Squire Patton Boggs has appointed Bart Vanderstraete as a partner in the Global Corporate Practice in Brussels. Mr. Vanderstraete joins from the Brussels office of Clifford Chance where he has been in practice for more than 16 years.
Mr. Vanderstraete advises on M&A, private equity and general commercial matters and has considerable exeprience advising on major Belgian and cross-border transactions. Mr. Vanderstraete has in-depth knowledge of the global chemicals and materials sector, advising international chemicals manufacturers on a full range of corporate and commercial issues. In addition, Mr. Vanderstraete has expertise in Belgian data protection law and has advised on a number of important matters in this area, including data breaches.
“We welcome Bart Vanderstraete to our team,” said Brian Hartnett, managing partner of the Brussels office. “Bart is a highly regarded corporate lawyer in Belgium and we are delighted that he has chosen to join us. He has an impressive range of skills and practical experience and a depth of knowledge of industry sectors that will serve our Belgian, European and international clients extremely well. We are growing a significant Belgian practice and will be looking to further expand the team in the near future.”
Jane Haxby, EMEA Chair of the Global Corporate Practice, said that expansion in the European market was a strategic focus. “It is important for our clients that we are strong both locally and globally as a practice. Bart’s track-record and expertise as a Belgian corporate lawyer with significant cross-border M&A experience, in addition to his focus on the chemicals industry, is a great fit for us.”
Bart Vanderstraete added: “This is an exciting opportunity to further grow a Belgian practice within a truly international law firm. I look forward to joining a thriving European corporate practice and to linking up with the colleagues in Brussels, across Europe and the Middle East and the rest of the firm.”