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A large percentage of lawyers at Linklaters count industrial and manufacturing companies among their client portfolios. As such, the firm provides multi-disciplinary support which covers employment, dispute resolution, competition and compliance, among others. Tanguy Van Overstraeten recently advised Goodyear Dunlop Tires Operations on its GDPR implementation as well as HR data-related projects. Labour law specialist Luc Vanaverbeke is another contact.

Stibbe provides ‘an excellent service’ to domestic and multinational companies in the manufacturing sector, regularly handling M&A, competition law issues, technology transfer and project development matters, among others. Other specialisms include advising on EU directives on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment and litigation concerning Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals. In the field of corporate and private equity, the team recently advised the shareholders of Punch Powertrain on the sale of their shares to Yinyi Group; Dries Hommez led the advice. Ignace Vernimme and Hendrik Viaene are also active in the manufacturing sector.

White & Case LLP is well versed in the manufacturing sector, where it acts for household-name companies on a broad range of practice areas. Litigation – at both the national and EU level – is a mainstay, and the team also provides regulatory, environmental and international trade law advice to its clients in the industry. In 2017, a cross-office team including James Killick in Brussels advised voestalpine and Salzgitter in the US anti-dumping investigation concerning imports of carbon and alloy steel cut-to-length plate originating in Germany. Competition law expert Mark Powell splits his time between Brussels and London.

Bird & Bird acts for manufacturing companies on IP, competition, and corporate and commercial transactions. Past clients include Lexmark, AGC Glass Europe and Deere & Company. Competition and EU law specialist Anne Federle is particularly active in the automotive sector.

The ‘solid team’ at McGuireWoods LLP is ‘competitive and gives good advice’. It advises leading manufacturing companies on issues surrounding export controls, customs and WTO compliance, and has a strong track record in litigation before the European courts. Areas in which the team has a strong following include steel, chemicals, construction and materials, and mining and metals. Vassilis Akritidis joined DWF in 2018 as head of the firm’s WTO and international trade practice in Brussels.

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