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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29 Jan 2020

Bart Bellen on M&A jurisprudence at the M&D seminar

Bart Bellen shared the latest developments in M&A jurisprudence at the M&D seminar hosted by Wolters Kluwer ( This summer, our M&A team, together with Didier Leclercq, launched the M&A Chronicle, a full overview of Belgian case law in M&A related matters. The first edition covers all published case law for the period 2000-2017. You can consult the Chronicle and other M&A related publications on our publications page

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