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Christian Van Buggenhout

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Christian Van Buggenhout, partner, is recognised as a leading litigator in the Belgian market. He continues to be consulted in a wide variety of cases, among the most interesting in the market. Hehas extensive expieience in corporate disputes and restructuring and insolvency litigation. He also has extensive experience in bankruptcy and is often designated by the court as trustee in high profile or complex bankruptcies. In the meantime Christian has taken on the responsibility of leading lawyer in the defence of the college of liquidators of the famous ARCO-group.


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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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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Insolvency and restructuring

Within: Insolvency and restructuring

The restructuring and insolvency practice at DLA Piper attracts praise for being 'well integrated, coherent and technically very solid'. The group has assisted Sabena as trustees since the company's bankruptcy, including with the disposal of properties and in disputes. The group also has experience acting for creditors and investors, and counts CFE among its clients. Ilse Van de Mierop heads the practice and is regularly appointed to act as receiver, liquidator and provisional administrator in insolvency proceedings. Other key names to note include litigators Christian Van Buggenhout and Joris De Vos.

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DLA Piper LLP (US)

  • Sentencing guidelines for corporate manslaughter

    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.

    - DLA Piper UK LLP

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