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Van Bael & Bellis

Belgium > Customs, trade, WTO and anti-dumping Tier 1

Van Bael & Bellis‘ sizeable team enjoys a formidable market reputation on account of its prolific trade defence and WTO dispute settlement practice. Beyond its significant workflow of EU anti-dumping, anti-subsidy, and safeguarding investigations, the group is handling a growing number of offshore cases, including numerous WTO disputes. Managing partner and practice head Philippe De Baere has decades of experience in the full breadth of EU proceedings, while Benoît Servais is a regular port of call for various entities seeking representation before the EU Court of Justice. Jean-François Bellis enjoys a stellar reputation among clients for his deep expertise in international trade law. Fabrizio Di Gianni focuses on trade defence instruments, and is additionally noted for his deep experience in investigations instigated by third countries – an area where Gabriele Coppo is also a key contact. Isabelle Van Damme – an international trade specialist who splits her time between Brussels and Geneva – was recently promoted to partner. Richard Luff  is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Philippe De Baere

Other key lawyers:

Jean-François Bellis; Benoît Servais; Fabrizio Di Gianni; Gabriele Coppo; Isabelle Van Damme; Richard Luff


‘High level connections, strong push to deliver, very professional.’

‘Richard Luff is simply outstanding.’

‘Steve Ross is very smart and committed.’

Key clients

AGP Glass



Canon Europa NV

Clarebout Potatoes NV

Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise

Dingsheng Group



European Parliament

General Electric

Giant Manufacturing Co.

Government of China (MOFCOM)

Government of Indonesia

Government of Italy

Government of Japan (METI)

HBIS Serbia



Lotte Chemical Louisiana


Metalcam SpA




Trina Solar

The Dow Chemical Company


Work highlights

  • Acting for the Government of Indonesia in the WTO dispute settlement proceeding concerning certain measures imposed by the EU and its member states in the framework of its renewable energy directives limiting the use of palm oil and oil palm crop-based biofuels.
  • Representing Europacable in the first major anti-dumping and anti-subsidy proceedings initiated by the EU Commission against imports of high-tech products in the telecoms’ industries.
  • Representing GE Wind Energy in the anti-dumping proceeding concerning imports of steel wind towers originating in China.

Belgium > Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences Tier 1

The market-leading life sciences practice at Van Bael & Bellis fields a strong and sizeable team able to advise on a host of contentious and non-contentious mandates across the sector. The team is highly regarded by public and private sector clients, ranging from multinational pharmaceutical giants to pan-European associations and sovereign states. Praised by clients as an 'exceptional legal advisor', Catherine Longeval routinely represents various heavyweight clients in high-profile litigation and CEPANI-governed arbitral tribunals. Peter L’Ecluse's life sciences expertise is concentrated in patent licensing, registration, and pricing reimbursement, representing entities in various administrative proceedings. Also noted for his EU competition expertise, Michael Clancy's recent disputes-based instructions include appearances before the Court of Justice appealing patent settlement verdicts. Koen T’Syen and Thibaut D’hulst are other names to note.

Practice head(s):

Catherine Longeval; Peter L’Ecluse

Other key lawyers:

Michael Clancy; Koen T’Syen; Thibaut D’hulst


‘Van Bael & Bellis continues to provide outstanding services to our company in a wide range of competition and regulatory matters. The partners in charge are very accessible and the response time and quality of the advice are second to none.’

‘Catherine Longeval is very knowledgeable and responsive. Her no-nonsense style works very well with my business clients. David Hull and Mike Clancy are clear experts in the life sciences sector which make them an obvious choice for all types of anti-trust support.’

‘The collaboration with the team always goes well. They are ready and available to help with any issue. The team delivers great work and within time. In meetings, documents, reports, you understand what the team means and what they put on paper is readable and understandable. This is not always the case with other law firms.’

‘Koen T’Syen and Thibaut D’hulst are great lawyers to work with. They are available, ready to help and they know what they are talking about. Both lawyers try to understand how the company works and what strategy or solution could work best in the particular situation. No meeting or call is too much for them and they are always well on time in delivering advice.’

‘Approachable and diverse team.’

‘Highly experienced, and available, with detailed knowledge of the policy context.’

‘Catherine Longeval and her team are extremely knowledgeable on the pharma sector and provide outstanding service in all legal domains (from litigation to regulatory advice). The team works very efficiently and the legal advice is crystal clear.’

‘Catherine Longeval is an exceptional legal advisor and manager. She immediately grabs the case, sets up a team of lawyers and succeeds in providing clear and pragmatic legal advice.’

Key clients






Belgian Federal Government

CSL Behring


Eli Lilly

Gedeon Richter



Horus Pharma




Schwabe Pharma





Work highlights

  • Representing a young girl suffering from a serious and rare disease in litigation against the producer of a medicinal product (Biomarin) that is not (yet) reimbursed in Belgium.
  • Represented Xellia and Zoetis in Lundbeck, the landmark case on appeal before the EU Court of Justice involving “reverse-payment” patent settlements in the pharmaceutical sector.
  • Advising Zoetis on a range of regulatory matters, including: (1) distribution and GDP, (2) sponsorship of HCPs, and (3) interactions with veterinary clinics, among others.

Belgium > Competition: Belgian law Tier 2

Van Bael & Bellis' domestic competition practice has a broad offering, encompassing merger control, joint ventures, damages actions, and cartel investigations, combining advisory and litigation capabilities. The firm acts for domestic and international clients, including on Belgian clearances for cross-border mergers and in large-scale EU and BCA investigations. Alongside logistics and transportation, the firm has notable expertise in the life sciences sector through practice head Peter L’Ecluse, with Kris Van Hove also a key member of the team, with a strong record in damages claims.

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‘The team assisting us is composed of 2 lawyers, a senior partner and an associate level lawyer. Both make a perfect tandem and provide the right answers to our requests.’

‘Team members are very knowledgeable and adapt to our needs and practicalities.’

Key clients


Coca-Cola European Partners


The European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF)


Koninklijk Meteorologisch Instituut/Institut Royal Météorologique


Mitsui Group

Safran Group


Work highlights

  • Advised Triton on its €146m acquisition of competing tour operator Corendon, including its airline Corendon Dutch Airlines. The acquisition was approved without any conditions after an extensive review.
  • Representing the DAF group and Paccar group companies in all their damage claims following on from the Commission’s settlement decision in trucks that are being raised in Belgium.

Belgium > Competition: EU and global Tier 2

Van Bael & Bellis has a strong position as an independent firm within the competition space, handling complex merger control proceedings, cartel investigations, enforcement proceedings, and follow-on damages cases, combining advisory and litigation expertise. Clients include major domestic and international players in a diverse range of sectors, with the firm expanding its cross-border capabilities with the opening of its London office in late 2020. Practice co-head Andrzej Kmiecik handles merger reviews and cartel investigations, and has a particular specialism in structuring and defending pan-European distribution systems. Jean-François Bellis is a vastly experienced player within European competition law, while newly appointed practice co-head Porter Elliott is a key name for complex merger control. Andreas Reindl and Johan Van Acker are also key members of the team with emerging practices.

Practice head(s):

Andrzej Kmiecik; Porter Elliott

Other key lawyers:

Andreas Thiele; Catharine Gordley; Jean-Francois Bellis; Andreas Reindl; Johan Van Acker; Kris van Hove


‘A collaborative and responsive team, who grasp facts quickly and have excellent attention to detail. The team benefits from strong technical skills.’

‘Kris van Hove is a pleasure to deal with and brings a broad, experienced perspective to complex antitrust questions.’

‘Key expertise in Competition law issues. Well coordinated team. Very quick and thorough responses to questions.’

‘Kris van Hove: extremely well prepared. Knows authors’ rights and collective management sector very well. Very good negotiator. Special mention also to Andreas Thiele and Catharine Gordley.’

‘Top expertise on competition law and excellent understanding of client’s business needs makes a perfect match here. Pragmatic, solution oriented advice. Agreed timetables are always met.’

Key clients

Association for Competitive Technology (ACT)




Eli Lilly







International Skating Union (ISU)

Japan Airlines

Neste group


PPG group


Recylex group

Samsung SDI

Stora Enso

Take-Two Interactive


Umicore group

Utmost Group Limited

Work highlights

  • Representing Thales before the European Commission and in several jurisdictions on SEP-related matters linked to connected objects.
  • Representing Gigaset Communications LLC, a German manufacturer of mobile phones and other telecoms equipment, as an intervener in support of Google in Google’s appeal against the Commission decision concerning the Android Mobile Platform and resulting in a €4.34bn fine.
  • Advised Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri on its proposed acquisition of rival Chantiers de l’Atlantique.

Belgium > Dispute resolution Tier 2

Van Bael & Bellis maintains an active dispute resolution practice that encompasses corporate litigation, distributorship disputes, damages litigation, and other public tender matters for a client base that includes a strong roster of blue-chip multinationals and pharmaceutical companies. Practice head Catherine Longeval acts for many of the firm’s most high-profile clients, and is experienced in distribution law, product liability, and CEPINA-governed arbitration. Peter L’Ecluse is noted for his broad expertise in life sciences litigation, variously appearing before the administrative courts, the Council of State, and the Belgian Competition Authority. Koen T’Syen routinely appears before the Belgian civil and administrative courts, and is particularly experienced in cartel damages claims.

Practice head(s):

Catherine Longeval

Other key lawyers:

Peter L’Ecluse; Koen T’Syen

Key clients

Advanced Instruments



Belgian State

Coca-Cola European Partners Belgium

DAF Trucks


Gedeon Richter

GlaxoSmithKline Biologicals


Orchestra Prémaman Belgium



Voo (formerly Nethys)

Work highlights

  • Acting on behalf of CDR-Consortium de Réalisation SA and CDR Créances SAS in an array of high-profile cases associated with the recovery of a €400m debt.
  • Representing one of the former managers of Nyrstar NV in relation to a complex corporate litigation initiated by a number of minority shareholders of Nyrstar who are seeking more than EUR1bn in damages.
  • Representing Amphenol in legal proceedings against its former distributor Akron NV.

Belgium > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3

Van Bael & Bellis continues to develop its profile within the transactional space, advising on a number of high-value M&A and private equity mandates in collaboration with major global firms. The team regularly advises on Belgian aspects of complex deals, including strategic transactions and joint ventures, with sector focuses including energy, logistics, and pharma. Practice head Michel Bonne has a strong record across domestic and cross-border transactions in a variety of sectors, with recently promoted counsel Hannelore Matthys a key player in regulated industries work.

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‘We are collaborating with VBB for a long time. We appreciate this long lasting relationship which enforces the very efficient and pragmatic approach of cooperation. it’s a pleasure to collaborate with Hannelore Matthys because she is so efficient, smart and pragmatic.’

‘In-depth knowledge & expertise. Speed of service in demanding settings. Willingness to go the extra mile. Extra consulting & guidance’

‘Down to earth, friendly & open approach Was very pleased with the services of Hannelore Matthys & Michel Bonne.’

‘In my experience, the Van Bael & Bellis team is very knowledgeable and well equipped to assist in the whole suite of M&A transactions. The team is extremely hands on, and actively thinks with you on the best strategy and solutions.’

‘Michel Bonne – very business oriented lawyer that is able to provide the necessary strategic advice to get a deal done.’

‘Hannelore Matthys – hands-on and very skilled lawyer that actively manages her matters in a solution-oriented way.’

‘The technical legal ability of the team has been exceptional. They have a very strong understanding of Belgian law, are able to explain it clearly and succinctly to U.S. lawyers and businesspeople and ensure that we didn’t overlook anything. Their drafting always is excellent. They also have very strong project management skills, which is vital for complex cross-border transactions.

‘Michel Bonne led the team and he is extremely capable and impressive. He has a strong grasp of the technical aspects, but also has a calm and reassuring demeanour.’

Key clients




Federale Verzekering

Negma Group

Origin Enterprises


Park Partners




Work highlights

  • Advising Elicio on the submission of a joint public tender bid for the ScotWind Leasing, the first round of seabed leasing for offshore wind in Scottish waters in over a decade, recently launched by Crown Estate Scotland.
  • Advised TPG on the Belgian law aspects of the $1.4bn business combination agreement between TPG Pace Beneficial Finance Corp and EVBox.
  • Advised Parcom Capital on the acquisition of the majority of the shares in Yource.

Belgium > EU regulatory: Privacy and data protection Tier 3

Van Bael & Bellis advises clients on compliance policies and broad data protection issues, including GDPR and personal data processing, as well as handling more complex issues relating to international data transfers and procedures before regulatory authorities. In terms of clients, the practice is strong in the pharma and life sciences sectors, and has also expanded into the public sector and manufacturing industry. Counsel Thibaut D’hulst leads the team.

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Key clients



CSL Behring

Eisai Europe

Gedeon Richter

Encoded Pharmaceuticals



Super League Triathlon

Belgium > Intellectual property Tier 3

Van Bael & Bellis' IP department handles litigation, trademark applications, licensing agreements, and patent issues, most notably for clients in the pharmaceutical and life sciences arena. Peter L’Ecluse is an experienced patent litigator whose IP practice intersects with life sciences and antitrust, issues. Thibaut D’hulst focuses on new technologies, data protection, and enforcement matters.

Practice head(s):

Peter L’Ecluse; Thibaut D’hulst


‘The team is smart, the work products are well-drafted, and the firm has proved to be flexible in terms of agreeing invoices.’

Thibaut D’Hulst: capable, smart and responsive, and very keen to ensure we are fully covered and protected.

Key clients

Canon Europe


FCR Media

Gedeon Richter

Genentech (Roche Inc.)

Hang in Out


Super League Triathlon

Work highlights

  • Assisting Super League Triathlon in determining and implementing its IP strategy for a novel endurance sports format involving events that are broadcast globally.
  • Representing Canon before customs authorities and courts in its long-running, and well-documented, battle against counterfeit imports.

Belgium > Employment Tier 4

Helmed by experienced litigator and life sciences regulatory specialist Catherine Longeval , Van Bael & Bellis handles a diverse range of employment law mandates, such as large-scale collective redundancies and mass contract terminations for retail and manufacturing clients. Cross-border disputes are also a key workflow for the team, with recent instructions including executive terminations. Counsel Sara Beutels is also recommended for her ‘outstanding competence and profound knowledge‘.

Practice head(s):

Catherine Longeval

Other key lawyers:

Sara Beutels


‘The speed at which they reply or advise is outstanding.’

‘At all times they collaborate within the association and then advise, particularly true of Sara Beutels. Her outstanding competence and profound knowledge in the labour law allow her to lead the dossier in accordance with our requests and position her swift understanding and interpretation of our request and its feasibility into labour law.’

‘The firm is very responsive to inquiries and keeping us well-informed of legal changes during Covid.’

‘The clarity and prompt communication makes them stand out.’

Key clients





Bridgestock Care/MSG Care

Council of Bureaux







Hyundai Motor Company Brussels

IPL Plastics



Leggett & Platt

Midwich / Invision U.K.


Outpost 24

Pentax Medical


Rockwool Group

Scholt Energy Control



Work highlights

  • Advised Orchestra-Prémaman on its cross-border judicial reorganisation and restructuring.
  • Advising Bridgestock Care on all employment and social security related work in relation to the start-up of a privately owned asylum centre.
  • Assisted Lamons in relation to the closure of its Belgian site and the termination of the employment contracts of all Belgian employees.

Van Bael & Bellis is a leading independent law firm headquartered in Brussels with offices in London and Geneva. Established in 1986, we house a multinational team of lawyers who provide specialised advice to clients ranging from FTSE 100 companies and government bodies to international trade associations and global law firms. Since our inception, we have developed a reputation as one of the most skilful teams of lawyers in our areas of expertise.

Global: Van Bael & Bellis has a global client base. Our team consists of over 80 lawyers from more than 20 different countries who understand the subtleties of working within multiple jurisdictions and different cultural environments.

Focused: At Van Bael & Bellis, we are well known for our client-centred approach and our focused expertise in EU and national competition law, international trade and customs law, regulatory law, public international law, international dispute resolution as well as corporate and commercial law.

Independent: Our independent structure has enabled us to develop our firm in the way we believe best serves our clients’ needs. Moreover, our independence allows us to select the ‘best-of-the-best’ law firms anywhere in the world when working on projects involving jurisdictions beyond our in-house expertise.

Multilingual: Our working language is English, but we also work in many other languages, including Arabic, Bulgarian, Chinese, Danish, Dari, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Italian, Japanese, Macedonian, Pashto, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish and Ukrainian.

EU and national competition (abuses of dominance, cartel investigations, the establishment and operation of distribution systems, joint ventures, the licensing and use of intellectual property rights, merger control and state aid)
EU and international trade (anti-dumping and other trade defence instruments, customs and export controls, investigations initiated by third countries, and WTO dispute settlement proceedings)
Public international law (territorial scope of application of treaties, treaty obligations, human rights and sanctions)
International arbitration (international arbitration proceedings under the rules of the major arbitral institutions, with particular expertise in disputes relating to foreign investment under bilateral investment treaties)
EU regulatory (agriculture, chemicals (REACH), consumer protection, data protection, environment, life sciences, product safety and energy)
Corporate, commercial and transactional (banking & finance, corporate, dispute resolution, employment, information technology, intellectual property, M&A, projects and unfair market practices)
Saud Aldawsari photoMr Saud AldawsariAssociate Saud Aldawsari focuses on international trade law and international investment law…
Sarah Arens photoMs Sarah ArensAssociate Sarah’s practice focuses on Belgian business law, with a particular emphasis…
Gábor Báthory photoMr Gábor BáthoryCounsel Gábor Báthory practises EU and international trade law, EU competition law…
Sergiy Beketov photoMr Sergiy BeketovAssociate Sergiy Beketov specialises in international trade law and WTO matters. His…
Jean-François Bellis photoMr Jean-François BellisJean-François Bellis is a founding partner of Van Bael & Bellis. Before…
Sara Beutels photoMs Sara BeutelsCounsel Sara Beutels focuses on all aspects of employment and social security…
Katharina Bongs photoMs Katharina BongsCounsel Katharina Bongs focuses on EU and German competition law and EU…
Michel Bonne photoMr Michel BonnePartner Michel Bonne focuses on corporate M&A. He has advised a wide…
Richard Burton photoMr Richard BurtonSenior Counsel Richard Burton specialises in EU and UK competition law. He…
Ugur Can Hekim photoMr Ugur Can HekimAssociate Ugur Can Hekim focuses on all aspects of EU and international…
Alicia Cauwenbergh photoMs Alicia CauwenberghAssociate Alicia Cauwenbergh focuses on Belgian business law with a particular emphasis…
Victoria Ciudin photoMs Victoria CiudinAssociate Victoria Ciudin focuses on all aspects of EU law, with a…
Michael Clancy photoMr Michael ClancyPartner Michael Clancy focuses on EU competition law, including advising clients on…
Gabriele Coppo photoMr Gabriele CoppoTrade & Customs Partner Gabriele Coppo regularly represents clients (including governments, industry…
Victor Crochet photoMr Victor CrochetAssociate Victor Crochet focuses on trade remedy and WTO law. Victor assists…
Mats Cuvelier photoMr Mats CuvelierAssociate Mats Cuvelier focuses on international trade law, including WTO dispute settlement.
Thibaut D'hulst photoMr Thibaut D'hulstCounsel Thibaut D’hulst focuses on data protection, intellectual property law, pharmaceutical law…
Philippe De Baere photoMr Philippe De BaerePhilippe De Baere is the firm’s managing partner. His practice focuses on…
Quentin Declève photoMr Quentin DeclèveAssociate Quentin Declève focuses on international litigation and arbitration, as well as…
Manon Denis photoMs Manon DenisAssociate Manon Denis focuses on all aspects of employment and social security…
Fabrizio Di Gianni photoMr Fabrizio Di GianniPartner Fabrizio Di Gianni practises competition and trade law. He also assists…
Floris-Willem Dierickx photoMr Floris-Willem DierickxAssociate Floris-Willem Dierickx focuses on competition law and international trade law.
Porter Elliott photoMr Porter ElliottPartner Porter Elliott specialises in all aspects of competition law, with particular…
Reshad Forbes photoMr Reshad ForbesSenior Counsel Reshad Forbes specialises in the EU’s regulatory laws, in particular…
Marc Freedman photoMr Marc FreedmanAssociate Marc Freedman focuses on UK and EU competition law. Marc’s practice…
Catherine Gordley photoMs Catherine GordleyCounsel Catherine Gordley focuses on EU competition law. She specialises in representing…
Shaziea Habibi photoMs Shaziea HabibiAssociate Shaziea Habibi focuses on Belgian business law, with a particular emphasis…
Samuel Hall photoMr Samuel HallAssociate Samuel Hall focuses on EU competition law as well as EU…
Diljá Helgadóttir photoMs Diljá HelgadóttirAssociate Diljá Helgadóttir focuses on all aspects of EU competition law, as…
Jason Houston-McMillan photoMr Jason Houston-McMillanAssociate Jason Houston-McMillan focuses on international trade law, including WTO dispute settlement.
David Hull photoMr David HullDavid Hull practises EU competition law. David has a wide range of experience…
Anna Jorna photoMs Anna JornaAssociate Anna Jorna focuses on all aspects of EU competition law.
Etsuko Kameoka photoMs Etsuko KameokaCounsel Etsuko Kameoka specialises in EU competition law, with a particular emphasis…
Tim Kasten photoMr Tim KastenPartner Tim specialises in EU competition law, with a particular emphasis on…
Andrzej Kmiecik photoMr Andrzej KmiecikPartner Andrzej Kmiecik focuses on competition law, with particular expertise in merger…
Peter L'Ecluse photoMr Peter L'EclusePartner Peter L’Ecluse focuses on life sciences, competition law and intellectual property…
Nicholas A. Lawn photoMr Nicholas A. LawnPartner Nicholas Lawn leads Van Bael & Bellis’ London-based International Dispute Resolution…
Valérie Lefever photoMrs Valérie LefeverAssociate Valérie Lefever focuses on EU competition law, as well as EU…
Pei Fang Lo photoMs Pei Fang LoSenior Counsel Pei Fang Lo focuses on international trade law and corporate…
Catherine Longeval photoMs Catherine LongevalPartner Catherine Longeval specialises in litigation before the Belgian courts and advises…
Richard Luff photoMr Richard LuffPartner Richard Luff specialises in international trade law, with a particular focus…
Hannelore Matthys photoMs Hannelore MatthysCounsel Hannelore Matthys focuses on corporate law with an emphasis on cross-border…
Johan Mouraux photoMr Johan MourauxJohan Mouraux has over 20 years of experience advising clients in financing…
Emmanuelle Mouzon photoMs Emmanuelle MouzonAssociate Emmanuelle is an associate who specialises in corporate law focusing on…
Pablo Muñiz photoMr Pablo MuñizPartner Pablo Muñiz is head of the customs practice of Van Bael…
Charlotte Nassogne photoMs Charlotte NassogneSenior Counsel Charlotte Nassogne focuses on EU, as well as national Belgian…
Isabella Omrod-Bufill photoMs Isabella Omrod-BufillAssociate Isabella Omrod-Bufill practises all aspects of EU law, with a particular…
Maria-Olga Papadopoulou photoMs Maria-Olga PapadopoulouAssociate Maria-Olga is an associate who specialises in competition law and European…
Todor Papanov photoMr Todor PapanovAssociate Todor Papanov is a UK qualified solicitor based in our London…
Adriana Pérez-Gil photoMs Adriana Pérez-GilWith over ten years of experience in the Mexican private and public…
Francesco Pili photoMr Francesco PiliAssociate Francesco Pilli focuses on EU and Italian competition law as well…
Giovanni Pregno photoMr Giovanni PregnoAssociate Giovanni Pregno focuses on Italian and EU competition law as well…
Joanna Redelbach photoMs Joanna RedelbachAssociate Joanna Redelbach practices international trade law, with a particular emphasis on…
Agnieszka Paulina Regiec photoMs Agnieszka Paulina RegiecAssociate Agnieszka Paulina Regiec focuses on international trade law, WTO matters and…
Vincent Reijns photoMr Vincent ReijnsAssociate Vincent Reijns focuses on all aspects of Belgian business law, with…
Stephanie Reinart photoMs Stephanie ReinartSenior Counsel Stephanie Reinart focuses on EU and German competition law as…
Andreas Reindl photoMr Andreas ReindlPartner Andreas Reindl focuses on European competition law. In particular, he has…
Charlotte Reyns photoMs Charlotte ReynsAssociate Charlotte Reyns focuses on commercial and regulatory law.
Steve Ross photoMr Steve RossAssociate Steve Ross focuses on EU competition law, as well as EU…
Yuriy Rudyuk photoMr Yuriy RudyukYuriy Rudyuk specialises in international trade law with a particular focus on…
Aldo Scalini photoMr Aldo ScaliniCounsel Aldo Scalini specialises in EU law, with a particular focus on…
Benoît Servais photoMr Benoît ServaisPartner Benoît Servais specialises in EU and WTO trade law, with a…
Alex Stratakis photoMr Alex StratakisBased in London, and with almost 15 years of experience in all…
Michel Struys photoMr Michel StruysPartner Michel Struys practises EU and competition law. Michel Struys has a…
Koen T'Syen photoMr Koen T'SyenCounsel Koen T’Syen specialises in commercial litigation and competition law. Koen has…
Johan Van Acker photoMr Johan Van AckerPartner Johan Van Acker specialises in EU and national competition law.  His…
Isabelle Van Damme photoMs Isabelle Van DammePartner Isabelle Van Damme specialises in international trade law (WTO and preferential…
Kris Van Hove photoMr Kris Van HovePartner Kris Van Hove focuses on EU and national competition law, as…
Justine Van den Bon photoMs Justine Van den BonAssociate Justine Van den Bon focuses on Belgian business law, as well…
Lucas Verborgh photoMr Lucas VerborghAssociate Lucas Verborgh practices trade law with a particular focus on customs…
Margot Vogels photoMs Margot VogelsAssociate Margot Vogels focuses on Belgian business law, as well as all…
Markus Wellinger photoMr Markus WellingerPartner Markus Wellinger focuses on competition and regulatory issues.   Markus represents…
Andreas Wuylens photoMr Andreas WuylensAssociate Andreas Wuylens focuses on Belgian business law, with a particular emphasis…
Charlotte de Meeûs photoMs Charlotte de MeeûsAssociate Charlotte de Meeûs focuses on Belgian business law, as well as…
Thomas de Visser photoMr Thomas de VisserAssociate Thomas de Visser practises trade law, EU competition law and EU…
Number of lawyers : 84
Other offices : London
: Geneva

Diversity & Inclusion

Van Bael & Bellis is committed to cultivating an inclusive and diverse working environment for the benefit of our lawyers and clients. With the establishment of a Social Responsibility and Diversity (SRD) Committee, we create value for our members by enabling discussion, hosting networking events and implementing programmes that support diverse approaches to leadership. We recognise that a productive team is one where dialogue is encouraged, and dynamic individuals are allowed to thrive.

In order to continue to provide the highest standards of legal services and ensure we are well-positioned to meet the evolving needs of our clients in a rapidly developing global marketplace, we seek to attract, retain, and develop the best legal talent from a wide array of backgrounds and legal traditions. We foster a culture within the firm that recognises the benefits of diversity of knowledge, experiences, and perspectives. We strive to provide a welcoming and inclusive work environment, and to remain attuned to sustainability and social responsibility in our work.

Van Bael & Bellis’ SRD Committee is composed of senior lawyers, management personnel and associates. The Committee assists the firm in achieving its diversity aims by:

  • developing programmes and initiatives, such as mentoring, that promote opportunities for all lawyers and staff members to reach their full professional potential;
  • promoting gender equality at all levels of seniority, through formal and informal training, opportunities, clear communication, and other programmes and initiatives;
  • building on the firm’s existing diversity to raise awareness and create policies and programmes to promote an inclusive work environment;
  • encouraging the firm to consider sustainability and social responsibility goals in its business activities.

Pro Bono

Van Bael & Bellis’ aim is to positively impact communities, at home and abroad, by sharing our knowledge and experience. We do this by assisting developing countries and organisations in negotiations on the reform of the Investor-State dispute settlement (ISDS) mechanism. We also assist such clients in general capacity building in WTO dispute settlement and intervention as a third party in WTO panel proceedings.

Van Bael & Bellis is a member of TrustLaw, Thomson Reuters Foundation’s global pro bono legal programme.