At the heart of Europe, our Belgian office offers global clients quality advice and an in-depth understanding of multiple markets and sectors. Clients say that we are "a firm of deal makers" (Chambers Europe).
Our multinational European Union Law team provides comprehensive, no-nonsense advice on all substantive areas of EU law and on the process by which law and policy are made. We offer sound judgment and tailored advice on competition law and state aid, international trade, customs, environmental law, energy, transportation and telecommunications. We have defended clients in antitrust investigations before the European Commission and in multijurisdictional merger filings, and offer unparalleled experience in litigation before the European Courts. We are particularly experienced in anticipating, monitoring and analysing developments regarding specific regulations that can affect our clients. We do not just apply the law, we help to shape it.
Our Belgian Transactional team advises businesses and financial institutions both in and outside Belgium on a wide range of legal matters. Clients rely on our team to resolve their most important business objectives, including cross-border and domestic mergers and acquisitions, private equity deals, public and private offerings of securities, restructurings, IPOs, receivables finance, factoring, international arbitration, bank advisory, acquisition finance, securitisation and privatisation.
Our Belgian Dispute Resolution team covers all areas of banking and business law, including domestic and cross-border litigation, white collar crime, regulatory investigations, international arbitration and dispute avoidance.
AWARDS & RECOGNITION
Best Law Firm in Litigation & Arbitration
Trends Legal Awards 2016
Matter of the Year: Air Cargo
Global Competition Review – GCR Awards 2016
"I like that everyone knows what's going on and the work is managed perfectly. The lawyers are really good at what they do."
Chambers Europe 2015
Tier 1: Insolvency and Restructuring, EU Regulatory: Pharmaceuticals, medical devices and biotech, and Industry focus: Manufacturing
Legal 500 EMEA 2017
"The team's style of working draws compliments from clients, with one noting that 'they do a good job of communicating and providing practical advice'"
Chambers Europe 2017
"Highly regarded for cross-border M&A transactions." "The Team is always available whenever you need it, which makes a huge difference on the projects."
Chambers Europe 2014
Merger clearance for Zimmer Holdings and Biomet
Zimmer in relation to its acquisition of rival orthopaedic implants producer Biomet. The EU Commission opened an investigation in October 2014, based on its initial concerns in relation to orthopaedic implant products in a number of national markets. The transaction was cleared two months ahead of the legal deadline.
EU sanctions on Russia
Multiple clients needing urgent, critical advice regarding the impact of the EU sanctions on their business, in Russia and around the world. Clients include major Russian banks and major players in the oil and gas sector.
Servier in its appeal to the General Court against the Commission Decision concerning the drug Perindopril—the biggest current patent settlement case in Europe, and one of the first.
Bank Degroof–Petercam Merger
Bank Degroof on its merger with independent investment firm Petercam, one of the highest-profile mergers of 2015. The merger resulted in Belgium's first independent private bank, Bank Degroof Petercam, with €42 billion in assets under management and 1,400 employees.
Cimenteries CBR public takeover bid and delisting
Cimenteries CBR, part of the HeidelbergCement group, on its acquisition of a majority stake in Cimescaut SA and on the subsequent public takeover bid for the remaining shares in Cimescaut SA. The public takeover bid resulted in the delisting of Cimescaut from Euronext Brussels.