Firm Profile > contrast > Zaventem, Belgium

contrast
MINERVASTRAAT 5
1930 ZAVENTEM
Belgium

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 WijckmansFilip 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 WijckmansMilena 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.

Practice head(s):

Frank Wijckmans; Filip Tuytschaever; Herlinde Burez

Other key lawyers:

Sébastien Engelen; Emmelie Wijckmans; Milena Varga; Stefanie Colaers

Testimonials

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.

Key clients

Kinepolis Group

Orange Belgium NV

Belgian Ministry of Economy

Foodinvest

Volvo Trucks Belgium

Eleven Sports

Arvesta Group (former AVEVE Group)

SBS

Samsung Benelux

EU regulatory: Privacy and data protection Tier 2

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'.

Practice head(s):

Anouk Focquet

Other key lawyers:

Eline Declerck

Testimonials

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‘.

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 4

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.

Practice head(s):

Bart Bellen; Herlinde Burez

Other key lawyers:

Ine Schockaert; Milena Varga; Kristof De Wael; An Moonen

Testimonials

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.

Key clients

Aminolabs

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'.

Practice head(s):

Frank Wijckmans; Filip Tuytschaever; Bart Bellen; Luc Demeyere

Testimonials

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‘.

Key clients

Alychlo

Orange Belgium

Belgian Ministry of Economy

European Commission

Samsung Electronics Benelux

Technical Control Bureau for Construction (SECO)

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 Bart Bellen is partner of contrast specializing in corporate law and M&A…
Mrs Herlinde Burez  photo Mrs Herlinde Burez Herlinde Burez is partner of contrast specializing in business law matters. She…
Mr Luc Demeyere  photo Mr Luc Demeyere Luc Demeyere is senior counsel at contrast. He has extensive experience in…
Mrs Anouk Focquet  photo Mrs Anouk Focquet Anouk Focquet is senior associate at contrast. She conducts privacy and data…
Mr Filip Tuytschaever  photo Mr Filip Tuytschaever Filip Tuytschaever is a partner of contrast. He specializes in EU and…
Mr Frank Wijckmans  photo Mr Frank Wijckmans Frank Wijckmans is a partner of contrast. He is active in the…
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