Chambers Europe 2013 recommends the firm Ambos NBGO and Roel Nieuwdorp, Carl Bevernage, Peter Van de Vijver and Ingrid Van Clemen as key individuals.

Within Corporate and M&A

This relatively young firm is well regarded by market commentators, with sources commenting that the team is increasingly visible. It covers a broad spectrum of corporate and commercial mandates across a range of sectors, including energy, financial services, technology and biotechnology. In a recent highlight the group advised Clear2Pay on the acquisitions of Lexcel, ISTS and Level Four.

Sources say: “The team is flexible and goal-driven. It tries to understand what is at stake and align all the parties.” “It stays close to the client, following the strategy we want to follow. AMBOS is the right team to guide you all the way.”

Within Employment

This firm's employment, incentives and pensions practice covers both Belgian and EU law and regulation. It recently advised the Benelux subsidiary of the Israeli Delek Group on the internal reorganisation of marketing operations acquired from Chevron. Further clients include Expedia and Pfizer.

Sources say: "Great international experience. The team has really exceeded our expectations."

Key Individuals Carl Bevernage commands significant respect among market commentators. He has a wealth of experience, and is appreciated by clients for his extensive network.

Within Shipping

This five-person team is acknowledged for its outstanding service provision, with clients commending the responsiveness and availability of its lawyers. The team makes use of the firm's full-service capacity to provide comprehensive support to clients including port authorities, insurance houses, ship owners and storage companies. Recent work highlights include advising the Ghent Port Authority on the grounding of a vessel, and assisting bulk storage company Stukwerkers in litigation.

Sources say: "The co-operation is excellent and the results are excellent. I don't think we could have found better support - the lawyers are proactive and creative."

Key Individuals Antwerp-based Ingrid Van Clemen enters the rankings thanks to strong recommendations for her reliability and "high level of knowledge." One source comments: "She is the kind of legal support that you want – she bites into an issue and doesn't let go until it is resolved." Vanclemen recently assisted Europe Cargo with a cargo arrest.

Peter Van de Vijver wins praise for his "business-minded and hands-on" approach. He has particular experience in port-related issues and frequently acts for the Ghent Port Authority. Other clients include pilot services from the Flemish region and Antwerp Towage.

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