Linklaters > Brussels, Belgium > Firm Profile

Linklaters
RUE BREDERODE 13
1000 BRUXELLES
Belgium

Belgium > Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 1

Linklaters advises major domestic and international financial institutions and corporates on the full range of lending transactions, regulatory issues, and debt and equity capital markets mandates, with a notable and growing capability in work for private equity funds on ESG-focused financing and capital raising transactions. The team has been active on broader ESG issues for financial institutions, including sustainable financing, green bonds, and internal social responsibility matters. Arnaud Coibion heads up the team, focusing on acquisition financing and IPOs, while Charles-Antoine Leunen advises issuers and borrowers on investment-grade and leveraged financing as well as loan restructuring. David Ballegeer takes the lead on capital markets work alongside ECM specialist Filip LecoutreAnne-Sophie Vankemmelbeke, whose standout expertise includes hybrid bonds and MTN programmes, was promoted to partner in May 2023. Francis Wijnakker was promoted to counsel in May 2022, and is an up-and coming leader in the team alongside managing associates Evita Bassot and Laurens Cools, who specialise in ECM and PPP matters respectively.

Practice head(s):

Arnaud Coibion

Testimonials

‘The Linklaters team combines superior technical skills with market insights, commercial pragmatism and a wealth of experience.’

‘We particularly enjoy working with David Ballegeer, Francis Wijnakker and Tom Cobbaert, all stand-out individuals. The team is always appropriately staffed, available, responsive and commercially savvy.’

‘The practice is unique thanks to a dedicated and focused team with a wide experience on various financial instruments. The team also can easily provide access to other specialised resources within the firm thereby covering a large geographic and technical scope of services related to banking and finance.’

‘As partner in charge David Ballegeer has an in-depth technical and market knowledge enabling him to advise on contracts and instruments, complemented by a business approach. David has composed a specialized team, including amongst others Francis Wijnackers. Availability and focus of the team are great.’

‘Anne-Sophie Vankemmelbeke is a very dedicated lawyer, has a wide knowledge of market practices (especially in our industry) and has a good understanding of client and business requirements.’

‘Very broad experience. Very responsive.’

‘Charles-Antoine Leunen: very experienced, approachable, pragmatic, responsive. David Ballegeer: very experienced, approachable, pragmatic, responsive. Anne-Sophie Van Kemmelbeke: experienced, hard-working, responsive.’

‘All-round great team on all relevant aspects: negotiations, know-how, technical skills, project management, availability and cost management.’

Key clients

Cofinimmo

Euroclear

Immobel

Ontex

Sofina

Solvay

Aliaxis Finance

Ravago

Waterland Private Equity

D’Ieteren Automotive and D’Ieteren Group

Umicore

ING Belgium

Compagnie Nationale à Portefeuille

Elia

GBL

Work highlights

  • Advised Elia Group on its €590m rights issue, being the largest rights issue in Belgium since 2015.
  • Advised Ravago and its subsidiaries on its €1bn borrowing base multicurrency revolving credit facility agreement.
  • Advised Cofinimmo, a public regulated real estate company (REIT) and member of the BEL20, in relation to an issuance of €500m sustainable bonds due 24 January 2028

Belgium > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

Linklaters advises major international corporates and financial institutions on M&A, corporate finance, and structuring matters, handling cross-border mandates, often with multi-jurisdictional employment, tax, and regulatory issues. Sector strengths include financial services, private equity, industrials, and energy, which is a particular specialty of practice head Arnaud Coibion. Charles-Antoine Leunen combines transactional work and acquisition financing expertise, while Eric Pottier is an experienced player in cross-border M&A and public companies issues. Filip Lecoutre is noted for his capital markets expertise alongside transactional work, and An-Sofie Van Hootegem specialises in private equity deals.

Practice head(s):

Arnaud Coibion

Testimonials

‘High quality advice on cross-border M&A matters. Excellent client – lawyer relationship making the experience also an educational experience for the client. Good balance between assertiveness and diplomacy.’

‘The people I work with are all excellent, readily available and fully engaged. Ready to co-lead on key issues.’

‘The Linklaters team is very unique for us as they know us very well. They have a good understanding of our strategy, way to operate, internal decision making and what are the matters of utmost importance for us. On the billing side, there is very good transparency.’

‘I very much appreciate working with Charles-Antoine Leunen. He is pragmatic and to the point and tailors his advice to our needs.

‘Excellent firm with a broad practice in Belgium considered to be among the best in a wide range of legal services.’

‘Full service law firm with a significant European footprint.’

‘Good legal knowledge.’

‘Very good knowledge, experts, availability and easy accessible, pro-active, hands-on, know the client and take into accounts its needs and constraints, large and multidisciplinary teams.’

Key clients

ageas

Agfa-Gevaert

AKKA Technologies SE

Aperam S.A.

Ardian SAS

AXA SA

BNP Paribas Fortis Private Equity

E.ON SE

EIT Food IVZW

Emakina Group SA

ENGIE SA

Euroclear SA

Greiner AG

Hg Capital

Lesaffre International

Mediahuis NV

Orange Belgium SA

Orkila Capital LLC

Proximus NV

Richemont International SA

RTL Group

SiegCo (a Verlinvest holding company)

Sofina SA

Solvay SA

Unifiedpost Group SA

Verlinvest SA

Waterland

Work highlights

  • Advised Orange Belgium SA on the framework of its acquisition, from Nethys, of 75% less one share of VOO SA.
  • Advising Greiner AG on the acquisition of 27% of the shares in Recticel NV/SA from Compagnie du Bois Sauvage SA and the subsequent launch of an unsolicited takeover bid on all shares of Recticel NV/SA.
  • Advised AKKA Technologies, a company listed on Euronext Paris and Euronext Brussels, on its combination with the Adecco Group.

Belgium > EU regulatory: Privacy and data protection Tier 1

Linklaters stands out for its work on global data projects including cross-border data transfers, high-profile data breach response issues, and litigation. The firm acts for a wide range of major clients in telecoms, tech, and life sciences, and enjoys productive relationships with EU regulators and international data authorities. Tanguy Van Overstraeten leads the team, specialising in data and IT regulatory issues, while Guillaume Couneson is a key name for GDPR compliance and litigation. Managing associate Valérie Heremans has a strong focus on transactional data and international data transfers.

Practice head(s):

Tanguy Van Overstraeten

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Tanguy Van Overstraeten excellent knowledge and broad expertise of GDPR – exceptionally client focused – a pleasure to work with.’

‘Highly knowledgeable team with excellent communication skills and expertise in their field. Offer advice based on their experience, which brings us new insights on what happens at a global level. Very responsive and to the point answers to our requests.’

‘We rely on their excellent and thorough knowledge in the area of privacy and data protection as well as on their professional behavior.’

‘Outstanding knowledge in this area.’

‘The Data Protection and Privacy team around Tanguy Van Overstraeten is carefully composed of Data Protection experts and IT specialists. It is well orchestrated and collaborates extremely well. Linklaters is a prestigious law firm with an excellent global network. Linklaters Brussels Office has continuously provided us with clear and good-quality advice on a wide range of GDPR compliance questions in a timely manner.’

‘Tanguy Van Overstraeten is a very experienced and very well-connected Data Protection expert with a passion for IT. He is a pleasure to work with and very responsive. We rate him very highly and appreciate his pragmatic approach.’

‘Very pragmatic solutions with high legal advice.’

‘The team is reactive, available and pragmatic.’

Key clients

AXA

Degroof Petercam Asset Management

Invest Europe

Panasonic

Proximus

AKKA Technologies

Toyota

Work highlights

  • Assisted Proximus (the largest of Belgium’s three mobile telecommunications companies) for the development and operation of a new web-based and mobile device application for medical teleconsultation in Belgium.
  • Advising a growing number of international clients in relation to global data breaches.
  • Assisting a Japanese multinational company in the framework of a data subject access request under the GDPR in the framework of a court litigation.

Belgium > Tax Tier 1

Linklaters‘s tax practice combines deep experience and a ‘high level of technical ability‘ to provide support to clients in transactional, advisory, and contentious matters. R&D incentives are a particular focus, with ‘very knowledgeable and experienced‘ team lead Henk Vanhulle highly regarded in this area, as well as for his expertise in M&A, capital markets, and real estate transactions. Guido De Wit is an expert in VAT, while Caroline Borgers, made up to partner in May 2022, is strong in incentives, structuring, and disputes. Associate Matthieu Possoz, meanwhile, has a broad experience across Belgian and international tax issues.

Practice head(s):

Henk Vanhulle

Testimonials

‘Linklaters is an extremely professional firm to work with.’

‘Professional people and service. Very experienced in tax and litigation. High level of availability. Nice people.’ 

‘Incredible speed of response and understanding of the life sciences business, which allows for very tailored advice.’

‘Good knowledge. Dare to present solutions and alternatives. Very professional treatment of the client.’

‘The team has a very wide tax practice. Reactivity and business-oriented advice, combined with a high level of technical ability due to some members having academic roles.’

‘Henk Vanhulle is very knowledgeable and experienced. A trusted adviser. Caroline Borgers is very reliable and responsive. Very nice to work with.’

‘Caroline Borgers really stands out from the competitors in the market, as well as within Linklaters itself. She is reliable, discreet, knowledgeable, and easy to work with. What more can you ask for?’

‘Matthieu Possoz is really appreciated by the market. He has a strong track record in all tax matters. He is very pragmatic and always finds an appropriate solution to tax problems. Caroline Borgers also has a very strong profile and is particularly appreciated.’

Key clients

Johnson & Johnson

Waterland

ageas

J.P. Morgan

Ahold Delhaize

Banque Degroof Petercam

Elia

Proximus

NXMH

P&V

AXA

BNP Paribas Fortis

Galapagos

ArcelorMittal

Belfius Bank

Work highlights

  • Advising ArcelorMittal Belgium on the strategic and tax R&D incentives in relation to its €1.1bn investment in decarbonisation technologies at its flagship Gent plant.
  • Advising P&V, a Belgian insurance company, in the context of post-M&A tax issues after the acquisition of PI, another insurance company.
  • Representing various clients in proceedings before the General Court of the CJEU in relation to the qualification of the Belgian excess profit tax ruling system as an ‘aid scheme’ giving rise to unlawful state aid.

Belgium > Dispute resolution Tier 2

A stellar line-up of market-leading corporates turn to the Brussels-based team at Linklaters for its capabilities in big-ticket litigation and arbitration proceedings. Practice chair and office managing partner Stefaan Loosveld is a key port of call for many of the firm’s clients, particularly for his expertise in contentious regulatory and insolvency matters.  Praised for his ‘excellent strategic insights and negotiation skills‘, Xavier Taton specialises in energy litigation, while Florence Danis‘ capabilities are concentrated in injunction and collective redress, most recently in the tech and utilities sectors. Managing associate Gert-Jan Hendrix is similarly well-versed in class actions, while fellow managing associate Guillaume Croisant is experienced in construction sector disputes and arbitrations.

Practice head(s):

Stefaan Loosveld; Xavier Taton; Florence Danis

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Strong commitment, strong knowledge of concerned legal matters, strong ability to understand specificities of our business model. Efficient in results, crystal clear in explanation.’

‘Their response times to any of the queries we constantly put to them are unbeatable. Moreover, we have found that the quality of their advice is marvellous and far superior to that of other firms whose work we often see, and we say this because of the degree of detail with which they study each question and the number of possible scenarios they present us with depending on the path we choose in each case.’

‘Guillaume Croisant’s service is unbeatable and his mastery of all the ins and outs of the project he advises us on (which has multiple ramifications) is impressive.’

‘Linklaters has an excellent standing for dispute resolution in Belgium. It is highly integrated with other practices and jurisdictions; a key asset for global companies wishing to ensure consistency across multiple jurisdictions. Excellent technical skills.’

‘Xavier Taton has excellent strategic insights and negotiation skills which have led to highly satisfactory results. Guillaume Croisant is a rising star at the bar, who combines technical excellency with pragmatic strategic advice.’

Key clients

The Bank of New York Mellon

Lhoist Group

ORES

Wilhelm & Co Group

Republic of Mauritius

BNYM

Work highlights

  • Appointed by BNYM in the context of a garnishment order by the Enforcement Judge at the Dutch-speaking Court of First Instance in Brussels.
  • Successfully represented the Republic of Mauritius in the annulment proceedings of an arbitral award having declined jurisdiction over a USD 1 billion claim of an investor against our client.
  • Advising a number of clients in different sectors in the context of several class actions, only a limited number of which have been filed to date in Belgium.

Belgium > Environment Tier 2

Linklaters‘s environment team handles both standalone matters and environmental issues arising from major transactions, working in collaboration with the firm’s corporate, finance and real estate lawyers to provide full-service support to a roster of clients including major multinationals. ‘Competent and knowledgeable‘ in issues ranging from public procurement and real estate to regulatory advice and waste management, Lieve Swartenbroux heads the practice. She is supported by managing associate Melissa Verplancke.

Practice head(s):

Lieve Swartenbroux

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Great support on very technically difficult files.’

‘The team’s strength is clearly the quality of the work. They are very trustworthy.’

‘Lieve Swartenbroux heads the practice, and is very competent and knowledgeable.’

Key clients

ENGIE

Renault

Tiense Suikerraffinaderij

Work highlights

  • Advised Wind4Flanders Projects 5 as borrower’s counsel in relation to the project financing of six onshore wind farms.
  • Advised Cofinimmo on the acquisition of five retirement homes in Belgium.
  • Advised a US private equity fund on its €50m investment in Belgian football club Club Brugge.

Belgium > EU regulatory: Financial services Tier 2

Linklaters advises an international range of banks, financial institutions, insurers, and investment funds on regulatory compliance relating to MiFID, PSD, and other regimes, domestic regulatory and governance concerns, and emerging issues relating to ESG and crypto assets. The team is led by Belgian and EU financial regulation specialist Etienne Dessy, who has notable experience of handling cross-border bank mergers and reorganisations alongside regulatory investigations and enforcement proceedings in the financial services sector, while counsel Andreas Van Impe, promoted in May 2022, specialises in fintech products work.

Practice head(s):

Etienne Dessy

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Very reactive and dedicated team. The role of each person is clearly identified and complementary. Deadlines are always respected. Good understanding of the request and relevant advice.’

‘Very intelligent and professional persons with a subtle sense of humour when necessary.’

Key clients

Euroclear

Warburg Pincus

Synatom

BNP ParibasP Asset Managament

Unifiedpost Group

Degroof Petercam Asset Management

bpost

The Bank of New York Mellon

CACEIS

Proximus

Bank of America

Ageas

J.P. Morgan

Barclays

Morgan Stanley

BlackRock

Candriam

Johnson & Johnson

Aion Bank

Bank Nagelmackers

Cofinimme

KBC

Alipay

Pimco

Credit Mutuel

ING

Credendo

Credit Suisse

AXA

Belfius

State Street Global Advisors

Work highlights

  • Advising Euroclear on its acquisition and integration of the MFEX group.
  • Advising Unifiedpost Group and its subsidiaries on the expansion of its PSD activities throughout the EU on various financial regulatory matters.

Belgium > EU regulatory: Information technology Tier 2

Linklaters advises clients on the regulatory aspects of IT projects, with a strong focus on the financial services, telecoms, pharma, and energy sectors in particular. Work includes outsourcing, IT procurement, and cloud projects, often including complex regulatory issues such as infrastructure-as-a-service contracts. The team is led by TMT sector regulatory specialist Tanguy Van Overstraeten, who has a strong record in large-scale IT procurements, supported by Guillaume Couneson, who is a key name for assistance with electronic communications, telecoms, and transitional services agreements.

Practice head(s):

Tanguy Van Overstraeten

Other key lawyers:

Guillaume Couneson; Claudia Allatta; Valérie Heremans

Testimonials

‘Excellent knowledge and expertise of the domain; great availability; respect of deadlines; excellent quality of work; expensive but good price/quality.’

‘Tanguy Van Overstraeten is very experienced in his domain; great availability; excellent quality of work; pro-active approach’

‘Enormous wealth of experience and industry knowledge coupled with superior brain power. A thorough understanding of the sector I work in. Real team work when advising on a case or contract. Patience when it comes to dealing with lack of knowledge on our side. An excellent eye for detail and a total commitment to reach the best possible decision / outcome for their clients.’

‘They never give up. Totally committed to reaching the best possible deal for their client. Always prepared to work under pressure. They never miss a deadline. They explain difficult items in understandable layman’s terms. They never seem to get stressed.’

Key clients

AXA

CLT-UFA (RTL Group)

Degroof Petercam Asset Management

Eneco Belgium (Mitsubishi Group)

Proximus

Orange

AKKA Technologies

Agfa-Gevaert

Work highlights

  • Assisted Agfa-Gevaert with the outsourcing of their IT (ICS) department globally towards a third party supplier.
  • Advised Proximus (the largest of Belgium’s three telecommunications companies) on the development and operation of a new web-based and mobile device application for medical teleconsultation in Belgium.
  • Assisting Degroof Petercam Asset Management (“DPAM”) in relation to the development of an innovative tech-driven investment product which DPAM intends to provide to several players in the Benelux market and beyond as well as a related intuitive online investment simulation tool.

Belgium > Fintech Tier 2

Linklaters offers a broad service to institutional clients entering the fintech space, working with banks, financial institutions, as well as funds and payment providers on regulatory, intellectual property, and general corporate issues, including transactions and structuring. The firm advises a number of international players on Belgian market entry and compliance with EU regulations, with a particular focus on digital funds, blockchain, and crypto assets. The team is led by financial regulation head Etienne Dessy, Guillaume Couneson, who takes the lead on data and intellectual property issues, and Andreas Van Impe, a fintech specialist with experience advising established institutions on new digital products, who was promoted to counsel in May 2022.

Practice head(s):

Guillaume Couneson; Etienne Dessy; Andreas Van Impe

Testimonials

‘We had a great brainstorm session on blockchain and crypto assets’

‘Etienne Dessy and his team are always up-to-date on different topics and ready to give clear presentations and well appreciated insights.’

Key clients

Proximus

AXA

Wise Europe

Unifiedpost Group

Euroclear

bpost

BNP Paribas Fortis

Belfius Bank

Work highlights

  • Advising Unifiedpost Group and its subsidiaries throughout the EU on various FinTech matters, such as, remote onboarding, providing FX services, implementing recurring payment schemes and app based invoice factoring.
  • Assisting Degroof Petercam Asset Management in relation to the development of an innovative tech-driven investment product which DPAM intends to provide to several players in the Benelux market and beyond as well as a related intuitive online investment simulation tool.
  • Assisting Euroclear in structuring the integration of the digital MFEX fund distribution platform into the larger Euroclear product offering.

Belgium > Private equity Tier 2

Linklaters advises private equity funds ranging from international bulge-bracket investors through to mid-cap regional players throughout their life-cycle, handling fund structuring, transactions, portfolio company issues, and exits, combining strong transactional expertise with integrated financing, tax, and regulatory capabilities. The firm has a strong record in public M&A by private equity clients, particularly PIPE transactions. Arnaud Coibion leads the team, specialising in private equity transactions in regulated industries, and Charles-Antoine Leunen takes the lead on financing work. An-Sofie Van Hootegem has a broad portfolio of international sponsor clients, and handles buyouts, exits, and management-side issues.

Practice head(s):

Arnaud Coibion

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Very commercial attitude. We had a rapidly evolving deal, where the needs and demands were not crystal clear from the outset. The team was flexible and pragmatic to adapt to this.’

‘Filip Lecoutre was very responsive and hands-on. He is also kind enough to keep sending updates about the target even after the deal was aborted to keep us up to speed.’

‘Linklaters has a long-standing reputation as a top law firm in M&A. We highly recommend Linklaters to other scale-up companies, in particular in larger, competitive financing rounds.’

‘Partner Filip Lecoutre and managing associate Nils Vermeulen both stand out in terms of professionalism, deal making capabilities and proactiveness and during the whole transaction. Nils Vermeulen is a young potential that recently joined the team, as managing associate his expertise in start-up and scale-up financing is particularly valued in our transaction.’

‘I enjoy working with Linklaters because I feel confident that, in addition to the core private equity team (which has excellent knowledge of the sector), it is surrounded by specialists who can provide input on specific technical issues and deliver a very valuable full service, and guarantee that all important issues are properly addressed and integrated into the analysis’

‘An-Sofie Van Hootegem is an outstanding lawyer, with an excellent knowledge of the deal specificities and complexities of the private equity sector.’

Key clients

Ardian

Hg

Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan

Warburg Pincus

Waterland

Gimv

BNP Paribas Fortis Private Equity

Sofina

Verlinvest

Cobepa

GBL

Orkila Capital

Gilde Equity Management

NMP Capital

Dovesco

Baltisse

Société Régionale d’Investissement de Wallonie (SRIW)

Robur Capital

Alcopa

Belgium > Real estate and construction Tier 2

Offering ‘high-quality and fast services‘ in all aspects of real estate transactions, Linklaters‘s real estate team covers financing, public procurement, project development, and corporate M&A for real estate funds and investors, with additional capabilities in litigation and planning and permitting. Yves Moreau heads the team, with experience in the full range of complex real estate transactions. Pieter Puelinckx is also noted, while counsel France Englebert brings specialist expertise in the hotel sector to the team.

Practice head(s):

Yves Moreau

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Professional team with experts in diverse matters.’

‘Flexible and offering high-quality and fast services. Multilingual and keep in close contact with the client. Interaction with the teams in other countries is a plus.’

Key clients

Befimmo

CBRE Investment Management

Cofinimmo

BESIX

INEOS

VEREF I Management (Victory Advisors)

Thomas & Piron

Matexi Group

AG Real Estate

Inter Real Estate Trusty

REBEL Group

Work highlights

  • Advised CBRE Investment Management Belgium and PEC Holdings on the structuring and incorporation of a joint business with a view to progressively acquiring a portfolio of SPVs holding existing and future logistics assets across Europe.
  • Advised Thomas & Piron Holding on the acquisition of Belgian construction group BAM Galère and its Luxembourg subsidiary.
  • Advised Les Mousquetaires – Intermarché, a French retail group, on the acquisition of a Belgian retail group, a subsidiary of the Carrefour Group.

Belgium > Competition: Belgian law Tier 3

Linklaters advises a wide range of clients, including major global names in financial services, life sciences, and tech, on BCA merger notification processes, as well as representation in behavioural investigations and antitrust cases. Gerwin Van Gerven, a vastly experienced expert in Belgian and international competition law, leads the team alongside Bernd Meyring. Liliane Gam was promoted to counsel in May 2022, and has a strong record across merger, cartel and state aid cases.

Practice head(s):

Bernd Meyring; Gerwin Van Gerven

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

AB InBev

Agfa

AXA Belgium NV

Bekaert

BNP Paribas Fortis

DELA Holding NV

Detailresult Groep N.V. & DKM Holding B.V Y

Mediahuis NV

Pharma Belgium – Belmedis

RLT Group

Sofina

Solvay

Unilin

Verlinvest

Work highlights

  • Advised Pharma Belgium-Belmedis (McKesson) on an antitrust investigation by the Belgian Competition Authority (BCA) against pharmaceutical wholesalers.
  • Advised RTL Group on the competition aspects of the sale, to DPG Media NV and Rossel & CIE SA, of RTL Belgium SA.
  • Advised AXA on its sale of AXA Bank Belgium to Crelan and the simultaneous sale of Crelan’s insurance business to AXA. The transaction involved a notification to the Belgian Competition Authority.

Belgium > Competition: EU and global Tier 3

Linklaters handles global merger control proceedings, with expertise in EU and UK clearance processes, alongside strength in conduct investigations, state aid issues, and – increasingly – foreign subsidy and FDI control matters. The firm handles mergers and investigations in key sectors such as heavy industrials, automotives, financial services, and healthcare, which is a key focus for Annamaria Mangiaracina, who regularly works with major life sciences and pharma clients, as well as private equity investors. Practice head Bernd Meyring offers broad expertise in merger and cartel proceedings, and the highly experienced Gerwin Van Gerven regularly advises corporates on developments in antitrust law. Neil Hoolihan was promoted to partner in May 2022, and is noted for his strong capabilities in parallel merger investigations involving the European Commission and CMA. William Leslie, a specialist for EU merger control in the tech and telecom industries, made partner in May 2023.

Practice head(s):

Bernd Meyring

Testimonials

‘Linklaters has provided general competition advice in the EU and UK (including on merger control and antitrust issues). Their advice has been timely, insightful and well thought through. We would recommend them for competition advice in the EU and UK. One strength of the team includes their knowledge of financial regulation and collaboration with the firm’s Financial Regulation Group.’

‘Linklaters is among our best outside counsel for appropriate resourcing and efficiently delivering services.’

Key clients

Aperam

Denso

GrandVision

Greiner

Kelkoo

LeasePlan

PWC

Thermo Fisher

Unilever

Vodafone

Work highlights

  • Advised TDR Capital and LeasePlan on the contemplated acquisition by ALD, Societe Generale’s car leasing division.
  • Advised Greiner AG on its envisaged hostile takeover of Recticel NV/SA.
  • Advised Unilever on the separation and EUR 4.5 billion sale of its global tea business to CVC.

Belgium > Employment Tier 3

Linklaters advises on the employment aspects of corporate deals and restructurings, hiring and firing, and disputes concerning dismissals, discrimination, and harassment. Counsel Nele Van Kerrebroeck leads the team, bringing specialist knowledge of whistleblowing to the table in addition to her transactional experience. Luc Vanaverbeke has a broad practice encompassing collective dismissals and union relations, while corporate and finance partner Thierry L’Homme leads on incentives and remuneration issues.

Practice head(s):

Nele Van Kerrebroeck

Other key lawyers:

Luc Vanaverbeke; Thierry L’Homme; Jennifer Granado Aranzana

Testimonials

‘Flexibility, pragmatism, openness, accessibility, creativity.’ 

‘What makes Linklaters unique is that they have very approchable partners who take a lot of time to understand the context and the case. They are also very transparent and professional at all times.’

‘Very available team, used to working on complex and high-stakes matters.’

‘It is the feeling of partnership, combined with high standards, knowledge, and quality, that makes the team stand out.’ 

‘Exceptional drive and dedication to the case and the clients. Always there to help or explain things. Goes far beyond the requested service and provides a very good follow-up. It’s always a pleasure to work with Nele, and we are confident that our cases will be in very good hands!’

‘Nele Van Kerrebroeck always finds the best and most pragmatic solution for us.’ 

‘Luc Vanaverbeke and Jennifer Granado Aranzana are always happy to assist, even with the sometimes very challenging deadlines of the retail industry.’

Key clients

Agfa

Intermarchés (Groupement les Mousquetaires)

Hennes & Mauritz NV/SA

Umicore

La Lorraine Bakery Group

Fluxys

Galapagos

Unilin

Belgium > Industry focus: IT and telecoms Tier 3

The team at Linklaters, which is particularly proficient in data protection, assists IT clients on projects across a range of industries. The group assists domestic and international clients across the telecommunication sector, advising on the full spectrum of electronic communication matters, including regulatory work and transactional projects. Department head Tanguy Van Overstraeten – a market veteran with more than three decades of experience – regularly handles advisory, transactional and litigation work, and possesses a particular aptitude in IT outsourcing projects.

Practice head(s):

Tanguy Van Overstraeten

Testimonials

‘The team has very good knowledge of the market. The lawyers understand the situation and interests of both the IT firms and their clients.’ 

‘We appreciate the deep knowledge and experience of Tanguy Van Overstraeten, and his capacity to defend the interests of his clients.’

‘Tanguy Van Overstraeten is an asset to balance negotiations with big IT firms.’

‘Excellent knowledge of the legal domain; great availability; good price/quality of work; perfectionism.’

‘Tanguy Van Overstraeten is an excellent lawyer, he has a proactive approach, is solution-based, and is a good negotiator.’

Key clients

AXA

CLT-UFA (RTL Group)

Degroof Petercam Asset Management

Eneco Belgium (Mitsubishi Group)

Proximus

Orange

AKKA Technologies

Agfa-Gevaert

Work highlights

  • Assisted Agfa-Gevaert with the outsourcing of their IT (ICS) department globally towards a third party supplier.
  • Advised Proximus on the development and operation of a new web-based and mobile device application for medical teleconsultation in Belgium.
  • Assisted Degroof Petercam Asset Management with the development of an innovative tech-driven investment product.

Belgium > Intellectual property Tier 4

Linklaters‘s intellectual property team handles the IP aspects of high-value transactions, including portfolio acquisitions and licensing. Consumer sector specialist Pieter Van Den Broecke heads the practice, with notable support from managing associate Tom De Coster.  The firm is particularly well regarded by financial services and technology sector clients, and has additional expertise in contentious proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Pieter Van Den Broecke

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Our experience with the Linklaters IP team, and in particular Pieter Van Den Broecke, was first-rate in terms of legal skills, the ability to find practical solutions, negotiation skills and the ability to look for win-win situations for both parties, and availability. On this last point, I would like to flag that, for one matter, we only called Pieter on a Friday for a negotiation that then took place over the weekend.’

Key clients

AXA S.A.

CGG S.A.

RTL

Vewd Software Holdings Limited

Linklaters is recognised as the market-leading law firm in Belgium, with a presence in the Belgian market dating from 1969 and with offices in both Brussels and Antwerp. We advise our clients on a day-to-day basis on a wide array of issues. In today’s world, many of those issues require a truly international and cross-practice outlook, which is one of our strengths. Moreover, our advisory capabilities and our transactional expertise cross-fertilise each other.

With more than 120 lawyers, we offer unrivalled depth and breadth. We have specialists for all the legal needs that arise for the corporations, financial institutions and governments that we advise. The Belgian team is closely integrated within the global platform. It provides access to insights and developments across the globe and integrated legal expertise wherever our clients need it. We are proud of our credibility and relationships with the international institutions based in Belgium. A dedicated EU Law and Policy group stays close to developments at the level of EU institutions and enables our legal experts to provide advice that is anchored in a solid understanding of the evolving political framework.

Our lawyers are leading experts in their fields with a global mindset and platform. They are advising on the most complex M&A and real estate transactions, financial structures, tax strategies, IP and data protection issues, as well as on regulatory compliance strategies and employment issues. We defend our clients’ interests and represent them in Belgian, European and international institutions and courts as well as before Belgian and international arbitration bodies.

Our team takes pride and invests in understanding both our clients’ objectives and the framework in which these objectives are realised. This enables sound strategic counselling for outstanding results and to develop long-standing relationships.

Department Name Email Telephone
Litigation, Arbitration & Investigations Stefaan Loosveld stefaan.loosveld@linklaters.com
Banking and Capital Markets David Ballegeer david.ballegeer@linklaters.com
Antitrust & Foreign Investment Annamaria Mangiaracina annamaria.mangiaracina@linklaters.com
Corporate / M&A Arnaud Coibion arnaud.coibion@linklaters.com
Employment Nele Van Kerrebroeck nele.van_kerrebroeck@linklaters.com
Financial Regulation Etienne Dessy etienne.dessy@linklaters.com
FinTech Guillaume Couneson guillaume.couneson@linklaters.com
Intellectual Property Pieter Van Den Broecke pieter.van_den_broecke@linklaters.com
Real Estate Yves Moreau yves.moreau@linklaters.com
Tax Caroline Borgers caroline.borgers@linklaters.com
TMT Tanguy Van Overstraeten tanguy.van_overstraeten@linklaters.com
Lawyers (including Partners) : 125
Partners : 24
Total staff : 190