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DLA Piper
1000 Brussels


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Belgium > Insurance

DLA Piper‘s client base ranges from traditional insurers, reinsurance companies and intermediaries to global data giants and insurtech start-ups. Led by Pierre Berger, the practice is praised for its ‘extensive expertise in insurance products, with very good knowledge of case law‘, facilitated by a multi-disciplinary set-up which allows an easy crossover between corporate, data protection, tax and labour law expertise where necessary. The team also handles litigation before the civil, commercial and administrative courts, as well as various financial regulators, with Bob Martens a key name on compliance issues.

Belgium > Industry focus: Transport

At DLA Piper, the cross-departmental infrastructure, construction and transport group is active in the aviation, rail and shipping sectors, typically advising on EU legislation, public procurement and new development projects. Regulatory expert Bob Martens co-heads the team alongside finance and restructuring specialist Ilse Van de Mierop; both also handle contentious matters and count ground handlers, logistics providers, contractor consortiums and domestic operators among their clients.

Belgium > Industry focus: Food

The interdisciplinary nature of DLA Piper‘s food and consumer goods group lends itself to supporting global organisations with the manufacturing, importing, supplying and packaging of edible produce. Key contacts include Kristof De Vulder, who handles contracts matters involving catering and infrastructure outsourcing agreements, and Bob Martens, who specialises in food regulatory cases alongside any public law or safety issues. Headed by Alexis Fierens and Frédérique Gillet, the team has a client roster featuring Coca-Cola, Philip Morris and Mondelēz; it also assisted Lotus Bakeries with navigating Belgium’s new company law requirements.

Belgium > Industry focus: Energy

DLA Piper‘s energy practice is equally adept at handling both regulatory and transactional matters, which include contracts, M&A or refinancings, as well as the settlement of energy disputes. Public procurement specialist Bob Martens and on- and off-shore wind sector expert Annelies Verlinden co-head a multidisciplinary team recognised by clients for its ‘in-depth market knowledge‘. Johan Mouraux advises on project finance mandates, while Orestis Omran – who made partner in May 2020 and is ‘distinguished for his intelligence, commitment, business intuition and responsiveness – boasts extensive EU-oriented experience. Counsel Alec Van Vaerenbergh is another name of note.

Belgium > Environment

(Hall of Fame)

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DLA Piper‘s ‘experienced‘ team, which has ‘thorough knowledge of the legislation‘, covers the spectrum of environmental law matters. Led by Bob Martens, the group handles instructions from clients across all three Belgian regions, such as zoning matters, brownfields redevelopment, permitting issues, waste management and environmental and urban litigation. Martens is leading the advice to the European Commission on the auctioning of emission allowances under the EU’s Emissions Trading System. Key names to note are senior lead lawyer Thomas Sterckx, who is experienced in handling town and zone planning matters. Counsel Alec Van Vaerenbergh is noted for his expertise in climate change matters. Counsel Lieven Annaert advises on contentious waste-related mandates. Urban planning law expert Birgit Creemers is another key figure. Annelies Verlinden left the firm to become Minister of the Interior in the Belgian government.

Belgium > Dispute resolution

Ilse Van de Mierop heads up the department at DLA Piper, where recent mandates included white-collar crime cases, regulatory issues and construction and competition litigation. Bob Martens is a key name in the practice for handling public sector disputes. Annelies Verlinden left the firm in September 2020 to serve as Minister of the Interior in the Belgian government.

Belgium > Aviation

DLA Piper‘s practice, which is jointly led by Ilse Van de Mierop and Bob Martens, is highly prominent in litigation. On the non-contentious side, the team advises clients on regulatory issues and restructurings. Counsel Charles Dumont de Chassart is another key figure in the group.

Belgium > Fraud and white-collar crime

With a multidisciplinary approach, DLA Piper handles financial fraud cases stemming from post-acquisitions and demergers, as well as gambling, bribery, customs and bankruptcy-related crimes. Led by Joris De Vos, who concentrates on corporate litigation and D&O liability cases, the practice’s other areas of focus include damage control, managing reputational risks and providing guidance in fraud prevention and compliance. De Vos is supported by restructuring expert Ilse Van de Mierop, administrative and public law specialist Bob Martens and of counsel Christian Van Buggenhout.