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Stibbe

CENTRAL PLAZA, LOKSUMSTRAAT 25/ RUE DE LOXUM 25, 1000 BRUSSELS, BELGIUM
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Belgium

Aviation
Aviation - ranked: tier 3

Stibbe

The aviation team at Stibbe comprises insurance, public, employment and environmental law experts. The group handled contentious and non-contentious matters for government authorities, manufacturers, airports and other players active in the aviation and aerospace industries. Brussels Airport Company, Belgocontrol and X-air services are among its longstanding clients. David D’Hooghe leads the team.

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Banking, finance and capital markets
Banking, finance and capital markets - ranked: tier 1

Stibbe

With ‘a long track record of securitisation transactions in Belgium, having worked for all major banks’, Stibbe has a strong position in the market, and receives praise for its ‘to-the-point, no-nonsense and accurate advice’ and ‘very deep knowledge of the applicable regulations, even in complex transactions’. Its extensive client base sees it receiving instructions from lenders, borrowers, issuers and underwriters. Sofie Heremans was promoted to counsel in 2017; she and Wouter Ghijsels are noted for their ‘commitment and knowledge’. Ivan Peeters and Philip Van Steenwinkel joined PwC Legal in September 2018.

Next generation lawyers

Sofie Heremans - Stibbe

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

Stibbe

Stibbe’s corporate department is ‘a high-quality, one-stop shop’, which ‘delivers the quality of the big international firms but at local rates’. It regularly handles high-profile M&A, and has recently seen an uptick in work involving public entities, where it leverages its sizeable public law team. Highlights included Pascal Vanden Borre’s advice to Moody’s on its €3bn acquisition of Bureau van Dijk. Dries Hommez has ‘a modest and down-to-earth approach, but should not be underestimated’. Stefan Odeurs, Marc Fyon and Jan Peeters are also noted.

Leading individuals

Jan Peeters - Stibbe

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Stibbe

Stibbe impresses with its ‘broad and in-depth knowledge of different industries’ and its ‘strong cross-border expertise’. Hans Van Bavel, who is a specialist in white-collar crime, oversees a comprehensive practice that also includes Paul Van der Putten, Oliver Stevens and the ‘bright, knowledgeable and practical’ Nicolas Résimont. Résimont represented Perrigo in initiating a post-acquisition arbitration against the sellers of Omega Pharma Invest. Other clients include AB InBev, Airbus and Carrefour Belgium.

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 2

Stibbe

Stibbe’s team stands out for its ‘outstanding responsiveness and availability’. Senior names include group head Herman Craeninckx, who is ‘highly business and customer oriented’, and Jérôme Aubertin, who is ‘a live employment law encyclopaedia’. Elisabeth Matthys successfully represented Atos Belgium in a constructive dismissal case. Other clients include AB InBev, Belfius Bank and Holcim.

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Fraud and white-collar crime
Fraud and white-collar crime - ranked: tier 1

Stibbe

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.

Leading individuals

Hans Van Bavel - Stibbe

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Insolvency and restructuring
Insolvency and restructuring - ranked: tier 2

Stibbe

Knowledgeable and solution-oriented’, Stibbe is ‘a creative force’, according to clients. Paul Van der Putten heads a team that also includes Pieter Wouters, who is ‘at ease in the international field’; together they are advising the Belgian State on Optima Bank’s headline bankruptcy. In another high-profile matter, the team is advising the UK administrators of Nortel Networks on Belgian law-related insolvency issues.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

Stibbe

Stibbe covers the full spread of IP work, from patent litigation to technology transfer to biotech and nanotechnology. It has a multidisciplinary and multi-office approach, often working with colleagues in the firm’s other Benelux offices on competition, tax and corporate issues. In recent work, the team represented Celltrion and Mundipharma in litigation against international pharmaceutical companies concerning the launch of a new biosimilar; practice head Ignace Vernimme took a lead role. Senior associate Simone Vandewynckel is another key contact.

Leading individuals

Ignace Vernimme - Stibbe

Next generation lawyers

Simone Vandewynckel - Stibbe

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Private equity
Private equity - ranked: tier 1

Stibbe

The ‘strong team of business professionals’ at Stibbe has vast experience in private equity and venture capital investments, either working with major funds directly or through collaboration with leading international law firms. Recent highlights include its work as investor’s counsel to Belgian private equity fund Fin.Co on its acquisition of Sipm Group, where Dries Hommez took a lead role. Practice head Stefan Odeurs assisted Gilde with the buy- and carve-out of Linde subsidiary Chemogas. The team also counts Gimv, Creafund and KKR among its longstanding clients. Jan Peeters and Wouter Ghijsels are also noted.

Leading individuals

Dries Hommez - Stibbe

Stefan Odeurs - Stibbe

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Real estate and construction
Real estate and construction - ranked: tier 1

Stibbe

Excellent’ firm Stibbe has a strong reputation in the real estate sector. Its experience spans real estate transactions in the residential, commercial, hotels, retail and office segments, and the team regularly collaborates with specialists in public, corporate and environmental law. Clients include private and public companies. For longstanding client the Belgian Buildings Agenc, the team recently advised on the public law, construction and project financing aspects of a new prison compound; Rony Vermeersch led the advice. Rudy Nauwelaerts, of counsel Benoît Kohl and associate Anneleen Quirynen are other names to note.

Leading individuals

Rudy Nauwelaerts - Stibbe

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 3

Stibbe

Stibbe provides ‘very quick answers’, ‘practical ideas’ and ‘out-of-the-box solutions’. Among the team’s areas of specialism are VAT, R&D tax incentives, PPPs and state aid issues concerning special tax regimes. Wim Panis and senior associate Giovanni Smet are also recommended. Xavier Gillot left the firm.

Next generation lawyers

Giovanni Smet - Stibbe

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Belgium: Competition

Belgian law
Competition: Belgian law - ranked: tier 1

Stibbe

Among the top five in Belgium’, Stibbe impresses with its ‘strong combination of experience and knowledge in all key areas’. Team lead Hendrik Viaene is ‘trustworthy’ and provides ‘value-for-money’ advice; he represented Emrol in the first cartel investigation under the new Belgian Competition Act. The firm also has strong expertise in merger control and state aid matters. Other names to note include the ‘knowledgeable and solution-focusedPeter Wytinck and ‘excellent’ senior associate Delphine Gillet.

Leading individuals

Hendrik Viaene - Stibbe

Peter Wytinck - Stibbe

Next generation lawyers

Delphine Gillet - Stibbe

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EU and global
Competition: EU and global - ranked: tier 4

Stibbe

Stibbe’s ‘very responsive and pragmatic group’ is led by Hendrik Viaene and also benefits from the expertise of litigator Peter Wytinck, who has ‘broad experience and knowledge in competition law’. Recent work includes advising Soudal, Esko and Punch Powertrain in a state aid case concerning the Belgian ‘excess profit’ tax scheme.

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Belgium: EU regulatory

Financial services
EU regulatory: Financial services - ranked: tier 2

Stibbe

Stibbe advises a mix of financial institutions, listed companies and investment funds on regulatory, compliance, supervision and enforcement issues, including UCITS, MiFID and market abuse regulation. Jan Peeters is the name to note. Key clients include ABN Amro, Belfius Bank and the National Bank of Belgium. Ivan Peeters is now with PwC Legal.

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Belgium: Industry focus

Energy
Industry focus: Energy - ranked: tier 1

Stibbe

Stibbe is highlighted for its ‘in-depth knowledge and hands-on experience’, ‘quick, to-the-point responses’ and ‘practical and business-oriented approach’. In addition, the firm ‘understands the sector, including the policy makers, energy market regulators, communal entities and private sector players active in the field’. The team had another successful year in 2017, expanding its client base with new client wins and strengthening its footprint in the offshore wind and gas sectors with involvement in significant projects. Frederik Vandendriessche heads the practice. Other names to note are ‘quick and smart corporate lawyerJan Peeters, counsel Sofie Heremans and associate Cedric Degreef.

Next generation lawyers

Cedric Degreef - Stibbe

Sofie Heremans - Stibbe

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

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Stibbe has a substantial and multidisciplinary food sector practice, combining the expertise of highly experienced IP, IT, corporate, competition and employment lawyers. Transactional highlights included its advice to Belgian food group Vandemoortele on the buy-out of Gimv by Safinco; corporate partner Pascal Vanden Borre and tax expert Wim Panis led the advice. Ignace Vernimme heads the practice.

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

Stibbe

Stibbe acts for life sciences and biotherapeutics companies, and also counts a range of university hospitals and government bodies among its clients. Intellectual property specialists Ignace Vernimme and counsel Manuel Campolini are the key figures in the practice, which is able to draw on the expertise of a multi-disciplinary team covering employment, environmental, privacy and competition law.

Leading individuals

Ignace Vernimme - Stibbe

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IT and telecoms
Industry focus: IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 1

Stibbe

With a strong track record in the IT and telecoms sectors, Stibbe is well equipped to handle transactional, non-transactional advisory and litigation work. In close cooperation with the firm’s criminal law department, the team also advises on cybercrime and cyberattacks. Aside from its IT and telecoms clients, it also assists financial services and health companies with IT queries. The highly experienced Erik Valgaeren leads the team, which also draws on the experience of the firm’s public law, competition, corporate and tax partners. Nicolas Roland left for Younity in 2017.

Leading individuals

Erik Valgaeren - Stibbe

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Manufacturing
Industry focus: Manufacturing - ranked: tier 1

Stibbe

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.

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Media and entertainment
Industry focus: Media and entertainment - ranked: tier 1

Stibbe

Well versed in contentious and non-contentious issues affecting the sector, Stibbe’s media and entertainment team has developed strong relationships with leading companies, including Kinepolis, Spotify, Sony Entertainment and VRM, the Flemish Regulator for the Media. Erik Valgaeren advised SoundCloud on market introduction issues in Benelux, and an administrative law team led by Nathanaelle Kiekens assisted Napoleon Games with the bidding process for a casino concession. Wim Panis has developed a strong practice advising companies and government authorities on tax shelter for media and entertainment works.

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Retail
Industry focus: Retail - ranked: tier 1

Stibbe

Stibbe receives praise for its ‘thorough and reliable advice’ and the fact that ‘several of its lawyers are available at any given time to turn matters around quickly’. 2017 saw the team advising on corporate transactions, commercial agreements, real estate and competition. Clients include The Body Shop, Retail Estates and Aldi. Rudy Nauwelaerts specialises in real estate and leads the practice. Litigators Nicolas Résimont and senior associate Sophie Bourgois, and data protection expert Erik Valgaeren are highly regarded.

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Transport
Industry focus: Transport - ranked: tier 3

Stibbe

Well versed in rail, road and infrastructure projects, Stibbe has an active transport practice, which also handles corporate transactions and litigation. France Maussion and Bruno Lombaert have been advising Brussels public transport company STIB-MIVB on several matters, including the development of a tram depot.

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