Racine Brussels is proud to again be recommended as a leading firm in the following practice areas in this year’s Legal 500 EMEA guide:
This is what Legal 500 says about us in their 2021 guide:
Corporate, Commercial and M&A
Anthony Van der Hauwaert heads up the corporate and transactional team, while retail sector expert Stijn Claeys leads the commercial group.
The firm advises publicly listed and private companies on a wide range of transactional and advisory matters, including domestic and cross-border M&A, group restructurings, share capital transactions, shareholder agreements, corporate governance and director liability.
Commercial work includes advice on franchising, advertising, supply agreements and consumer protection. Claeys has particular expertise in distribution law issues.
‘Hands-on team with smooth negotiators.‘
‘Stijn Claeys is partner at the commercial department. His strength is that he thinks along with the client, he understands the business very quickly, goes straight to the core of the problem, does not turn around the issue, tries to find practical solutions with ear for commercial arguments (if any), but he does not avoid tricky discussions and he is witty.‘
‘Always accessible, they think also out of the box, ready to go with you until the end of the process (dedicated).‘
‘I work with Anthony Van der Hauwaert. He is very knowledgeable and friendly. He understands the need very quickly and responds to it very well and quickly.‘
‘Stijn Vanschoubroek was our single point of contact, coordinating from his side with his colleagues internally. It sounds easy, but to keep communication clear & transparent seems to be a big issue in more complex situations for many companies.‘
‘The team is very professional and discrete. Always available for helping you out.‘
‘Pragmatic, cost-efficient and client-focused approach.‘
‘Racine has a great corporate team with lots of international experience and credentials. They understand complex global deals and work smoothly together with other lawyers from other jurisdictions.‘
Insolvency and Restructuring
At Racine, the focus is primarily on insolvency and restructuring-related litigation, with practice co-heads Joan Dubaere and Stijn Vanschoubroek often appointed as trustees and liquidators in various domestic proceedings. The team’s client roster includes both debtors and lenders, and it has a further ability to handle distressed M&A-related matters.
Counsel Rubben Lindemans is another key name; he specialises in reorganisation proceedings and enforcement. Rubben has been recommended as a “rising star” in Insolvency and Restructuring.