Dechert has been representing national and international clients in Brussels, the heart of the European Union, for more than 40 years. Our principally Belgian-qualified lawyers offer quality legal advice to a varied client base that covers foreign and domestic companies, banks, international associations, high-tech businesses and the Belgian Government.
Areas of expertise in Brussels include business and transactional matters, including multinational company formation, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, investment fund formation, regulatory compliance, licensing agreements, corporate finance, tax planning and real estate transactions. Dechert lawyers in Brussels also have capabilities in labor law, trade regulation and unfair trade practices, environmental law, and intellectual property. In addition, the Brussels office also handles both EU and European national antitrust issues in relation to the corporate transactional practice.
Dechert’s corporate and securities lawyers in Brussels are proficient in every area of corporate law from private equity transactions and securities offerings to multi-jurisdictional mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, divestitures and company restructurings. Clients span sectors as varied as entertainment, telecommunications and information technology, pharmaceuticals, automotive and aviation.
EU competition law is a critical component of our Brussels practice and our lawyers regularly advise clients on competition matters ranging from EU merger control, cartel and abuse of dominant position cases, to EU regulation of the telecommunications, energy and postal sectors and state aids investigations. The application of EU competition regulations to specific business transactions and representation of our clients before the EU Commission, along with advice regarding national competition laws, are also areas of expertise.
The office is staffed by both U.S. and European lawyers. All our Belgian lawyers are admitted as barristers (avocats/advocaten) in Belgium and authorized to appear before both Belgian and European Union courts.