Belgium

Our Brussels based team advises primarily on Belgian law and on EU and competition law. We act for a broad range of clients including multinational corporates and financial institutions. Our Belgian law team advises clients on corporate, corporate finance, financial services, dispute resolution, employment and employee benefits, intellectual property and data protection.

The EU, competition & regulatory team provides a comprehensive service in relation to competition law (merger control, cartel investigations, leniency applications), EU State aid and general EU law. The team frequently represents clients before the EU and national courts as well as before the European Commission and national competition authorities. The Brussels EU, Competition and regulatory team is the hub of the firm-wide EU, Competition and regulatory practice, with teams in the main EU jurisdictions.

We assist investment firms and banks on all regulatory financial and banking law aspects. Our team has substantial expertise in commercial law matters including consumer goods and distribution matters. Our team also has expertise in regulatory legislation in the Life Sciences sector, and on real estate matters.

We work closely with our integrated international network of offices and our clients benefit from our long established reputation in the Belgian market.

Clients recognise our high quality service at competitive prices and our hands on, partner led service.

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Experience
  • advising a client on a potential mergers and acquisitions operation in an oligopolistic market
  • handling an investigation by the Belgian Competition Authority into an alleged “hub and spoke” cartel in the fast moving consumer goods sector
  • assisting an research and development consortium in a European Commission State aid investigation
  • advising the authorities of a Member State on proposed subsidies to infrastructure projects in the transport sector
  • assisting the European Commission in Cases T-196/09, T-196/09R and T-350/09 before the General Court in Luxembourg (annulment procedures relating to a decision to select operators of pan European systems providing mobile satellite services)
  • preparing a complaint to the European Commission on abuse of IP rights in technology markets (standard essential patents and FRAND licensing obligations)
  • assisting an research and development consortium in a European Commission State aid investigation
  • advising and representing the authorities of a Member State in the notification to the European Commission of proposed subsidies to an infrastructure project in the transport sector
  • representing a company manufacturing clothes in court proceedings related to the breach of design rights
  • representing various companies in court cases related to the termination of commercial distribution agreements
  • advising pharmaceutical and medical device companies on the regulatory aspects of the Belgian legislation, including legal audits of their regulatory activities
  • reviewing draft agreements for an international pharmaceutical group in order to subcontract its distribution and regulatory activities in Belgium.