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Fieldfisher > The Legal 500 Rankings
EU regulatory: Chemicals Tier 1
Claudio Mereu and Koen Van Maldegem head up the practice at Fieldfisher, which has strong experience advising clients drawn from the chemical industry on REACH and biocide matters. Of counsel Gerard McElwee and of counsel Maud Grunchard are noted for their expertise.
Claudio Mereu; Koen Van Maldegem
‘A team of experts with an excellent knowledge of environmental and chemical law. The team is always looking to find a positive solution without becoming aggressive towards authorities and with the interest of the client as top priority‘.
‘Claudio Mereu is the dean of the regulatory bar in Brussels. His depth of knowledge and experience, as well as practical approach, are unparalleled‘.
‘Koen Van Maldegem: top lawyer with smart approaches‘.
EU Silver Task Force
Coal Chemicals Europe (CCE)
Fieldfisher’s 'first-rate' practice has 'deep knowledge of the GDPR and privacy developments' and 'provides top-notch services'. Recent work for the 'quick, precise and very knowledgeable' team includes data breaches, data processing and GDPR compliance. Tim Van Canneyt shares leadership of the practice with the 'dedicated and committed' Olivier Proust.
Tim Van Canneyt; Olivier Proust
‘The privacy team at Fieldfisher is capable, diligent and personable‘.
‘Olivier Proust is a recognised expert in his field. He provides practical and straightforward advice on what the key issues are‘.
‘Olivier Proust is fantastic. He is a top legal mind in the area, sharp, diligent, hard working and incredibly personable‘.
Stanley Black & Decker
Industry focus: energy Tier 2
Fieldfisher's energy practice assists with domestic and EU energy matters, and its impressive client roster, which includes EDF Luminus, 3E and National Grid, benefits from strong regulatory and energy-specific contract drafting expertise, and dispute resolution experience. The group is a key name for new entrants to the market, which it assists with the construction of power plants and advises on the implementation of the EU Emissions Trading System in Belgium. David Haverbeke heads up the practice, which includes Wouter Vandorpe.
‘David Haverbeke is very pleasant to work with. Thorough knowledge of the energy sector. A very good sparring partner for complex issues.‘
Dupont de Nemours
Gas Natural Fenosa
Restore (Centrica Group)
Milieu Consulting Euratom
Sege Air Liquide
RWE SUPPLY And TRADING
Fieldfisher's cross-departmental IT and telecoms team provides commercial, regulatory, IP, contentious and transactional assistance to clients. The group is jointly led by Tim Van Canneyt, who advises on IT contracts, litigation and data protection and e-commerce matters; and privacy, information and security expert Olivier Proust.
Tim Van Canneyt; Olivier Proust
Fieldfisher handles the full spectrum of matters for its IT sector clients, with particular expertise in outsourcings, data privacy mandates, data protection work and e-commerce issues. The practice acts for start-ups and multinational companies, and leverages the firm's wider international network on cross-border matters. The team is jointly led by Tim Van Canneyt, who handles technology contract negotiations and litigation, and privacy, data protection and data security expert Olivier Proust.
Tim Van Canneyt; Olivier Proust
Intellectual property Tier 2
Stijn Debaene leads Fieldfisher's 'very pragmatic' team. Contentious work has featured prominently in the group's recent caseload, including trade mark, patent and design infringement issues. Advisory work is another area of instruction. Hakim Haouideg ('an excellent lawyer') is the other name to note.
Other key lawyers:
The European Commission
Fieldfisher's corporate team 'combines the broad scope and professionalism of a leading international firm with in-depth expertise of the local environment and culture applied to transactions'. The group has seen an increase in technology and energy sector work, for which particular names to note include practice head Louis-François du Castillon (who attracts praise for his 'strong leadership') and Thomas Lenne, who has the ability to make 'even the toughest deals stress-free', respectively. The group also counts energy, chemical and finance companies on its client roster. Marie Evrard is another name to note; she provides 'outstanding support' to her clients in domestic and cross-border deals, with particularly experience assisting French and US-based companies.
Louis-François du Castillon
‘They help us in very complex deal-making and has been able to deliver great results.‘
‘Combines the broad scope and professionalism of a leading international firm with an in depth expertise of the local environment and culture applied to M&A, capital markets and private equity transactions‘
‘Louis-François du Castillon has been extremely available (even at night), always looking for good solutions, and determined to get a closing.‘
‘Louis-Francois du Castillon is always listening and finds the best solution in a constructive and positive mindset. He’s also very transparent on what he can do and when he needs support from other professional on other legal topics, such as IP. Excellent relationship.‘
‘They are highly responsive, reliable, extremely pragmatic, cost-efficient and cost-reliant.‘
‘Thomas Lenné is a genuine pleasure to work with. He is a shrewd negotiator and has the ability to make even the most difficult transactions stress free.‘
‘The team is unrivalled in its dedication to clients, they truly want to help you achieve the best outcome.‘
‘Thomas Lenné really understands what we need as a client and has the ability to provide solutions to the most complex problems.‘
AGC Glass Europe
Catisa (Cyklop, Mainetti, etc.)
GroenlandGroup (PHW group)
Serviceplan Group International
IPTE Factory Automation
Rynda Property Investors
Parts Holding Europe
OneAston Pte Ltd
Laurent Ruessmann heads the department at Fieldfisher, which has an excellent reputation for acting for EU producer clients in trade defence matters. Customs matters, WTO disputes, export controls and economic sanctions are other key areas of instruction. Jochen Beck is a name to note.
Dispute resolution Tier 3
At Fieldfisher, practice head Jean-François Germain is leading the advice to real estate company Vizzion Europe on proceedings relating to corporate litigation, with a focus on shareholders' disputes. Maxime Berlingin is noted for his expertise in handling corporate disputes, and is also adept at arbitration.
Other key lawyers:
AG Real Estate
Employment Tier 3
Fieldfisher's 'practical' employment team has established expertise in handling international employment matters; recent work includes assisting clients with business migration and employee benefits issues. The 'always available' Stefan Nerinckx leads the team; Anne Kamp and 'reliable' senior associate Tim Perdieus are key contacts.
‘Availability, expertise, transparency and innovation are some of the qualities of Stefan Nerinckx’s team‘.
‘Stefan Nerinckx is pragmatic and clients like dealing with him, because of his knowledge, commitment and problem solving capabilities‘.
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, 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|
|Technology, Outsourcing and Privacy||Olivier Proustfirstname.lastname@example.org||+32 2 742 70 15|
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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|
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|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|
|Energy||David Haverbekefirstname.lastname@example.org||+32 2 742 70 13|
|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.
Top Tier Firm Rankings
- EU regulatory: Chemicals
- EU regulatory: Privacy and data protection
- Banking, finance and capital markets