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Christian Van Buggenhout

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Christian Van Buggenhout, partner, is recognised as a leading litigator in the Belgian market. He continues to be consulted in a wide variety of cases, among the most interesting in the market. Hehas extensive expieience in corporate disputes and restructuring and insolvency litigation. He also has extensive experience in bankruptcy and is often designated by the court as trustee in high profile or complex bankruptcies. In the meantime Christian has taken on the responsibility of leading lawyer in the defence of the college of liquidators of the famous ARCO-group.


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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Fraud and white-collar crime

Within: Fraud and white-collar crime

The ‘extremely committed team’ at DLA Piper advises on a diverse spread of fraud and white-collar crime matters relating to bribery, money laundering and environmental fraud offences, tax-related issues and compliance. The ‘very strategicChristian Van Buggenhout heads a group that was recently boosted by the arrival of senior associate Catherine Gysels from Advo.Noord Advocatenkantoor.

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Insolvency and restructuring

Within: Insolvency and restructuring

The ‘top-tier practice’ at DLA Piper is commended for ‘always going that extra mile for clients’, with experienced group head Ilse Van de Mieropa market leader’. The team also includes ‘excellent lawyerChristian Van Buggenhout and the ‘great to work withJoris De Vos. Van de Mierop and Van Buggenhout are acting as trustees in the headline bankruptcy of major Belgian airline Sabena. Creditors and investors also regularly turn to the firm for assistance and other clients include Lone Star and Icici Bank.

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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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