Brussels, 9 January 2020 – The Brussels office of Stibbe has promoted Delphine Gillet (EU/Competition), Jan Proesmans (Employment, Benefits, and Pensions) and Sophie Bourgois (Dispute Resolution) to Counsel and Elisabeth Baeyens (Dispute Resolution) to Of Counsel. The new appointments have taken effect on 1 January 2020.
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Stibbe Brussels has appointed three new Counsel and one Of Counsel: Delphine Gillet from the EU/Competition practice, pensions specialist Jan Proesmans, international arbitration expert Sophie Bourgois, and criminal law expert Elisabeth Baeyens. These new appointments demonstrate Stibbe’s commitment in promoting home-grown talent to respond continuously to the demands of the market.
Delphine Gillet (EU/Competition) assists clients in European and Belgian competition law, including merger control, cartels, and abuse of dominance. She also specialises in state aid, general EU law and regulatory, and represents clients before the Belgian Competition Authority and regulators, the EU Commission, Belgian courts and the EU courts in Luxembourg. Delphine is a very competent lawyer whose Counsel appointment and specialist knowledge of EU competition and procedural EU law allow Stibbe to respond to the ever-evolving developments in EU and Belgian competition law and sector regulation.
Jan Proesmans (Employment, Benefits, and Pensions) has specific in-depth expertise in pension law, covering pension regulations in all sectors, both private and public. He also handles the pensions and employment law aspects in corporate transactions. Furthermore, Jan represents clients in complex litigations before the Belgian labour courts. Jan’s promotion to Counsel solidifies the pension law practice at Stibbe Brussels.
Sophie Bourgois (Dispute Resolution) is an accredited mediator since 2014 and focuses her practice on international dispute settlement as well as public and private international law. She assists foreign States and international organisations regularly in cross-border disputes and arbitration proceedings. In addition, Sophie has specific expertise in insurance law, mainly handling cases relating to major damage and loss claims. Sophie’s appointment to Counsel allows Stibbe to continue to develop its international arbitration practice.
Elisabeth Baeyens (Dispute Resolution) is a criminal law expert specialising in white-collar crime and in pleading complex criminal matters before the Belgian Court of Cassation. In 2015, she passed the Court of Cassation bar exam. Elisabeth’s promotion to Of Counsel will contribute to the further expansion of Stibbe’s white-collar crime practice. Her expertise in advising on cassation appeal matters is certainly a distinguishing feature in the offering of the Litigation and Criminal Law practice at Stibbe Brussels.
Wouter Ghijsels, Managing Partner of Stibbe Brussels, says: “Stibbe has always invested in home-grown talent, so we are particularly proud to promote Delphine, Jan, Sophie, and Elisabeth and to give them the opportunity to develop their legal careers and continue to grow within the firm. They are strong technical lawyers that will play a pivotal role in the development of their respective practices in the coming years. As leading individuals in their field, they deliver added-value to our clients.”