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Van Bael & Bellis has a strong EU and domestic Belgian competition law offering, with a deep bench of partners based in Brussels. It earns praise for its handling of behavioural and merger control matters that necessitate interaction with the EC or the BCA. The firm has notable experience in the appeal of EC decisions, having acted on significant cases for addressees of EC decisions or third-party interveners operating in the IT, aviation and sports sectors. It assists an impressive list of life sciences or consumer goods companies with questions surrounding pricing of goods or the negotiation of distribution agreements for the sale of products across Europe. Van Bael & Bellis has also secured roles advising notifying parties on phase II EC investigations into planned aviation or shipbuilding sector mergers.
"The lawyers provide practical advice on what is important and what is not," notes one client, adding: "They know the most important thing to focus on, as opposed to scouring the ground for issues."
"Honestly I wish that all my outside counsel was like Van Bael & Bellis," states another source, going on to explain: "The lawyers give answers which are 100% reliable and which give me an understanding of the reasoning behind their response."
Advised Gigaset Communications on its intervention in support of Google in the appeal of the EC's decision on Android.
Jean-François Bellis has a superb reputation for his handling of CJEU litigation on behalf of either intervening third parties or the addressees of EC decisions. "He will handle appeals before the Court of Justice on his own; he is extraordinary," states one market commentator. Jean-François Bellis has an established reputation as one of the top lawyers in Brussels for competition law matters.
Clients highlight David Hull's ability to "identify the risks and potential ways to mitigate those risks in a very analytical way. He knows the law so well that he can analyse the case and quickly give a step-by-step breakdown of the matter." "He has a great ability to provide strategic and business-focused advice," states another client, adding: "He sees the bigger picture of the core commercial priorities and the key risks and is extremely pragmatic in his advice." David Hull is a key contributor to the firm's strong reputation among life sciences companies.
Andrzej Kmiecik is the head of competition at Van Bael & Bellis. He leads merger control mandates, with proven experience in aviation sector transactions that are subject to phase II review by the EC. He also coordinates with colleagues in the firm's UK office on matters that raise competition concerns in the UK and with the EU. Sources say that "he understands the client and their risk appetite, and he finds the right way to give advice with that in mind."
Interviewees report that Peter L'Ecluse has a "pragmatic approach and is very up to date with the case law." Peter L'Ecluse defends telecoms or life sciences clients in BCA behavioural investigations. He has further experience in Belgian follow-on damages cases.
Porter Elliott plays a leading role in several of the firm's most important EU merger control mandates. He has demonstrable experience acting for notifying parties on shipbuilding and aviation sector transactions. He also assists third-party interveners with major merger filings.
Kris Van Hove has a varied practice that ranges from the appeal of EC cartel decisions to advice on third-party interventions in EU merger investigations.
Markus Wellinger advises on specific merger control or behavioural mandates and handles ongoing advisory matters for companies seeking to ensure competition compliance in their horizontal or vertical agreements. "I appreciate his knowledge and know that I can trust his advice," says one client, adding: "We get answers quickly."