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DLA Piper
1000 Brussels


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Belgium > Fraud and white-collar crime

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.

Belgium > Environment

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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.

Belgium > Real estate and construction

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.

Belgium > Industry focus: Transport

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.

Belgium > Insurance

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.

Belgium > Dispute resolution

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.

Belgium > Industry focus: Food

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.

Belgium > Aviation

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.

Belgium > Industry focus: Energy

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.

Belgium > EU regulatory: Food

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.