Ranked departments and lawyers

We would like to share with you that Chambers & Partners Europe Guide 2020 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, Corporate/M&A, Dispute Resolution, Employment, Energy, Real Estate and Tax.

The most notable results in this edition are:

  • Hakim Boularbah holds his Band 1 position as notable practitioner in Dispute Resolution
  • Dispute Resolution and Employment went up from Band 3 to Band 2
  • Tax and Energy hold their Band 1 position
  • Valentijn De Boe has been ranked as ‘Up and Coming’ in Public law

What clients and peers say about us

Thomas Chellingsworth: Band 1 Energy

Clients highlight his "ability to work within short notice," adding that "the knowledge of the evolution of the regulatory framework that he brings is crucial." He represents clients in judicial reviews regarding network access tariffs, as well as assisting with renewable and green energy mandates.

Christian Chéruy: Senior Statespeople in Tax

He is well respected among interviewees as a highly experienced tax partner and a prominent figure within the firm's market-leading team.

Natalie Reypens: Band 3 in Tax

Clients describe Natalie Reypens as a "strategic thinker" and highlight her "long expertise and strong network."

Kris De Schutter: Band 3 in Employment

He is well regarded by market sources who note his ability to "come out with pragmatic and constructive solutions for clients." Clients describe his key strengths as "quality of work, pragmatic approach, fast service and expertise." His practice encompasses international restructuring, flexible reward plans and dismissals.

Filip Saelens: Band 4 in Employment

One client notes: "He always follows up and is engaged personally. He is a fantastic sparring partner for me, helping me to establish fair but business-oriented solutions in our contracts."

Ariane Brohez: Band 3 in Real Estate (First time ranked)

Clients stress that Ariane Brohez "jumps out of the crowd thanks to huge knowledge on almost every domain of real estate."

Christophe Laurent: Band 2 in Real Estate

Clients regard Christophe Laurent as "one of the best specialists in complex structures for transactions."

Hakim Boularbah: Band 1 in Dispute Resolution

According to one commentator, "on a technical level, he is an excellent lawyer and a very good litigator."

Peter Callens: Band 2 in Dispute Resolution: Arbitration

He is "really a very good, sophisticated, hard-working lawyer," remarks one interviewee.

Marc Vermylen: Band 2 in Banking & Finance

Clients recognise him as "pragmatic, efficient and commercially sensible."

Vanessa Marquette: Band 3 in Banking & Finance: Regulatory

She is touted by sources as a "very skilled lawyer."

Koen Panis: Band 4 in Banking & Finance

Clients laud the "solution-driven" lawyer for his "very good technical knowledge."

Valentijn De Boe: Up and Coming in Public Law

He described by one client as "a very pragmatic and hands-on lawyer with experience in public procurement."

Peter Callens: Band 4 in Corporate/M&A

He is highlighted by one client for being "very knowledgeable about the whole utility sector in Belgium."

Chambers & Partners

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