Annabelle Lepièce

Annabelle Lepièce


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Annabelle Lepièce is head of the Competition and European law department of CMS Belgium. Annabelle is particularly active in airports and air transport, offering legal advice on all aspects of European law (antitrust, State aid, European directives and regulations) relating to the industry such as public financing, handling, airport charges, security and safety, etc.

She is currently assisting French, Belgian, Dutch, Romanian and Spanish airports and regions implicated in investigations led by the European Commission on alleged aids to airlines and airports. She also assists public authorities in the notification of State aids for the infrastructure, start-up aids, etc. and advises them on strategies and legal options to develop new routes.

Her recent publications in English include: « Airport charges and selectivity under State aid rules: The Lübeck Airport Case”, Competition Law Insight, maart 2017, « To be selective or not to be selective? That is the question for tax measures under State aid rules », met Kim Gillade, Competition Law Insight, december 2016,  “Lufthansa’s new surcharging policy raises concerns”, E-Commerce Law & Policy, August 2015, “Flying high – the first three French aviation aid schemes have been approved”, Competition Law Insight, 9th June 2015, p. 12,  “Access to facilities in the transport sector: an overview of EU and national case law”, e- Competitions, July 2014,  “The Leipzig Airport judgment: The application of EU State aid rules to the financing of airport infrastructure”, Journal of Airport Management, October 2011; “Incentives and Aids for the development of routes under EU law: Practical guide for airports and airlines”. She also worked in 2017 with Oxera on the drafting of a study on the assessment of significant market power in the airport sector for ACI.

She is a regular speaker at conferences (Committee of Regions, CONNECT, Assembly of Regions) and gives lectures on State aid in the air transport sector at the University of Sorbonne-Pantheon and the Ecole Nationale d'Aviation Civile (Toulouse). She is recommended in State aid and competition law by GCR, Chambers and Legal500.