Firm Profile > Arnold & Porter > Brussels, Belgium

Arnold & Porter
1, Rue du Marquis -
Markiesstraat, 1
B-1000 Brussels

Competition: EU and global Tier 3

Arnold & Porter's Brussels team works closely with members of the London and Frankfurt offices on EU competition matters. In addition, the firm has an antitrust practice in the US, giving the firm a strong profile in all types of transactional and behavioural matters with a global dimension. In a deal that is significant to the titanium dioxide market, Brussels office head Luc Gyselen and associate Tiiu Iverson are acting for Cristal in the EC's review of its proposed acquisition by competitor Tronox. Axel Gutermuth worked with practitioners in the US to assist Monsanto with the global merger filings connected with its $66bn merger with Bayer. The other notable individual in Brussels is Niels Ersbøll, whose areas of sector expertise spans life sciences, telecoms, energy and transports/logistics. Ersbøll is 'excellent in his advice; he thinks with the client in mind, and suggests viable alternatives when feasible'. Ersbøll and others are assisting AT&T with obtaining clearances in the EU, and further afield internationally, for its $86.4bn acquisition of Time Warner. Pfizer, Cisco Systems, GE and Boston Scientific are among its other clients.

The firm: Arnold & Porter is a nearly 1,000 lawyer firm with renowned regulatory expertise, litigation and transactional practitioners, and leading multidisciplinary practices in the life sciences and financial services industries. Client-driven and industry-focused, the firm lawyers practise across more than 30 critical areas to help clients with complex needs stay ahead of the global market, anticipate opportunities and address issues that impact the very value of their businesses. The firm offers clients practical forward-looking, results-oriented solutions to handle their US, international and cross-border legal needs.

Areas of practice: Antitrust/competition and consumer protection: industry leaders engage the firm for matters related to US and international laws governing competition.

Appellate and Supreme Court: broad experience in federal and state venues on some of the most complex and controversial matters.

Attorney liability: long history of defending attorneys in civil lawsuits and disciplinary proceedings.

Bankruptcy: represents secured and unsecured creditors, parties dealing with distressed businesses, investors and asset purchasers, committees, debtors and equity holders.

Corporate and securities: represents issuers, underwriters and security holders in a full range of public and private offerings.

Employment: assists clients nationwide with high-stakes litigation, counselling and corporate/transactional employment matters.

Environmental: represents corporations, developers, utilities and public agencies in a range of environmental matters including litigation.

FDA and healthcare: advises a wide range of pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device and other healthcare entities.

Financial services: handles legal, business and regulatory issues encountered by financial institutions.

Government contracts: advises companies conducting business with government agencies on white-collar crime, compliance programmes, litigation, transactions and legislation.

Intellectual property: handles acquisition, protection, exploitation, and enforcement of IP rights relating to IT, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology.

International arbitration: has advised on international arbitration projects for US and international clients.

International trade: represents domestic and foreign corporations, institutions and individuals in all aspects of international trade activity.

Life sciences/biotech: attuned to current and future genomics, proteomics, bioinformatics, biochips, pharmacogenetics, etc.

Litigation: diverse work includes civil, criminal, regulatory, commercial, national and international matters.

National security law and policy: offers guidance on national homeland security decision-making processes and deals with key national security agencies and Congress.

Private client services: counsels clients on estate planning, tax, real estate, family disputes, business organisation and succession planning.

Product liability: defends mass tort matters, acting as national and trial counsel in cases asserting personal injury/property damage claims.

Real estate: forms deals for owners/developers in the acquisition, development, construction, financing, leasing, management and sale of projects.

Regulatory: more than 80 attorneys who have held senior positions in US and European governments and international organisations.

Securities enforcement and litigation: represents clients in SEC investigations, securities and shareholder derivative litigation.

Tax: advises on all major areas of corporate, partnership, employment, individual, trusts and estates, gift tax law.

Telecoms: provides international regulatory, administrative, litigation and legislative advice to corporations, government entities, individuals.

White-collar criminal defence: represents clients in grand jury and administrative enforcement proceedings, criminal trials, internal investigations.

Department Name Email Telephone
Antitrust/competition and consumer protection
Appellate and Supreme Court
Attorney liability
Corporate and securities
Employment and labour
FDA and healthcare
Financial services
Government contracts
Intellectual property
International arbitration
International trade
Life sciences/biotech
Litigation (including commercial disputes)
National security law and policy
Private client services
Product liability
Real estate
Securities enforcement and litigation
White-collar criminal defence
Number of lawyers : 1,000
Contacts : Richard M Alexander (chairman)
Contacts : Michael D Daneker (co-managing partner)
Contacts : Anne P Davis (co-managing partner)
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