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Loyens & Loeff

WOLUWE ATRIUM, RUE NEERVELD 101-103, 1200 BRUSSELS, BELGIUM
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Work +32 2 743 43 43
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Belgium

Banking, finance and capital markets
Banking, finance and capital markets - ranked: tier 2

Loyens & Loeff

Loyens & Loeff's banking and finance team is praised by clients for its 'responsiveness and pragmatism'. It works collaboratively with other practices to cover the entire ambit of advice on transactional, general advisory and regulatory issues to corporates and financial institutions. One of the cornerstones of the practice is in the project finance arena, where the group's 'in-depth knowledge and experience' is particularly evident in sectors such as renewable energy and infrastructure. The firm has been involved in the financing and development of all offshore wind farms in Belgium to date. Team head Marc Vermylen, Thomas Chellingsworth and others are acting as borrower's counsel to Northwester II NV on financing the development of a 218.5MW offshore wind farm in the Belgian part of the North Sea. Vermylen also recently led a team, which included senior associate Jan Missoul, in the advice to KBC Bank on the development, construction and financing of a biomass plant near Unilin’s production site in Wielsbeke, Belgium. Elsewhere, Vermylen and Koen Panis are sought-after for their experience in asset-based lending and trade receivables programmes; clients in this area include Wells Fargo, HSBC and Bank of America Merrill Lynch. The group also handles various other transactions; a recent highlight involved Panis acting for Selecta Group on financing its acquisition of Pelican Rouge. It also has a notable real estate finance offering. In addition, the team also advises a wide variety of clients on the regulation of financial services and products, including investment funds, insurance companies and pension funds. In the debt capital markets arena, the group's work includes high-yield and convertible bond issues, among other matters.

Next generation lawyers

Koen Panis - Loyens & Loeff

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Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 2

Loyens & Loeff

The 'business-minded' corporate and M&A practice group at Loyens & Loeff 'combines quality work' with 'a proactive and pragmatic' approach. In a transaction led by practice head Grégoire Jakhian, the team assisted Gener8 Maritime on its merger with Euronav. The department was also instructed by CTH on its acquisition of Ferrara Candy Company from L Catterton, including on the structure of the deal across Belgium, the US and Luxembourg. In another work highlight, a team including 'pragmatic' senior associate Robrecht Coppens, who attracts praise for his 'very solid technical background', advised General Electric Company on the Belgian aspects of the global restructuring of its oil and gas business. Peter Callens has considerable experience handling domestic and international transactions. The 'efficient, result-oriented' Wim Vande Velde and Godfried Ampe are also key names to note, particularly for real estate and energy sector matters respectively. Stefan Deckmyn left the firm for an in-house role.

Leading individuals

Peter Callens - Loyens & Loeff

Next generation lawyers

Godfried Ampe - Loyens & Loeff

Wim Vande Velde - Loyens & Loeff

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 2

Loyens & Loeff

At Loyens & Loeff, the team is representing the National Bank of Kazakhstan in a challenge to a third party garnishment order, as part of an ongoing dispute with two Moldovan investors regarding an arbitral award. Yves Van Couter, who has established expertise in IP and IT litigation, is a key contact. Martine De Roeck was appointed to the judiciary at the Antwerp Commercial Court and senior associate Ahmed Tayane left to join the LRC Group as counsel. In January 2019, the practice was bolstered by the arrivals of the 'heavyweight fighter' Hakim Boularbah and counsel Olivier van der Haegen from Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick.

Leading individuals

Hakim Boularbah - Loyens & Loeff

Next generation lawyers

Olivier van der Haegen - Loyens & Loeff

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EU regulatory: Food
EU regulatory: Food - ranked: tier 1

Loyens & Loeff

Loyens & Loeff’s team garners praise for its 'very thorough knowledge of food law’. Counsel Aude Mahy is 'a star; she has her finger on the pulse of the sector and is very responsive'. Bert Gevers and Yves Van Couter are also noted.

Next generation lawyers

Aude Mahy - Loyens & Loeff

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EU regulatory: Privacy and data protection
EU regulatory: Privacy and data protection - ranked: tier 2

Loyens & Loeff

Yves Van Couter leads the team at Loyens & Loeff, which has been advising clients from the retail, construction, technology, financial services and healthcare sectors on data breaches, compliance matters, cybersecurity and data transfers. Associate Stéphanie De Smedt is also noted.

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EU regulatory: information technology
EU regulatory: information technology - ranked: tier 2

Loyens & Loeff

Yves Van Couter heads Loyens & Loeff's practice, which has been kept busy with instructions concerning electronic signatures, software development and e-commerce matters. Senior associate Stéphanie De Smedt is 'very knowledgeable and responsive'.

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 2

Loyens & Loeff

'Proven specialist in the field' Filip Saelens heads Loyens & Loeff's 'proactive' employment team, which recently assisted BNP Paribas Fortis with implementing a flexible renumeration scheme for over 14,000 employees via a bitcoin system. The group also includes Kris De Schutter, who has 'excellent communication skills', and counsel Marga Caproni.

Next generation lawyers

Kris de Schutter - Loyens & Loeff

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Industry focus: Food
Industry focus: Food - ranked: tier 1

Loyens & Loeff

The 'very professional' food and beverage team at Loyens & Loeff¬†attracts praise for its 'high knowledge in this branch of law'. Clients include Ferrero, Krones AG and¬†Mondelńďz International.¬†Counsel Aude Mahy, who is 'a star' lawyer according to one client, jointly heads the Benelux practice alongside¬†Bert Gevers.

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Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences
Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences - ranked: tier 2

Loyens & Loeff

The healthcare and life sciences team at Loyens & Loeff regularly handles a range of contentious and non-contentious matters including regulatory, tax, corporate and administrative considerations. The group's client roster spans medical device manufacturers, biotech and pharmaceutical companies to healthcare entrepreneurs and organisations. A team led by Yves Van Couter is instructed by Arthrex to advise on commercial, regulatory and data protection issues pertaining to the launch of specialised medical software in Belgium and the Netherlands. Other clients include investment firms Cinven and Bain Capital and the academic organisation for dentists, the International Team for Implantology. Filip Saelens heads up the practice, which includes new hire Valentijn De Boe, who joined from Allen & Overy LLP. Evelina Roegiers is now with Crowell & Moring.

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Industry focus: IT and telecoms
Industry focus: IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 3

Loyens & Loeff

The IT and telecom sector-focused practice at Loyens & Loeff is frequently engaged to handle both contentious and non-contentious matters for its impressive client roster, which includes Orange and Cognizant. Practice head Yves Van Couter and senior associate Stéphanie De Smedt are representating Ik.be in a domain name dispute. The team also acted for EccoPrint in litigation relating to the termination of a custom software development agreement.

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Industry focus: Retail
Industry focus: Retail - ranked: tier 1

Loyens & Loeff

With experience in a range of tax, IP, real estate, finance and corporate transactions, Loyens & Loeff's well-rounded team is a popular choice for retail sector clients. The group includes Christophe Laurent, Yves Van Couter and Xavier Clarebout, who are recommended for real estate, disputes and tax-related matters respectively.

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Industry focus: energy
Industry focus: energy - ranked: tier 1

Loyens & Loeff

Loyens & Loeff's energy sector practice group is headed by Thomas Chellingsworth and handles a range of construction projects, corporate and M&A transactions, financing and disputes. The group also has a strong track record advising clients in the sector on state aid issues. Associate Christine Delagaye is a key name to note for renewable energy matters.

Leading individuals

Thomas Chellingsworth - Loyens & Loeff

Next generation lawyers

Christine Delagaye - Loyens & Loeff

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Insolvency and restructuring
Insolvency and restructuring - ranked: tier 3

Loyens & Loeff

The team at Loyens & Loeff, led by counsel Laurent Mertens and senior associate Ahmed Tayane, leverages the firm's strength across the corporate, M&A, employment, tax, finance and contentious areas to provide a multidisciplinary approach. The group has particular experience assisting companies with restructuring and downsizing, it advised P&V on employment and redundancy matters and was instructed by De Lijn on its strategic restructuring as well as in relation to employee strikes. The practice also counts LRC Group and the National Bank of Kazakhstan among its clients. Stefaan Deckmyn left the firm and Martine De Roeck was appointed as  a judge.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

Loyens & Loeff

Loyens & Loeff handles licensing matters, copyright issues, trade secrets, counterfeiting disputes and trade mark cases, among other areas, for its well established client base drawn from the telecoms, retail, automotive, food, and healthcare industries. Yves Van Couter leads the team; senior associate Stéphanie De Smedt is also recommended.

Next generation lawyers

Stéphanie De Smedt - Loyens & Loeff

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Not-for-profit
Not-for-profit - ranked: tier 1

Loyens & Loeff

Loyens & Loeff has a varied portfolio of work, owing to its extensive experience of advising non-profit organisations and trade associations on all aspects of their strategic operational issues, as well as litigation. Grégoire Jakhian, who founded the practice, has expertise in M&A transactions, real estate and dispute resolution, among other areas. Jakhian and others act for clients from various sectors, including food and beverage, sport, IT and charities.

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Private equity
Private equity - ranked: tier 2

Loyens & Loeff 

Loyens & Loeff  has a well-established client base of private equity and venture capital firms, with clients including Marlin Equity Partners, Anthemis Group and AAC Capital. The group acted for New Mountain Capital on the Belgian aspects of its £820m sale of Alexander Mann Solutions to Omers Private Equity. In another highlight, the team assisted Iconiq Capital with its investment in Collibra. The department is headed by Grégoire Jakhian, Peter Callens and Wim Vande Velde, and includes senior associate Robrecht Coppens. Stefaan Deckmyn left the firm.

Next generation lawyers

Robrecht Coppens - Loyens & Loeff 

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Real estate and construction
Real estate and construction - ranked: tier 2

Loyens & Loeff

Loyens & Loeff¬†has been active handling high-value acquisitions and transactions in the real estate space. In one highlight, practice head Christophe Laurent¬†led the advice to¬†L‚ÄôEtoile Properties (which was acting on behalf of¬†Korea Investment & Securities)¬†on the acquisition of a leasehold right worth ‚ā¨369m from Cofinimmo on the Egmont I and II office buildings in Brussels. Ariane Brohez¬†is another key name.

Next generation lawyers

Ariane Brohez - Loyens & Loeff

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 1

Loyens & Loeff

Loyens & Loeff's team, which¬†delivers 'value for money',¬†is praised by clients for being 'responsive, flexible and creative'. It forms part of a larger group that has a strong Benelux presence. In addition to having a first-rate reputation in corporate tax, the firm fields specialists in various other areas.¬†Christian Ch√©ruy,¬†Marc Dhaene,¬†Caroline Docclo¬†and¬†Bert Gevers¬†are experienced in assisting clients with filing tax returns,¬†the checking process by the Belgian Tax Administration, administrative appeals and criminal litigation. Practice head¬†Natalie Reypens¬†leads a team that¬†advises clients on a wide range of transfer pricing issues.¬†Saskia Lust¬†and¬†Nicolas Bertrand¬†are particularly knowledgeable about issues specific to family businesses, entrepreneurs and high-net-worth individuals.¬†Gunther Valkenborg¬†specialises in compensation and benefits issues. On the transactional side, Ch√©ruy and senior associate¬†J√©r√īme Wauthier¬†advised CTH on the tax aspects of its $2.8bn acquisition of Nestl√©'s US confectionery business in 2017.

Leading individuals

Christian Chéruy - Loyens & Loeff

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    Recognising the close links between the securitisation activities of financial vehicles corporations engaged in securitisation transactions (FVCs) and monetary financial institutions, the European Central Bank (ECB) has adopted on December 19, 2008 Regulation (EC) No 24/2009 concerning statistics on the assets and liabilities of FVCs (the ECB Regulation).
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