Fieldfisher > Brussels, Belgium > Firm Profile
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Fieldfisher > The Legal 500 RankingsFieldfisher handles both advisory and litigation work relating to REACH and CLP cases, pesticides, and biocides, acting at both domestic and EU level, with a particularly strong record in product defence and advocacy, alongside competition and trade issues relating to the chemicals space. The team regularly represents clients before the ECHA and European courts, and is also an adviser to a number of sector taskforces. Practice head Claudio Mereu is an experienced figure within the chemicals regulatory space, combining product advocacy with high-level litigation expertise, while Koen Van Maldegem works with companies and public sector clients on the application of European and Belgian chemicals and environmental regulations. Peter Sellar specialises in environmental law and is an active litigator, while Gerard McElwee was promoted to partner in early 2021 and focuses on regulatory compliance. Counsel Maud Grunchard is known for her work on taskforces and across agrochemicals regulatory issues.
Other key lawyers:
‘Fieldfisher Belgium LPP has proved to be a valuable asset for our sector, with a professional team. Contacts have been easy through the use of technology over the recent difficult times.’
‘We had the pleasure to work with Peter Sellar and Selma Abdel-Qader, both skilled, professional, available and providing outstanding insight on our topics of interest.’
‘The team was very helpful and professional..’
‘Peter Sellar was my main contact point. He was all the time reachable, willing to help us and doing the extra mile. Great knowledge of the dossier. I appreciated very much the fact that he made easy to understand some legal terms or indications that were technical or difficult to grasp upfront. He was not only very reactive to our demands but also suggesting all the time new ways forward.’
‘Deep knowledge built on experience of biocide regulation since the beginning.’
‘Approachable, realistic and honest concerning possible outcomes.’
‘Peter Sellar is very committed, experienced, smart’
‘Fieldfisher has an excellent team of lawyers highly experienced in advice and litigation in the field of EU regulations applicable to chemicals. They therefore understand the regulations and the chemical industry in much greater depth.’
International Antimony Association
Sasol, Basf And Si Group
Eu Silver Task Force
Alcohol Task Force
Eu Mancozeb Taskforce
Cefic’s Ebpf (Now B4e) Association (European Biocidal Products Forum)
- Representing the International Antimony Association, which represents the producers, importers and users of multiple Antimony substances, in the defence of three appeal cases before the Board of Appeal of the European Chemicals Agency.
- Represented a group of nine companies in an appeal before the Board of Appeal of ECHA, as part of a data sharing dispute involving REACH & Colours Kft.
- Advising Cefic EBPF on an ongoing basis on various biocidal legal issues that arise including on industry’s response to the COVID-19 crisis and how to facilitate the supply of disinfectants to the market.
Other key lawyers:
‘The Data Protection and Privacy team members are available, flexible, open to questions and suggestions and very professional. The advice given combines practical and theoretical aspects and is very understandable which is important when it has to be implemented in a company. The collaboration between team members seems to be very complementary in terms of both content and language.’
‘Despite the high quality of his work, Tim Van Canneyt remains humble and modest. He is also open to criticism and does not hesitate to ask for elements that can be improved. He is very open while remaining professional.’
‘Fieldfisher Belgium has a very strong privacy team, with a great leader in Tim Van Canneyt. Their practice is varied, from assisting clients on day-to-day privacy issues to data breaches and litigations.’
‘Tim Van Canneyt leads the privacy practice. He is very knowledgeable about the GDPR and related laws. In addition to this, he is always very keen to understand clients’ sectors and practices.’
‘As a multi-national company, the team at Fieldfisher is readily available to support our needs. They keep me informed of the latest news and upcoming trends we may see from the DPAs. Just recently, we successfully received full approval from the EDPB and Belgian supervisory authority on our BCR. This achievement is a testament of their understanding drafting and negotiating the BCR on our behalf. We couldn’t be happier to achieve such a milestone!’
‘Olivier Proust has been a valued extension of our privacy team. I value his listening and practical approach. Some firms that I have worked with in the past can cite the law but they do not have the practical understanding so their clients can operationalize the legal requirements. This is an important trait that helps us easily adapt our privacy framework so it is easily understood and can be quickly put into practice.’
‘The availability, responsiveness and high expertise of the team have been much appreciated.’
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Levi Strauss & Co
- Represented a telco company in an enforcement case before the Belgian Data Protection Authority.
- Advised a number of financial institutions on the implications of the landmark Schrems II decision.
- Advised Levi Strauss & Co on data sharing with commercial partners and in the field of Adtech.
Other key lawyers:
‘Jochen Beck and Laurent Ruessmmann are among the creme de la creme of trade practitioners in Brussels and Europe. They consistently win cases for their clients – sometimes against the odds and entrenched legal and political opposition at EU level.’
‘Laurent Ruessmann has a brilliant and agile mind – he is very sensitive not just to the legal aspects of any case but also the court of public opinion and knows how to bring in the media and political audiences to bear on any successful outcome for his clients. Jochen is a workhorse who delivers time and time again on all the detailed analysis for his clients and complex cases.’
‘Very focused team to work with in their timely deliverables to clients.’
‘Jochen Beck is one of the outstanding professionals to work with. He is very dedicated and quite informative with all the up-to-date developments in law.’
TECH-FAB EUROPE (and members)
EUROPEAN BICYCLE MANUFACTURER ASSOCIATION (EBMA) (and members)
CONFEDERATION OF EUROPEAN PAPER INDUSTRIES (CEPI) (and members)
EUROPEAN GLASS FIBRE PRODUCERS ASSOCIATION (APFE) (and members)
VARIOUS EU PRODUCING INDUSTRIES – TDI ADVICE
VARIOUS EU INDUSTRIES – EXPORT AND SANCTIONS CONTROLS ADVICE
US STEEL KOSICE
- Acted for Tech-Fab Europe in a case where the Commission agreed to countervail subsidies granted to exporting producers not only from the country where the exporting producer is located (Egypt) but also from the country where the exporting producer’s parent company is located (China).
- Represented CEPI and its members in an Indian AD investigation concerning newsprint paper and achieved the termination of the case without measures due to a weighing of the overall interests of different parties.
- Assisted HSWT in the the preparation of an expiry review of the AD measures on imports of aspartame from China.
David Haverbeke; Wouter Vandorpe
DURABRIK BOUWBEDRIJVEN NV
FLEMISH GOVERNMENT (Vlaamse Overheid)
- Advising Centrica on its flexibility services both on regulatory and contractual matters including its relationships with the relevant regulatory authorities (energy administration, energy regulators) both at European and national levels.
- Assisting Essent in various court proceedings in relation to free circulation of energy green certificates and to support measures in the Flemish Region.
- Developing a substantive study for the Flemish energy administration on the regulatory framework in the Flemish Region on CO2 and hydrogen.
Stijn Debaene; Tim Van Canneyt
Other key lawyers:
‘Tim Van Canneyt has a great understanding of IT technology, and is able to adapt his language to the business, which makes his advice clear and eminently usable. He possesses strong knowledge and expertise in data protection laws and IT services.’
‘Incredible organisation and capabilities to plan according to our needs, timelines, and necessities, has established Fieldfisher as a very reliable provider.’
‘Advice given is innovative, to the-point, clear, solution-oriented and business focused, within agreed timelines and costs.’
‘The team is very skilled on technically complex matters and can adapt to any kind of legal request promptly.’
‘Tim Van Canneyt has a strong capacity to understand a business’s potential issues and propose accurate legal advice to face them.’
‘I always recommend Fieldfisher and especially the Technology, Outsourcing and Privacy department.’
‘They do everything possible to understand your problem, and they work to provide you with the best solutions in a very short time.’
‘They are also aware of the latest developments in the sector, and the billing is very correct and in line with your needs.’
- Providing practical recommendations to Infrabelon e-signature, e-archiving, e-registered mail, correspondence secrecy and GDPR in relation to a Covid-19 related project to implement an IT solution to process all incoming and outgoing mail electronically.
- Representing Telenet in two design and patent infringement proceedings initiated by Austrian remote control manufacturer Ruwido against Telenet and its supplier Universal Electronics, in a trademark litigation regarding its use of the FLOW TECH trademark for one of its telecoms services, and in a copyright dispute.
- Providing strategic data protection and e-privacy advice to BICS regarding the use of traffic data.
Other key lawyers:
Hakim Haouideg; Serge Flecijn
CHATKA SEAFOOD, S.L.
LA FILLE D’O
AGC GLASS EUROPE
- Representing Telenet in a trademark litigation regarding its use of the FLOW TECH trademark for one of its telecoms services and in a copyright dispute with Mircom related to peer-to-peer network usage.
- Representing Chatka Seafood in a trademark infringement case which opposes Chatka (which has the brand in Spain and sells under another brand – Romanov – in Belgium) to Walfood (which has the brand in all other countries).
- Representing Vitra in several copyright infringement proceedings in Belgium and the Netherlands regarding the iconic DSW chair designed by Charles and Ray Eames.
Other key lawyers:
‘Fieldfisher’s finance practice is relatively new on the market, but they have quickly become one of the key players. They offer the same interesting value proposal as a boutique local player without however compromising on a solid international network, which is crucial for any cross-border finance transaction.’
‘Sofie Heremans is definitely our trusted contact in the team. We like working with her, because she combines intelligence, pragmatism and a constructive negotiation style with a good sense of humour. She’s also very well connected within the Belgian finance community (banks, private equity, corporates) and has a good grasp on market practices and evolutions, beyond just legal aspects.’
Swen Capital Partners
- Advised SigmaRoc on its £305m financing to be put in place for its acquisition of Nordkalk, a Finnish limestone quarries group.
- Advised a consortium of banks on leveraged financing put in place for Sofindev’s and other investors’ investment in MEDIAGENIX.
- Advised Elawan Energy on its project financing to be put in place for the development of a new wind farm in the Walloon region of Belgium.
Louis-François du Castillon
Other key lawyers:
‘Excellent team, very helpful and knowledgeable.’
‘Ready to help and go the extra mile.’
‘The team is very complete with highly competent advisors in each field (corporate, IP, tax). There is a clear sense that the internal communication is efficient and appropriate. Each lawyer is assisted by junior colleagues that provide adequate support. Always been under the impression we are treated as first-class clients.’
‘Very professional and reassuring for a new start-up company.’
‘Louis-François du Castillon is very complete, extremely available and quick to provide well-adapted solutions to each upcoming issue. He was very also very flexible when we had to deal with change of requests from the other parties and was available for direct negotiation and assistance.‘
‘The team is very responsive, commits to delivery dates, commits to fee quotes. Further, quality is high and pro-actively advise based on business needs.’
‘Louis-Francois is very committed, and is able to talk to the business partners, without too much ‘legal’ language (he can be seen as a business partner). He has a good team around him, who provide the right quality on agreed timing.’
‘The team is well equipped and multidisciplinary to tackle complex situations and needs.’
Crédit Mutuel Capital Privé
Doyen Auto (Parts Holding Europe)
SWEN Capital Partners
Casinos Austria International Holding
OSEPI (Georges Soros Foundation)
Gaia-X European Association for Data and Cloud
Belgian Restauration SA
- Advised one of the largest screen and television producers in the world on the acquisition of an educative devices producer and resellers for its businesses in Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.
- Advising a pool of institutional investors on their investment in a renewable energy project.
- Advising Santero Therapeutics on its first seed investment round with a pool of specialised angel investors.
Belgium > Dispute resolution Tier 3Drawing on a broad network of European offices, Fieldfisher regularly assists clients from the construction, insurance, life sciences, and tech sectors on a range of litigation and international arbitration proceedings. Jean-François Germain heads up a team whose core expertise spans a range of court proceedings, mediations, and ADR – often with a distinctive EU law or IP aspect. Maxime Berlingin focuses most keenly on contract law, corporate law, and market abuse, and is also experienced in CEPANI, ICC, and ad hoc arbitrations. Koen Van Den Broeck joined the team from Allen & Overy LLP.
Other key lawyers:
Maxime Berlingin; Koen Van Den Broeck
‘Good level of reactivity and diversity of the team. Good relationship with the customers and within the team.’
‘Most of the time we work with Partners, they are really keen to understand our needs. They make “law” accessible and understandable for everyone. They try to find the easiest way to close a deal, meaning they will go right to the point. If needed, they can also find some challenging way to close a deal/agreement/claim.’
‘We have a very well established relationship with Fieldfisher which has been ongoing for a number of years. They have always acted in a professional manner, working closely with us to provide advice and guidance when required. They are timely in their responses and always update us on case matters in a timely manner.’
‘We have worked with Maxime Berlingin for a number of years and have always experienced fantastic client service. Maxime is incredibly knowledgeable in the area and is always quick to respond to queries we may have, providing thorough explanations and guidance when required.’
‘Direct communications & commercial solutions.’
‘Maxime Berlingin is a direct communicator who offers practical and commercial solutions. Understands people and the challenges that people as individuals can pose to a settlement.’
‘Good contacts and good way to explain what is important and what strategy could be efficient.’
‘Excellent team in dispute resolution. They are able to address the concerns of a variety of industries.’
CASINOS AUSTRIA GROUP
HANSARD EUROPE DESIGNATED ACTIVITY COMPANY
- Representing Pharmasimple in a dispute with Air Belgium concerning the performance of air waybills according to which Air Belgium was in charge of the transport of surgical masks for Pharmasimple from China to Belgium.
- Represented Hansard in several liability cases filed by policyholders who lost money invested in life insurance products sold by the client.
Belgium > Employment Tier 3Fieldfisher‘s HR Law Group, which assists with employment, social security and immigration law, routinely handles a mix of domestic and transnational matters, including a number of proceedings regarding dismissals and contractual claims. Practice head Stefan Nerinckx is a veteran figure in the business migration and international employment law space, working with a diverse roster of corporate clients on terminations and business migration matters. Anne Kamp is noted for her extensive contentious experience before various Belgian labour courts, working with a client base that ranges from luxury goods to pharmaceuticals companies. Of counsel Tim Perdieus is also recommended.
Other key lawyers:
Anne Kamp; Tim Perdieus
‘In my capacity as MD and Chairman, I had the opportunity to work with Fieldfisher Belgium on several occasions, and this to my utmost satisfaction. Their personal approach is unique, and as such they are capable of building a very strong, professional relationship. The knowledge of the partners and their respective team is rare, and that is why I have chosen to work with only one law firm, Fieldfisher.’
‘One partner stands out: Stefan Nerinckx. He is clearly a leader and an expert in his field. On top of this, his team is formed by himself and as such they really make the difference. Stefan Nerinckx is one of – if not the – best lawyers I know.’
‘Stefan Nerinckx is a legal expert with great business pragmatism. He is always available and fully dedicated to his clients. Very flexible, solution oriented, he is an invaluable resource to manage the complexity of Belgian employment laws and regulations.’
‘The team is extremely knowledgeable and professional. They provide excellent advice and are very committed to the client. What I appreciate most is that they are a relatively small team but nevertheless available 24/7. They have been entrusted with landmark cases in the private sector and in the same time they also represent government bodies.’
‘I have had the pleasure to meet and work with Stefan Nerinckx on several occasions. It was truly a pleasure; pragmatic, knowledgeable, Stefan brings down the legal problem to its essence. Very analytical, he will then propose different solutions to the issue, indicating the one he would advise to apply, taking into account the values, activity and history of the company/institution.’
‘Tim Perdieus is very knowledgeable and very client minded.’
‘The team is very responsive and knows the specificities of each client, which help making fast decisions.’
‘Mr. Stefan Nerinckx is a subject matter expert who is always on top of any new development in the employment law matter but who can explain this in easy terms and convert all his knowledge in decisions that are always fast and well balanced. He takes great care of his clients and remains always pragmatic. He is very efficient and responsive.’
Oregon Tool Inc.
Nu Skin / NSE Products
Griffith Foods Inc
YANMAR EUROPE B.V
CURIA Global Inc.
Region de Bruxelles Capitale
AXA GO France (HQ)
- Advised NSF on restructuring its activities.
- Advised Boortmalt Axereal on drafting for 3 major Belgian entities the Workers Regulations, assessing and amending a Whistleblowing policy, drafting a Code Of Conduct, and working on a complex legal international mobility case involving Belgium and France.
- Represented the Government of the Brussels Region in a landmark case involving different issues termination of employment, long-term sickness, discrimination.
Fieldfisher > Firm Profile
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, financial services, energy and natural resources and life sciences.
We are a law firm built around people with all their diversity and we strike a healthy balance between legal excellence and a down-to-earth practical approach to our clients’ needs. We believe The Future is Human*, so we choose a collaborative approach with an intense focus on the end-user and consider carefully how to shape our services to add the most value to our clients.
We use new models of working and staff teams appropriately, integrating legal technology and new skill sets needed for today’s modern legal adviser.
Many of our lawyers are top-ranked in various legal directories and we are widely respected thought leaders, digging deep into the issues that matter most to our clients. We provide answers and opinions not just legalese.
Our growing European network of offices supports an international client base alongside our strategic bases in Silicon Valley and China. Among our clients, we count technology companies providing internet-related services and products, consulting and digital services, pharmaceutical, life sciences and medical devices companies, energy suppliers, infrastructure and chemicals companies, as well as banks and financial institutions.
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: banking and finance, corporate and mergers and 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, tax.
|EU Regulatory; Joint Managing Partner||Claudio Mereuemail@example.com||+32 2 742 70 60|
|Intellectual Property; Joint Managing Partner||Stijn Debaenefirstname.lastname@example.org||+32 2 742 70 88|
|International trade||Laurent Ruessmannemail@example.com||+32 2 742 70 61|
|Technology, Outsourcing and Privacy||Tim Van Canneytfirstname.lastname@example.org||+32 2 742 70 36|
|Technology, Outsourcing and Privacy||Olivier Proustemail@example.com||+32 2 742 70 15|
|Banking & Finance||Sofie Heremansfirstname.lastname@example.org||+32 2 742 70 84|
|International trade||Jochen Beckemail@example.com||+32 2 742 70 43|
|Competition||Tom S. Pickfirstname.lastname@example.org||+32 2 742 70 50|
|Employment||Anne Kampemail@example.com||+32 2 742 70 32|
|Employment||Stefan Nerinckxfirstname.lastname@example.org||+32 2 742 70 57|
|Commercial law and litigation||Jean-François Germainemail@example.com||+32 2 742 70 33|
|Commercial law and litigation||Maxime Berlinginfirstname.lastname@example.org||+32 2 742 70 37|
|Corporate and M&A||Marie Evrardemail@example.com||+32 2 742 70 23|
|Corporate and M&A||Louis-François du Castillonfirstname.lastname@example.org||+32 2 742 70 45|
|Energy||David Haverbekeemail@example.com||+32 2 742 70 13|
|EU Regulatory||Koen Van Maldegemfirstname.lastname@example.org||+32 2 742 70 00|
|Intellectual Property||Hakim Haouidegemail@example.com||+32 2 742 70 91|
|EU Regulatory||Peter Sellarfirstname.lastname@example.org||+32 2 742 70 00|
|Commercial law and litigation||Eric Cusasemail@example.com||+32 2 742 70 28|
|Tax||Geoffroy Galéafirstname.lastname@example.org||+32 2 742 70 95|
|Mr Jochen Beck||PartnerTrade defence: anti-dumping and anti-subsidy complaints; representing EU industries in 3rd country…||View Profile|
|Mr Maxime Berlingin||Partner, joined the firm in April 2016||View Profile|
|Mr Eric Cusas||Partner, founder of the Brussels office in 2007||View Profile|
|Mr Stijn Debaene||Partner, Joint Managing Partner of the Brussels office||View Profile|
|Ms Marie Evrard||Partner, joined the firm in 2007||View Profile|
|Mr Serge Flecijn||Of Counsel||View Profile|
|Mr Geoffroy Galéa||Of Counsel||View Profile|
|Mr Jean-François Germain||Partner, joined the firm in May 2011||View Profile|
|Ms Maud Grunchard||Of Counsel||View Profile|
|Mr Hakim Haouideg||Partner||View Profile|
|Mr David Haverbeke||PartnerSpecialised in energy and related utilities’ law. Areas of practice include:– strategic…||View Profile|
|Mrs Sofie Heremans||Partner||View Profile|
|Ms Anne Kamp||Partner, joined the firm in 2007||View Profile|
|Mr Gerard McElwee||Of Counsel||View Profile|
|Mr Claudio Mereu||Head of EU Regulatory, Competition & Trade practice Specialising in EU Regulatory…||View Profile|
|Mr Stefan Nerinckx||Head of Employment practice||View Profile|
|Mr Tim Perdieus||Senior Associate||View Profile|
|Mr Tom Pick||Partner, joined the firm in November 2016||View Profile|
|Mr Olivier Proust||Partner, joined the firm in April 2013||View Profile|
|Mr Laurent Ruessmann||Partnerinternational trade matters, ranging from trade remedies (anti-dumping, anti-subsidy and safeguards) to…||View Profile|
|Mr Peter Sellar||Partner||View Profile|
|Mr Tim Van Canneyt||Partner||View Profile|
|Mr Koen Van Maldegem||Partner||View Profile|
|Mrs Dorothée Vanderhofstadt||Of Counsel||View Profile|
|Mr Wouter Vandorpe||Of Counsel||View Profile|
|Mr Louis-François du Castillon||Partner, Head of Corporate practice||View Profile|
Staff FiguresPartners : 19 Lawyers (non-partners) : 42 Staff : 18
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.
- Customs, trade, WTO and anti-dumping
- Industry focus: Energy
- Industry focus: IT and telecoms
- Intellectual property