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Europe 2022
Belgium Competition/European Law
4
Band 4

2 Ranked Lawyers

About

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Dechert has maintained a strong presence at the heart of Europe for nearly half a century. We opened an office in Brussels in 1968, becoming one of the first U.S. law firms to establish a base in the European Union’s administrative and regulatory hub.

Our Brussels lawyers are qualified to represent clients before the European Commission and before European and Belgian regulators, authorities and courts. We are also qualified to practice in numerous EU member states.

Clients call on Dechert for advice on all areas of competition law. Our lawyers have an outstanding track record of success in complex merger control cases, multi-jurisdictional cartel and abuse of dominance investigations, business agreements, EU state aid and privatization matters.

Long-term clients value our ability to provide a seamless service across all major jurisdictions around the world and to develop tailor-made, innovative and result-oriented defense strategies—even in the most challenging cases.

We work closely with clients to improve their compliance posture, preparing and presenting tailor-made compliance workshops across a broad range of industries and jurisdictions. The Brussels office further serves as a hub for EU internal market and regulatory work and helps companies meet EU-related regulations.

Chambers Review

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Competition: EU - Belgium
4
Band 4
What the team is known for

Dechert moves up in the rankings this year as a result of consistent praise from clients for its work on diverse, often sophisticated, competition law matters. The firm has experience in EC cartel investigations and in GCEU appeals against adverse decisions. It advises on the filing of complaints with the EC seeking the investigation of anti-competitive practices and assists with third-party interventions in merger investigations. Dechert has also actively contributed to the push to enable competitors to engage in sustainability initiatives without fear of reprisal from competition regulators.

Work Highlights

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  • Defended Crown Holdings in an EC investigation into the metal packaging sector.

Notable Practitioners

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Alec Burnside
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Alec Burnside
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Band 2

Clients value Alec Burnside's "ability to explain complicated matters in layman's terms." Interviewees often emphasise his role providing strategic guidance on complex matters. "He provides high-level analysis and advice on tactics," says one source, while another notes: "He is constantly involved in developing a clear understanding of our business and our aims." Alec Burnside is admitted to practice in Brussels and in the UK, and he earns praise for his experience dealing both with the EC and with the CMA.

Marjolein De Backer
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Marjolein De Backer
Associates to watch

Marjolein De Backer is a key member of Dechert's competition team who earns a considerable volume of client praise for her work on merger clearance and antitrust investigations. "She goes the extra mile in terms of digging into the core of issues. There are things we may not understand or aspects we need to pay attention to, and she is able to pull those out and present them in a way that is actionable," states one source.

Ranked Lawyers at
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Competition: EU

Alec Burnside
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Alec Burnside
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Band 2
Marjolein De Backer
Marjolein De Backer
Associates to watch

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