Loyens & Loeff
Publication date
22-03-2017

Loyens & Loeff Belgium

The following is a sample of recent awards and rankings that we have earned. 

Chambers & Partners Global

Chambers & Partners Global

Loyens & Loeff is a major player in the industry. In the field of Banking & Finance, Loyens & Loeff received a band 2 position. In the category Corporate and M&A, our Belgian office is ranked band 3. As for the Dispute Resolution category, Loyens & Loeff is awarded a band 4 position in Belgium.


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Leading lawyers in band 2: Marc Vermylen (Partner, Banking & Finance).

Leading lawyers in band 3: Peter Callens (Partner, Corporate and M&A, Dispute Resolution) and Martine De Roeck (Partner, Dispute Resolution).

Leading lawyers in band 4: Grégoire Jakhian (Partner, Corporate M&A)

Chambers & Partners Europe

Chambers & Partners Europe

Loyens & Loeff maintains its top ranking position as the leading Benelux law firm, in the Chambers & Partners Europe legal directory 2017.

In the Tax category, our Belgian team maintains its top tier ranking. Chambers remarks: "The lawyers are very knowledgeable and have an economic sense so can give practical advice to high academic standards. Qualified lawyers with in-depth knowledge of customs rules and regulations."

In Energy law, our firm maintains its band 1 position. Chambers remarks: “They are knowledgeable and pragmatic. They have a very strong and reliable office in Belgium."

In the Banking & Finance category, our firm is ranked in band 2. The team is described as "a strong team, which can work closely with colleagues in the Netherlands and act very much as a unit. They will be in the forefront for us in the future."

In the Real Estate category, our firm is ranked in band 2. A client reports that "the legal team provides in-depth legal advice and displays a lot of patience for explaining local market practices."

In the Corporate and M&A category, we are ranked in band 3. Clients say the firm "has delivered quality work under strict deadlines and has been proactive in the project." Clients also enthuse that "their work for us has always been precise, thorough, penetrating and of the highest calibre."

In the Dispute Resolution category, our firm is ranked in band 4. Chambers says: “Active in both domestic and international litigation and arbitration, offering lawyers with litigation experience in various specialisms.”

In the Employment category, our firm is ranked in band 3. Sources at Chambers comment:They are very diplomatic and not aggressive, the advice is very clear," adding: "They consider several scenarios but they identify the one they would choose – so they consider all possibilities and select the most appropriate for us. It's very well thought out." Clients appreciate the firm's service: "We highly appreciate their pragmatic approach on the cases presented to them." Another notes: "Their knowledge on different topics is impressive, and they translate this into pragmatic advice."

In the Intellectual Property category, our firm is ranked in band 4. Interviewees praise the department for its strong reputation in the market. One client says: "They are our first point of call for disputes in Benelux. Their strengths are their people and their experience." Another client confirms: "They are responsive and clearly know the law."

In the TMT: Informational Technology category, our firm is ranked in band 4. Clients appreciate the team's responsiveness, saying: "The people at Loyens & Loeff are very fast at reacting, have a very good knowledge and give very good advice." The same client also highlights the firm's coverage, explaining that they "have a very good network to help them and us, as customers, in specialised domains or countries."

In the Data Protection category, our firm is mentioned as ‘Other Noted Firms’.

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In addition, the Chambers & Partners places great emphasis on the rankings for individual lawyers, including excellent quotes from our clients.

Leading lawyers in band 1: Christian Chéruy (Partner, Tax) and Thomas Chellingsworth (Partner, Energy).

Leading lawyers in band 2: Thierry Charon (Partner, VAT), Yves van Couter (Partner, Intellectual Property), Christophe Laurent (Partner, Real Estate) and Marc Vermylen (Partner, Banking & Finance).

Leading lawyers in band 3: Peter Callens (Partner, Corporate and M&A, Dispute Resolution), Martine De Roeck (Partner, Dispute Resolution), Xavier Clarebout (Partner, Tax) and Enrico Schoonvliet (Partner, Tax).

Leading lawyers in band 4: Grégoire Jakhian (Partner, Corporate M&A), Filip Saelens (Partner, Employment) and France Vlassembrouck (Partner, Public Law).

Stefaan Deckmyn (Partner, Corporate M&A) and Christophe Laurent (Partner, Tax) are recognised practitioners.

Kris De Schutter (Partner, Employment) is recognised as Up and Coming; and Marga Caproni (Counsel, Employment) is mentioned as Associate to watch.

Legal 500

Legal 500

The Legal 500 legal directory is a leading guide to the legal profession, offering evaluations and rankings based on objective research through interviews with lawyers and their clients.

A summary of our rankings in the 2017 edition, is given below.

As in previous years, we achieve the highest ranking in the Tax category. As legal 500 reported: Loyens & Loeff has astrong and responsivetax department.

We are also highly ranked by the Legal 500 and received excellent client feedback or comments:

In the Banking & Finance category, our firm is ranked in tier 2.

In the Corporate M&A category, our firm is ranked in tier 2. As Legal 500 reported: Loyens & Loeff “always goes the extra mile to make a transaction happen.”

In the Dispute Resolution category, our firm is ranked in tier 2. As Legal 500 reported:Vastly experienced in Belgian and cross-border litigation and arbitration.”

In the Labour and Employment category, our firm is ranked in tier 2.

In the Private Equity category, our firm is ranked in tier 1. As Legal 500 reported: Loyens & Loeff’s group has “good business acumen”’ and is “fun to work with.”

In the Real Estate category, our firm is ranked in tier 2. As Legal 500 reported: Loyens & Loeff provides “practical advice” across all areas of real estate.

In the Insolvency and restructuring category, our firm is ranked in tier 3.

In the Intellectual Property category, our firm is ranked in tier 3. As Legal 500 reported: Loyens & Loeff’s IP department has an “excellent” reputation.

In the EU Regulatory: Food category, our firm is ranked in tier 1.

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In the Industry focus: Energy category, our firm is ranked in tier 1. As Legal 500 reported: Loyens & Loeff exhibits “strength in depth.”

In the Industry focus: Food category, our firm is ranked in tier 1. As Legal 500 reported: Loyens & Loeff has “outstanding knowledge of EU regulatory and food law.

In the Industry focus: Healthcare and Life Sciences category, our firm is ranked in tier 2.

In the Industry focus: IT and Telecoms category, our firm is ranked in tier 3. As legal 500 reported: Loyens & Loeff provides advice that is “accurate and to the point.”

In the Industry focus: Retail category, our firm is ranked in tier 1.

Mergermarket

Mergermarket

Loyens & Loeff is ranked no. 2 by deal count in the Mergermarket Benelux M&A League Table for 2015.

This table is based on the number of (announced) transactions in the Benelux during the period from 1 January to 31 December 2015.

International Tax Review (ITR)

ITR

International Tax Review's directory to the leading tax advisory practices, including in law firms, around the world ranked has been ranking the Loyens & Loeff Tax practice in Tier 2 (out of 4) for eight years in a row.

The Transfer Pricing practice was ranked in Tier 2 and practice head Natalie Reypens was mentioned as transfer pricing expert.

Trends Legal Awards

The Loyens & Loeff Tax and Employment Law practices have respectively won the awards for the “Best Tax Law Firm” and the “Best Employment Law Firm” for Belgium.

Rewarding outstanding law firms for their distinctive features and their major achievements in 2015, the Trends Legal Awards represent the ultimate recognition of excellence in the Belgian legal community.