Gerven, Axel Desmedt and David Reingewirtz
  • "Giving Meaning to the Condition of Effect on Trade: The Court's Judgment in Xunta de Galicia, a Missed Opportunity" EStAL (4/2005, pp. 693-712), with Claus-Dieter Ehlermann
  • "Judicial Review of Mergers," Global Competition Review - The European Antitrust Review 2005 (pp. 41-43), with Suyong Kim and Deirdre Waters
  • "Ferring Revisited: The Altmark Case and State Financing of Public Service Obligations," World Competition Law and Economics Review (Vol. 27, No. 1, pp. 53-74, Mar. 2004), with Frédéric Louis
  • "Cartel Investigation: The Decision to Settle or Fight," presented by Charles Stark at the ABA Antitrust Section International Cartel Workshop in New York, New York, (Feb. 2004), under the direction of Charles Stark, with Frédéric Louis
  • "State Aid and the Financing of Public Services: The Altmark Judgment," Competition Law Insight (Sep. 2003), with Frédéric Louis
  • "Developments in EU Competition Law: Overview" ("Chronique de droit de la concurrence"), Cahiers de droit européen (Jan. 2000-Dec. 2001), with Frédéric Louis

Past Appearances

  • Panel moderator, "The web: where should the power of control lie – regulators, providers or consumers?" Annual IBA Conference, Washington DC (September 20, 2016)
  • Panel moderator, "Consolidation, incentives to invest and convergence," 27th Annual IBA Communications and Competition Law Conference, Amsterdam, Netherlands (June 2016)
  • Speaker, "The OTT revolution - to regulate or not to regulate?" Pinsent Mason & Thomson Reuters Conference: “A Regulatory Perspective on the Disruptive Debate in the Communications Industry,” London, UK (April 14, 2016)
  • Panel moderator, "The challenges and opportunities facing the internet: a wide-ranging discussion of the threats to the internet from users, corporations and governments and how these challenges may be met," Annual IBA Conference, Vienna, Austria (October 6, 2015)
  • Panel moderator, "Regulatory Up-date in the Electronic Communication Field from a Regulatory and Competition Law perspective," 26th Annual IBA Communications and Competition Law Conference, London, UK (May 2015)
  • Speaker, "Antitrust and intellectual property: case studies of intellectual property in a deal context," Annual IBA Conference, Tokyo, Japan (October 23, 2014)
  • Panel moderator, "Is Skype the limit? Are phone bills a thing of the past?” Annual IBA Conference, Tokyo, Japan (October 23, 2014)
  • Panel moderator, "Connectivity and digital inclusion: EU digital agenda objectives and roles of OTTs," 25th Annual IBA Communications and Competition Law Conference, Prague, Czech Republic (May 5-6, 2014)
  • Panel moderator, "Things that think – can my mobile really save my life?" Annual IBA Conference, Boston, MA (October 8, 2013)
  • Panel moderator, "Power over data," 24th Annual IBA Communications and Competition Law Conference, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (April 29-30, 2013)
  • Panel moderator, "Regulatory Up-date in the Electronic Communication Field," 23rd Annual IBA Communications and Competition Law Conference, Lisbon, Portugal (May 7-8, 2012)
  • Speaker, "New 2009 Electronic Communications Regulatory Framework," Debate organized by the Centre de droit de l'information et de la communication, Brussels, Belgium (May 4, 2010)
  • Speaker, "Comparing vertical restraints policies in various jurisdictions," Reform of the Vertical Restraints Regime, IBC Conference, Brussels, Belgium (November 24, 2009)
  • Speaker, "Pricing Policy and Competition Law," debate presented by Belgian Association for in-house lawyers, Brussels, Belgium (June 9, 2009)
  • Speaker, "Regulating prices of communications services through antitrust and competition enforcement," IBA 2008 Conference, Buenos Aires, Argentina (October 14, 2008)

Professional Activities

  • Member of TheMerode, a business club of business community representatives and policymakers (2021-present)
  • Board member of Prométhéa, a nonprofit organization focused on corporate cultural philanthropy and sponsorship (2016-present)
  • Member of the Cercle de Lorraine, a business club of business community representatives and policymakers (2013-present)
  • Original member of the Association of the Belgian Competition Law Lawyers (2013-present)
  • Original member of the Women Competition Network, consisting of senior women specializing in competition, including in-house lawyers, outside counsels, policy makers, commission officials and journalists (2008-present)
  • Member of the International Bar Association, Communication Committee and Antitrust Committee; Officer (Past-Chair and Member of the Advisory Board) of the Communication Law Committee (2003-present)
  • Tutor of EU Competition Law, Institut d'Etudes Européennes, Université Libre de Bruxelles (1999-present)
  • Secretary of the Editing Board, Les cahiers de droit européen  (1999-present)
  • Member of the Belgian Association of European Law (1998-2005)
  • Member of the Brussels Bar (1996-present)


  • Recognized in Lawdragon’s 2024 List of 500 Leading Global Cyber Lawyers
  • Named a Who's Who Legal 2019 and 2020 Thought Leader for data and listed in the 2016 edition of Who's Who Legal Telecommunications Media & Technology for telecoms and media and information technology

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  • Education

    • LLM, Université Libre de Bruxelles, 1996

      summa cum laude

    • JD, Université Libre de Bruxelles, 1994

      magna cum laude

  • Admissions

    • Brussels

  • Languages

    • English

    • French

    • Dutch



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