Brussels

Avenue Lloyd George, 7
1000 Brussels
Belgium
F +322 627 11 00

With a presence in Brussels since 1974, we advise a wide variety of multinational companies on the full range of issues that confront them when doing business in Europe.

Regional Presence, Global Expertise

Situated at the decision-making heart of the European Union, we have long been at the forefront in advising companies on how best to access the EU market and comply with EU law. We are recognized as a leading legal practice in competition and trade matters under EU law and before the World Trade Organization. We regularly represent clients in major cases before the European Commission and the General Court in Luxembourg. Through regular contact with the European Commission, we are well positioned to keep our multinational clients abreast of all new and emerging policies and practices relating to specific sectoral or topical issues.

We counsel clients from an array of manufacturing and service sectors, from foodstuffs to diversified industrials, in respect of a broad range of regulatory and corporate law issues. 

A Reputation for Excellence

We enjoy an excellent reputation for the quality of our work and our ability to achieve our clients’ goals. We are noted for our pragmatic approach and our effectiveness. Over the years we have gained the respect of and enjoy good working relations with senior decision makers within the institutions of the EU. These relationships ensure that we are well positioned to monitor important legislative developments and provide focused advice to our clients.

Our team has been recognized consistently in The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East & Africa, Chambers Global, and PLC Which Lawyer? for a range of legal services.

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  • Recognized by The Legal 500 EMEA 2015 across 16 categories in 8 offices and with 32 individuals recommended.
  • Listed as a recommended firm for competition, customs, trade, WTO, antidumping and EU regulatory in the 2012 edition of The Legal 500 EMEA.
  • In Chambers Global, sources say our international trade law team’s "insight into the Commission is amazing – it understands how the Commission thinks and how it will interpret certain policies," and "what I like the most is how strong the team is at both partner and associate level." 

  • Advising on and preparing filings pursuant to EU and national merger control laws and in the case of multijurisdictional filings in coordination with our competition law colleagues in other offices around the world (e.g., Washington DC, Tokyo and Moscow).
  • Advising companies on their rights and obligations under the EU competition rules, particularly in relation to distribution licensing and joint ventures.
  • Defending multinational companies in cartel proceedings before the European Commission, the General Court of the EU as well as national competition authorities and national courts.
  • Advising international corporations and governments on issues relating to trade defense (antidumping, antisubsidiary and safeguard investigations) in the EU and other jurisdictions.
  • Advising on public procurement matters. We have well-established relationships with EU and national institutions.
  • Representing pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers from the premarket phase – including clinical trials and approvals – to all aspects of product importation and distribution and post-market assistance including surveillance, product recalls and liability. 
  • Defending clients in disputes before the General Court, the European Court of Justice and the European Court of Human Rights, as well as in national courts and tribunals.
  • Counseling chemical companies and other manufacturing clients in a wide range of matters, from permission and emissions issues to liability and market access including labeling and packaging. We also participate actively in developments concerning EU chemicals legislation, and regularly advise clients in connection with climate change and EU emissions trading.
  • Addressing cutting-edge issues associated with the convergence of telecommunications, media and information technology. We have earned a worldwide reputation for advising both private and public clients on all aspects of telecommunications, cable TV and wireless-based systems. We also serve as regulatory counsel to some of the world’s largest communications companies.
  • Advising on all aspects of Belgian corporate law including employment, distribution, licensing, and mergers and acquisitions.