23 May

Maaike Visser and Karolien Francken give a guest lecture at VUB

On Friday 26 May 2017, Maaike Visser and Karolien Francken will give a guest lecture during the course European Competition Law of Filip Tuytschaever at the VUB. They will share their practical insights and experiences with a recent cartel case and the aftermath of private damages.

03 May

contrast competition law team receives Global Competition Review Award

The contrast competition law team, as part of a combined team with Eversheds Sutherland and Cleary Gottlieb, received the Global Competition Review (“GCR”) Award for Behavioral Matter of the Year (Europe) for its work in the European Commission’s Trucks settlement case. The Award was handed over at the annual GCR Awards ceremony in Washington DC on 29 March 2017. With this Award, the teams were recognized for the creative, strategic and innovative work carried out in the Trucks case. The Trucks case marks the first (hybrid) settlement case after the European Commission had already issued a statement of objections. GCR is the world’s leading competition law and policy journal.

25 Apr

contrast welcomes LCM students

contrast, main partner of LCM student association, welcomed a selection of motivated students for an interactive M&A workshop. Many thanks to the LCM students for their enthusiastic participation. Congratulations also to Eva Houtave and Michiel Frausen, two members of the winning negotiation team and to Jeroen Vanderstukken for winning a special acknowledgement as best non-lawyer negotiator! A special thanks goes to Ewout Goudsmedt for the perfect organization. We are looking forward to meet a new group of future negotiators again next year.

For pictures of the LCM Event 2017, you can have a look at our Facebook page.

24 Apr

Toprankings for contrast

contrast is very proud that three of its lawyers –senior counsel Luc Demeyere and partners Filip Tuytschaever and Frank Wijckmans– are recommended by Chambers & Partners Europe and highly regarded by Legal 500 for “dispute resolution”.

Chambers ranks Luc Demeyere in band 4 for offering a breadth of experience, and adds: “he’s very practical, shows a good deal of common sense and he always keeps his calm”. Filip Tuytschaever (“impeccable business and industry knowledge”, “highly regarded”) and Frank Wijckmans (“a superb lawyer”, “a wonderful litigator”) are ranked for having “a strong record in high-profile mandates” and for being “very strong in competition litigation”.

21 Apr

Toprankings for contrast

contrast is proud to announce that the contrast Corporate and M&A team continues to be highly recommended by both Chambers & Partners Europe and Legal 500. The team has moved up to band 4 in the Chambers & Partners guide. Also Legal 500 highlights the level of expertise of the Corporate and M&A team recommending both partners Bart Bellen and Herlinde Burez. In addition, Bart Bellen is individually ranked in band 3 and listed as ‘foreign expert for USA’ in Chambers.

The Corporate and M&A team of 11 lawyers and 1 paralegal earns frequent high praise from clients for its approach and quality, which has led to an increase in its ranking this year. Clients like the team’s enthusiasm: “Their passion for the job is remarkable; each team member you meet has the same passion and this, combined with their knowledge of how to do their job, makes it easy and enjoyable to work with them”. Clients enthuse that “they are practical, sharp, fast and to the point” and that “they know our business”.

Read more on our Corporate and M&A team.

20 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. At the EU level, our team is ranked no. 2 of the independent Belgian law firms active in this area. Chambers ranks Frank Wijckmans in band 1 and moves Filip Tuytschaever upward to band 3 (competition/domestic). Both of them are recognized by Legal 500 as being amongst the 10 ‘leading lawyers’ for Belgian competition law. Herlinde Burez (partner) and Sébastien Engelen (senior associate) are also recommended.

This splendid ranking is the result of a true team effort of the 14 lawyers and 2 paralegals which are part of our growing Competition & EU team. A special thanks goes to our referees for quoting our team as being “very business-oriented”, “very strong in competition, especially competition litigation”, and providing “great legal advice and support at a very competitive price”.

Read more on our Competition & EU​ team.

14 Apr

contrast publishes cococo

contrast publishes its first contrast competition codex (cococo). The cococo is a handy compilation of those EU competition law rules which are most relevant for legal practitioners and in-house counsels. It consists of two parts, in total 1094 pages and can be ordered at the sharp price of 116 euro in our contrast bookshop.

31 Mar

Launch of bookshop

contrast is happy to announce the launch of its bookshop, where you can find our collection of books and latest publications. Come and have a look:

29 Mar

M&A Survey Event

On 28 March contrast organized a closed event where the results of the fourth M&A Survey were presented to all participants. The fourth edition of the M&A Survey was based on 300 transactions with a total deal value of 14.7 billion euros and closed in the period 2012-2016. Bart Bellen discussed the main developments since the previous M&A Survey, with the help of an expert panel consisting of Sofie Beernaert (Ackermans & van Haaren), Jos Behiels (ING) and Thierry François (Econopolis / Chairman of Belgian Venture Capital & Private Equity Association). The most significant results of the M&A Survey were validated during the discussion. You can find the pictures here.    

If you are interested in the results of the fourth edition of the M&A Survey, you can send an email to and order a booklet which includes all results. The M&A Survey will also be covered in an article that will be published shortly in Belgium’s leading corporate law review, Tijdschrift voor Rechtspersoon en Vennootschap / Revue pratique des sociétés.

22 Mar

contrast is ranked in Chambers and Partners Global Guide 2017

In this year’s Chambers and Partners Global Guide, contrast’s Competition & EU Law team is ranked in band 5 for European Law and partner Frank Wijckmans in band 4. Our Corporate & Business Law team has moved up to band 4 and partner Bart Bellen is ranked in band 3. Many thanks to our clients and colleagues for their support! Read more here and on the Chambers and Partners website