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Altius shows ‘creativity’ and gives ‘high-quality advice’, while providing ‘good value for money’. The firm predominantly represents clients in the fashion and luxury goods industries, most notably handling corporate, employment and competition law. Recent work includes assisting Geberit, a manufacturer of sanitary equipment, with harmonisation following the acquisition of Sanitec. Other clients include Foot Locker and Gucci. Carine Van Regenmortel and Carmen Verdonck are the key contacts.

In line with the firm’s global sector approach, DLA Piper’s Brussels office has a formal retail sector group, which is ‘available, responsive and proactive’. Key clients include fashion company Comptoir des Cotonniers and home decoration business Flamant. Recent work includes representing OVS Garden and Legio Immo Belgium in unilateral preliminary proceedings against the unlawful exploitation of competitor Meubili. Highly regarded real estate expert Dirk Caestecker and corporate lawyer Koen De Maeyer are the group co-heads. Jim Bauwens joined K Law.

Linklaters draws on the multi-practice expertise to provide comprehensive advice to clients in the retail sector, including McDonald’s. Recently the firm helped Delhaize complete its merger with Royal Ahold, creating one of the world’s largest food retailers. Bernd Meyring coordinates the practice group.

Loyens & Loeff gives legal advice across the board to its clients in the retail sector but has a focus on real estate, corporate, M&A, tax and international trade mandates. The firm recently represented Carrefour Belgium in several court proceedings regarding alleged counterfeiting. The team also advised Altria Group on the Belgian legal aspects of the public takeover of SABMiller by AB InBev. Christophe Laurent heads the department.

McGuireWoods LLP provides ‘very professional and proactive’ service in the retail sector, where it handles real estate mandates, transactions and tax-related disputes. Recent work includes representing American retailer Claire’s in various matters regarding its stores in Ostend. Clients also include New Look and Retif Belgium. Practice head Steven Ongena, who ‘has a good knowledge of the sector’, handles contentious matters and retail transactions. Counsel Pol Cools is another name to note.

Stibbe handles retail-related mandates in a wide range of practice areas, including real estate, environment, competition, IP, and financial law. The client roster includes leading Belgian and international retailers and distribution companies, such as Dutch pharmacy and drugstore chain Kruidvat, which the firm advised on various consumer law issues. Aldi, Carrefour and shoe manufacturer Clarks are other key clients. Real estate lawyer Rudy Nauwelaerts heads the group.

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