EU regulatory: Chemicals in Belgium

Allen & Overy LLP

Gauthier van Thuyne heads up Allen & Overy LLP's practice, which is noted for its strong capabilities in handling Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) matters, REACH issues and environmental compliance work. Senior associate Fee Goossens is experienced in advising international clients on REACH and RoHS compliance matters.

Practice head(s):

Gauthier van Thuyne

Other key lawyers:

Fee Goossens


Very helpful, practical and supportive‘.

Covington & Burling LLP

Covington & Burling LLP's practice is noted for its 'technical depth'. Biocide, REACH, e-cigarette and cosmetics regulatory matters have been especially prominent in the team's recent workload. Of counsel Cándido García Molyneux ('a clear thinker') is the key contact.

Practice head(s):

Cándido García Molyneux


Cándido García Molyneux is a regulatory/chemicals domain expert who can express it in plain English for both technical and non technical decision-makers‘.

Key clients

European Chemicals Agency

European Tissue Symposium

Work highlights

  • Advising the Biomanufacturing Alliance on EU chemicals legislation and policy.
  • Provides ongoing advice to the European Tissue Symposium on EU chemicals legislation and its impact on the manufacture of tissue paper products.


According to one of its clients, Fieldfisher is 'a one-stop shop for chemical companies navigating the complex field of EU regulation of chemicals and substances. They have unsurpassed depth and breadth of knowledge'. REACH and biocide matters feature prominently in the team's workload. The 'pragmatic' Claudio Mereu jointly heads up the practice with Koen Van Maldegem. Peter Sellar is noted for his 'profound EU knowledge'. Of counsel Gerard McElwee and of counsel Maud Grunchard are also key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Claudio Mereu; Koen Van Maldegem

Other key lawyers:

Peter Sellar; Gerard McElwee; Maud Grunchard


Strong EU regulatory knowledge‘.

The team is professional and organised‘.

Koen Van Maldegem: easily the most knowledgeable lawyer in the world in the EU Biocides sector‘.

Claudio Mereu has a huge knowledge of the regulatory rules and mechanism‘.

Claudio Mereu is the top of EU regulatory legal practice. He has personal unparalleled depth and breadth of experience on almost every issue facing the industry‘.

Gerard McElwee: a highly capable and talented lawyer who brings humility, pragmatism and common sense to any issue‘.

Key clients

International Antimony Association

EU Silver Task Force

Coal Chemicals Europe (CCE)

Aerospace and Defence Chromates Reauthorisation Consortium (ADCR)

LG Chem

Carus Europe

CEFIC EBPF Association (European Biocidal Products Forum)

Work highlights

  • Advising the Aerospace and Defence Chromates Reauthorisation Consortium (ADCR) on REACH matters.
  • Advising EBPF on a number of biocidal issues, including the industry’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, involving fast-tracking disinfectants and compliance with biocidal regulations.
  • Advising the EU Silver Task Force on the use of silver substances within medical protective clothing as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

Lucas Bergkamp is the key contact in Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP's practice, which has been assisting the LOA (Lower Olefins and Aromatics) REACH Consortium with the full range of regulatory issues, including compliance matters and similar regulations adopted by non-EU jurisdictions.

Practice head(s):

Lucas Bergkamp


Lucas Bergkamp represents the ultimate capability to identify the potential impact of high-tech complex regulation, often accompanied with deep science, on business models and proactively seeks to support business development strategies‘.

Lucas is an expert in European regulatory law. He always understands the legal issues straight away . He is very commercially aware and understands the concerns of his client. He also has an invaluable insight into the workings of the European legal system and is able to provide guidance on how specific legislation and regulation will be interpreted‘.

Mayer Brown

At Mayer Brown, the team is highly active in CLP and REACH matters and it is well-known in the market for representing clients from the chemical industry in European Chemicals Agency Board of Appeal cases. Jean-Philippe Montfort heads up the practice, in which counsels Pavlina Chopova-Leprêtre and Thomas Delille are names to note.

Practice head(s):

Jean-Philippe Montfort

Other key lawyers:

Pavlina Chopova-Leprêtre; Thomas Delille

Key clients


International Fragrance Association (IFRA)




Steptoe & Johnson LLP

Steptoe & Johnson LLP's practice garners praise for its 'excellent knowledge and experience of REACH matters'. In this space, the team provides ongoing advice to Troy Corporation on EU regulatory matters regarding its EU biocides portfolio. Ruxandra Cana, Darren Abrahams and Anna Gergely are the key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Ruxandra Cana, Darren Abrahams; Anna Gergely


Ruxandra Cana is truly experienced on the REACH issues and has good business perspective as well‘.

Key clients


IDEXX Laboratories

ICL Group


Troy Corporation


Work highlights

  • Representing BSEF before the Court of Justice of the European Union in challenging a ban on the use of halogenated flame retardants for electronic displays in the EU Ecodesign regulations.
  • Advising IDEXX Laboratories on EU regulatory matters regarding its EU portfolio, including REACH, RoHS and biocides matters.

Ashurst LLP

Denis Waelbroeck heads up the team at Ashurst LLP, which garners praise for its 'deep knowledge, understanding and very fine analysis of chemicals and downstream regulations'. The group is well-versed in advising prominent agrochemical companies on REACH-related matters. Counsel Irene Antypas 'stands out in her excellent assessments of the regulatory framework for chemicals and downstream regulations'.

Practice head(s):

Denis Waelbroeck

Other key lawyers:

Irene Antypas


‘It is rare in Brussels to find lawyers with such a deep knowledge and understanding of chemicals regulations. Irene Antypas stands out in her excellent assessments of the regulatory framework for chemicals and downstream regulations. This together with Denis Waelbroek’s longstanding experience of EU law and litigation practice makes the Ashurst team one of the “must-go to firms” on EU chemicals regulatory matters in Brussels‘.

Key clients

FMC Chemical

Jones Day

Jones Day's practice counts REACH matters as a core pillar of strength. Practice head Ursula Schliessner continues to manage a group of 153 companies seeking REACH authorisation for the use of chromium trioxide in multiple industries for the purpose of corrosion prevention.

Practice head(s):

Ursula Schliessner


The team is extremely competent and has a lot of experience in dealing with ECHA’.

Ursula Schliessner is extremely competent and works very quickly and exactly‘.