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Chemicals and environment

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  1. EU regulatory: Chemicals and environment
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Next generation lawyers

Leading individuals

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    • Lucas Bergkamp - Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP
    • Ruxandra Cana - Steptoe & Johnson LLP
    • Claudio Mereu - Fieldfisher
    • Jean-Philippe Montfort - Mayer Brown
    • Gauthier van Thuyne - Allen & Overy LLP

Next generation lawyers

  1. 1
    • Maud Grunchard - Fieldfisher

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Allen & Overy LLP’s group provides β€˜to-the-point advice’ and β€˜works seamlessly with the in-house team’. Environmental and regulatory law head Gauthier van Thuyne is β€˜a leading expert in his field’ and is acting as lead REACH counsel to Procter & Gamble. The firm also has expertise in complex litigation, waste management and transactional support matters. Other clients include Cargill, Colgate-Palmolive and Eurobat.

β€˜Responsive and well-resourced’, Fieldfisher’s team is β€˜without peer in the EU chemical regulatory area’, according to some. Group head Claudio Mereu, praised for his β€˜encyclopaedic knowledge’, recently advised Sea-Bird Scientific on hazardous waste restrictions. Koen Van Maldegem and β€˜up-and-coming’ of counsel Maud Grunchard are also recommended.

β€˜Best of the best’, Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP scores highly for its β€˜professional and thorough lawyers’, with group head Lucas Bergkamp providing β€˜unparalleled insight into all EU regulatory issues’. The team is well known for its expertise in compliance and policy matters and is routinely instructed by major multinational corporations and industry groups. Highlights included assisting the Lower Olefins and Aromatics REACH Consortium with legal and regulatory issues.

Ursula Schliessner’s practice at Jones Day is particularly adept in REACH matters, CLP, enforcement procedures and European Chemicals Agency( ECHA) Board of Appeal cases. Recent work includes managing a group of 28 companies seeking REACH authorisation for the use of eight chromium compounds.

Mayer Brown’s group is led by Jean-Philippe Montfort, who has a strong record in REACH and EU product safety and liability matters. Montford is representing BASF Agro in an action for annulment against an EU implementing regulation concerning the conditions of approval of fipronil in plant protection products.

Steptoe & Johnson LLP has β€˜good knowledge of REACH legislation’, with Ruxandra Cana singled out as a β€˜sector specialist’. The broad environment and life sciences group, which is well versed in contentious and compliance matters, also draws upon the expertise of Anna Gergely and Darren Abrahams. Highlights included successfully representing 11 titanium dioxide producers in obtaining the annulment of the first European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) decision on nanoforms.

Ashurst LLP has strong experience in hazard labelling, REACH, waste regulations and the emissions trading system. Among other matters, life sciences head Denis Waelbroeck is representing Syngenta Crop Protection in its EU Court action against the EC’s decision to ban its seed treatment products.

DLA Piper’s diverse practice spans environmental litigation, defence of environmental prosecutions, REACH matters, waste management and transactional support. Litigator Bob Martens advised Suez on deploying a new form of waste collection for recycling purposes.

K&L Gates GP’s Scott Megregian, who splits his time between Brussels and London, is the key contact in a practice that handles REACH, CLP, transport and storage of hazardous substances and biocides and pesticides regulations. The firm successfully represented Emerald Performance Materials in an ECHA appeal.


Financial services

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  1. EU regulatory: Financial services
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Next generation lawyers

Leading individuals

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    • Pierre Berger - DLA Piper
    • Etienne Dessy - Linklaters
    • Sylvia Kierszenbaum - Allen & Overy LLP

Next generation lawyers

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    • Christophe Wauters - Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

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β€˜Strong performer’, Allen & Overy LLP impresses with the β€˜extensive breadth’ of its regulatory expertise. The group is currently advising on regulatory developments concerning derivatives, the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID) and fintech – among other areas. Sylvia Kierszenbaum and Filip Tanghe jointly head a practice that counts BNP Paribas Fortis, Citibank and ING Belgium as clients.

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.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s practice, which is jointly headed by Christiaan Smits and competition specialist Andreas von Bonin, was kept busy advising several financial institutions (including Lloyd’s of London and AIG) on the implementation of the EU capital requirements regime. MiFID, competition and data protection-related matters are also areas of note.

β€˜Top of the market’, Linklaters’ team has β€˜a strong business mind-set’ and β€˜excellent knowledge of market practices’. Etienne Dessy has β€˜a unique understanding of business and operation challenges’; he leads a comprehensive group that advises across the full spread of regulatory investigations, financial reorganisations, new regulated businesses and general advisory matters.

At Baker & McKenzie CVBA/SCRL, recent work includes advising Lloyd’s of London on the regulatory design of its Brexit relocation to Belgium. Pierre Berger joined DLA Piper in July 2018.

β€˜Responsive, well connected and commercial’, Bird & Bird’s team has β€˜in-depth knowledge of the regulatory issues that the whole industry is facing’. The practice, which handles the full spread of regulatory matters, has a particularly strong reputation for outsourcing, electronic banking and online payment services. Group head Scott McInnes is widely lauded as an β€˜out-and-out specialist in European payments regulation’.

At Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, Laurent Ruzette and β€˜up-and-coming’ senior associate Christophe Wauters are advising Dexia on regulatory matters connected to the EC’s approved resolution plan for the banking group. Christopher Cook is also recommended.

DLA Piper regularly advises public and private companies and government entities on payment systems, capital markets, collective investment schemes, insurance matters and clearing and settlement issues. Experienced counsel Axelle Van Den Broeck advised HomeSend on obtaining its licence as a regulated payment institution. In 2017, key partner Koen Vanderheyden left the firm. Pierre Berger was a new arrival in July 2018 from Baker & McKenzie CVBA/SCRL.

A team from Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick, led by group head Tom Van Dyck, recently advised Bank Degroof Petercam on the establishment of a Luxembourg Reserved Alternative Investment Fund in Belgium. Over the past year, the team has also advised on MiFID II implementation, enforcement actions, market abuse cases and complex regulatory challenges, among other matters. Joan Carette joined Osborne Clarke.

Steptoe & Johnson LLP has a strong focus on insurance law and regulation and is also well known for its work for Swiss banks. Insurance and reinsurance expert Philip Woolfson impresses with his β€˜deep knowledge and specialist advice’ and acts as EU liaison officer to the Association of International Life Offices. Jean Russotto provides ongoing legal analysis and advocacy support to the Swiss Bankers Association.

Stibbe advises a mix of financial institutions, listed companies and investment funds on regulatory, compliance, supervision and enforcement issues, including UCITS, MiFID and market abuse regulation. Jan Peeters is the name to note. Key clients include ABN Amro, Belfius Bank and the National Bank of Belgium. Ivan Peeters is now with PwC Legal.


Food

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  1. EU regulatory: Food
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Next generation lawyers

Leading individuals

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Next generation lawyers

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Baker & McKenzie CVBA/SCRL’s European food law group, which is led by Geert Bovy, has expertise spanning product classification, nutrition and health claims, labelling issues and advertising. It recently advised a Belgium-based food processing company on regulatory matters connected to its European expansion.

Jacqueline Mailly’s group at Hogan Lovells International LLP has expertise in compliance, crisis management, litigation and lobbying matters. Elisabethann Wright and Hugo Paemen are also key contacts.

Jones Day’s practice has β€˜excellent scientific knowledge’, with key contact Ursula Schliessner β€˜very strong’. The team provides ongoing advice to Lycored in novel food issues. Other areas of expertise include food labelling, contamination and health claims.

Regulatory specialist Keller and Heckman LLP is β€˜synonymous with food law’. Group head Katia Merten-Lentz advises major multinationals across a wide range of labelling, health claims, novel foods and food crisis management. Clients include Air France and the International Chewing Gum Association.

Loyens & Loeff’s β€˜very responsive and professional group’ impresses with its β€˜strong expertise in all aspects of food law’. Counsel Aude Mahy is β€˜an expert in the field’ and advises on health claims, labelling, advertising and food safety, among other matters. Bert Gevers and Yves Van Couter are also key contacts.

The β€˜outstanding’ group at Bird & Bird has β€˜great business sense’. Among its recent work, group head Marc Martens and recently promoted counsel Nicolas Carbonnelle advised Juice Plus+ on various food supplements and labelling issues. Dr. Oetker, Creta Farm and Kraft Heinz are also clients.

Steptoe & Johnson LLP’s food practice sits within its environment and life sciences department. Food contact compliance is a sweet spot, with Anna Gergely recommended in this area.


Information technology

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  1. EU regulatory: Information technology
  2. Leading individuals

Leading individuals

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β€˜Stand-out firm’, Allen & Overy LLP has β€˜strong knowledge of the industry’. The firm handles the full spread of transactional, contentious and advisory work, with expertise in outsourcing, big data projects, cybersecurity and fintech. Practice head Filip Van Elsen is widely recognised as a market leader. Geert Glas and newly promoted partner Peter Van Dyck are also noted. Clients include Bank of Cyprus, Novartis and Toyota.

Bird & Bird is at the forefront of trends in the IT regulatory space, with expertise in IT contracts, cybersecurity, public procurement, outsourcings and complex litigation. Benoit Van Asbroeck recently advised the EC as part of the Coco-cloud project consortium. Marc Martens is also recommended.

The β€˜highly professional’ practice at DLA Piper is jointly headed by β€˜exceptional ICT leader’ Kristof De Vulder and data protection specialist Patrick Van Eecke. The group acts for customers and vendors on the full range of regulatory IT matters including outsourcing, cloud projects and litigation. Adobe, Amazon and bpost are among its key clients.

Arguably β€˜Belgium’s leading IT niche’ practice, time.lex’s team β€˜really understands business needs’ and is β€˜a thought leader in fintech’. The group also excels in data protection and e-commerce matters. Jos Dumortier recently advised the Aegle consortium on an EU-wide framework for big data analytics in the healthcare sector. Edwin Jacobs has β€˜deep knowledge of payments matters’; Frederic DebusserΓ© is β€˜experienced in IT projects and disputes’; and Geert Somers has β€˜broad knowledge of the IT sector’.

Among Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP’s key cases, Thomas Graf, Robbert Snelders and Maurits Dolmans represented Google in the EC investigation into its Android platform. Other clients include IBM, Lenovo and Sony.

Jones Day acts on a broad range of transactional support, data protection, antitrust and regulatory matters for clients such as Adobe, Linear Technology and Verizon. Alexandre Verheyden has strong experience in TMT regulation.

β€˜Pragmatic and responsive’, Loyens & Loeff has expertise in e-commerce legislation, electronic signatures, cybersecurity and outsourcing. Group head Yves Van Couter has, according to one client, β€˜mastered his field like no other’. Clients include Agilent Technologies, Iconiq Capital and Seaters.

McGuireWoods LLP provides β€˜strong partner involvement’ and β€˜incredible response times’. The team advised a software company on negotiating a new cloud software solution. Data security and data transfer are also key areas. Paul Van den Bulck joined AKD in December 2018.


Pharma, medical devices and biotech

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  1. EU regulatory: Pharma, medical devices and biotech
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Next generation lawyers

Next generation lawyers

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Among Bird & Bird’s recent matters, it advised Celyad on its gene therapy products pipeline. It also advised Teva on the development of EU strategies for public procurement and mobile medical applications. Marc Martens heads a group that includes recently promoted counsel Nicolas Carbonnelle, who has strong expertise in the use of biological material for therapeutic applications and scientific research.

Hogan Lovells International LLP’s team has β€˜unique knowledge and experience in the EU regulatory area’. The broad practice spans clinical trials, business development, pricing, patent litigation, product liability and investigations, and it is particularly valued for its expertise in cross-border matters. Practice head Elisabethann Wright is β€˜a consummate professional’. Fabien Roy was recently promoted to counsel.

IP boutique Hoyng Rokh Monegier is β€˜a market force’ and has β€˜remarkable cross-industry capability’. The firm advises on the full product life cycle, from authorisation and market access, through to pricing and compliance issues. Liesbeth Weynants is widely acknowledged as a market leader and heads a practice that counts Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Boehringer Ingelheim among its clients.

Jones Day complements its robust regulatory offering with supplementary expertise in the M&A, IP litigation, tax and antitrust areas. Practice head and sector specialist Cristiana Spontoni advises on the full spread of pre-market issues through to product liability, advertising and compliance. Environmental and health and safety specialist Ursula Schliessner is also recommended. Clients include BioMarin, Elizabeth Arden and GE Healthcare.

Crowell & Moring’s practice, which is led by β€˜industry specialist’ Kristof Roox, has a strong focus on representing generics with Teva, Mylan and Apotex among its clients. Contentious work, and particularly patent-related litigation, provides the bulk of instructions, but it also advises on marketing authorisations, off-label use, pricing and parallel imports.

Bertold BΓ€r-BouyssiΓ¨re heads DLA Piper’s multidisciplinary pharmaceutical practice, which handles a broad mix of EU regulatory matters, competition, data protection, corporate support and litigation. The team provides ongoing support to Vifor Pharma in its efforts to combat parallel trade.

White & Case LLP’s group, which has a strong record in contentious work, was kept busy advising on patent settlements, competition matters, parallel trade and second medical-use patents over the past year. Group head James Killick, who has β€˜a good business understanding’, is representing Servier in its appeal to the General Court against the EC decision concerning the drug perindopril.


Privacy and data protection

Index of tables

  1. EU regulatory: Privacy and data protection
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Next generation lawyers

Leading individuals

  1. 1
    • CΓ©dric Burton - Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
    • Jan Dhont - Alston & Bird LLP
    • Catherine Erkelens - Erkelens Law
    • Henriette Tielemans - Covington & Burling LLP
    • Benoit Van Asbroeck - Bird & Bird
    • Patrick Van Eecke - DLA Piper
    • Tanguy Van Overstraeten - Linklaters

Next generation lawyers

  1. 1
    • Guillaume Couneson - Linklaters
    • Tim Van Canneyt - Fieldfisher
    • Peter Van Dyck - Allen & Overy LLP

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Allen & Overy LLP’s thorough coverage of data protection law across its international network marks it as a key player in cross-border matters. In a recent example, practice co-head Filip Van Elsen advised Alibaba and Ant Financial on several data protection issues, including on the implementation of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), data retention policies and transfer of data to third countries. Group co-head Peter Van Dyck was promoted to partner in 2017.

At Alston & Bird LLP, β€˜market leader’ Jan Dhont heads a specialised team, which routinely advises on data protection compliance initiatives, operations support, the implementation of privacy programmes and litigation. Clients include Adient, Johnson Controls and eBay. Counsel Jon Filipek recently left to join the EC, and associate Lauren Cuyvers joined from Altius.

Baker & McKenzie CVBA/SCRL’s group has β€˜great expertise in privacy matters’, with notable strength in cross-border data transfers. Data security obligations, international investigations and GDPR compliance are other areas of note. Belgium managing partner Daniel Fesler heads a team that includes β€˜excellent negotiator’ Elisabeth Dehareng. Clients include major multinationals operating in the technology, telecoms, logistics and financial services fields.

Benoit Van Asbroeck’s group at Bird & Bird regularly assists with GDPR compliance, data breaches, the processing of sensitive data and other data protection issues. Marc Martens and senior associate Julien Debussche are also key contacts. The firm is part of a consortium advising on an EU-funded big-data project.

At CMS, the β€˜responsive and pragmatic’ team excels in multinational data protection compliance projects and also handles local data protection work, security breaches and data transfers. Department head Tom De Cordier has β€˜in-depth knowledge and business understanding’ and is assisting McCain with GDPR compliance across its European business.

DLA Piper’s group is led by Patrick Van Eecke, who has a strong record in data protection, electronic signatures, consumer protection and advertising. Recent work includes assisting Zoetis with its GDPR readiness project. Kristof De Vulder is another key contact in a group that also counts Nike, Porsche and Salesforce as clients. Antoon Dierick left to become chief legal officer at DR Gaming Technology. Peter Craddock joined from legal consulting company Consilio.

The group at Jones Day, which is led by of counsel JΓΆrg Hladjk, has a strong focus on pan-European and global data protection compliance projects. Data transfers, binding corporate rules, investigations and data security breaches are also significant areas of activity. Highlights included advising Acelity on its GDPR compliance project. Of counsel Laurent De Muyter is also recommended.

Linklaters’ team has β€˜a hands-on approach’ and β€˜in-depth expertise in privacy and data protection regulation’. Global group lead Tanguy Van Overstraeten is β€˜one of the best privacy specialists in Europe’ and β€˜very promising’ counsel Guillaume Couneson has β€˜strong business insight’. Among its recent cases, it advised Goodyear Dunlop Tires Operations on GDPR implementation. It also handles data transfers, compliance audits and cloud-based solutions.

β€˜Knowledgeable and commercial’, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati’s team has β€˜specialist expertise’ and core strengths in EU regulatory compliance, investigations, data transfers, cybersecurity and litigation. Group head CΓ©dric Burton has β€˜strong experience in the data protection field’ and is assisting Mastercard with GDPR compliance.

Crowell & Moring’s group, which is composed of β€˜excellent data privacy experts’, has a focus on advising clients from the healthcare, life sciences, energy and TMT sectors. Senior counsel Frederik Van Remoortel provides β€˜practical and to-the-point advice’ and heads a team that also benefits from the experience of competition and regulated industries partner Thomas De Meese and employment specialist Emmanuel Plasschaert.

β€˜The leading niche firm in this field’, Erkelens Law’s name partner Catherine Erkelens is β€˜a pioneer in data protection law in Belgium’. Johan Vandendriessche advised Bluebee on GDPR implementation. The processing of sensitive data is also a sweet spot.

β€˜Committed, reliable and practical’, Fieldfisher’s team has β€˜a strong ability to consider the business implications’. Tim Van Canneyt is β€˜very knowledgeable on complex outsourcing and GDPR’ and advised AGC Glass Europe on its GDPR compliance project. Newly promoted partner Olivier Proust advised Avaya on binding corporate rules applications.

Lawyers at Loyens & Loeff have β€˜an excellent eye for detail’. Group head Yves van Couter has β€˜great strategic insight’ and associate StΓ©phanie De Smedt has β€˜very good knowledge of current data protection legislation and GDPR’. The team recently advised on compliance audits, security breaches, cybercrime and data transfers.

McGuireWoods LLP’s comprehensive practice has expertise in GDPR, data security issues, international data transfer and sensitive data matters. The group recently advised a US-based multinational on its GDPR compliance project. Paul Van den Bulck joined AKD in December 2018.

Alex van der Wolk’s team at Morrison & Foerster LLP advises on the full spread of EU privacy and data protection matters, but data breaches and cybersecurity stand out as particular sweet spots. Among other matters, the group advised a global logistics company on various compliance and breach response issues.

In 2017, Osborne Clarke hired new department head Benjamin Docquir from Simont Braun. Counsel Ann-Sophie De Graeve is also a key contact. GDPR compliance issues provided the bulk of instructions over the past year, but the team also has experience in data security, data transfer and outsourcing.

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP’s team has β€˜deep knowledge across many areas of data protection’. GDPR compliance, data transfer, data breach cases and binding corporate rules are key areas of activity. Group head Sylvie Rousseau β€˜finds solutions that combine compliance and pragmatism’.

time.lex advised Eurostat on its review of EU and member state statistics and data protection legislation – the β€˜quick and practical’ Geert Somers led that work. In addition to its high-profile public sector work, it also routinely advises private companies on compliance audits and other data protection matters. Other key names include the β€˜resourceful and pragmatic’ Frederic DebusserΓ©; Edwin Jacobs, who is β€˜very knowledgeable’; Jos Dumortier; and Hans Graux.


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