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Europe 2022
Belgium Competition/European Law
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Band 2

10 Ranked Lawyers

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Chambers Review

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Competition: Domestic - Belgium
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Band 2
What the team is known for

Freshfields is held out as a market leader for advice on complex EU competition law issues. Interviewees highlight the law firm's ability to bring together specific sector expertise and a deep understanding of the EC to advise on phase II merger investigations into planned transactions in the insurance brokerage, shipbuilding and financial services sectors. The firm has acted on appeals and subsequent damages claims against merger prohibition decisions made by the EC. It represents defendants in abuse of dominance or cartel investigations initiated by the EU authorities. Key partners have a strong reputation for their handling of contentious state aid mandates, including important cases that relate to the provision of tax breaks to defendant companies. Freshfields also has an important domestic Belgian competition law practice that handles BCA cartel investigations and follow-on damages claims filed in Brussels.

Work Highlights

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  • Acted for Aon on the notification of its planned merger with Willis Towers Watson.

Notable Practitioners

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Frank Montag
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Band 1

Frank Montag has a well-established reputation as a top Brussels-based competition lawyer. He is best known for his merger control work, having handled notable highlight mandates on behalf of manufacturers of cargo-handling machinery and suppliers of life sciences products. Clients highlight the insight that Frank Montag can offer based on his longstanding presence in the market, saying: "I think the relations and connections he has in the Commission is an outstanding strength." He is also German law-qualified.

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Andreas von Bonin
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Band 1

Market commentators note Andreas von Bonin's skilled handling of major state aid litigation on behalf of beneficiary companies. He is held out as a high-profile figure in the state aid space.

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Thomas Janssens
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Band 2

Thomas Janssens heads the Freshfields global antitrust group and is credited with handling several of the firm's most sophisticated EU-level matters, including phase II merger control investigations into planned transactions in the shipbuilding sector. He is also a central figure in the firm's domestic Belgian competition law offering, representing clients in BCA investigations. "He knows the regulators in Belgium well, which means he can provide initial insight into issues," says one client.

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Rafique Bachour
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Band 3

Interviewees value Rafique Bachour's "direct, to the point and no-nonsense" approach to negotiations, adding: "It is very easy to have a merits-based discussion with him." "He understands precisely what his clients want," notes another source, going on to explain: "He's very interested in our business and industry, which means he can be proactive in approaching us when he sees potential issues that will impact the industry." Rafique Bachour defends clients in EU cartel investigations and assists with the notification of global mergers.

Onno Brouwer
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Onno Brouwer
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Band 3

Onno Brouwer is an experienced litigator known for his work on competition law-related CJEU proceedings. He has acted on highlight cases in which companies have successfully appealed EU merger control decisions. He splits his time between the firm's Brussels and Amsterdam offices.

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Laurent Garzaniti
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Band 4

Sources say that Laurent Garzaniti "clearly has many years of experience dealing with the Commission, which comes through in his interactions with us." "He is able to provide really senior-level guidance and practical advice," states one client. Laurent Garzaniti is known for his work on merger notifications, having handled standout recent mandates in the insurance broking sector.

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Sascha Schubert
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Band 4

Sascha Schubert handles behavioural and merger control matters for sophisticated global corporates. His client list includes companies in the IT, shipping and rail sectors. "He has a great legal mind," says one interviewee, explaining: "He is able to narrow down the issues to our best points and build up a fantastic argument."

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Thomas Wessely
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Band 5

Thomas Wessely is notably active in significant cross-border transactions in the telecoms sector. He also attracts attention among market commentators for his work on CJEU appeals of merger decisions. Thomas Wessely is based in Brussels and is also qualified to practise in Germany.

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Tone Oeyen
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Up and Coming

Tone Oeyen enters the rankings based on growing recognition for his handling of EU merger control investigations. He also has experience in GCEU proceedings that seek to balance the scope of EC information requests against individuals' data privacy rights in antitrust investigations. "He understands our industry, gives to-the-point advice and is responsive," states one source, while another reports: "He is clear, precise and very customer-friendly."

Ranked Lawyers at
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Belgium

Competition/European Law: State Aid

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Andreas von Bonin
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Band 1
Competition: Domestic

3
Thomas Janssens
3
Band 3
Competition: EU

1
Frank Montag
1
Band 1
2
Thomas Janssens
2
Band 2
Onno Brouwer
3
Onno Brouwer
3
Band 3
3
Rafique Bachour
3
Band 3
4
Laurent Garzaniti
4
Band 4
4
Sascha Schubert
4
Band 4
5
Thomas Wessely
5
Band 5
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Tone Oeyen
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Up and Coming