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Bob Martens

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DLA Piper LLP (US)


Partner, Belgium



Within: Aviation

Ilse Van de Mierop and Bob Martens are two of the key names at DLA Piper for non-contentious and contentious aviation sector matters, which are handled by a cross-practice group of regulatory, finance and litigation experts. Key clients include Sabena, Securitas Transport Aviation Security, Aviapartner and the region of Wallonia.

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Competition: EU and global

Within: Competition: EU and global

DLA Piper's 'impressively engaged and agile' group undertakes competition work for industry-leading corporates across a wide range of industries, with a notable focus on transport, energy, technology and life sciences. It provides 'an in-depth analysis of the issues raised and really tries to get a good understanding of the commercial issues by speaking with business stakeholders'. The firm's global footprint makes it well placed to advise clients located worldwide on the competition aspects of cross-border M&A, distribution law issues, state aid matters and conduct investigations. Practice head Bertold Bär-Bouyssière is representing longstanding client Merck in various contentious matters, including appeals arising from the landmark UK CMA and EC investigations into reverse payment settlements. Bär-Bouyssière provides 'to-the-point advice and has a good sense of humour'. Other names to note are Daniel Colgan, Bob Martens and associate Daniel Wojtczak. Trade and government affairs partner Jeroen Jansen also supports the competition team.

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Dispute resolution

Within: Dispute resolution

DLA Piper is adept at handling disputes from a wide spectrum of industries, including banking, commercial, real estate, IP and white-collar crime litigation. Annelies Verlinden heads the practice, which includes Bob Martens, who has expertise in public sector litigation, and Christian Van Buggenhout, who specialises in corporate, insolvency and restructuring disputes. The client roster includes Aviapartner, National Bank of Belgium and Arco Group.

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Within: Leading individuals

Bob Martens - DLA Piper

Within: Environment

DLA Piper handles environmental law issues in all three Belgian regions for a diverse client base, which includes private companies, multinational corporates and Belgian public authorities. Its credentials in the market are also reflected by the fact that it is regularly sought out to advise policymakers and legislators at the European institutions (the European Council, the European Commission and Parliament) on matters arising at the legislative level. Bob Martens and Alec Van Vaerenbergh are acting for the European Commission Directorate-General for Climate Action on the procurement and management of contracts relating to a common auction platform and a single auction monitor for the auctioning of emission allowances under the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS). In another matter, Martens, Van Vaerenbergh, Lieven Annaert and Thomas Sterckx are acting for the government of the Flemish Region on the development of the Uplace project in the North of Brussels. Martens co-heads the practice with Annelies Verlinden, who recently worked alongside Sterckx to represent the City of Antwerp in legal proceedings before the Council of Permit Disputes over a permit to build two underground car parks at the Gedempte Zuiderdokken. Kim Eric Möric is another key figure in the team, which saw Carole Maczkovics move to DALDEWOLF.

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Fraud and white-collar crime

Within: Fraud and white-collar crime

At DLA Piper, key contact Christian Van Buggenhout leads a team that acts for a broad range of clients in matters involving money laundering, compliance, embezzlement, bribery and tax-related issues, to name a few. Deminor and the National Railway Company of Belgium are among its clients. Regulatory expert Bob Martens and senior associate Catherine Gysels are other names to note.

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Industry focus: Transport

Within: Industry focus: Transport

DLA Piper's infrastructure, construction and transport sector group benefits from the firm's ability to leverage its full-service Belgian offering, as well as its global network, in a range of litigation and regulatory, employment, finance, restructuring and tax mandates. Litigation and regulatory expert Bob Martens leads the multidisciplinary practice, which counts Flying Group, Aviapartner and Transuniverse Group among its clients.

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Industry focus: energy

Within: Industry focus: energy

The energy practice at DLA Piper counts the City of Antwerp, Vleemo and Greek electricity generator Public Power Cooperation among its clients. The group was instructed by Ineos Enterprises Group in a contractual dispute with RWE Generation & Supply and subsequent takeover by Ineos of RWE Generation & Supply through a 100% acquisition of its shares. Bob Martens, who heads up the department alongside Annelies Verlinden, is leading advice to the European Commission on procurement procedures. The team was further bolstered by the arrival of counsel Orestis Omran from Dentons.

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Within: Not-for-profit

DLA Piper¬†has a firm commitment to pro bono work, as is evidenced by its ‚ÄėNew Perimeter‚Äô programme, which is intended to provide long-term legal support in emerging markets worldwide. Another initiative involved advising the EU Covenant on Demographic Change on the setup of a recently-launched EU-wide non-profit entity, which currently has more than 180 international members. In addition, the Brussels Life Sciences team has entered into a global agreement to provide free global legal services on a world-wide scale to the European Association for Rare Diseases. Beyond pro bono work, the firm provides extensive support to non-profit organisations that are active in the health, elderly care, housing and education sectors. Key contacts include Annelies Verlinden, Johan Mouraux, Bob Martens, Dirk Caestecker¬†and lead lawyer Evelien De Raeymaecker.

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    In February 2010 the Sentencing Guidelines Council (the SGC) issued definitive guidelines to courts on imposing appropriate sentences for corporate manslaughter and health and safety offences causing death. The SGC states that fines imposed on companies found guilty of corporate manslaughter should not fall below £500,000, while fines in respect of health and safety offences that are a significant cause of death should be at least £100,000. Crucially, the SGC declined to provide for a fixed link between the imposed fine and the turnover or profitability of the offending company.‚Ä©
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