Firm Profile > Crowell & Moring > Brussels, Belgium

Crowell & Moring
RUE JOSEPH STEVENS 7
1000 BRUSSELS
Belgium

Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences Tier 1

'Extremely experienced in all regulatory issues', the Crowell & Moring team is 'very pragmatic and very thorough', with extensive knowledge of pharmaceuticals and life sciences. Known predominantly for handling IP and regulatory matters, its caseload includes acting in patent, SPC and trade mark disputes and negotiating product and other contractual agreements. Litigation expert Kristof Roox leads a team consisting of senior counsel Gunther Meyer, who specialises in medical devices and licensing, along with counsel Jurgen Figys, a trained biomedical scientist able to provide strategic advice to healthcare companies on clinical trials and treatments.

Practice head(s):

Kristof Roox

Other key lawyers:

Gunther Meyer; Jurgen Figys

Testimonials

I have had the pleasure of working with Jurgen Figys. I have come to know the team as responsive, knowledgeable and nevertheless flexible and able to provide practical advice. I would absolutely reach out to Crowell for their expertise in the field of pharmaceutical regulation and data protection in the future.’

The team is extremely experienced in all regulatory issues.’

Kristof Roox stands out.’

They are very pragmatic, very thorough and, at the same time, know the business.’

Key clients

Mylan

Sandoz

Novartis

Alcon Research Ltd

Exeltis

Synthon

Eurogenerics

Medicines for Europe

Teva

Mithra Pharmaceuticals

Insud Pharma (formely Chemo Group)

Zentiva

Gear Up Medical

Pharma Patent

Honeywell

MS Data Alliance

UHasselt

Industry focus: Media and entertainment Tier 1

Recognised for providing 'state-of-the-art support', the technology, media and communications team at Crowell & Moring offers IP and regulatory services to clients from the gambling, broadcasting and sport sectors. With 'analytical and strategic thinker' Jan-Diederik Lindemans and Thomas De Meese at the helm, the team handles matters ranging from joint venture creation and licensing agreements to competition-based litigation and image rights violations. Senior counsel Luc Machtelinckx's arrival from Telenet in April 2020 is a further boost to the practice know-how, with the internet and television provider – as well as its majority-stake owner Liberty Global – being regular clients.

Practice head(s):

Thomas De Meese; Jan-Diederik Lindemans

Other key lawyers:

Luc Machtelinckx

Testimonials

‘State-of-the-art support!’

‘Esteemed law firm known for its experience in IP litigation and lawyers specialising in media and entertainment law. Very responsive and flexible.’

‘Jan-Diederik Lindemans is very knowledgeable and experienced and a great sparring partner. He is an analytical and strategic thinker, who is flexible and highly esteemed as a lawyer representing various clients from the media and entertainment sector.

Key clients

Games with Attitude

Federation of Flemish Music Festivals

Bonzai Records

Telenet

Liberty Global

B.G. Consulting

Unibet

Dumont & Partners BVBA

Ingrid Deuss

Universal Music

Dutch Filmworks International Holding

Ingrid Deuss Photography

Savage Film

betFIRST (Sagevas)

Belderbos

Weareone.world/Tomorrowland

Intellectual property Tier 1

Crowell & Moring's team has expertise in many areas of IP, including patent infringement and invalidity, supplementary protection certificate (SPC) litigation, trade secrets and copyright. It recently bolstered its trade marks and designs offering by promoting Judith Bussé to counsel, and further reflective of the growth of the practice, associate Matteo Mariano joined from HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER. Another key figure in the group is Jurgen Figys, who has expertise in patent litigation and acts for clients in the biotech, pharmaceutical and medical devices sectors. Practice head Kristof Roox is working with Bussé and Figys to advise Novartis on various parallel import cases relating to the medicinal products Femara, Co-Diovane, Exelon and Ritalin. Jan-Diederik Lindemans and Gunther Meyer are other key figures in the team.

Practice head(s):

Kristof Roox

Other key lawyers:

Jan-Diederik Lindemans; Gunther Meyer; Jurgen Figys; Judith Bussé; Linh Truong; Ellen Desnyder; Matteo Mariano

Testimonials

‘Crowell & Moring has a very competent and specialised team that is very familiar with IP and is up to date with the latest developments. With great knowledge of the pharmaceutical sector, they also excel in trademark-related matters with a high level of satisfaction. I would definitely recommend.’

Jan-Diederik Lindemans is very close and easy to deal with; he understands problems quickly and clearly explains the pros and cons of the different options available in each case. Kristof Roox knows the pharmaceutical sector very well and is easy to work with in matters of high complexity. Judith Bussé is always available and attentive to the needs of the client; she is exhaustive and very much in tune with the rest of the team.

‘What I like about working with Gunther Meyer is receiving complete and exhaustive advice on any issue I contact him about. Also, Gunther always provides timely updates and reports on pending matters. I am happy to recommend him to any person who requires assistance with IP enforcement in this jurisdiction.

‘Crowell & Moring has a genuine interest in understanding what matters and consequently making sure to execute with that in mind. Although they are very knowledgeable, not to say brilliant, at what they do, they remain very down to earth with no fuss and straightforward partners that only care about us achieving our goals in the most efficient manner.’

‘Having worked with Jan-Diederik Lindemans (partner at Crowell & Moring Brussels) for over a decade, he is a go-to person at the firm. He listens and knows how to combines strategy, simplicity and originality. It is truly impressive to see him at work in contentious matters, where he always seems at least two steps ahead of his adversary. He has built a solid team around him that is used to delivering quality of the same level as Jan-Diederik.’

‘Gunther Meyer is an experienced intellectual property practitioner with exceptional insight into sports law intertwined with online gaming.’

‘Outstanding IP team, out-of-the-box thinking and very engaged.’

‘Jan Diederik Lindemans stands out as a top IP litigator.’

Key clients

Mylan

Sandoz

Delta Light

Novartis

UHasselt

Belgozim

Pharma Patent

Riha Wesergold Getränke GmbH & Co KG

Alcon

Telenet

Black&Decker

Aurobindo

Synthon

Flemish Federation of Music Festivals

Eurogenerics/Stada

Exeltis

Mithra Pharmaceuticals

Effik International

Tereos Syral

Chemo Group

Medicines for Europe

Bonzai Records

Competition: Belgian law Tier 2

Crowell & Moring's team is highly active in representing clients before the BCA, the Market Court and other civil courts throughout Belgium. The firm strengthened its competition practice by hiring senior counsel Luc Machtelinckx from Telenet, where he had previously served as executive vice president and general counsel. In addition to being knowledgeable about the TMT space, Machtelinckx has experience of the oil and chemicals industries. The firm also acts for clients in sectors such as hospitals, publishing, financial services and pharmaceuticals. Marieke Van Nieuwenborgh was promoted to counsel. Thomas De Meese, who is the head of the group, led the advice to Liberty Global/Telenet on its acquisition of sole control over De Vijver Media. Karel Bourgeois joined from Allen & Overy LLP.

Practice head(s):

Thomas De Meese

Other key lawyers:

Luc Machtelinckx; Jules Stuyck; Karl Stas; Marieke Van Nieuwenborgh; Karel Bourgeois

Testimonials

The Crowell & Moring competition law team is available and responsive.

I really appreciate their pragmatic approach. Many competition lawyers give theoretical advice which does not really help or guide you as an in-house counsel that is obliged to take some decisions because of the business reality. Thomas De Meese thinks with you as an in-house counsel and gives practical guidance, indicates the risks associated with potential decisions, but also gives alternatives and evaluates the likelihood of the associated risks.

Key clients

Telenet

Ahold Delhaize

Federation of Flemish Music Festivals

Zorgnet-Icuro

EU regulatory: Pharma, medical devices and biotech Tier 2

Kristof Roox leads the team at Crowell & Moring, which provides ongoing advice to Novartis on a number of parallel import cases. Regulatory matters and contentious patent-related mandates remain key areas of activity for the group. Senior counsel Gunther Meyer has extensive experience in the pharmaceutical, medical devices and biotech fields.

Practice head(s):

Kristof Roox

Other key lawyers:

Gunther Meyer

Testimonials

This practice always shows itself to be very professional with the necessary expertise and perseverance. The legal knowledge regarding procedures concerning medical devices is excellent. Working with them is the guarantee of professionalism‘.

Gunther Meyer’s professionalism is outstanding. The knowledge he has about medical devices gives us confidence that the things we let him follow up are going perfectly. The communication also goes very well‘.

Key clients

Mylan

Sandoz

Novartis

Synthon

Pharma Patent

Dispute resolution Tier 3

At Crowell & Moring, the 'pragmatic, resourceful and creative' team is defending car importer company D'leteren against prominent class action proceedings brought against the client by consumer protection company Test-Achats. The group is also noted for its expertise in handling patent litigation for pharmaceutical clients, and it is also adept at handling contentious TMT matters. Kristof Roox is 'super-responsive, clear and commercial in his advice'. He jointly heads up the department with Thomas De Meese. Emmanuel Plasschaert and Jan-Diederik Lindemans ('a great litigator') are also key practitioners.

Practice head(s):

Kristof Roox; Thomas De Meese

Other key lawyers:

Emmanuel Plasschaert; Jan-Diederik Lindemans

Testimonials

The team combines in-depth knowledge of the day-to-day reality of the court room with pragmatic business sense‘.

Kristof Roox: master strategist‘.

Kristof Roox is a great attorney and enjoyable to work with. He is pragmatic, helpful and creative. He is client-focused and results oriented‘.

Jan-Diederik Lindemans knows how to combines strategy, simplicity and originality. It is truly impressive to see him at work in contentious matters, where he always seems at least two steps ahead of his adversary‘.

Key clients

Novartis

Aurobindo

Aviation Glass and Technology

D’Ieteren

Mylan

Sandoz

Federation of Flemish Music Festivals

Delta Light

Belgozim

EU regulatory: Privacy and data protection Tier 3

Crowell & Moring's team 'possesses deep knowledge of and experience with data breach response, as well as very practical guidance on how to apply legal solutions to business problems'. The 'pragmatic' group handles GDPR compliance issues for clients operating in industries such as automotive, life sciences, healthcare, TMT and energy. Frederik Van Remoortel and Maarten Stassen jointly lead the team, which includes employment expert Emmanuel Plasschaert.

Practice head(s):

Maarten Stassen; Frederik Van Remoortel

Testimonials

Highly competent team‘.

Easily accessible, efficient, feet on the ground and fast and flexible‘.

The lawyers think like their clients, not just like lawyers‘.

Maarten Stassen is one of the brightest and most talented lawyers I have ever met. He is a team player, and an excellent lawyer‘.

Key clients

Telenet

Ingersoll Rand

Industry focus: IT and telecoms Tier 3

Crowell & Moring's caseload features commercial and telecoms regulatory matters for IT, technology and media sector companies, with particular expertise in e-commerce and internet issues. 'Easily accessible and hands-on' practice head Thomas De Meese counts Telenet as a predominant client and is currently handling an appeal to the Belgian Competition Authority regarding the 5G network joint venture between Proximus and Orange Belgium. Litigator Jan-Diederik Lindemans 'knows how to combine strategy, simplicity and originality', while cybersecurity specialist Maarten Stassen and senior counsel Luc Machtelinckx are other names to note.

Practice head(s):

Thomas De Meese

Other key lawyers:

Jan-Diederik Lindemans; Maarten Stassen; Luc Machtelinckx

Testimonials

Crowell & Moring has a genuine interest in understanding what matters to us and consequently making sure to work with that in mind. Although they are very knowledgeable, not to say brilliant at what they do, they remain very down-to-earth, no-fuss and straightforward partners who only care about us achieving our goals in the most efficient manner.’

We have been working with Jan-Diederik Lindemans for over a decade and he is our go-to person in the firm. We appreciate that he listens and knows how to combine strategy, simplicity and originality. It is truly impressive to see him at work in contentious matters, where he always seems at least two steps ahead of his adversary. We appreciate that he has built a solid team around him that is used to delivering quality of the same level as Jan-Diederik.’

The C&M IT and telecoms practice leverages one of the strongest ICT law teams in Belgium with an excellent track record and solid experience to advise clients on IT, communication and emerging technology issues.’

Thomas De Meese is a trusted adviser and heads up the team. His strengths include the fairly unique combination of expertise in ICT and competition law with a thorough understanding of the technology industry. On top of that, Thomas is easily accessible and hands-on.’

Key clients

Telenet

inDeap

Liberty Global

Group Brepoels

Kaspar

SBS Belgium

AT&T

Weareone.world / Tomorrowland

JD Consult

DPG Media

Audax

Employment Tier 4

The 'practical and pragmatic' team at Crowell & Moring, which garners praise for its 'strong legal knowledge', recently acted for clients on matters such as restructurings, termination cases and business migration matters. Practice head Emmanuel Plasschaert is 'an excellent practitioner with a strong reputation'. Frederik Van Remoortel and counsel Evelien Jamaels are also names to note.

Practice head(s):

Emmanuel Plasschaert

Other key lawyers:

Frederik Van Remoortel; Evelien Jamaels

Testimonials

The team is very flexible and very responsive‘.

Key clients

Adecco

Sandoz

Vias Institute

Oxera Consulting

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 5

Crowell & Moring's team is adept in mid-sized M&A deals involving IP and/or data protection issues, as well as the Belgian aspects of large, cross-border transactions. Other work includes complex restructurings, commercial contracts and privacy/data protection advice. Frederik Van Remoortel and Emmanuel Plasschaert co-head the group, whose sector expertise spans areas such as pharmaceuticals/life sciences, TMT, energy/utilities and chemicals, among others. Eric Montens was promoted to senior counsel in 2020. In other developments,  counsel Stefanie Tack and senior associate Delphine Keppens joined from ORYS Advocaten and SABCA respectively. Luc Machtelinckx , who was hired from Telenet, is another key figure.

Practice head(s):

Frederik Van Remoortel; Emmanuel Plasschaert

Other key lawyers:

Eric Montens; Stefanie Tack; Delphine Keppens

Testimonials

Fast and to the point.

Key clients

Vias Institute

Ingersoll Rand

OraSure

Audax Management

bioMérieux

Novosanis

Tereos Group

Universal Music

Jacoti

Ecoda

Norway Foods (Thai Union Group)

Zurich Insurance plc

Kyzen

Chemo Group / Exeltis

European Association of Mercedes Benz Dealers (FEAC)

D’Ieteren

Surface Mount Technology

Tribes

Vandemoortele

Belgian Association of Mercedes Benz Dealers

Competition: EU and global Tier 5

Crowell & Moring's practice has wide sector experience, with particular strengths in the food and beverages, betting and gambling, pharmaceuticals, telecoms and media industries. Its offering was enhanced further when senior counsel Luc Machtelinckx joined from Telenet, where he was an executive vice president and general counsel. The team is led by Thomas De Meese, who was selected as lead antitrust counsel by new client Ahold Delhaize. He is working with counsel Marieke Van Nieuwenborgh and members of the Washington DC office to represent claimant group Stichting in Dutch court litigation to recover damages from entities found guilty of cartel activity in the EC’s trucks cartel investigation. Jules Stuyck and Karl Stas are among other key figures. Karel Bourgeois joined from Allen & Overy LLP. Sean-Paul Brankin departed for Bristows LLP.

Practice head(s):

Thomas De Meese

Other key lawyers:

Jules Stuyck; Karl Stas; Marieke Van Nieuwenborgh; Luc Machtelinckx; Karel Bourgeois

Testimonials

‘Strong knowledge of EU and Belgian competition law.

‘Thomas de Meese in particular is an excellent handler of competition law matters before the EU and Belgium alike. He has a wealth of experience, is well-connected, he thinks practically and communicates succinctly.

Key clients

Telenet

Unibet

Liberty Global

Chemours

AT&T / Warner Media

Bloomberg

Agilent

Spadel

Ahold Delhaize

Arconic (formerly Alcoa)

Medicines for Europe

EGBA

Nestlé

Distributed Ledger Group

BAE Systems

Stichting Truck Cartel Recovery

The firm: Crowell & Moring LLP is an international law firm with approximately 550 lawyers representing clients in litigation and arbitration, regulatory, and transactional matters. The firm is internationally recognised for its representation of Fortune 500 companies in high-stakes litigation, as well as its ongoing commitment to pro bono service and diversity, equity and inclusion.

Brussels practice: Crowell & Moring’s Brussels practice is a strong domestic and European practice that serves clients in Belgium and across numerous European jurisdictions. It is an interdepartmental office, each partner having their own individual areas of focus. It provides a full range of legal services across a spectrum of technological and commercial fields and is particularly reputed for its dispute resolution capabilities.

Crowell & Moring Brussels offers practical, commercial solutions to local and international clients, serving as a one-stop shop for those faced with Europe’s multiple legal jurisdictions and regulatory requirements. The Brussels practice is supported internationally by Crowell & Moring colleagues in the US, London, and Asia, and can rely on a well-established network of other local lawyers across Europe.

Brussels practice industry focus: The main industry focus is on pharmaceuticals and life sciences, and technology, media and telecommunications (TMT). Other sectors include: automotive, betting and gambling, chemicals, consumer products, financial and insurance services, information technology, internet and e-commerce, and entertainment.

Areas of practice
Competition/antitrust: The EU competition practice has extensive experience in merger control, damages litigation, abuse of dominance proceedings, state aid, compliance programs/training and IP/antitrust issues. The domestic Belgian practice is well established, and more than 30 US antitrust lawyers provide international support.

Compliance: Several different Brussels practices combine to help clients negotiate the often complex requirements they must satisfy in order to comply with laws relating to competition, data protection, whistleblowing, corporate and employment.

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 Brussels IP practice focuses on patent litigation, trademarks, 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. Our 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 EU international trade practice works closely with colleagues across the firm to advise global businesses on managing risk and seizing opportunities. The firm is a leader in the export control and sanctions law area and has extensive experience in the fundamentals of import and export law regimes. The practice has particular knowledge of Brexit-related issues and prides itself on global, integrated advice for all businesses facing challenges in multiple jurisdictions, with the goal of helping them trade goods and services, open new markets and settle disputes. The practice works closely with the firm’s subsidiary, C&M International, to craft government policies for countries.

Litigation and trial: Dispute resolution is an essential component across all the Brussels 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 the last 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 Frederik Van Remoortel
Commercial and corporate and M&A Emmanuel Plasschaert
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 Karel Bourgeois
Competition: Belgian law Luc Machtelinckx
Competition: Belgian law Jules Stuyck
Competition: EU and global Thomas De Meese
Competition: EU and global Karel Bourgeois
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) Vassilis Akritidis
Dispute resolution (litigation and trial) Karel Bourgeois
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 Vassilis Akritidis
IT and telecoms Thomas De Meese
IT and telecoms Karel Bourgeois
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 Vassilis Akritidis  photo Mr Vassilis Akritidis Vassilis is a partner in our Brussels office. He has been practicing…
Mr Karel Bourgeois  photo Mr Karel Bourgeois Karel Bourgeois is a partner in the Brussels office of Crowell & Moring and a…
Ms Judith Bussé  photo Ms Judith Bussé Judith Bussé is a counsel at Crowell & Moring’s Brussels office and a…
Mr Thomas De Meese  photo Mr Thomas De Meese Thomas focuses on competition and antitrust law in Belgium and the EU.…
Mr Jurgen Figys photo Mr Jurgen Figys Jurgen Figys is a counsel in Crowell & Moring’s Brussels office and a…
Ms Evelien Jamaels photo Ms Evelien Jamaels Evelien Jamaels is a counsel in Crowell & Moring’s Brussels office and…
Ms Elena Klonitskaya  photo Ms Elena Klonitskaya Elena Klonitskaya is a counsel in the International Trade Group in Crowell &…
Mr Jan-Diederik Lindemans  photo Mr Jan-Diederik Lindemans Jan-Diederik is a partner and a versatile litigator with two decades of…
Mr Eric Montens photo Mr Eric Montens Eric Montens is a senior counsel in the Brussels office of Crowell &…
Mr Emmanuel Plasschaert  photo Mr Emmanuel Plasschaert Emmanuel Plasschaert is head of our Labor & Employment practice and co-head…
 Kristof Roox photo Kristof Roox Kristof focuses on (IP) litigation. With more than 25 years’ experience, he…
Mr Karl Stas photo Mr Karl Stas Karl Stas is a counsel in the Antitrust & Competition Group in the…
Mr Maarten Stassen photo Mr Maarten Stassen Maarten heads our Privacy & Cybersecurity department in Brussels. His practice focuses…
Ms Stefanie Tack photo Ms Stefanie Tack Stefanie Tack is a counsel at Crowell & Moring’s Brussels Office. She is…
Ms Marieke Van Nieuwenborgh photo Ms Marieke Van Nieuwenborgh Marieke Van Nieuwenborgh is a counsel at Crowell & Moring’s Brussels Office and…
Mr Frederik Van Remoortel photo Mr Frederik Van Remoortel Frederik Van Remoortel is head of our Corporate and our Commercial department…
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Number of partners worldwide : 190
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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. Our Diversity Council established three strategic objectives that drive our ongoing diversity and inclusion efforts: (1) Inclusion – maintaining an inclusive work environment where everyone feels respected and valued; (2) Opportunity – ensuring that diverse lawyers receive appropriate opportunities to excel and be promoted within the firm; and (3) Recruitment – improving recruiting of diverse candidates and regularly evaluating our pipeline to ensure we are reaching a broad and diverse pool of talent.

We aim to accomplish these objectives through 1) metrics setting, tracking, and reporting related to our recruitment, evaluation, promotion, and leadership appointment processes; 2) increased support of our affinity groups; 3) diligence in addressing the professional development needs of our women and diverse populations; 4) increased visibility and network building opportunities for our diverse talent; and 5) continued education and dialogue across all offices regarding the effects of implicit bias that become increasingly challenging in a remote working environment. In the Brussels office, we are particularly proud to be a founding member of the Legal Diversity and Inclusion Alliance, which was established in October 2018. For more information, see: https://www.crowell.com/Diversity.

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), like DIApositief, 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. Throughout the year, the Brussels chapter of the WLI hosted a series of Crowell Café conversations, including a panel of external experts discussing topics such as diverse leadership, the gender pay gap, and the challenges of maximizing teamwork across generations. More information can be found here.

Pro bono:

Pro bono publico means for the public good. We keep challenging 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.

In the wake of the killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and countless others, and in response to the subsequent heightened awareness around racial injustice, the firm established a Racial Justice Pro Bono Task Force, aimed at further developing the firm’s long-standing pro bono strategy for combating racial injustice.