News

24 Apr

contrast will attend UCLL job fair

Tomorrow, contrast will be present at the UCLL job fair. If you are interested in competition & EU or in corporate & business law, please drop by. Know that you can also apply for an open paralegal position or an internship via our website.

Students Careers
23 Apr

Toprankings for contrast

contrast is very proud that the contrast Competition & EU team continues to be ranked as the absolute top (Band 1) for Belgian competition law by Chambers & Partners and Legal 500. For the EU, our team is ranked no. 2 of the independent Belgian law firms active in this area. Chambers ranks Frank Wijckmans in band 1 and Filip Tuytschaever in band 3 (competition/domestic). Both of them are recognized by Legal 500 as being amongst the 9 ‘leading lawyers’ for Belgian competition law. Anouk Foquet (senior associate) and Karolien Francken (associate) are also recommended.

This splendid ranking is the result of a true team effort of the 18 lawyers, 2 paralegals and the support team which are part of our Competition & EU team. A special thanks goes to our referees for quoting our team as being “very pragmatic, down-to-earth, accessible and the foremost authority as far as distribution agreements and distribution systems are concerned” and for enthusing that "the quality is always there, even though they are swift and concise when you want them to be”.

Read more on our Competition & EU​ team.

20 Apr

Bart Bellen gave an introductory course at the University of Ghent

On 19 April 2018 Bart Bellen gave an introductory course on M&A at the University of Ghent, upon invitation of Professor Hans De Wulf. The students were introduced in the process, basic steps and main legal challenges of a typical M&A process, illustrated by the results of the M&A Survey.

Seminar
18 Apr

EDLD update

Minister Koen Geens will open the European Distribution Law Day with an opening address honouring a unique pan-European project.

Seminar
17 Apr

Career Day

On 19 April 2018 contrast will attend Career Day, organized by The European Students’ Association (ELSA), during which the participants can “speed date” with contrast lawyers. We look forward to seeing you there!

Students
12 Apr

GDPR Countdown

42 days left until the GDPR – Check out this week’s tip on data breaches, part of our GDPR toolkit.

11 Apr

European Distribution Law Day hits mark of 300 participants!

Our European Distribution Law Day is now fully booked. You can still register for the conference. You will be placed on a waiting list and we will send you a personal e-mail should a seat become available.

Seminar
10 Apr

Alexander Tolpe and Bart Bellen wrote for TRV

The most recent edition of TRV/RPS (Belgium’s most important corporate law review) includes contributions by Alexander Tolpe (with a commentary on a Court of Appeal’s judgement illustrating the importance of title verification in company acquisitions) and by Bart Bellen (with a commentary on a new Court of Cassation ruling regarding the validity requirements for non-compete clauses in acquisition agreements). You can consult these publications here.

Publication
05 Apr

Knipperlichten 2018 - Highlight 2

Karolien Francken, lawyer at contrast, presented the most important developments in competition law as to resale price maintenance, e-commerce and online platforms at this year’s edition of ‘Knipperlichten’. After an overview of the most important rules of thumb, the participants tested their knowledge of competition law during an interactive quiz. You can find the slides of the presentation, including the questions of the quiz here.

Seminar
29 Mar

GDPR Countdown

56 days left until the GDPR – Check out this week’s tip on cooperation with third parties to process personal data, part of our GDPR toolkit.