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White & Case LLP
Wetstraat 62 rue de la Loi
1040 Brussels
Belgium

Insolvency and restructuring Tier 1

White & Case LLP's financial restructuring and insolvency department is praised for its 'commercial awareness, dedication and attention to clients' needs', particularly on mandates with cross-border elements. The team's most significant recent work involves the Swissport Group, which it has advised on global insolvency contingency planning aimed at protecting the group's worldwide assets, while also reorganising its debt following the Covid-19 crisis. Practice head Thierry Bosly leads on all matters, and regularly assists debtors and lenders with distressed situations, acts for creditors during bankruptcy cases and defends parties facing liability claims.

Practice head(s):

Thierry Bosly

Testimonials

Great commercial awareness, dedication and attention to clients’ needs.

Key clients

Bank of Indonesia

Ecobank

GSO

Natixis Factor

Standard Chartered Group

Swissport

Hertz

Deutsche Bank

Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 2

Recent highlights for the team at White & Case LLP included assisting debt fund company EQT Credit with its €100m unitranche financing to private equity firm Gilde Buy Out Partners for the acquisition of software solutions provider Corilus. The firm has had a notable increase in direct lending instructions, and is well known for its strength in global syndicated financings, restructuring issues and debt capital markets transactions. The 'very proactive' Hadrien Servais jointly leads the practice with restructuring expert Thierry Bosly and 'commercially-minded' counsel Willem Van de Wiele. Associate Eline Souffriau is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Thierry Bosly; Hadrien Servais; Willem Van de Wiele

Other key lawyers:

Eline Souffriau

Testimonials

Hadrien Servais: solutions-driven, excellent knowledge of market‘.

Eline Souffriau: one of the smartest financing associates I have worked with. Quality of work is outstanding‘.

Outstanding knowledge of the Belgium DCM and the financial sector. Creative and constructive solutions‘.

Key clients

Aliaxis SA

ABN AMRO Bank

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Barclays

Belfius Bank

Bluebay Asset Management

BNP Paribas Fortis

Castik Capital Partners

Cobepa

Commerzbank

Credit Suisse

CVC Capital Partners

Deutsche Bank

DNB Bank

EQT Credit

The European Investment Bank

GSO Capital Partners

Hayfin

HSBC

ING

JPMorgan

KBC Bank

Mithra Pharmaceuticals

Morgan Stanley

Natixis

Nordea Bank

Rabobank

Royal Bank of Canada

Santander

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

Société Générale

UniCredit

Competition: EU and global Tier 2

White & Case LLP's high-calibre Brussels team includes practitioners from throughout the EU, many of whom are also UK or US-qualified. It has a notably strong track record in prominent antitrust investigations and litigation and, in addition, has featured in many ground-breaking mergers. The group works closely with other offices across the global network to cover a full range of complex multijurisdictional competition issues. Mark PowellGenevra Forwood and Alexandra Rogers are working with practitioners based in London to advise Nexans on several UK follow-on damages claims linked to the High Voltage Power Cables cartel, as well as potential claims in other jurisdictions. Brussels executive partner Axel Schulz is one of the firm's key merger control experts. Also recommended are James Killick and Assimakis KomninosJérémie Jourdan and Strati Sakellariou-Witt both made partners in 2020.

Practice head(s):

Axel Schulz; Mark Powell

Other key lawyers:

James Killick; Assimakis Komninos; Katarzyna Czapracka; Genevra Forwood; Strati Sakellariou-Witt; Jérémie Jourdan; Marika Harjula; Jan Jeram; Irina Trichkovska

Testimonials

The strengths of the team are their ability to analyse the specifics of the client, proposal of appropriate legal solutions for the particular case, speedy reactions in short deadlines.

White & Case’s competition law team demonstrates an exceptional level of internal coordination and communication, as well as very valuable proactivity towards clients on all pending and potential matters. Their deep knowledge of the case file, as well as long-term strategic thinking is a major asset.

The team demonstrates exceptional expertise in competition law, and in its practical aspects, especially when it comes to global companies.

Mark Powell possesses strong leadership qualities and has an impressive sense of direction allowing him to think quickly and clearly in complicated environment, as well as under pressure. A seasoned practitioner, he is able to immediately grasp the legal essence of the problems, their business rationale and provide critical legal support and strategic advice. His communication skills allow him to effectively direct and manage the efforts of internal and external resources, to translate legal concerns in practical terms and get his message across to clients and partners. Kai Struckmann is another top-quality lawyer. His creativity while developing different perspectives of defence strategies is very impressive. Along with competition, Kai has profound knowledge of state aid in the field of energy. His experience, tact and good judgement are very beneficial to his clients. Kai is a team player and working with him is always exciting and rewarding. Irina Trichkovska is an outstanding lawyer who has shown a talent for making difficult legal issues understandable and solvable while coordinating the work internally and interacting effectively with local counsel and business leads on all organization levels. She is hard-working, with exceptional analytical ability and focus to detail. Irina has considerable experience with clients and cases from the CEE region, allowing her to understand better clients’ needs and provide legal advice with high added value. She is very responsive and, overall, a great person to work with.

Immediate access to partners and ability to react quickly.

James Killick delivers truly valuable advice based on his expertise and deep sector experience.

Key clients

Autoliv

Republic of Bulgaria

Bulgarian Energy Holding, Bulgartransgaz and Bulgargaz

Coca-Cola HBC

Computer and Communications Industry Association (CCIA)

Crédit Agricole

Deutsche Telekom

DIC Corporation/Sun Chemical

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GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)

Metso Corporation

Mr Ioan Micula

Nexans

Nordic Capital

NTN

Pfizer Inc.

SAS (Scandinavian Airlines)

Saudi Aramco

Servier

Takeda Pharmaceuticals International AG

Toshiba

Private equity Tier 2

At White & Case LLPThierry Bosly has been instrumental in the growth of the firm's private equity practice in Brussels since his arrival from Linklaters in 2003. In a notable development, he was appointed as the regional head of the MEA corporate private equity section in 2019. In addition, Bosly serves as a global co-head of the family offices practice. The firm is a strong choice for cross-border deals, with its international reach being complemented by a wealth of in-house corporate, banking, capital markets and tax expertise. Bosly is part of a team including recently promoted partner Thomas Glauden and Nick Hallemeesch, which is advising Active Ownership Capital on a significant investment in Belgian listed company Agfa Gevaert NV. Another recent highlight involved advising Metric Capital Partners on its indirect acquisition of shares in Less Mess Storage, as well as its wholly-owned Polish and Czech subsidiaries. Muriel Alhadeff joined E-Merge in July 2020.

Practice head(s):

Thierry Bosly

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Glauden; Phillippe Hendrickx; Nick Hallemeesch

Testimonials

‘Small, coherent, resilient team perfectly at ease with the specificities of the transaction they supported (Healthcare EU-Japan).’

‘Thierry Bosly played perfectly his role as head of the practice. More junior people brought also excellent value (particularly Thomas Glauden).’

Key clients

Cobepa

Colisée Group

E-merge

Monizze

Active Ownership Capital

IK Investment Partners

International SOS

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3

White & Case LLP excels in advising Belgian and international clients on M&A, joint ventures, public takeovers, MBOs and MBIs, as well as equity investments and privatisations. In 2019, practice head Thierry Bosly was part of a cross-office team that acted for Socotec Group on its acquisition of ArchEng. Elsewhere, other recent mandates spanned the fintech, aviation, and food and beverage sectors. Also notable is that the firm is particularly active in the healthcare and pharmaceutical sector, where it acts for a number of global corporates. Bosly works with counsel Thomas Glauden and associate Nick Hallemeesch. Muriel Alhadeff joined E-Merge.

Practice head(s):

Thierry Bosly

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Glauden; Nick Hallemeesch

Testimonials

Very professional team, always available. It is a pleasure to work with them, you can trust them to settle your problem. I personally particularly appreciate their drafting skills.

Key clients

Active Ownership Capital

Asea Brown Boveri

Babilou

Bank Degroof Petercam

Hyloris

Chromacure

Cobepa

Colisée Group

Crédit Mutuel Arkéa

CXM Holding SA

Deutsche Bank

Group Josi

Guardiola Invest SA

Hamon & Cie SA

International SOS

JF Hillebrand

Le Pain Quotidien

MobileXpense

Monizze

Procoplast

Recticel

Socotec

Up Group

Value Retail Management

Zetes

Rickpulse

Dassault

Customs, trade, WTO and anti-dumping Tier 3

Clients appreciate the 'exceptional knowledge and quality of partners' found within White & Case LLP's international trade practice. James Killick – recognised for 'great professionalism and relational skills' – handles matters concerning trade remedies and export controls, with Jacquelyn MacLennan specialising in customs-related cases and Genevra Forwood an expert on sanctions. All three co-head the team, which is most active in the steel sector.

Practice head(s):

James Killick; Jacquelyn MacLennan; Genevra Forwood

Testimonials

Professionalism and rapidity of processing as a characteristic of the work team, ability to understand in depth the dynamics of the client’s business, availability assured at all times to assist with the completion of dossiers.’

James Killick has great professionalism and relational skills (availability, correctness, speed).’

‘Exceptional knowledge and quality of partners.’

Key clients

The Federal Republic of Germany

European Steel Association (Eurofer)

Celsa Group

Celanese

ESIS

Dispute resolution Tier 3

Thierry Bosly leads the team at White & Case LLP, which successfully represented Turkish company MultiNet in a $150m shareholders dispute relating to a shareholders agreement and an option for more shares to be purchased by a local Turkish investor. Associate Elien Claeys is a key contact. Associates Alexandre Hublet and Nino de Lathauwer moved to Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in February 2020.

Practice head(s):

Thierry Bosly

Other key lawyers:

Elien Claeys

Key clients

Bank Indonesia

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