Karolien Francken is an associate at contrast. She specializes in EU and Belgian competition law and distribution law. She assists companies in proceedings before the European Union and national authorities and courts. Karolien has a particular focus on private damages in competition law and has gained practical experience in this field. She closely follows the developments in private damages both on an EU and a domestic level. 

Karolien obtained a Master’s degree in European and International law at the University of Antwerp and a Master’s degree in Competition Law at the University of Toulouse Capitole I. In addition to her law degrees, Karolien holds a Master’s degree in Applied Economic Sciences, with specialism in Business Administration, International management and Diplomacy. During her studies, Karolien participated in summer schools and exchange programs with the University of Paris – Sorbonne (France), the University of Oxford (UK), the University of Oujda (Morocco) and the University of Toulouse (France). 

Karolien is the driving force behind contrast’s seminars (“contrast law seminars”). contrast law seminars organizes four to six legal seminars per year together with a leading Belgian publisher (Larcier). contrast law seminars has welcomed international top speakers from the European Commission and national competition authorities.

Karolien speaks regularly at seminars on EU and Belgian competition law (including on private damages) and gives hands-on training sessions on compliance with competition law to sales teams throughout Europe.

She is admitted to the Brussels Bar.