Known as the home to European institutions, Brussels has become central to strategic decision-making for most companies. The Belgian capital is where the new standards and regulations are drafted, where behaviours not abiding by European laws are punished, and where actions are put in place to combat all forms of unfair competition and unjustified obstacles to international trade.
Our Brussels office was set up in 1967. It now comprises four partners, and counts among its ranks lawyers drawn from ten different nationalities as well as former high officials of the European Commission. Gide Brussels has in-depth knowledge of the procedures behind drafting and implementing EU regulations, making it the perfect partner for successfully representing the interests of its clients. Gide Brussels specialises in all major business sectors (transport, energy, telecommunications, financial services, media, agri-food) and main fields of regulatory intervention (public tenders, EU financing, product or foodstuff safety, health, environment, climate etc.).
Over the years, we have acquired considerable experience and significant expertise enabling us to offer tailored and innovative solutions to competition issues encountered by our clients, including anti-competitive agreements, abuse of dominant position, merger control and State aids.
The pursuit of excellence drives Gide Brussels in international economic law proceedings, combating unfair practices such as dumping and public subsidies. Additionally, Gide Brussels is a recognised legal contact for companies, institutions and governments alike on new globalisation regulatory topics, including public tenders, services, investments, regulatory obstacles, export control, intellectual property protection and trade secrets, both in multilateral procedures and bilateral agreements.
Gide Brussels works closely with the European Economic Law department of the Paris office and with the firm’s other international offices, supporting its clients throughout the European law creation process: upstream during negotiations at the European Parliament, which is increasingly involved in decision-making, as well as before the European Commission and the Court of Justice of the European Union.
Highly regarded French firm with an ever-increasing international focus. Acts on the full range of competition, state aid and EU regulatory mandates. Active across a broad range of sectors including technology, transportation and financial services sectors, with recent new clients including Vallourec, Air Liquide and Crédit Agricole. Works closely with the firm's highly regarded Paris office with the two teams combining regularly on pan-European matters for French clients. Clients describe the team as 'technically excellent, very skilful and has an ability to appreciate the broader context.' Another source states that the firm has a 'good team where individuals work well together and are complementary. The relationship with the client is taken very seriously.'
Chambers Europe 2017
Gide Loyrette Nouel’s team ‘thinks outside the box’ across the competition law spectrum. Laurent Godfroid recently acted for Thales as a third party in the merger notification concerning the acquisition of Arianespace by Safran and Airbus. Benoît Le Bret is representing WESTBahn as the complainant in a case involving alleged Article 101 and 102 (cartel and abuse of dominance) breaches by ÖBB, and also as the complainant in a state aid matter involving the same railway operator. Stéphane Hautbourg and Olivier Prost are other names to note.
Legal 500 EMEA 2017