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Crowell & Moring

RUE JOSEPH STEVENS 7, 1000 BRUSSELS, BELGIUM
Tel:
Work +32 2 282 40 82
Fax:
Fax +32 2 230 63 99
Web:
www.crowell.com

Belgium

Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 5

Crowell & Moring

The 'strong commercial and corporate team' at Crowell & Moring regularly handles a range of M&A transactions, corporate structuring and commercial instructions. The group assisted investment company Fortino with contract drafting and negotiations between Melita Link and Vodafone for the companies' intended merged operations in Malta. Emmanuel Plasschaert is recommended particularly for commercial and employment advice and heads the practice alongside 'corporate law and data protection law specialist' Frederik Van Remoortel, who attracts praise for providing 'timely and good quality advice'.

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Competition: Belgian law
Competition: Belgian law - ranked: tier 3

Crowell & Moring

Crowell & Moring's competition and intellectual property practices work closely together in matters involving an interface between the two disciplines. This is particularly evident in the firm's work for life sciences sector clients, but is also illustrated in matters involving other industries; competition group head Thomas De Meese and intellectual property partner Kristof Roox are co-leading a team which is representing the Federation of Music Festivals in Flanders at the Court of Appeal in Brussels in proceedings concerning the increase by Sabam of copyright royalties for licenses to use the works of its members. The team also undertakes a significant amount of competition work for clients in the gaming industry; names such as EGBA and Unibet turn to the firm for advice. The TMT sector is another core area of strength of the team, as was illustrated recently when De Meese and others assisted Telenet with obtaining unconditional clearance from the Belgium Competition Authority of its acquisition of Nextel. Elsewhere, the firm has been involved in three out of the seven interim measure cases undertaken by the BCA since 2013. In addition to De Meese, the group also includes senior counsel Jules Stuyck and counsel Karl Stas; the latter is a recent hire from Jones Day. Grégoire Ryelandt moved to Deprevernet.

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

Crowell & Moring

Crowell & Moring has a well-established reputation assisting US and Europe-headquartered clients with their most significant, cross-border competition issues. Although its team is particularly well-known for its work in the TMT and life sciences sectors, the practice generates mandates from clients in other industries, such as automotive, food and drink, and gaming. Group head Thomas De Meese and associate Evi Mattioli are advising Liberty Global on obtaining EC clearance of its acquisition of sole control of De Vijver Media and the set-up of an ad-sales joint venture with Mediahuis. In another matter, following the EC's decision to fine European truck manufacturers for their alleged involvement in a price-fixing cartel, De Meese, Sean-Paul Brankin and others are gathering together  a group of claimants (by way of a special purpose vehicle known as Stichting Truck Cartel Recovery) to pursue litigation in the Netherlands against the members of the alleged cartel that was investigated by the EC, as well as other truck manufacturers. Unibet, DuPont/Chemours, Bloomberg and Nestlé are among other clients. Senior counsel Jules Stuyck, who joined from Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick in 2017, is also recommended. Counsel Karl Stas is a recent hire from Jones Day.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 3

Crowell & Moring

Crowell & Moring handles the full range of patent litigation for a number of prominent pharmaceutical clients, and is active in arbitration, cross-border and TMT cases. Thomas De Meese and Kristof Roox, who specialises in IP litigation, jointly lead the team.  Emmanuel Plasschaert is also highly regarded.

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EU regulatory: Pharma, medical devices and biotech
EU regulatory: Pharma, medical devices and biotech - ranked: tier 2

Crowell & Moring

Crowell & Moring is perhaps best known for its strength in advising generics clients on parallel imports, marketing authorisations, pricing and off-label use,  with contentious patent-related work also featuring in the group's workload. The client base includes Novartis, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries and Apotex. Kristof Roox heads the department.

Leading individuals

Kristof Roox - Crowell & Moring

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EU regulatory: Privacy and data protection
EU regulatory: Privacy and data protection - ranked: tier 2

Crowell & Moring

Crowell & Moring's practice is well known for advising a client base that spans the energy, healthcare, life sciences and TMT sectors, and the firm reports an increase in instructions from the automotive and media industries; Mercedes Benz is a key client. Senior counsel Frederik Van Remoortel heads the department. Thomas De Meese, who is highly regarded for his expertise in competition law, and employment expert Emmanuel Plasschaert are key names. Senior counsel Maarten Stassen, who has extensive experience in data protection matters, joined from Deloitte Legal in October 2017.

Leading individuals

Thomas De Meese - Crowell & Moring

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 4

Crowell & Moring

The 'very responsive' team at Crowell & Moring is led by the 'good negotiator' Emmanuel Plasschaert, who recently assisted Veldhoven Belgium with two termination cases and, in another matter, is advising Vias on its ongoing reorganisation. Senior counsel Frederik Van Remoortel and associate Evelien Jamaels are also noted.

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

Crowell & Moring

'The premier firm for pharmaceutical patent litigation',  according to one client, the life sciences group at Crowell & Moring attracts praise for its 'significant experience and a great feeling for how the courts will react to a submission'. The group represented Mylan and Sandoz before the Court of Appeal, securing the lifting of an injunction on the clients' sale of Tadalafil. The 'vastly experienced' Kristof Roox, who 'is fantastic as an advocate and not afraid to roll up his sleeves and get stuck in', heads the practice, which includes Jan-Diederik Lindemans, who is singled out for his 'abundant experience and deep analyses', and was bolstered by the arrival of IP-focused senior counsel Gunther Meyer from Eversheds Sutherland (Belgium) CVBA (a member of Eversheds Sutherland). Senior associate Jurgen Figys is another name to note. Other changes to the team include the arrival of Evelina Roegiers from Loyens & Loeff and the departure of Christian Dekoninck to Taylor Wessing.

Leading individuals

Kristof Roox - Crowell & Moring

Next generation lawyers

Evelina Roegiers - Crowell & Moring

Jurgen Figys - Crowell & Moring

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

Crowell & Moring

Crowell & Moring's TMT practice is highlighted for its regulatory advice and telecoms sector expertise. Thomas De Meese is representing Telenet, alongside counsel Karl Stas, who was a new arrival from Jones Day, in an appeal of the Belgian regulators' decision relating to open access to the client's cables. The group also counts Liberty Global and Melita among its clients. Flip Petillion left to establish boutique firm Petillion. Emmelie Wijckmans is now with contrast.

Leading individuals

Thomas De Meese - Crowell & Moring

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

Crowell & Moring

'Excellent firm' Crowell & Moring has 'a highly specialised' and 'very accessible' technology, media and entertainment team which has strength handling the full range of contentious and non-contentious, IP, regulatory, corporate and commercial matters in the space. The department successfully represented Federatie van Muziekfestivals in Vlaanderen in opposing the Belgian Association of Authors, Composers and Publishers (Sabam)'s increase in copyright royalties. Thomas De Meese led a team representing Unibet in a dispute following the termination of a sponsorship agreement with Belgian football club Standard Liège. 'Sharp lawyer and good litigator' Jan-Diederik Lindemans has 'a proactive approach' and heads the team alongside De Meese. Telenet, Universal Music and  Liberty Global Europe are also clients. Counsel Karl Stas' arrival from Jones Day bolsters the team's antitrust offering in this space. Flip Petillion  left to establish boutique firm Petillion.

Leading individuals

Thomas De Meese - Crowell & Moring

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

Crowell & Moring

Patent litigation is a significant area of instruction for Kristof Roox's team at  Crowell & Moring, particularly in the pharmaceutical sector; key clients include Novartis, Mylan and Synthon. Jan-Diederik Lindemans is also highly regarded. In 2018, Gunther Meyer joined from Eversheds Sutherland (Belgium) CVBA (a member of Eversheds Sutherland) and Christian Dekoninck moved to Taylor Wessing.

Leading individuals

Kristof Roox - Crowell & Moring

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