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DLA Piper
BRUSSELSTRAAT 59/5
B-2018 ANTWERP
Belgium

Belgium > EU regulatory: Information technology Tier 1

DLA Piper advises a wide range of global clients on EU regulatory issues, as well as major IT projects and transactions across Europe. The team works with technology and fintech sector clients as well as corporates engaged in procurement and digital transformation projects. Kristof De Vulder heads up the team and is vastly experienced in regulatory issues, cloud and IT transactions, and IT sector disputes, while recently promoted counsel Raf Schoefs specialises in complex IT and outsourcing transactions, as well as e-commerce sector advice.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Collaboration with Kristof De Vulder much appreciated.’

‘Team combines in depth knowledge about about general IT topics and trends with thorough understanding of business processes on the client side. This ensures that advice is really relevant and ready for business use.’

‘Key resources with understanding of business needs are available to oversee, review and guide advice provided by the practice.’

‘The team is very knowledgeable and can cover negotiations and drafting at the same time which is not an easy thing to do.’

‘Kristof De Vulder does not only have the knowledge, he also has very good people management skills and can come up with solutions to which all parties can agree to. Raf Schoefs is clearly used to working closely together with Kristof and the two work very well in tandem.’

Key clients

Accenture

Aliaxis

Argenta

bpost

Cegeka

Conga

Connective

DocuSign

Digipolis

EFTA

Foodpairing

Heidelberg

iDirect

Katoen Natie

LEGO Group

Nexuzhealth

Nviso

Polhem Infra

Q8

QualComm

Patronale Life

SAP Belgium

Sabena Aerospace

SD Worx

Smartbit

SNCB/NMBS (Belgian railways)

Skeydrone

skeyes

Steria Benelux

Toyota Motor Europe

UCB

Vodafone

Work highlights

  • Advising Toyota Europe on pan-European regulatory connected car projects.
  • Advised Q8 on two business-critical IT projects.
  • Avising Cegeka on all legal aspects of its smart cities cloud platform solution.

Belgium > Fintech Tier 1

DLA Piper advises established banks, insurers, and investment funds, alongside start-ups, challenger banks, and alternative payment providers on a wide range of financial services regulatory, transactional, and corporate issues, with integrated cross-border and sector expertise. The firm has advised on insurance and fintech products, payment platforms, and cryptocurrency assets, enjoying strong relations with the Belgian regulators. Pierre Berger leads the team, and is an expert in financial services and insurance regulatory issues, advising on a wide range of global issues. Michaël Heene regularly advises on fintech transactions.

Practice head(s):

Pierre Berger

Other key lawyers:

Marie Goosens; Michaël Heene

Testimonials

‘Pierre and his team have a deep understanding of the market and are passionate about digital finance. They spot new market trends at early stages and are keen to understand their legal implications and share their insights with clients. They also leverage their international network in a way the brings in real added value for clients.’

‘Pierre Berger is accessible and is able to take the entrepreneurship into account.’

‘Client attention, flexibility, speed of service, sincerity, quality. Marie Goossens is a potential future star.’

‘For a Fintech practice, we very much appreciated the entrepreneurial spirit of the lead partner on this deal. The were very open minded on thinking how we could work together, and that is something we very much appreciated. It is great to work with somebody who is open to sharing risks together with us.’

‘This was a lengthy process, and Pierre Berger did an excellent job managing multiple offices during such a long process. And all of that while also exploring the legal novelties related to our core business. Pierre did not hesitate to pull in his expert colleagues from other departments and jurisdictions to make us feel comfortable.’

Key clients

ABN AMRO Bank N.V.

ABPaymentflows B.V.

AG Insurance NV

Amonis OFP

Aion NV

Alan SA

Alpha Card CBA

Argenta group

Axa Bank Belgium NV

Bancontact Payconiq Company NV

Bank Degroof Petercam Asset Management NV

Belfius Bank NV

Blox BV

BNP Paribas Fortis NV

bpost NV/SA

Delen Private Bank NV

ING België NV

iBanFirst SA

Insignia Global Solutions Limited

International Swaps and Derivatives Association Inc.

KBC Group NV

Kuwait Petroleum (Belgium) N.V. (Q8)

Lukoil Belgium NV

MeDirect Bank NV

Minna Technologies AB

Satellic NV

Ticket 2 the Future NV

Tioga Capital Partners

UnifiedPost NV

Vadis Technologies NV

Qred Företagslån AB

Work highlights

  • Advising Belfius Bank NV on setting up a strategic partnership with Proximus NV, which will develop an innovative combined product offering for banking and telecoms products.
  • Advising Argenta on its investment in Cake and the commercial partnership between Argenta and Cake.
  • Advising Unifiedpost Group and its subsidiaries on the global roll-out of their product-offering in 27 new markets by setting up local branches.

Belgium > Industry focus: Food Tier 1

DLA Piper‘s sizeable, cross-disciplinary team works with a number of blue-chip multinationals on an array of cross-border advisory and contentious instructions. The team is especially noted for its capabilities representing its high-profile client base in litigation, appearing before various domestic courts in high-stakes trademark and advertising-based proceedings. Regulatory reviews are a further key workflow, where practice co-head Bob Martens is a key contact. Fellow co-head Alexis Fierens is recommended for his IP expertise, advising various food industry players on distribution, unfair competition and advertising issues. Lieven Annaert is noted for his experience in labelling and packaging regulations, and health and nutrition claims.

Practice head(s):

Alexis Fierens; Bob Martens

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Mondelez

Barry Callebaut

Sodexo

Bacardi-Martini

Coca-Cola

Hard Rock Café

Philip Morris

Colruyt

Lotus Bakeries

Sodastream

Amazon

Work highlights

  • Serving as a point of contact to Lotus Bakeries on legal matters at an international level, with the Belgium team assisting on a number of company law issues, most notably on new corporate governance rules.
  • Assisting iHerb with marketing and labelling issues.
  • Advising SodaStream on its products’ labelling and packaging requirements to ensure compliance with EU regulations and Belgian national legislation and claims handling.

Belgium > Industry focus: IT and telecoms Tier 1

DLA Piper fields one of the largest practices in the market. The group handles the full gamut of IT, media, telecoms and data protection mandates for a diverse roster of high-profile clients. The team’s reputation in public sector mandates is underpinned by its close ties with the firm’s public procurement team, working seamlessly on procurement and outsourcing projects for various government departments. The ‘proactive and client-oriented‘ practice head Kristof De Vulder has a wealth of experience in international procurement, as well as an array of contract, cloud computing and transactional matters. Raf Schoefs is noted for his capabilities in IT outsourcing and e-commerce issues. New data protection head Heidi Waem joins the firm from Crowell & Moring.

Practice head(s):

Kristof De Vulder

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Good backup within the team.’

‘Support by Kristof De Vulder much appreciated.’

‘Team combines in-depth knowledge about general IT topics and trends with a thorough understanding of business processes on client side. This ensures that advice is really relevant and ready for business use.’

‘This team has all relevant know how and experience concentrated in one team, and is familiar with the public sector.’

‘Kristof De Vulder is a high qualified lawyer with excellent experience in IT & telecoms. He is also very client-oriented: proactive, flexible, and available.’

Key clients

Accenture

Aliaxis

bpost

Cegeka

Connective

DocuSign

Digipolis

Foodpairing

Heidelberg

iDirect

Katoen Natie

Nexuzhealth

Nviso

Polhem Infra

Q8

QualComm

SAP Belgium

SD Worx

Smartbit

SNCB/NMBS (Belgian railways)

Skeydrone

skeyes

Steria Benelux

UCB

Vodafone

Work highlights

  • Assisting UCB with numerous strategic IT contract negotiations.
  • Assisting SAP with complex contract negotiations with one of its major clients.
  • Successfully assisting Cegeka in a Market Court procedure against a group of claimants that appealed the regulator’s decision granting provisional 5G usage rights to Cegeka.

Belgium > Industry focus: Retail Tier 1

Drawing on the firm’s considerable international reach, DLA Piper advises a litany of blue-chip brands on the full spectrum of retail matters, including trademark protection, influencer contracts, judicial reorganisations, and representation in trade union proceedings and advertising litigation. The cross-disciplinary team also maintains significant HR-style relationships with multiple high-profile fashion houses, luxury goods companies, and supermarket chains. Employment head Eddy Lievens is a regular port of call for clients seeking assistance in corporate integrations, and workplace accidents, while Ilse Van De Mierop and Joris De Vos are noted for their deep knowledge of restructuring and bankruptcy proceedings, appearing regularly before Brussels’ and Leuven’s insolvency courts. Belgian retail sector chair Alexis Fierens specialises in soft IP rights, focusing on copyright, know-how protection and unfair commercial practices.

Practice head(s):

Alexis Fierens; Joris De Vos; Eddy Lievens; Ilse Van de Mierop

Testimonials

‘Knowledgeable and commercial.’

Alexis’ ability to put himself in a commercial decision process and assess what a company needs to do.

Key clients

BD myShopi

Burberry

Casa International NV

Clarks Shoes

Daniel Wellington

Dr Martens Airwair

Easykit

IKKS

Karen Millen

Levi Strauss

Louise Vuitton Services Europe

New Balance

Overstock Garden / Overstock Home

Parfums Christian Dior SAB /Guerlain Benelux

Pierre Degand SA

Q8 (Kuwait Petroleum (Belgium))

Realo (Belgium) NV

Rituals

Spotify

Supergroup (including Superdry brand)

X²O Sanitair

Work highlights

  • Providing commercial and IP advice to all different entities of Legio Sales, such as X²O, Overstock (Garden and Home) and assistance in soft IP litigation proceedings (X²O/Geberit, X²O/Vasco, OVS Home/Leclef).
  • Assisting Ansi NV with its winning bid to takeover fashion chain E5 Mode in the framework of a judicial reorganisation procedure.
  • Assisting Louis Vuitton Services Europe with the setting up of a works council, of a committee for prevention and protection at work and of a union delegation.

Belgium > Insolvency and restructuring Tier 1

DLA Piper acts across all insolvency and restructuring-related matters, including representing distressed companies and creditors in insolvency litigation, running judicial reorganisation processes, advising on distressed transactions, and acting as court-appointed receivers. The firm advises banks and distressed companies, and is regularly involved in cross-border and multijurisdictional matters. The practice is led by Ilse Van de Mierop , who is regularly appointed as a liquidator and is an authority on bankruptcy law, alongside Joris De Vos, who focuses on litigation, particularly on behalf of shareholders. Senior associate Charlotte Sas is noted for her expertise in judicial reorganisation proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Ilse Van de Mierop

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Very engaged! Top team. Know how to push the client to a higher level.’

‘They are almost part of the client they represent and with a realistic / clear view. The team guided us through the most difficult period ever.’

‘The RSTR practice of DLA Piper Belgium is well known for the strategic handling of high profile insolvency cases.’

‘Charlotte Sas is an excellent lawyer who goes the extra mile for clients; file knowledge, pragmatic advice and perseverance is what characterizes her. A rising insolvency star.’

‘Since Ilse Van de Mierop’s team, including notable associates Charlotte Sas and Jan De Beul, also act as court mandataries, they are very familiar with the way of thinking and acting of receivers, liquidators, and other court mandataries. In the context of insolvency law and in contact with these court mandataries, the team can therefore offer an experience that few others at this level in the market can.’

‘A notable associate is Charlotte Sas. As Ilse’s right-hand woman, she has already successfully assisted many large restructurings, both on the side of the creditors and potential purchasers, as a court mandatory or for the debtor in distress itself. Charlotte is an intelligent and passionate lawyer always looking for an argument in favour of the client, making a real difference. Her broad experience in different judicial mandates has also given her a sharp pen.’

‘Ilse van de Mierop has built a solid reputation as a lawyer who always goes to great lengths to achieve her goals. Charlotte Sas complements Ilse Van de Mierop perfectly.’

Key clients

Getronics Belgium NV

CASA INTERNATIONAL

PATRONALE LIFE

ANSI NV

Experience! SA

Res Prepaid

YOUR ESTATE SOLUTION (in bankruptcy)

CDE (Centre for the Development of Enterprise)

Sabena NV

VAN KELEGOM GROUP

KBC Asset Management

SABENA (in bankruptcy)

Work highlights

  • Advised Getronics Belgium NV on the framework of a judicial reorganisation procedure.
  • Advised Ansi NV on its winning bid to takeover fashion chain E5 Mode in the framework of a judicial reorganisation procedure.
  • Advising Sabena on its bankruptcy as trustees.

Belgium > Aviation Tier 2

DLA Piper has a cross-practice aviation offering, encompassing litigation, regulatory issues, aircraft finance, and taxation, advising a number of airlines and maintenance companies on day-to-day operations, restructurings, and high-tech projects. The team is integrated at EU level, regularly handling cross-border mandates, and is also noted for its work on airport privatisation, primarily on the regulatory side. The practice is overseen by litigator Bob Martens, who represents a number of aviation sector clients before Belgian and EU courts in cases relating to public procurement, state aid, and aviation regulatory issues, alongside Ilse Van de Mierop, who focuses on restructuring work, advising distressed airlines on all aspects of their restructuring and reorganisation processes. Counsel Charles Dumont De Chassart specialises in the aeronautics sector, handling all aspects of complex restructurings.

Practice head(s):

Bob Martens; Ilse Van de Mierop

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Sabena Aerospace Engineering SA

SABCA SA

Blueberry SA

Skeyes

Maintenance Aero Maroc SA

Jet2Com

Aegean Airlines

Emirates Airlines

European Commission DG Climate action

Sabena SA in bankruptcy

Work highlights

  • Advising Sabena Aerospace SA on the creation of Group Blueberry, and all of the group’s commercial matters.
  • Representing Skeyes (Belgocontrol), the Belgian air navigation and air traffic service provider, in various proceedings by airlines, airports and other companies in the aviation industry following strikes and absence for medical reasons by air traffic controllers, causing the Belgian airspace to be closed on several occasions.
  • Advising Group Blueberry on its new joint venture in Morocco, to provide services for military aircraft maintenance to the Royal Moroccan Air Force, and beyond.

Belgium > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

DLA Piper advises domestic and international clients on M&A, joint ventures, private equity investments, and broad corporate governance and compliance issues. The firm is also active in commercial contracting and litigation, handling sensitive negotiations and disputes. Sector focuses include financial services and pharma, with a number of multinational players among the team’s clients. The practice is headed by Caroline Daout, with Erwin Simons and Koen Selleslags also key contributors, alongside Michaël Heene, who continues to develop his profile within the market.

Practice head(s):

Caroline Daout

Other key lawyers:

Gregg Moons; Charlotte Peeters; Erwin Simons; Koen Selleslags; Michaël Heene

Testimonials

‘High availability – insurance sector specific knowledge and experience.’

‘Pierre Berger: outstanding knowledge of the insurance sector’

‘Very engaged to the client.’

‘The corporate team is very knowledgeable, spot-on, responsive and can recommend them in all possible ways.

‘Gregg Moons – Gregg is very client oriented, good at communication and follow-up, extremely friendly but professional and always delivers top quality work.

Michael Heene is very client oriented, listens to his client carefully and delivers exactly what was requested. He is responsive and very knowledgeable of his field.’

‘The DLA Piper team can offer multi-disciplinary advise like no other law firm. The speed and quality of their work is unprecedented.’

‘Working with a seasoned advisor like Michaël Heene is a great pleasure. Great understanding of our business and creative mind. His advice has helped us to take our company to the next level. Charlotte Peeters was a pleasure to work with, great technical knowledge of M&A cases and quick on her feet.’

Key clients

SD Worx

Miko

Alychlo

Belfius Bank

Intreso Group

Pacific Media Group

Atos Belgium

InvestLink NV

Cennox Holdings Limited

Nationale Loterij

Argenta Bank

BASF

Pfizer

KBC Group

ING

UCB

Showpad

Lotus Bakeries

Indigo

Miraclon

Schréder

CFE

Renewi

Katoen Natie

Ackermans & van Haaren

AG Insurance

Work highlights

  • Advised SD Worx on a competitive auction process for the acquisition of Aditro from R12 Kapital.
  • Advised Atos on the sale of a part of its Unified Communications & Collaborations activities in Belgium, Luxembourg, Sweden and Finland to Damovo.
  • Advised Belfius Bank NV on setting up a strategic partnership with Proximus NV.

Belgium > Environment Tier 2

DLA Piper has particular strength in the urban planning and environmental space, acting for a number of cities and municipalities in litigation and advising on licensing of major developments, particularly brownfield, zoning, environmental approvals, and waste management. The team regularly engages with domestic and European authorities, and has played a role in legislative consultations at national and regional level. Practice head Bob Martens takes the lead on major projects and public law issues, while counsel Alec Van Vaerenbergh regularly advises governments and private sector clients on environmental issues relating to developments, particularly renewable energy projects.

Practice head(s):

Bob Martens

Other key lawyers:

Alec Van Vaerenbergh

Testimonials

‘Broad field of discipline, combined with well founded advice. Long term relationship makes the collaboration easy.’

Key clients

European Commission

Indaver

SUEZ

Sabic

bpost

Osar Architects

City of Antwerp

Sweco

Borealis Polymers NV

Mondelez International

Lillo Energy

Vlaamse Radio en Televisie (VRT)

RoTS

ARCADIS

Ghelamco

THV ROCO

VRT

Work highlights

  • Advised the City of Antwerp on a number of urban planning and development projects.
  • Advised Kinepolis on the development of the Heizel site, located north of Brussels.
  • Advised DEME on a series of complex legal actions initiated against the Port Authority of Antwerp.

Belgium > EU regulatory: Financial services Tier 2

DLA Piper advises Belgian and foreign multinationals on regulatory issues concerning banking, fund structuring, financial services, and insurance, including regulatory compliance advice, transactional and products matters, through to enforcement proceedings. The team, led by specialist financial services regulatory adviser Pierre Berger, also has a strong record in fintech, advising a number of challenger clients such as neo-banks and payment providers alongside traditional players such as private equity funds, banks, and insurance companies.

Practice head(s):

Pierre Berger

Other key lawyers:

Pauline Kustermans

Testimonials

Pierre Berger’s team at DLA Piper stands out in terms of hands-on approach.’

‘A team combining expert knowledge with strong project management and communication skills.’

‘Pierre Berger displayed great client centricity, being on top of our file and ensuring we received proper attention when we needed it.’

Pauline Kustermans definitely deserves a commendation for her remarkable skillset. An absolute joy to work with.’

Key clients

Aion

Antwerp World Diamond Centre (AWDC)

Argenta group

Belfius Bank NV/SA

Belfius Investment Partners NV

BNP Paribas Fortis

bpPost bBank

Caceis

Chess Capital

European Commission

Fortino Capital Venture II CommV

ICICI Bank

ING Bank

Invest for Jobs NV

ISDA International Swaps and Derivatives Association Inc.

KBC Group NV

Minna Technologies AB

Miraclon

Natwest Markets NV

Netoil Capital Limited

RIA Payment Institution

SharpX

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

Tioga Capital Partners

Top Tier Access Partners BV

Travelex Acquisitionco Limited

Unifiedpost NV and Unifiedpost Payments NV

Visa Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advised Unifiedpost Group NV as well as its subsidiaries on the global roll-out of its product.
  • Advising Belfius on setting up a strategic partnership with Proximus NV.
  • Advised Travelex AcquisitionCo on the auction sale and purchase of the shares in Travelex NV.

Belgium > EU regulatory: Food Tier 2

DLA Piper advises a number of multinationals within food and food retail, handling pan-European manufacturing, labelling, packaging, and supply issues, with additional expertise in data privacy, intellectual property, and consumer protection law. The team is led by Bob Martens, who specialises in complex cross-border projects, with counsel Lieven Annaert offering expertise in both contentious and non-contentious regulatory issues.

Practice head(s):

Bob Martens

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Mondelez (formerly Kraft)

Sodexo

Bacardi-Martini

Coca-Cola

Hard Rock Café

Philip Morris

Colruyt

Lotus Bakeries

Sodastream

Amazon

Work highlights

  • Advising Bacardi on marketing and labelling issues.
  • Advising a US-based food supplements producer on marketing and labelling issues.
  • Advising Sodastream on EU packaging and labelling requirements.

Belgium > EU regulatory: Privacy and data protection Tier 2

DLA Piper advises domestic and international clients on the data aspects of major strategic projects, including digital transformation, as well as representing in investigations and litigation before the Belgian DPA and regular courts. Particular areas of strength for the firm’s advisory offering include long-term DPO services and advice on cross-border data transfers. The team is headed up by IT sector lead Kristof De Vulder alongside counsel Heidi Waem, a specialist in data protection and privacy issues with a strong focus on broad compliance issues, data transfers, and data breach response.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Heidi Waem advices and steers the data privacy topics at if it was her own business. She has very strong analytical skills and can analyse complex topics. Compared to other law firms you do not lose your time with explaining the business, since she is very hands on and immediately understands the pain points. You can see that she enjoys data privacy and in that way she is also very nice to work with.’

‘Dedicated, very flexible, professional and friendly.’

‘I have mainly worked with Heidi Waem, who is heading the data protection practice, and what I value most in her is the combination of thorough legal knowledge with a pragmatic and hands-on approach. She also has the ability to explain complicated issues in a way that it is understandable for business people.’

‘Excellent cross-border knowledge of specific legal matters related to the industry, clear and transparent communication, rapid delivery of the requested information.’

‘Heid Waem- Hands-on, very accessible. Follows legal developments closely and, where relevant, signals them proactively to her clients.’

‘Expertise and knowledge on the market. Practical solutions for legal challenges’

‘Heidi Waem: her responsiveness, availability and high-quality advice. She is a real pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

bpost NV

Mondelez Europe GmbH

Cegeka NV

Duracell International Operations Sarl

Levi Strauss & Co

Q8

SD Worx People Solutions

Kinepolis Group NV

Smartbit

Work highlights

  • Represented bpost NV in a procedure before the Litigation Chamber of the Belgian Data Protection Authority pertaining to alleged infringements of the GDPR rules on data transfers.
  • Advising Mondelez on an international data transfer project.
  • Advising Kuwait Petroleum Belgium and the Netherlands (Q8) on several data protection-related queries.

Belgium > Fraud and white-collar crime Tier 2

DLA Piper represents corporate clients in a broad range of white-collar crime cases, including financial fraud, gambling, bribery, money laundering, and tax fraud proceedings. Particular areas of expertise include financial fraud and insolvency, with practice head Joris De Vos and the experienced Ilse Van de Mierop specialising in work for distressed companies concerning bankruptcies and financial misconduct cases, alongside environmental fraud, an area of strength for Bob Martens. The team litigates before all levels of Belgian courts as well as at EU level, and is adept at representing clients in cross-border proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Joris De Vos

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Sabena

NMBS/SNCB

OVS Home

Vlaamse Radio- en Televisieomroeporganisatie (VRT) (Flemish Public Broadcasting Company)

NV Belfius Bank

NV Koninklijke Voetbalvereniging Oostende

NV Arlimo

Indufin

Lidl

Metallo Chimique

Work highlights

  • Representing Sabena in its €2bn litigation based on director’s liability and alleged criminal infractions, in order to claim compensation for the creditors.
  • Represented NMBS as the victim in a fraud case.
  • Represented NV Koninklijke Voetbalvereniging Oostende in several investigations.

Belgium > Industry focus: Energy Tier 2

DLA Piper is routinely engaged by a diverse roster of public and private sector companies operating across the energy sector but particularly stands out for its dedicated EU-Greek desk operating from the Brussels office. In recent work, the team has handled matters concerning carbon capture initiatives, battery storage systems and decentralised energy generation schemes, both domestically and internationally. Power purchase agreements and infrastructure transactions are other areas of proficiency. Bob Martens is a key adviser to major providers and Europe-wide organisations on various regulatory matters and CEPANI-governed arbitrations. A wide range of clients hold EU-Greek head Orestis Omran in high regard for his ‘spectacular‘ capabilities in cross-border transactions and regulatory knowledge. Alec Van Vaerenbergh specialises in EU and Belgian energy regulation, assisting corporations and governments with offshore and onshore wind farms, biomass plants, and district heating projects. Stella Mavrommati is also recommended for EU-Greek instructions.

Practice head(s):

Bob Martens

Testimonials

‘DLA Piper’s energy practice comprises a team of highly skilled practitioners that are experts in the energy sector. Having worked with them on renewable energy projects – comprising both regulatory and transactional work – I can definitely attest to the team’s capacity to tackle any complex legal issue that may arise. Moreover, the team’s capability to advise on multiple jurisdictions allows us to work with them on a continuous basis regardless of applicable law.’

‘Orestis Omran is an experienced energy lawyer with a business-oriented mindset. He does not only facilitate deals but he also creates deals by bring together different stakeholders thanks to his vast client network. Simply spectacular – one of the top energy lawyers on the continent.’

DLA’s Energy Team has an excellent grasp of all aspects of EU energy regulation that we feel is key for our business moves. Aside from being excellent lawyers, they are easy to work with, showing flexibility where needed and an ability to understand where we are coming for.’

‘I have mainly worked with Orestis Omran who is leading DLA Piper’s international energy practice in Brussels. Apart from a truly great lawyer that he is, Orestis has a unique knowledge of the latest investment opportunities in Greece, Cyprus and the broader South Eastern European region both on the seller and buyer side; he is a fully-fledged deal-maker providing comprehensive legal and strategic advice to us. His skills are simply impossible to find elsewhere in the market.’

‘Stella Mavrommati deserves special praise; she knows how to get the job done and is Orestis’ alter ego in many transactional assignments that we are giving them.’

‘We are regularly working with Orestis Omran and his team on energy matters and his dynamic presence and ability to convey complex information in a clear and concise way is a key strength of his. He understands the energy markets across Europe and has closed landmark transactions that initially were thought to be extremely difficult to complete. He is supported by a great team of associates with whom our team also regularly works, and we shouldn’t fail to mention Stella Mavrommati who also stands out as a lawyer with great skills on energy matters. I am sure she will soon be at the forefront of the industry as well.’

‘DLA Piper’s EU-Greek practice has developed a niche in the energy sector during the past few years since the team has managed to represent some of the biggest names in the industry both in and out of Greece. The team possesses all the skills that make a great practice great: pragmatic and simple yet sophisticated legal advice, deep understanding of the underlying market conditions behind each project, 24/7 availability, swift reaction to our queries, timely submissions and incredibly easy to work with.’

‘We have been working with Orestis Omran for a number of years now. Based on our experience, there is nothing that can go wrong when working with Orestis; he is always personally engaged with all cases that the team is handling, he identifies risks and opportunities remarkably well and advises the client accordingly in a transparent yet decisive way. Stella Mavrommati is also an expert in the industry, a true ‘problem-solver’; highly recommended.’

Key clients

DEME Group (including DEME Offshore)

ArcelorMittal Belgium

General Electric (Renewable Energy business unit)

Fluvius System Operator CV

Hellenic Ministry of Environment and Energy

Belgian Federal Ministry of Economy

European Commission (DG Climate Action)

Vlaamse Energiebedrijf

BASF Antwerpen

Agoria

Belgian Eco Energy

ParticipatieMaatschappij Vlaanderen

Eurogas

Decathlon

City of Antwerp

Katoen Natie

City of Ghent

VLEEMO group (incl. Wind aan de Stroom, Polder Investeringsfonds, Ravawind)

Kuwait Petroleum (Q8)

FINEG

Veolia Flexcity

IGI Poseidon

Hellenic Electricity Distribution Network Operator SA

Bonobo Conservation International

Regulatory Authority for Energy

Claritas Investments

Energetický a průmyslový holding, a.s.

Hellenic Corporation of Assets and Participations

Eunice Energy Group

Work highlights

  • Advising the federal Ministry of Economy (DG Energy) and the Cabinet of the federal Minister of Energy on the modalities of implementation of the “capacity remuneration mechanism” for electricity generation in Belgium.
  • Representing the Hellenic Republic in state aid submissions concerning a landmark 106 TFEU antitrust case concerning the Greek lignite and electricity markets, a strategic reserve scheme for the lignite units of the Public Power Corporation and a closure aid for the scheduled closure of said units.
  • Advising ArcelorMittal Belgium on a day-to-day basis in respect of matters of energy, climate and environmental law relevant to its business in Belgium.

Belgium > Insurance Tier 2

DLA Piper advises a number of insurance companies and reinsurers, alongside insurance tech start-ups and GAFAs on an array of commercial and regulatory issues, including project documentation, distribution agreements, acquisitions and portfolio transfers. The team also has expertise in Belgian and European regulations across governance and consumer protection. Pierre Berger specialises in financial services products and regulatory work, and advises a combination of insurers, banks, and financial institutions on insurance products and projects. Experienced litigator Bob Martens handles claims and D&O disputes.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘DLA offers a large team of professional specialists. They are flexible in the way they are working and thinking and are open for discussion to have a good understanding of clients’ objectives.’

‘Pierre Berger is a top lawyer, a professional that is modest and open minded.’

Key clients

Assuralia

Baloise Belgium NV

Argenta Assuranties NV

Athora Belgium NV

Axa Belgium NV

Axa Partners

AXA XL Insurance Company

KBC Insurance

Patronale Life

Starstone Insurance Services Ltd

Alan SA

Swiss Life Luxembourg SA

Lombard International Assurance SA

Volvo Personvagnar AB

Europaeiske Rejseforsikring A/S

Work highlights

  • Representing Assuralia in securities tax litigation.
  • Advising Patronale Life on the review of its terms and conditions, privacy policy and outsourcing arrangements.
  • Advised Volvo Cars on various insurance and insurance mediations.

Belgium > Real estate and construction Tier 2

DLA Piper advises on the full range of transactional real estate and development matters, including real estate fund structuring and investments, public procurement and PPP, leasing and franchising, real estate finance, and tax issues, with clients including developers, REIT investors, and public sector bodies. The firm has particular strength in advice to REITs and international portfolio holders, as well as working on local government and environmental issues. The practice is led by Joseph Spinks, who specialises in cross-border and domestic real estate transactions, alongside development work, with Joris De Vos offering litigation expertise and Bob Martens leading on PPP projects.

Practice head(s):

Joseph Spinks

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

They are inherently unique in our case because we have a global relationship with the firm in multiple territories. I was also impressed by the convenience of working with a multi-disciplinary firm, allowing us to address questions outside of the scope of our transaction.’

‘Joseph Spinks was instrumental in helping us achieve an acceptable outcome. It has been many years since we have visited the Belgian real estate market and Joseph was able to answer every question we posed.’

‘Quick response – pragmatic service without overcomplicating things.’

Excellent and pragmatic advice.

Quick response.

Key clients

Riyad Capital

Merlin Entertainment Developments Limited

Gazeley (GLP)

Miko NV

Mondelez International

City of Antwerp

Vlaamse Radio en Televisie (VRT)

Municipality of Brasschaat

Sweco

NMBS / SNCB

Levi Strauss

Work highlights

  • Advised Riyad Capital on the acquisition of the new PwC Headquarters from Ghelamcoo.
  • Advised Gazeley Limited on the acquisition and subsequent refinancing of a logistics portfolio.
  • Advised Miko on the real estate aspects of the sale of the Miko Pac division of Miko to Paccor.

Belgium > Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 3

The team at DLA Piper has a strong focus on project, acquisition, and real estate financing transactions, working with lenders and sponsors on an array of cross-border matters, including high-value infrastructure and energy financings. The practice also advises clients on financial services regulatory and fintech matters, with clients including funds, insurers, and asset managers. The team is led by Pierre Berger, who focuses on financial services regulatory and insurance sector work. Orestis Omran wins praise from clients for his  instrumental‘ work on complex structured and project financings. Johan Mouraux left the firm in January 2022.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘It’s great to work with such real experts that not only have excellent legal skills but are also fostering the spirit of collegiality. Every time I have worked with them, whether it’s to pick their brains for complex financial regulation issues or as transaction experts, they have simply been excellent, confirming their reputation in international legal circles. Shout-out to Orestis Omran with whom we work regularly and who always exceeds expectations.’

‘Excellent knowledge of the sector. Excellent track record with good and relevant references’

‘Pierre Berger is fast in response time with clear answers on complicated matters regarding fund structures.’

‘I have extensively worked with Orestis Omran and his team on a major asset management project. The team has proven to be the best option for its prompt accomplishment, being a perfect match of outstanding legal background and working ethics. Their innovative approach and proposed structures have been fully appreciated.’

‘The team has a unique combination of skills in both regulatory and transactional aspects of the banking sector giving them an ability to handle matters holistically and effectively. We have an excellent collaboration with them and they are great at working with our technical teams to understand our business concerns and use their excellent verbal communication skills to translate technical issues in legal language. We cannot recommend them enough.’

‘We are working for a number of years with Orestis Omran and he is our go-to guy for complex transactions whether it’s structured finance, project finance or transactions relating to financial products. His business acumen combined with his deep legal knowledge is simply unmatched.’

‘Efficient, excellent negotiators and real problem solvers. It has really been great working with them.’

‘Orestis Omran is a real master of structured finance and project finance. Having access to an expert of this caliber has been instrumental for our business. He has assisted us in a number of cross border transactions and has led the DLA Piper finance team in producing excellent results in all our deals.’

Key clients

A consortium comprising of Jan De Nul NV, Willemen Project Finance NV and Aclagro NV

Aion

Aion Bank

Argenta Bank- en Verzekeringsgroep

Astor VZW

Belfius Bank NV/SA

Delen Private Bank / Bank van Breda

Deutsche Bank

European Commission – Directorate-General for Climate Action

ING Belgium NV/SA

KBC Group

LuWa SA

Minna Technologies AB

Tikehau Capital

Travelex AcquisitionCo Limited

Unifiedpost NV/SA and Unifiedpost Payments NV/SA

Willemen Project Finance NV & Federale Verzekering/Assurance Federale

Deutsche Bank

Engineers & Public Works Contractors Fund (“TMEDE”)

Qquant Master Servicer Servicing of Loans and Credits SingleMember S.A

Hellenic Central Securities Depository (ATHEXCSD)

Piraeus Bank

Alpha Bank

National Bank of Greece

Environmental Resources Management (ERM)

Libra Group (Libra Holdings Limited)

Viva Payment Services SA

Work highlights

  • Assisting a consortium comprising of Jan De Nul NV, Willemen Project Finance NV and Aclagro NV, as the sponsors, with the approx. EUR 1.4 billion R4 road PPP project.
  • Assisting Deutsche Bank in the roll-out of commercial real estate lending activities in Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands.
  • Assisted Unifiedpost Group NV as well as its subsidiaries UnifiedPost NV and Unifiedpost Payments NV with the global roll-out of their product-offering in 27 new markets by setting up local branches.

Belgium > Dispute resolution Tier 3

DLA Piper‘s team, which frequently combines with practitioners in other teams, handles the full spectrum of dispute work across a number of sectors. Practice co-head Bob Martens is experienced in defending high-stakes litigation cases before the Council of State, the Constitutional Court, and the Court of Justice of the European Union. Fellow co-head Ilse Van De Mierop handles corporate and commercial litigation proceedings, with a particularly strong reputation for insolvency law cases. Catherine Gysels left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Bob Martens; Ilse Van de Mierop

Testimonials

‘This team has all the know how concentrated in one firm due to a combination of the specialised skills in the domain of litigation & public law (public sector) and the experience with the postal sector. It’s not easy to find this combination of skills/experience altogether and makes it unique and valuable from a client perspective.’

‘Bob Martens is a highly qualified lawyer known for his expertise in public law and public procurement in particular. He is not only very specialised and experienced but also thinks out of the box in complex matters and is solution focussed.’

Key clients

Achema

AG Insurance

Argenta Spaarbank (ASPA)

Arco

Aviapartner

BAM Contractors

Bpost

Brunswick

City of Antwerp

Flemish Public Broadcasting Company (VRT)

Fresenius Kabi

ING België

Katoen Natie

Sabena

skeyes (formerly Belgocontrol)

SodaStream International

Koninklijke Voetbalvereniging Oostende

International Montage Maintenance

TUC Rail

Groupe Forrest International

Cegeka

Scania

The Associated Press

Accenture

Worldline

Legio Group

Work highlights

  • Successfully representing Belfius in criminal and civil actions following the largest internal bank fraud committed in Belgium by a trader.
  • Representing Skeyes (Belgocontrol) in various proceedings by airlines, airports and other companies in the aviation industry following strikes and absence for medical reasons by air traffic controllers, causing the Belgian airspace to be closed on several occasions.
  • Acted for Givaudan in a litigation against ChemCom with respect to the outcome of the liquidation of a Belgian joint venture, TechnoScent.

Belgium > Employment Tier 3

Working with a litany of international corporates spanning the worlds of technology, retail, logistics, and life sciences, DLA Piper is frequently engaged on an array of employment mandates, ranging from restructurings and collective dismissals to social elections, workplace accidents, and pensions law. ‘Knowledgeable and experienced’ practice head Eddy Lievens is a seasoned domestic and cross-border adviser to many of the firm’s most high-profile multinational clients. Laurent De Surgeloose focuses on the employment aspects of corporate transactions and restructurings, including transfer of undertakings, collective dismissals and plant closures.

Practice head(s):

Eddy Lievens

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Personal approach of the team toward clients. Team members are available and internally updated which enables the client to go forward from a certain point without losing time on explaining recent developments.’

‘Eddy Lievens is a real partner when it comes to solving complex situations, not only by taking into account legislation, but also by providing balanced pro and cons of solutions that might affect the decision.’

‘Very quick on the response and always a very detailed response to any questions asked.’

‘Laurent De Surgeloose provides very concrete and thorough advice. He is very responsive and hands-on taking up new tasks. He is very knowledgeable in what he does.’

‘The Belgian team is very knowledgeable and always provide very accurate and prompt responses to my requests.’

‘The team is unique in the sense that they are very pragmatic, whilst being very professional and accurate. Moreover they are very reactive and flexible in communications channels.’

‘Eddy Lievens stands out as a very driven and engaged professional, knowing the ins and outs of social law and labour accidents in particular. He is very knowledgeable and experienced, and always reachable and willing to explain the issues and suggested strategies.’

‘Eddy Lievens is personable and delivers advice in a friendly and warm manner that is easy to digest and understand. Also goes in depth in researching the topic you are working on to ensure you receive the best possible advice.’

Key clients

ABAS

Aurubis

Axalta Coating Systems

BASF

BD myShopi

Burberry

CAE Parc Aviation

Cegeka

CEPA

Clariant

Dentsu Aegis

Dr Martens

Duracell

Dyson

Emirates

Gates Europe

Guerlain Benelux

Interstate Hotels

JD Sports

Legrand Group Belgium

Louis Vuitton Services Europe

Lyreco

Mercuri Urval

Mindtree

Miraclon

MS Amlin Insurance

New Balance

Novus

Parfums Christian Dior SAB

Pfizer

PSA Antwerp / MPET

Royal Sun & Alliance (RSA) Group

Scania

Schenker AG

ServiceNow

Spotify

Syneos

TikTok

Uber

Van Moer Groep

Wipro 4C

World Courier

Zorgbedrijf Antwerpen

Zscaler

Work highlights

  • Advised Gates Industrial Europe SARL and Gates Distribution Center during simultaneous collective dismissal proceedings in Erembodegem and in Ghent.
  • Advised Dentsu Aegis on the collective dismissal of all its employees in Belgium, as well as the setting-up of a new structure for serving clients in Belgium in the future
  • Assisting Pfizer Services in Zaventem during a collective dismissal during the course of the pandemic (in particular given the client’s involvement in the vaccination process).

Belgium > Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences Tier 3

DLA Piper's sizeable practice regularly assists various leading pharmaceutical and life sciences companies in high-value, multi-jurisdictional matters. The team is noted for its EU and Belgian regulatory coverage, most notably in relation to market authorisation, pricing and reimbursement issues, clinical trials, and public procurement. Eddy Lievens is routinely instructed by Pfizer to assist with a litany of employment and social security law matters. Caroline Daout advises various pharmaceutical companies on strategic transactions.

Practice head(s):

Eddy Lievens; Erwin Simons; Caroline Daout; Richard Sterneberg; Kristof De Vulder

Key clients

Pfizer Inc.

Argenx

UCB

Global Blood Therapeutics

iStar Medical SA

Global Health Investment Fund, a US investment fund structured by JPMorgan Chase & Co. and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

CorMedix GmbH

Takeda Pharmaceuticals International AG

Ontex (Healthcare Division)

Buddy Technologies Limited

Dexcom

Medtronic

AmerisourceBergen

Teleflex

Incyte

ElmediX NV

Nexuzhealth

BASF Antwerpen NV

Baxter

Vertex

Lonza

Shire Pharmaceuticals

Gates Corporation

NJOY

GE Healtcare

Filorga Manufacturing SA

Hyunda International

Work highlights

  • Advised Pfizer Inc. on the divestment of its Upjohn business in to Viatris Inc.
  • Advised Pfizer Service Company BV on the transfer of its External Supply Planning department to Bucharest, Romania, with a closure of the department as a consequence.
  • Advised Pfizer Inc on the closing of a EUR 21,301,150.00 equity investment in Imcyse SA, a Belgian company active in the field of active specific immunotherapy.

Belgium > Industry focus: Media and entertainment Tier 3

Drawing on the firm’s substantial global network, the ‘very knowledgeable and responsive‘ cross-practice team at DLA Piper advises on a wide range of contentious and non-contentious matters for a strong mix of renowned corporate multinationals and media clients. Alexis Fierens is noted for his IP and commercial capabilities, most notably in the fields of copyright, know-how protection, and unfair practices. Heidi Waem heads up the Belgian data protection team, acting for major entertainment companies on privacy and cybersecurity issues, including proceedings before the data protection authority.

Practice head(s):

Alexis Fierens; Bob Martens; Kristof De Vulder

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘My company requires multi-national legal service spanning across Europe. DLA Piper’s network of offices and partners across Europe (and the world) allows my company to receive a uniform level of service in various countries while saving us time and resources. It is advantageous from a strategic and cost perspective to have one law firm in control of legal cases that span several different borders and jurisdictions. This reduces the need to do the same work more than once and allows all stakeholders to quickly have a unified direction and purpose.’

‘DLA Piper’s network also gives our company access to the best 3rd-party technical experts when subject matter expertise is required. This is a must-have key requirement for highly-technical IP and media related litigation where the smallest minutiae can decide a case.’

‘I would like to recognise Alexis Fierens at the Belgium office. He is my main point of contact for multi-national legal advice and litigation. His professionalism, litigation, and organisational skills give me the utmost confidence that my company’s legal matters are in the right hands. Alexis is able to assemble DLA Piper’s massive resources from across the globe and handily orchestrate them in order to efficiently carry out his client’s instructions.’

‘Alexis works hard for his clients to achieve total customer satisfaction.’

‘The DLA IP teams in Belgium and Luxembourg are very knowledgeable and responsive.’

‘Alexis Fierens is a top-tier lawyer with a sharp business acumen and great communication skills.’

‘The team takes a collaborative approach to advising on cross-jurisdictional matters. Partners are responsive and prompt to co-ordinate with other colleagues where required, while a single point of contact effectively keeps clients informed and up to date.’

‘Alexis Fierens is one of the most responsive and helpful lawyers I’ve worked with. His advice is clear, efficient and commercial, and he goes above and beyond to proactively share useful know-how which is a real value-add for clients.’

Key clients

The Walt Disney Company

DPG Media

Vlaamse Radio- en Televisieomroeporganisatie (VRT) (Flemish Public Broadcasting Company)

Kinepolis

Duracell

Zenimax

Smartbit

Work highlights

  • Representing Vlaamse Radio- en Televisieomroeporganisatie (VRT) in the termination of an exclusive cooperation contract with a TV presenter.
  • Assisting the Walt Disney Company in relation to Disney+, IP disputes and the launch of new products.
  • Advising Dentsu on a collective dismissal and the drafting of a termination agreement.

Belgium > Industry focus: Transport Tier 3

DLA Piper‘s cross-practice team draws on expertise in infrastructure, construction and transport, assisting a sizeable roster of clients with high-profile regulatory reviews, tender bids, and various commercial issues including market entry strategy and labour law issues. Public law practitioner and practice co-head Bob Martens has broad expertise in aviation regulatory frameworks, routinely working with commercial operators, regional governments and industry authorities. Fellow practice head Ilse Van De Mierop is noted for her capabilities in aviation finance and restructuring mandates.

Practice head(s):

Bob Martens; Ilse Van de Mierop

Key clients

Aviapartner

Bird Rides Inc. / LMTS Belgium SRL

BD myShopi / BD Smart Logistics

BOMBARDIER

Colas

Consortia TM COTU & TM ROCO

Emirates

Fastned

Flying Group

Gates Distribution Center NV

Jump Belgium

Régie Autonome des Transports Parisiens Group (RATP Group)

Sabena (in bankruptcy)

Sabena Aerospace Engineering

Scania Belgium NV/SA

Société anonyme belge de Constructions Aéronautiques (SABCA SA)

Skeyes (formerly Belgocontrol)

Skytanking

SNCB/NMBS

Talison Lithium

TriplePoint Capital

TCR

THV via T Albert Bouw 2 (a bidding consortium composed of Franki Construct SA, Hye NV, Aelterman BVBA and Willemen Construct NV)

Transuniverse Group NV

Work highlights

  • Representing Skeyes (formerly BELGOCONTROL) in relation with the ATC staffing issues (medical absences) and social conflict with the Skeyes Air Traffic Controllers, which caused key disruptions in the continuity of the ATC services of Skeyes in 2019, including temporary closings of (part of) the Belgian airspace.
  • Appointed by the largest contractors consortium in Belgium to guide the bid towards €3.6bn Oosterweel Link, the biggest road transport project in the European Transport Network ETN.
  • Assisting Triplepoint Capital LLC in a new round of debt financing of Cowboy, a Belgian venture capital-backed e-bikes producer.

Belgium > Intellectual property Tier 3

Situated within the wider IP, IT, and TMT practice, DLA Piper is a regular port of call for some of the leading names from the tech, media, entertainment, fashion, and consumer goods sectors. Noted for its distributorship acumen, the team is also well versed in cross-border patent litigation and trademark and licensing infringement proceedings before various Belgian courts. ‘Always going the extra mile‘, practice head Alexis Fierens focuses on a wealth of soft IP matters, including designs, unfair practices, and portfolio management. Elisabeth Daem and Kaat Scheerlinck are also noted.

Practice head(s):

Alexis Fierens

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Alexis is a competent and diligent IP litigator, with excellent pleading skills.’

‘I have been working with DLA Piper for over 10 years now and have not been disappointed. They are always very available, and never let me down when our company is in need of advice.’

‘They are really good experts in their fields and always ready to help their clients even when this requires extremely short timelines and late night work to help.’

‘DLA PIPER (Belgian team) is strong in litigation in IT projects and copyright cases.’

‘Alexis Fierens is a sharp litigator and always goes the extra mile. He is an effective expert in litigation in complex IT projects and copyright cases. He understands the bridge between legal, IT and business.’

‘They believe in their cause and defend it with fervour even though the chances of success are slim.’

‘The DLA Media and Entertainment teams in Belgium and Luxembourg are great to work with and very knowledgeable on the various topic relating to the entertainment industry.’

‘Alexis Fierens stands out from the crowd because of his sharp business acumen and great communication skills.’

Key clients

The Walt Disney Company

Fresenius Kabi

Filorga

Bacardi

Bancontact Payconiq Company

Flemish Government

DPG Media

Kinepolis

React

Atos

Aerts (Salt & Pepper)

Engie Fabricom

Vervaeke-Belavi (Belgabroed)

Legio Group (Overstock, X²O)

Duracell

Buro3VD (Zangra)

VITO

Workero

Levi Strauss

Work highlights

  • Advising Fresenius Kabi on an alleged patent infringement.
  • Representing Atos, a French multinational IT service and consulting company, in several software licensing disputes.
  • Assisting The Walt Disney Company on a continual basis regarding the roll-out of its new subscription video on-demand streaming platform Disney+ service in Belgium and Luxembourg, in terms of both IP related and commercial queries.

Belgium > Private equity Tier 3

DLA Piper covers the full range of private equity life-cycle matters, including fund formation, venture capital investments, buy-outs and exits, and associated tax and regulatory issues. Clients include private equity and venture capital funds, portfolio companies, and growth companies seeking venture capital investment, with the firm able to service domestic and cross-border clients and transactions. Leaders within the practice include Caroline Daout, Erwin Simons, Koen Selleslags, and Michaël Heene, with Pierre Berger also a key player in fund formation and regulatory issues.

Practice head(s):

Caroline Daout; Koen Selleslags; Erwin Simons; Michaël Heene

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Alychlo NV

Intreso Group

The Pacific Media Group

Casa Management

InvestLink

Fortino Capital Venture

Tioga Capital Partners

SharpX

SD Worx

Torqx Capital Partners

Highlander Partners

Carlyle

Salesforce Ventures

Trocadero Capital Partners

Bregal Milestone

Miraclon (Montagu portfolio company)

Ackermans & Van Haaren

TDR Capital

Argenta

Invest4Jobs

Work highlights

  • Advised Alychlo on the sale of all the shares in Ceres Pharma for €100m to Naxicap.
  • Advising Torqx Capital Partners on the buy-and-build of Intreso Group and the ongoing exit process.
  • Advised the management of Casa on the management buy-out of the Casa Group with the support of Dutch PE investor Globitas.

Belgium > Competition: EU and global Tier 4

DLA Piper advises on global merger clearances across Europe, Asia, and the Americas, with the Brussels office a hub for the firm’s global competition team. Alongside merger control, the team advises on innovative state aid and antitrust cases, and has strong expertise in the transport and logistics, life sciences, and technology sectors. The practice is led by Daniel Colgan, who focuses on complex international merger and antitrust cases, while Orestis Omran has particular expertise in Greek-domiciled work and state aid.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Colgan

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team has a unique focus on the Greek market, an innate understanding of the state aid and competition law matters, as well as a clear understanding of the commercial realities surrounding such projects, which is simply a game changer. I can’t recommend them enough.’

‘I have closely worked with Orestis Omran and I strongly feel that he is the go-to expert when it comes to competition law and state aid.’

‘Orestis Omran has deep knowledge of competition law, impressive track record in state aid cases, incredible business acumen and strong negotiation skills, making him the best legal advisor when it comes to matters involving the overlap of competition and regulatory law as well as the communication with the EU competition authorities.’

‘We are particularly happy with DLA’s competition practice. We have worked with Orestis Omran’s team on a number of cases involving state aid matters and the depth of knowledge on not only EU competition is just impressive.’

‘Orestis Omran is our key contact for competition matters. It’s great working with such a young, dynamic and skilful lawyer that goes above and beyond to offer quality advice. He is a lawyer with great commercial awareness that adds value through his precise and thorough input. He has lots of connections at the European Commission and I have been impressed by the level of respect even high ranking officials have for him. He clearly is a rising star in the industry – one of the top EU Law practitioners in Brussels.’

‘We have worked with DLA Piper on projects requiring EU law advice and, in our view, what really sets the team apart is their round-the-clock availability and expertise in EU law matters. We highly recommend them.’

‘Orestis Omran is our key contact and we greatly value his hands-on approach and him being on top of things. He is certainly one of the top lawyers of his generation in EU and Competition law.’

‘Outstanding team, truly remarkable when it comes to EU competition law and proceedings before the European Commission. Always available and always able to provide concise, strategic advice on the spot.’

Key clients

Polhem Infra

Regulatory Authority for Energy

Hellenic Ministry of Environment and Energy

EPH

Public Power Corporation S.A.

Hellenic Corporation of Assets and Participations

Hellenic Post (ELTA)

Hellenic Ministry of Finance; Hellenic Ministry of Digital Governance

Work highlights

  • Advised Polhem Infra –on merger clearance for the acquisition of the Telia Carrier business from Telia.
  • Advising RAE on the state aid procedures and substantial elements that need to be complied with as Crete connects to the mainland grid and the state aid measures are amended.
  • Advising the Hellenic Ministry of Environment and Energy on matters relating to State aid to facilitate the energy transition, the closure of lignite mines and plants as well as ensuring security of supply in this process.

Belgium > Tax Tier 4

Integrated with its global tax practice, DLA Piper specialises in international tax work, including transactional issues, cross-border financing and restructuring, and issues such as double taxation and tax treaties. The firm has a strong record in the funds sector, advising international investors on Belgian investment structuring, and has advised on tax aspects of innovative shariah-compliant financing. The practice is led by Philippe Hinnekens, who advises on the full range of international corporate tax issues, employee incentives, and estate planning matters.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Very accesable and customer oriented.’

‘In depth knowledge of the subject from Philippe Hinnekens.’

‘Philippe Hinnekens is our contact for tax purposes. He is up to date with legislation and thinks together with us. He takes the lead in structuring our group and calls in the necessary specialists when needed.’

‘I worked for Philippe Hinnekens since many years and followed him wherever he moved to. I think this speaks for itself. He knows our fiscal structure and always gives good advice.’

Key clients

Deutsche Bank Luxemburg

Top Tier Access

Riyad Capital

School Invest

Assuralia

Prime Edge Investments

Abies ONE

SD Worx

Work highlights

  • Advised Riyad Capital on the set up of an investment and financing structure including the use of a Luxemburg securitisation vehicle and a Murabaha financing agreement, since the structure needed to be sharia compliant.
  • Advising School Invest on the framework of the PPP school construction programme of the Flemish Government.
  • Advised Princip.al on the best structure to be used from a tax and regulatory point of view to set up a feeder structure for Belgian private investors to invest in large private equity investment funds.
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Global co-chairs: Roger Meltzer and Andrew Darwin
Co-chief executive officers: Simon Levine and Cameron Jay Rains
Number of partners: 1,500
Number of lawyers: 5,000
Languages: The firm speaks over 60 languages
Offices: Lawyers located in more than 60 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific.

Please see https://www.dlapiper.com for further information about the firm.

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