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Jones Day
RUE DE LA RÉGENCE 4
1000 BRUSSELS
Belgium

Belgium > Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 2

Jones Day advises on sophisticated financing and capital markets transactions, and has integrated regulatory expertise, alongside debt restructuring and insolvency capabilities. Alongside acquisition and project financing, cross-border syndicated lending, and standard equity and bonds issues, the team also handles innovative matters such as green bonds, special situations funds, and ESG lending considerations, and is a regular adviser to public authorities on complex regulatory issues. The team is led jointly by Ferdinand Brughmans, who focuses on financing transactions; capital markets and financial services regulatory specialist Matthieu Duplat; and Michèle Grégoire, who advises on business restructuring, banking, and finance issues for listed companies and investment funds.

Key clients

BNP Paribas

Deutsche Bank

ING Bank NV

KBC Bank

Belfius Bank

UCB S.A.f

Sogepa

Buysse & Partners

Biobest Group NV

Ardent Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Belfius Bank SA/NV and KBC Bank NV as lenders on the financing of the acquisition of Moortgat Mometal BV.
  • Advised a consortium of senior creditors represented by BNP Paribas Fortis SA/NV as intercreditor agent and security agent on the project completion and conversion of Northwester 2’s offshore wind farm.
  • Advised the Deutschsprachige Gemeinschaft Belgiens on the set-up of its inaugural €1bn EMTN programme for issue of notes.

Belgium > Competition: Belgian law Tier 2

Jones Day advises on Belgian-level merger control, abuse of dominance, and state aid matters, as well as having a successful record in litigation relating to mergers, behaviour, and follow-on damages. The firm acts for an array of high-profile multinational clients in key areas including transportation, energy, and financial services. Practice heads Bernard Amory  and Alexandre Verheyden  are highly experienced competition practitioners with expertise across the full range of matters. Laurent De Muyter is another key member of the team, focusing on litigation.

Practice head(s):

Bernard Amory; Alexandre Verheyden

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

bpost

BT

Colt

Luminus

Fluxys

Mastercard

Newpharma

Société Régionale d’Investissement de Wallonie (SRIW)

Solvay S.A.

Suez

Telenet / Liberty Global

Work highlights

  • Advised the EDF Group (and its Belgian subsidiary Luminus SA) on the antitrust and merger control aspects of its acquisition of Essent Belgium NV.
  • Advising Telenet on certain competition and regulatory issues associated with various fibre roll-out projects in Belgium.
  • Advised bpost (Belgium’s State-owned postal operator) on cartel investigations implicating the former bpost CEO who had previously led the operations of one of Belgium’s private security services companies.

Belgium > Competition: EU and global Tier 2

Jones Day’s global competition team works across high-profile matters relating to merger control, cartels, state aid, and regulatory issues in key sectors such as energy and telecoms. The Brussels office is a key hub for the firm’s wider European offering, and has secured clearances for major deals including Bombardier’s sale of its transportation business to Alstom, as well as defending international clients in litigation before the European Commission. The practice is led by Bernard Amory and Alexandre Verheyden, vastly experienced EU competition practitioners who regularly appear before the Commission and European courts. French-qualified Charlotte Breuvart is active within the energy space and on cartel cases, and Philipp Werner is German-qualified and combines merger control and abuse of dominance expertise.

Other key lawyers:

Charlotte Breuvart; Philipp Werner; Mario Todino; Yvan Desmet; Guillaume Blanc

Testimonials

‘Knowledge of the matter, and how to explain the gist of it for businessmen as well.’

‘Yvan Desmedt definitely stands out. Availability and knowledge are his key assets.’

‘Great and diverse team, client oriented’

‘Charlotte Breuvart – very nice and easy to work with, focus on problem solving for her clients.’

‘Very sound knowledge of competition law. Same team for many years which facilitates cooperation and advice since our particular situation is well known.’

‘Alexandre Verheyden is very competent. We appreciate his sound knowledge of the business world and its constraints which allows him to give pragmatic and very personalized advice. Guillaume Blanc completes him perfectly with details on the case law and our file.’

‘The team is very well composed, with an extended geographical presence and able to cover all needs in this area.’

‘Mario Todino’s expertise is outstanding. In particular, his knowledge of Automotive Financing and his confidence with EU normative and Italian legislation made Mario a very good and proactive partner for our company.’

Key clients

Bank of Italy

Bombardier Inc.

Deutsche Telekom / T-Mobile

Eaton

EDF

ENI

General Electric Company

Mastercard

Procter & Gamble

SAP

Suez

Teréga

Valmet

Wind Hellas

Work highlights

  • Advised Bombardier on the successful sale of i’s transportation business for €7.45bn to Alstom.
  • Advised Eaton on the $3.3bn sale it’s hydraulics business to Danfoss Power Solutions, requiring global coordination with merger notifications in multiple jurisdictions including the U.S., EU, China, and Brazil.
  • Represented the Italian Central Bank in its successful defence against the European Commission’s appeal before the EU Court of Justice against the General Court judgment in favor of Banca Tercas.

Belgium > Dispute resolution Tier 2

The team at Jones Day, which has a strong track record in EU and Belgian litigation, and experience acting before the Supreme Court, acts for a diverse roster of  multinational corporates, financial services companies, and infrastructure players. Building on its traditional strength in antitrust and telecoms disputes, recent work has seen the team handling an ever greater volume of private enforcement claims, contractual disputes, and arbitration proceedings. Practice head Sébastien Champagne is an experienced cross-border advocate who has most recently worked with some of the world’s foremost tech and payments companies. Supreme Court litigator Michèle Grégoire is a key contact for the firm’s financial institution and investment fund clientele, while Vanessa Foncke is noted for her broad contractual and commercial dispute practice.

Practice head(s):

Sébastien Champagne

Testimonials

‘It’s a real team. A team that complements each other very well.’

‘The first thing that I appreciate is the professionalism and the mastery of their expertise. I also appreciate their frankness about the chances of a case being successful. When the partner who manages our file tells us that we have a chance to win, we have always won.’

‘Michèle Grégoire is one of the top legal brains in town.’

‘Vanessa Foncke is business-oriented, fully available and provides a great combined legal and commercial view.’

Very strong partner involvement.’

Vanessa Foncke has a deep knowledge of the dossiers, and wants to understand even the technicalities of our operations. In all the sessions at the Arbitration Tribunal she gave an excellent performance which resulted in winning all of the claims or being able to come to a settlement, even in those that were very unlikely to be won.

Key clients

Belfius

bpost

HeidelbergCement

Inmarsat

Mapei

MasterCard International

Nethys

Sogepa

Belgium > EU regulatory: Chemicals Tier 2

The team at Jones Day is praised for its ‘comprehensive knowledge in all REACH matters’, advising an array of consortia and major European companies on REACH registration and authorisation for a number of substances, as well as regularly representing clients in product defence proceedings and advising on the introduction of new inorganic chemical products to EU markets. The team is led by Ursula Schliessner , a specialist in EU chemicals and environmental regulations, active in the food and biotech sectors. Senior associate Preslava Dilkova is also a key member of the REACH authorisation offering.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Preslava Dilkova; Yvan Desmedt

Testimonials

‘I appreciate the team’s knowledge of the regulations and the experience to keep an excellent relationship with regulatory agencies in each of the EU Member States as well as surrounding countries such as Turkey, Switzerland, Ukraine.’

‘I have worked with Mr. Yvan Desmedt for a number of years and I place utmost confidence on him.’

They always try to help us understand complicated issues better, and offer various solutions and their pros and cons for us to make most appropriate decisions.’

‘The team has comprehensive knowledge in all REACH matters, good contacts to the competent authorities and their advice is practicable.’

‘Ursula Schliessner und Preslava Dilkova work well together as a team of specialists always giving the right guidance.’

Key clients

Chromium Trioxide REACH Authorization ‘CTACSub’ Consortium

CTACSub 2 – Six Members of the CTACSub Consortium

E 172 Consortium

Ethylbenzene REACH registration consortium

Garmin

Geyer Frères

Gluconic acid and its derivative REACH registration consortium

Iron Oxides and related substances REACH registration consortium (30 companies)

Lanxess Corporation

Miscellaneous Chromium VI Compounds Authorization Consortium (CCST) (consisting of 28 companies mainly from the aeronautics sector)

Sorbitol and Maltitol Joint Registration Group (SMJRRG)

Styrene REACH registration consortium (40 companies)

TCPP REACH registration consortium

Unsaturated Polyester and Resins Consortium

Belgium > EU regulatory: Food Tier 2

Jones Day advises multinationals and consortia on product authorisations, labelling, and recall issues, including the submission of information to the European Food Safety Authority. The team, led by Ursula Schliessner, has expertise in domestic European and EU law, and collaborates with the firm's wider corporate, competition, and disputes teams.

Practice head(s):

Key clients

E 172 Consortium

LycoRed Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advising the E-172 Consortium on submission of scientific data to the European Food Safety Authority in connection with the re-evaluation of iron oxides and hydroxides (E 172) as food and feed additives.

Belgium > EU regulatory: Information technology Tier 2

Jones Day advises IT and telecoms clients on European regulatory issues, with work including advice on legislative developments through to transactional and commercial contracting support. The firm has a strong record in cross-border advice, working with international US and Asia-domiciled clients on European regulatory considerations, and also benefits from integrated support from its global offering. The practice is led by Jörg Hladjk, a specialist in cybersecurity and data protection work, with senior competition advisers Alexandre Verheyden and Bernard Amory active in the technology and telecoms sectors.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Lucie Fournier; Laura Tielemans; Cristiana Spontoni; Bernard Amory; Alexandre Verheyden

Testimonials

‘This team collaborated particularly well and listens to client concerns. They also provide accurate timing and budget expectations.’

‘Lucie Fournier, Jörg Hladjk, and Laura Tielemans are excellent working together, understanding the client’s goals and objectives, sensitivity, etc.’

‘Jones Day has demonstrated an ability to seamlessly harness its leading practitioners across its European offices in a formidable multi-disciplinary team.’

‘Cristiana Spontoni is a passionate advocate who fights relentlessly to advance her client’s interests. Goes the extra mile every time.’

‘Jones Day’s EU regulatory capabilities are top notch. Their lawyers are always on top of the latest developments and are quite skilled at turning them into pragmatic advice for clients.’

‘Jorg Hladjk is my primary contact at Jones Day. Jorg is a very thoughtful lawyer, who has a good sense of balancing client concerns and regulatory demands. Jorg communicates effectively with clients. He also has a high degree of technical competency allowing for better application of the law to client technology issues.’

Work highlights

  • Advising Deutsche Telekom / T-Mobile on various matters before the European Commission, including the network sharing investigation.
  • Advising Telenet on the regulation of broadband networks and broadcasting services.
  • Advising Experian Information Systems on global complex data processing contracts.

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

Led by the ‘exceptional’ Cristiana Spontoni, the team at Jones Day advises international pharmaceutical companies and research entities on pharmaceutical products, medical devices and diagnostics, with a growing focus on innovation in the care delivery space, advising on issues relating to AI, digital technologies, and Big Data. Alongside its regulatory and commercial advice, the team also handles IP litigation, competition law issues, and data protection.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

Very good knowledge about regulation and industry practice, very efficient and easy to work with.’

‘Criatiana Spontoni is an exceptional lawyer with very good knowledge about industry regulation and practice, very easy to work with and extremely efficient. One of the best.’

Key clients

AbbVie Inc.

Arsenal Capital

BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc.

Institut Pasteur

Pharmaceutical Product Development (PPD)

Shiseido

Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma

Belgium > EU regulatory: Privacy and data protection Tier 2

Jones Day advises clients on key issues relating to data and security, encompassing cyber and ransom attacks, Binding Corporate Rules, GDPR compliance, and data elements of complex transactions. The practice has a strong focus on the health and life sciences sectors, and works with a number of international companies, as well as with cloud providers, IT and telecoms entities, and manufacturers. Practice head Jörg Hladjk specialises in European data protection and cybersecurity issues, and has a strong track record in cross-border data transactions. Laurent De Muyter regularly litigates on behalf of clients before the European courts in infringement procedures and damages claims. Senior associate Laura Tielemans is also a key member of the team.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Laurent De Muyter; Laura Tielemans; Undine von Diemar; Lucie Fournier

Testimonials

‘The team is lead by Jörg Hladjk, who is a very seasoned privacy professional.’

‘Jörg Hladjk is very knowledgeable and has the right experience and expertise.’

‘They communicate well and are extremely responsive.’

‘Laura Tielemans, Jörg Hladjk, and Lucie Fournier are an exceptional team.’

‘The firm includes several top-notch data privacy lawyers in the EU. Jorg Hladjk and Undine von Diemar are top lawyers. Both are experienced privacy lawyers with deep expertise and understanding of GDPR and other relevant laws.’

‘Jorg has excellent client skills. He is very good at addressing complex legal issues for clients and giving good, practical advice. Jorg displays good legal judgment. Undine is also good. She has an encyclopaedic knowledge of data privacy law in the EU and elsewhere. Both are excellent lawyers.’

Key clients

Experian

Verint Systems

Imperva

Sonoco

Ferro

Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma

IBM

Milliken & Company

ICANN

Micron

Graco

Work highlights

  • Advising Verint Systems on international data transfers.

Belgium > Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences Tier 2

Jones Day handles the full spectrum of healthcare and life sciences work, including in the cutting-edge fields of diagnostics, digital health, virtual clinical trials and app-based care. In recent work, the team advised on high-profile advance pricing agreements, EU regulatory reviews, and major cross-border investments, divestments and acquisitions. Practice head Cristiana Spontoni is praised for her 'very extensive' knowledge and capabilities, working with a myriad of companies on the full lifecycle of new products, including regulatory enforcements and post-recall crisis management. Luca Salernitano is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Cristiana Spontoni

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Very good industry knowledge and expertise regarding relevant statutory law, case law and industry practices.’

‘Cristiana Spontoni is one of the best in this field, very extensive knowledge and experience, always very good to work with. Very efficient.’

Key clients

AbbVie Inc

Arsenal Capital

BioMarin Pharmaceutical

Institut Pasteur

Pharmaceutical Product Development

Shiseido

Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma

Belgium > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3

Jones Day advises on domestic, European, and global M&A, with a stable of international clients including major brand names, public and private companies, and investment funds. The team also handles private equity and venture capital investments, capital markets transactions, and multijurisdictional regulatory issues. Practice head Thomas De Muynck  assists with cross-border M&A and growth investments, and is a go-to adviser for Japanese multinationals operating in Europe. Jonas Van Den Bossche has led on a number of complex multijurisdictional deals, alongside restructurings and joint ventures.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Jonas Van Den Bossche; Chantal Biernaux; Paul Van Hooghten

Testimonials

In M&A, Jones Day is able to have a global view in order to highlight all relevant topics concerning a deal and their legal implications. As a result Jones Day is able to deal with complex deal structures where M&A has to be combined with items like restructuring or setting up a new governance structure.’

‘I prefer to work with Paul Van Hooghten who has broad M&A experience. He invests in understanding the business, the strategy & company’s objectives as well as the business model in order to be able to better advise clients on proper solutions. He is able to keep a full overview and to point out what is essential. He is a trusted advisor at board level who can participate in the decision making of complex issues and advice on the legal implications.’

‘I am working mainly with Thomas De Muynck. Thomas is to the point, business oriented and has a really sharp legal knowledge. When working with his team, Thomas is deeply involved and available for his clients. High quality work at reasonable fees.’

‘The corporate M&A team for Jones Day is reliable and practical. We have used this firm so much in the past, they know how we operate and understand the quick turnaround we demand. Taking on a new matter with this firm in relation to corporate work is efficient and pragmatic because they understand how our group is structured.’

‘The individuals we work with at Jones Day always make it seem like we are their only and top priority given any issue we request their assistance on. Thomas De Muynck and Chantal Biernaux are our go-to partners at this firm.’

‘Efficient, international experience in different practices, respect deadlines.’

‘Paul Van Hooghten is very available and has huge experience in different legal matters.’

Key clients

Alven

Arsenal Capital Partners

Compagnie du Bois Sauvage SA

CBRE

Electrical Industries Company

Euroclear

Fortino Capital

Furukawa

Index Ventures

McCain Foods

Parkwind NV

PTT Global Chemical Public Company

Seventure Partners

Suez

The Riverside Company

Transdigm Group

Work highlights

  • Advised SUEZ SA on the sale of its Recycling & Recovery operations – excluding plastic recycling and hazardous waste treatment activities – in the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Germany, and Poland to PreZero, the environmental division of Schwarz Group.
  • Advised The Riverside Company on the acquisition of the Belgian-based Eurogarden/F1 Group, a market leader in outdoor power equipment.

Belgium > Customs, trade, WTO and anti-dumping Tier 3

Jones Day‘s team, which is able to draw on its robust network of Europe-wide offices, maintains a strong litigation focus, regularly representing clients before the Court of Justice of the European Union in a number of high-profile, high-stakes trade judgments. Former practice head Renato Antonini and Eva Monard left the firm, as did Byron Maniatis.

Testimonials

‘The members of the Jones Day trade defence team each have the unique quality to be very straightforward with clients, and to offer pragmatic and creative solutions. They don’t waste a client’s time.’

‘Jones Day is a global firm that fits our needs.’

Key clients

Fincantieri S.p.A

UPM-Kymmene

Solvay S.A.

Jindal Saw Ltd and Jindal Saw Italia SA / Sertubi (Jindal)

Wego Chemical Group

Jinan Meide Casting Co., LTD

Ansaldo Energia

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

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

Cambodia Rice Federation (CRF)

Work highlights

  • Representing Jindal in the context of EU trade defence proceedings and related EU litigation.
  • Advising Fincantieri S.p.A in the context of general trade issues, as well as sanctions and export control matters.
  • Representing the CRF in the context of EU litigation against the first-ever EU GSP-safeguard measures

Belgium > Industry focus: IT and telecoms Tier 3

Jones Day's sizeable, multi-disciplinary practice works with a high-profile global client base, including various leading telecoms companies and tech-sector VC funds. The practice is jointly led by: Bernard Amory, who has considerable experience in the IT space; Alexandre Verheyden, a telecoms regulatory expert; Jörg Hladjk, a cybersecurity and data protection specialist, and Thomas De Muynck, who also heads up the M&A team. Yvan Desmedt - who splits his time between Brussels and Amsterdam - is also noted.

Practice head(s):

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

Other key lawyers:

Yvan Desmedt; Laura Tielemans; Lucie Fournier

Testimonials

‘They listen exceptionally well to client concerns.’

‘Jörg Hladjk, Laura Tielemans and Lucie Fournier are an excellent team. They manage work seamlessly and efficiently to meet client priorities.’

‘Extraordinary Belgian and pan-European telecoms capability, ability to assemble formidable cross-disciplinary teams seamlessly across its offices, delivering on Jones Day’s One Firm, Globally promise.’

‘Alexandre Verheyden is a stand-out practitioner – extremely knowledgeable and strategic.’

‘Jones Day has a good IT/telecoms bench in the EU and UK.’

‘Jorg Hladjk has a good blend of legal expertise, client communication, and good judgement.’

Key clients

Experian Information Systems

Verint Systems

Imperva

Sonoco

Broadband Belgium

bpost

BT

Colt

ComReg (Irish Commission for Communications Regulation)

Deutsche Telekom / T-Mobile

Inmarsat Ventures

Telenet / Liberty Global

TF1

SAP

BNP Paribas Fortis

Cowboy SA

Index Ventures

Fortino Capital

Seventure

Work highlights

  • Defending Deutsche Telekom against a European Commission antitrust investigation related to mobile telephone network sharing agreements with other Czech telecoms operators, O2 CZ / CETIN.
  • Advised Seventure Funds and other selling shareholders of Anytime SA on the sale of all of its shares to Orange Bank S.A.
  • Advising Verint Systems on international data transfers, including the new standard contractual clauses for international data transfers.

Belgium > Private equity Tier 3

Jones Day works with international private equity sponsors and financial institutions, including major US and European names, domestic players, and venture capital investors, handling buyouts, joint ventures, and financing transactions across a wide range of asset classes. The team’s main strength is its ability to advise on cross-border deals, working with international buyers on their acquisition of Belgian target companies. Thomas De Muynck leads the team, advising on cross-border PE and VC investments for a number of major international funds. Jonas Van Den Bossche was promoted to partner in January 2021 and has played a key role in several high-profile buyouts.

Practice head(s):

Thomas De Muynck

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Fast, agile, with global knowledge.

Key clients

Alven Capital

Arsenal Capital Partners

BNP Paribas

Buysse & Partners

Cathay Capital

Fortino

Index Ventures

Seventure Partners

The Riverside Company

Wilink

Work highlights

    Belgium > Employment Tier 4

    Spearheaded by the ‘incomparable’ Chantal Biernaux , Jones Day handles a mix of employment law mandates including corporate restructurings (and the associated dismissals), collective bargaining agreements, and litigation on behalf of key clients in the automotive, chemical, and pharmaceuticals sectors. Pension plans, social security compliance, and contractual analyses are further key workflows.

    Practice head(s):

    Chantal Biernaux

    Testimonials

    ‘Chantal Biernaux is incomparable with her experience but at the same time the drive and the client-orientation that is needed nowadays.’

    ‘Chantal Biernaux is a class act.’

    Key clients

    The Hain Celestial Group – Lima Natuurvoedingsbedrijf BV

    Lifeline Scientific

    European Asphalt Pavement Association (EAPA)

    Donaldson Europe BV

    Riverside Europe Partners BV

    Germany > Public sector > State aid

    With Philipp Werner at the Brussels office, Jones Day fields a practice head with extensive experience in European state aid and competition law. The team advises and represents European member states, telecommunications and aviation companies as well as clients from the energy sector in state aid investigations, investigation procedures and complaints before the Commission as well as in court proceedings. Due to the firm's cross-office and cross-practice structure, the team, which is mostly based in Brussels, frequently cooperates with colleagues in London or Paris.

    Practice head(s):

    Key clients

    IFP Énergies nouvelles (IFPEN)

    Work highlights

    • Representation of a ministry of an EU member state that is responsible, among other things, for the expansion of the broadband network in said country. The EU Commission has approved the plan under EU state aid rules. Advising the client on submitted complaints and potential litigation.
    • Advice and representation of IFP Énergies nouvelles (IFPEN) in proceedings before the CFI. The court annulled for the second time a decision by the European Commission that IFPEN had received state aid in connection with its public law status.
    • Advice on state aid law to a telecommunications company on the submission of a state aid law complaint against a European republic regarding the award of mobile communications licenses; The Commission has opened the formal investigation procedure as a result of the complaint.

    France > EU, competition and distribution

    The competition team at Jones Day specialises in advising major clients in regulated industries on the full range of EU and competition law matters. These include EU Commission investigations, state aid, merger controls, anti-competitive agreements and damages actions. Led by competition law authority and former Chef de Cabinet of the President of the General Court of the European Union (2003-2007) Eric Barbier de la Serre, the team represents key market players across the pharmaceutical, telecoms, energy, fashion, sports and manufacturing sectors. Energy regulatory issues specialist Charlotte Breuvart and experienced counsel Eileen Lagathu are the other key contacts.

    Practice head(s):

    Testimonials

    ‘Eric Barbier de La Serre stands out. He is an excellent lawyer who manages client’s expectations and delivers top quality work. He is respectful and professional in all circumstances and a pleasure to work with.’

    ‘I am particularly impressed by Eric Barbier de la Serre. He is one of the strongest competition lawyers around. Since his days as Head of Cabinet for the President of the General Court, he has managed to maintain an extremely strong knowledge of EU competition law case law. His annual review of competition law fines and case law in that regard is particularly useful.’

    ‘A very proficient team with truly impressive in-depth knowledge of EU competition law.’

    ‘Eric Barbier de la Serre combines great technicality with great interpersonal skills. He adapts to all audiences and knows how to convey the right messages in simple terms.’

    Key clients

    EDF

    DHL / Deutsche Post

    Suez

    Renault

    Pisto

    RATP

    Ligue Nationale de Rugby

    Teréga

    Fluxys

    Enedis

    Orange

    Crédit Agricole Consumer Finance

    Sanofi

    Work highlights

    • Acting on behalf of IFP Energies Nouvelles (IFPEN) and obtained the annulment – for the second time – of a European Commission decision finding that IFPEN had received illegal state aid linked to its public legal status.
    • Advised Suez on the sale of its Recycling & Recovery operations in the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Germany, and Poland to PreZero, the environmental division of Schwarz Group.
    • Assisted Sanofi with a number of transactions, including (i) the sale of an integrated portfolio of dental care brands and related medical devices to Septodont; (ii) the sale of 16 consumer healthcare products commercialised in Europe to Stada Arzneimittel; (iii) the sale of an integrated portfolio of anti-inflammatory drugs to Fidia Farmaceutici; and (iv) the sale of two portfolio of pharmaceuticals products for the treatment of heart disease to the German company Cheplafram Arzneimittel.

    Germany > Antitrust

    Jones Day's practice spans both national and cross-border matters and relies heavily on cross-practice and cross-location cooperation. The team advises clients particularly frequently on antitrust issues pertaining to transactions and merger control, but also assists with litigation before the Federal Cartel Office, German courts and the European Commission, as well as compliance issues. Antitrust expert Johannes Zöttl in Düsseldorf jointly heads the team with the Frankfurt-based Carsten Gromotke, who has over 20 years of professional experience. Jürgen Beninca has expertise in cartel fines and damages litigation and Philipp Werner is the German partner in the Brussels office.

    Other key lawyers:

    Key clients

    SAP SE

    Freudenberg SE

    Eaton Corp.

    Cooper Tire & Rubber Company

    Suez S.A.

    PolyOne Corporation (jetzt Avient Corp.)

    European Bank for Financial Services (ebase)

    Griesson – de Beukelaer GmbH & Co. KG

    Milliken & Company

    Work highlights

    • Ongoing antitrust advice to SAP SE in Germany and worldwide.
    • Antitrust advice to Freudenberg SE on its $133.6 million public takeover bid by Low & Bonar PLC via a Scheme of Arrangements (SoA).
    • Advising European Bank for Financial Services GmbH (ebase) on the acquisition of the entire securities business of Augsburger Aktienbank AG.

    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 US 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 US 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 and competition law
    • Business and tort litigation
    • Business restructuring and reorganization
    • Cybersecurity, privacy and data protection
    • Employee benefits and executive compensation
    • Energy
    • Financial markets
    • Global disputes
    • Government regulation
    • Health care and life sciences
    • Insurance recovery
    • Intellectual property
    • Investigations and white-collar defense
    • Issues and appeals
    • Labor and employment
    • M&A
    • Private equity
    • Real estate
    • Securities litigation and SEC enforcement
    • State Attorney General enforcement, investigations and litigation
    • Tax
    • Technology
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