Firm Profile > DLA Piper > Brussels, Belgium

DLA Piper
106 AVENUE LOUISE
1050 BRUSSELS
Belgium

EU regulatory: information technology Tier 1

DLA Piper's practice garners praise for its 'exceptional professionalism', 'great technical skills' and 'excellent understanding of the business'. Practice head Kristof De Vulder is 'an exceptional professional on all levels. His communications skills, engagement, experience and deep knowledge of the IT sector is impressive'. Patrick Van Eecke is a key contact.

Practice head(s):

Kristof De Vulder

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

The team shows a very good combination of in depth knowledge of the business context and drivers of the client/customer and best practices in IT law‘.

 

Key clients

Adobe

bpost

EDF Luminus

Proximus

SAP Belgium

Unibet

EU regulatory: Privacy and data protection Tier 1

DLA Piper has a 'longstanding practice in privacy and data protection' and provides 'robust legal advice'. Cross-border data protection projects are prominent in the team's workload; cybersecurity, GDPR, privacy and advertising matters are included in the group's expertise. Practice head Patrick Van Eecke is highly regarded for his 'vast expertise and experience' in data protection law. In November 2019 Peter Craddock joined NautaDutilh as counsel.

Practice head(s):

Patrick Van Eecke

Testimonials

Their proactive and human way of working with their clients is simply exceptional‘.

Patrick Van Eecke is an exceptional lawyer. As the European authority in the data protection field, he always keeps an open mind and thinks with the business to find pragmatic solutions. His way of guiding clients is unmatched in the sector‘.

Key clients

Uber

Porsche

Mondelēz International

Duracell

Hyundai Motor Company

Fintech Tier 1

DLA Piper's fintech practice is a major part of the firm's wider financial services and insurance practice, which covers matters ranging from finance transactions to regulatory advice (including authorisation and compliance matters, products advice and investigations/enforcement). The team underwent significant expansion in 2018, when Pierre Berger and a team of six lawyers joined from Baker McKenzie CVBA/SCRL. The hires have put the firm on a stronger footing to serve a wide range of participants in the fintech space, including financial institutions, global technology companies and fintech disrupters. Berger's own expertise in relation to fintech projects includes financial regulation, product development and strategic collaborations.  Elsewhere, the firm's multidisciplinary strengths enable it to provide corporate support to fintech clients; in a related development Michaël Heene joined from Linklaters. In addition, the intellectual property and technology team (which is led by Patrick Van Eecke) assists clients with all aspects of IP exploitation and monetisation, as well as infringement proceedings. Johan Moureaux, who heads up the finance and projects team, is another key figure. In a recent highlight, Berger, associate Isabelle Van Biesen and lawyer Stéphanie Liebaert assisted Bancontact Payconiq Company with the creation of a scheme for contactless payments.

Practice head(s):

Pierre Berger

Key clients

ABN AMRO Bank N.V.

Amonis OFP

Argenta group

Bancontact Payconiq Company

BNP Paribas Fortis NV

Ingenico Group (formerly Ogone)

International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA)

Kuwait Petroleum (Belgium) N.V. (Q8)

Lukoil Belgium NV

MeDirect Bank NV

POM NV

Qred Företagslån AB

RES Prepaid BVBA

Satellic NV

Tioga Capital – Libertim BVBA and Ozone Ventures BVBA

UnifiedPost NV

Industry focus: Food Tier 1

DLA Piper leverages its full service capabilities and international network to advise its food and beverage sector clients on a range of matters. The group handles corporate, real estate, IP and employment matters, and Patrick Van Eecke is a name to note for data protection, consumer protection and advertising advice.

Practice head(s):

Patrick Van Eecke

Industry focus: IT and telecoms Tier 1

The IP and technology team at DLA Piper assists with contentious and non-contentious matters for its IT and telecoms sector clients, with expertise across IT public procurement and outsourcing deals, data protection advice, telecoms projects and regulatory matters. The group attracts praise for its 'good combination of in-depth knowledge of the business context and the best practices in IT law' and counts Tesla, Steria Benelux and Vodafone as new clients. Kristof De Vulder, who handles technology contracts, transactions and IT disputes, heads up the team with Patrick Van Eecke, who focuses on non-contentious IT and data protection matters and has particular expertise in e-commerce issues, electronic signatures and cloud computing work.

Practice head(s):

Kristof De Vulder; Patrick Van Eecke

Testimonials

They are strong for both contract drafting and more tactical and strategic scenario thinking in IT focussed topics as well in more general (IT) company positioning.

Kristiof De Vulder is a trusted advisor and knows what in-house counsel need to succeed.

Patrick Van Eecke is an absolute expert in his field.

Bob Martens is a smooth litigator.

Kristof De Vulder is seen as a reliable partner in IT outsourcing.

DLA Piper ensures a continuity both in the overall client relationship and in specific assignments. This allows for a very fast start-up of new assignments and a thorough understanding of client needs. This is particularly true for Kristof De Vulder as Partner and Raf Schoefs as associate.

DLA Brussels offers magic circle legal services at local rates. They ensure a high level of partner involvement.

Key clients

Adobe

Aliaxis

bpost

EDF Luminus

Fidea

Katoen Natie

Proximus

SAP Belgium

SD Worx

skeyes

SNCB/NMBS (Belgian railways)

Steria Benelux

Tesla

Unibet

Vodafone

Industry focus: Retail Tier 1

DLA Piper's retail sector group acts for retailers, landlords and investors and leverages the firm's international network on cross-border matters. The multidisciplinary team is led by corporate and commercial expert Koen De Maeyer, and assists its impressive client roster with employment, IP and technology, real estate and restructuring issues; Eddy Lievens, Patrick Van Eecke, Dirk Caestecker and Joris De Vos are the respective partners to note.

Practice head(s):

Koen De Maeyer

Testimonials

DLA Piper has a big team of qualified lawyers who always respond rapidly, and adapt themselves to the client’s style and business.

Peter Siebens is a very pragmatic guy.

Key clients

BD myShopi

Blokker nv

Burberry

Clarks Shoes

Daniel Wellington

Dr Martens Airwair

Easykit

IKKS

Karen Millen

Levi Strauss

New Balance

Overstock Garden / Overstock Home

Q8 (Kuwait Petroleum (Belgium))

Realo (Belgium) NV

Rituals

Spotify

Supergroup (including Superdry brand)

X²O Sanitair

Insolvency and restructuring Tier 1

As 'experts in the field', DLA Piper is instructed by financial institutions, companies in distress and creditors on the full range of matters. In a recent highlight, the group advised Belgian fintech company Res Prepaid on its bankruptcy including the related investigation into how the losses of the affected consumers can be mitigated. Practice head Ilse Van de Mierop is regularly instructed as receiver, liquidator and provisional administrator by Brussels and Leuven insolvency courts, and has particular aviation sector restructuring expertise. Litigators Joris De Vos and Christian Van Buggenhout are other names to note, particularly for disputes and bankruptcy proceedings respectively.

Practice head(s):

Ilse Van de Mierop

Testimonials

Joris Devos is an excellent insolvency and restructuring lawyer. His experience and strategic insight makes him the best.

Experts in the field combined with useful legal strategy proposals.

Key clients

CDE (Centre for the Development of Enterprise)

CFE

Flying Services

ICICI Bank

Skeyes

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

The corporate and M&A team at DLA Piper provides 'combination of strong local teams, global network, sector knowledge and domain specific expertise which is relatively unique in Belgium'. The group is frequently instructed by international clients on local transactions and the domestic aspects of international mandates; it recently handled Prima Solutions Holding's acquisition of Belgian software company OOliba, and advised Pfizer on the global restructuring of its business into three business units: innovative, established and consumer healthcare. Caroline Daout, who frequently handles M&A and reorganisation transactions, and Erwin Simons, who has particular pharmaceuticals, logistics, manufacturing and infrastructure sector expertise, are both based in the Brussels office; while Koen Selleslags, who 'is excellent with great business acumen and problem-solving skills', is based in Antwerp alongside 'young, dynamic and upcoming partner' Michaël Heene, who recently arrived from Linklaters.

Practice head(s):

Caroline Daout; Koen Selleslags; Erwin Simons; Michaël Heene

Testimonials

Good M&A practice with lawyers that are available and focused on bringing value for money.

They offer a combination of excellent technical legal skills and a pragmatic approach.

Combination of strong local teams, global network, sector knowledge and domain specific expertise which is relatively unique in Belgium.

The commercial, corporate and M&A team of DLA Piper has the talent of combining top-quality advice with a huge amount of pragmatism.

Knowledge of client’s corporate structures and policies.

Michael Heene offers a fresh wind at DLA Piper in Belgium; he is young, eager to deliver and perform.

Koen Selleslags is excellent with great business acumen and problem solving skills.

Koen Selleslags stands out as a partner for his client commitment and out-of-the-box mentality. He understands the commercial interests of his clients and masters his legal toolbox such that he is able to respond to their explicit requests and implicit needs alike.

Patrick Van Eecke  is very knowledgeable around GDPR and is able to clarify complex matters in a brief and concrete manner.

Frederik Ringeloot is very responsive, pragmatic and to the point.’

Key clients

BASF

Pfizer

bpost

Zoetis

General Electric

Asmodee

Katoen Natie

Lotus Bakeries

Waterland Private Equity

Belfius

Schréder

Renewi

Group Forrest International

Caterpillar

Picsolve International Limited

Dispute resolution Tier 2

Annelies Verlinden's group at DLA Piper includes the 'brilliant' Bob Martens, who is highly regarded for his expertise in public sector disputes. The team's caseload includes IP, banking, real estate and white-collar crime litigation.

Practice head(s):

Annelies Verlinden

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Aviapartner

bpost

National Bank of Belgium

Flemish Public Broadcasting Company

Environment Tier 2

Bob Martens and Annelies Verlinden head up DLA Piper's practice in Belgium, which serves as the global hub to clients worldwide requiring EU regulatory advice on matters such as pesticides and the application of REACH, among others. In addition, at a local level, the firm handles a full range of environmental questions across all three Belgian regions for public and private entities, including those concerning brownfields redevelopment, waste management and disposal, defence of environmental and urban prosecutions, permitting and zoning. The team also undertakes due diligence for corporate and real estate transactions. Working with practitioners based in other offices, Martens is leading the advice to the European Commission on the auctioning of emission allowances under the EU's Emissions Trading System. In another key mandate, Verlinden, Thomas Sterckx and Birgit Creemers represented the City of Antwerp in proceedings over a permit to build two underground car parks at the Gedempte Zuiderdokken. Also notable is that Martens, Lieven Annaert, Sterckx and Alec Van Vaerenbergh are acting for the Flemish authority on all aspects of the €600m UPLACE commercial development project in Brussels.

Practice head(s):

Bob Martens (Brussels); Annelies Verlinden (Antwerp)

Key clients

European Commission

Indaver

VRT (national public broadcaster)

SUEZ

Sabic

Government of the Flemish Region

City of Antwerp

bpost

Osar Architects

SodaStream

VLEEMO

Vlaamse Maatschappij Sociaal Wonen (VMSW) (Flemish authority for social housing projects)

City of Antwerp

EU regulatory: Financial services Tier 2

At DLA Piper, the 'practical and accessible' Pierre Berger is the key name in a practice which handles, among other areas, online payment systems, investment funds and derivatives work.

Practice head(s):

Pierre Berger

Key clients

BNP Paribas Fortis

ING Belgium

Bancontact Payconiq Company

Fraud and white-collar crime Tier 2

DLA Piper's fraud and white-collar crime practice counts financial fraud, bribery, money laundering, tax and inheritance fraud, environmental fraud and public procurement fraud among its areas of expertise. The group leverages a multidisciplinary team, which is led by experienced corproate litigator Christian Van Buggenhout and includes Ilse Van de Mierop and Bob Martens, who focus on bankruptcy-related fraud and administrative and public law matters respectively.

Practice head(s):

Christian Van Buggenhout

Key clients

Deminor

Indufin

Lidl

Metallo Chimique

NMBS / SNCB

Industry focus: energy Tier 2

The 'very knowledgeable and responsive' energy team at DLA Piper has a strong reputation for regulatory expertise and project and financing experience in the energy sector. The multidisciplinary practice is jointly led by Bob Martens, who specialises in energy regulation and public procurement law, and Annelies Verlinden, who combines knowledge of wind energy regulations and EPC contracts with strong litigation skills. Other names of note include project finance expert Johan Mouraux and recently promoted senior lead lawyer Alec Van Vaerenbergh, who focuses on EU and Belgian energy regulation.

Practice head(s):

Bob Martens; Annelies Verlinden

Testimonials

The team is very knowledgeable and responsive.

Quick, straight to the point advice. No need to explain too much.

Their advice is accurate and on time.

While Belgium is a foreign jurisdiction for us, DLA quickly understood what we expect and delivered tailor made advice, which was exactly what we needed for our business. No useless extensive legal analysis, just clear memorandums and comments.

The partner is easy to reach and is present most of the time.

Alec Van Vaerenbergh is straight to the point and delivers flexible advice. Once we explained our expectations at the beginning of our cooperation we do not need to contact him frequently.

Key clients

ACT Commodities

Actility

BEE

Belgian Off-Shore Platform

Citelum

City of Antwerp

DEME Group

EcoPower cvba

European Commission

IGI Poseidon

INEOS

Katoen Natie Group

Otary

Public Power Cooperation

URBEO Invest

VLEEMO

Wind aan de Stroom

Industry focus: media and entertainment Tier 2

DLA Piper's IP and technology practice is active across the television, film, printed media, music, gaming, gambling and sports industries. The group has recently added Universal, Warner Bros and the European Gaming and Betting Assocation to its impressive client roster. Patrick Van Eecke, who has particular expertise in data protection and IT, heads up the team, which counts Alexis Fierens, who focuses predominantly on copyright issues, as a key practitioner.

Practice head(s):

Patrick Van Eecke

Key clients

Bet365

Ericsson

European Gaming and Betting Association

Evolution Latvia Ltd.

Jagex

Kinepolis

Match.com

Proximus

Supercell

Tabtale

Unibet Group

Universal

Warner Bros.

Wix

Worldline

Not-for-profit Tier 2

DLA Piper's involvement in the not-for-profit sector concentrates on assisting clients with a broad cross-section of strategically significant issues. Its multidisciplinary team draws upon strengths in areas such as public and administrative law (including public procurement and state aid), litigation, finance, real estate and tax. Annelies Verlinden, who co-heads the group with Bob Martens, is leading the advice to Ziekenhuisnetwerk Antwerpen on the construction of a new hospital. Other key contacts are Dirk CaesteckerJohan MoureauxEvelien De RaeymaeckerLieven Annaert and Orestis Omran. Elsewhere, the firm is heavily involved in pro bono work though its New Perimeter programme, where it provides support to communities, charities and social entrepreneurs.

Practice head(s):

Annelies Verlinden; Bob Martens

Testimonials

The team is dedicated and resourceful. It offers a personalised service that meets the clients’ unique interests

Bob Martens is an exceptional lawyer; he is industrious and resourceful. He is always available to offer guidance and advice to the client

After years of collaboration, DLA Piper understands our mission and ambitions very well. The advice we receive is always very to-the-point

Key clients

Action Aid International

African Development Solutions

ALL4ELEVATION

City of Antwerp

Damiaanactie / Action Damien

De Zonnige Woonst CVBA

Mobiliteit en Parkeren Antwerpen AG

OCMW Leuven

OCMW Oud-Heverlee

OCMW Tervuren

Province of Vlaams-Brabant

Rode Kruis Vlaanderen

Ziekenhuisnetwerk Antwerpen

Zorgbedrijf OCMW Antwerpen

Zorgbedrijf Leuven

Real estate and construction Tier 2

DLA Piper attracts praise for its 'in depth knowledge of real estate law'. The 'knowledgeable' team is adept at handling a wide spectrum of real estate matters, with retail sector projects featuring prominently in the group's recent workload. Department head Dirk Caestecker is 'dedicated' and 'straightforward'.

Practice head(s):

Dirk Caestecker

Testimonials

Dirk Caestecker is very efficient, proactive, and has in depth knowledge and expertise in all aspects of the real estate practice, both from a legal and a practical point of view‘.

 

Key clients

Patronale Life

Aareal Bank

Futurn

Aviation Tier 3

The aviation team at DLA Piper is made up of finance, litigation and regulatory experts, and has been especially active on contentious matters; for example, the group is representing aircraft ground handling company Aviapartner in a dispute with Liège Airport concerning an alleged breach of contract. Ilse Van de Mierop and Bob Martens share leadership of the practice.

Practice head(s):

Ilse Van de Mierop; Bob Martens

Key clients

Amazon Space

Aviapartner

Securitas Transport Aviation Security

Skeyes

The Walloon Region

Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 3

DLA Piper features in a sizeable number of high-profile banking and finance transactions and shows particular strength in matters involving project finance, real estate finance and corporate and leveraged finance. Johan Mouraux and Sander Buysse recently acted for a consortium of sponsors/borrowers (consisting of Dutch infrastructure fund DIF Infrastructure V, the French civil construction firm Colas and the Spanish rolling stock manufacturer CAF) on the design, building, financing and maintenance of the €475m light rail PPP project in Liège, Belgium. Another sweet spot of the practice is in the debt capital markets arena, where the firm has been involved in virtually all sovereign bond issues by the Kingdom of Belgium since 2010. The firm also has a first-rate offering in relation to financial services regulatory issues. This side of the practice has gained momentum since Pierre Berger and six other lawyers joined from Baker McKenzie CVBA/SCRL in 2018 and the firm is now better placed to assist clients with regulatory-driven strategic projects, transactions and restructurings. Pierre Proesmans was recently promoted to lead lawyer. Associate Isabelle Van Biesen is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Johan Mouraux (Location Head Finance, Projects and Restructuring); Pierre Berger (Financial services and insurance sector)

Testimonials

The team is very knowledgeable and responsive

Johan Mouraux’s team is very hands-on and flexible. It is truly great at advising you all the way on getting the deal done. True dealmakers

Johan Mouraux is always available at all times to give you a more personal follow up. Very professional and quite quick in understanding the real problem. He always tries to go the most efficient solution even if it results in less legal work, which creates a win-win (which is quite unusual in a client-adviser role)

Very professional, client-oriented, committed, open-minded, flexible and solution driven

Key clients

Aareal Bank

Aermont Capital LLP

Argenta

Bank Degroof Petercam

Bayerische Landesbank

Berlin Hyp

BNP Paribas Fortis

Federale Real Estate

Federale Verzekeringen/Federale Assurance

Flemish and Walloon Governmental Agencies and investment vehicles (PMV, Via-Invest, SRIW)

Helaba Bank

ING Bank

KBC Bank

MeDirect Bank

Rabobank

Tikehau

TriplePoint Capital

Employment Tier 3

The 'very professional and highly experienced' team at DLA Piper is led by the 'very practical and commercially oriented' Eddy Lievens. Recent work for the 'excellent' group includes large-scale restructurings, health and safety matters and dismissal-related disputes. Laurent De Surgeloose, senior associate Frederic Brasseur and senior associate Pierre Dion are also names to note.

Practice head(s):

Eddy Lievens

Testimonials

This team is very reachable, communicative and responsive. They deliver highly qualitative work within very tight deadlines‘.

Eddy Lievens’ knowledge about employment law (and even other areas of business law) is limitless‘.

Laurent De Surgeloose is a stand out partner in this team. He is extremely technical but at the same time very practical in his advice. He is always responsive and a true trusted adviser‘.

Key clients

Audi

Pfizer

Spotify

Jump

Karen Millen

Emirates

Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences Tier 3

The multidisciplinary healthcare and life sciences practice at DLA Piper counts Merck, UCB Pharma and Takeda on its client roster, which it advises on regulatory, corporate, competition, employment and IP issues. Bertold Bär-Bouyssière, who focuses on competition law, heads up the practice, which also includes Eddy Lievens and Erwin Simons, who focus on employment and corporate law mandates respectively.

Practice head(s):

Bertold Bär-Bouyssière

Key clients

Abbott

Animals’ Angels

BASF Antwerpen NV

Baxter

Biominerals

Conmed

EURORDIS

Fresenius Kabi NV

Gilead

Global Health Investment Fund

Istar Medical SA

Merck KGaA

Mithra Pharmaceuticals

NGO GAVI

Lonza (formerly Capsugel)

UCB Pharma

Terumo Europe

Zoetis

Takeda

Shire

Vifor

Industry focus: Transport Tier 3

DLA Piper's infrastructure, construction and transport sector group has particular expertise in the railway and light railway sectors, alongside significant experience in aviation, public procurement, port, habour and insurance issues and public infrastructure projects. The group fields a cross-departmental team, which includes litigation and regulatory, employment, finance, restructuring and tax specialists. Practice head Bob Martens and Annelies Verlinden handle a range of contentious and regulatory matters in the transport sector, while Ilse Van de Mierop focuses on finance and restructuring work, and Daniel Colgan is key name to note for competition law.

Practice head(s):

Bob Martens

Key clients

Aviapartner

BOMBARDIER

Colas

Fastned

Flying Group

Galsworthy Limited

Infrabel

Katoen Natie

Régie Autonome des Transports Parisiens Group (RATP Group)

Sabena (in bankruptcy)

Sabena Aerospace Engineering

skeyes (formerly Belgocontrol)

Skytanking

SNCB/NMBS

Talison Lithium

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

Intellectual property Tier 3

DLA Piper's IP team stands out for its 'pragmatic advice'. The group continues to advise clients from a wide spectrum of industries on a range of IP matters, most recently on trade mark infringement cases, copyright and design disputes and patent litigation. Practice head Alexis Fierens made partner in May 2019.

Practice head(s):

Alexis Fierens

Private equity Tier 3

The corporate team at DLA Piper provides ‘local presence and pragmatic execution combined with deep domain expertise, sector knowledge and a global network, making it very suitable for cross-border M&A in a private equity context’. Caroline Daout has particular expertise in the medtech and biotech industries in Belgium, and frequently advises on private equity matters in Africa, particularly in the mining and energy sectors. Daout heads up the team alongside Erwin Simons in Brussels and Antwerp-based partners Koen Selleslags and Michaël Heene; Heene recently joined from Linklaters and handles a range of private equity and venture capital transactions.

Practice head(s):

Caroline Daout; Erwin Simons; Koen Selleslags; Michaël Heene

Testimonials

High-quality work, a reputable organisation headed by deeply-trained M&A professionals that are well-connected in the Belgian mid-market landscape.

Their approach resonates well with entrepreneurs, corporates as well as classic and hands-on investors where I expect most M&A activity to come from in the next couple of years.

The DLA Piper team provided quality in a pragmatic way. Super happy about their work.

Michaël Heene is an outstanding lawyer that operates with a rare deal-making attitude. He represents his clients well and with his can-do mentality he quickly gains the trust of all parties involved.

Michaël Heene is a young and dynamic partner with ability to deliver this approach to private equity clients.

Key clients

Airbus Defence and Space GmbH

Alychlo

Avia Partner

FX4 Biz

Global Health Investment Fund

H.I.G. Capital

Highlander Partners, L.P.

iStar Medical

Oakley Capital Ltd

Picsolve International Limited

Showpad

Waterland Private Equity

Competition: EU and global Tier 4

DLA Piper's Brussels team, which has been led by Bertold Bär-Bouyssière since 2005, is a core part of the firm's wider EU and global competition network. Although it is active in matters involving a wide variety of sectors, the group has a particularly notable focus on the life sciences, energy, technology and transport industries. It plays a particularly significant role coordinating and executing merger filings for clients located worldwide. In one matter, Bär-Bouyssière, Daniel Wojtczak and others assisted Japan-based company NEC Corporation with the EU merger control aspects of its planned DKK8bn acquisition of KMD. Bouyssière is also leading the competition advice to HCL on its proposed $1.8bn acquisition of four IBM software product portfolios. Outside of merger-related work, the group excels in high-profile investigations and features prominently in groundbreaking litigation. Bouyssière, Wojtczak and Andreas Politis are part of a cross-office team which has been acting for Merck in appeals of EC and CMA decisions in the Lundbeck and Paroxetine cases. Regulatory expert Bob Martens focuses on state aid and public procurement law. Daniel Colgan and counsel Orestis Omran are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Bertold Bär-Bouyssière

Testimonials

Bertold Bär-Bouyssière is an experienced and skilled attorney with the communication skills of an in-house lawyer

The team is not only knowledgeable but also very approachable and pleasant to work with. It also works cost-efficiently without compromising the quality of the final work product

The partner makes you feel very comfortable dealing with the major legal issues and the entire team is very reliable and responsive. They pay attention to the details and also proactively guide you through the legal issues that you may not be familiar with. They are always on point and do not go unnecessary extra miles, which helps you control legal fees

Key clients

Audemars Piguet

BASF

Canfor

CIE

Duracell

HCL

Merck

NEC Corporation

Newell

Tax Tier 4

The arrival of practice head Philippe Hinnekens at DLA Piper in May 2018 has led to the firm winning work from a number of new clients, such as BBVA, the European Free Trade Association and Magic Leap. The tax team works closely with the firm's other departments in Belgium, and other tax practices in the international network, to provide full-service support to clients. Hinnekens has a wealth of experience advising on the Belgian and international tax aspects of real estate investments, M&A, corporate restructurings, employee incentive plans and investment fund structuring, among other areas. In a recent highlight, Hinnekens and Gregory Komlosi advised Five Arrow Managers SAS on tax issues associated with the proposed set-up of two double Luxembourg investment fund structures, which would raise capital in several countries, including Belgium.

Practice head(s):

Philippe Hinnekens

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

BBVA

BNP Paribas SA

Conair Corporation

European Free Trade Association

Five Arrow Managers SAS (an investment arm of N M Rothschild & Sons Limited)

Greentube Ltd

Hamilton Hotel Partners Ltd

Magic Leap

Mast Capital (UK) Ltd

School Invest NV (acting for the Flanders Region)

Tioga Capital Partners

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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At DLA Piper we are firmly committed to diversity and inclusion. For us, diversity isn’t just about visible differences, it’s the unique blend of talents, skills, experiences and perspectives that makes each of us an individual and we know it’s crucial to have a culture and environment where those differences are genuinely valued. As a global business law firm, with a diverse client base, we know that our clients expect our people to represent the communities in which we work and value our ability to advise them on both local and global cultures and markets. We believe that our approach to diversity and inclusion enables us to attract the best talent, build the most effective teams and deliver the highest level of client service.

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DLA Piper’s EU-Greek practice draws from the widest pool of experience and track record in EU/international and domestic law to offer a full range of services to clients doing business with, in and from Greece and Cyprus. The team comprises highly-qualified legal professionals, each bringing a core level of skills and experience in domestic public and private law, energy law, M&A, as well as EU and competition law. Under the leadership of Orestis Omran, the team advises Greek and Cypriot businesses and governmental organizations, as well as international businesses active in the Greek and other regional markets. The EU- Greek practice serves as a gateway in two directions: inbound and outbound – to and from Greece. The Brussels-based team is also in a unique position to represent the interests of Greek-speaking clients at the law and policy-making levels of the EU institutions in Brussels. The team also works very closely with the London finance and projects team on transactional matters, including structured finance, project and privatizations work.

The practice acts as a one-stop shop covering all business needs, including:

  • EU (regulatory) law
  • EU competition and state aid
  • Energy, projects and infrastructure
  • Public-private partnerships and private finance initiative
  • Dispute resolution
  • Banking and finance
  • Structured finance
  • Restructuring, insolvency and bankruptcy
  • Privatizations
  • M&A

The EU-Greek practice of DLA Piper has developed into one of the most prominent players in the Greek legal market, working on some of the most complex and cutting-edge projects in the region and advising clients on a broad spectrum of EU and Greek law matters, across practice areas and industries that are core to the Greek economy. The team has a successful track record in advising clients across the private and public sectors spectrum, including governments, multinational corporations, credit institutions, strategic alliances, joint ventures, lenders and debtors. Recently, the team has been advising the Greek Government, the Public Power Corporation, the Public Gas Corporation, Deutsche Bank, Finacity Corporation, the Hellenic Corporation of Assets and Participations, JUUL, Amtrust and many other international and local market players.