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Baker McKenzie CVBA/SCRL

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

Baker & McKenzie CVBA/SCRL

Mainly active on the lender side, Baker & McKenzie CVBA/SCRL is especially active in acquisition finance, real estate finance and syndicated lending, and also has ‘very good knowledge of equity capital markets’. Recent work includes advising ING Belgium as arranger on the financing of several leveraged buyouts. Banking and finance head Antoine De Raevealways goes above and beyond what clients expect’. Roel Meers, Luc Meeus and global head of capital markets Koen Vanhaerents are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Antoine De Raeve - Baker & McKenzie CVBA/SCRL

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

Baker & McKenzie CVBA/SCRL

Baker & McKenzie CVBA/SCRL has cross-border expertise in M&A and private equity. The practice advised Flint Group on the acquisition of all outstanding shares in XBC, holding company of Xeikon, from Bencis Capital Partners and GIMV. Koen Vanhaerents heads the department, which also includes Dominique Maes.

Leading individuals

Koen Vanhaerents - Baker & McKenzie CVBA/SCRL

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 3

Baker & McKenzie CVBA/SCRL

Koen De Winter and Daniel Fesler lead Baker & McKenzie CVBA/SCRL’s practice, which represents Belgian and international clients in disputes spanning areas such as commercial and corporate law, real estate, construction and information technology. Arne Gutermann is also recommended.

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Employment - ranked: tier 2

Baker & McKenzie CVBA/SCRL

François Gabriel’s team at Baker & McKenzie CVBA/SCRL provides Belgian and pan-European employment law support, including on contract advice, outsourcing projects and M&A, as well as litigation. As such, the group recently attracted work from clients such as Johnson & Johnson and Groupe Rouiller. Nancy Luyten, Jozef Slootmans and Sebastian Burg are key individuals.

Leading individuals

François Gabriel - Baker & McKenzie CVBA/SCRL

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Environment - ranked: tier 1

Baker & McKenzie CVBA/SCRL

At Baker & McKenzie CVBA/SCRL, senior counsel Pascal Mallien is highly regarded for environmental litigation. Mario Deketelaere is also recommended along with Jean-François Vandenberghe, who is an expert in soil contamination issues and environmental aspects of real estate transactions.

Leading individuals

Pascal Mallien - Baker & McKenzie CVBA/SCRL

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

Baker & McKenzie CVBA/SCRL

Baker & McKenzie CVBA/SCRL handles litigious and non-contentious commercial mandates related to trade marks, copyrights and patents. Recent work includes representing Argenta Spaarbank in domain name dispute resolution proceedings before the World Intellectual Property Organization. Koen De Winter heads the department, which also includes Elisabeth Dehareng.

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Private equity
Private equity - ranked: tier 2

Baker & McKenzie CVBA/SCRL

Baker & McKenzie CVBA/SCRL has built a substantial private equity group within its corporate and M&A department over the past decade. Recent work includes acting for KeBeK on the sale of Quercus Scientific. The team also advises Gimv and Vendis Capital. Corporate practice head Koen Vanhaerents is a key figure along with Dominique Maes, Roel Meers and Luc Meeus.

Leading individuals

Dominique Maes - Baker & McKenzie CVBA/SCRL

Luc Meeus - Baker & McKenzie CVBA/SCRL

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

Baker & McKenzie CVBA/SCRL

Baker & McKenzie CVBA/SCRL focuses on real estate transactions. The core multinational client base has been increasingly expanded by local real estate investors, developers and financial institutions. The group handled the acquisition of the Schuman 6 property for Deka Immobilien. Practice head Dominique Lechien and Rudy Dupont are recommended.

Leading individuals

Dominique Lechien - Baker & McKenzie CVBA/SCRL

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Tax - ranked: tier 2

Baker & McKenzie CVBA/SCRL

Baker & McKenzie CVBA/SCRL’s tax department is recommended for its ‘cross-border capabilities’ covering tax planning, tax optimisation of deals and corporate finance, transfer pricing and fund structuring. The group handled litigation regarding the treatment of certain payments to Belgian pensioners by an international organisation. Philippe Lion draws ‘clear and concise conclusions’. Practice head Alain Huyghe and Luc Meeus are also recommended.

Leading Individuals

Alain Huyghe - Baker & McKenzie CVBA/SCRL

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Belgium: Competition

Belgian law
Competition: Belgian law - ranked: tier 2

Baker & McKenzie CVBA/SCRL

Baker & McKenzie CVBA/SCRL’s practice head Kurt Haegeman, of counsel Joost Haans and senior associate Vincent Mussche represented Unilever Belgium in the groundbreaking Belgian supermarkets case. The firm also advised Utopolis on the phase two review of its takeover by Kinepolis.

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

Baker & McKenzie CVBA/SCRL

At Baker & McKenzie CVBA/SCRL, Fiona Carlin, Gavin Bushell and Werner Berg were the lead advisers to FedEx on obtaining unconditional phase two merger clearance of its €4.4bn acquisition of TNT. The practice undertakes a significant amount of merger review work in the technology and life sciences fields, where it is acting for Abbott Laboratories on the $5.8bn acquisition of Alere. Kurt Haegeman is jointly leading a cross-office team, which is representing Mitsubishi in a series of global car parts investigations into possible cartel activity.

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Belgium: EU regulatory

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

Baker & McKenzie CVBA/SCRL

Pierre Berger and Isabelle Van Biesen are names to note at Baker & McKenzie CVBA/SCRL, which handles issues associated with banking and finance, insurance and investment funds. Berger is leading the advice to ABPaymentflows on establishing a start-up fintech bank.

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EU regulatory: food - ranked: tier 1

Baker & McKenzie CVBA/SCRL

Baker & McKenzie CVBA/SCRL’s Geert Bovy, who is experienced in handling pan-EU projects, is knowledgeable about nutrition and health claims, labelling and product denomination, among other areas. Bovy also assists with litigation.

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

Baker & McKenzie CVBA/SCRL

Baker & McKenzie CVBA/SCRL’s Daniel Fesler and Elisabeth Dehareng assist clients with forming and evaluating data protection policies, cross-border data transfers and data security breaches, among other matters.

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Belgium: Industry focus

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

Baker & McKenzie CVBA/SCRL

Baker & McKenzie CVBA/SCRL has a strong IT, data protection and telecoms team that is primarily recognised for its EU regulatory work. Other focus areas include e-commerce, electronic communications, media law and public procurement. Practice head Daniel Fesler and Elisabeth Dehareng are the names to note.

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