Where strength meets depth
Renowned as the administrative hub of the EU, Belgium is a significant global economic centre and a strategic location for the firm. Established in Brussels and Antwerp for many years, Linklaters Belgium is a market leader, combining considerable local insight and expertise in the Belgian market with global capability.
Our clients include leading domestic and global players in key sectors, from private and public corporations to banks, financial institutions and government organisations. We cover the full range of advisory and transactional expertise, with a particular focus on Mergers & Acquisitions, Restructuring, Tax, Competition/Antitrust Law, Finance, Real Estate, Litigation and Arbitration.
With offices in 29 cities around the world, Linklaters offers expert legal services across a wide range of jurisdictions. But rather than specialise in just one area, we’re proud to have leading practices across the board, in Corporate, Finance, and Litigation, Arbitration & Investigations. And in practice, they frequently work together to advise clients.
We give clients confidence that their needs will be met in every area. But at the same time, our approach isn't fixed. We adapt to anticipate the changing requirements of work, markets and the regulatory landscape.
As a Linklaters colleague, our breadth of expertise means that, wherever you focus, you’ll be involved in the very best work, and benefit from continuous, tailored training from experienced, exceptional lawyers.
Advising on pioneering deals, our Corporate division is recognised as a world leader in mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and private equity. Corporate is also home to global teams specialising in market-leading antitrust/competition, employment, pensions and incentives, tax and technology, media and telecommunications. We help companies resolve some of the most taxing issues facing modern business.
Antitrust & Foreign Investment Group
Corporate Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A)
TMT & IP (Technology, Media & Telecommunications, Intellectual Property)
Litigation, Arbitration & Investigations
With expertise in conducting internal and regulator-driven investigations, court litigation and arbitration, our global team of nearly 400 lawyers can handle large, complex cross-border cases seamlessly.
We have an excellent track record of succeeding for our clients in the most sensitive and complex litigation and arbitration matters and business-critical crises. We are known for our ability to draw upon very large multi-specialised, multi-jurisdictional teams at short notice, which makes us one of the few firms (and on occasions the only firm) equipped to deal with the most challenging and significant disputes and investigations faced by the world’s leading corporations and financial institutions. Our global reach and breadth of experience means we offer holistic, client-centred strategies delivering real commercial value.
We understand that, despite the best intentions of businesses, commercial relationships can break down, leading to disagreement and damage. Where the resolution of a dispute requires court proceedings, our international team of nearly 400 lawyers can formulate global strategies whilstguiding our clients through the technicalities of the litigation process drawing on our in-depth knowledge of local procedures to ensure a tactical and efficient approach to each case.
Our team acts for both claimants and defendants in large-scale, high value and complex cases. We work to resolve the high pressure disputes that can arise around high-stakes commercial transactions, enabling our clients to focus on the most important thing - their business. Our lawyers are adept at advising on and resolving issues such as contractual interpretation, joint venture and shareholder disagreements and post-acquisition disputes. We are also often called on at the advisory stage to steer negotiation tactics, mitigate the risk of litigation and limit the potential loss and disruption to our clients that hard-fought disputes can involve.
Where court proceedings are required, our team will work with experienced advocates, experts and local counsel as necessary to obtain the most favourable outcome for our clients. We can act quickly to seek injunctive relief across the globe when urgent action is needed to protect our clients’ valuable rights or assets. We can also assist when counter-parties abuse the availability of injunctive relief to obtain illegitimate bargaining power and threaten the completion of large and complex transactions.
However, court proceedings are not always the best approach. We will always advise holistically on alternative approaches to dispute resolution and settlement, helping our clients put the issue behind them as quickly as possible and move on.
With a truly robust financial institutions practice, our Finance division leads many of the most important energy and infrastructure initiatives in the world. Innovation is at the heart of our work. And the practices also work closely with our leading real estate team. Here, experts act for major international real estate companies, investors and occupiers on complex, high-profile transactions.
Banking, Capital Markets and Financial Regulation
Our Business Teams are at the forefront of the firm. We work closely with senior lawyers in the business, as part of a united team serving clients. We share knowledge and support with colleagues around the world. And we tackle complex global projects, to the highest standard, just as our lawyers do.
Because we welcome different backgrounds, experiences and ideas, legal sector experience is not a pre-requisite to join the team. Attitude and ability matter most, so we're committed to providing our talented team with world-class development and training. Our scope, too, is wide-ranging. Global opportunities are available in Business Development and Marketing, Knowledge and Learning, EU Law and Policy, Human Resources, Finance and Business Management, Technology (IT), Legal Secretaries and Operations.