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Allen & Overy LLP’s practice is headed by Joost Everaert, who is ‘outstanding’ in investigations (regulatory, internal and criminal) and criminal litigation. Another key contact is Nanyi Kaluma, who is experienced in cross-border bribery and money laundering investigations. Cybercrime cases are a growing area of practice.

Christian Van Buggenhout heads the team at DLA Piper, which advises on fraud prevention and compliance, damage control and litigation. Its expertise spans a broad range of financial crimes, including money laundering, bribery, tax and/or insurance fraud. Joris De Vos, Ilse Van De Mierop, Bob Martens and Lieven Annaert are also recommended. Pierre Van Ommeslaghe left the firm.

Linklaters assists clients with cross-border criminal and regulatory investigations, as well as Belgian civil and criminal court litigation. It also provides strategic, preventive advice to thwart money laundering and bribery. The names to note are Françoise Lefèvre, Stefaan Loosveld, Joost Verlinden and counsel Xavier Taton.

At Monard Law, Frédéric Lettany’s recent work includes cases involving bribery and money laundering. Christiaan Barbier is experienced in criminal and tax proceedings concerning abuses of corporate assets, as well as VAT and subsidy fraud. Tom Messiaen and Pieter Helsen are other names to note.

Recently promoted partner Michele Tagliaferri is the key figure at Sidley Austin LLP, assisting clients with establishing or reviewing compliance procedures, as well as risk assessments. Tagliaferri, who acts for individuals and multinational corporations, also advises on internal investigations, court litigation and enforcement action.

Stibbe’s Hans Van Bavel and Dirk Libotte are ‘part of a select club of top white-collar litigators in Belgium’. The group’s extensive expertise includes market manipulation, asset-tracing and recovery, and tax fraud cases.

Fieldfisher, which has a strong track record in court litigation, also provides compliance and regulatory advice on issues such as insider dealing, cybercrime and money laundering. Emmanuel Roger France acts for Belgian and international clients from sectors such as telecoms, finance and transport. Of counsel Manöelle de Brauwere is another key individual.

Laga’s practice covers cases concerning tax fraud, economic crimes and money laundering. Team head Jürgen Egger is experienced in arbitration as well as civil and criminal litigation. Johan Speecke, Annick Visschers and Steven Dewulf are other names to note.

Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick’s multidisciplinary team provides compliance and preventive advice to clients, and also assists them with filing complaints and defending prosecutions. Practice head Magda Vandebotermet is experienced in pleading cases before the Belgian Supreme Court. Kay Goyens specialises in social crime and employment fraud cases.

Lydian’s group includes insurance fraud expert Hugo Keulers, employee fraud specialist Jan Hofkens and Yves Lenders, who advises on directors’ criminal liability and contractual fraud. The firm recently launched a compliance and internal investigations team.

Verhaegen Walravens’ Philip Walravens and Thierry Ghilain handle regulatory compliance, risk prevention and litigation. Jean Pierre Renard is another key contact in the team, which also covers embezzlement, money laundering and bribery cases.

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  • Conditions for family reunification have been changed

    Effective 22 September 2011 some new rules for family reunification apply. This will have consequences for family members who are non-EEA nationals (European Economic Area) accompanying a non-EEA employee to Belgium.
    - Claeys & Engels, member of Ius Laboris

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