The Chambers Global Legal Guide ranks the top lawyers and law firms across the world based on in-depth research and feedback from clients and peers. We are happy and proud to see the work of our teams being spotlighted in such a well-known ranking.
Ranked lawyers in Belgium:
Sofie Heremans (Banking & Finance) - Up and coming
Sofie Heremans of Fieldfisher enters the rankings following a strong year advising corporate clients on the financing aspects of acquisitions and project developments.
"Sofie is client-oriented and works to find the most pragmatic and workable solutions."
Koen Van den Broeck (Dispute Resolution: Litigation) - Senior Statespeople
Koen Van den Broeck has a stellar reputation for his disputes expertise, offering notable experience in litigation regarding liability claims and corporate disputes.
Maxime Berlingin assists with directors' liability cases, construction disputes and post-M&A issues. He has additional experience in insurance disputes and acts for a wide range of domestic and international clients.
"He is incredibly knowledgeable and always timely to answer queries."
Louis-François du Castillon (Corporate M&A) - Band 5
Louis-François du Castillon enters the rankings due to his impressive practice acting for a range of international clients on Belgian transactions, including the establishment of branches in Belgium and funding rounds. He is particularly experienced acting for clients in the technology sector.
Ranked departments in Belgium:
Dispute Resolution - Band 4 (Notable practitioners: Maxime Berlinguin & Koen Van den Broeck)
Fieldfisher represents clients in a wide range of commercial and corporate disputes in the pharmaceutical, gaming and construction industries. The team assists with cross-border litigation, representing clients in contentious competition investigations, distribution disputes and infrastructure projects. Lawyers at the practice also advise clients from the insurance industry on liability disputes.
"The team are committed, knowledgeable and always on hand when needed."
The team advises on a range of acquisitions, sales and corporate restructuring mandates, coordinating with its international offices to provide coverage on cross-border mandates. Lawyers at the firm frequently act for institutional investors, as well as clients in the pharmaceutical, technology and energy industries.
Laurent Ruessmann (International Trade/WTO) - Band 1
Laurent Ruessmann advises on anti-dumping measures, assisting clients with expiry review investigations and export and sanction controls.
"He is a very pleasant and clear lawyer, and is very responsive in what he does."
Jochen Beck (International Trade/WTO) - Band 3
Jochen Beck acts on trade defence mandates, often on the complainant side. He is additionally active on export control and sanctions matters.
"He has excellent industry knowledge. He really supports the handling and communication of the case."
Ranked departments Europe-wide:
Data protection - Band 3 (Notable practitioner: Olivier Proust)
Fieldfisher has noted practices in Belgium and the UK, advising clients on Binding Corporate Rules, GDPR compliance and privacy impact assessments. It has further notable activity in data breach matters, also assisting with data transfer, cloud computing and privacy policies. The law firm offers expertise across a number of industry sectors, including automotive, technology, medical tech, pharmaceutical and financial services.
"Fieldfisher is great at imparting knowledge on different key areas of data protection law."
International Trade/WTO - Band 3 (Notable practitioners: Laurent Ruessmann & Jochen Beck)
Fieldfisher has a standout presence on the complainant side of EU trade defence investigations. The lawyers assist industry associations and individual producers with the preparation of complaints, subsequent EC investigations and requests for the extension of trade remedies through expiry review procedures. The law firm also has experience acting on the defendant side of investigations brought by foreign trade authorities against EU manufacturers. Fieldfisher offers further expertise in export control and sanctions matters for companies seeking to minimise sanctions enforcement risk.
"They are very hands-on, and not purely theoretical but very practical-oriented. Their approach is to offer the best support and interact with the Commission and client in a very short time."
More details about our rankings: Fieldfisher, Global 2023 | Chambers Profiles
Fieldfisher Belgium is a European law firm offering EU Regulatory, Dispute Resolution, Corporate, Employment, IP, and Privacy counselling and advocacy to its international and Belgian clients.
With more than 60 lawyers, our leading Belgian firm offers high-level professional consultancy, integrating varied professional experience with sector specializations.
Our Brussels-based firm is an exciting and forward-thinking organisation. As part of Fieldfisher, our growing European network has more than 1,700 people working across 25 offices providing highly commercial advice based on an in-depth understanding of our clients' needs.
For more information or any inquiries, please contact one of our lawyers or reach out to: BelgiumCommunications@fieldfisher.com
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