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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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Amsterdam, Brussels, Hong Kong, London, Luxembourg, New York and 5 more

Belgium

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

Loyens & Loeff

Loyens & Loeff receives plaudits for its ‘swift, pragmatic and tailor-made solutions’. Asset-based lending is a substantial area of focus; recommended partners Marc Vermylen and Koen Panis are key names in this field. The firm is also well recognised for its experience in renewable energy financing, where it has ‘a proactive approach’ and ‘in-depth industry knowledge’. Senior associate Jan Missoul and associates Sarah Libregts and Mathias Diricx also receive praise.

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

Loyens & Loeff’s team provides ‘quality legal advice’ and demonstrates ‘commercial and strategic thinking’. It has a well-established client base which includes major players in the industrial, consumer goods, financial services and energy sectors, and, as an independent firm, remains a popular choice for international law firms looking for legal counsel in the Benelux region. In 2017, a cross-office and cross-practice team that included Stefaan Deckmyn and counsel Godfried Ampe advised PMV Fund Management and Rebel Infra Developers on the establishment of a new alternative investment fund. Grégoire Jakhian heads the practice; other key practitioners include Wim Vande Velde, who made partner in July 2017, and Peter Callens -

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 ‘knowledgeable and practicalMartine De Roeck heads a team that is ‘service oriented’ and ‘great to work with’. Other key names include ‘top notch and customer-centric’ IP litigator Yves Van Couter and ‘rising starAhmed Tayane. The firm is advising AIG, as insurer of Watlow Electric Manufacturing, in a damage claim arising from a fire.

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Ahmed Tayane - Loyens & Loeff

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 2

Loyens & Loeff

In a significant coup, Loyens & Loeff secured over ten new clients with over 1000 employees including AG Insurance, AXA and Euroclear and now advises five of the ten largest employers in Belgium. The ‘outstanding’ team benefits from the expertise of group head Filip Saelens, who is ‘among the best’; ‘pragmatic and creative thinkerKris de Schutter); and counsel Marga Caproni, who ‘boils issues down to key points’.

Next generation lawyers

Kris de Schutter - Loyens & Loeff

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Insolvency and restructuring
Insolvency and restructuring - ranked: tier 3

Loyens & Loeff

Loyens & Loeff’s ‘practical, innovative and dynamic’ practice acts for bondholders, lenders, investors, debtors, trustees and court-appointed officials. Stefaan Deckmyn has ‘in-depth knowledge of insolvency law’ and leads a team that includes banking specialist Marc Vermylen and newly made-up partner Kris De Schutter.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

Loyens & Loeff

The service level at Loyens & Loeff is ‘excellent’, with ‘every matter promptly and punctually handled’. The team acted for its longstanding clients across the healthcare, retail, food, automotive and energy industries, and also picked up several notable new client wins. ‘Calm, sensible and practical’ practice head Yves Van Couterhas mastered his field of expertise like no other’. Associates Stéphanie De Smedt and Florence D’Ath are also noted.

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Stéphanie De Smedt - Loyens & Loeff

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Private equity
Private equity - ranked: tier 1

Loyens & Loeff

Loyens & Loeff provides ‘a very good and commercially minded service’ to its clients, which include leading Belgium, Benelux and international private equity houses. In recent developments, the firm established a multidisciplinary and cross-office start-up team in 2016, headed by senior associate Robrecht Coppens. It also has a strong track record in venture capital transactions. Its capacity to advise on fund formation and structuring, through its cooperation with the firm’s Benelux funds practice, is another distinguishing feature. A team led by Grégoire Jakhian and Wim Vande Velde recently assisted new client Iconiq Capital with an investment in Belgian company Collibra. Other clients include Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, Lion Capital and Doughty Hanson. Stefaan Deckmyn heads the practice.

Leading individuals

Stefaan Deckmyn - Loyens & Loeff

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 is recommended for its ‘high-quality service’ and ‘accurate advice’. It is instructed in a broad range of areas, including real estate investments, management, property development and tax. It played a role in a high percentage of the major real estate transactions in 2016 and 2017; in one highlight, it advised CBRE Global Investors on the acquisition of shopping centre Médiacité in Liège. Christophe Laurent and Ariane Brohez receive praise.

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Ariane Brohez - Loyens & Loeff

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 1

Loyens & Loeff

A highly regarded firm for tax in the Benelux region, Loyens & Loeff’s sizeable team saw a number of changes, with the promotion of Nicolas Bertrand to equity partner in January 2017 and the retirement of Enrico Schoonvliet and of counsel Camille Lebègue. Notwithstanding the changes, the firm remains a go-to practice for complex tax issues, and is regularly instructed by clients to assist in tax audits, negotiations with the authorities and tax litigation. Saskia Lust co-heads the firm’s family-owned business and private wealth team alongside Bertrand, and Natalie Reypens heads the transfer pricing team. Christian Chéruy is another well-renowned member of the team; he focuses on international and domestic corporate tax and litigation.

Leading individuals

Christian Chéruy - Loyens & Loeff

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Belgium: EU regulatory

Food
EU regulatory: Food - ranked: tier 1

Loyens & Loeff

Loyens & Loeff’s ‘very responsive and professional group’ impresses with its ‘strong expertise in all aspects of food law’. Counsel Aude Mahy is ‘an expert in the field’ and advises on health claims, labelling, advertising and food safety, among other matters. Bert Gevers and Yves Van Couter are also key contacts.

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Aude Mahy - Loyens & Loeff

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

Loyens & Loeff

Pragmatic and responsive’, Loyens & Loeff has expertise in e-commerce legislation, electronic signatures, cybersecurity and outsourcing. Group head Yves Van Couter has, according to one client, ‘mastered his field like no other’. Clients include Agilent Technologies, Iconiq Capital and Seaters.

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

Loyens & Loeff

Lawyers at Loyens & Loeff have ‘an excellent eye for detail’. Group head Yves van Couter has ‘great strategic insight’ and associate Stéphanie De Smedt has ‘very good knowledge of current data protection legislation and GDPR’. The team recently advised on compliance audits, security breaches, cybercrime and data transfers.

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Belgium: Industry focus

Energy
Industry focus: Energy - ranked: tier 1

Loyens & Loeff

A ‘top-notch team in the Belgian energy sector’, Loyens & Loeff is ‘able to mobilise an impressive legal machine to get the job done, never compromising on quality’. The ‘very client-oriented’ group is praised for taking a ‘pragmatic, helicopter view approach’. The broad practice takes in litigation, projects, regulatory matters, financing and public law. ‘Very meticulous’ practice head Thomas Chellingsworth, who ‘leads the team with a great deal of expertise’, and ‘up-and-coming’ senior associate Christine Delagaye are noted. Banking and finance partner Marc Vermylen is active in renewable energy project financing.

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Thomas Chellingsworth - Loyens & Loeff

Next generation lawyers

Christine Delagaye - Loyens & Loeff

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

Loyens & Loeff

The ‘very professional’, ‘pragmatic’ and ‘flexible’ team at Loyens & Loeff provides a full service to its food sector clients, which turn to it for a range of food regulatory, IP, trade, customs and corporate law advice. Counsel Aude Mahyis a well-known food law expert’; she jointly heads the practice alongside Bert Gevers. Yves Van Couter is also noted.

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

Loyens & Loeff

Loyens & Loeff provides ‘spot-on legal advice, tailored to the practical needs of a senior legal counsel managing various cases in various jurisdictions’. Its coverage in the life sciences sector includes tax, public law, regulatory and employment. Among the key practitioners are practice head Filip Saelens, Yves Van Couter, who is highly regarded, and senior associate Evelina Roegiers.

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Evelina Roegiers - Loyens & Loeff

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

Loyens & Loeff

The ‘very service-minded team’ at Loyens & Loeff is ‘easy to work with’; it draws on the expertise of the firm’s corporate, tax, employment and litigation partners to provide a broad service to IT and telecoms companies. In litigation, Yves Van Couter and ‘rising star’ and associate Stéphanie De Smedt defended Danish printing company Ecco Print in commercial litigation brought by a Belgian software company.

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Retail
Industry focus: Retail - ranked: tier 1

Loyens & Loeff

Noted for its ‘very good knowledge’ and ‘pragmatic approach’, Loyens & Loeff has a sizeable retail practice which combines the expertise of a multi-disciplinary group of lawyers to provide assistance in tax, real estate, finance and corporate transactions. In litigation, Yves Van Couter has been representing a luxury clothing and accessories company in a long-running trade mark dispute. Practice head Christophe Laurent and tax specialist Xavier Clarebout are also noted.

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  • New reporting obligations for Luxembourg securitisation vehicles

    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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