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30 January 2019 at 12:00 BST

Van Bael & Bellis strengthens trade and competition teams

The Brussels law firm has made two key appointments to its partnership.

Francesco Bucchi

Van Bael & Bellis has promoted Andreas Reindl and Gabriele Coppo to its partnership. The new partners are based in Brussels and expand the firm’s EU Competition and International Trade teams. Mr Reindl focuses on all aspects of European competition law advising Fortune 500 companies and well-known multinationals in high profile mergers as well as complex investigations before the European Commission and national competition authorities. In recent years he has worked on high profile matters such as Halliburton/Baker Hughes, Deutsche Börse/London Stock Exchange and 3M/Scott Safety. He also advises the International Skating Union in its appeal against the Commission ISU decision and has advised a number of well-known clients on strategic distribution and pricing issues.

Exceptional track record

'After three active and productive years with the competition practice, I am delighted to join Van Bael & Bellis’ partnership. It is a truly outstanding team that includes a number of highly experienced and excellent competition law practitioners with an exceptional track record. I am looking forward to continuing my work at the firm and contributing to the exciting development of one of the most dynamic competition practices in Brussels as we strive to deliver the highest quality of services to our clients,' Mr Reindl said. The firm's EU Competition team now includes 13 partners and 8 counsel in its Brussels office.

International trade

The firm has also focused on its trade and customs law department by promoting Gabriele Coppo who joined the firm in 2008 and specialises in EU and international trade and customs law, as well as Italian and EU competition law. He also advises clients on other EU law matters, including free movement of goods and services and regulatory law, with particular expertise in the auto industry and has broad experience in litigation before the Italian and EU courts.


The firm’s international trade team now includes nine partners and five counsel in its Brussels and Geneva offices. Co-managing partners Jean-François Bellis and Philippe De Baere commented: 'Andreas and Gabriele have been key contributors to the continuing expansion of our EU competition and international trade practices. They add to our firm’s strengths and reflect our enduring commitment to carry the firm forward as one of Europe’s most exceptional legal teams.' Van Bael & Bellis’ Brussels and Geneva offices now include 22 partners, six senior counsel, five counsel and 35 associates. 


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