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Van Bael & Bellis features prominently in Who’s Who Legal’s 2018 analyses

  • 12/09/2018
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Van Bael & Bellis features prominently in Who’s Who Legal’s 2018 analyses

Van Bael & Bellis lawyers feature prominently in two recent analyses published online by Who’s Who Legal, a leading legal directory.

Van Bael & Bellis partner Johan Van Acker and counsel Katharina Bongs have been recognized in WWL’s Future Leaders in Competition Law 2018, a peer review listing the best competition lawyers worldwide under the age of 45, whom the market identifies as future leaders in competition law. Johan is chosen as one of the six Most Highly Regarded partners in Europe and both he and Katharina also featured as Future Leaders in Competition Law 2017. WWL’s full analysis can be accessed here.

Meanwhile, Van Bael & Bellis partners Fabrizio di Gianni and Richard Luff have been acknowledged by WWL as Thought Leaders – Brexit 2018, and were invited to give their insights into how the Brexit vote is affecting them and the firm as well as their thoughts on how the Brexit process will unfold. Both Q&A sessions for Fabrizio and Richard are now available online.

Seventeen Van Bael & Bellis lawyers are ranked across WWL’s guides for Competition, Trade & Customs, Corporate M&A, Life Sciences and Litigation.

Seven are listed as experts for competition law. In addition to our two Future Leaders in Competition law (Johan and Katharina), three Van Bael & Bellis partners, Jean-François Bellis, David W. Hull and Kris Van Hove, were chosen by WWL in its inaugural edition of Thought Leaders – Competition 2018 from among the world’s foremost experts in competition law. Two further competition experts at Van Bael & Bellis receive high praise from the guide and its sources: Porter Elliott - “a bright partner” with a “great EU Commission network” whose “impressive practice sees him handle matters in industries including telecommunications and aerospace”; while Andrzej Kmiecik is “an outstanding practitioner who boasts a comprehensive practice with clients in industries such as pharmaceuticals and automotives”.  WWL is affiliated with the Global Competition Review, which in April 2017 also honoured Van Bael & Bellis with the award for Competition Law Firm 2017 for Europe. 

All eight partners of Van Bael & Bellis’ trade practice are ranked by WWL. In 2017, the firm’s Co-Managing Partners Jean-François Bellis and Philippe De Baere were chosen by WWL as Thought Leaders – Trade & Customs from among the world’s foremost experts in trade & customs law. Jean-François and Philippe, along with the newly-chosen Thought Leaders – Brexit (Fabrizio and Richard), Benoit Servais, Pablo Muñiz, Yuriy Rudyuk and Clotilde du Parc comprise the team previously described by WWL “as the leading trade and customs offering in Europe, with eight prominent practitioners recognised for their strong expertise in the space” (2017) and “the leading independent firm” for trade and customs matters (2016).

Our Corporate M&A partner, Michel Bonne, “stands out for his superb work on both public and private M&A deals”.

Van Bael & Bellis partner “the ‘outstanding’ Peter L'Ecluse ranks prominently thanks to his leading life sciences practice”. 

Head of Litigation, Van Bael & Bellis partner Catherine Longeval is, according to WWL’s sources, “a really terrific lawyer” who “is well known for her expertise in pharmaceuticals and medical devices”.

The full list of Van Bael & Bellis lawyers ranked by WWL is available here.

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