Van Bael & Bellis is a leading independent law firm based in Brussels, with a second office in Geneva. Established in 1986, we house a multinational team of lawyers who provide specialised advice to a diverse group of clients ranging from multinational corporations and government bodies to international trade associations and international law firms. We are well known for our client-centred approach and focused expertise in EU and national competition law, EU and international trade and customs law, EU regulatory law, as well as corporate and commercial law.
Since our inception, we have developed a reputation as one of the most skilful teams of lawyers in our areas of expertise. When it comes to our luxury clients, our focus is on protecting your brand and your revenue.
Van Bael & Bellis has a global client base. Our team consists of more than 70 lawyers from over 20 different countries who understand the subtleties of working within multiple jurisdictions and different cultural environments.
Our independent structure has enabled us to develop our firm in the way we believe best serves our clients’ needs. Moreover, our independence allows us to select the ‘best-of-the-best’ law firms anywhere in the world when working on projects involving jurisdictions beyond our in-house expertise.
“Firm of the Year – Europe”
- GCR Awards, 2017
With one of the largest and most experienced competition law practices in Brussels comprised of 12 partners, 6 counsel and 20+ other lawyers specialising in EU competition and antitrust work, our firm is a consistent and formidable presence in many of the field’s most notable and precedent-setting cases, including Halliburton/Baker Hughes, Airfreight, Deutsche Börse/London Stock Exchange, Intel, Lundbeck and others. We pride ourselves on being known in the industry as the ‘go-to’ firm for high-stakes competition matters. But when it comes to our luxury clients, it’s all about the work we do that keeps your brand out of the headlines.
Our expertise is comprehensive and includes merger control, cartel investigations, the establishment and operation of distribution systems, the licensing and use of intellectual property rights, abuses of dominant market positions and state aid.
Trade, Customs & WTO
We have the largest team of specialised trade lawyers in Brussels handling EU and WTO trade law. We also have a robust practice assisting both EU and non-EU exporters involved in trade remedy cases initiated by non-EU countries. With regard to customs law, we have developed a highly specialised practice in representing major multinationals in customs cases taken before the European Courts, the Commission and the WCO, as well as appearances in various national courts. We are also recognised as one of the leading firms worldwide in the area of WTO dispute settlement.
We have developed a strong practice in EU regulatory law, specialising in environmental law, chemicals (REACH), life sciences, data protection law, consumer protection issues, product safety, standards and CE marking as well as energy law. Our expertise includes handling matters before the EU courts and assisting clients with the implementation of the relevant EU laws in all Member States. The firm also monitors and reports on the latest EU legislative and policy developments and works with clients to implement practical strategies and compliance programmes tailored to their needs.
Corporate & Commercial
We advise listed and non-listed multinational corporations, as well as trade associations and large and medium-sized companies and consult on a wide range of relevant topics, regularly handling litigation, regulatory and transactional work. Practice areas include corporate, M&A and finance, commercial law, dispute resolution, intellectual property and unfair market practices.