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Herlinde Burez

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Corporate & Business Law


Herlinde Burez is partner of contrast specializing in business law matters. She supports clients in shaping commercial relationships (e.g. with distributors and suppliers) to fit their business needs. She also assists clients in the day-to-day management of those relationships, including in relation to the termination of commercial cooperation agreements and related conflict management. Herlinde also has extensive experience in EU and Belgian merger control, and in the coordination of multi-jurisdictional mergers.


Since 2006: contrast. Before 2006: VWEW; Laga & Philippe.


Dutch, French and English.


Member of the Brussels Bar.


University of Aix-Marseille III (LL.M.); University of Ghent (Lic. Jur.).


Commercial, corporate and M&A

Within: Commercial, corporate and M&A

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.

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Competition: Belgian law

Within: Competition: Belgian law

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.

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Competition: EU and global

Within: Competition: EU and global

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 figure' Frank 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.

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