“People are very approachable and pragmatic. Listen to the issues you raise as a customer, and then suggest several scenarios to evaluate. Not only a good knowledge, but also a good understanding and a good relationship. They will also get the best result and are willing to invest a lot of personal effort. Bart Bellen was an exceptional and very competent corporate lawyer. His advice went straight to the point and he and his team were among the best lawyers I had the pleasure of working with. Cresco Advocaten has an important niche in working for entrepreneurs, start-ups and start-up investors, advising on venture capital transactions, strategic acquisitions and digital transformation projects, as well as fund structuring and management consulting. The firm`s venture capital expertise has led it to become a regular source of recommendations for European and American technology-focused companies. David Dessers leads the team and has a diverse portfolio of technology clients, while Filip De Schouwer focuses on the hospitality sector.
“David Roelens understands his clients` needs and aligns his team`s service delivery with them. It`s quite unique in the world of large law firms. “I would highly recommend working with Wim Dedecker, who currently undoubtedly offers one of the best M&A services you can currently get in the Belgian M&A market. Especially when it comes to cross-border transactions and complex transactions, his personal involvement in business makes a big difference. “Schoups has experienced partners and employees who are familiar with their specializations. Schoups is good at combining these individual skills to provide an end-to-end solution. Schoups` partners have relevant experience and best practices, especially when negotiating with partners. “They know our business so well, they `feel` the transactions, they know what`s important to us, so they help us focus. Transactions are carried out much faster with the help of Simont Braun than with other law firms. They help us avoid the pitfalls of negotiation, they do not waste our time and do not spend too many hours working with a small specialized team and not with an army of juniors. “Similarly, the robustness of the transaction market has contributed to a recovery in banking, financial and capital markets mandates in all areas, with debt markets remaining very active, work on equities, such as IPOs, slowly returning to the forefront and all forms of bank lending – acquisition financing, project financing and syndicated loans – all heavily on the negotiating sheets of large national and international companies. Jacques Meunier is the best lawyer I`ve ever worked with, with incredible technical skills and a human touch.
He can defend our interests like no one else in a very fluid way in negotiations, which can sometimes be difficult. In the area of dispute resolution, changes to class action laws at the end of 2018 regarding the scope of the class action system allowed SMEs represented by non-profit organizations or public bodies to bring actions. Leading companies continue to see a lot of activity in this area as a result. Pre-process work – including potential process preparation, ADR and mediation – is an increasingly popular option in all areas. Health and life sciences are an important target for investors, especially in the field of biotechnology start-ups (numerous activities in the Flemish and Walloon regions). Many leading companies support their major customers in their digital transformation initiatives. The social health sector is under increasing pressure in terms of prices and reimbursement. The major companies in the market are currently facing significant litigation/class actions related to the alleged breach of contract related to the supply of Covid vaccines, including the astraZeneca case against the EU.
The European Commission`s position in Brussels makes the court a hub for cross-border competition work, with leading international companies such as Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, Latham & Watkins LLP, Clifford Chance and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP heavily involved in merger approvals in several jurisdictions, European Commission investigations and litigation before the CJEU. Areas currently targeted include antitrust activities in retail and logistics, the ongoing review of big tech, and changes to the application of Section 22 in merger approval where more deals have been challenged from the outset. “The team is very responsive and client-centric, ensuring efficient and seamless coordination between all law firms involved in the transaction. They can also be reached by phone to solve immediate problems or adjust the fees to the development of the transaction. Belgium`s advanced legal market sees healthy competition between international companies, Benelux activities and national companies. Magic Circle and US companies such as Allen & Overy LLP and Baker McKenzie CVBA/SCRL are market leaders, managing cross-border transactions and regulatory work, while Benelux players such as NautaDutilh, Loyens & Loeff and Stibbe also operate in various practice areas. Local companies also play a role in transactional work as well as in more specialised areas of law such as environmental regulation, licensing, insurance and leasing, with outstanding companies such as Schoups, Lydian and Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick. “Robbie Tas- at the forefront of the company. He is not only one of the best specialists in corporate law as such, but also very strong in strategic thinking and advising in concrete situations and conflicts. Lydian has a strong focus on domestic mergers and acquisitions in the upper middle class and regularly acts as a Belgian advisor on complex cross-border transactions, with the team receiving a number of recommendations from international companies. In addition to domestic players and investment funds, clients also include a number of large international companies, with the company offering integrated industry and regulatory expertise, particularly in the insurance sector. The practice is led by Peter De Ryck, who has a strong background in real estate and private equity transactions, Tom Geudens and Maxime Colle, who continues to develop the firm`s international client base.
Lawyer Florence Colpaert has developed a remarkable practice in the French market and is active in the field of private equity. The Belgian market remains challenging, with high-value transactions regularly carried out through the Brussels offices of companies and private equity funds increasingly focusing on Belgium as fertile ground for takeovers and investments. Transactional activity has remained strong since the summer of 2020, with companies reporting unprecedented client demand as pre-pandemic bond market trends reassert. Real estate has once again become a sought-after asset after a period of uncertainty, with offices, logistics properties and data centers in the centre of Brussels in particular proving to be attractive destinations for international investors, REITs and portfolio holders. Construction and development works are also active, with public and private sector actors investing in infrastructure and the rehabilitation of existing real estate portfolios. intui combines its expertise in mergers and acquisitions and corporate litigation with a “flexible” and “practical” team that advises clients on corporate and transactional matters and regularly advises international companies on the Belgian legal elements of cross-border mandates. Clients include financial companies and investors, including private equity firms. The practice is led by Anneleen Steeno, who has experience in the U.S. in handling complex transactions and corporate governance issues, Robbie Tas and Caroline Hotterbeekx, who was promoted to partner in 2021 and focuses on business processes.