Firm Profile > contrast > Zaventem, Belgium
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Competition: Belgian law Tier 1
contrast is frequently sought out by clients for assistance with merger control cases and distribution law issues. Illustrative of its standing in the market, it has appeared in most of the cartel cases and interim measures cases before the BCA. In one high-profile mandate, Herlinde Burez acted for HM Products in a BCA investigation into the client's pricing and distribution policy; this is only the second resale price maintenance case in Belgium. In another matter, Filip Tuytschaever is leading the advice to Global Champions Tour and Global Champions League on an investigation into anticompetitive practices in the equestrian industry. Tuytschaever jointly leads the practice with Frank Wijckmans, who recently acted for Belgian cinema group Kinepolis at the Brussels Court of Appeal in an attempt to have behavioural conditions abolished, which had been attached when the client was formed following a merger in 1997. Eline Declerck, Karolien Francken and Sarah Jaques made senior associates.
‘Their knowledge of our business means that they can answer every question asked‘
‘The team is very down to earth and has a pragmatic approach. It is very supportive and communicative, which creates a very high level trust‘
Global Champions Tour/League
Volvo Trucks Belgium
The Cookware Company
Belgian Ministry of Economy
Cebeo (Sonepar group)
Counsel Anouk Focquet leads the team at contrast, which has a solid track record in advising clients from the automotive sector on e-privacy matters. The group reports an uptick in instructions from the retail sector, predominantly relating to GDPR compliance and implementation. Senior associate Eline Declerck is also recommended.
contrast has 'concrete legal knowledge of business and corporate laws' and experience across a range of transactional work, advisory issues and disputes. The practice counts domestic and international companies, as well as international cooperative and non-profit organisations, among its client roster. Bart Bellen heads the corporate team, while Herlinde Burez leads the corporate and commercial team and has a particular focus on the distribution and retail industries.
‘Very quick to the key points of issues and understand the business/ commercial nature of the issue and provide pragmatic suggestions.‘
‘They are proactive and make sure you are aware of all major changes or sentences or other information that could be useful, without overloading you with all the new changes.‘
‘Their experience and knowledge of both legislation and our sector are outstanding.‘
‘Very down to earth attitude with a can-do mentality which, as a fast growing company, exactly meets our company culture.‘
‘Bart Bellen is always available whenever we need his advice, no matter how late in the evening or during holidays.‘
‘Bart Bellen not only has a broad spectrum of legal knowledge in corporate and business law, but also has a deep understanding of the practical side of company operations.‘
‘Filip Tuytschaever knows our business and our contracts in and out. He does not only have great knowledge of legislation, but also of how we want things done in our company.‘
‘Bart Bellen offered to guide us through all changes in corporate law legislation which were relevant for us and offered to do a check on all our companies and provide for proposals of change where necessary.‘
‘They are very supportive, always available and cooperative thinking makes the team members of contrast my favourite lawyers in the corporate area.‘
‘Stefanie Colaers and Milena Varga will definitely stay our first contact persons in all legal matters.‘
‘Senior associate Ine Schockaert can be rated as excellent and has a lot of potential.‘
Dispute resolution Tier 4
Competition litigation forms the backbone of contrast’s practice, which has also been kept busy handling arbitration matters. Frank Wijckmans, Filip Tuytschaever, Bart Bellen and senior counsel Luc Demeyere are the names to note.
‘Luc Demeyere is highly experienced in arbitration proceedings and is well respected by the arbitration tribunal‘.
‘Bart Bellen is sharp in identifying any potential arguments‘.
‘Filip Tuytschaever’s never ending enthusiasm and willingness to defend the company are admirable‘.
Global Champions Tour
Global Champions League
Belgian Ministry of Economy
Samsung Electronics Benelux
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|