On 13 June 2017, Herlinde Burez chaired the annual Conference on Competition Law in the Automotive Sector, a unique event in Europe regarding the latest competition law developments in the automotive sector. On the agenda: access to technical information, digitalisation, connectivity and autonomous drive, the trucks cartel and its private enforcement aftermath, access to aftersales networks, compliance, innovation in merger control and much more. Interested in more information on these topics? You can read our In the Picture on private damages (https://www.contrast-law.be/…/wat-nu-ik-word-gedagvaard-do…/).Seminar
The contrast M&A Survey is published in Belgium’s leading corporate law review, Tijdschrift voor Rechtspersoon en Vennootschap / Revue pratique des sociétés (TRV-RPS nr. 2017/3 van 15 mei 2017). For subscribers, the article is available here.
You can also order a booklet with all the results of the Survey. The fourth M&A Survey concerns the period 2012-2016 and was realized with the support of 74 partners (investment companies, financial service providers and law firms). It covers more than 300 transactions with a total value of almost 15 billion euro.Publication
contrast welcomes Kato Sneyers, Paulien Van de Velde and Marie Beudels as summer trainees in its Competition & EU Law team and Marie De Roeck, Laura Maes and Laura Adriaensens as summer trainees in its Corporate & Business Law team. They will assist contrast lawyers on case work and do research for ongoing publication projects .Students Studentcorner
Are you interested in share purchase agreements? Then we would like to invite you to the seminar ‘Overeenkomst tot overdracht van aandelen: analyse van clausules’, organized by M&D Seminars. During this seminar Bart Bellen, Ine Schockaert and Jesse Docx will discuss a number of clauses which can occur in a classic share purchase agreement. Participants are offered the possibility to buy the book ‘Share Purchase Agreements – 2016’ at a reduced price. You can subscribe here.Seminar
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.Seminar
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.
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.Studentcorner
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”.
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.
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.