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Laga launches the EU Centre of Expertise

When Wim Vandenberghe and Hendrik Viaene joined Laga as partners in September 2018, they further streamlined the approach to competition law, state aid, and regulatory law. In order to stay competitive and innovative, Laga created the Centre of Expertise in European Competition and Regulatory law.

“Our main competitors are developing pan-European offerings, so we must do the same,” say Hendrik Viaene, Laga partner. “Our clients expect an integrated, cross-border European solution for EU law meaning we need to come across as one large firm, operating under a single brand.” After identifying people in the different offices and inviting them to a launch event at Gateway in December 2018, we composed a pan-European Management Team that has members from our offices in Belgium, Spain, Poland, Romania, and Germany.

“Our clients expect an integrated, cross-border European solution for EU law meaning we need to come across as one large firm, operating under a single brand.”

Hendrik Viaene, Laga partner

Helping clients navigate uncertainty

Organisations are subject to an ever-growing set of regulations, putting them under immense pressure to achieve regulatory compliance. That’s our cue. As part of our executive Competition Audit Readiness (e-CAR) offering, we help clients in the areas of cartels, distribution agreements, commercial conditions, rebates, state aid and taxation, mergers and acquisitions (M&A), regulatory counsel, product compliance, market access, and government investigations and enforcement.

Many sectors such as life sciences and energy are embracing true transformation. With this change comes a shifting regulatory landscape. Combining industry knowledge and a multidisciplinary service, we empower clients to meet their local responsibilities and thrive in the European marketplace.

With growing concerns over competition law infringements and the hefty fines that come with it, companies must carry out competition compliance audits. We work side-by-side with clients setting up compliance programmes, conducting competition compliance checks and remedying issues.

We develop and recommend regulatory pathways that not only meet regulators’ approval but also deliver competitive products and services in order to facilitate market access and expansion. We also engage with regulators (European Commission, national competition authorities, and sector and industry regulators) in relation to investigations, enforcement action, and non-compliance cases.

An eye to the future

Becoming one of the leading competition and regulatory law practices in the European Union is our top priority; our competitors are mainly US and UK corporate and competition law powerhouses. “With our in-depth industry approach, global reach, the power of the Deloitte brand, and valuable board-level introductions, we’re determined to develop a practice that will rival the industry best,” concludes Wim Vandenberghe, Laga partner.

“With our in-depth industry approach, global reach, the power of the Deloitte brand, and valuable board-level introductions, we’re determined to develop a practice that will rival the industry best.”

Wim Vandenberghe, Laga partner

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