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Crowell & Moring

RUE JOSEPH STEVENS 7, 1000 BRUSSELS, BELGIUM
Tel:
Work +32 2 282 40 82
Fax:
Fax +32 2 230 63 99
Web:
www.crowell.com

Belgium

Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 5

Crowell & Moring

Emmanuel Plasschaert leads the team at Crowell & Moring, which advises domestic and international companies on the corporate, commercial and employment law aspects of transactions in Belgium and the EU.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 3

Crowell & Moring

Crowell & Moring’s diverse practice has particular expertise in life sciences, TMT, arbitration and cross-border matters. Group co-head Thomas De Meese and Emmanuel Plasschaert defended Telenet in a claim concerning its acquisition of four cable networks from four municipal companies without prior tender. IP specialist Kristof Roox co-leads the team.

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 4

Crowell & Moring

Crowell & Moring impresses with its ‘rapid turnarounds’ and ‘constant availability’. Key names include department head and ‘strong litigatorEmmanuel Plasschaert and ‘meticulous’ senior counsel Frederik Van Remoortel. Among other matters, the group represented Sun Chemical before the Labour Court in several termination cases. Its experience in cross-border matters ensures it is highly sought after by multinational clients.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

Crowell & Moring

Kristof Roox heads the very capable IP department at Crowell & Moring. 2017 was another busy year for the team in patent litigation, particularly in the biosimilars arena, in which it is strengthening its capacity. Jan-Diederik Lindemans has an active IP practice, with a particular focus on the pharmaceutical and biotech sectors. Counsel Christian Dekoninck is another key contact. Flip Petillion, who is a key name for TLD work, left to establish Petillion in 2017.

Leading individuals

Kristof Roox - Crowell & Moring

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Belgium: Competition

Belgian law
Competition: Belgian law - ranked: tier 3

Crowell & Moring

Crowell & Moring leverages its market-leading IP capability to provide strong expertise in pharmaceutical, life sciences and TMT-related competition issues, for clients such as Telenet, Liberty Global and Medicines for Europe. Group head Thomas De Meese and counsel Grégoire Ryelandt are the names to note. In 2017, senior counsel Jules Stuyck joined from Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick.

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EU and global
Competition: EU and global - ranked: tier 4

Crowell & Moring

Crowell & Moring is commended for its ‘strong business knowledge’ and for ‘proactively keeping clients apprised of developments in EU law’. The firm’s strong reputation for TMT and life sciences matters translates into a steady stream of competition mandates. In a recent example, department lead Thomas De Meese paired up with the ‘creative and strategicSean-Paul Brankin to advise Telenet on its €400m acquisition of Coditel Brabant.

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Belgium: EU regulatory

Pharma, medical devices and biotech
EU regulatory: Pharma, medical devices and biotech - ranked: tier 2

Crowell & Moring

Crowell & Moring’s practice, which is led by ‘industry specialistKristof Roox, has a strong focus on representing generics with Teva, Mylan and Apotex among its clients. Contentious work, and particularly patent-related litigation, provides the bulk of instructions, but it also advises on marketing authorisations, off-label use, pricing and parallel imports.

Leading individuals

Kristof Roox - Crowell & Moring

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Privacy and data protection
EU regulatory: Privacy and data protection - ranked: tier 2

Crowell & Moring

Crowell & Moring’s group, which is composed of ‘excellent data privacy experts’, has a focus on advising clients from the healthcare, life sciences, energy and TMT sectors. Senior counsel Frederik Van Remoortel provides ‘practical and to-the-point advice’ and heads a team that also benefits from the experience of competition and regulated industries partner Thomas De Meese and employment specialist Emmanuel Plasschaert.

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Belgium: Industry focus

Healthcare and life sciences
Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences - ranked: tier 1

Crowell & Moring

The ‘outstanding’ team at Crowell & Moring is particularly renowned for its IP capabilities, especially in the field of parallel imports. It has a strong track record in pharmaceutical litigation, which it further cemented in 2017 with several notable wins. Its clients include leading players in the generics industry, though it also represents originators. In a recent highlight, the team successfully defended Eurogenerics in litigation concerning medicinal products for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease. ‘Great professionalsKristof Roox and Jan-Diederik Lindemansform a phenomenal duo’. Associate and biomedical scientist Jurgen Figys is another key member of the team.

Leading individuals

Kristof Roox - Crowell & Moring

Next generation lawyers

Jurgen Figys - Crowell & Moring

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IT and telecoms
Industry focus: IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 2

Crowell & Moring

Crowell & Moring is ‘outstanding’ in the field of telecoms; the Brussels team forms part of the firm’s global TMT group, which counts over 140 lawyers across its offices. The highly regarded Thomas De Meese leads the practice in Belgium; he and associate Emmelie Wijckmans acted for Telenet in appeals against the Belgian regulators’ decisions concerning open access to cable networks in Brussels. Domain name specialist Flip Petillion left to establish Petillion in 2017.

Leading individuals

Thomas De Meese - Crowell & Moring

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Media and entertainment
Industry focus: Media and entertainment - ranked: tier 1

Crowell & Moring

The ‘professional’ team at Crowell & Moring acts for all industry participants, from gaming and betting companies to sports and media celebrities to book publishers. In addition to advising on the unique legal issues concerning the sector, the team also advises on a range of corporate, commercial, employment and IP law issues. Practice head Jan-Diederik Lindemans has been representing key client Bonzai Records in negotiations with DJs concerning exploitation rights and contracts for retro and classic music tracks. Thomas De Meese is representing Stanleybet in litigation claiming compensation from the Belgian Gaming Commission.

Leading individuals

Thomas De Meese - Crowell & Moring

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