Loyens & Loeff Belgium top ranked in Chambers Europe 2021
Legal guide Chambers & Partners Europe has published its rankings for 2021. Loyens & Loeff continues its top ranking as leading business law firm.
Ranked departments and lawyers
We would like to share with you that Chambers & Partners Europe Guide 2021 has published its rankings today.
The Chambers Europe Guide ranks lawyers and law firms in 53 jurisdictions across Europe.
Belgium has been ranked in the following practice areas: Banking & Finance, Banking & Finance- Regulatory, Corporate/M&A, Dispute Resolution- Arbitration and Litigation, Employment, Energy, Public Law, Real Estate and Tax
The most notable results in this edition are:
- Christophe Laurent, Hakim Boularbah and Thomas Chellingsworth are Band 1
- Tax and Energy hold their Band 1 position
- Real Estate is now Band 1
What clients and peers say about us
Ariane Brohez: Band 3 in Real Estate
According to one client, Brohez "can get to the real issue of a subject and understands very quickly," which means that she "has a big added value."
Christian Chéruy: Senior Statespeople in Tax
Christian Chéruy is a distinguished practitioner with substantial experience in withholding tax matters. He handles both contentious and non-contentious tax matters and is frequently sought out by clients in the financial services sector.
Christine Delagaye: Associate to watch in Energy
The "very impressive" Christine Delagaye enters the rankings this year on the back of noteworthy activity in the area of wind farm development projects. She also has experience in litigation proceedings concerning energy regulations.
Christophe Laurent: Band 1 in Real Estate
A client describes him as "a strong negotiator who is also practical and open to solutions," going on to add: "He always makes himself available despite often having a lot on the table."
Filip Saelens: Band 4 in Employment
Filip Saelens handles the employment and pension aspects of transactions and post-merger harmonisations. He also advises on health and safety matters, as well as on termination packages. An interviewee reports that he is "user-friendly."
Hakim Boularbah: Band 1 in Dispute Resolution - Litigation
One client enthuses that Boularbah is "the best lawyer I've ever met," adding: "He is fully reliable - when he gives you an opinion, you can be sure this is a bulletproof opinion." Another source notes that Boularbah is "absolutely excellent at dispute resolution."
Jan Missoul: Associate to watch in Banking & Finance
One client notes that Missoul is "very hands-on, a good communicator and has good knowledge." Another client describes him as "helpful, proactive and technically excellent."
Koen Panis: Band 4 in Banking & Finance
Koen Panis is praised by clients for his banking and finance knowledge, with one client commenting that he is also "very pragmatic and commercial." Panis assists with acquisition finance, project finance and refinancing.
Kris de Schutter: Band 3 in Employment
A client enthuses that Kris De Schutter "has a very good legal knowledge combined with economic realism and a good view on trends in courts." He advises clients on restructurings, employee benefits and remuneration matters, and complex individual dismissals.
Marc Vermylen: Band 2 in Banking & Finance and band 3 in Capital markets
A source lauds Marc Vermylen as "number one" for project finance work, while a client reports that he "brings a lot of knowledge and experience to a deal and is a good party to have in your negotiation." As well as advising lenders on project finance, Vermylen also assists with leveraged financing and acquisition financing.
One client praises Vermylen's "deep securitisation knowledge," adding that he is "very commercial and always comes up with solutions to mitigate various legal and structural risks." Another interviewee comments that Vermylen "is great to work with - he is able to clearly explain issues but also present them with solutions to achieve the results clients are looking for."
Natalie Reypens: Band 3 in Tax
Natalie Reypens has notable experience in corporate tax advisory matters, tax audits and tax litigation. She advises on corporate income tax, VAT and transfer pricing matters.
Peter Callens: Band 2 in Dispute Resolution - Arbitration
One market source notes that Callens is "an outstanding figure in arbitration," while another comments: "I think he is very good at pleadings, he is great at advocacy and also he is very practical in the way he deals with things."
Robrecht Coppens: Up and coming in Corporate/M&A
One client praises Coppens for his "no-nonsense and straightforward" approach, adding that he manages to have "a quick comprehension of the problem and an understanding of how to find a practical solution." Another client adds that Coppens is "a great guy to work with."
Thomas Lenné: Band 4 in Corporate/M&A
One client comments: "He is very knowledgeable of his client's needs, with a natural international mindset, which makes him able to anticipate questions and be immediately ready with answers and smart, practical solutions." Another client notes that he is "proactive, business-oriented and very well experienced." He joined Loyens & Loeff in March 2021.
Thomas Chellingsworth: Band 1 in Energy
Clients laud him for being "a very driven lawyer with a lot of useful knowledge, who is straight to the point, analytical, friendly and strategically strong."
Vanessa Marquette: Band 3 in Banking & Finance Regulatory
Vanessa Marquette joined the firm in March 2020. She possesses notable expertise in the financial regulatory sector, including regulatory litigation work. She acts for domestic and international clients and frequently provides assistance with financial services compliance matters.
Valentijn de Boe: Band 4 in Public Law
A client describes him as "the most committed attorney I have had the pleasure to work with," adding that "without his contributions, our commercial success would not have been possible."
Chambers & Partners
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Christian ChéruyAttorney at Law
Christian Chéruy is a member of our International Tax Services Practice Group in Brussels. He is also part of the Belgian Tax Controversy and Litigation Team. Christian is a former local managing partner and non-executive Chairman of the Loyens & Loeff Benelux Board.T: +32 2 743 43 03 E: [email protected]
Christine DelagayeSenior associate Attorney at Law
Christine Delagaye is a member of the Loyens & Loeff Corporate & M&A Practice Group in Belgium and a member of the Energy & Utilities and Competition & Regulatory Teams. She is a senior associate in our office in Brussels.T: +32 2 743 43 61 M: +32 4 76 97 46 41 E: [email protected]
Christophe LaurentPartner Attorney at Law
Christophe Laurent, Partner, heads the Real estate practice group in our Brussels office. He focuses on real estate transactions and taxation. He is also a member of the Investment Management/Funds team.T: +32 2 743 43 05 M: +32 476 39 06 90 E: [email protected]
Filip SaelensPartner Attorney at Law
Filip Saelens, attorney at law, is a local partner of the Employment & Benefits practice group in Belgium. He has over 30 years’ all-round experience in collective and individual employment law, with a particular focus on reorganisations and transformations, executive compensation, international mobility and the employment aspects of, mostly international, M&A-deals.T: +32 2 773 23 29 E: [email protected]
Hakim BoularbahAttorney at Law Partner
Hakim Boularbah, attorney at law, is Partner and heads the Litigation & Risk Management practice group in our Brussels office. He focuses on cross-border litigation and international arbitration. He is also a member of the France Region Team and of the US Region Team.T: +32 2 773 23 50 M: +32 499 51 32 99 E: [email protected]
Koen PanisPartner Attorney at law
Koen Panis is a partner in our Brussels office where he is a member of the Banking & Finance Practice Group, the Energy Team and the Real Estate Team. He specialises in international and local finance transactions.T: +32 2 773 23 90 M: +32 497 53 38 36 E: [email protected]
Kris De SchutterPartner Attorney at law
Kris De Schutter is partner in and chairman of the Employment & Benefits practice group in Belgium. He has over 18 years all-round experience in collective and individual employment law, with a particular focus on transformation, especially from a holistic view linked to alternative (flexible) remuneration, restructurings and change processes.T: +32 2 700 10 13 E: [email protected]
Marc VermylenManaging Partner Belgium Attorney at Law
Marc Vermylen is Managing Partner of Loyens & Loeff Brussels. He is a member of Loyens & Loeff’s Banking & Finance Practice Group and heads the global Projects Team at Loyens & Loeff. He is recognised worldwide as an expert and influential lawyer in banking law and finance law.T: +32 2 743 43 15 M: +32 475 52 31 66 E: [email protected]
Natalie ReypensPartner Attorney at Law
Natalie Reypens is a member of the Loyens & Loeff International Tax Services Practice Group and heads the Belgian Transfer Pricing Team. She is a partner in our Brussels office. She focuses on corporate and international tax law.T: +32 2 743 43 37 E: [email protected]
Peter CallensOf Counsel Attorney at Law
Peter Callens is a member of the Corporate and M&A Practice Group in Belgium. He has extensive experience in national and international corporate transactions and post-transaction dispute resolution and is recognised for his expertise worldwide.T: +32 2 743 43 95 E: [email protected]
Thomas LennéPartner Attorney at Law
Thomas is a partner in the Corporate and M&A Practice Group advising Belgian and international corporate clients, private equity funds and family offices. He is a recognised expert in corporate M&A with 16 years of experience.T: +32 2 700 10 22 M: +32 486 28 96 49 E: [email protected]
Thomas ChellingsworthPartner Attorney at Law
Thomas Chellingsworth is a local partner in our Brussels office. He is recognised as a leading energy law expert, with extensive experience of electricity and gas projects and litigation. He heads our Energy & Utilities and Competition & Regulatory Teams.T: + 32 2 743 43 43 E: [email protected]
Vanessa MarquettePartner Attorney at Law
Vanessa Marquette, attorney at law, is a partner in the Banking and Finance Practice Group of our Brussels office and a member of the firmwide Restructuring & Insolvency team. She is recognized for her expertise in Banking and Finance with a focus on international finance law, regulated financial services, sustainable finance and banking litigation.T: +32 2 773 23 25 E: [email protected]
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