Firm Profile > Baker McKenzie CVBA/SCRL > Brussels, Belgium

Baker McKenzie CVBA/SCRL
MANHATTAN
BOLWERKLAAN 21 AVENUE DU BOULEVARD
1210 BRUSSELS
Belgium

Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 1

Baker McKenzie CVBA/SCRL, whose banking and finance practice is led by Antoine De Raeve, provides full-service support on a wide range of transactions. Its team includes Michael Van Acker, who has a first-rate reputation in leveraged finance. Elsewhere, the firm is well-known for its strengths in real estate finance and syndicated lending, and it also excels in trade and export finance matters. Van Acker works closely with recently promoted partner Eric Blomme. Corporate finance head Koen Vanhaerents assists Belgian and foreign clients with debt and equity capital markets transactions, as well as public M&A. Another key figure in the capital markets space is Roel Meers, who is particularly knowledgeable about the healthcare and life sciences sector. In 2018, De Raeve and associate Thomas Vanthournout acted for KBC Bank (as arranger) and the other lenders on financing the restructuring of Hansea. Also notable is that Blomme led the advice to KBC Bank and Belfius Bank on the provision of financing to SnowWorld.

Practice head(s):

Antoine De Raeve (for banking and finance); Koen Vanhaerents (for capital markets)

Testimonials

Great team. They know the answer before you have even asked the question. Very hands-on and experienced

Roel Meers is always available and gives strong, clear and actionable advice

Key clients

KBC Bank

ING

Samsonite

Rabobank

BNP Paribas Fortis

The Navigators Group

FCA Capital Belgium

KeBeK

Cardif Lux Vie

FPIM-SFPI (Federale Participatie- en Investeringsmaatschappij/Société Fédérale de Participations et d’Investissement)

Worldline

Green Oak Capital

Tikehau Investment Management

VF Corporation

The Estée Lauder Companies

Belfius Bank

Mithra Pharmaceuticals SA

Galapagos NV

Biocartis

Sequana Medical NV

Bryan, Garnier & Co

MDxHealth SA

Traxys

Ergon Capital Partners

Agristo

Gulf Petrochem

Environment Tier 1

Baker McKenzie CVBA/SCRL serves as a one-stop shop for advice on domestic and European environmental law. Jointly led by senior counsel Pascal Mallien and Jean-François Vandenberghe, the group assists Belgian and international clients with issues such as waste, soil and groundwater contamination, chemicals and hazardous substances. It is particularly sought out to handle environmental issues associated with telecommunications infrastructure, onshore and offshore wind farms, petrochemical and gas distribution facilities. Elsewhere, the team also plays a key role in domestic and cross-border M&A deals. Vandenberghe specialises in environmental issues associated with real estate transactions, with a focus on soil-related matters. Mallien has a wealth of experience handling environmental compliance, permitting and litigation. Koen De Winter and associate Mario Deketelaere are advising Gosselin Group on the follow-up and execution of the Gosselin Brownfield Agreement, which relates to a brownfield remediation and redevelopment project in Antwerp.

Practice head(s):

Pascal Mallien; Jean-François Vandenberghe

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Unique team, unique knowledge, excellent client focus and quality

Key clients

Octa+

Lukoil Belgium

Vopak

Aleris

Tractebel Engineering

Electrabel

Recticel

Gosselin Group

EU regulatory: Privacy and data protection Tier 1

At Baker McKenzie CVBA/SCRL, GDPR compliance instructions dominate the team's workload, although the group has also been kept busy advising clients from the healthcare sector on the use of patients' data. Other areas of instruction include cybersecurity matters and cross-border data transfers. Belgium managing partner Daniel Fesler and Elisabeth Dehareng jointly head the department.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Fesler; Elisabeth Dehareng

Fintech Tier 1

Baker McKenzie CVBA/SCRL is embedded in the Belgian financial services sector and fintech arena, as is evidenced by its handling of complex, cutting-edge assignments for fintech start-ups and scale-ups, financial institutions, and domestic and multinational companies. The specialist fintech team comprises of experts from the IP/tech and financial services regulatory practices. Its work spans areas such as blockchain platforms, initial coin offerings (ICOs), alternative financing platforms (including crowdfunding) and e-money, among others. Key figures include Michael Van Acker and associate Olivier Van den broeke, who recently advised ParkMobile (a provider of mobile payment solutions for car parking services) on obtaining a limited network exemption from PSD2 licensing requirements. In 2018, another highlight involved advising Robinhood Securities (a US app-based stockbroking entity) on the potential establishment of a Belgian licensed MiFID II investment firm to conduct retail stockbroking activities. Elisabeth Dehareng, who has particular experience of the payment services space, is an expert in privacy, data protection, IP, IT and e-commerce matters. Daniel Fesler and counsel Robby Houben are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Michael Van Acker; (Brussels) Daniel Fesler (Brussels); Elisabeth Dehareng (Brussels); Olivier Van den broeke (Antwerp)

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Parkmobile

Deposit Solutions

Housers

Coinstar

Western Union

Robinhood Securities

Agoda

Flawless Money Ltd.

Mastercard

Mercedes Pay

Uniti Sweden

Neuromation

OSA Decentralized Ltd.

EGT International Corp.

Private equity Tier 1

The private equity practice group at Baker McKenzie CVBA/SCRL sits in the firm's corporate finance team and has a breadth of experience across transactions and fund formation work. Practice head Koen Vanhaerents and Luc Meeus, who handles the corporate and tax aspects of transactional work and fund structurings, advised M80 Partners on the structuring of its new M80 Capital private equity fund marketed to institutional investors. Other names to note include Dominique Maes, who handles corporate and M&A transactions in the private equity sector.

Practice head(s):

Koen Vanhaerents

Key clients

M80 Partners NV/SA

TA Associates

KeBeK Private Equity

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

The corporate finance team at Baker McKenzie CVBA/SCRL has 'strong commercial and technical capabilities' paired with the full range of experience across corporate and commercial transactions. The group has particular expertise advising clients in the biotech and healthcare, insurance and financial service sectors, and recently advised Galapagos on its $5.1bn research and development collaboration with Gilead Sciences. Koen Vanhaerents heads up the team, which also includes Dominique Maes and Roel Meers.

Practice head(s):

Koen Vanhaerents

Testimonials

We worked with Baker McKenzie in multiple M&A transactions in Belgium over a long period of time. We use other law firms in other countries, but get no legal services anywhere close to the services from Dominique Maes and his team.

Dominique Maes is one of the best M&A lawyers in the country, always available and always finding commercial solutions.

Dominique Maes is hands-on, an outstanding communicator and negotiator, leads a stable team of associates and delivers best-in-class work products. Always extremely motivated and committed.

Davinia Martens is an excellent lawyer, great in communication and drafting, sharp mind, very fine person, extremely motivated and committed.

Key clients

Emerson Electric Co.

Octa+ Group

Mithra Pharmaceuticals SA

TVH Group

Baloise

MDxHealth SA

Bryan, Garnier & Co

KBC Securities NV

Biocartis

Sequana Medical NV

Blokker Holding

Agfa NV

Baltisse NV

FPIM/SFPI

Belgian Growth Fund

VPK Packaging Group

TA Associates

Galapagos

Resilux

Competition: Belgian law Tier 2

Baker McKenzie CVBA/SCRL has a strong profile in abuse of dominance and cartel investigations in Belgium, which has meant that it has been involved in areas such as stevedoring, fruit auctions and automotive financial services, among others. Its team is also adept in every other facet of competition law, including merger control, state aid and competition litigation. In 2018, a highlight involved Joost Haans and others acting for car dealership Cardoen on the competition aspects of its sale to Aramisauto. Another notable mandate saw Haans and associate Bram Hoorelbeke assist the seller with notifying the BCA about the sale of Ellis Gourmet Burger to GIMV and Top Brands; the transaction was unconditionally approved. Kurt Haegeman relocated to Tokyo in 2017, but divides time between there and Brussels, and remains a key adviser on Belgian competition matters.

Practice head(s):

Kurt Haegeman (Tokyo); Joost Haans (Brussels)

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

The team has solid expertise and built excellent knowledge of our industry, company and its policies. It can rely on international capabilities and also proactively raises points of attention/new developments which are relevant for our company

Joost Haans has solid expertise and follows a practical approach at the same time

Key clients

D’Ieteren/Carglass

Domo Investment Group

Unilever Belgium

Ontex

FedEx

Pioneer Europe

Recticel

Cobelfret

TVH

IPM

Nyrstar

Brussels Airlines

Panasonic

Ergon Capital Partners

Joris Ide

Sodexo

Zespri

Barco

Philips

Korys

Employment Tier 2

A recent highlight for the 'very responsive' group at Baker McKenzie CVBA/SCRL was advising Turkish food group Yildiz Holding on the employment aspects of its high-profile sale of the GODIVA Chocolatier production facility in Belgium. Nancy Luyten heads the department, which includes highly regarded employment practitioner François Gabriel and Sebastian Burg.

Practice head(s):

Nancy Luyten

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Yildiz Holding

EU regulatory: Food Tier 2

Geert Bovy is the key contact at Baker McKenzie CVBA/SCRL, which continues to advise clients on health and nutrition claims, labelling issues and advertising matters.

Practice head(s):

Geert Bovy

Intellectual property Tier 2

The team at Baker McKenzie CVBA/SCRL handles contentious and non-contentious trade mark and patent matters, and is also adept at assisting clients with anti-counterfeiting mandates. Koen De Winter leads the department.

Practice head(s):

Koen De Winter

Key clients

The Becton Dickinson group

Calvin Klein

Unilever

Van Ratingen NV

British American Tobacco

Real estate and construction Tier 2

Baker McKenzie CVBA/SCRL has been active handling high-value transactional matters for international and domestic financial institutions; office, hotel and retail acquisitions have been prominent in the team's workload. Jean-François Vandenberghe heads the department.

Practice head(s):

Jean-François Vandenberghe

Key clients

Equity Estate Participations

Nordkapital

GreenOak

Tax Tier 2

With Baker McKenzie CVBA/SCRL's Belgian practice forming a key part of a wider global network, clients are well served in the full range of domestic and cross-border tax matters. Led by Alain Huyghe, who has a first-rate reputation and is the chairman of the Belgian branch of the International Fiscal Association, the team advises Belgian and multinational companies on inbound and outbound planning strategies, tax litigation, and also matters involving an interplay between tax and private equity, as well as fund structurings. Philippe Lion's experience includes the tax aspects of M&A and real estate transactions. The firm is also home to a number of economists, which makes it effective in assessing transfer pricing issues; Géry Bombeke is the head of the Belgian transfer pricing practice. Other notable individuals are Luc Meeus and senior associate Thomas Gernay, who assisted M80 Capital with the tax issues associated with the structuring and establishment of a €100m private equity fund in 2018. Senior associate Julie Permeke is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Alain Huyghe

Key clients

Johnson Controls

Tupperware

Procter & Gamble

Unisys

M80 Capital

KBC Securities NV

Belgian Growth Fund

TINC

Pierre & Vacances-Center Parcs (PVCP)

TA Associates

Lubrizol

Competition: EU and global Tier 3

A hallmark of Baker McKenzie CVBA/SCRL's practice is its broad sector coverage: the firm acts as standing counsel to Brands for Europe, which is a coalition of over 20 multinational companies in the consumer goods industry. Also notable is that Gavin Bushell has vast aviation sector experience, having acted for numerous airlines and Star Alliance. Christopher Jones, who spent more than 30 years at the European Commission, was formerly Deputy Director for Energy. Bushell and associate Luca Montani are assisting Brookfield Capital Partners with its $13bn acquisition of the Johnson Controls power unit business, which involves managing merger control filings in multiple countries worldwide. On the behavioural side, Kurt Haegeman (who relocated to Tokyo in 2017, but also spends a significant amount of time in Brussels) and Joost Haans defended Pioneer in a case where it was alleged that the client engaged in resale price fixing and online export restrictions in relation to its consumer electronics; this was the first verticals case to be decided by the European Commission in almost 15 years. Werner Berg heads up the practice. Counsel Carlos Martínez Rico joined from Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton.

Practice head(s):

Werner Berg

Other key lawyers:

Fiona Carlin (EMEA+ chief executive); Gavin Bushell; Christopher Jones; Joost Haans; Kurt Haegeman (Tokyo); Nina Niejahr; Paul Johnson; Carlos Martínez Rico

Testimonials

The firm has a strong team, which is globally connected and able to work across timezones

Joost Hans is always available and is very responsive

The firm’s global presence enables it to serve as a one-stop shop for geographically widespread legal assignments

Werner Berg is a very competent and highly responsive antitrust adviser. He is an EU antitrust specialist but also feels equally at home in German and Austrian competition law

Key clients

Abbott Laboratories

Allianz

ArcelorMittal

Hitachi

EFPIA

FedEx

General Electric

Merck

Warner Bros/Time Warner Inc

Lonza

Nordic Capital

Brussels Airlines/Deutsche Lufthansa

Safran

ADM

Jin Jiang Shanghai International Hotel Group

Brookfield Capital Partners

Biogen

CITIC Group

Camso, Inc.

IMG

Ansell

Citadel LLC

Lindt

Domo Chemicals

Recticel SA

Ergon Capital

MetInvest

Mondelez

Shell

Philips

Macquarie

Star Alliance

TA Associates

Toyota Tsusho Corporation (TTC)

CareFusion

Ingersoll-Rand

Merck & Co

MOL

Novo Nordisk

Iberdrola

Kia Motors Europe

MTU Maintenance

EWE AG

Bâloise

Dispute resolution Tier 3

Baker McKenzie CVBA/SCRL has traditional strength in IT and IP litigation, and the firm reports an increase in instructions involving real estate disputes. Other key areas of strength include financial services and construction litigation. Koen De Winter, Gregory Lebrun and Daniel Fesler are the key names.

Practice head(s):

Koen De Winter; Daniel Fesler; Gregory Lebrun

Testimonials

Gregory Lebrun distinguishes himself by his insightful approach and well-balanced strategy and tactics; he thinks along with the customer‘.

Key clients

Orange

Van Ratingen

AXA Corporate Solutions

Apple Retail Belgium

Please visit https://www.bakermckenzie.com/en/ to know more about our Firm.

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Dr Werner Berg  photo Dr Werner Berg
Mr Eric Blomme  photo Mr Eric Blomme
Mr Géry Bombeke  photo Mr Géry Bombeke
Mr Geert Bovy  photo Mr Geert Bovy
Mr Sebastian Burg  photo Mr Sebastian Burg
Mr Gavin Bushell  photo Mr Gavin Bushell
Ms Fiona Carlin  photo Ms Fiona Carlin
Mr Antoine De Raeve  photo Mr Antoine De Raeve
Mr Koen De Winter  photo Mr Koen De Winter
Ms Elisabeth Dehareng  photo Ms Elisabeth Dehareng
Mr Daniel Fesler  photo Mr Daniel Fesler
Mr François Gabriel  photo Mr François Gabriel
Mr Joost Haans  photo Mr Joost Haans
Mr Kurt Haegeman  photo Mr Kurt Haegeman
Mr Alain Huyghe  photo Mr Alain Huyghe
Mr Paul Johnson  photo Mr Paul Johnson
Mr Christopher Jones  photo Mr Christopher Jones
Mr Gregory Lebrun  photo Mr Gregory Lebrun
Mr Dominique Lechien  photo Mr Dominique Lechien
Mr Philippe Lion  photo Mr Philippe Lion
Ms Nancy Luyten  photo Ms Nancy Luyten
Mr Dominique Maes  photo Mr Dominique Maes
Mr Pascal Mallien  photo Mr Pascal Mallien
Ms Davinia Martens  photo Ms Davinia Martens
Mr Carlos Martinez Rico  photo Mr Carlos Martinez Rico
Mr Roel Meers  photo Mr Roel Meers
Mr Luc Meeus  photo Mr Luc Meeus
Mrs Nina Niejahr  photo Mrs Nina Niejahr
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Mr Michael Van Acker  photo Mr Michael Van Acker
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Mrs Annick Van Hoorebeke  photo Mrs Annick Van Hoorebeke
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