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Annelies Verlinden

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DLA Piper LLP (US)

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administrative and environmental law


Annelies Verlinden is a regulatory lawyer with a focus on administrative and complex public law, advising clients on public private partnerships, renewable energy, complex government contracting, restructuring in the public sector, concessions, public utilities and entities, and other topics of public law such as state aid, grants and taxes. She has extensive practical experience in guiding public and private partners in the realisation of infrastructure, services and other large-scale projects. A strong litigator, Annelies regularly pleads cases before the civil courts, the Council of State and the Constitutional Court.



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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Within: Not-for-profit

DLA Piper maintains a strong commitment to pro bono work across its offices. Through the firm’s "new perimeter" programme, its lawyers provide long-term pro bono assistance in emerging markets. In Belgium, the social responsibility and pro bono practice is headed by finance and project expert Johan Mouraux. In recent work, Annelies Verlinden advised OCMW Balen on new housing and care infrastructure and service flats.

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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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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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