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

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance provides ‘an excellent cross-border service, both content wise – connecting legal knowledge with a thorough understanding of the economical context – and in terms of response times and accessibility’. The firm’s equity capital markets practice was further strengthened by the arrival of associate Valérie Demeur from the Financial Services and Markets Authority. 2016 and 2017 saw the team handling a broad spread of high-value finance deals, including equity and debt capital markets and restructurings. A cross-office team including department head Bert De Maeyer advised the creditors on the restructuring, recapitalisation and refinancing of Hamon. Counsel Wim Aerts receives strong praise. Other key practitioners in the team include Lounia Czupper and Niek De Pauw.

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Bert De Maeyer - Clifford Chance

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Wim Aerts - Clifford Chance

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

Clifford Chance

A top player in the Belgian market’, Clifford Chance is ‘very quick on the ball’ and is noted for its ‘capacity to handle and coordinate a variety of legal issues and have them converged into an appropriate solution’. The team saw significant activity in the private equity sphere as well as a general uptick in M&A which was most pronounced in the industrial and energy sectors. Senior associate Sylvain Cailleau is noted for his ‘very broad and global legal knowledge’. Niek De Pauw and the ‘very proactive’ Xavier Remy are also noted. Philippe Hamer retired from the partnership in October 2017.

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Niek De Pauw - Clifford Chance

Sylvain Cailleau - Clifford Chance

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 3

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance’s ‘highly responsive and knowledgeable’ team provides a service that is ‘second-to-none’. Banking litigation and white-collar criminal disputes expert Sébastien Ryelandt ‘applies legal knowledge in a commercial context’ and is the key contact in a team that counts Apax Partners, Belfius Bank and ING Belgium as clients. Counsel Dorothée Vermeiren is ‘excellent’.

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Employment - ranked: tier 3

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance’s team has ‘great negotiation skills’ and ‘a strategic approach’. It has experience across the full spectrum of employment matters, with particular expertise in restructurings, collective downsizings and outsourcings. Clients include Zoetis Belgium, Eaton and Pfizer. Practice head Gert Cuppens is ‘innovative and solution oriented’.

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Private equity
Private equity - ranked: tier 2

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance has extensive experience in private equity, a market in which it saw high levels of activity during 2016 and 2017. Among its major work highlights was its work for the sellers Advent International and the management of Corialis on the sale of the latter to CVC Capital Partners; a cross-border team including Philippe Hamer in Brussels handled the transaction. Private equity also forms a key part of Niek De Pauw’s practice.

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

Clifford Chance

One of the top law firms in Brussels’, Clifford Chance’s real estate department had another stellar year in 2017, acting on several major transactions in the Belgium and Luxembourg markets. The team incorporates corporate real estate, real estate finance and tax expertise. In a deal that exceeded €160m, it advised Allianz on the disposal of the Place de Brouckère Allianz site and the acquisition of new headquarters; practice head Henri d’Ursel took a lead role. Pieter De Bock, tax specialist Alexandre Ooms, senior associate Matthias Maselis and associate Lise Gruber are also noted.

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Henri d’Ursel - Clifford Chance

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Pieter De Bock - Clifford Chance

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Tax - ranked: tier 3

Clifford Chance

The ‘very competent tax team’ at Clifford Chance is integrated within the firm’s broader corporate and finance departments, and has a strong emphasis on real estate tax work. In a recent highlight, a cross-practice team acted for AEW Europe on the acquisition of Cornaline House, owner of the Louise Center. Practice head Alexandre Ooms is highly regarded.

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Alexandre Ooms - Clifford Chance

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Belgium: Competition

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

Clifford Chance

The ‘superb lawyers and business partners’ at Clifford Chance score highly for their ‘deep understanding of the related business, legal, political and economic context’. Global antitrust head Thomas Vinje has ‘an encyclopaedic knowledge of the law and authorities’ and, together with ‘committed and professional expert’ Dieter Paemen, is representing FairSearch Europe in the EC’s Google Android and online search investigations. Brussels competition lead Tony Reeves is ‘one of the most experienced European antitrust experts around’; he assisted General Electric with its acquisition of Baker Hughes. Anastasios Tomtsis, who made partner in 2017, is ‘remarkably sensitive to business particularities and shapes legal strategy accordingly’.

Leading individuals

Thomas Vinje - Clifford Chance

Tony Reeves - Clifford Chance

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Belgium: EU regulatory

Financial services
EU regulatory: Financial services - ranked: tier 1

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance has expertise across the full spread of non-contentious regulatory matters, with specialist skill sets in commercial banking, asset management, insurance and retail financial services. Lounia Czupper recently advised an investment company on a new regulation banning the marketing of certain financial instruments to Belgian consumers. Managing partner Bert De Maeyer is also recommended. Clients include Banque Eni, Belfius Bank and KBC.

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Belgium: Industry focus

Industry focus: Energy - ranked: tier 2

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance provides ‘high-quality answers and input’ and demonstrates ‘excellent knowledge of the market’. The team has a hand in major projects and corporate transactions in the energy market. In a recent highlight, it advised Elia on the structuring, regulatory and public procurement aspects of its modular offshore grid project. The department is led by Xavier Remy, who is ‘an authority in the Belgian energy sector’. ‘Professional and solution-driven lawyer’ Patrice Viaene also receives high praise. Counsel Pieter De Bock is a key contact for public and environmental law issues.

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Patrice Viaene - Clifford Chance

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