Bart Bellen

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Bart Bellen is a partner of contrast. He specializes in corporate law and advises on business law matters.

Bart represents domestic and international companies in corporate and commercial transactions or contentious proceedings. He handles cross-border M&A transactions, multi-jurisdictional corporate restructurings and litigation.

Bart graduated from the University of Leuven (K.U.L.) and obtained a Master’s degree (LL.M.) at New York University School of Law.

Bart Bellen is a member of the Brussels Bar (admitted in New York 1997). He speaks Dutch, French and English.


  • New York University School of Law (LL.M. 1997)
  • University of Leuven (K.U.L.) (Lic. Jur. 1996)


  • contrast (2006-present)
  • VWEW, business law department (2004-2005)
  • Linklaters De Bandt, corporate law & M&A department, Brussels/New York (1997-2002)

Sources describe "knowledgeable and thorough" department co-head Bart Bellen as a "deal maker who can translate negotiation issues into a win-win for both parties." He has notable experience of advising on transactions involving the retail and chemical sectors.

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23 Apr 2018

Top rankings for contrast

contrast is proud to announce that the contrast Corporate and M&A team continues to be highly recommended by Chambers & Partners Europe, Legal 500 and IFLR 1000.

The Corporate and M&A team of 12 lawyers, 1 paralegal and support team continues to earn frequent high praise from clients for its approach and quality. Clients praise the team’s extensive knowledge of the M&A landscape as well as its highly respected expertise on competition law elements of transactions such as merger control. Clients emphasize that "they are a very strong team, capable of acting quickly and with high standards. They are really adding material value to a complex process by being flexible and pragmatic, as well as high quality". Others greatly appreciate the team’s dedication to its clients' businesses, adding that "their key strengths are pragmatism and the fact they know the specifications of the Belgian market and have the right contacts with the authorities. They are easy to reach and go the extra mile to get the deal done."

Partners Bart Bellen and Herlinde Burez are both recommended by Legal 500. Bart Bellen is also individually ranked in the Chambers & Partners guide and highly regarded by IFLR 1000. Clients report: "He is determined and considerate. He is good at combining different aspects of a transaction and is able to make a connection between bureaucracy of corporations and the pragmatism of the individual entrepreneur.”

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