The office builds on Reed Smith’s 15-year presence in continental Europe, having opened its first office in Paris in 2005 and its latest (before Brussels) in Frankfurt in 2015. The firm now has five offices across the region and 30 throughout the world.
The new partners focus their practices on competition/antitrust, regulatory and trade work across a range of industries that align with the firm’s five core sectors: energy and natural resources, entertainment and media, financial services, life sciences and health care, and transportation.
The new capabilities in Brussels not only strengthen the firm’s already robust European offering, but when combined with the firm’s established international antitrust, regulatory and trade practices, they also bolster Reed Smith’s global reach to serve clients seamlessly in the context of cross-border M&A deals, corporate compliance programs, risk mitigation, litigation, government investigations, commercial and contract negotiations.
The five new partners joining the firm are:
- Christian Filippitsch, whose practice focuses on EU competition law, and on merger control and regulatory law for multiple industries with a particular emphasis on the energy, transport and automotive industries.
- Geert Goeteyn, whose practice centres on EU competition, merger control and regulatory law for a wide range of sectors, with a particular focus on aviation and technology.
- Yves Melin, whose practice focuses on trade remedies and investigations, customs compliance and investigations, export controls and sanctions, conflict minerals and other import controls, World Trade Organization dispute settlements and data protection.
- Isabelle Rahman, whose practice focuses on EU competition law and merger control.
- Wim Vandenberghe, whose practice focuses on EU regulatory law counsel and public policy advice across a range of industries, in particular life sciences, energy and technology.
In addition, Max Seuster joins as counsel. His practice focuses on EU competition, and on merger control and regulatory law. Associates Bérengère Vigneron and Jin Woo Kim, whose practices focus on international trade and customs, are also joining the firm.