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View Building - Rue de l'Industrie, 26-38 - 1040 Bruxelles
Tel. +32 (0)2 231 11 40 / Fax +32 (0)2 231 11 77
E-mail: brussels [at] gide [dot] com

Implanté à Bruxelles en 1967, Gide y compte aujourd’hui cinq associés et comprend des avocats de dix nationalités différentes, ainsi que d'anciens hauts fonctionnaires de la Commission européenne.

Gide Bruxelles dispose d’une connaissance approfondie des procédures d’élaboration et de mise en œuvre des réglementations européennes qui lui permet de représenter avec succès les intérêts de ses clients. Nous sommes spécialisés dans tous les grands secteurs d’activité (transport, énergie, télécommunications, services financiers, médias, agroalimentaire) et principaux domaines d'intervention réglementaire (marchés publics, financements européens, sécurité des produits ou alimentaire, santé, environnement, climat…).

Le cabinet a acquis au fil des ans une expérience considérable et une expertise de haut niveau lui permettant d’apporter des réponses adaptées et innovantes aux problèmes de concurrence rencontrés par ses clients : accords anticoncurrentiels, abus de position dominante, contrôle des concentrations et aides d’Etat. La même exigence de qualité guide le bureau de Bruxelles dans les procédures de droit économique international qui permettent de lutter contre les pratiques déloyales telles que le dumping ou  les subventions publiques.

Gide Bruxelles est également un interlocuteur reconnu des entreprises, institutions et gouvernements concernant les nouveaux sujets de régulation de la mondialisation: marchés publics, services, investissements, obstacles d'ordre réglementaire, contrôle des exportations ou encore protection de la propriété intellectuelle et des secrets d'affaires tant dans le cadre de procédures multilatérales que d'accords bilatéraux.

Notre bureau de Bruxelles travaille étroitement avec le département Droit Economique et Européen du bureau de Paris et en  synergie avec les autres bureaux internationaux du cabinet. Il accompagne ses clients tout au long du processus de création d'élaboration du droit européen, en amont lors des négociations au Parlement européen de plus en plus codécideur, comme devant la Commission européenne ou le Tribunal et la Cour de Justice de l’Union européenne.

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I focuses on complex regulatory advice to international financial services clients, encompassing banking regulations, payment services issues, and most notably ESG and sustainability matters, both pertaining to operational and transactional work. The firm counts among its clients major banks, insurers, fintech providers, and investment funds, and is able to act on EU-wide and a variety of domestic regulatory mandates, including legislative and non-legislative frameworks. Benoît Le Bret  leads the team, offering strong experience in negotiations before and litigation against EU agencies and courts, alongside Romain Rard, promoted to partner in July 2022, and a specialist in financial services regulatory matters for corporates and professional associations as well as financial institutions.

Legal 500 EMEA 2023 - Belgium - EU Regulatory : Financial Services

The team at Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I supports clients with WTO applications alongside lodging complaints regarding unfair practices such as poor enforcement of EU regulation, dumping and subsidised imports. The practice also supports EU businesses with the development of WTO and trade law activities. The practice is jointly headed by Olivier Prost , who has expertise in trade defences, alongside Anna Claudia Coelho Dias who is routinely engaged in customs and export control. A further standout name is Clément Bouvarel, who specialises in international regulatory issues, customs, and WTO law.

Legal 500 EMEA 2023 - Belgium - Customs / Trade / WTO & Anti-Dumping

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I advises an international client base, including major names in telecoms, financial services, and private equity, on a broad range of European competition issues, such as merger approvals, state aid applications, and cartel investigations, as well as offering a standout capability in representing third parties bringing complaints in abuse of dominance proceedings. An extensive Brussels-based team leverages the firm’s global reach in handling cross-border mandates, with key names including Laurent Godfroid, Stéphane Hautbourg, Benoît Le Bret, Ségolène Pelsy, Romain Rard, who was promoted to partner in July 2022, Anna Dias, and Olivier Prost.

Legal 500 EMEA 2023 - Belgium - Competition : EU & Global

Gide Loyrette Nouel regularly advises on merger control issues arising from planned M&A and joint venture transactions. It has further experience in EC abuse of dominance investigations, with a focus on advising complainants and interveners. It is particularly active for TMT, transport, energy and utilities companies and stands out for its focus on French and Polish clients, whom it represents before both national and EU authorities.

Chambers Global 2023 - Belgium - Competition : EU

Gide Loyrette Nouel regularly advises on merger control issues arising from planned M&A and joint venture transactions. It has further experience in EC abuse of dominance investigations, with a focus on advising complainants and interveners. It is particularly active for TMT, transport, energy and utilities companies and stands out for its focus on French and Polish clients, whom it represents before both national and EU authorities.

Chambers Europe 2023 - Competition

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I fields a team comprising experienced trade lawyers, many of whom have held previous senior positions within the EU Commission. The group works acts for a broad cross-section of high-profile Belgian and international entities on a range of EU and WTO proceedings. The practice is noted for its capabilities acting on behalf of EU exporters, lodging complaints against alleged unfair practices and challenging the use of trade defence measures by third countries. The practice is jointly led by Olivier Prost, a highly experienced adviser and litigator in the international trade space, and Anna Dias, a specialist in trade defence instruments and international regulatory frameworks. Clément Bouvarel is similarly noted for his knowledge of EU trade defence instruments and WTO law.

Legal 500 EMEA 2022 - Customs, Trade, WTO & Anti-dumping

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I advises its international client base on the full range of competition issues, encompassing cross-border merger control, state aid issues, cartel cases, and sectoral and behavioural investigations. The team includes a variety of sectoral and jurisdictional expertise, and is headed up by Laurent Godfroid , Stéphane Hautbourg, Benoît Le Bret, Olivier Prost , Ségolène Pelsy and Anna Claudia Coelho Dias.

Legal 500 EMEA 2022 - Competition

Gide Loyrette Nouel advises telecommunications, oil and gas and utilities companies on merger control issues arising from planned corporate transactions. It advises on the need to notify for joint ventures in the defence sector. The firm also acts on state aid matters for clients in the energy sector and in other industries heavily affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. It is particularly active for French and Polish clients before both national and EU authorities.

Chambers Europe & Global 2022 

Clients praise the competition and international trade practice at Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I's 'ability to understand the in-depth dynamics of their needs'. It is often active before the European Commission in anti-dumping, subsidised import and regulation enforcement-related proceedings, and also assists with applying WTO and bilateral free trade agreements for exporting third countries. Trade defence expert Olivier Prost leads the team, and along with Anna Dias – who made partner in January 2020 – both demonstrate 'exceptional knowledge of the sector, unique expertise and overall strong business acumen'.

Legal 500 EMEA 2021

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I's Brussels team, with practitioners of 15 different nationalities, is seen in high-level mandates across all areas of competition law. On the state aid side, it undertakes advisory work and litigation in sectors such as energy, land transport and taxation, among others. Stéphane Hautbourg was part of a cross-office group which advised Europcar Mobility Group on a €307m financing facility that included a €220m loan guaranteed by the French state. Benoît Le Bret is also noted for his state aid expertise, particularly in the context of tax rulings cases. Elsewhere, merger control is another an area of strength, as evidenced by the team's excellent record negotiating EC clearances in complex cross-border transactions. In addition, the firm has been prominent in a number of high-profile and landmark abuse of dominance cases and restrictive practices matters, as well as other antitrust litigation. Laurent Godfroid, Ségolène Pelsy, Olivier Prost and recently promoted partner Anna Dias are also recommended.

Legal 500 EMEA 2021

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Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.
View Building - Rue de l'Industrie, 26-38 - 1040 Bruxelles
Tel. +32 (0)2 231 11 40
Fax +32 (0)2 231 11 77
E-mail: brussels [at] gide [dot] com
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