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Jones Day
RUE DE LA RÉGENCE 4
1000 BRUSSELS
Belgium

EU regulatory: Food Tier 1

Jones Day's food practice has been kept busy with feed, novel foods, labelling issues and food contact compliance matters, among other areas. Ursula Schliessner is the name to note.

Practice head(s):

Ursula Schliessner

Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 2

As part of a much larger global practice, Jones Day's Brussels team advises clients on a standalone basis and is also able to leverage cross-office support when required. Jointly led by Ferdinand Brughmans and Matthieu Duplat, the group acts for a mix of international and domestic lenders (and other key financiers), as well as corporate borrowers. Its expertise spans areas such as acquisition and leveraged finance, real estate finance, project finance, distressed financing, derivatives, structured finance and securitisations. In 2018, Brughmans led a team which acted for ING Belgium and KBC Bank on the financing of Ardian’s €50m acquisition of Trustteam group. The group is also a strong performer in debt, equity and equity-linked capital markets transactions. Duplat advised Crédit Agricole and Société Générale (as joint lead managers and joint bookrunners) on the issuance and placement of €200m of bonds convertible into new shares and/or exchangeable for existing shares by Econocom Group SE. Regulatory advice is another cornerstone of the practice, with the team advising on issues arising from the Single Supervision Mechanism, Single Resolution Mechanism, CRR, CRD IV and Solvency I, among other matters.

Practice head(s):

Ferdinand Brughmans; Matthieu Duplat

Other key lawyers:

David Roger

Testimonials

The team has always surprised us (positively) with its quality of service and quick responsiveness

Key clients

BNP Paribas Fortis SA/NV

KBC Bank

Belfius Bank SA/NV

Banimmo SA/NV

Parkwind NV

Ferro Corporation

Hamon & Cie (International) SA

Natixis

AudioValley

Confédération nationale du crédit mutuel (CNCM)

Competition: Belgian law Tier 2

Jones Day draws upon its multidisciplinary strengths and deep industry knowledge to advise blue-chip clients on a full range of Belgian competition issues. The team features prominently in high-profile matters and its work spans industries such as financial services, TMT, consumer goods and energy. Alexandre VerheydenSébastien Champagne and Laurence N. Van Mullem are acting for BT, Colt and a US-based telecoms operator in three separate damages claims over an alleged abuse of dominance by Belgacom Mobile. On the merger control side, Verheyden and recently promoted partner Laurent De Muyter acted for Société Régionale d'Investissement de Wallonie on the Wanty group's acquisition of Wallonian construction company Ronveaux. Elsewhere, the group's workload also comprises of state aid cases and behavioural investigations. Yvan Desmedt and Charlotte Breuvart are other key figures in the team, which is jointly led by Verheyden and Bernard Amory.

Practice head(s):

Alexandre Verheyden; Bernard Amory

Testimonials

Jones Day has an excellent team, both at partner and associate level, which is available around the clock, demonstrates excellent legal skills and produces quality documents

Alexandre Verheyden thinks out of the box, keeping always in mind the business angle for his clients while being an excellent lawyer from a technical perspective

The team demonstrates a great willingness and aptitude to understand the business in all its subtleties

Charlotte Breuvart is a hardworking, discrete and very competent lawyer

Key clients

BT

Colt

Fluxys

Mastercard

Newpharma

Société Régionale d’Investissement de Wallonie

Suez

Telenet / Liberty Global

Competition: EU and global Tier 2

Jones Day has proven expertise coordinating EU, transatlantic and global merger clearances, securing favourable outcomes in behavioural investigations and managing follow-on litigation. It also excels in major state aid cases, particularly in the financial sector. In one high-stakes mandate, Mario Todino is representing the Italian Central Bank in an appeal of the General's Court's annnulment of an EC decision to prohibit rescue measures provided by Fondo interbancario (an Italian mandatory Deposit Guarantee Scheme) in favour of Banca Tercas. In another highlight, the firm is representing Deutsche Telekom/T-Mobile in an EC investigation into mobile telephone network sharing agreements with O2 CZ/CETIN and, separately, in a challenge before the EC of an EU member state's auction of spectrum on allegedly discriminatory terms in favour of an incumbent operator. On the transactional side, in 2018, Bernard AmorySerge Clerckx and associate Geoffroy van de Walle acted for General Cable on its $3bn acquisition by the Prysmian Group. The high-calibre team, which is co-led by Amory and Alexandre Verheyden, also includes Philipp Werner and recently promoted partners Laurent De Muyter and Charles de Navacelle.

Practice head(s):

Bernard Amory; Alexandre Verheyden

Other key lawyers:

Mario Todino; Charlotte Breuvart; Renato Antonini; Kaarli Eichhorn; Philipp Werner; Laurent De Muyter; Charles de Navacelle; Serge Clerckx; Geoffroy van de Walle

Key clients

Banca d’ltalia (Italian Central

Bank)

Bombardier Inc.

Deutsche Telekom/T-Mobile

EDF

FCA Bank

GE

Fluxys

General Cable Corporation

Hino

Imerys

Newell

Nvidia

Procter & Gamble

Ravago

SAP SE

Suez

Wabtec

Customs, trade, WTO and anti-dumping Tier 2

Anti-dumping and safeguard proceedings have been particularly prominent in Jones Day's recent workload, and the team is equally adept in, among other areas, trade defence, export controls and sanctions issues. Renato Antonini and senior associate Eva Monard are the key names.

Practice head(s):

Renato Antonini

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Ansaldo Energia

Solvay

JSW Steel

Cambodia Rice Federation

Jindal SAW

Dispute resolution Tier 2

Recent work for Jones Day's team includes handling arbitration matters for clients predominantly drawn from the construction sector, as well as advising on competition law disputes, cross-border mandates and financial litigation, to name a few areas. Department head Sébastien Champagne provides 'practical and sensible solutions'. Michèle Grégoire is very well known for representing clients before the Belgian Supreme Court; arbitration expert Vanessa Foncke is a name to note.

Practice head(s):

Sébastien Champagne

Key clients

The Belgian State

Telenet

Newpharma

Dell

Belfius Bank

EU regulatory: Chemicals Tier 2

The 'straightforward' Ursula Schliessner is the key name in Jones Day's practice, which noted for its strong capabilities in REACH matters. In this space, Schliessner continues to manage 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.

Practice head(s):

Ursula Schliessner

Testimonials

Detailed knowledge and experience of the regulatory environment of chemicals‘.

EU regulatory: information technology Tier 2

Jones Day has been kept busy with instructions concerning cybersecurity, licensing issues, and broadband regulatory matters, among other areas. Alexandre Verheyden, Bernard Amory and Jörg Hladjk are names to note.

Practice head(s):

Alexandre Verheyden; Bernard Amory; Jörg Hladjk

Key clients

Broadband Belgium

Broadband Portugal

Nvidia

bpost

ComReg

T-Mobile

Huawei

Telenet

Vodafone

EU regulatory: Pharma, medical devices and biotech Tier 2

Cristiana Spontoni leads the team at Jones Day, which leverages the strong capabilities of its M&A, tax, IP and antitrust practices to assist prominent clients in the pharmaceutical and medical devices sectors with a wide range of life sciences regulatory matters.

Practice head(s):

Cristiana Spontoni

Key clients

CVC Capital Partners

BioMarin

GE Healthcare

BioPontis

Plasma Protein Therapeutics Association (PPTA)

Sterigenics

EU regulatory: Privacy and data protection Tier 2

Recent work for Jones Day's data protection team includes advising on data breaches, cybersecurity, large-scale data transfers, investigations, and international and European data protection compliance issues. The 'extremely knowledgeableJörg Hladjk, who was promoted to partner in January 2019, heads the department.

Practice head(s):

Jörg Hladjk

Key clients

Toyota

Acelity

Fidelis Cybersecurity

Micron Technology

Ferro Corporation

Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences Tier 2

Jones Day fields a multidisciplinary life sciences and healthcare team on a range of corporate, regulatory, commercial, antitrust and contentious matters in the sector. The team is frequently instructed on cross-border work and benefits from the ability work closely with its international network. Practice head Cristiana Spontoni assists her client roster, which ranges from pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and medical devices companies to food and cosmetics manufacturers, trade associations, service providers and prominent research institutes, with a range of regulatory issues.

Practice head(s):

Cristiana Spontoni

Key clients

Abbott and Abbvie Inc.

Acelity Group

Arsenal Capital

Astellas Pharma

BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc.

BioPontis

Cardinal Health, Inc.

Cellectis

Cibus

CVC Capital Partners

Elizabeth Arden

EMERAM Capital Partners

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Fortino Capital Partners

GE Healthcare

Gritstone

Icon

Institut Pasteur

Koch Disruptive Industry

Mitsubishi Tanabe

Pharmaceutical Product Development (PPD)

PPTA (Plasma Protein Therapeutics Association)

Procter & Gamble Company, The

Shiseido

Sterigenics

Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3

The 'very practical and business-oriented' corporate and M&A team at Jones Day counts chemicals, technology, pharmaceuticals and life sciences, energy, real estate, banking and financial services clients on its roster. Thomas De Muynck, who is particularly strong in advising Japanese multinationals in Europe and assisting with venture capital investments, heads up the practice, which recently benefitted from of counsel Paul van Hooghten's recruitment from Linklaters. Other names to note include Luc Houben, who splits his time between Brussels and Amsterdam and focuses on cross-border transactions, and capital markets expert Matthieu Duplat.

Practice head(s):

Thomas De Muynck

Testimonials

Thomas De Muynck is stellar. He works around the clock and his advice is practical and based on experience.

Key clients

Alven

Arsenal Capital

Astellas Pharma

Banimmo

Hexagon AB

Sterigenics (Sotera Health)

Mitsui Chemicals

Index Ventures

HeidelbergCement AG

Fortino Capital

Solvay

Ferro

Employment Tier 3

Jones Day houses a 'very strong' team, which has solid expertise in advising prominent international clients on employee transfers, termination cases, restructurings and contentious work. Department head Chantal Biernaux is 'a very strong leader who always brings results'. Associate Virginie Vercheval is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Chantal Biernaux

Other key lawyers:

Virginie Vercheval

Testimonials

Chantal Biernaux stands out as a highly qualified, diplomatic and business oriented lawyer‘.

Chantal Biernaux is a brilliant lawyer, thorough and business-minded‘.

Virginie Vercheval – very bright and has a great future‘.

Key clients

Aleris

Korean Air

Mastercard

Platinum Equity

Lifeline Scientific

PolyOne Corporation

Industry focus: IT and telecoms Tier 3

Jones Day fields a multidisciplinary team, which advises its technology and telecoms sector clients on a range of issues including regulatory and competition matters, M&A and venture capital transactions, and data protection and cybersecurity work. Bernard Amory and Alexandre Verheyden, who focus on telecoms-related competition matters, jointly lead the practice group with newly promoted partner and cybersecurity and data protection expert Jörg Hladjk, and M&A specialist Thomas De Muynck.

Practice head(s):

Bernard Amory; Alexandre Verheyden; Jörg Hladjk; Thomas De Muynck

Key clients

Fidelis Cybersecurity

Pharma Product Development

Garmin

Astellas Pharma

BioFire

Applied Medical

SAP

Procter & Gamble Company

Toyota

ZF Friedrichshafen AG

IBM

Ferro Corporation

Micron Technology

ICANN

Bunge Limited

Graco Inc

Isabel

Fédération des entreprises de Belgique (“FEB”)

Broadband Belgium / Broadband Portugal

NVIDIA

bpost N.V. van publiek recht

BT

Colt

Commscope

ComReg (Irish Commission for Communications Regulation)

Deutsche Telekom / T-Mobile

GSM Association (GSMA)

Huawei

Inmarsat Ventures

NEP

SAP

Telenet / Liberty Global

TF1

Vodafone

Alven Capital

EMERAM Capital Partners

Lacroix Group

Nodalview

Barco

BNPP Paribas Fortis

Cowboy SA

Fortino Capital

Hexagon / Intergraph SA

Index Ventures

Germany > Public sector > State aid Tier 3

Jones Day's state aid practice is headed by the frequently recommended Philipp Werner in Brussels. The team often cooperates across offices and practices, for example with the Paris office, and acts for German as well as European and US clients with particular expertise in the transport, energy and telecommunications sectors. The group's advice mainly focuses on rescue and reorganisation aid as well as on services of general economic interest and state aid implications of reform projects.

Practice head(s):

Philipp Werner

Firm Overview:
Jones Day is a global law firm with more than 2,500 lawyers in 43 offices across five continents. The firm is distinguished by: a singular tradition of client service; the mutual commitment to, and the seamless collaboration of, a true partnership; formidable legal talent across multiple disciplines and jurisdictions; and shared professional values that focus on client needs.

Jones Day is an institutional partner for clients who seek counsel that seeks to understand them and their needs; that communicates with clients about their needs and the different tactics available for addressing those needs; that works seamlessly and impressively across offices and practices and with the client; that provides talent and expertise across subject areas and geographies; and that brings commitment and courage to the relationship and its engagements. We are formidable because every partner and every client has the entire global institution at their command and is a high priority of the Firm as a whole. We are true partners, with each other and, even more importantly, with our clients.

Regions of Practice:

Europe & Middle East:
Jones Day provides a significant presence in Europe that offers clients more than 500 lawyers from its ten European offices in Amsterdam, Brussels, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, London, Madrid, Milan, Moscow, Munich, and Paris. The firm’s lawyers counsel clients in administrative and public law, banking and finance, capital markets, competition law and regulatory, derivatives, market infrastructures, dispute resolution, and investigations.

In the Middle East, more than 20 lawyers are based in the firm’s offices in Dubai and Saudi Arabia. They have accumulated significant experience in most of the region’s key industries and jurisdictions, advising on mergers and acquisitions and corporate transactions, projects and infrastructure, commercial transactions, real estate and construction matters, regulatory compliance, and dispute resolution.

United States:
Surveys repeatedly list Jones Day as one of the most frequently engaged law firms by U.S. corporations for both transactional and disputes matters, and among the leaders in client service. Jones Day’s more than 1,600 lawyers across its 18 U.S. offices collaborate to serve clients across practices and geographies on all major matters that span time-honored practices (antitrust, mergers and acquisitions, litigation, and government regulation) to more recently established and expanded areas (cybersecurity, life sciences, energy, and technology) that specifically address the contemporary challenges of an increasingly complex global business and legal environment.

Asia-Pacific:
Jones Day has committed substantial resources and capacity to serve each of Asia’s distinct markets, including China, Japan, Singapore and Southeast Asia, as well as Australia. Spread throughout ten offices in the region, the firm’s 250+ lawyers represent clients in practice areas including antitrust, banking and finance, capital markets, corporate and commercial, energy, global disputes, intellectual property, labor and employment, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, real estate, and several others.

The majority of Jones Day’s Asia-based lawyers are admitted to practice local law in their home jurisdictions. Most have practiced in more than one country, enabling Jones Day’s Asia team to render multijurisdictional legal services. Jones Day has been granted a Qualifying Foreign Law Practice license (QFLP) in Singapore.

Latin America:
Jones Day is one of the leading global law firms serving the Latin American region through its offices in Mexico City and São Paulo, along with attorneys based in key business and legal centers such as New York, Houston, Dallas, Miami, and Madrid. Jones Day’s Latin American experience extends to mergers and acquisitions, investigations and anti-corruption, projects and infrastructure, banking and finance, energy, dispute resolution, business restructuring, private equity and capital markets.

Managing Partner: Stephen J Brogan
Europe and Middle East Offices: Amsterdam, Brussels, Dubai, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, London, Madrid, Milan, Moscow, Munich, Paris, Saudi Arabia
U.S. Offices: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Columbus, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Irvine, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, New York, Pittsburgh, San Diego, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Washington
Asia-Pacific Offices: Beijing, Brisbane, Hong Kong, Melbourne, Perth, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney, Taipei, Tokyo
Latin America Offices: Mexico City, São Paulo

Main Areas of Practice:

  • Antitrust & Competition
  • Business & Tort Litigation
  • Business Restructuring & Reorganization
  • Cybersecurity, Privacy & Data Protection
  • Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation
  • Energy
  • Environmental, Health & Safety
  • Financial Institutions Litigation & Regulation
  • Financial Markets
  • Global Disputes
  • Government Regulation
  • Health Care & Life Sciences
  • Insurance Recovery
  • Intellectual Property
  • Investigations & White Collar Defense
  • Issues & Appeals
  • Labor & Employment
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Private Equity
  • Real Estate
  • Securities Litigation & SEC Enforcement
  • Tax
  • Technology
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Managing Partner Stephen J Brogan