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VBB in Legal 500 EMEA 2024: 27 lawyers & 11 practices recognized

  • 30/03/2024
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Legal 500 EMEA has published the results of its 2024 research of the legal market, with VBB maintaining exceptional rankings.

The firm upholds its Tier 1 position in Customs, Trade, WTO and Anti-Dumping with testimonials praising the team, ‘VBB offers a unique combination of flexibility and unmatched expertise on Trade, WTO and anti-dumping issues. Practice leaders as well as the team provides a top-notch service and advise catering for every need a client or working partners (as Government officials) may require’.  Isabelle Van Damme is newly listed as a Next Generation Partner as well as a Recommended Lawyer, joining Pablo Muñiz and Yuriy Rudyuk. Leading Individual Richard Luff joins stand out lawyers Jean Francois Bellis, Philippe De Baere and Fabrizio Di Gianni.

Sustaining a strong Tier 1 performance is our Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences team with Michael Clancy, Peter L’Ecluse and Catherine Longeval all recognised for their exceptional expertise in the market. Thibaut D’hulst also gains a new mention.

Once again, our Competition: EU and Global team stands out with founding partner Jean-François Bellis remaining in the Hall of Fame, and with Porter Elliott, Andrzej Kmiecik, Andreas Reindl and Johan Van Acker all maintaining individual rankings. Kris Van Hove, Markus Wellinger and Catherine Gordley are also recommended as key lawyers in the practice. Clients call the team ‘excellent specialists’, going on to say ‘A strong independent competitor to the major international practices which is capable of handling both major merger control matters at EU level and is also very experienced on cartels'. Alongside our EU team in Tier 2, our Competition: Belgian Law team also scores highly with Peter L’Ecluse and Kris Van Hove being Recommended, joining Key Lawyers Valérie Lefever and Koen T’Syen.

Notably, VBB’s Corporate, Commercial and M&A team rises to Tier 2 with Recommended names Michel Bonne; Caroline Daout and Hannelore Matthys. Newly elected counsel Virginie Lescot also gains recognition. Testimonials call the team ‘pragmatic and hands-on’ adding how ‘all technical aspects of the transactions have been executed perfectly. Going beyond these technical aspects is where VBB really shines’.

Other key results for our Transactions Team includes new Recommended names for Banking, Finance and Capital markets, with Cedric Hauben and Jorren Garrez joining partner Johan Mouraux.

Our Dispute resolution, Employment and EU Regulatory: Privacy & Data Protection practices also received impressive results with new and maintained rankings for the following lawyers: Catherine Longeval, Vincent Reijns, Sara Beutels, Thibaut D’hulst, Dariusz Kloza and Koen T’Syen. Alongside Thibaut D’hulst and Peter L’Ecluse, Gert-Jan Fraeyman sees his entry into the Intellectual Property Recommended list. The WTO: Switzerland tables now includes Rising Star Tetyana Payosova as a Key Lawyer as well as she joins impressive colleagues Joanna Redelbach and Isabelle Van Damme in the rankings. The team also sees Philippe De Baere honoured in the Hall of Fame.

VBB’s full LEGAL 500 EMEA results are available to view here.

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