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Eubelius

LOUIZALAAN 99, AVENUE LOUISE, 1050 BRUSSELS, BELGIUM
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Work +32 2 543 3100
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Fax +32 2 543 3101
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89 BAB
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www.eubelius.com
Antwerp, Brussels, Kortrijk

Belgium

Banking, finance and capital markets
Banking, finance and capital markets - ranked: tier 4

Eubelius

Eubelius recently strengthened its bench of experts in finance transactions when it hired Frédéric Heremans as counsel from NautaDutilh. Heremans, banking head Marieke Wyckaert and attorney Thomas Donnez act as borrowers' and lenders' counsel to Belgian and foreign clients on a broad cross-section of matters, including those involving general corporate lending, asset-based finance and real estate finance. Anthony Logghe and Wim Goossens are recommended for their experience of PPP and other project finance transactions. Lars Van Bever, who heads up the capital markets practice, worked with senior attorney Tim Van Moorhem to advise Retail Estates on a rights issue (as part of the client's listing on Euronext Amsterdam), and also on an accelerated private placement of scrips. Senior counsel Jean-Marc Gollier is knowledgeable about CRD IV, Solvency II, PRIIPS and the implementation of the Bank Recovery and Resolution Directive, among other areas of financial regulation. Matthias Wauters and senior attorney Joris De Wolf are also recommended.

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

Eubelius

The 'efficient' corporate and M&A practice at Eubelius¬†is highlighted for its 'high availability and excellent legal and business advice'. The group was instructed by Ablynx on the¬†‚ā¨3.8bn¬†public tender offer by Sanofi, it also acted for Elia on its acquisitions of shares in Eurogrid International.¬†Marieke Wyckaert¬†‚ÄĒ who jointly heads the team alongside Lars Van Bever¬†‚ÄĒ and Filip Jenn√©¬†led a team acting for¬†Martin Braun-Gruppe (the baking division of the Oetker-Gruppe)¬†on the acquisition of Diversi Foods. Frank Hellemans¬†and Philippe Mulliez¬†are key names to note and are based in the firm's Antwerp and¬†Kortrijk offices respectively. Erwin Destuyver¬†is singled out for his 'responsiveness, excellent case knowledge and eye for detail'. Jozef Lievens retired from the practice.

Leading individuals

Marieke Wyckaert - Eubelius

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Competition: Belgian law
Competition: Belgian law - ranked: tier 2

Eubelius

Eubelius' team is 'keen to understand the business and the industry it is operating in'. It handles the entire ambit of Belgian competition law for clients in regulated sectors, such as postal services, rail transport, telecoms and broadcasting. It also demonstrates comprehensive knowledge of competition issues impacting the financial services sector, where its work spans areas such as payment systems, custody, clearing and settlement. The group, which is led by Hans Gilliams, is also active in the food sector. In the state aid sphere, Gilliams, Jan Bocken and Leen Goossens have been representing 13 companies at the EU General Court in an appeal of the European Commission's decision in 2016 on Belgian 'excess profit rulings'. In the travel sector, Gilliams and Goossens represented TUI at the Belgian Supreme Court in a case concerning the legality of the Belgium Competition Authority conducting investigative searches without obtaining a prior judicial warrant. On the transactional side, Bocken advised Antwerp Port Authority on the competition law aspects of its acquisition of Nationale Maatschappijder Pijpleidingen from its shareholders Ackermans & van Haaren and Electrabel. Stijn Goovaerts is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Hans Gilliams - Eubelius

Next generation lawyers

Stijn Goovaerts - Eubelius

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 2

Eubelius

Patrick Hofströssler's group at Eubelius includes contract litigation expert Ignace Claeys; Herman De Bauw, who is well known for representing the Belgian government before the EU Court of Justice; and Svjatoslav Gnedasj, who is the key contact for tax litigation. The team's caseload includes disputes from the retail, energy, financial services, real estate and construction industries.

Leading individuals

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 3

Eubelius

Eubelius houses 'knowledgeable and proactive' lawyers, who report an uptick in restructuring matters and pension cases. Other work includes discrimination, compliance and dismissal-related disputes. Department head Véronique Pertry is noted for 'her outstanding professionalism'. Counsel Liesbet Vandenplas is recommended for 'pragmatic thinking and problem-solving' approach.

Leading individuals

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Fraud and white-collar crime
Fraud and white-collar crime - ranked: tier 2

Eubelius

Eubelius' 'dedicated' team handles a broad spectrum of white-collar crime cases, including money laundering, tax fraud issues, corruption and bribery, and trade practice offences, among other areas. The 'very pragmatic and hands-on' Tom Bauwens is the key contact.

Next generation lawyers

Tom Bauwens - Eubelius

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 4

Eubelius

Eubelius' IP and ICT practice handles patents, copyright, new technologies, data protection, trade mark and designs matters. Senior counsel Pieter Callens oversees the department.

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

Eubelius

Eubelius draws upon its strengths across multiple practice areas to advise Belgian and international non-profit organisations, associations and foundations on their most important operational issues. Having advised the International Food Waste Coalition on its incorporation as an international non-profit organisation in 2014, the firm has been assisting the client with changes to its governance structure. Matthias Wauters and counsel Tom Villé are acting for VZW Sint-Anna on a mixed-use real estate development project. Another key figure is Véronique Pertry, who has expertise in employment (individual and collective) and pensions law matters.  Other notable individuals in the group are Marieke Wyckaert, Frank Hellemans and Barteld Schutyser. Counsels Korneel Decroix and Liesbet Vandenplas are also noted.

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Private equity
Private equity - ranked: tier 3

Eubelius

Eubelius'¬†private equity and venture capital group attracts praise for its¬†'high-quality technical skills'. The group acted for MPM Capital, as lead investor of a syndicate of investors, on the¬†‚ā¨64m series B financing round of iTeos¬†Therapeutics. In another highlight, the team was instructed by¬†Vision Healthcare, an investment vehicle that part of the Daimler Group, on its acquisition of Remark.¬†Marieke Wyckaert¬†and Lars Van Bever¬†jointly head the practice.¬†The 'knowledgeable' Felix Dobbelaere¬†was recently promoted to counsel and is singled out¬†for his 'good negotiation skills'.

Next generation lawyers

Felix Dobbelaere - Eubelius

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Real estate and construction
Real estate and construction - ranked: tier 4

Eubelius

Eubelius is perhaps best known for assisting BE-REITS with a range of tax and rights matters; other work includes practice head Lars Van Bever advising private and public real estate investors on real estate investment funds in Belgium. Wim Goossens and Wouter Claes are other names to note.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 3

Eubelius

Eubelius' Wouter Claes and counsel Korneel Decroix 'provide tax advice in a pragmatic manner', and are experienced in assisting corporate clients with the direct and indirect tax aspects of M&A and real estate transactions. Aside from real estate, Decroix (who is particularly noted for his expertise in complex VAT issues) undertakes work for clients in the public, healthcare and not-for-profit sectors. Another key figure at the firm is tax litigator Svjatoslav Gnedasj, who joined in January 2018 from Linklaters, and co-heads the practice with Claes. A recent highlight for the team involved assisting Triple Living with the tax aspects of its acquisition of Land Invest Group.

Next generation lawyers

Svjatoslav Gnedasj - Eubelius

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