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Allen & Overy LLP excels in litigation and arbitration for Belgian and international clients; Werner Eyskens and senior associate Thales Mertens acted for Dexia in a dispute arising from the termination of a share purchase agreement. Tom Schoors heads the group, which also includes Koen Van Den Broeck, Joost Everaert and senior associate Nanyi Kaluma.

Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick handles domestic and cross-border disputes spanning sectors such as oil and gas, construction and telecoms. Equally strong in litigation and arbitration, Hakim Boularbah’s team is representing Gécamines in arbitration proceedings arising from a contractual dispute with Afritalia, and defended Uber in Belgian court litigation brought by taxi companies alleging unfair competition. Arnaud Nuyts, Aimery de Schoutheete and Nicolas Angelet are recommended. Mathilde Rousseau left to work in-house.

Linklaters handles wide-ranging disputes of the utmost significance and complexity for clients such as Deutsche Bank, Johnson & Johnson and Engie. Françoise Lefèvre is representing Delhaize Group in litigation initiated by Ferrero Group concerning the use of palm oil in a chocolate paste. Other key individuals in the 20-strong team include Joost Verlinden, Stefaan Loosveld and counsel Xavier Taton.

Equally well-regarded in litigation and arbitration, NautaDutilh’s strong track record in landmark cases spans a wide range of areas, including real estate, corporate and banking. Stan Brijs and Jean-François van Drooghenbroeck are advising Komstroy on enforcing an arbitral award in Paris against the Republic of Moldova. Sophie Jacmain jointly heads the practice with Brijs and van Drooghenbroeck. Senior associate Jean-Luc Hagon recently joined from Loyens & Loeff.

Led by Hans Van Bavel, Stibbe’s 16-strong team handles domestic and cross-border litigation and arbitration. In 2015, the firm acted for the Financial Services and Markets Authority (FSMA) at the Brussels Court of Appeal in a case concerning forecasts made about Fortis’ solvency by former executives. Oliver Stevens made partner along with recent hire Nicolas Résimont, who joined from Linklaters. Bruno Maes and Bart Volders left to set up Arcas Law.

Annelies Verlinden heads the team at DLA Piper, which also includes Bob Martens and Christian Van Buggenhout, who has practised in corporate disputes and insolvency-related litigation for more than 30 years; all three individuals are acting for Aviapartner in challenging The Brussels Airport Company’s awarding of ground-handling licences to Swissport and Flight Care.

Herman De Bauw, Patrick Hofströssler and Ignace Claeys are key contacts at Eubelius. In 2015, the firm represented the Belgian government at the Constitutional Court in proceedings concerning the constitutionality of the law on class actions.

International arbitration is a cornerstone of work at Hanotiau & van den Berg, which also handles domestic arbitration proceedings and Belgian court litigation. Paul Lefebvre is representing Facebook in a court case against the Belgian Privacy Commission concerning the client’s use of cookies.

Janson Baugniet features prominently in high-profile disputes, such as Dominique Blommaert representing the former CEO of Fortis at the Brussels High Court in litigation against the FSMA. Other key figures include Cédric Alter, François Glansdorff and recent hire Céline Masschelein, who joined from Allen & Overy LLP.

Jones Day’s international footprint makes the firm a strong choice for large European and global businesses in Belgian and cross-border litigation and arbitration. Clients include Natixis, BNP Paribas Fortis and Stam Europe. Sébastien Champagne heads the team, which includes recently promoted partner Vanessa Foncke, as well as Werner Derijcke and Michèle Grégoire, both of whom are members of the Belgian Supreme Court bar.

Vastly experienced in Belgian and cross-border litigation and arbitration, Loyens & Loeff’s team recently handled cases in areas such as IT, banking and finance and commercial law. Practice head Martine De Roeck and senior associate Ahmed Tayane are representing AIG in a €150m damages action following a fire at an industrial bakery.

Simont Braun’s Sandrine Hirsch is working with practice head Paul Alain Foriers to represent various investment funds and companies in litigation against former entities of the Fortis Group. Foriers and Caroline De Baets are admitted to plead cases before the Belgian Supreme Court. Also recommended are Béatrice Thieffry, Jean-François Terlinden and recent hire Steven Callens, who joined from Loyens & Loeff.

In addition to handling general commercial law disputes, Van Bael & Bellis also has experience in disputes involving competition law, life sciences and IP. Martin Favart is representing Ce.M.O.N. in arbitration proceedings arising from the termination of distribution and production agreements with UNDA.

At White & Case LLP, Nathalie Colin and Kai Struckmann have been working with colleagues in other offices to represent a Swedish investor and three Romanian food and drink companies in a case involving an interplay between the enforcement of an arbitral award and unlawful state aid. Thierry Bosly is another name to note in the team, which acts for clients such as Bank Indonesia, Cobepa and Value Retail Management.

Altius undertakes litigation and arbitration for Belgian and international clients in matters such as commercial contracts, product liability and unfair trade practices. Alexander Hansebout, who jointly heads the team with Christophe Ronse, is representing Agro Foreign Trade & Agency at the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in a case addressing the compatibility of the Belgian Agency Act with the EU Agency Directive and the EU-Turkey Association Agreement.

Ambos NBGO Advocaten acts for clients such as Expedia, Enqio and Xergi. Kathleen Paisley has more than 25 years’ experience in international dispute resolution, with Bart Vandereeckt being a key contact for IP and IT litigation, as well as general commercial matters. Ingrid Van Clemen has particular expertise in international trade and transport cases.

Koen De Winter and Daniel Fesler lead Baker & McKenzie CVBA/SCRL’s practice, which represents Belgian and international clients in disputes spanning areas such as commercial and corporate law, real estate, construction and information technology. Arne Gutermann is also recommended.

CMS has a specialist arbitration team, which is led by counsel Marie Canivet, and also fields sector-focused litigators, whose expertise spans industries such as media, insurance and retail. Overall department head Renaud Dupont represented AMP in litigation over the termination of a parcel delivery agreement with Mondial Relay.

Sébastien Ryelandt and recently promoted counsel Dorothée Vermeiren are co-heads of the team at Clifford Chance, which defended Kone Belgium against various private damages claims following the EC’s finding of cartel infringements by elevator manufacturers.

Crowell & Moring acts for clients from sectors such as pharmaceuticals and life sciences, automotive and media. Flip Petillion heads the team, which is acting for D’Ieteren in various Belgian court proceedings arising from the Volkswagen emissions scandal. Kristof Roox and Jan-Diederik Lindemans are names to note for IP and competition disputes.

Fieldfisher’s growing practice recently won mandates from clients such as Bulgari Belgium and Menu Next Door. Of counsel Maxime Berlingin recently joined from NautaDutilh. Emmanuel Roger France, Eric Cusas and Jean-François Germain are the key partners.

Jürgen Egger’s team at Laga handles a varied workload, which includes corporate disputes, white-collar crime cases and tax litigation. Intellectual property disputes specialist Matthias Vierstraete joined from Olswang Belgium LLP.

Lydian’s practice, which is particularly strong in insurance and reinsurance litigation, is led by Hugo Keulers. The team also advises on the contentious aspects of commercial contracts, construction and IP. Yves Lenders, Annick Mottet Haugaard, Sandra Lodewijckx and senior associate Marijn De Ruysscher are recommended.

Quinz’s practice head Benoît Allemeersch, who is a director at CEPANI, is experienced in acting as counsel and as an arbitrator in arbitration proceedings. Litigation work includes shareholders’ disputes and post-acquisition cases, as well as contentious insolvency and competition-related matters. Vincent Van Obberghen provides ‘cost-effective solutions’.

Schoups often acts in construction, environment and commercial disputes. Marco Schoups and Siegfried Busscher are ‘very responsive’, and Kris Lemmens provides ‘high-quality advice in real estate, public procurement and PPP cases’.

Strelia’s Jean-Pierre Fierens recently pursued an unjust enrichment claim for Daimler, while Olivier Clevenbergh’s workload included representing franchisors in franchising litigation. Bart De Moor is experienced in insolvency litigation, directors’ liability cases and matters arising from industrial accidents.

Corporate and commercial litigation are areas of strength at Verhaegen Walravens, which has been acting for D’Ieteren and Mobistar in various matters, such as disputes with clients, contractors and distributors. Philip Walravens heads the team, which includes Jean-Pierre Renard and Thierry Ghilain.

Bird & Bird has been active in IP, competition law and general commercial cases for clients in sectors such as IT, media and life sciences. Benoit Van Asbroeck heads the practice.

At contrast, Filip Tuytschaever is representing the EC in litigation concerning the allegedly unlawful termination of a subsidy agreement with the Icelandic Education and Training Service Centre. Tuytschaever is highly regarded, as are Luc Demeyere and the ‘profoundly knowledgeableFrank Wijckmans.

Cresco Advocaten’s thorough and hands-on’ team is led by Natalie Lemense, who is highly knowledgeable about corporate and commercial cases, such as director’s liability, international distribution and conflicts between shareholders.

Bert Luyten and Karen Vermaere are ‘client-friendly’ contacts at Laurius, which is instructed in contentious public procurement matters, and in corporate and commercial litigation. The firm is acting for three Belgium-based investors in a fund-related dispute involving concurrent proceedings in multiple jurisdictions.

No detail is overlooked’ at Monard Law, which hired Inge De Haes and Youri Steverlynck from Lexeco. Erik Monard is representing the City of Genk in litigation against Ford following the closure of a car plant. Karel Schulpen, Joost Bosquet and Liesbeth Lafaut moved to Arcas Law.

Olislaegers & De Creus’ practice covers areas such as banking and financial products litigation, shareholder disputes and employment-related matters. Michael Olislaegers leads the team.

Rulkin and Partners’ practice head Guy Rulkin has ‘a solution-oriented mindset’. Also recommended are Adrien Hanoteau and senior associate Jean-Michel Trésor, who are representing a start-up company in litigation over a terminated services agreement.

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