Frank Wijckmans

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Frank Wijckmans is a partner of contrast. He is active in the fields of EU and competition law and Belgian business law. Frank is an experienced negotiator, litigator and arbitrator (ICC, CEPINA, ad hoc arbitration). He is a regular speaker at conferences.

Frank graduated from the University of Antwerp and obtained a Master's degree at the University of Virginia (USA).

Frank Wijckmans is professor at the Brussels School of Competition, where he teaches "The Law of Economics of Vertical Restraints". He is guest lecturer at the University of Antwerp and the Solvay Business School.

Frank Wijckmans has an extensive publication record in the fields of EU competition law and EU and Belgian distribution law. He is the co-author of a monograph published by Oxford University Press on the current EU competition law regime applicable to vertical agreements, including motor vehicle distribution, 'Vertical Agreements in EU Competition Law'. He edited and co-authored a monograph recently published by Oxford University Press on 'Horizontal Agreements and Cartels in EU Competition Law'. His most recent publication is a brief monograph published by Intersentia on 'The EU Private Damages Directive'.

Frank Wijckmans is a member of the Brussels Bar. He speaks Dutch, French and English.


  • University of Virginia (LL.M. 1986)
  • University of Antwerp (1985)


  • contrast (2006-present)
  • VWEW, partner, head of the EU and competition law department (1993-2005)
  • Van Bael & Bellis (1986-1993)

Founding partner Frank Wijckmans is experienced in all types of commercial and antitrust dispute resolution, and is experienced in acting before both domestic and European authorities. Clients are delighted that he "combines an encyclopaedic knowledge with a pragmatic business mindset."

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24 Apr 2017

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contrast is very proud that three of its lawyers –senior counsel Luc Demeyere and partners Filip Tuytschaever and Frank Wijckmans– are recommended by Chambers & Partners Europe and highly regarded by Legal 500 for “dispute resolution”.

Chambers ranks Luc Demeyere in band 4 for offering a breadth of experience, and adds: “he’s very practical, shows a good deal of common sense and he always keeps his calm”. Filip Tuytschaever (“impeccable business and industry knowledge”, “highly regarded”) and Frank Wijckmans (“a superb lawyer”, “a wonderful litigator”) are ranked for having “a strong record in high-profile mandates” and for being “very strong in competition litigation”.

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