Van Bael & Bellis


Glaverbel Building
Chaussée de la Hulpe 166 Terhulpsesteenweg
B-1170, Brussels

+32 2 647 7350

+32 2 640 6499

Quick facts:

Number of lawyers: 70
Other office: Geneva, Switzerland
Languages: English, Chinese, Dutch, Farsi, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Icelandic, Japanese, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish, Ukrainian

Managing Partners
Jean-François Bellis

Philippe De Baere

Meet the team.

Van Bael & Bellis is a leading independent law firm based in Brussels.

The firm houses one of the largest and most experienced competition partnerships in Brussels, rivaling “the Brussels offices of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in size and quality of work.” (GCR). The firm continues to be involved in many of the most prominent cases in EU competition law, including among others: Halliburton/Baker Hughes, London Stock Exchange/Deutsche Börse, Intel, Airfreight and Lundbeck.

Gaining visibility on both the Belgian and international markets, our corporate M&A practice is recognised as a “rising player in the market” and “an effective corporate firm”. Our expertise includes capital markets work, private M&A, private equity/venture capital work, joint ventures, as well as insolvency and restructuring matters.

Merger control:
Andrzej Kmiecik, Partner

Notable highlights include:

  • London Stock Exchange/Deutsche Börse; Boeing/McDonnell Douglas; Boeing/Hughes; and Canon/IRIS.

Porter Elliott, Partner

Notable highlights include:

  • Halliburton/Baker Hughes; 3M/Scott Safety; Microsoft/Skype; BHP Billiton/Rio Tinto; Motorola/Vertex Standard and Enso/Stora.

Mergers & Acquisitions:
Michel Bonne, Partner

Notable highlights include advising:

  • Axéréal Group in the corporate restructuring and financing of its malt activities; 
  • a leading international Belgium-based renewable energy producer in relation to the proposed merger of two large off-shore wind farms;
  • Intergamma, operating various large Benelux DIY retail chains, in relation to the acquisition of their largest franchisee (and shareholder), one of the largest listed companies in Ireland.

  • Agriculture
  • Automotive
  • Aviation
  • Construction and materials
  • Consumer goods and services
  • Energy
  • Financial services
  • Food and beverage
  • Forestry
  • Healthcare
  • Media
  • Mining
  • Oil and gas
  • Pharma and life sciences
  • Tech and telecoms
  • Utilities

26, boulevard des Philosophes
CH-1205 Geneva

T: +41 22 320 9020
F: +41 22 320 9420