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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22 Dec 2017

Breth Hermans and Bart Bellen gave an introductory course at the UCLL

On 21 December 2017 Breth Hermans and Bart Bellen gave an introductory course on M&A at the UCLL in Leuven. The students were introduced in the process, basic steps and main legal challenges of a typical M&A process, illustrated by the results of the M&A Survey. If you are interested in a position at contrast as paralegal or know anyone that may be interested, please visit us at our website.

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