Cleary Gottlieb’s commitment to its practice in Belgium began over half a century ago, long before almost all of our peer firms and international competitors. By paying close attention to our clients’ business and legal needs and by growing our office in line with those needs, the approximately 70 lawyers in our Brussels office have, alongside our leading EU competition practice, built depth of expertise in all aspects of Belgian business law, including corporate, capital markets, private equity, financial, commercial, labor, tax and administrative law. We offer clients thorough knowledge of local law as well as practical expertise in applying those laws within the wider, multi-jurisdictional context.

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What Others Say About Our Practice
Top Two Elite Competition Firm 
Global Competition Review, 2011-2014
Competition/Antitrust Law Firm of the Year
Chambers Global, 2012 and 2013
Most Innovative U.S. Law Firm in Europe
International Financial Law Review, 2011 and 2013

European Legal Team of the Year
Legal Week’s British Legal Awards, 2009, 2010 and 2012

#5 in Benelux M&A
mergermarket, 2013 Rankings (Value)
#5 in Benelux M&A
Thomson Reuters, 2013 Rankings (Announced, value)
“The practice remains a go-to player for matters concerning European competition law, particularly in Belgium.”

"'Cleary is the gold standard for international M&A transactions on the antitrust side.’ ‘The firm is first-class in competition, with truly high-end experts. Excellent lawyers with astute business minds.'"

"'Our key contacts are excellent advocates and strategists. They are proactive, and help us think through long-term strategies for our business in Europe.'"
Chambers Global, 2014
“One of the best competition practices in Brussels…‘What strikes me most is the quality of the firm throughout, whether it’s France, Belgium or Germany. It’s polished without being arrogant, unlike other firms which are often the other way around.’”
Chambers Global, 2013
“Universally regarded as one of the best competition teams in the country, this firm has a role in almost all the top cases at EU level. Complex multinational mergers continue to be a particular strength of the group …

‘The team combines state-of-the-art expertise with a client-oriented service.’ ‘The best firm I've ever seen in talent development and leadership – incredible strength globally and the lawyers work incredibly well as a team.’”
Chambers Europe, 2013