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Bob Martens

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DLA Piper LLP (US)

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International Trade, Regulatory and Government Affairs


Bob Martens practises public law and is recognised as one of the most notable regulatory lawyers in Belgium with 25 years' experience. He advises and litigates for a wide range of public and private clients both on Belgian and EU-level. He has a particular focus on complex public procurement and public private partnership cases, state aid, infrastructure projects, public energy and environmental law, and institutional issues and disputes regarding economic public law. He is known as a strong litigator and a clever negotiator, enabling success for his clients.



Within: Aviation

At DLA Piper, a multidisciplinary team of litigation, regulatory, finance and employment specialists handles contentious and non-contentious issues for players in the aviation sector, including airlines and airports. Ilse Van de Mierop, Bob Martens and Annelies Verlinden represented ground handling services company Aviapartner in multiple court proceedings challenging the award of licences to operate at Brussels Airport to a third party.

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Dispute resolution

Within: Dispute resolution

The ‘client-oriented team’ at DLA Piperlives up to high expectations’, under ‘dedicated and effective’ group head Annelies Verlinden’s leadership. The group also includes Christian Van Buggenhout, who provides ‘phenomenal strategic legal insight’, and Bob Martens, who ‘always strives to find the winning argument’. Highlights included representing Aviapartner in challenging the award of ground handling licences by The Brussels Airport Company to Swissport and Flightcare.

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Belgium: EU regulatory

Chemicals and environment

Within: Chemicals and environment

DLA Piper’s diverse practice spans environmental litigation, defence of environmental prosecutions, REACH matters, waste management and transactional support. Litigator Bob Martens advised Suez on deploying a new form of waste collection for recycling purposes.

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Belgium: Industry focus


Within: Energy

DLA Piper fields a multidisciplinary team which is active in regulatory, procurement, antitrust, project finance and state aid issues. The team cooperates closely with the firm’s European energy working committee, where Alec Van Vaerenbergh plays a key coordination role. Annelies Verlinden is particularly active in the Belgian and German offshore wind sectors. Bob Martens has complementary expertise in public and environmental law. Clients include the City of Antwerp, Deme Group and Vleemo.

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Within: Transport

Under the leadership of Bob Martens, DLA Piper is active in the field of transport, including aviation, ports, harbours, rail and light rail. It benefits from an office in Antwerp as well as Brussels, and is also regularly engaged in EU-wide and multi-jurisdictional work. Carole Maczkovics ‘provides very comprehensive and very understandable advice regarding transport and logistics regulations’.

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DLA Piper LLP (US)

  • Sentencing guidelines for corporate manslaughter

    In February 2010 the Sentencing Guidelines Council (the SGC) issued definitive guidelines to courts on imposing appropriate sentences for corporate manslaughter and health and safety offences causing death. The SGC states that fines imposed on companies found guilty of corporate manslaughter should not fall below £500,000, while fines in respect of health and safety offences that are a significant cause of death should be at least £100,000. Crucially, the SGC declined to provide for a fixed link between the imposed fine and the turnover or profitability of the offending company.

    - DLA Piper UK LLP

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