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Laga

GATEWAY BUILDING, LUCHTAVEN NATIONAAL 1J, 1930 ZAVENTEM, BELGIUM
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Work +32 2 800 70 00
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Belgium

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

Laga

Laga's team of 'experienced and dedicated lawyers' is equally capable in domestic and cross-border banking, finance and debt capital markets matters; 'it explains local law issues in clear, commercially relevant terms' and also has 'a good understanding of the London market'. In addition, the firm's position in the Deloitte member firm network enables it to add value in relation to financial regulatory advice (including Basel III, Solvency II and Eurostat/ESR), and also the tax aspects of complex transactions. The 'extremely well-connected'¬†Werner Van Lembergen, who¬†leads the team, is 'responsive, pragmatic and consistently impresses instructing solicitors and clients alike'. The group is particularly active in public sector capital expenditure financings; Van Lembergen is acting for the hospitals network of Antwerp on a complex debt restructuring of more than ‚ā¨700m. He is also working with senior associate¬†Laurent Godts¬†and others to advise the European Investment Bank on various financings; recent work included assisting the client with the provision of finance to Biocartis¬†to finance investments in research and development (including industrialisation) and commercialisation of infectious diseases diagnostics solutions. Elsewhere, the firm assists clients with acquisition finance transactions and high-yield bond issuances, among other matters.

Leading individuals
Next Generation Partners

Laurent Godts - Laga

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Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 3

Laga

Laga's corporate practice 'stands out' particularly for its team's 'availability and thorough knowledge'.¬†David Roelens¬†‚ÄĒ who¬†is highlighted for his ability to 'think outside of the box'¬†‚ÄĒ¬†heads up the team and recently led advice to Dovesco¬†on the leveraged buy-out¬†of Afix Group. In another work highlight,¬†Marc Van Tieghem¬†led a team that assisted the Port of Ghent with its merger with Zeeland Seaports and the creation of North Sea Port. Other key names to note include Beno√ģt F√©ron, Christoph Michiels¬†and¬†Tim Baart.

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Competition: Belgian law
Leading individuals

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 3

Laga

J√ľrgen Egger¬†leads the team at Laga, which has established strength in handling business,¬†commercial, TMT and IP litigation for a wide range of clients, including Lehman Brothers. Tax litigation expert Annick Visschers¬†is another name to note.

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 3

Laga

Stijn Demeestere's practice at Laga has been busy handling compliance matters, restructuring and contentious work, among other areas. Julien Hick  is also noted.

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Fraud and white-collar crime
Fraud and white-collar crime - ranked: tier 2

Laga

Laga¬†assists corporations,¬†public institutions, NGOs and¬†private clients from a wide spectrum of sectors with¬†economic crime,¬†money laundering,¬†corporate criminal matters and fraud, with particular strength in handling tax fraud offences. J√ľrgen Egger¬†is the key name for the business crime practice.

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Real estate and construction
Real estate and construction - ranked: tier 3

Laga

'Very detailed and precise', Laga’s real estate team has been very active in handling work for developer clients, with acquisition matters prominent in the group's workload. The client base includes the European Commission, Bpost, Citibank, AXA and Triple Living. Maximillien van de Werve is the key name in the practice.

Next Generation Partners

Maximilien van de Werve - Laga

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 2

Laga

Laga provides an array of tax solutions to its clients. It has a highly-rated tax advisory team, which is co-led by VAT specialist Danny Stas and international tax expert Tim Wustenberghs, and provides a wide range of services to Belgian and international corporates, and various other clients. It covers international tax planning, corporate transactions, reorganisations and negotiations of tax rulings. In addition to acting for clients on a standalone basis, it also works closely with Deloitte Belgium's tax department, enabling clients to benefit from the full scope of legal and consultancy advice. Elsewhere, Mathieu Ex  and others provide bespoke wealth structuring and wealth management advice to ultra high-net-worth individuals and families, while Annick Visschers heads up the tax controversy team. In a recent development, Nancy Muyshondt made partner. Filip Smet and Alexander Baert are notable senior associates.

Next Generation Partners

Filip Smet - Laga

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