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Van Bael & Bellis

GLAVERBEL BUILDING, CHAUSSÉE DE LA HULPE, 166 TERHULPSESTEENWEG, 1170 BRUSSELS, BELGIUM
Tel:
Work +32 2 647 73 50
Fax:
Fax +32 2 640 64 99
Email:
Web:
www.vbb.com
Brussels, Geneva

Belgium

Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 3

Van Bael & Bellis

Van Bael & Bellisstrikes the right balance in terms of safeguarding the client’s interests while also allowing a transaction to progress at a reasonable pace’. The team provides ‘very high quality assistance’ to its clients, which include domestic and international companies across the transportation, private equity, manufacturing and retail sectors. Practice head and ‘very good professionalMichel Bonne is ‘adept at explaining the nuances of the Belgian M&A market to an international buyer’.

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Customs, trade, WTO and anti-dumping
Customs, trade, WTO and anti-dumping - ranked: tier 1

Van Bael & Bellis

According to clients, ‘there are few firms of comparable calibre’ to Van Bael & Bellis, which fields a team of lawyers who are ‘highly specialised in their field’ and ‘eager to understand clients’ needs’. Jean-François Bellis is, arguably, ‘the most senior expert in the market’ and Philippe De Baere is ‘very intellectual yet very straightforward’. In a headline case, Richard Luff, alongside a team from the Geneva office, acted for Argentina’s biodiesel association, Carbio, and all biodiesel producers in Argentina (including Cargill, Bunge and Glencore) in challenging EU anti-dumping measures on biodiesel imports from Argentina. On the WTO side, De Baere and Yuriy Rudyuk represented the Ukraine government in a WTO dispute settlement proceeding brought against Russia concerning traffic in transit restrictions. The large team also includes Fabrizio Di Gianni and Pablo Muñiz.

Leading individuals

Fabrizio Di Gianni - Van Bael & Bellis

Jean-François Bellis - Van Bael & Bellis

Philippe De Baere - Van Bael & Bellis

Next generation lawyers

Pablo Muñiz - Van Bael & Bellis

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 2

Van Bael & Bellis

Responsive, knowledgeable and accurateVan Bael & Bellis is ‘an excellent collaborator’. The life sciences, competition, IP and arbitration areas are particular sweet spots under the leadership of Catherine Longeval, who provides ‘on-point advice irrespective of the complexity of the case’. Martin Favart is also recommended and represented Ce.m.o.n. in arbitration proceedings arising from its termination of distribution and production agreements with Unda.

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 4

Van Bael & Bellis

At Van Bael & Bellis, litigator Catherine Longeval is the key contact for employment work. In addition to its strength in contentious matters, the team advises on corporate support and compliance issues.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

Van Bael & Bellis

Van Bael & Bellis’ IP practice takes in patent litigation, domain name procedures, database rights, customs and anti-counterfeiting. It has a strong position in the pharmaceutical and life sciences sector, and also counts leading technology companies among its clients. Peter L’Ecluse oversees the department, where Thibaut D’hulst is a key associate.

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Belgium: Competition

Belgian law
Competition: Belgian law - ranked: tier 2

Van Bael & Bellis

At Van Bael & Bellis, Peter L’Ecluse has a strong profile for cases before the Belgian competition authorities, particularly in the telecoms, life sciences, energy and consumer goods sectors. Martin Favart and Johan Van Acker are also recommended. Clients include Coca-Cola Enterprises, Honda and Nike.

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EU and global
Competition: EU and global - ranked: tier 2

Van Bael & Bellis

Van Bael & Bellis’s ‘deep knowledge of the law’ and ‘accurate business understanding’ ensures ‘strong business-oriented advice’. Jean-François Bellis is ‘already a legend in competition law’ and oversees a large and experienced team that also includes Kris Van Hove (‘responsive, thoughtful, and efficient’); Markus Wellinger (‘anticipates all possible developments’); Johan Van Acker (‘provides spot-on advice and guidance’); David Hull; and Andrzej Kmiecik. Highlights included representing Euroclear in its challenge to the – ultimately blocked – Deutsche Börse and London Stock Exchange merger. Behavioural work is also a key pillar of the practice.

Leading individuals

Jean-François Bellis - Van Bael & Bellis

Next generation lawyers

Johan Van Acker - Van Bael & Bellis

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Belgium: Industry focus

Healthcare and life sciences
Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences - ranked: tier 1

Van Bael & Bellis

Van Bael & Bellis has a broad life sciences practice and is particularly prominent in issues concerning ethical rules, clinical trials, advertising and pricing and reimbursement. Its client base of leading multinational life sciences companies also turn to the team for a range of EU and Belgian regulatory advice. Catherine Longeval recently advised the European arm of a US biotech company on the restructuring of its distribution chain. David Hull and counsel Michael Clancy represented two parties in a landmark case before the EU Court of Justice concerning reverse payment patent settlements. Peter L’Ecluse is another key contact.

Next generation lawyers

Michael Clancy - Van Bael & Bellis

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