Antwerp-based European managing partner Jean-Pierre Blumberg is revered by clients and peers alike. "You can discuss deals with him in a pragmatic way and come to solutions - he's more a like business partner than a lawyer," enthuses one client. Recent deals include advising Marc Coucke's companies on the public takeover of Omega Pharma.
Known for his work in both finance and corporate law, the highly respected François De Bauw manages the firm's Brussels office and sits on its international board.
Clients say that Nico Goossens is "someone who can pick up the pieces and bring everyone back to the table again." He recently advised KBC on the sale of its shares in Fidea to J.C. Flowers for EUR243 million.
Practice head Paul Van Hooghten often assists private equity houses such as Gilde, which acquired the Actief group from KBC Private Equity for EUR110 million.
Eric Pottier does complex transactions and litigations for clients such as Ageas, whom he has been helping with legacy issues relating to its cross-exposure to BNP Paribas Fortis. Clients affirm that he is "not only very skilled but accessible, efficient, responsive and extremely results-driven."
Arnaud Coibion enters the rankings on the back of tremendous market feedback. As one source enthuses, "he's very on the ball, pragmatic and considerate. He quickly understands the needs of his clients and finds solutions to suit everyone." Coibion has particular strengh in the energy and utilities sectors, and he is currently advising Fluxys on its joint acquisition alongside Snam of Eni's interests in Interconnector UK and Interconnector Zeebrugge Terminal and Huberator.