Firm Profile > contrast > Zaventem , Belgium


Competition: Belgian law Tier 1

contrast's top-tier credentials are illustrated by the fact that it features in most of the cartel cases currently pending before the Belgium Competition Authority. Clients also turn to the firm for advice on distribution law issues, headline Belgian mergers and complex interim measures cases. Praised for its 'down to earth approach', the group is 'very pragmatic, in what is a very theoretical area'. Frank Wijckmans and associate Eline Declerck are currently representing Kinepolis in the challenge by two of Kinepolis' competitors at the Brussels Court of Appeal over the removal of certain behavioural conditions that were created by the Belgium Competition Authority when it approved the merger that resulted in the creation of the client in 1997. In another matter, Wijckmans and others assisted Volvo Group Belgium with obtaining phase one clearance from the Belgium Competition Authority of its acquisition of the operations of the Kant group. Filip Tuytschaever and senior associate Sébastien Engelen acted for Belgian showjumper Jos Verlooy and BVBA Euro Horse Axel Verlooy (Euro Horse), the horse stable through which Verlooy participates in jumping events, in interim relief proceedings against the Royal Belgian Equestrian Federation (RBEF) before the Brussels Court of First Instance. The case concerned Verlooy's challenge of the ban imposed by the RBEF on his participation in the Global Champions League event in Rome. Wijckmans and Tuytschaever co-head the team, which also includes Herlinde Burez and counsel Maaike Visser. Senior associate Emmelie Wijckmans joined from Crowell & Moring.

EU regulatory: Privacy and data protection Tier 2

contrast's practice, led by senior associate Anouk Focquet, has particular strength in advising clients drawn from the automotive industry on e-privacy matters, for example on the use of cookies on clients' websites. GDPR compliance and implementation work is another prominent area of instruction for the team.

Dispute resolution Tier 4

Frank Wijckmans, Filip Tuytschaever and senior counsel Luc Demeyere jointly lead contrast’s 'pragmatic' team, which has solid expertise in contractual disputes and competition litigation. The Belgian Construction Certification Association is a key client.

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 5

contrast is regularly instructed by a range of multinational companies and cooperative and not-for-profit organisations on corporate transactions, advice and disputes. Bart Bellen and Herlinde Burez jointly head the practice, which benefits from the return of senior associate Milena Varga, who rejoined the firm from an in-house counsel role.

Competition: EU and global Tier 5

contrast's 'solution-oriented' lawyers are strong performers in the EU and global competition arena, which is borne out by the positive feedback they garner from clients; 'they are quick thinkers and efficient in whatever they do' and 'our work with them has been a fantastic experience'. The group, which is co-led by Filip Tuytschaever and 'outstanding figureFrank Wijckmans ('his deep insight into any case and pragmatic and honest approach is remarkable'), acts for private companies and public authorities in a wide range of settings, including before the European courts, the EC, national courts and national competition authorities. The scope of its work is wide ranging; senior associate Sébastien Engelen specialises in state aid matters, while counsel Maaike Visser has a strong track record in cartel investigations and is also highly active in private enforcement. Herlinde Burez is experienced in handling the antitrust aspects of multijurisdictional mergers. Elsewhere, the team, which also includes senior associate Emmelie Wijckmans (a recent hire from Crowell & Moring) and counsel Sofie De Keer, advises clients on distribution law issues and competition law compliance. Wijckmans, De Keer and Engelen are representing Orde van Vlaamse Balles as an intervening party at the General Court of the EU in proceedings brought by Alcodis and Alcogroup against the EC over suspected procedural irregularities during dawn raids carried out at the claimants' premises in 2014 and 2015. Panini, Electrolux and Perrigo are among other active clients.

Department Name Email Telephone
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
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Bart Bellen  photo Mr Bart Bellen
Mrs Herlinde Burez  photo Mrs Herlinde Burez
Mr Luc Demeyere  photo Mr Luc Demeyere
Mrs Anouk Focquet  photo Mrs Anouk Focquet
Mr Filip Tuytschaever  photo Mr Filip Tuytschaever
Mr Frank Wijckmans  photo Mr Frank Wijckmans
Number of lawyers : 33