Firm Profile > Crowell & Moring > Brussels, Belgium

Crowell & Moring
RUE JOSEPH STEVENS 7
1000 BRUSSELS
Belgium

Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences Tier 1

The 'fantastic' pharmaceuticals and life sciences team at Crowell & Moring is strong in IP and regulatory matters; the group is particularly recognised for its litigation expertise, but also assists its impressive client roster with non-contentious and strategic commercial matters. Practice head Kristof Roox combines experience in patent, trade mark and copyright litigation with pharmaceuticals, medical device and biotech regulatory expertise, while Gunther Meyer handles IP litigation and non-contentious commercial matters in the pharmaceuticals and medical devices sectors. Counsel Jurgen Figys and associate Evelina Roegiers are key names to note for patent litigation and regulatory advice respectively; Roegiers' regulatory expertise spans product launches, clinical trials and advertising issues.

Practice head(s):

Kristof Roox

Testimonials

Kristof Roox, Gunther Meyer and associates have done a great job and it has been a pleasure working with them. They will certainly be the team I will turn to on subsequent matters.

They are very knowledgeable (both on the law and industry expertise), pick up the issues very quickly and give clear and concise advice that has always been easy to package up and pass on to the client. They are also commercial, available and very user-friendly.

Kristof Roox is a fantastic person and lawyer to work with.

Sean-Paul Brankin is a fantastic competition expert.

Key clients

Mylan

Sandoz

Novartis

Alcon Research Ltd

Exeltis

Synthon

Apotex

Eurogenerics

Stada Arzneimittel

Medicines for Europe

Accord Healthcare

European Medicines Verification Organisation asbl

Tereos Syral

EurimPharm Vertriebs GmbH

Teva

Effik Benelux NV

Hexal AG

Bausch & Lomb

Mithra Pharmaceuticals

Insud Pharma (formely Chemo Group)

Vias Institute

Industry focus: media and entertainment Tier 1

The technology, media and communications team at Crowell & Moring stands out for its IP and regulatory expertise, and handles a range of matters for its diverse client roster, which encompasses television production and print media companies, advertising agencies, gaming companies and fashion designers. Thomas De Meese is particularly active in the gaming and gambling industries, and heads up the team with 'outstanding' IP expert Jan-Diederik Lindemans.

Practice head(s):

Thomas De Meese; Jan-Diederik Lindemans

Testimonials

Excellent firm, high-quality service. Very professional. Would recommend it to anybody.

Jan Diederik Lindemans is knowledgeable and very hands on!

Key clients

Games with Attitude

Federation of Flemish Music Festivals

Bonzai Records

Liberty Global

B.G. Consulting NV

Unibet

CMS DeBacker SCRL

Dumont & Partners BVBA

Ingrid Deuss

Universal Music

Dutch Filmworks International Holding BV

Djunkie

Backcatalogue

Hendrik Dierendonck

Medialaan

Savage Film

betFIRST (Sagevas)

Intellectual property Tier 1

Crowell & Moring's 'very solid' team counts pharmaceutical patent litigation as a core strength of the practice; the firm also handles trade mark infringement disputes and copyright infringement matters. Kristof Roox leads the team, in which Jan-Diederik Lindemans and senior counsel Gunther Meyer are key names.

Practice head(s):

Kristof Roox

Testimonials

Kristof Roox is a major player in the Belgian scene. A shrewd strategic mind and a combative advocate. He is really excellent‘.

Jan-Diederik Lindemans is fully dedicated to his clients and the matters entrusted to him‘.

Key clients

Novartis

Mylan

Sandoz

Synthon

Telenet

Mithra Pharmaceuticals

EU regulatory: Pharma, medical devices and biotech Tier 2

Crowell & Moring's 'always available' team is led by the 'enthusiastic and extremely knowledgeable' Kristof Roox. Contentious patent-related instructions have been keeping the group busy over the past year, with parallel imports, regulatory issues and marketing authorisations also featuring in the workload.

Practice head(s):

Kristof Roox

Key clients

Mylan

Sandoz

Novartis

Synthon

Hexal AG

Eurogenerics

Apotex

EU regulatory: Privacy and data protection Tier 2

Recent work for the team at Crowell & Moring includes advising camera surveillance company Group Brepoels on data protection and privacy issues concerning the use of smart cameras and AI. The group has established strength in assisting a client base of life sciences, energy, media, automotive, healthcare and TMT companies. Frederik Van Remoortel and Maarten Stassen jointly lead the practice; both were promoted to partner in January 2019. Emmanuel Plasschaert, who is highly regarded for his employment expertise, is a name to note.

Practice head(s):

Frederik Van Remoortel; Maarten Stassen

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Maarten Stassen is very experienced in privacy‘.

Key clients

Telenet

Ingersoll Rand

Competition: Belgian law Tier 3

Crowell & Moring, whose practice is led by Thomas De Meese, is active in competition matters across a wide range of industries. It has a particularly standout reputation in the telecommunications and media sector; clients in this space include names such as Telenet and Liberty Global. The firm also undertakes a significant amount of work for entities in the gambling industry. Practice head Thomas De Meese has vast expertise in BCA merger reviews, as well as investigations into abuses of dominance and cartels. De Meese works closely with senior counsel Jules Stuyck and counsel Karl Stas. Recent highlights included assisting AB InBev with a BCA investigation into its proposed takeover of Brouwerij Bosteels (owner of the brands Triple Karmeliet and Kwak). Together with the intellectual property team, the competition group is also representing the Federation of Flemish Music Festivals in litigation against copyright collective society SABAM over the collection of unreasonably high royalties.

Practice head(s):

Thomas De Meese

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Telenet

Anheuser Busch Inbev

Unibet

Liberty Global

Federation of Flemish Music Festivals

Zorgnet-Icuro

Dispute resolution Tier 3

Crowell & Moring houses a 'knowledgeable and highly responsive' team. The group is well known for its established strength in advising pharmaceutical clients on the gamut of patent litigation, with TMT, competition and corporate disputes also featuring in the department's recent workload. IP litigation expert Kristof Roox and Thomas De Meese share leadership of the practice, which includes key names Emmanuel Plasschaert and Jan-Diederik Lindemans.

Practice head(s):

Thomas De Meese; Kristof Roox

Testimonials

Kristof Roox: one of the best known patent and technology litigation experts in Belgium‘.

Jan-Diederik Lindemans: full of energy and enthusiasm, he is exactly the kind of lawyer that you want working on your case‘.

Key clients

Telenet

Federation of Flemish Music Festivals

D’Ieteren

Sandoz

Mylan

Apotex

Industry focus: IT and telecoms Tier 3

Crowell & Moring's technology, media and telecoms practice handles a variety of commercial, corporate and contentious matters for its clients, which include Liberty Global and Melita. The group is recognised for its strength in telecoms regulatory matters and is frequently instructed by Telenet on contentious and non-contentious matters; practice head Thomas De Meese is the key contact for the client. It also handles commercial and regulatory matters for technology and IT sector companies, with particular expertise in e-commerce and internet-related issues. Litigator Jan-Diederik Lindemans and privacy and cybersecurity specialist Maarten Stassen are other names to note.

Practice head(s):

Thomas De Meese

Key clients

Telenet

inDeap

Melita

Liberty Global

Group Brepoels

Employment Tier 4

Crowell & Moring has a 'strong practice both on individual and collective employment law'. Recent instructions for the team include restructuring matters and dismissal-related disputes. Emmanuel Plasschaert leads the group; recently promoted partner Frederik Van Remoortel and associate Evelien Jamaels are also key names.

Practice head(s):

Emmanuel Plasschaert

Testimonials

Emmanuel Plasschaert is an excellent employment lawyer, very responsive, pragmatic and solution orientated‘.

Key clients

Adecco

Veldhoven Belgium

Vias

Oxera Consulting

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 5

Crowell & Moring is a key name in the market for transactions with substantial IT, IP and data protection elements. The group is also known for its life sciences, telecoms and media sector specialisms, and has been increasingly active in automotive matters. Recently promoted partner Frederik Van Remoortel handles a range of corporate, data privacy and labour law issues, and heads up the team alongside employment law expert Emmanuel Plasschaert, who has experience advising on company restructurings.

Practice head(s):

Frederik Van Remoortel; Emmanuel Plasschaert

Key clients

Vias Institute

Chemo Group / Exeltis

bioMérieux

European Association of Mercedes Benz Dealers (FEAC)

D’Ieteren

Jacoti

Butcher, Robinson & Staples International

Surface Mount Technology

Tribes

Vandemoortele

SWM Luxembourg

Belgian Association of Mercedes Benz Dealers

Competition: EU and global Tier 5

Crowell & Moring's ability to work on a transatlantic basis enables it to assist clients with formulating international defence strategies in behavioural investigations and multijurisdictional merger reviews. It also covers other competition matters for clients, including market/sectoral reviews, state aid and competition litigation. Thomas De Meese heads up the Brussels team, which regularly generates work from blue-chip clients such as AT&T, Nestlé and Unibet. De Meese is particularly active in matters with a nexus to the telecommunications and media sectors. Another notable individual is Sean-Paul Brankin, who was part of the cross-office team which advised Chemours as a third party on the EU and US DoJ investigations into the merger of competitors Tronox and Cristal. Senior counsel Jules Stuyck has over three decades of experience in the competition arena as a private practitioner, government adviser and law professor. Counsel Karl Stas is also a key figure.

Practice head(s):

Thomas De Meese

Key clients

Liberty Global

Unibet

Arconic (formerly Alcoa)

Medicines for Europe

Chemours (formerly Dupont)

Bloomberg

AT&T

EGBA

Nestlé

Distributed Ledger Group

BAE Systems

Stichting Truck Cartel Recovery

The firm: Crowell & Moring’s founding principles of helping clients to succeed in their missions, daring to experiment and aspiring to be a different kind of firm have influenced the deep, enduring, and value-oriented client relationships the firm has forged.  Drawing on significant government-facing, in-house, industry, and private practice experience, the firm provides creative solutions to complex litigation, regulatory and policy, and transactional issues.

Brussels office: Crowell & Moring’s Brussels office is a strong domestic and European practice that serves clients across numerous jurisdictions. It is an interdepartmental office, each partner having their own individual areas of focus, and it provides a full range of legal services across a spectrum of technological and commercial fields. The office’s dispute resolution capabilities are well known. The Brussels office is supported internationally by Crowell & Moring colleagues in the US and London, and can rely on a well-established network of other local lawyers across Europe. C&M International, Crowell & Moring’s affiliated consultancy firm, assists with international policy and regulatory affairs.

Areas of practice
Competition/antitrust: The EU competition practice has extensive experience in merger control, damages litigation, abuse of dominance proceedings, IP/antitrust issues, state aid, and compliance training. The domestic Belgian practice is well established and has a particular focus on antitrust litigation, including recovery work. More than 70 US antitrust lawyers provide international support.

Corporate and commercial: The Belgian corporate and commercial practice helps companies set up, manage, structure and develop their business in Europe. It advises on business formation, transactional matters and restructuring, as well as mergers and acquisitions. All types of complex contracts and commercial disputes are handled.

Employment: The Belgian labor and employment practice advises clients on individual and collective employment law, outsourcing, social security and HR privacy issues. There is a focus on litigation and significant experience in handling the employment aspects of company restructuring and issues related to global mobility and cross-border personnel engagement.

EU regulatory: The EU regulatory practice has a particular focus on IP, IT, life sciences, telecommunications and the media. It helps clients identify and manage the numerous legal requirements that affect their business, both on a national and international level. The practice advises on product-related issues and broader issues such as data protection regulation.

Intellectual property: With skill and experience across the full range of IP disciplines, the IP practice focuses on patent litigation, trade marks, designs, TMT, trade secrets and copyright. The practice advises on IP portfolio management and is well known for its litigation and arbitration capabilities. International support is provided by more than 60 US IP colleagues. The Belgian IP practice is one of the largest and best respected in Belgium.

International dispute resolution: Crowell & Moring lawyers counsel clients in complex arbitrations, with a particular focus on matters involving intellectual property, information technology and the internet. The firm has represented clients in procedures before such bodies as the International Chamber of Commerce and the Belgian Arbitration and Mediation Center. Several Crowell & Moring lawyers have themselves been appointed as arbitrators or mediators in international and local ADR proceedings.

Customs, trade, WTO and anti-dumping: The international trade practice is part of the firm-wide practice, which is well known for advising global businesses on managing risk and seizing opportunities. The firm is a leader in the export control and sanctions law area, representing a wide range of US and non-US interests affected by extraterritorial restrictions as well as long-term experience in the fundamentals of the import and export law regimes. The practice prides itself on global, integrated advice for businesses facing challenges in multiple jurisdictions, all with the goal of helping them trade goods and services, open new markets and settle disputes.

Litigation and trial: Dispute resolution is at Crowell & Moring’s core and is an essential component of all the Brussels’ office practices. The Brussels partners are widely acclaimed for their innovative, persistent and often groundbreaking approach to handling crucial matters for their clients across industries. The firm has extensive courtroom experience (both before the Belgian courts and before the Court of Justice of the European Union) with a focus on resolving disputes quickly and effectively.

Privacy and data protection: Crowell & Moring Brussels has been closely monitoring EU and Belgian developments in privacy and data protection regulation for more than 20 years. Working in close collaboration with Crowell & Moring US colleagues, and supported by a number of experienced data protection lawyers across Europe, the Belgian team provides cross-industry support in this important area.

Department Name Email Telephone
Commercial and corporate and M&A Emmanuel Plasschaert
Commercial and corporate and M&A Frederik Van Remoortel
Commercial and corporate and M&A Eric Montens
Commercial and corporate and M&A Geert Bogaert
Competition: Belgian law Thomas De Meese
Competition: Belgian law Jules Stuyck
Competition: Belgian law Luc Machtelinckx
Competition: EU and global Sean-Paul Brankin
Competition: EU and global Thomas De Meese
Customs, trade, WTO and anti-dumping Jeffrey L Snyder
Dispute resolution (litigation and trial) Kristof Roox
Dispute resolution (litigation and trial) Thomas De Meese
Dispute resolution (litigation and trial) Emmanuel Plasschaert
Dispute resolution (litigation and trial) Jan-Diederik Lindemans
Dispute resolution (litigation and trial) Gunther Meyer
Dispute resolution (litigation and trial) Eric Montens
Healthcare and life sciences Kristof Roox
Healthcare and life sciences Jan-Diederik Lindemans
Healthcare and life sciences Gunther Meyer
Intellectual property Kristof Roox
Intellectual property Jan-Diederik Lindemans
Intellectual property Gunther Meyer
International Trade Dan Cannistra
IT and telecoms Thomas De Meese
IT and telecoms Luc Machtelinckx
Labour and employment Emmanuel Plasschaert
Media and entertainment Thomas De Meese
Media and entertainment Jan-Diederik Lindemans
Media and entertainment Luc Machtelinckx
Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology Kristof Roox
Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology Jan-Diederik Lindemans
Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology Gunther Meyer
Privacy and data protection Frederik Van Remoortel
Privacy and data protection Maarten Stassen
Privacy and data protection Emmanuel Plasschaert
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Sean-Paul Brankin  photo Mr Sean-Paul Brankin
Mr Thomas De Meese  photo Mr Thomas De Meese
Mr Jan-Diederik Lindemans  photo Mr Jan-Diederik Lindemans
 Gunther Meyer  photo Gunther Meyer
Mr Emmanuel Plasschaert  photo Mr Emmanuel Plasschaert
 Kristof Roox photo Kristof Roox
 Maarten Stassen photo Maarten Stassen
 Frederik Van Remoortel photo Frederik Van Remoortel
Number of lawyers worldwide : 500+
at this office : 29
Number of partners worldwide : 205
number of partners at this office : 7
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Contacts : Kristof Roox
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Diversity and inclusion:  

At Crowell & Moring we value and respect differences, knowing that diversity of culture and thought make us a stronger firm. We continue to develop ways to weave these themes into the fabric of our firm, in recruitment, retention, and professional development. Our firm Diversity Council, composed of professional staff and attorneys at all levels, facilitates this with initiatives around open dialogue, education and cultural awareness. See also: https://www.crowell.com/Diversity.  

In the Crowell & Moring Brussels office, we are particularly proud to be a founding member of the Legal Diversity and Inclusion Alliance (https://legaldiversityalliance.be), which was established in Brussels in October 2018. The firm is also committed to abide by the Diversity Lab’s Mansfield Rule https://www.diversitylab.com/pilot-projects/mansfield-rule-3-0/. This will further drive our efforts to ensure that we have diverse individuals under consideration for firm leadership positions, in lateral recruiting, and for promotions. 

Corporate social responsibility:  

Since its foundation, Crowell & Moring Brussels has developed and participated in initiatives aimed at creating a better world, such as supporting various charities (financially and otherwise), participating in the Race for the Cure and the “Kom op tegen kanker” (Fight cancer) bicycle ride, and co-organising a weekend “call-in clinic” offering legal services for free.  

In 2018, the Brussels practice created a Corporate Social Responsibility Committee to create a solid corporate social responsibility strategy for the firm based on the UN sustainable development goals. 

Women’s Leadership Initiative: 

Crowell & Moring’s Women’s Leadership Initiative (WLI) is dedicated to the recruitment, retention, professional development, and advancement of our female-identifying lawyers. WLI provides opportunities for women attorneys to develop meaningful professional relationships with their peers, mentors and sponsors. WLI sponsors professional development programming aligned with its mission of recruiting, supporting, and retaining a community of talented women attorneys across all of the firm’s offices. WLI likewise serves as a resource to firm leadership regarding issues of concern to women in the profession. 

Pro bono:  

Pro bono publico means for the public good. From day one, we challenged ourselves to live up to this phrase; to create a law firm that’s about forming strong, long-lasting relationships and working hard to improve the communities that surround us. Today, the firm’s lawyers (worldwide) contribute more than 35,000 hours in pro bono legal services annually to the indigent and suffering in our local communities and around the world.  

We take pride in the variety of work we do and the relationships and development opportunities pro bono provides for our attorneys. But we focus on giving a voice to those who might not otherwise be heard: the homeless, children, immigrants, individuals seeking justice in the criminal system, and victims of domestic violence. Pro bono is for the good of all those in need. Because in helping others, we also help ourselves.