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NautaDutilh

CHAUSS√ČE DE LA HULPE, 120, 1000 BRUSSELS, BELGIUM
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Work +32 2 566 80 00
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www.nautadutilh.com
Amsterdam, Brussels, London, Luxembourg, New York, Rotterdam

Belgium

Banking, finance and capital markets
Banking, finance and capital markets - ranked: tier 2

NautaDutilh

NautaDutilh serves as a one-stop shop to¬†Belgian, Benelux and international clients in their most challenging, business-critical matters. Its finance practice is led by¬†Thibaut Willems, whose experience includes acquisition finance, asset finance and corporate finance transactions. In 2017, Willems, and senior associates¬†Nathalie Van Landuyt¬†and¬†Lorraine Vercauteren, were part of a cross-office team which advised international retailer Hema and its subsidiaries on a ‚ā¨750m super-senior revolving credit facility/high-yield bond refinancing. The firm has a particularly strong reputation in real estate, project finance/PPP and energy-related finance transactions; in 2017, Willems and others assisted Engie Electrabel with project finance transactions connected with the development and construction of a series of onshore wind farms in Belgium. On the capital markets front, which is an area co-led by¬†Nicolas de Crombrugghe¬†and¬†Elke Janssens, the firm generates mandates from issuers and underwriters in debt and equity transactions. It has a particularly strong track record in Nasdaq IPOs involving biotech companies. Another cornerstone of the practice, which is led by¬†Anne Fontaine, involves advising Belgian and international clients on financial services regulation. Fontaine is knowledgeable about clearing and settlement matters, MiFID II, IDD and CRD IV, among other areas. She has been particularly active recently in advising UK-based clients on Brexit-related matters.

Next generation lawyers

Philippine De Wolf - NautaDutilh

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

NautaDutilh

The 'efficient' and 'well-experienced' corporate and M&A practice at NautaDutilh¬†combines 'excellent knowledge with a very pragmatic way of working' and provides 'prompt and high-quality answers'.¬†A team led by Elke Janssens¬†‚ÄĒ who attracts praise for being 'quick to react' and offering 'clear advice' ‚ÄĒ and Dirk Van Gerven¬†advised Sanofi on the¬†‚ā¨3.9bn takeover of Ablynx. In another work highlight, the team acted for¬†General Electric Aviation on its acquisition of GeonX through a share deal.¬†Didier De Vliegher,¬†Nicolas de Crombrugghe¬†and Philippine De Wolf¬†are other key names to note. Changes to the team include the arrival of Philippe Remels¬†from Linklaters;¬†he has particular expertise in the life sciences, healthcare, chemicals and energy sectors.

Next generation lawyers

Philippine De Wolf - NautaDutilh

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

NautaDutilh

Insolvency litigation is a key strength of NautaDutilh's practice, which also garners praise for its expertise in real estate, financial services, and commercial and corporate disputes. Arbitration is another core area of instruction. Stan Brijs and Sophie Jacmain jointly lead the team, and are representing two Moldovan investors in a dispute with the Republic of Kazakhstan over recovering an arbitral award worth over $500m.

Leading individuals

Sophie Jacmain - NautaDutilh

Stan Brijs - NautaDutilh

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EU regulatory: Financial services
EU regulatory: Financial services - ranked: tier 2

NautaDutilh

NautaDutilh is adept across the full spectrum of financial regulation matters, and is noted for its expertise in securities settlement systems and central securities depositories (CSD) work. For key client Euroclear, the team assisted with its CSD applications under the new Central Securities Depositories Regulation. In another matter, the group is advising insurance group QBE on the regulatory aspects of its decision to implement a subsidiary in Belgium. Anne Fontaine and associate Pierre De Pauw are the key contacts.

Leading individuals

Anne Fontaine - NautaDutilh

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 3

NautaDutilh

At NautaDutilh, recent work includes restructurings, collective and individual dismissals, and corporate support matters. Practice head Philippe François 'immediately instils confidence with his assertive approach'. Thierry Duquesne is also noted.

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 2

NautaDutilh

NautaDutilh advises clients on the environmental issues associated with various types of energy projects, including renewable energy facilities, power plants, and oil and gas (production, transportation and storage) facilities. Senior counsel Patrick Peeters, who is the main contact at the firm, has assisted Belgian Shell with the development of LNG service stations in Belgium. He also provides standalone advice to clients on matters such as soil pollution, air and noise pollution and asbestos, among others. In recent work, Peeters advised Umicore on the end-of-waste criteria under the Waste Framework Directive and the Flemish implementing legislation in 2017. Eurostation and Fluxys are also active clients.

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Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences
Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences - ranked: tier 2

NautaDutilh

NautaDutilh's life sciences group has a range of experience acting for both global companies and¬†start-ups and spin-offs in the industry.¬†It successfully represented¬†GlaxoSmithKline in a dispute with Sandoz concerning¬†the validity of the client's purple trade mark¬†for inhalers.¬†The group is also assisting¬†Sanofi with its¬†‚ā¨3.9bn takeover of Ablynx.¬†Florence Verhoestraete¬†heads the practice and focuses on IP and unfair competition. Senior associate¬†Christel Brion¬†regularly acts for¬†start-ups, SMEs, universities and research institutes, including Univercells and¬†Novosanis.

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Industry focus: energy
Industry focus: energy - ranked: tier 3

NautaDutilh

The energy and utilities group at NautaDutilh is headed by senior counsel Patrick Peeters and counts Belgian Shell, Direct Energie and Enel among its clients. The team is instructed by Fluxys in litigation relating to multiple proceedings concerning building and environmental permits for the construction and operation of high-pressure natural gas pipelines in the Flemish and Walloon region. Thibaut Willems is assisting Engie Electrabel with several matters including, various on-shore wind farm projects, as well as with setting up and implementing a crowdfunding platform for the investment by the public in certain energy projects.

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Insolvency and restructuring
Insolvency and restructuring - ranked: tier 1

NautaDutilh

The restructuring and insolvency team at NautaDutilh is frequently instructed by financial institutions, including Deutsche Bank and Euroclear, as well as debtors and corporates, to handle a full range of strategic and contentious matters and transactions. It acted for Parfip Group on its restructuring, which included assisting Parfip France, Parfip Spain, Luxemburg-based Socobail and Parfip Lease in Belgium with obtaining a judicial reorganisation. The team is jointly headed by Sophie Jacmain and Stan Brijs, who are recommended particularly for insolvency advice and litigation respectively. Jean-Luc Hagon left the firm.

Leading individuals

Sophie Jacmain - NautaDutilh

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

NautaDutilh

NautaDutilh's core strength lies in handling trade mark and patent litigation for clients drawn from the life sciences, luxury/consumer goods and food sectors; the firm has also seen an uptick in trade secrets work. Recent highlights include Tanguy de Haan and Florence Verhoestraete defending GlaxoSmithKline in a colour trade mark infringement case. Philippe Péters leads the team.

Leading individuals

Philippe Péters - NautaDutilh

Next generation lawyers

Tanguy de Haan - NautaDutilh

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Real estate and construction
Real estate and construction - ranked: tier 2

NautaDutilh

Recent work for the team at NautaDutilh includes lease mandates, PPP matters, and high-value transactions. Key highlights include advising a real estate company on the granting of a 99-year lease for office buildings occupied by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Didier De Vliegher led on this matter. Nicolas de Crombrugghe is noted for his financial expertise.

Leading individuals

Didier De Vliegher - NautaDutilh

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 4

NautaDutilh

NautaDutilh's hire of Ken Lioen from EY in August 2017 to head up the tax practice has seen the firm's profile grow in the market, with it winning a number of new clients and consolidating relationships with existing ones. Lioen's team assists clients with setting up management incentive plans, group reorganisations, tax issues in M&A and finance deals, VAT and registration tax matters, and tax litigation, among many other areas.

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