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EU regulatory: Food Tier 1
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.
Ferdinand Brughmans; Matthieu Duplat
Other key lawyers:
‘The team has always surprised us (positively) with its quality of service and quick responsiveness‘
BNP Paribas Fortis SA/NV
Belfius Bank SA/NV
Hamon & Cie (International) SA
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 Verheyden, Sébastien 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.
Alexandre Verheyden; Bernard Amory
Other key lawyers:
‘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‘
Société Régionale d’Investissement de Wallonie
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 Amory, Serge 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.
Bernard Amory; Alexandre Verheyden
Other key lawyers:
Banca d’ltalia (Italian Central
General Cable Corporation
Procter & Gamble
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.
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.
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.
‘Detailed knowledge and experience of the regulatory environment of chemicals‘.
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.
Alexandre Verheyden; Bernard Amory; Jörg Hladjk
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.
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 knowledgeable' Jörg Hladjk, who was promoted to partner in January 2019, heads the department.
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.
Abbott and Abbvie Inc.
BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc.
Cardinal Health, Inc.
CVC Capital Partners
EMERAM Capital Partners
evolution of smooth (eos)
Fortino Capital Partners
Koch Disruptive Industry
Pharmaceutical Product Development (PPD)
PPTA (Plasma Protein Therapeutics Association)
Procter & Gamble Company, The
Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma
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.
Thomas De Muynck
‘Thomas De Muynck is stellar. He works around the clock and his advice is practical and based on experience.‘
Sterigenics (Sotera Health)
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.
Other key lawyers:
‘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‘.
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.
Bernard Amory; Alexandre Verheyden; Jörg Hladjk; Thomas De Muynck
Pharma Product Development
Procter & Gamble Company
ZF Friedrichshafen AG
Fédération des entreprises de Belgique (“FEB”)
Broadband Belgium / Broadband Portugal
bpost N.V. van publiek recht
ComReg (Irish Commission for Communications Regulation)
Deutsche Telekom / T-Mobile
GSM Association (GSMA)
Telenet / Liberty Global
EMERAM Capital Partners
BNPP Paribas Fortis
Hexagon / Intergraph SA
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.
Jones Day > Firm Profile
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.
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.
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.
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
- 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
|Managing Partner||Stephen J Brogan|
United States: Corporate Governance
Published: March 2020
Authors: Lizanne Thomas Jennifer C. Lewis The views and opinions set forth herein are the personal views or opinions of the author; they do not necessarily reflect views or opinions of the law firm with which they are associated.
This country-specific Q&A provides an overview to Corporate Governance laws and regulations that may occur in United States.
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