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Fieldfisher > The Legal 500 Rankings
EU regulatory: Chemicals Tier 1
Claudio Mereu's practice at Fieldfisher is notably adept in the EU chemical regulatory sphere; recent work includes REACH, biocide and pesticide matters. Eastman Chemical and Sea Bird are among its clients. Koen Van Maldegem and of counsel Maud Grunchard are other names to note.
Fieldfisher’s team provides 'pragmatic advice' on GDPR, data breaches and international data transfer matters, to name a few areas. The 'extremely efficient' Tim Van Canneyt is advising Euroclear on its multinational GDPR compliance project; he jointly heads the team with Olivier Proust, who is 'knowledgeable, responsive and very practical'. Proust assists Octapharma with global data transfers.
Industry focus: energy Tier 2
The 'efficient, pragmatic and solution-oriented' team at Fieldfisher is highlighted for its 'in-depth know-how of the energy sector'. The group handles a range of commercial and regulatory matters for its client roster, which includes Axpo Benelux, 3E and Valeco. It acted for Borealis on the development of a large energy infrastructure project at Antwerp harbour. The group is also instructed by the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators on legal and regulatory matters across all EU member states. Key names to note include practice head David Haverbeke and of counsel Wouter Vandorpe, who attract praise for their 'regulatory knowledge' and ability to 'translate and interpret regulations in practical cases'.
Fieldfisher leverages its cross-departmental team in handling a range of matters, including outsourcing and procurement projects, commercial and transactional advice, regulatory compliance assistance and disputes in the TMT sector. The group advised Euroclear on IT matters, including negotiating licensing and outsourcing contracts. In another work highlight, the practice acted for Avaya on its dual binding corporate rules applications for both controller and processor status. It was also instructed to handle GDPR compliance projects for several clients including AGC Glass Europe. Tim Van Canneyt heads the technology, outsourcing and privacy department alongside Olivier Proust.
Fieldfisher is highlighted particularly for its representation of media sector clients in contentious and non-contentious IP matters. The group also assists media and entertainment industry clients with corporate and regulatory matters. Stijn Debaene and Hakim Haouideg are representing Studio 100 in copyright infringement proceedings against Greenpeace relating to its use of the client's film footage in a campaign.
Intellectual property Tier 2
In a recent highlight, Fieldfisher's IP team was appointed as exclusive counsel to the European Commission on contentious and non-contentious intellectual property matters, and has been advising the Commission on patent infringement issues. The firm is also representing Levi Strauss in trade mark infringement proceedings against Kenzo. The 'super efficient' Stijn Debaene and 'very responsive' Hakim Haouideg are the key individuals.
The corporate team at Fieldfisher has 'excellent capabilities, both domestically and internationally' and the ability to 'provide high-quality advice on different kinds of transactions'. Louis-François du Castillon heads up the practice, which is highlighted for providing 'great value for the work done, and partner engagement'. It counts Cementir Holding, Emasphere and LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton among its clients. The 'proactive, solution-driven and knowledgeable' Thomas Lenn is a key name to note; he 'combines a classic M&A and private equity practice with a capital markets practice'.
Fieldfisher is perhaps best known for representing EU producer clients in trade defence matters; the group is also adept at handling WTO disputes, customs issues, economic sanctions and export controls. Highlights included practice head Laurent Ruessmann and recently promoted partner Jochen Beck representing the Confederation of European Paper Industries in the Indian anti-dumping investigation concerning imports of coated paper and cardboard.
Dispute resolution Tier 3
At Fieldfisher, recent work includes Eric Cusas acting for CFL, the national railway of Luxembourg, in litigation regarding damage to Belgian national railway infrastructure following an accident. Jean-François Germain heads a group, which also acts for Ecolab, Euroclear and Vizzion Europe. Maxime Berlingin is also recommended.
Employment Tier 3
Fieldfisher is well known for its specialty in international employment matters, business migration and social security issues. Department head Stefan Nerinckx provides ongoing assistance to longstanding client Bemis on employment matters, most recently on a high-end dismissal case. Anne Kamp and senior associate Tim Perdieus are names to note.
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Fieldfisher (Belgium) LLP
Fieldfisher is a European law firm with market leading practices in many of the world’s most dynamic sectors. We are an exciting, forward-thinking organisation with a particular focus on technology, life sciences, finance & financial services, energy & natural resources, and media.
Fieldfisher can trace its roots back almost two centuries. We have undergone a number of mergers, the most significant of which have happened within living memory. Many of the partners and staff from the legacy firms that went on to form Fieldfisher are still working at the firm today. Fieldfisher is now a multinational law firm headquartered in Riverbank House, London.
Our network has more than 1,450 people working across 24 offices providing highly commercial advice based on an in-depth understanding of our clients’ needs.
We operate across our offices in Amsterdam, Barcelona, Beijing, Belfast, Birmingham, Bologna, Brussels, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Guangzhou, Hamburg, London, Luxembourg, Madrid, Manchester, Milan, Munich, Paris, Rome, Turin, Venice, Silicon Valley, and Shanghai.
Clients choose to work with us because we deliver commercial, pragmatic and innovative solutions through our exceptional legal expertise and experience, on time and on budget.
Our Brussels office is full service and gathers 42 lawyers (including 19 partners) who specialise in the major practice areas of business law. All our lawyers are registered at the Brussels Bar (French or Dutch-speaking order and often, additionally, at other Bars in Europe or beyond) and practice at least Belgian law.
The Fieldfisher office in Brussels is structured in different highly specialized practices. These departments work in synergy to provide the highest level of specialization to the most competitive financial conditions: Corporate and Mergers & Acquisitions, Civil and commercial law and litigation, Competition, Data protection and privacy, Employment law, Energy law, Environmental law, EU Regulatory law, Intellectual property law, International Trade, Information Technology.
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|Intellectual Property; Joint Managing Partner||Stijn Debaeneemail@example.com||+32 2 742 70 88|
|International trade||Laurent Ruessmannfirstname.lastname@example.org||+32 2 742 70 61|
|Technology, Outsourcing and Privacy||Tim Van Canneytemail@example.com||+32 2 742 70 36|
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|Corporate and M&A||Thomas Lennéemail@example.com||+32 2 742 70 53|
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|Competition||Tom S. Pickemail@example.com||+32 2 742 70 50|
|Employment||Anne Kampfirstname.lastname@example.org||+32 2 742 70 32|
|Employment||Stefan Nerinckxemail@example.com||+32 2 742 70 57|
|Commercial law and litigation||Jean-François Germainfirstname.lastname@example.org||+32 2 742 70 33|
|Commercial law and litigation||Maxime Berlinginemail@example.com||+32 2 742 70 37|
|Corporate and M&A||Marie Evrardfirstname.lastname@example.org||+32 2 742 70 23|
|Corporate and M&A||Louis-François du Castillonemail@example.com||+32 2 742 70 45|
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|EU Regulatory||Koen Van Maldegememail@example.com||+32 2 742 70 00|
|Intellectual Property||Hakim Haouidegfirstname.lastname@example.org||+32 2 742 70 91|
|EU Regulatory||Peter Sellaremail@example.com||+32 2 742 70 00|
|Commercial law and litigation||Eric Cusasfirstname.lastname@example.org||+32 2 742 70 28|
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Staff FiguresPartners : 18 Lawyers (non-partners) : 42 Staff : 23
LanguagesEnglish French Dutch
At Fieldfisher we are committed to creating an inclusive workplace where everyone feels valued, motivated and able to be themselves. We view difference as a strength and a key part of our strategy in relation to attracting, keeping and progressing the best people.
We deliver cutting-edge advice to clients across the globe. This means it is vital that our lawyers and business services staff understand and reflect different backgrounds, perspectives, cultures, experience, nationality, age, gender, sexual orientation, language, disability, and other characteristics. For the firm’s diversity statistics, please click here.
In 2016 we achieved EY’s National Equality Standard accreditation. This is a change management tool that helps us track and continually improve our approach to Diversity and Inclusion.
Our Inclusiveness and Diversity (“I&D”) Strategy is firmly rooted in Fieldfisher’s overall business strategy; we very much view I&D as being core to the business and we aim to integrate it into all our systems and processes. Our I&D Strategy is divided into two major components: I&D DNA and Balanced Talent Pipeline.
I&D DNA focuses on our inclusive and innovative programme of internal, client and community activities. These are generally visible, high-profile activities in which all our people can get involved. The main strands of I&D DNA include:
- Inclusive Recruitment. This includes our Diversity Access Scheme with the University of Law and our Career Focus Partnership with Queen Mary’s University London
- Social Mobility and STEM-focused Outreach
- Clients & Networks
- Mental Resilience Programme.
Balanced Talent Pipeline focuses on our internal people systems and processes, ensuring a level playing field with respect to development and progression for everyone within the firm.
Fieldfisher (Belgium) LLP is also a founding member of the Legal Diversity & Inclusion Alliance (LDIA) which launched in Brussels on 31 January 2019, a cross law firms alliance focusing on diversity and inclusion and aiming at exchanging good practices on diversity and inclusion, raising awareness of non-discrimination and diversity issues by combining efforts in organising events, workshops, training sessions, etc., working to create a diverse and inclusive work environment.