K&L Gates GP > Brussels, Belgium > Firm Profile

K&L Gates GP
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RUE DE I'INDUSTRIE 26/38
BRUSSELS 1040
Belgium

Belgium > Aviation Tier 3

K&L Gates GP's team provides operational advice to aviation and airport clients, with a particular focus on those looking to access or expand into the EU market, and includes a number of experienced competition specialists. Philip Torbøl and Mélanie Bruneau lead the practice, with Bruneau a key contact for clients seeking regulatory advice.

Practice head(s):

Philip Torbøl; Melanie Bruneau

Other key lawyers:

Antoine de Rohan Chabot

Key clients

Alitalia

World Fuel Services

Amadeus

Coty

Multi Service Tolls

Jota Aviation

HeliService

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

The team at K&L Gates GP is able to draw on the wider firm's presence in the EU, US and China to assist clients with the spectrum of trading matters. The practice is overseen by Philip Torbøl, an experienced practitioner who advises on the full array of international trade law, including duties and duty suspension, customs and export control laws, investigations, sanctions, market access barriers and regulatory hindrance. Alessandro Di Mario is well versed in market access issues and provides the team with his insight on UN and EU sanctions and restrictive measures, EU regulatory law and competition law.

Practice head(s):

Philip Torbøl

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

LG Chem

TABC (Trans-Atlantic Business Council)

Jota Aviation

Amadeus IT Group

Securitas

FMI (Freeport-McMoRan Inc.)

EMM (Eastern Mediterranean Maritime Ltd)

Kamann

HeliService

Lamprell

Work highlights

  • Assisted with the identification of obligations to notify the 3.2Billion USD acquisition of the Electronic Security Solutions business from Stanley Black & Decker Inc in several jurisdictions. Assisted with FDI notifications in France, UK, Finland, and Canada.
  • Provided policy representation in the context of an anti-dumping procedure; in particular, assistance and representation vis-à-vis the European Commission and the national authorities involved in the decision making process of the case.
  • Assisted with the removal of a duty suspension for imports into the EU on products currently produced by FMI in the EU.

Belgium > Industry focus: Transport Tier 3

With a strong focus on airport, aviation and transport matters, K&L Gates GP handles the full spectrum of transport work – including road, rail, and aviation – ranging from commercial operations support to public procurement matters. Recent engagements have seen the department advising a diverse mix of clients on the implications of the European Commission’s ‘Fit for 55’ policy package. Mélanie Bruneau advises clients on EU and French regulatory issues, as well as complex contractual arrangements, while Antoine de Rohan Chabot assists clients in EU regulatory matters relating to aviation, transport and energy. Other key names to note include Philip Torbøl and counsel Miguel Angel Caramello Alvarez, both of whom are recommended for their competition and regulatory expertise.

Practice head(s):

Philip Torbøl; Melanie Bruneau; Miguel Ángel Caramello Alvarez; Antoine de Rohan Chabot

Key clients

World Fuel Services

Multi Service Tolls

Železničná spoločnosť Slovensko, a. s. (ZSSK)

APL Logistics

Jota Aviation

John Bean Technologies (JBT)

HeliService

Kamann

Work highlights

Belgium > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 5

Belgium > Competition: EU and global Tier 5

K&L Gates GP operates as part of an integrated global group, with Europe-wide and US expertise, handling merger control proceedings, vertical enforcement, and cartel investigations, with particular strength in acting for third-party challengers to contested mergers and digital markets cases. In the cartel space, the firm is active in the fashion sector, with other industry focuses of note including aviation and transport, which are strengths of practice co-head Philip Torbøl. Other leaders of the team include Mélanie Bruneau, who is active in distribution and retail issues, merger investigations and remedies specialist Francesco Carloni, who also spends time in Milan, and Nikolaos Peristerakis, who is also focused on merger work.

Practice head(s):

Mélanie Bruneau; Francesco Carloni; Nikolaos Peristerakis; Philip Torbøl

Testimonials

‘A worlwide network of competion lawyers with deep knowledge in fashion law.’

‘Francesco Carloni is a high standing professional with a deep knowledge of the fashion sector.’

‘The K&L Gates team is always available and collaborative and focus on the real needs of the clients. The Partners are very well qualified lawyers, proactive and always focused on finding legal solution adapted to the clients’ needs.’

‘Mr. Francesco Carloni is an excellent lawyer, well skilled, diligent, proactive and market oriented. He is an excellent advisor focused on the clients’ needs.’

‘Francesco Carloni manages an excellent team of competition lawyers. He is practical, efficient, attentive and pro-active. I have always greatly enjoyed working with him and his team – they have always proven to be reliable and effective.’

Key clients

II-VI Incorporated

Westinghouse

Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana

Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode

Ferring

Alitalia

Sealed Air Corporation

Mitsui Chemicals

World Fuel Services

Multi Service Tolls

Securitas

Prada

Armani

Salvatore Ferragamo

OTB and its brands (Diesel, Maison Margiela, Marni, Staff International, Jil Sander)

Canali

Zegna

Audemars Piguet

Hexagon

Foxconn

Kaman

International Federation of Freight Forwarders (FIATA)

Work highlights

  • Represented and secured unconditional clearance for Securitas AB in its USD 3.2 bn acquisition of Stanley Security from Stanley Black & Decker Inc before the European Commission, US FTC, Canada Competition Bureau and Colombia Competition Authority.
  • Representing an iconic fashion brand before the European Commission in connection its cartel investigation in the fashion sector. The Commission conducted unannounced inspections at the premises of companies active in several Member States in May 2022.
  • Represented the National Chamber for the Italian Fashion (Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana) and the French Trade Association for the fashion industry (Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode) – which members account for more than EUR 300 bn sales in Europe – before the European Commission in connection with the review and adoption of the Vertical Block Exemption Regulation and Vertical Guidelines.

Hong Kong > Investment funds

The Firm: K&L Gates’ Brussels office is multilingual, is qualified in several jurisdictions, and brings together significant international experience. The office’s practices have both an international and national focus on European Union (EU) competition, EU regulation across a variety of sectors, public policy and market access issues, and corporate and commercial matters. The firm provides comprehensive international, domestic, and cross-border advice across a broad range of areas,  often involving a combination of practice areas, bespoke to the needs of clients and the particular matter at hand.

K&L Gates is one of the largest law firms in the world with more than 45 offices located in key capital cities and world commercial and financial centres spanning five continents. Its many offices operate as one firm, offering clients local market knowledge and access to both national and international capabilities.

Main areas of practice

EU Competition and Regulatory: The Brussels Competition team advises on the full range of EU competition law and national competition law, including merger control, cartel investigations, anticompetitive behavior, sector inquiries, and state aid. The team, which works closely with lawyers in our other European offices, has a wealth of experience handling cases before the European Commission and national competition authorities. Their clients include private equity funds, industrial and conglomerate groups, financial institutions, and iconic brands.  The EU Regulatory practice offers strategic legal advice across a variety of sectors, assisting companies not only in operating effectively through the maze of regulatory obligations while ensuring compliance, but also on how to influence and take advantage of the regulatory framework.

Public Policy and Market Access: The European Public Policy and Market Access group advises clients on how to better understand and shape regulatory and legislative actions affecting their businesses. They have an in-depth understanding of the regulatory and policy procedures of the EU and access to EU and national decision-makers. The team assists clients in a variety of sectors, including financial services, digital services, international trade, transportation, and fashion and luxury.

Corporate and Transactional: The Corporate and M&A practice of the Brussels office advises companies on the full range of corporate and commercial transactional matters. The practice is fully integrated with the firm’s international Corporate and Transactional practice, one of the most substantial in the world with more than 500 lawyers. The Transactional practice advises multinational and Belgian corporations on a wide range of corporate and commercial transactions and related matters, including cross-border, private, and public M&A deals; commercial contracts; capital markets; private equity; venture capital; joint ventures; corporate restructurings; general corporate law; and dispute resolutions.

Commercial: The Transactional team provides general contract support and handles major projects and business critical contracts for companies across many sectors. We draft and negotiate a wide spectrum of contracts ranging from routine to highly complex strategic contracts, including terms and conditions of sale and purchase, supply, lease, leasing, services, outsourcing, licensing, real estate transactions, collaboration, and consortium agreements across many different sectors. We also frequently provide advisory services on legal matters relevant to our clients’ businesses, such as competition law, fair trade practices, consumer protection, advertisements, product safety, Internet sales and e-commerce, data protection, and anticorruption issues.

Distribution: Lawyers in our Brussels office have deep experience advising on national and international distribution matters, including the drafting of complex distribution, commercial agency, and franchise agreements; the reorganization of distribution networks; and the potential risks and liabilities related to the termination of distributors, commercial agents, or franchisees. We also have experience representing companies before the courts regarding disputes related to distribution issues.

Litigation: The Litigation practice represents companies in a wide range of commercial litigation and arbitration cases. The team has extensive experience in Belgian domestic and international procedures. Clients include international private and public sector entities across a range of industries.

Transport and Logistics: The EU Transport and Logistics team provides sophisticated and practical advice and support for all aspects of international and European transport legislation, including air, rail, road, and maritime transport business; ground handling; logistics; and express transport. They handle major projects and critical business contracts for companies. The team has a strong sector-specific focus in transport, aviation, and airport matters.

Finance: The Finance practice advises Belgian and international financial institutions on acquisition and real estate finance, structured finance, security packages, and regulatory and general banking law. Our clients include investment funds and companies in the high-technology, logistics, textile, automobile, and pharmaceutical sectors. The practice also helps international clients navigate the European and global financial services policy and regulatory landscape with all banking and capital markets regulation.

Brussels Managing Partner: Tony Griffiths (Managing Partner, London, Brussels, Dubai, and Doha Offices and Managing Partner, Europe and Middle East)

Offices

Europe: Berlin, Brussels, Dublin, Frankfurt, London, Luxembourg, Milan, Munich, Paris. Middle East: Doha, Dubai. United States: Austin, Boston, Charleston, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Fort Worth, Harrisburg, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, New York, Newark, Orange County, Palo Alto, Pittsburgh, Portland, Raleigh, Research Triangle Park, San Francisco, Seattle, Washington DC, Wilmington. South America: Sao Paulo. Asia: Beijing, Hong Kong, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Taipei, Tokyo. Australia: Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney.

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Miguel Angel Caramello Alvarez photo Miguel Angel Caramello Alvarez Miguel Caramello Alvarez is a counsel at the firm’s Brussels office. He…
Mélanie Bruneau photo Mélanie Bruneau Mélanie Bruneau is a partner in the firm’s Brussels office. She advises…
Francesco Carloni photo Francesco Carloni Francesco Carloni is a partner in the firm’s Brussels and Milan offices where he…
Antoine de Rohan Chabot photo Antoine de Rohan Chabot Antoine de Rohan Chabot is counsel in the Brussels office and is…
Nikolaos Peristerakis photo Nikolaos Peristerakis Nikolaos Peristerakis is a partner in the firm’s Brussels office. He is…
Philip Torbøl  photo Philip Torbøl  Philip Torbøl is a founding partner of the firm’s Brussels office and…