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Bird & Bird

AVENUE LOUISE 235 BOX 1, 1050 BRUXELLES, BELGIUM
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Belgium

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

Bird & Bird

Bird & Bird is known for its capabilities in the payments sector, particularly in fintech, where it advises clients on regulatory, competition and commercial law issues. Highlights included Paul Hermant’s advice to Creditplace on the regulatory structuring of a new invoice marketplace platform to be launched in multiple European countries. The team is also active in the insurance industry.

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Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 4

Bird & Bird

Bird & Bird excels in corporate transactions in its sector focus areas of TMT, life sciences and financial services, and also provides corporate and competition advice to international trade and lobbying organisations and international research institutions. Paul Hermant leads the team.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 4

Bird & Bird

Bird & Bird’s Paul Hermant successfully defended Schneider Electric in civil and criminal law proceedings concerning allegedly undervalued public takeover bids. Benoit Van Asbroeck heads a diverse practice that is also well known for defence and security disputes, financial services litigation and corporate disputes. Proximus, WIPO and Canon are other clients.

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 4

Bird & Bird

The ‘personable and technical’ group at Bird & Bird acts for an enviable roster of multinational clients, including Disney, Ferrero and Honeywell. Practice head Christophe Delmarcelleexplains complex issues clearly and practically’ and provides ongoing advice to PRA International on issues such as reorganisations, social elections and dismissals.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

Bird & Bird

A leading firm for IP globally, Bird & Bird is renowned for its ability to handle complex contentious and non-contentious IP matters. Longstanding clients include Facebook, Nestlé, AB InBev and Eurogentec. The team’s recent work spans cross-border patent litigation, copyright disputes, protection of trade secrets and technology transfer and licensing. The practice is headed by Jean-Christophe Troussel and includes key partners Benoit Van Asbroeck and Bruno Vandermeulen.

Leading individuals

Benoit Van Asbroeck - Bird & Bird

Bruno Vandermeulen - Bird & Bird

Jean-Christophe Troussel - Bird & Bird

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Not-for-profit
Not-for-profit - ranked: tier 2

Bird & Bird

Scientific institutions and trade and industry associations regularly turn to Bird & Bird for advice on legal issues impacting on their activities, including commercial, competition, regulatory and IP law. Corporate lawyer Paul Hermant and tax specialist Brent Springael head the not-for-profit practice group, where they often work alongside IP expert Jean-Christophe Troussel. Senior associate Cedric Berckmans is another key contact.

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

Bird & Bird

Bird & Bird advises its clients – many of which are active in the TMT and life sciences sectors – on leasing arrangements, environmental issues and real estate financing. Tax specialist Brent Springael and corporate partner Marc Martens are the names to note.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 4

Bird & Bird

Bird & Bird is particularly strong in IP-related tax matters, and its international office network makes it well-suited to assist its multinational clients with a range of tax questions. Brent Springael heads the practice.

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Belgium: Competition

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

Bird & Bird

Bird & Bird’s ‘business-savvy and efficient’ group includes José Rivas (‘great knowledge and experience’); Anne Federle (‘practical and solution-oriented’); Scott McInnes (‘encyclopaedic knowledge of European regulation’); and Hein Hobbelen, who recently joined from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. The firm is representing Rubycon in EC cartel proceedings concerning electrolytic capacitors. It also has considerable expertise in merger control, state aid and public procurement matters. Takeshige Sugimoto was a new arrival from Gibson Dunn in June 2018.

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Belgium: EU regulatory

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

Bird & Bird

Responsive, well connected and commercial’, Bird & Bird’s team has ‘in-depth knowledge of the regulatory issues that the whole industry is facing’. The practice, which handles the full spread of regulatory matters, has a particularly strong reputation for outsourcing, electronic banking and online payment services. Group head Scott McInnes is widely lauded as an ‘out-and-out specialist in European payments regulation’.

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Food
EU regulatory: Food - ranked: tier 2

Bird & Bird

The ‘outstanding’ group at Bird & Bird has ‘great business sense’. Among its recent work, group head Marc Martens and recently promoted counsel Nicolas Carbonnelle advised Juice Plus+ on various food supplements and labelling issues. Dr. Oetker, Creta Farm and Kraft Heinz are also clients.

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Information technology
EU regulatory: Information technology - ranked: tier 1

Bird & Bird

Bird & Bird is at the forefront of trends in the IT regulatory space, with expertise in IT contracts, cybersecurity, public procurement, outsourcings and complex litigation. Benoit Van Asbroeck recently advised the EC as part of the Coco-cloud project consortium. Marc Martens is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Benoit Van Asbroeck - Bird & Bird

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Pharma, medical devices and biotech
EU regulatory: Pharma, medical devices and biotech - ranked: tier 1

Bird & Bird

Among Bird & Bird’s recent matters, it advised Celyad on its gene therapy products pipeline. It also advised Teva on the development of EU strategies for public procurement and mobile medical applications. Marc Martens heads a group that includes recently promoted counsel Nicolas Carbonnelle, who has strong expertise in the use of biological material for therapeutic applications and scientific research.

Leading individuals

Marc Martens - Bird & Bird

Next generation lawyers

Nicolas Carbonnelle - Bird & Bird

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Privacy and data protection
EU regulatory: Privacy and data protection - ranked: tier 1

Bird & Bird

Benoit Van Asbroeck’s group at Bird & Bird regularly assists with GDPR compliance, data breaches, the processing of sensitive data and other data protection issues. Marc Martens and senior associate Julien Debussche are also key contacts. The firm is part of a consortium advising on an EU-funded big-data project.

Leading individuals

Benoit Van Asbroeck - Bird & Bird

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Belgium: Industry focus

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

Bird & Bird

IP partner Jean-Christophe Troussel leads the team at Bird & Bird, which represents an array of clients in the food industry, including food and beverage producers, packaging manufacturers and biotech companies. Agro-science research, IP, distribution and regulatory matters are among the group’s specialisms.

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

Bird & Bird

Bird & Bird has a leading position in the healthcare and life sciences sector. Its clients include pharmaceutical companies, hospitals, universities, sector organisations and manufacturers. In the biotech space, the team recently advised Celyad on its gene therapy products pipeline, and Bone Therapeutics on regulatory issues connected to its product portfolio. Practice head Marc Martens has broad contentious and non-contentious experience, Jean-Christophe Troussel specialises in IP and technology and Bruno Vandermeulen excels in pharmaceutical and biotech patent litigation. Nicolas Carbonnelle, who was recently made up to counsel, often advises on the use of biological material for research and manufacturing, including of advanced therapy medicinal products.

Leading individuals

Marc Martens - Bird & Bird

Next generation lawyers

Nicolas Carbonnelle - Bird & Bird

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

Bird & Bird

Bird & Bird enjoys global recognition for its IT and telecoms experience. It has developed a strong data protection practice, which often handles cross-border matters; Benoit Van Asbroeck is a key contact in this field. In a recent highlight, Van Asbroeck, senior associate Julien Debussche and associate Jasmien César advised SAP on data protection, pseudonynimization and anonymisation techniques and IT-related issues concerning the client’s ‘enterprise threat detection’ product. Marc Martens assists TMT sector companies with public law questions and public procurement. Other clients include Proximus, Epson Europe and Jot Internet Media.

Leading individuals

Benoit Van Asbroeck - Bird & Bird

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Manufacturing
Industry focus: Manufacturing - ranked: tier 2

Bird & Bird

Bird & Bird acts for manufacturing companies on IP, competition, and corporate and commercial transactions. Past clients include Lexmark, AGC Glass Europe and Deere & Company. Competition and EU law specialist Anne Federle is particularly active in the automotive sector.

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Media and entertainment
Industry focus: Media and entertainment - ranked: tier 2

Bird & Bird

Benoit Van Asbroeck’s media team at Bird & Bird had a busy year in 2017, advising domestic and international companies on advertising and marketing, media content, content licensing and distribution and other issues. It also represents clients in complex IP litigation. Senior associate Julien Debussche and associate Jasmien César are key members of the team.

Leading individuals

Benoit Van Asbroeck - Bird & Bird

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