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Jones Day


Banking, finance and capital markets
Banking, finance and capital markets - ranked: tier 2

Jones Day

Jones Day's sizeable group, which operates as part of a wider global network, advises on the Belgian, EU and cross-border aspects of the full range of banking and capital markets transactions. Its strong market presence makes it a leading choice among corporates, sponsors and many of the largest and most active financial institutions. In 2017,¬†Matthieu Duplat¬†was the lead adviser to BNP Paribas and Belfius Bank (as the joint lead managers) on the ‚ā¨30m debut bond issuance by real estate developer¬†BPI Real Estate Belgium SA, a wholly-owned subsidiary of CFE, and he also acted for the same clients on the establishment of Extensa Group's ‚ā¨150 million EMTN programme and its inaugural notes issue. A notable recent equity offering saw Duplat advise Hamon & Cie on a ‚ā¨68.1m rights issue. Another key figure is¬†Ferdinand Brughmans, who co-led a cross-office team, which assisted¬†Blackstone with the Belgian legal aspects of the real estate financing of the acquisition of a seven-block business centre called Corporate Village. Also notable is of counsel¬†David Roger's advice to¬†Cr√©dit Agricole CIB, Soci√©t√© G√©n√©rale, LCL, Cr√©dit Agricole Nord de France, Banque Palatine, and other banks on the ‚ā¨105m leveraged buyout financing for the acquisition of Dupont Restauration.

Next Generation Partners

Ferdinand Brughmans - Jones Day

Matthieu Duplat - Jones Day

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Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 3

Jones Day

The corporate and M&A team at Jones Day is acknowledged for 'investing in understanding its clients' companies and providing tailored legal advice'. The team was instructed by UPL to lead on the European aspects of its subsidiary UPL Corporation's $4.2bn acquisition of Arysta LifeScience. Practice head Thomas De Muynck provides 'excellent legal support' and assisted Hexagon with its acquisition of Luciad, a provider of 5D visualisation and analysis solutions, from GIMV. The group also acts for HeidelbergCement, for which a team led by Matthieu Duplat advised both on the acquisition of the remaining shares of Beton Baguette Marcel and the sale of a ready-mixed concrete plant.

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Competition: Belgian law
Competition: Belgian law - ranked: tier 2

Jones Day

Jones Day's clients benefit from the synergies between the competition practice and the firm's strengths in litigation, corporate and M&A, and regulatory matters. Co-led by Alexandre Verheyden and Bernard Amory, the competition team covers major Belgian-level mergers, investigations and litigation centred on alleged abuse of dominant positions/cartels, and state aid cases . In the competition litigation arena, clients benefit from the experience of Michèle Grégoire, who is one of only 20 lawyers to be a member of the Belgian Supreme Court Bar. The firm's excellent practice generates work from a mix of Belgian and global clients; Verheyden, Sébastien Champagne and associate Laurence N. Van Mullem are representing BT, Colt and Verizon in three separate damage claims in relation to an alleged abuse of dominance by Belgacom Mobile concerning low on-net tariffs. Further showcasing the firm's strengths in the telecoms sector, Yvan Desmedt has been advising Telenet/Liberty Global on a requirement to provide access to competitors to the cable market in Belgium. Elsewhere, the group stands out in matters involving other industries, such as transportation, consumer goods, energy and resource management, and financial services. Laurent De Muyter and Charles de Navacelle recently made partner.

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

Jones Day

Jones Day fields 'a very practical team' that 'looks around the corner to anticipate issues'. The group, which is jointly led by Bernard Amory and Alexandre Verheyden, is well placed to handle the complex EU and global competition issues of international clients in merger control matters, litigation, cartel and abuse of dominance investigations, and state aid cases. Its breadth and depth of antitrust expertise is complemented by cross-practice support in areas such as corporate and M&A, regulatory and litigation. In addition, it is also able to leverage the knowledge and experience of competition experts throughout the global network. In the TMT sector, Amory, Verheyden, Philipp Werner and recently promoted partner Laurent De Muyter are acting for Deutsche Telekom/T-Mobile in an EC investigation into mobile telephone network sharing agreements, and, separately, are handling its challenge before the EC of an EU member state's auction of spectrum on allegedly discriminatory terms in favour of an incumbent operator. The firm also assists Procter & Gamble with its worldwide acquisitions and divestitures; recent work includes Serge Clerckx and others acting as antitrust counsel to the client on the acquisition of Merck's worldwide consumer health business for $4.2bn, and also the dissolution of its healthcare partnership with Teva. Mario Todino, Charlotte Breuvart, Yvan Desmedt and recently promoted partner Charles de Navacelle are also recommended. Kaarli Eichhorn joined from General Electric in April 2018.

Next Generation Partners

Philipp Werner - Jones Day

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Customs, trade, WTO and anti-dumping
Customs, trade, WTO and anti-dumping - ranked: tier 3

Jones Day

Jones Day's team distinguishes itself through its 'high level of commitment'. The broad practice takes in WTO matters, customs issues, trade defence, export controls and trade agreements. Department head Renato Antonini is leading the advice to JA Solar on an EU review investigation into anti-dumping proceedings concerning imports of solar panels. The group also assists Ansaldo Energia with EU and global export control matters. Synthos, Solvay and Procter & Gamble are also clients. Senior associate Eva Monard is 'extremely smart and dedicated, and will leave no stone unturned'.

Next Generation Partners

Eva Monard - Jones Day

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 2

Jones Day

At Jones Day, Sébastien Champagne heads a team noted for its expertise in handling arbitration, competition law issues, cross-border disputes and product liability matters. Key contacts in the group include Michèle Grégoire, who has established expertise in representing clients before the Belgian Supreme Court, and Vanessa Foncke, who has notable experience in domestic and international arbitration.

Next Generation Partners

Michèle Grégoire - Jones Day

Vanessa Foncke - Jones Day

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EU regulatory: Chemicals
EU regulatory: Chemicals - ranked: tier 1

Jones Day

Jones Day has strong experience in REACH matters, European Chemicals Agency Board of Appeal cases, enforcement procedures and CLP issues. Practice head Ursula Schliessner is managing a group of 153 companies seeking REACH authorisation for the use of chromium trioxide in a number of industries as a method of preventing corrosion.

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EU regulatory: Food
EU regulatory: Food - ranked: tier 1

Jones Day

At Jones Day, key practitioner Ursula Schliessner advised a food hygiene product provider on the regulatory status of a product used to disinfect sugar cane, and is assisting a manufacturer with the novel food status of lycopene.

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EU regulatory: Pharma, medical devices and biotech
EU regulatory: Pharma, medical devices and biotech - ranked: tier 1

Jones Day

In the words of one client, Jones Day combines 'a first-class legal service' with 'an in-depth understanding of EU regulation'. The practice draws upon the strength of the IP, M&A, antitrust and tax areas in advising clients on a broad spread of life sciences regulatory issues. Recent highlights include advising CVC Capital Partners on its $703m acquisition of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries International (non-US) Women’s Health assets. Group head Cristiana Spontoni is widely acknowledged as a market leader in this area.

Leading individuals

Cristiana Spontoni - Jones Day

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

Jones Day

European and international data protection compliance matters are a core focus for Jones Day's team. Cybersecurity, data transfers, and investigations are also prominent in the firm's workload. Practice lead, of counsel Jörg Hladjk, is advising Toyota on data processing matters. Other work includes assisting longstanding client Acelity with European data transfer structures and an international data security investigation. Of counsel Laurent De Muyter is also noted.

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EU regulatory: information technology
EU regulatory: information technology - ranked: tier 2

Jones Day

Among Jones Day's key matters, Alexandre Verheyden is advising Broadband Belgium and Broadband Portugal on regulatory issues, including the extension of the companies' spectrum licences. Other clients include BT, bpost and Huawei.

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Employment - ranked: tier 3

Jones Day

Jones Day is noted for its strength in handling restructurings, collective bargaining, pensions work and labour relations for a solid client base of pharmaceutical, chemical and automotive companies. Recent work includes assisting Korean Air with restructuring following the closure of its Brussels office. Chantal Biernaux leads the 'very responsive' group.

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Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences
Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences - ranked: tier 3

Jones Day

The healthcare and life sciences team at Jones Day¬†is headed by Cristiana Spontoni, who co-heads the firm's practice globally, and¬†counts AbbVie,¬†Cellectis and GE Healthcare as clients. It is particularly known for assisting clients with a range of regulatory, corporate, investment and competition matters. The group acted for Astellas Pharma on its ‚ā¨800m cross-border acquisition of Ogeda, including handling antitrust, life sciences, IP and tax elements. It has also been advising several clients, including Acelity Group, on GDPR compliance.

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

Jones Day

Jones Day¬†has 'deep¬†knowledge of the telecom industry and regulatory framework' with its cross-departmental team attracting praise for its 'proactive assistance'. The group represented BT, Colt, and Verizon in three separate damage claims brought¬†by Belgacom Mobile¬†pertaining to abuse of dominance allegations. In another recent work highlight, a team acted for Fortino Capital Partners on its ‚ā¨2.2m investment in Dobco Medical Systems.¬†The department also assists¬†Broadband Belgium and Broadband Portugal with regulatory advice. Alexandre Verheyden¬†is 'highly recommended for regulation and competition in the field of telecoms' and heads the group alongside M&A partner Thomas De Muynck¬†and recently promoted partner¬†J√∂rg Hladjk, who specialises in cybersecurity, privacy and data protection.

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