Firm Profile > contrast > Zaventem, Belgium
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Competition: Belgian law Tier 1
contrast's heavyweight team has featured in most of the cartel investigations brought by the Belgian Competition Authority (BCA), as well as the majority of interim measures cases. In addition, it also features prominently in abuse of dominance matters and merger reviews. Frank Wijckmans, Filip Tuytschaever and Herlinde Burez jointly lead the highly regarded group, which has longstanding relationships with blue-chip clients such as Kinepolis Group and Arvesta Group. The team also includes Emmelie Wijckmans, Milena Varga and Sébastien Engelen, who were promoted to counsel in 2020. Stefanie Colaers made senior associate. In an ongoing matter, Tuytschaever and Engelen are representing the Belgian Ministry of Economy as an intervening party in an appeal brought by Proximus over the BCA's decision to impose a fine for an alleged abuse of a dominant position.
Frank Wijckmans; Filip Tuytschaever; Herlinde Burez
Other key lawyers:
Sébastien Engelen; Emmelie Wijckmans; Milena Varga; Stefanie Colaers
‘We are used to working with Filip Tuytschaever and Stefanie Colaers. They both have a strong knowledge of our business and of course of the competition law domain. They are always on standby for their clients and easy to reach. They both are very responsive, hands-on and very pragmatic.‘
‘Good diversity, lots of female lawyers. The billing is transparent.‘
‘The team is very hands-on, to the point, high expertise and no-nonsense, no panic approach; offering solutions on the way forward, instead of creating memos with no solution. Also on a strategic level, their advice is extremely useful. Reasonable fees in proportion to the quality of work. Frank Wijckmans is outstanding and easily reachable, although very busy.‘
‘Frank Wijckmans is a very skilled but at the same time down to earth lawyer. A real expert in his field of expertise. He has an impressive knowledge of all things competition and antitrust in a broad sense. He combines this with a very practical and pragmatic approach and strong business acumen.‘
‘Very high quality work and involved team at very fair rates.‘
‘Very thorough knowledge and perfect cooperation within the requested time limits.‘
Orange Belgium NV
Belgian Ministry of Economy
Volvo Trucks Belgium
Arvesta Group (former AVEVE Group)
contrast's practice houses 'experts in privacy and data protection that work closely together and can handle any data privacy related tasks quickly and in a cost-efficient manner'. Counsel Anouk Focquet leads the team; she garners praise for her 'very strong knowledge of European privacy and data protection legislation, and has the great ability to make complex legal issues in that area comprehensible for the client together with a commercial mindset and a solution-finding attitude'. Senior associate Eline Declerck is 'very knowledgeable about data privacy and provides quick and clear advice'.
Other key lawyers:
‘The strength of the privacy team of contrast lies in the fact that they advise us as if they were advising themselves, and invests a great deal of time in getting to know their customer and their customer’s business, which makes their advice very accurate and pragmatic‘.
‘Anouk Focquet: easy to approach, understands business concerns and helps to find solutions. An expert in her field‘.
‘The contrast team provides excellent legal support; top quality lawyers that take great pride in finding the best solution for the client in whatever issue at hand‘.
At contrast, the corporate and M&A team has a wealth of experience handling cross-border transactions for leading Belgian and international companies, including those involving complex regulatory issues. It is notably active in matters involving non-profit organisations and international cooperatives. The practice is led by Bart Bellen, who is dual Belgian/New York-qualified, and has acted on deals across Europe and further afield. Herlinde Burez is an expert in distribution law issues.
Bart Bellen; Herlinde Burez
Other key lawyers:
Ine Schockaert; Milena Varga; Kristof De Wael; An Moonen
‘Mr Bellen was able to identify all the key issues with the minimum of fuss and disruption. He provided much valued and independent opinions which allowed the board to address the issue properly. He liaised very effectively between all the parties which really helped in moving all the parties involved to the right solution. The speed and sensitivity with which Mr Bellen dealt with the issues was superb.‘
‘Contrast has the magic power to explain complicated legal matters in simple language that the client can easily understand, without losing the priority and focus.‘
‘Young team but very professional.‘
‘Availability, quick response time, have a sound business logic, good sparring partner.‘
Dispute resolution Tier 4
The 'very practical and efficient' team at contrast has a well-established reputation in competition litigation and it also demonstrates strong capabilities in arbitration cases. Key contacts in the group include the 'very hands-on' Frank Wijckmans, Bart Bellen and Filip Tuytschaever. Also recommended is senior counsel Luc Demeyere, who 'knows everything about Belgian courts and arbitration'.
Frank Wijckmans; Filip Tuytschaever; Bart Bellen; Luc Demeyere
‘contrast has the magic power to explain complicated legal matters in simple language that the client can easily understand, without losing the priority and focus‘.
‘Great team of EU competition lawyers and litigators‘.
Belgian Ministry of Economy
Samsung Electronics Benelux
Technical Control Bureau for Construction (SECO)
contrast > Firm Profile
|Competition and EU||Frank Wijckmans|
|Competition and EU||Filip Tuytschaever|
|Competition and EU||Herlinde Burez|
|Corporate and M&A||Bart Bellen|
|Corporate and M&A||Herlinde Burez|
|Dispute resolution||Frank Wijckmans|
|Dispute resolution||Luc Demeyere|
|Dispute resolution||Filip Tuytschaever|
|EU regulatory||Filip Tuytschaever|
|Business law||Bart Bellen|
|Business law||Frank Wijckmans|
|Business law||Herlinde Burez|
|Mr Bart Bellen||Bart Bellen is partner of contrast specializing in corporate law and M&A…||View Profile|
|Mrs Herlinde Burez||Herlinde Burez is partner of contrast specializing in business law matters. She…||View Profile|
|Mr Luc Demeyere||Luc Demeyere is senior counsel at contrast. He has extensive experience in…||View Profile|
|Mrs Anouk Focquet||Anouk Focquet is senior associate at contrast. She conducts privacy and data…||View Profile|
|Mr Filip Tuytschaever||Filip Tuytschaever is a partner of contrast. He specializes in EU and…||View Profile|
|Mr Frank Wijckmans||Frank Wijckmans is a partner of contrast. He is active in the…||View Profile|