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Hall of Fame

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Leading individuals

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    • Christiaan Barbier - Monard Law
    • Joost Everaert - Allen & Overy LLP
    • Emmanuel Roger France - Fieldfisher
    • Françoise Lefèvre - Linklaters
    • Dirk Libotte - Libotte Law

Next generation lawyers

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Allen & Overy LLP’s comprehensive practice provides ‘timely and concise advice’ and ‘gets right to the heart of the matter’. The team acts for defendants and claimants in criminal proceedings, and also handles investigations and compliance issues. Group head Joost Everaert is ‘unique in his proactive and strategic’ approach and can draw upon a ‘large internal pool of associates with different language skills’. Nanyi Kaluma, who has recently made up to counsel, has strong experience in cross-border investigations.

The ‘extremely committed team’ at DLA Piper advises on a diverse spread of fraud and white-collar crime matters relating to bribery, money laundering and environmental fraud offences, tax-related issues and compliance. The ‘very strategicChristian Van Buggenhout heads a group that was recently boosted by the arrival of senior associate Catherine Gysels from Advo.Noord Advocatenkantoor.

Linklaters has a broad fraud and white-collar crime practice, which is jointly led by Françoise Lefèvre, Stefaan Loosveld and Joost Verlinden. Although it acts for a diverse spread of clients, the group is particularly active in advising clients from the financial services sector on investigations and criminal proceedings relating to money laundering, bribery and tax fraud offences.

At Monard Law, Christiaan Barbier is sought after for his specialist expertise in high-profile white-collar crime disputes, particularly cases related to tax fraud, money-laundering and misuse of corporate goods. Frédéric Lettany, Tom Messiaen and Pieter Helsen are also active in this area.

Stibbe’s group has recently handled cases concerning money-laundering, corruption and tax fraud. Group head Hans Van Bavel also has niche expertise in cybercrime matters. In 2017, Dirk Libotte left to establish his own practice, Libotte Law.

Fieldfisher advises clients on a range of fraud, asset recovery and white-collar crime offences, including money laundering, cybercrime, tax fraud and environmental criminal law. On the asset recovery side, group head Emmanuel Roger France is representing Worldline in litigation regarding the fraudulent use of debit and credit cards.

The group at Laga advises private clients, corporations, public institutions and NGOs on tax fraud, economic crime, international sanctions and money laundering offences. Jürgen Egger heads the business crime practice.

Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick’s multidisciplinary fraud and white-collar crime group has particular strength in the environment, food, real estate, public sector and healthcare areas. Key contact Magda Vandebotermet recently represented a CEO in a criminal prosecution. Senior attorney Kay Goyens is also recommended.

Excellent on all points’, Lydian’s ‘very professional’ cross-practice team is noted for its employment, criminal and insurance law expertise. Hugo Keulers, Jan Hofkens and Yves Lenders are the key contacts.

Verhaegen Walravens’ lawyers have ‘great judgement’, with group head Philip Walravens ‘a smart lawyer with good instincts’. Among its recent work, the firm has acted on cases relating to tax fraud, false accounting and embezzlement. In 2017, Jean-Pierre Renard and Thierry Ghilain left to join elegis - Huybrechts Engels Craen & Partners.

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