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Loyens & Loeff Belgium ranked in Chambers & Partners Global Legal Guide 2020

Legal guide Chambers & Partners Global has published its rankings for 2020. Loyens & Loeff is proud of the results and continues its top ranking as leading business law firm.

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Ranked departments and lawyers

We would like to share with you that Chambers & Partners Global Guide 2020 has published its rankings today. The Global Guide ranks lawyers and law firms in the following practice areas: Banking & Finance, Competition, Corporate/M&A and Dispute Resolution.

The most notable results in this edition are: 

  • Hakim Boularbah holds his Band 1 position as notable practitioner in Dispute Resolution
  • Dispute Resolution went up from Band 3 to Band 2
  • Banking & Finance holds its Band 2 position

What clients and peers say about us: 

Hakim Boularbah

Hakim Boularbah is a highly regarded litigator boasting expertise in cross-border class actions and post-M&A disputes. He also offers experience in arbitrations and the enforcement of arbitral awards. According to one commentator, "on a technical level, he is an excellent lawyer and a very good litigator."

Marc Vermylen

Marc Vermylen advises on project finance, acquisition finance and refinancing, in addition to securitisation mandates. Clients recognise him as "pragmatic, efficient and commercially sensible."

Koen Panis

Koen Panis focuses on real estate and project finance matters, as well as assisting with refinancing and acquisition finance. Clients laud the "solution-driven" lawyer for his "very good technical knowledge.”

Peter Callens

Newly appointed chair of the Brussels Bar, Peter Callens advises multinational companies in cross-border acquisitions. He is highlighted by one client for being "very knowledgeable about the whole utility sector in Belgium." Peter Callens is "really a very good, sophisticated, hard-working lawyer," remarks one interviewee. He focuses on international arbitration, particularly in the financial sector.

International & Cross-Border Capabilities

New this year in the Chambers Global Guide 2020, is the section 'International & Cross-Border Capabilities' in which we received the following review:

"What the team is known for: Loyens & Loeff has modelled itself on being a go-to firm for the Benelux region, demonstrating a strong command of Belgian, Dutch and Luxembourgish law across its practices. The Brussels office co-ordinates frequently with hubs in the Netherlands and Luxembourg and collaborates with other teams across its international network of strategically located offices across Europe, Asia and North America. The team has the capacity to handle both outbound and inbound mandates, combining an in-depth knowledge of the local market with extensive global expertise."

"The team offers transactional and contentious capabilities, with particular proficiency in tax, energy, dispute resolution and project finance. These areas drive a large amount of the team's cross-border work, where it represents an impressive array of Belgian and international clients."

"Strengths a client in North America identifies that the team is "experienced and knowledgeable on international structures involving Europe," adding: "I definitely think of them as my firm for European advice.""

"Another source speaks of their experience with the firm on multi-jurisdictional intellectual property cases, commenting: "We chose them because we know their work is of an excellent calibre and trusted that they would be well versed in the area of GDPR too." The client continues: "Loyens & Loeff manages and oversees the litigation in each jurisdiction in a very organised and sensible manner.""

"A further client values the consistency of the firm globally, commenting: "For legal work abroad they have always referred us to a quality legal partner within their network to our satisfaction.""

Rankings for Expertise Based Abroad

Corporate/M&A - Belgium

Xavier Clarebout is based in the Paris office of Loyens & Loeff and is a member of the Bar in both Belgium and France. He regularly advises French clients on the tax aspects of cross-border transactions involving Belgium.

Corporate/M&A - Belgium

Luxembourg-based Guy Palmaers frequently handles complex cross-border restructuring and integration matters involving Belgium and Luxembourg. He is a member of the Bar in both Belgium and Luxembourg.

Chambers & Partners

The Chambers & Partners Global Guide is a leading guide to the legal profession, offering evaluation and rankings based on objective research through interviews with lawyers and their clients.



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