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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.
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.
Clemens York von Wartenburg splits his time between the firm's Brussels and Frankfurt offices, and he is qualified to practise in both jurisdictions. He often advises on transactions that require notification to the German competition authorities. Clients say that "he is technically excellent and always provides pragmatic advice."
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.