We provide advice primarily intended to help our clients to amicably resolve disputes and avoid litigation. We regularly negotiate amicable settlement arrangements having regard to the client’s commercial objectives and the legal and reputational risks at stake.
In case litigation is unavoidable, contrast has a broad experience in litigation, including in seeking and defending summary proceedings. We act for clients in a variety of areas, including competition law litigation, commercial disputes and M&A-related disputes.
The practice also represents clients in commercial disputes relation to reorganising distribution networks and parallel trade. The firm also offers experience in ICC and CEPANI arbitral proceedings, with team members often acting as arbitrators.
The Competition & EU team is very active in the field of competition and EU law litigation.
We have an extensive track record in competition law litigation before various national and international jurisdictions. Filip Tuytschaever and Frank Wijckmans have acted in more than 50 cases before the EU Courts, representing private parties as appellants or intervening parties, as well as the Kingdom of Belgium, the European Commission, the European Banking Authority and the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority, in annulment actions and preliminary ruling cases.
Our expertise in competition law matters, combined with our overall track record in handling complex litigation, have resulted in many major companies turning to contrast for litigation support in the competition law field.
We have extensive experience in assisting clients involved in commercial disputes, including in seeking and defending summary proceedings before the courts. We frequently act for clients in a variety of areas, including unfair trade practices, distribution law matters and commercial disputes of a contractual nature.
We regularly assist clients in M&A-related disputes and litigation involving director and auditor liability, and have been involved in a number of high-profile criminal and civil litigation cases both in Belgium and internationally.
The 'very practical and efficient' team at contrast has a well-established reputation in competition law litigation and it also demonstrates strong capabilities in arbitration cases.
Several team members have national and international arbitration experience, whether it be by representing clients in institutional or ad hoc arbitrations or by acting as arbitrators.