Firm Profile > Jones Day > Brussels, Belgium

Jones Day
RUE DE LA RÉGENCE 4
1000 BRUSSELS
Belgium

Belgium > Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 2

Jones Day's 'pragmatic' team stands out for its 'fluent, smooth and discrete way of managing capital markets processes'. It has a wealth of expertise in debt, equity and equity-linked capital markets transactions. On the finance side, areas of strength for the group include project finance, distressed financing and acquisition finance, to name a few. Regulatory advisory work is another core strength of the practice. The department is jointly led by Ferdinand Brughmans and Matthieu Duplat. Associates Laurent Vercauteren and Thibault De Boulle are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Ferdinand Brughmans; Matthieu Duplat

Other key lawyers:

Laurent Vercauteren; Thibault De Boulle

Testimonials

Matthieu Duplat: he is a focused, competent lawyer, no-nonsense‘.

Pragmatic, skillful and hands-on approach‘.

Key clients

Belfius Bank

KBC Bank

Deutsche Bank

Buysse & Partners

Belgium > Competition: Belgian law Tier 2

Jones Day's combination of competition and industry expertise sees its team act for clients operating in a wide variety of areas, including consumer goods, financial services and TMT. Charlotte Breuvart is an expert in competition and regulatory issues relating to the energy industry. The firm is strong across all areas of competition law, including merger control, behavioural investigations and follow-on litigation, as well as state aid. Yvan DesmedtLaurent De Muyter and Geoffroy van de Walle are other key individuals in the group, which is jointly led by Bernard Amory and Alexandre Verheyden. De Muyter has served as an assessor at the BCA since 2013.

Practice head(s):

Bernard Amory; Alexandre Verheyden

Other key lawyers:

Charlotte Breuvart; Yvan Desmedt; Laurent De Muyter; Geoffroy van de Walle

Testimonials

Yvan Desmedt is the key reference person for me within Jones Day and he proved to be an invaluable partner in many decisions I had to take.

Very capable team, with complementary skills and personalities. Excellent in the telecom sector for both regulatory and litigation. Able to deliver very quickly.

Laurent De Muyter: sound and very able advice in technical areas (telecom, energy). Also provides good advice at the intersection of competition, IP and data protection.

Key clients

AGC Glass

BT

Colt

Luminus

Fluxys

Mastercard

Newpharma

Société Régionale d’Investissement de Wallonie (SRIW)

Suez

Telenet / Liberty Global

Belgium > Competition: EU and global Tier 2

Jones Day's competition team in Brussels, which is a core part of the large global practice, is highlighted for its excellent record in big-ticket, multijurisdictional mergers, high-stakes conduct investigations, state aid cases and litigation. Bernard Amory and Alexandre Verheyden lead the group, which has proven expertise across a wide range of sectors, including telecoms, technology and financial services. Charlotte Breuvart is knowledgeable about competition and regulatory issues relating to the energy sector. Mario Todino is representing Banca d'Italia at the European Court of Justice in the EC's appeal of the General Court's judgement in the Banca Tercas state aid case. On the transactional side, Charles de Navacelle was one of the advisers to OMNOVA Solutions Inc on its $824m acquisition by Synthomer Plc. Serge ClerckxPhilipp Werner and Kaarli Eichhorn are among other notable individuals.

Practice head(s):

Bernard Amory; Alexandre Verheyden

Other key lawyers:

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

Testimonials

Have seen them as a great team with very sound knowledge of law and a great sense of how to deal with complex matters. They are very effective in structuring and efficiently leading multi-jurisdictional internal investigations. They produce output that is clear and to the point for legal insiders as well as senior management decision-makers.

Philipp Werner is a thoughtful and personally engaged lawyer who can both lead and motivate teams and delve into complex legal questions… someone I would feel very comfortable to have by my side in a high-stakes case. Sometimes, Philipp is described as a state aid/mergers lawyer, but he has shown great skills in the area of antitrust investigations, too.

Yvan Desmedt did a great job with assisting with key difficult decisions. His knowledge and deep insight into matters were critical.

Clear and high-level advice, packaged in a user-friendly format that is easy to share with business colleagues and high responsiveness. All you could need from lawyers.

Bernard Amory is a very smart lawyer who immediately understands priorities and adapts time allocation accordingly. Serge Clerckx provides thorough and well-articulated advice.

Excellent team across Europe, with strong teams in Brussels, Paris, London, Amsterdam and Germany. Complementary skills and personalities.

Very responsive and dedicated. Quality team

Bernard Amory is an outstanding partner. His expertise in competition law in the EU is impressive and he provides solid legal advice. He is one of the best competition lawyers in Europe. He is highly regarded by his peers and by the European Commission. Absolutely a tier 1 level.

Key clients

AGC Glass

Banca d’ltalia (Italian Central Bank)

Bombardier Inc.

Deutsche Telekom / T-Mobile

EDF

FCA Bank

Fluxys

GE

Mastercard

NVIDIA

Procter & Gamble

Suez

Teréga

Wabtec

Belgium > Customs, trade, WTO and anti-dumping Tier 2

Jones Day's government regulation, international trade and WTO practice consists of 'very high-quality lawyers who are real specialists in their area of law' – most typically, anti-dumping and safeguard proceedings. Led by Renato Antonini, who 'thinks out of the box and is very solution-driven', the team also has experience litigating anti-subsidy cases before the Court of Justice of the European Union. Of counsel and 'rising star' Eva Monard provides strong support, along with associate Byron Maniatis.

Practice head(s):

Renato Antonini

Other key lawyers:

Byron Maniatis; Eva Monard

Testimonials

Very high-quality lawyers who are real specialists in their area of law. They have a good network around the world and are well appreciated in many jurisdictions by authorities. They give top-notch advice which is clear. They are very clear in their messaging, which is very useful in this area of law where a close cooperation with the business is necessary.’

Renato Antonini is a highly-qualified attorney who thinks out of the box and is very solution-driven. He will not leave any stone unturned in very difficult cases and is always ready to go the extra mile to win a case for his clients. He does not oversell and openly discusses feasibility of certain options while discouraging others that do not bring added value for his client (thereby compromising his own billing time). His integrity is highly appreciated.’

‘Eva Monard is a rising star, because she is able to explain complex legal issues to people that are not familiar with these concepts in a concise way. She quickly understands the business priorities and takes them on board in her legal analysis.’

‘Renato Antonini, Eva Monard and Byron Maniatis are a great team and this shows in their work and communication with their clients. They manage to convey messages in a complete way, anticipating questions the client may have and always in a prompt manner. I always enjoy working with them because I know our cases are in good hands.’

Renato Antonini is a great manager, available, very clear in communication and honest in his recommendations.’

Eva Monard is very dedicated to her work, very reactive and the content of her messages is always on point and in tune with business needs. She is definitely partner material.

Byron Maniatis is able to convey messages in a clear way, is helpful and always ensures availability.

The team, headed by Renato Antonini, was exceptional in their understanding and overview of the case they handled for our company in the EU.’

Insightful, hard-working, always available and creative.’

Key clients

Ansaldo Energia

Cambodia Rice Federation

China Chamber of Commerce for Import and Export of Machinery and Electronic Products (CCCME)

China Chamber of Commerce of Metals Minerals & Chemicals (CCCMC)

FINCANTIERI S.p.A.

Jinan Meide Casting Co.

Jindal Saw Ltd and Jindal Saw Italia SA/Sertubi

JSW Steel Ltd. and JSW Steel Coated Products

Solvay

Wego Chemical Group

Belgium > Dispute resolution Tier 2

Jones Day's team, led by Sébastien Champagne, is noted for its 'technical and commercial knowledge'. The firm reports an uptick in arbitration mandates, alongside handling financial litigation, contentious corporate matters and competition law disputes. Michèle Grégoire has established expertise in representing clients before the Belgian Supreme Court, and is well versed in acting for investment funds and financial institutions. Vanessa Foncke has an excellent reputation for her expertise in arbitration.

Practice head(s):

Sébastien Champagne

Other key lawyers:

Michèle Grégoire; Vanessa Foncke

Key clients

Nethys

bpost

Telenet

Newpharma

Belgium > EU regulatory: Chemicals Tier 2

Jones Day's practice counts REACH matters as a core pillar of strength. Practice head Ursula Schliessner continues to manage a group of 153 companies seeking REACH authorisation for the use of chromium trioxide in multiple industries for the purpose of corrosion prevention.

Practice head(s):

Ursula Schliessner

Testimonials

The team is extremely competent and has a lot of experience in dealing with ECHA’.

Ursula Schliessner is extremely competent and works very quickly and exactly‘.

Belgium > EU regulatory: Food Tier 2

Ursula Schliessner heads up the practice at Jones Day, where the team has been kept especially busy handling instructions related to novel foods.

Practice head(s):

Ursula Schliessner

Key clients

E 172 Consortium

Belgium > EU regulatory: Information technology Tier 2

Alexandre Verheyden and Bernard Amory jointly lead Jones Day's practice, which has a particular strength in providing 'first-class advice' to clients from the telecoms sector on broadband regulatory matters. Licensing matters are another driver of work.

Practice head(s):

Alexandre Verheyden; Bernard Amory

Testimonials

Bernard Amory is a stand-out lawyer in this field‘.

Key clients

Broadband Belgium

Broadband Portugal

Nvidia

bpost

ComReg

T-Mobile

Telenet

Vodafone

Belgium > EU regulatory: Pharma, medical devices and biotech Tier 2

Jones Day's team has 'a plethora of expertise in EU regulation and law', and leverages its cross-practice strengths (particularly in the antitrust and M&A arenas) to advise prominent pharmaceutical and medical devices companies on a broad spectrum of life sciences matters. Practice head Cristiana Spontoni is 'an excellent life sciences lawyer with in-depth knowledge in the regulatory pharmaceutical, medical devices and care provision field'.

Practice head(s):

Cristiana Spontoni

Testimonials

The lawyers and associates at the office really understand the EU regulatory process and have excellent project management skills that deliver results‘.

Cristiana Spontoni is very reliable and one of the best in her field‘.

Key clients

BioMarin

BioPontis

Plasma Protein Therapeutics Association (PPTA)

Santen Pharmaceutical

Belgium > EU regulatory: Privacy and data protection Tier 2

Jones Day's data protection team is 'very current on the law, and also has the ability to craft solutions that make sense from a business perspective'. The group provides ongoing advice to Toyota on e-privacy matters and GDPR implementation in relation to connected cars and connected services. Practice head Jörg Hladjk is 'well informed on key legislative issues'.

Practice head(s):

Jörg Hladjk

Key clients

Toyota

IBM

Belgium > Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences Tier 2

Clients appreciate the 'excellent understanding of EU regulatory law' found in Jones Day's cross-practice healthcare and life sciences department, with Cristiana Spontoni as both a domestic and global head. Her recent work includes acting for BioMarin in a case against the Belgian state, as well as handling regulatory, M&A, competition and compliance matters from the pharmaceuticals, medical devices and diagnostics, food and cosmetic products sectors. The wider team is also instructed on cross-border matters, and benefits significantly from the ability to work alongside the firm's international network.

Practice head(s):

Cristiana Spontoni

Testimonials

The practice in Brussels has an excellent understanding of EU regulatory law and how the legislative processes work within the European Commission.’

Key clients

AbbVie Inc.

Arsenal Capital

BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc.

BioPontis

E 172 Consortium

Gritstone

Institut Pasteur

Pharmaceutical Product Development (PPD)

PPTA (Plasma Protein Therapeutics Association)

The Procter & Gamble Company

Shiseido

Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma

Belgium > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3

Led by Thomas De MuynckJones Day's team in Brussels demonstrates its strong deal execution capabilities in complex domestic and international M&A, where it acts for multinational corporates and mid-market Belgian companies. It also excels in private equity and venture capital transactions, as well as capital markets work. The group includes recently promoted partner Jonas Van den Bossche, who advised Union Betco NV on the sale of a 70% majority stake in Belgium-based De Neef Chemical Processing NV to the Soudal Group (Jonelinvest NV). Another of counsel to note is Paul Van Hooghten, who joined the firm in 2019.

Practice head(s):

Thomas De Muynck

Other key lawyers:

Paul Van Hooghten; Jonas Van den Bossche; David Vanderstraeten

Testimonials

The team we worked with, Thomas de Muynck and David Vanderstraeten, were very attentive and quick in their turnaround and comments. We also appreciated their responsiveness in prioritising the areas we wanted to focus on.

Thomas is exceptional – commercial, pragmatic and extremely responsive.

Key clients

Akiles

BLACKB / Darts-ip

Euroclear

ETF Partners

Hi Inov

Proxyclick SA

Alven Capital SA

Arsenal Capital Partners

Cowboy SA

De Neef family (seller of De Neef Chemical Processing NV)

Fortino

Hansteen Holdings Limited

Index Ventures

Belgium > Employment Tier 3

Recent work for Jones Day's 'very to-the-point' employment practice included cross-border restructurings, collective dismissals, collective bargaining agreements and employee transfers. Practice head Chantal Biernaux stands out for her 'calm management'. Associate Charlotte D’herckers is another key name. In December 2019, associate Virginie Vercheval moved to Allen & Overy LLP.

Practice head(s):

Chantal Biernaux

Other key lawyers:

Charlotte D’herckers

Testimonials

Chantal Biernaux is a very experienced and easy to work with attorney, who always provides very rational analysis‘.

Key clients

Lifeline Scientific

Donaldson Europe

Hain Celestial

Belgium > Industry focus: IT and telecoms Tier 3

Jones Day provides 'first-class advice' and 'pulls together multi-disciplinary teams seamlessly across multiple offices' in order to serve its technology and telecoms clients. The practice group typically handles European Commission antitrust investigations, M&A and venture capital transactions, as well as regulatory and compliance issues. Bernard Amory and Alexandre Verheyden, who are typically instructed on competition-related matters, co-head the team alongside cybersecurity and data protection expert Jörg Hladjk and corporate specialist Thomas De Muynck.

Practice head(s):

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

Testimonials

Jones Day has provided first-class advice, both legal and strategic, and pulls together multi-disciplinary teams seamlessly across multiple offices to support different aspects of the project.’

Key clients

Milliken & Company

Garmin

SAP

Toyota

IBM

ICANN

Broadband Belgium/Broadband Portugal

NVIDIA

bpost N.V. van publiek recht

BT

Colt

ComReg (Irish Commission for Communications Regulation)

Deutsche Telekom / T-Mobile

GSM Association (GSMA)

Inmarsat Ventures

SAP

Telenet/Liberty Global

TF1

Vodafone

ETF Partners

Darts-ip

Cowboy

Index Ventures

Fortino Capital

Lacroix Group

Germany > Public sector > State aid Tier 3

Jones Day's state aid practice has significant strength in the finance sector while the team also advises clients from the aviation and telecoms industries. The group assists with issues related to rescue and restructuring aid, state aid complaints and takeovers. Here, the firm's targeted location-independent, cross-practice approach is particularly beneficial. Frequently recommended expert for European competition and state aid law Philipp Werner heads the team in Brussels.

Practice head(s):

Key clients

Credit Suisse

VTB Bank (Europe) SE

Immobilieninvestor

Nationale Fluggesellschaft

EU Mitgliedsstaat

Telekommunikationsunternehmen

The firm: Jones Day is a global law firm with more than 2,500 lawyers in 42 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 and Middle East:
Jones Day provides a significant presence in Europe that offers clients more than 500 lawyers from its European offices in Amsterdam, Brussels, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, London, Madrid, Milan, 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, Munich, Paris, Saudi Arabia
US 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 Law
  • Business & Tort Litigation
  • Business Restructuring & Reorganization
  • Cybersecurity, Privacy & Data Protection
  • Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation
  • Energy
  • Financial Markets
  • Global Disputes
  • Government Regulation
  • Health Care & Life Sciences
  • Insurance Recovery
  • Intellectual Property
  • Investigations & White Collar Defense
  • Issues & Appeals
  • Labor & Employment
  • M&A
  • Private Equity
  • Real Estate
  • Securities Litigation & SEC Enforcement
  • State Attorney General Enforcement, Investigations & Litigation
  • Tax
  • Technology
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Managing Partner Stephen J Brogan