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Shipping — Belgium


Fransen Luyten - Shipping Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Traditional maritime boutique that provides high-quality advice on shipping litigation and arbitration as well as personal injury matters. Expertise covers collisions, cargo claims and salvage. Acts for notable foreign and local entities, including both owners and underwriters. Additional experience assisting leading Belgian banks with the Belgian aspects of cross-border ship and aircraft finance deals.

Strengths Sources describe Fransen Luyten as an "outstanding" maritime firm that is "very efficient, cost-effective and able to provide good tactical advice."

Others appreciate that the team is "fully aware of transport law in Belgium as well as international conventions and treaties." The same source adds: "They offer quality from a legal perspective and also provide confidence in court."

Work highlights Assisted Skuld with claims following a fire on board the car carrier 'Silver Sky'.

Acted for Multraship and Kotug Smit on the grounding and salvage of the container carrier 'CSCL Jupiter'.

Notable practitioners

Wim Fransen is reputed for his advice on injury claims and shipping seizures. He is described as an excellent lawyer who is "creative and good under pressure."

Vincent Fransen is widely regarded as "one of the top lawyers in Belgium for collision matters," recently assisting Wagenborg Shipping with the collision between 'EM KEA' and 'Rijnborg'. He is also praised for his expertise relating to ship financing and his practical and comprehensive understanding of the maritime sector.

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Roosendaal Keyzer - Shipping Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Market-leading Antwerp-based maritime specialist. Known for the calibre of its contentious shipping work, handling a broad range of litigation and arbitration in the sector. Also known for its work on marine insurance matters and CMR claims.

Strengths Sources confirm the firm's "outstanding" reputation for maritime disputes.

Notable practitioners

Sources regard Luc Keyzer as a "leading maritime lawyer." He handles all aspects of shipping law, including cargo claims, collisions and ship arrests, and is a key name in Antwerp.

Frank Roosendaal handles a wide array of contentious shipping matters including collisions, cargo claims and arbitration.

Jorne Adriaensens is focused on cargo claims, ship arrests and storage and goods handling. He is praised for his litigation skills and is described as a "driving force" at the firm.

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Ambos NBGO - Shipping Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Full-service firm advising on traditional shipping matters as well as related corporate, environmental, public and employment mandates. Clients includes P&I clubs, port authorities, shipowners, pilot services and logistics companies, recently adding Ter Beke and Steder Group to its client roster. Clients benefit from the firm's network of offices across the port cities of Antwerp, Zeebrugge and Ghent.

Strengths According to clients, the lawyers "offer guidance and strategy within a clear legal framework and provide advice in clear language."

Others appreciate the department's "good knowledge of liability and maritime law."

Work highlights Advised DUPI on litigation where the insurer represented China Shipping Agency Belgium against the Zeebrugge fire brigade.

Assisted EuroChem with negotiating logistics and storage contracts as well as insurance matters.

Notable practitioners

Ingrid Van Clemen heads the firm's Antwerp shipping practice. Acknowledged for her expertise in cargo claims, she handles a variety of contentious maritime matters. She recently assisted DUPI, representing Azburg Shipping Company, with regaining property rights following the arrest of the company's flagship vessel.

Peter Van de Vijver advises on port contractual work and also regularly handles offshore logistics and transport contracts. Clients say he is "very good in defining a legal strategy and anticipating what other parties will do." He defended CBM in a major personal injury claim after a mobile crane hit a ship crane on board the 'Wilson Dunkirk'.

Philippe Van Dijck is valued by clients for his "good knowledge of liability" in the shipping sector. He handles transport law and commercial matters for both Belgian and international clients.

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Kegels & Co - Shipping Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Renowned boutique offering an impressive skill set in traditional maritime work. Routinely represents significant clients in contentious issues such as customs, salvage and ship arrests. Clients include major P&I clubs and trading companies.

Strengths Sources praise the team's tendency to "promptly address the issues the way the client wants."

Notable practitioners

Andre Kegels is vastly experienced in the Antwerp maritime market, advising on a wide range of shipping matters. Sources say: "He knows what he is doing and is strong when it comes to strategy."

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Astrea - Shipping Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Respected shipping practice covering an array of contentious matters. Areas of focus span from ship arrests and cargo claims through to collisions. Clients include Belgian and international maritime and transport companies, both owners and intermediaries. New clients include Janssen Air & Ocean and Marincon.

Strengths Clients say: "They deliver a well-structured legal analysis and propose all scenarios, including pros and cons."

Sources also value the team's "highly efficient and straightforward" approach.

Work highlights Assisted the Federal Public Service Transport & Mobility with a dispute in connection with the collision between 'Flinterstar' and 'Al Oraiq'.

Notable practitioners

Marc Van Looveren offers "speedy, accurate, reliable and detailed advice coupled with a strong business acumen," according to clients. Also praised for his comprehensive understanding of shipping law in an international context, he handles all angles of Belgian shipping law including ship arrests and cargo claims.

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Marcon & Rubens - Shipping Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for An accomplished team based in Antwerp that handles a wide range of transport, haulage and maritime mandates. Regularly advises clients on customs litigation and ship arrests as well as insurance issues.

Strengths Marcon & Rubens are "experts in collisions and cargo claims," according to sources, who also laud the firm's expertise in maritime customs matters.

Notable practitioners

Peter Marcon is "very reliable and to-the-point" and is praised for his "quality, responsiveness and know-how." His expertise encompasses collision, damages claims and customs matters.

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Van Doosselaere Advocaten - Shipping Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Demonstrates expertise across a variety of maritime work including customs, excise and damages claims. Handles shipping disputes and arbitration. Additional expertise in the areas of insurance, real estate and commercial law.

Strengths Sources note that "it is an established shipping law firm."

Notable practitioners

Guy Van Doosselaere is described as a "very bright lawyer" and praised for his mediation and arbitration skills.

Adry Poelmans is a respected shipping lawyer with a notable focus on freight forwarding matters. Sources describe Poelmans as "an extremely hard worker and very intelligent man."

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Senior Statesperson

Guy Van Doosselaere

Van Doosselaere Advocaten

From the Chambers Europe guide

Guy Van Doosselaere is described as a "very bright lawyer" and praised for his mediation and arbitration skills.

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Band 1

Fransen Luyten

From the Chambers Europe guide

Wim Fransen is reputed for his advice on injury claims and shipping seizures. He is described as an excellent lawyer who is "creative and good under pressure."

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Band 1

Roosendaal Keyzer

From the Chambers Europe guide

Sources regard Luc Keyzer as a "leading maritime lawyer." He handles all aspects of shipping law, including cargo claims, collisions and ship arrests, and is a key name in Antwerp.

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Band 2

Kegels & Co

From the Chambers Europe guide

Andre Kegels is vastly experienced in the Antwerp maritime market, advising on a wide range of shipping matters. Sources say: "He knows what he is doing and is strong when it comes to strategy."

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Band 2

Van Doosselaere Advocaten

From the Chambers Europe guide

Adry Poelmans is a respected shipping lawyer with a notable focus on freight forwarding matters. Sources describe Poelmans as "an extremely hard worker and very intelligent man."

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Band 3

Fransen Luyten

From the Chambers Europe guide

Vincent Fransen is widely regarded as "one of the top lawyers in Belgium for collision matters," recently assisting Wagenborg Shipping with the collision between 'EM KEA' and 'Rijnborg'. He is also praised for his expertise relating to ship financing and his practical and comprehensive understanding of the maritime sector.

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Band 3

Marcon & Rubens

From the Chambers Europe guide

Peter Marcon is "very reliable and to-the-point" and is praised for his "quality, responsiveness and know-how." His expertise encompasses collision, damages claims and customs matters. 

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Band 3

Roosendaal Keyzer

From the Chambers Europe guide

Frank Roosendaal handles a wide array of contentious shipping matters including collisions, cargo claims and arbitration.

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Band 3

Van Aerde & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Recommended as "the very best in the fishing industry," Clive Van Aerde of Van Aerde & Partners is described as "very hard-working, amicable and friendly." He handles ship arrests, cargo claims and infringements of fishing regulations.

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Band 3

Ingrid Van Clemen

Ambos NBGO

From the Chambers Europe guide

Ingrid Van Clemen heads the firm's Antwerp shipping practice. Acknowledged for her expertise in cargo claims, she handles a variety of contentious maritime matters. She recently assisted DUPI, representing Azburg Shipping Company, with regaining property rights following the arrest of the company's flagship vessel.

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Band 3

Peter Van de Vijver

Ambos NBGO

From the Chambers Europe guide

Peter Van de Vijver advises on port contractual work and also regularly handles offshore logistics and transport contracts. Clients say he is "very good in defining a legal strategy and anticipating what other parties will do." He defended CBM in a major personal injury claim after a mobile crane hit a ship crane on board the 'Wilson Dunkirk'.

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Band 3

Marc Van Looveren

Astrea

From the Chambers Europe guide

Marc Van Looveren offers "speedy, accurate, reliable and detailed advice coupled with a strong business acumen," according to clients. Also praised for his comprehensive understanding of shipping law in an international context, he handles all angles of Belgian shipping law including ship arrests and cargo claims.

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Up and Coming

Jorne Adriaensens

Roosendaal Keyzer

From the Chambers Europe guide

Jorne Adriaensens is focused on cargo claims, ship arrests and storage and goods handling. He is praised for his litigation skills and is described as a "driving force" at the firm.

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Associates to watch

Philippe Van Dijck

Ambos NBGO

From the Chambers Europe guide

Philippe Van Dijck is valued by clients for his "good knowledge of liability" in the shipping sector. He handles transport law and commercial matters for both Belgian and international clients.

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