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Shipping — Belgium


Fransen Luyten - Shipping

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Band 1

第一等

Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers

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.

Strengths Clients highlight the firm's leading practice, with one source reporting: "It is one of the best and most hands-on firms specialised in maritime law in Belgium," adding that it "has a large team of qualified maritime lawyers and it knows how to handle a case under high time pressure."

Work highlights Assisted the owner of 'Al Oraiq' in a dispute pertaining to the collision and sinking of the vessel 'Flinterstar' off the Belgian coast.

Acted for the owners of 'Modern Express' on the salvage of the vessel and its cargo near the Spanish coast.

Significant clients Multraship Salvage, Maersk Line, CMB.

Notable practitioners

Described by one peer as "the éminence grise of maritime law," Wim Fransen is admired for his extensive experience in shipping mandates. He is especially known for his work on vessel collisions, personal injury and cargo claims.

Up-and-comer Vincent Fransen wins plaudits for his deft handling of collisions, asset financing and salvage matters. One client highlights that he is "very practical and able to swiftly and successfully settle contentious matters." Recently he acted for the owner of 'Smit Belgie' in connection with its collision with 'Aeolian Vision' on the river Scheldt.

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Roosendaal Keyzer - Shipping

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Band 1

第一等

Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Luc Keyzer and Frank Roosendaal
- 4 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers

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. Especially known for its work on marine insurance matters.

Notable practitioners

Luc Keyzer is lauded for his depth of knowledge in the areas of maritime and insurance legislation. He is also regularly mandated to assist clients with international trade disputes, insurance and goods storage matters.

Frank Roosendaal is praised for his expertise in contentious shipping work. His practice covers a range of areas including logistics disputes, ship arrests and collisions.

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Ambos NBGO - Shipping

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Band 2

第二等

Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Ingrid Van Clemen and Peter Van de Vijver
- 2 partners
- 2 other qualified lawyers

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

Strengths One impressed client reports: "The firm delivers effective work."

Work highlights Represented the Port Authority of Ghent in various proceedings relating to the grounding of the vessel 'Hestia'.

Recently defended APL and its agent American President Lines before Belgian courts in an approximately EUR250,000 matter concerning the damage of its cargo.

Significant clients Havenbedrijf Gent, EuroChem, Post NL, Euro-Silo, DFDS Seaways.

Notable practitioners

Head of the Antwerp practice Ingrid Van Clemen is a respected practitioner with a focus on contentious maritime mandates. In a recent matter, she acted for DUPI on a litigation against the shipowner of 'Kowa Shipping' and subcontractor Huyndai relating to a claim for damages for cargo on board the 'Duncan Bay'.

Peter Van de Vijver heads the Ghent and Zeebrugge offices and is singled out by clients as a lawyer with "a lot of experience in maritime law" and "an eye for detail." He is instructed by domestic and international clients looking for advice on contentious and advisory shipping and port-related matters. Recently he advised De Eendracht on its contract with Belswiss Logistics in relation to the client's acquisition of a ship.

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Kegels & Co - Shipping

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Band 2

第二等

Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

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.

Notable practitioners

Market stalwart Tony Kegels enjoys an excellent reputation for his work and is singled out especially for his handling of contentious matters.

Andre Kegels is well known among peers for his maritime expertise, and is highlighted for his depth of knowledge, having practised in this area for over 30 years.

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Allen & Overy LLP - Shipping

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Band 3

第三等

Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Werner Eyskens and Filip Tanghe

What the team is known for Well-regarded full-service firm with expertise across maritime and transport mandates, focusing particularly on litigation, arbitration and financing. Draws on its international network to assist its renowned domestic and international clients with shipping matters and PFI/PPP projects.

Work highlights Assisted GeoSea with establishing a CNY150 million joint venture with Cosco, a notable shipping company listed on the Shanghai stock exchange.

Advised ING on a USD700 million loan facility provided to OW Bunker & Trading, following the OWB bankruptcy.

Significant clients Jan De Nul Group, KBC Bank, Commerzbank, Coöperatieve Centrale Raiffeisen-Boerenleenbank, Dredging International.

Notable practitioners

Werner Eyskens and Filip Tanghe are the key contacts in the shipping department.

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Astrea - Shipping

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Band 3

第三等

Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Marc Van Looveren
- 2 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers

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.

Strengths Clients appreciate the team's problem-solving approach. One client notes: "They think of solutions that involve a lot of work for them, but because of their dedication to the case, they do it with great pleasure."

Another client reports: "Astrea are responsive to our needs and provide clear legal advice with a commercial and practical focus."

Work highlights Defended Heros Slusikil against a cargo claim brought by its buyer involving penalties of over EUR15 million.

Advised wood importer Lempan regarding the arrest of eight of its containers following the bankruptcy of the client's intermediary importer.

Significant clients Topoil, Heros Sluiskil, UK Club, Spliethof, Cargill.

Notable practitioners

The main contact for clients is Marc Van Looveren.

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Marcon & Rubens - Shipping

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Band 3

第三等

Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

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

Notable practitioners

Peter Marcon is recognised as an expert in shipping mandates related to collision and damage of vessels and cargos. His other areas of specialism include customs disputes.

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Stibbe - Shipping

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Band 3

第三等

Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

What the team is known for Full-service Benelux firm held in high regard by peers for its work in the shipping sector. Maintains a focus on port-related mandates and regulatory work. Works closely with colleagues in the finance, public law and environment team among others.

Strengths Sources report: "They are a very well-known full-service firm located in Brussels and they do corporate work in the maritime sector."

Notable practitioners

Frederik Vandendriessche is the key contact at the department.

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Van Doosselaere Advocaten - Shipping

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Band 3

第三等

Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

What the team is known for Demonstrates expertise across a variety of maritime work including customs, excise and damages claims. Clients also draw upon the firm's expertise in the areas of insurance, real estate and commercial law.

Strengths Peers confirm that the firm is "a well-established transport law firm here in Antwerp."

Notable practitioners

Guy Van Doosselaere is held in high esteem by market commentators as "a senior statesman" with impressive expertise in handling maritime and transport matters.

Sources confirm that Adry Poelmans maintains a respected name in the maritime and transportation space and "does a lot of work for forwarding companies."

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Senior Statesmen

Kegels & Co

From the Chambers Europe guide

Market stalwart Tony Kegels enjoys an excellent reputation for his work and is singled out especially for his handling of contentious matters.

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Gérard & Associés

From the Chambers Europe guide

Jacques Libouton of Gérard & Associés is held in high regard for his depth of knowledge regarding maritime transport and insurance legislation.

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Senior Statesmen

Guy Van Doosselaere

Van Doosselaere Advocaten

From the Chambers Europe guide

Guy Van Doosselaere is held in high esteem by market commentators as "a senior statesman" with impressive expertise in handling maritime and transport matters.

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Band 1

Fransen Luyten

From the Chambers Europe guide

Described by one peer as "the éminence grise of maritime law," Wim Fransen is admired for his extensive experience in shipping mandates. He is especially known for his work on vessel collisions, personal injury and cargo claims.

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Band 1

Roosendaal Keyzer

From the Chambers Europe guide

Luc Keyzer is lauded for his depth of knowledge in the areas of maritime and insurance legislation. He is also regularly mandated to assist clients with international trade disputes, insurance and goods storage matters.

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Band 2

Kegels & Co

From the Chambers Europe guide

Andre Kegels is well known among peers for his maritime expertise, and is highlighted for his depth of knowledge, having practised in this area for over 30 years.

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Band 2

Van Doosselaere Advocaten

From the Chambers Europe guide

Sources confirm that Adry Poelmans maintains a respected name in the maritime and transportation space and "does a lot of work for forwarding companies."

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Band 2

Roosendaal Keyzer

From the Chambers Europe guide

Frank Roosendaal is praised for his expertise in contentious shipping work. His practice covers a range of areas including logistics disputes, ship arrests and collisions.

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Band 2

Ingrid Van Clemen

Ambos NBGO

From the Chambers Europe guide

Head of the Antwerp practice Ingrid Van Clemen is a respected practitioner with a focus on contentious maritime mandates. In a recent matter, she acted for DUPI on a litigation against the shipowner of 'Kowa Shipping' and subcontractor Huyndai relating to a claim for damages for cargo on board the 'Duncan Bay'.

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Band 3

Marcon & Rubens

From the Chambers Europe guide

Peter Marcon is recognised as an expert in shipping mandates related to collision and damage of vessels and cargos. His other areas of specialism include customs disputes.

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Band 3

Peter Van de Vijver

Ambos NBGO

From the Chambers Europe guide

Peter Van de Vijver heads the Ghent and Zeebrugge offices and is singled out by clients as a lawyer with "a lot of experience in maritime law" and "an eye for detail." He is instructed by domestic and international clients looking for advice on contentious and advisory shipping and port-related matters. Recently he advised De Eendracht on its contract with Belswiss Logistics in relation to the client's acquisition of a ship.

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Band 3

Eric Van Hooydonk

Eric Van Hooydonk Lawyers

From the Chambers Europe guide

Eric Van Hooydonk of Eric Van Hooydonk Lawyers is a highly experienced practitioner who is described as "extremely bright" and "hard-working" by peers. He handles both contentious and non-contentious shipping work and is also known for his work on the Belgian maritime code. 

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Up and Coming

Fransen Luyten

From the Chambers Europe guide

Up-and-comer Vincent Fransen wins plaudits for his deft handling of collisions, asset financing and salvage matters. One client highlights that he is "very practical and able to swiftly and successfully settle contentious matters." Recently he acted for the owner of 'Smit Belgie' in connection with its collision with 'Aeolian Vision' on the river Scheldt.

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