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Jones Day


Belgium

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

Jones Day

Jones Day’s finance and capital markets practice covers all areas, from corporate lending and leveraged finance to banking regulatory matters. The team’s success can be traced by its impressive growth in recent years; it currently fields three partners, one of counsel and a sizeable pool of dedicated associates. In recent work, Matthieu Duplat advised Belfius Bank on the annual update of its €10bn medium-term notes programme, listed on the Luxembourg stock exchange. David Roger heads the banking and finance practice. Ferdinand Brughmans is also recommended.

Next generation lawyers

Ferdinand Brughmans - Jones Day

Matthieu Duplat - Jones Day

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Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 2

Jones Day

Jones Day’s team ‘excels in advice and delivery of service, and maintains constant good spirits even when under stress and tight timelines’. The Brussels office has developed a specialised Japan practice; recent highlights include advising Astellas Pharma on the €800m acquisition of Belgian company Ogeda, which was the largest published M&A transaction in Belgium in the first half of 2017. The team also has a burgeoning venture capital practice under the leadership of Thomas De Muynck. Capital markets and company law specialist Matthieu Duplat joined from White & Case LLP in 2016. Howard Liebman is also noted.

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

Jones Day

Renato Antonini’s practice at Jones Day spans trade defence, WTO matters, export controls, customs issues and trade agreements. Solvay is a key client and the firm is currently advising the Belgian chemical company on export control matters and anti-dumping procedures. The team also successfully challenged EU tariffs on fasteners for Changshu City Standard Parts Factory and Ningbo Jinding Fastener Piece. Senior associate Eva Monard is also noted.

Next generation lawyers

Eva Monard - Jones Day

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 2

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Sébastien Champagne’s group at Jones Day includes ‘brilliant litigator’ Michèle Grégoire, who is highlighted as ‘top of the bill in Belgium and beyond’. Cross-border disputes, trade litigation, product liability and arbitration are all significant sources of instructions. Recent cases include representing Natixis in complex litigation concerning a €70m swap agreement. Vanessa Foncke is also recommended. Werner Derijcke left to join the newly established Malherbe.

Next generation lawyers

Vanessa Foncke - Jones Day

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 3

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Chantal Biernaux’s team at Jones Day has expertise in restructurings, collective bargaining, labour relations and pensions schemes, with notable strength in the automotive, chemical and pharmaceutical sectors. Recent work includes advising Tenneco Automotive Europe on a collective dismissal programme.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 3

Jones Day

Jones Dayprovides modern in-house senior counsel with effective and pragmatic solutions’. The team also receives plaudits for its ‘very fast response times’ and the ‘personal involvement of the partner’. EU tax law is a forte, though its tax practice extends far beyond this, and the team regularly handles the tax aspects of large corporate transactions. Howard Liebman is recommended.

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Belgium: Competition

Belgian law
Competition: Belgian law - ranked: tier 2

Jones Day

Jones Day acted on a steady stream of merger reviews, abuse of dominance and cartel cases and state aid matters over the past year. Notable engagements included successfully acting for Mastercard to dismiss a damage claim brought by the Delhaize supermarket chain concerning interchange fees – Bernard Amory led that work. Serge Clerckx and practice head Alexandre Verheyden are also key contacts.

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

Jones Day

Jones Day’s international network is ‘second-to-none’ and it impresses with its ‘great ability to combine its Washington DC and Brussels expertise for transatlantic matters’. Brussels head and ‘statesman of competition lawBernard Amory is representing Deutsche Telekom in two complex cases, including defending the telecoms giant in an EC antitrust investigation. Yvan Desmedt is ‘very skilled in managing complex multinational transactions’ and the team also benefits from the expertise of competition lead Alexandre Verheyden, who has strong experience in transatlantic merger reviews and cartel investigations, and younger partner Philipp Werner.

Next generation lawyers

Philipp Werner - Jones Day

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Belgium: EU regulatory

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

Jones Day

Ursula Schliessner’s practice at Jones Day is particularly adept in REACH matters, CLP, enforcement procedures and European Chemicals Agency( ECHA) Board of Appeal cases. Recent work includes managing a group of 28 companies seeking REACH authorisation for the use of eight chromium compounds.

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Food
EU regulatory: Food - ranked: tier 1

Jones Day

Jones Day’s practice has ‘excellent scientific knowledge’, with key contact Ursula Schliessnervery strong’. The team provides ongoing advice to Lycored in novel food issues. Other areas of expertise include food labelling, contamination and health claims.

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

Jones Day

Jones Day acts on a broad range of transactional support, data protection, antitrust and regulatory matters for clients such as Adobe, Linear Technology and Verizon. Alexandre Verheyden has strong experience in TMT regulation.

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

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Jones Day complements its robust regulatory offering with supplementary expertise in the M&A, IP litigation, tax and antitrust areas. Practice head and sector specialist Cristiana Spontoni advises on the full spread of pre-market issues through to product liability, advertising and compliance. Environmental and health and safety specialist Ursula Schliessner is also recommended. Clients include BioMarin, Elizabeth Arden and GE Healthcare.

Leading individuals

Cristiana Spontoni - Jones Day

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

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The group at Jones Day, which is led by of counsel Jörg Hladjk, has a strong focus on pan-European and global data protection compliance projects. Data transfers, binding corporate rules, investigations and data security breaches are also significant areas of activity. Highlights included advising Acelity on its GDPR compliance project. Of counsel Laurent De Muyter is also recommended.

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Belgium: Industry focus

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

Jones Day

Jones Day has a well-established European regulatory practice in the telecoms space and its office network allows it to handle complex domestic and cross-border work. It also has a strong offering in cybersecurity, data protection and privacy, a practice in which counsel Jörg Hladjk plays a significant role. Alexandre Verheyden leads the team, which also includes antitrust expert Bernard Amory.

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