News | May 2020
CHAMBERS GLOBAL 2020 RANKS HVDB IN BAND 1 FOR DISPUTE RESOLUTION IN BELGIUM
In its 2020 Guide, Chambers and Partners ranked HVDB among the top 3 law firms in Band 1 for dispute resolution in Belgium. Chambers describes HVDB as a “team […] composed of “world-class arbitrators.”
Albert Jan Van den Berg “acts as an arbitrator on international investment treaty arbitrations, as well as corporate and shareholder disputes. He assists with arbitrations under a variety of rules, including SIAC and LCIA rules”.
Bernard Hanotiau “is an acclaimed arbitrator specialising in international arbitrations within the construction sector. One market commentator claims that he ‘remains the star arbitrator in Belgium.’”
Pascal Hollander “is a highly regarded ICC arbitrator, regularly appointed on international arbitrations concerning contractual breaches. He also acts as arbitration counsel in commercial proceedings. One interviewee hails the ”excellent” Hollander as a ”very sophisticated lawyer who is extremely clever.””
Paul Lefebvre “is regarded by sources as a ”senior litigator with a very good reputation.” He is admitted to the Belgian Supreme Court and is known for handling commercial litigation, as well as arbitrations.”
WHO’S WHO LEGAL 2020 RECOGNIZES FIVE HVDB LAWYERS FOR THEIR EXPERTISE IN ARBITRATION, LITIGATION, AND FRANCHISE IN BELGIUM
In its Arbitration 2020 Legal Marketplace Analysis, Who’s Who Legal (WWL) recognized partners Bernard Hanotiau and Albert Jan van den Berg as among the world’s top 18 Global Elite Thought Leaders.
Bernard Hanotiau, who has spent over 40 years acting as arbitrator, chairman and counsel in commercial disputes, secures recognition as “a top Belgian arbitrator” who is “extremely experienced and has a no-nonsense approach”.
Albert Jan van den Berg, who has acted as sole and party-appointed arbitrator “in scores of disputes pertaining to the aviation, banking, construction, and defence sectors”, is identified as “a very big name in international arbitration” who is “very clever and experienced”.
Niuscha Bassiri is “already a leader in the younger generation of arbitrators”, with WWL sources recommending her as “super-organised and insightful”.
In its Franchise 2020 Legal Marketplace Analysis, WWL recognized partner Pascal Hollander as a Global Elite Thought Leader, and partner Pierre Vermeire as a Leading Individual, singled out for their experience and expertise advising franchisors and franchisees on system structuring, disputes, regulatory issues and transactional matters.
Pascal Hollander is regarded by his peers as “a highly respected dispute resolution specialist” who is lauded as “an excellent franchise lawyer, who is very involved in the arbitration of disputes”.
Pierre Vermeire is highlighted by WWL sources as “a young and very busy lawyer” who is valued as a “great, pragmatic and precise practitioner”.
Pascal Hollander is further singled out among peers in the Litigation 2020 rankings for his expert handling of litigation proceedings across various areas such as trade and corporate law.