Competition: Domestic - Belgium
Basic facts about the department
- 11 partners
- 43 other qualified lawyers
What the team is known for Handles some of the most complex transactions, cartels and abuse of dominance cases on the Brussels market. Excellent state aid practice at the Belgian and European levels. Notable experience of behavioural investigations, enforcement actions and follow-on litigation. Adept on cross-border transactions, with sources highlighting the international strength of the team's practitioners.
Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The lawyers really get involved in your particular industry, making it part of their business to know your business. This is a great asset."
"The firm has an excellent global network. We are present in multiple jurisdictions and focused on international issues, and we like the fact that the firm can mirror that."
Work highlights Advised Solvay on a European Court of Justice appeal against the European Commission's decision in the hydrogen peroxide and perborate cartel case.
Assisted Rosneft with the formation of a series of major strategic oil and gas alliances, including with ENI, ExxonMobil and Statoil.
Advised Anheuser-Busch InBev on all non-US competition aspects of its proposed USD20.1 billion acquisition of Grupo Modelo.
John Davies receives effusive praise for his global competition practice. "He is a trusted partner and our business always welcomes his feedback and his authoritative style," states one interviewee. Davies recently advised Anheuser-Busch InBev on all non-US antitrust aspects of its USD20.1 billion acquisition of Grupo Modelo.
Frank Montag is highly rated for his work on significant corporate transactions and investigations. He recently assisted Deutsche Bahn with the international competition aspects of its acquisition of Veolia's central transport business. "He is in the top tier and we would highly recommend him," states a client.
Onno Brouwer works from both the Brussels and Amsterdam offices. In Brussels, he recently assisted Solvay with its appeal against the decision of the European Commission in the hydrogen peroxide cartel case. Sources say "he has the knowledge and a style that really works."
Sources say Laurent Garzaniti has "an excellent understanding of the European environment and a good eye for the national regulations." He covers both Belgian and international competition mandates, and is praised for his business-oriented advice.
Thomas Janssens "stands out for his professionalism and industry knowledge," according to interviewees. He has recently assisted EMI with the sale of its recorded music division to Vivendi and Universal, subject to a Phase II review, as well as advising on the acquisition of its music publishing division by an investor group including Sony.
Andrew Renshaw is described as a knowledgeable and thorough competition lawyer. He has advised Visa on a range of competition and regulatory issues, including proceedings related to interchange fees and debit commitments.
Andreas von Bonin has a broad competition law practice, but is particularly highly regarded for his state aid work. He has recently advised the Hellenic Republic on high-profile matters of late, including the privatisation of OPAP, the state lottery and sports betting organisation, and the country's 12 ports.
David Broomhall was recently appointed co-head of the firm's global competition practice. He has notable energy experience, representing significant clients including Rosneft and ConocoPhillips. "He has an exceptional grasp of the commercial realities," says a source.
Alan Ryan is praised for his expertise and approachable style. He advised UPS on its blocked bid to acquire TNT, and continues to advise on its appeal against the ruling.
Up-and-coming partner Rafique Bachour recently represented Xstrata in its merger with Glencore, leading an international competition and regulatory team. He is commended for his "outstanding work."
Significant clients EMI, UPS, Visa, Xstrata, ConocoPhillips, Rio Tinto Alcan, GM.