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Banking, finance and capital markets
Banking, finance and capital markets - ranked: tier 1

Baker McKenzie CVBA/SCRL

Responsive, knowledgeable and pragmatic’, Baker McKenzie CVBA/SCRL’s banking, finance and capital markets group is best known for its lender-side work, though it also counts major financial institutions among its clients. In equity capital markets, the team’s recent highlights include acting as underwriters’ counsel and as tax transactional counsel to Tinc on the €76.7m capital increase of Tinc by means of a rights offering. Its acquisition finance highlights include advising TVH Group on a facilities agreement with BNP Paribas Fortis connected to the contemplated public takeover of Lavendon Group. Antoine De Raeve, Roel Meers and Koen Vanhaerents, who heads the capital markets team, are noted.

Leading individuals

Antoine De Raeve - Baker McKenzie CVBA/SCRL

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Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie CVBA/SCRL

Baker McKenzie CVBA/SCRL’s team has ‘a solution-driven approach’ and a broad private and public M&A practice, where it takes leading roles on significant global transactions. A cross-office team including Roel Meers in Belgium and partners in Japan advised Panasonic on the €294m acquisition of Zetes Industries. Practice head Koen Vanhaerents worked alongside UK-based colleagues in assisting TVH Group with its proposed public takeover of Lavendon. Davinia Martens was promoted to the partnership and Dominique Maes is also noted.

Leading individuals

Koen Vanhaerents - Baker McKenzie CVBA/SCRL

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 3

Baker & McKenzie CVBA/SCRL

Baker & McKenzie CVBA/SCRL has been kept busy handling IP and IT litigation but also excels in financial services, construction and environmental-related matters. Koen De Winter and Daniel Fesler co-lead a practice that counts Air Liquide, British American Tobacco and Colt Technology Services as clients.

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Employment - ranked: tier 2

Baker & McKenzie CVBA/SCRL

Responsive, knowledgeable and practical’, Baker & McKenzie CVBA/SCRL’s team has ‘a strong understanding of business needs’. Practice head François Gabriel advised on several collective dismissal programmes. The group also handles outsourcing, transactional support matters and collective bargaining. Nancy Luyten, Jozef Slootmans and Sebastian Burg are also recommended.

Leading individuals

François Gabriel - Baker & McKenzie CVBA/SCRL

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie CVBA/SCRL

Baker McKenzie CVBA/SCRL’s team is sought out by household-name multinationals for assistance in customs and IP enforcement work. The broad practice takes in contentious and non-contentious trade mark, copyright and patent issues. Data protection is another area of strength. Koen De Winter heads the practice and Elisabeth Dehareng is also noted.

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Private equity
Private equity - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie CVBA/SCRL

Koen Vanhaerents heads the private equity practice at Baker McKenzie CVBA/SCRL, the strengths of which echo those of the firm as a whole, and include a strong capacity to handle multi-jurisdictional transactions for well-known clients. On the seller side, recent highlights include its advice to Oystershell on its acquisition by Gilde; Luc Meeus and Davinia Martens led the advice. Meeus also assisted Valience with a substantial new financing round of Feops. The highly experienced Dominique Maes is another key figure.

Leading individuals

Dominique Maes - Baker McKenzie CVBA/SCRL

Luc Meeus - Baker McKenzie CVBA/SCRL

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Real estate and construction
Real estate and construction - ranked: tier 1

Baker McKenzie CVBA/SCRL

The ‘highly dedicated and hardworking’ team at Baker McKenzie CVBA/SCRL handles the gamut of real estate transactional work. It diversified its traditional investor client base, now acting for a range of players active in the real estate market, including developers and financial institutions. In litigation, it acts for owners, tenants, contractors and others. Highlights included its advice to Generali Real Estate Investments on the purchase of a central property in Brussels. Senior counsel Dominique Lechien is noted. Rudy Dupont joined Allen & Overy LLP in January 2019.

Leading individuals

Rudy Dupont - Allen & Overy LLP

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Tax - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie CVBA/SCRL

Baker McKenzie CVBA/SCRL is a popular choice among leading multinational and Belgian companies for assistance in domestic and international tax planning and litigation. Transfer pricing is also a particular strength. The firm hired VAT specialist and counsel Olivier Van Baelen from Dumon Sablon & Vanheeswijck and senior associate Julie Permeke from Stibbe. Alain Huyghe leads the team.

Leading individuals

Alain Huyghe - Baker McKenzie CVBA/SCRL

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Belgium: Competition

Belgian law
Competition: Belgian law - ranked: tier 2

Baker & McKenzie CVBA/SCRL

The ‘hands-on’ group at Baker & McKenzie CVBA/SCRL is led by Kurt Haegeman and includes ‘practical and responsive’ counsel Joost Haans and senior associate Bram Hoorelbeke, who recently arrived from Stibbe. Highlights included successfully intervening for Belgian publisher IPM to secure commitments following bpost’s acquisition of the Belgian activities of Lagardère Travel Retail in Belgium. It also has an active behavioural practice.

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EU and global
Competition: EU and global - ranked: tier 2

Baker & McKenzie CVBA/SCRL

Practical and knowledgeable’, Baker & McKenzie CVBA/SCRL’s team receives rave reviews for its ‘hands-on and pragmatic service’, its ‘incredible network of connections’ and its ‘consistent investment in client relationships’. The team’s ‘broad competition expertise’ is also a significant draw, and it has strong experience in merger review, investigations, state aid and contentious work. Bill Batchelor, who is ‘responsive and commercial’, successfully represented Dyson in high-profile litigation arguing EU vacuum cleaner test standards illegally favoured its competitors. Group head Fiona Carlin (‘fiercely intelligent and works well with both lawyers and business leaders’); Kurt Haegeman (‘extremely good’); Gavin Bushell; and Werner Berg are all highly regarded.

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Belgium: EU regulatory

Financial services
EU regulatory: Financial services - ranked: tier 2

Baker & McKenzie CVBA/SCRL

At Baker & McKenzie CVBA/SCRL, recent work includes advising Lloyd’s of London on the regulatory design of its Brexit relocation to Belgium. Pierre Berger joined DLA Piper in July 2018.

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EU regulatory: Food - ranked: tier 1

Baker & McKenzie CVBA/SCRL

Baker & McKenzie CVBA/SCRL’s European food law group, which is led by Geert Bovy, has expertise spanning product classification, nutrition and health claims, labelling issues and advertising. It recently advised a Belgium-based food processing company on regulatory matters connected to its European expansion.

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Privacy and data protection
EU regulatory: Privacy and data protection - ranked: tier 1

Baker & McKenzie CVBA/SCRL

Baker & McKenzie CVBA/SCRL’s group has ‘great expertise in privacy matters’, with notable strength in cross-border data transfers. Data security obligations, international investigations and GDPR compliance are other areas of note. Belgium managing partner Daniel Fesler heads a team that includes ‘excellent negotiatorElisabeth Dehareng. Clients include major multinationals operating in the technology, telecoms, logistics and financial services fields.

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Belgium: Industry focus

IT and telecoms
Industry focus: IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie CVBA/SCRL

Baker McKenzie CVBA/SCRL’s TMT practice is headed by Daniel Fesler and specialises in EU regulatory work. E-commerce and fintech are particular areas of expertise. Elisabeth Dehareng is a key contact in the field of data protection and privacy.

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