Offices

Brussels

Bastion Tower, Place du Champ de Mars / Marsveldplein 5
BE 1050 Brussels, Belgium  Map
+32 2 285 49 00 (t)
+32 2 285 49 49 (f)

WilmerHale's Brussels office opened in 1990 in anticipation of the impact of the European single market. The office has contributed to WilmerHale's leading reputation in Europe and has gained widespread recognition as one of Brussels' top-tier EU, international trade and competition law practices. We advise prominent multinationals as well as nationally-based clients on high-profile matters in EU law and regulation, including legislative advocacy, in both established and new market sectors.

Part of the reason for the success of the office has been its unique development. Our Brussels office is neither an outpost of US lawyers temporarily stationed in Belgium, nor is it simply a wholesale acquisition of a local firm. Instead, WilmerHale has established its Brussels office through careful growth of an exceptional group of lawyers from across Europe and North America. True to the firm's reputation for expertise in regulatory and government affairs, we maintain close and trusted relationships with the European Commission and with the other European institutions. Senior practitioners with WilmerHale's Brussels office have served in high-level positions with the EU.

Lawyers resident in Brussels are qualified in major European jurisdictions as well as the United States. The breadth of continental European and common law legal traditions represented gives WilmerHale in Brussels a pronounced pan-European and transatlantic orientation that is reflected both in the work and the culture of the office.

The Brussels office is especially known for its outstanding reputation in all areas of EU competition law, including major mergers, cartel investigations, Article 102 (abuse of monopoly power) investigations, counseling and related litigation. Our competition work encompasses a wide range of EU, national and international competition issues. We have worked on matters originating from around the globe and in conjunction with lawyers from our Berlin, Frankfurt, London, Boston, Washington DC, New York and Palo Alto offices. We also maintain a leading practice in international trade, including trade remedies and WTO work, in conjunction with our colleagues in our Washington DC office.

Lawyers in the Brussels office are part of the firm's European Regulatory Group, which includes more than 50 specialists in key EU regulatory areas including Aviation and Logistics; Communications; Data Protection and Information Security; Energy and Climate Change; Environment, Waste and Chemicals; Financial Services; Food, Nutrition and Cosmetics; Life Sciences and Healthcare; Public Procurement and Government Contracts; and State Aid. The composition of the group allows us to service our European-based and international clients with equal ease.

In addition, we advise and assist US, UK, European and Asian multinational companies and/or their Belgian subsidiaries in respect of their corporate and business transactions in Belgium. We have regular experience of coordinating cross-border work for Benelux and Europe-wide projects. Our corporate, corporate restructuring and mergers and acquisitions practice includes experience in a wide range of sectors ranging from consumer goods, consulting services, construction and chemicals, to regulated industries such as financial services and telecommunications.

Our areas of focus include:

Competition Law:

  • Abuse of dominance cases
  • Cartel investigations
  • Horizontal and vertical commercial agreements
  • Merger control and worldwide merger filings
  • State aid

International Trade and WTO Law:

  • Trade remedies (antidumping, subsidies)
  • WTO law
  • Market access

EU Regulatory:

  • Aviation and Logistics
  • IT and Communications
  • Data Protection and Information Security
  • Energy and Climate Change (including REMIT)
  • Environment, Waste and Chemicals
  • Financial Services
  • Food, Nutrition and Cosmetics
  • Life Sciences and Healthcare
  • Public Procurement and Government Contracts

Transactional:

  • Corporate and Business Transactions

Our Brussels lawyers work with highly qualified and experienced professional support staff of several nationalities, further enhancing the diversity of the office.

Louis, Frédéric

Frédéric Louis

Partner

+32 2 285 49 53 (t)

frederic.louis@wilmerhale.com

Mueller, Thomas

Thomas Mueller

Partner

+1 202 663 6766 (t)

thomas.mueller@wilmerhale.com

Ratliff, John

John Ratliff

Partner

+32 2 285 49 08 (t)

john.ratliff@wilmerhale.com

De Paepe, Frank

Frank De Paepe

Of Counsel

+32 2 285 49 30 (t)

frank.depaepe@wilmerhale.com

Gey LL.M., Peter

Dr. Peter Gey, LL.M.

Special Counsel

+49 69 27 10 78 204 (t)

peter.gey@wilmerhale.com

O'Daly, Cormac

Cormac O'Daly

Special Counsel

+44 (0)20 7872 1534 (t)

cormac.o'daly@wilmerhale.com

Publications & News

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October 27, 2017

WilmerHale Ranks No. 1 on Global Investigations Review's List of Top Investigations Practices

WilmerHale has climbed to the top of Global Investigations Review's list of the world's 30 leading investigations and compliance practices.

July 10, 2017

The European Commission's E-Commerce Report: Practical Lessons

For the last two years, the European Commission (“EC”) has been carrying out a Sector Inquiry into e-commerce of consumer goods and digital content in the EU. As part of this, the EC has sent companies many questionnaires and, in response, received some 9,000 sales, distribution and licensing agreements.

April 11, 2017

Chambers Europe 2017 Recognizes WilmerHale Lawyers and Practices

Twelve WilmerHale lawyers and five firm practices have been recognized in the 2017 edition of Chambers Europe: Leading Lawyers for Business.

March 21, 2017

WilmerHale Recognized for Outstanding International Lawyers and Practices in Chambers Global 2017

Chambers Global has named 27 WilmerHale lawyers among "The World's Leading Lawyers for Business" in its 2017 edition.

March 1, 2017

Selected 2017 Venture Financings As Company Counsel

In 2016, we served as counsel in approximately 250 venture financings raising nearly $3 billion, including some of the largest and most prominent deals of the year.

February 16, 2017

Unilateral conduct in the energy sector: An overview of EU and national case law

An article by John Ratliff and Roberto Grasso, published in e-Competitions' Antitrust Case Law Bulletin, Energy & Dominance Special Issue, provides an overview of the practice of the European Commission and European national competition authorities as regards unilateral conduct in the energy sector.

February 13, 2017

WilmerHale 2016 in Review

As we look back on 2016, we thank you for another successful year in which we were privileged to represent an extraordinary lineup of innovators, institutions and industry leaders.

November 30, 2016

The UK Decides to Ratify the UPC Agreement: The UPC and Unitary Patent to Proceed in 2017

Despite the Brexit vote, the UK has decided to ratify the UPC Agreement, and the UPC will now proceed in 2017. The opt-out sunrise period will likely commence in spring or summer 2017.

November 22, 2016

Brexit: Implications for State Aid/Control of Subsidies

A future Brexit is likely to have significant potential impact on the monitoring and control of subsidies or other forms of aid granted by the UK and/or the remaining EU-27 to individual companies or entire sectors of industry, or to promote specific policies.

October 20, 2016

Energy Sector Alert Series: Brexit and Energy—Leaving the EU While Staying Connected

It is still not clear what position the UK will take in negotiations on leaving the EU and what the remaining EU-27 countries will accept.

  • Chambers & Partners – The firm is consistently and prominently ranked in Chambers' guidebooks to the legal profession, which include significant accolades in the Asia, Europe, Global, USA and UK editions
  • Chambers Europe – The firm is recognized for its exceptional Competition/European Law practice in Belgium.
  • GCR 100 and GCR Global Elite  – The firm is consistently ranked in the "Top 20 GCR Global Elite," and has maintained a "highly recommended" ranking in GCR 100's Brussels category. In 2016, we were ranked ninth in the Global Elite survey. GCR said: “The talented transatlantic group at WilmerHale climbed in our rankings more than any firm in the Global Elite. The firm's climb into the top 10 came on the back of its robust private litigation practice that spans jurisdictions, and it's increasing profile in the cartel defence world, where it takes on some of the most complex and contentious work anywhere in the world.”
  • The Lawyer - WilmerHale is ranked among the top 10 litigation practices in the world in the list of the Global Litigation Top 50.