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Belgium

Banking, finance and capital markets
Banking, finance and capital markets - ranked: tier 3

ALTIUS

ALTIUS' practice is led by Yves Brosens, who has a particularly strong reputation in PPP projects and export finance, and is well-known for his experience of infrastructure projects and investment deals in sub-Saharan Africa. Brosens' arrival from DLA Piper has enabled the firm to win a number of key mandates in this area from banks and large multinational corporations. Brosens' team is also highly regarded for other types of structurally-complex finance transactions and matters involving a combination of finance instruments, such as corporate loans involving asset-based elements, among other matters. On the regulatory side, in addition to advising on issues directly related to transactions, the team assists clients with a wide range of standalone matters, including MiFID, Payment Services Directive II and anti-money laundering.

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Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 3

ALTIUS

The¬†'flexible' corporate and M&A department at ALTIUS¬†fields a team of¬†'pragmatic business people'. In a matter led by Carine Van Regenmortel¬†the team¬†acted for¬†SC Johnson & Son on its cross-border acquisition of¬†People Against Dirty Holdings from Skagen Conscience Capital. The group also assisted Indufin Capital Partners on its strategic investment in IT specialist Cheops.¬†Recently promoted partner Marie Brasseur¬†attracts praise for her 'impressive¬†knowledge' and led advice to¬†Viasat on its acquisition of the France-based company Locster. Other key names to note are Tom Vantroyen¬†and J√©r√īme Vermeylen,¬†who jointly head the team alongside Van Regenmortel and Brasseur.

Next Generation Partners

Marie Brasseur - ALTIUS

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Competition: Belgian law
Competition: Belgian law - ranked: tier 3

ALTIUS

Carmen Verdonck leads ALTIUS' team, which has built up an impressive body of experience in state aid cases, IP-related competition cases and merger reviews. In addition, it is increasingly involved in proceedings before Belgian and European competition authorities and courts, where matters involve alleged abuses of dominance or anti-competitive agreements. Verdonck, who has 'her finger on the pulse' and has 'a good network', recently worked with counsel Grégory Ernes and associate Quentin Silvestre to act for showjumper Lisa Nooren and horse stable Henk Nooren Handelsstal SPRL in proceedings before the Belgium Competition Authority over the invitation rules used for the Global 5-Star show jumping events. Verdonck was also the lead adviser to telecoms group Altice on the competition law aspects of the sale of the group’s Belgian cable network company, Coditel Brabant, to Telenet. In the state aid space, Verdonck and senior associate Beatrijs Gielen are representing the Agency for Nature and Forestry in the European Commission's investigation into alleged state aid being granted to three Flemish-recognised land management nature organisations.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 3

ALTIUS

Among ALTIUS' recent caseload, Alexander Hansebout acted for the creditors of the Central Bank of Iraq (CBI) in cross-jurisdictional litigation against the CBI itself and competing creditors relating to assets of CBI seized in Brussels during the Gulf Wars. Hansebout jointly heads the group with Christophe Ronse.

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 2

ALTIUS

ALTIUS's 'dedicated' team combines 'excellent strength in depth' with 'in-depth knowledge of the market'. Practice head Philippe De Wulf 'delivers pragmatic advice'; he is assisting a life sciences company with a restructuring and sequenced dismissal procedure following its acquisition of another entity. Sven Demeulemeester, who is well known for his expertise in sports law, advised the Algerian Football Association on the dismissal of its head coach and two assistant coaches.

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Industry focus: Food
Industry focus: Food - ranked: tier 1

ALTIUS

ALTIUS' agriculture and food group counts many well-known food and beverage brands among its clients and is frequently instructed to handle a range of corporate, commercial and IP-related issues. In a recent work highlight, the team acted for¬†Mo√ęt Hennessy (Suisse) in trade mark infringement proceedings against an artist who sold textile goods bearing the¬†Dom P√©rignon mark.

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Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences
Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences - ranked: tier 2

ALTIUS

The life sciences team at ALTIUS continues to act for key national and multinational players in the sector in contentious and non-contentious matters. The group represented Genentech in biosimilar litigation against Pfizer relating to patent protection for Herceptin, which is used in the treatment of cancer. Christophe Ronse heads up the practice and is best known for pharmaceutical patent litigation. Phillippe de Jong is another key name to note and has particular experience advising on the protection of plant biotechnological inventions and Nagoya Protocol compliance.

Leading individuals

Christophe Ronse - ALTIUS

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Industry focus: IT and telecoms
Industry focus: IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 2

ALTIUS

The information communications technology team at ALTIUS acts for a client roster that ranges from well-known global players to spin-offs and start-ups. The department is regularly instructed on corporate transactions, compliance and e-commerce projects. Practice head Gerrit Vandendriessche attracts praise for his 'to the point, accurate and no-nonsense' approach and has significant experience in both contentious and non-contentious matters. Senior associate Alexander Schillebeeckx rejoined the group from VAN INNIS & DELARUE. Other changes to the team include the promotion of Geoffroy Regout to managing associate.

Leading individuals

Gerrit Vandendriessche - ALTIUS

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Industry focus: Retail
Industry focus: Retail - ranked: tier 1

ALTIUS

Singled out for its 'mix of knowledge, pragmatism and availability', the retail and consumer goods team at ALTIUS acts for well-known brands and retailers particularly those in the clothing, accessories, footwear and luxury goods industries. The department is frequently instructed on a range of strategic commercial, employment and real estate matters and also disputes. It advised Zara on e-commerce, distant sales, direct marketing, cookies, payment methods and commercial communication considerations relating to its transactional websites. Carmen Verdonck heads the team. Other clients include Foot Locker, Gucci and Marc O’Polo.

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Industry focus: media and entertainment
Industry focus: media and entertainment - ranked: tier 1

ALTIUS

ALTIUS fields 'a very strong sports practice with excellent understanding of the Belgian regulatory regime'. The team was instructed by Let's play to assist with signing Belgian international football players, as well as in litigation against a player's former agent. It is also acting for KV Kortrijk on the development of its new stadium. The department has advised two games developers on the Gaming Commission's report on issues of gambling in video games. 'Very knowledgeable' IP litigator Paul Maeyaert heads up the practice alongside sports lawyer Sven Demeulemeester, who is 'highly recommended', particularly for his 'excellent technical knowledge'. Other key names to note include counsel Grégory Ernes and senior associate Alexander De Bleeckere, who is 'an expert in intellectual property law'.

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Insolvency and restructuring
Insolvency and restructuring - ranked: tier 3

ALTIUS

ALTIUS'¬†insolvency and restructuring team frequently acts for creditors and investors in judicial proceedings and disputes. It acted for De Raekt S√†rl, Luxemburg on the protection of its right of preference and securities in the framework of its outstanding loans to CarreŐĀCouture. Carine Van Regenmortel¬†and Alexander Hansebout¬†jointly head the practice and are key names for restructuring advice and disputes respectively.¬†Marie Brasseur¬†was recently promoted to the partnership.

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 2

ALTIUS

ALTIUS' multidisciplinary practice, which is co-led by¬†Alexander Hansebout¬†and¬†J√©r√īme Vermeylen, provides a comprehensive service to insurance companies, reinsurers and insurance intermediaries, among other clients. The team's work spans areas such as regulatory compliance (including anti-money laundering, and privacy and data protection), the structuring of distribution channels, cooperation agreements between insurance companies and third parties, dispute resolution and employment law advice.¬† Counsel¬†Stijn Van Schel¬†is a key figure in the team.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

ALTIUS

Paul Maeyaert heads the well-regarded IP practice at ALTIUS. The firm is noted for its expertise across the gamut of IP matters, especially in plant variety rights, patents, trade marks, unfair competition and parallel trade. The group is acting for Omega Pharma in a number of trade mark infringement cases; Dom Pérignon is another key client. Christophe Ronse, Olivier Vrins and counsel Jeroen Muyldermans are key contacts.

Leading individuals

Christophe Ronse - ALTIUS

Olivier Vrins - ALTIUS

Paul Maeyaert - ALTIUS

Next Generation Partners

Jeroen Muyldermans - ALTIUS

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Not-for-profit
Not-for-profit - ranked: tier 1

ALTIUS

ALTIUS' cross-disciplinary team, which is led by¬†J√©r√īme Vermeylen,¬†is knowledgeable about all the issues that are core to the functioning of NPOs. The group has expertise in matters such as competition, corporate, dispute resolution, intellectual property and employment. Vermeylen assists the Council of European Energy Regulators with various matters; recent work includes advising the client on its governance, and also the amendment of certain provisions of its articles of association and internal rules.¬†Carmen Verdonck¬†and¬†Beatrijs Gielen¬†recently represented BBGZ (Association of Stevedores at the Port of Zeebrugge) at the Belgian Supreme Court in an appeal by the Belgian Competition Authority (BCA) of the Brussels Court of Appeal's judgment that the BCA's dawn raids to investigate possible price-fixing practices¬†at the Ports of Zeebrugge, Ghent and Antwerp were unlawful.¬† The firm also acts for many other types of clients, including charities, sports federations and healthcare institutes.¬†Gerrit Vandendriessche,¬†Olivier Vrins¬†and associate¬†Jan Clinck¬†are other names to note.

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Private equity
Private equity - ranked: tier 3

ALTIUS

The private equity group at ALTIUS has experience acting for domestic and international private equity firms, in addition to handling venture capital investments particularly in the IT and life sciences sectors. Practice head Tom Vantroyen led a team that acted for Indufin Capital Partners on its strategic investment in IT services company Cheops. The group is also frequently instructed by Blackstone Real Estate on real estate investments and exits. Marie Brasseur was recently promoted to the partnership.

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Real estate and construction
Real estate and construction - ranked: tier 3

ALTIUS

ALTIUS attracts praise for its 'high level of expertise' in real estate law. The retail arena is a key strength for the practice; in a highlight, Lieven Peeters assisted Douwe Egberts with the sale of its main offices and production plant in Grimbergen. The team also handles instructions relating to the development of logistics parks, hotels and office buildings, to name a few. William Timmermans is a key contact for the regulatory aspects of real estate transactions.

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