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Students and graduates | Belgium

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What we do

At Allen & Overy, we believe that how you work is just as important as what you achieve.

Naturally, we are looking for first-class legal expertise and sharp, incisive thinking – but we are also looking for people who see things differently. Ours is an organisation that thrives on the eclectic mix of personalities, backgrounds and opinions our people bring with them. It makes for an exciting and stimulating place to work and an innovative, original and highly effective offering for our clients.

To sustain its growth, Allen & Overy Belgium offers traineeships in a dynamic and challenging work environment and the opportunity to be a part of a leading international legal practice. During your traineeship, the emphasis will be on developing your technical knowledge and professional skills under the guidance of senior lawyers.

Each year we host some 30 law students for a one month summer internship during the months of July, August or September in our offices in Brussels and Antwerp. We not only provide you with a variety of assignments to learn from but also give you a flavour of life at the office, organise a proper induction and give you opportunities to network while you are here.

Practices in Belgium

Banking and Finance 

Our Belgian practice offers a complete banking and finance service and a comprehensive, cross-border capability, in conjunction with our client’s other international offices.

It handles a wide variety of transactional and advice work for banks, public entities, financial institutions and corporates in debt capital markets, securitisation, structured finance, regulatory, leveraged acquisition finance, global loans, project finance (projects and PPP) and restructuring. 

Corporate and M&A

This department offers Belgian and international clients a combination of in-depth knowledge of the Belgian and international market with the reach and expertise of a global legal practice.

The team draws on its considerable first class expertise across M&A, joint ventures, private equity, equity capital markets, restructurings and advisory work such as corporate governance to provide innovative and cost effective solutions.

Lawyers working in the corporate department constantly work together in multi-disciplinary and international teams.  

Employment and Benefits

Our Belgian team works with clients to meet the challenges of the modern workplace with a forward-thinking approach. We cover all aspects of HR, pension and compensation policies, taking into account relevant issues such as labour law, social security, tax and EU provisions.

We give innovative employment, incentives and pensions advice and develop creative strategies and solutions to HR-related issues relevant to each organisation. We litigate for our clients and handle transactions for them in the HR arena (closures, collective lay-offs, outsourcing, pension plan bargaining, incentives plans). 

Environment and Public and Administration Law

Our Public Law practice:

  • forms a key part of Allen & Overy's global public law practice
  • forms a key part of Allen & Overy's international market leading PPP/PFI projects practice (which has extensive experience of advising global customers from a wide range of business sectors and national market leaders)
  • is integrated in Allen & Overy Belgium's market leading real estate practice
  • provides specialist advice on public procurement, administrative and constitutional law issues
  • is actively involved in litigation and proceedings before the Belgian State Council, administrative courts and civil law courts in relation to public law issues
  • is instructed by various Belgian federal and regional regulators to prepare, develop or enhance the implementation of legislative initiatives
  • assists clients on all issues related to environmental law and planning and zoning, focussing on regulatory compliance and liability issues relating to REACH, climate change and carbon trading, construction, planning and zoning, health and safety, waste management, contaminated land, and air and water pollution.

Our Brussels team is a centre of excellence, providing other A&O offices and clients with advice on relevant EU regulatory compliance issues, including utilities, renewables and chemicals. Our cross-disciplinary teams are very proactive, are good at lateral thinking and provide an integrated service. 

EU and Competition Law

Our EU and Competition Law practice advises on all aspects of EU law and specialises in the provision of advice on competition law. In advising our clients we have a positive aim, we do not simply advise on what cannot be done, but instead work imaginatively and constructively to ensure that our clients' commercial objectives are met, while fully complying with EU and national competition rules. 

Intellectual Property

The Belgian Intellectual Property (IP)/IT team advises on a wide range of IP rights from patents, trademarks and copyrights to media and entertainment law. The IT practice focuses on licensing, e-commerce and major IT projects.

Allen & Overy has a strong team of experienced litigators who ensure that a client's IP rights are protected against infringers before the national and European courts and in arbitration proceedings. 

Litigation, Arbitration and Dispute Resolution

Allen & Overy's Belgian litigation practice aims to help clients resolve a dispute before it escalates, either by advising on prevention or by pursuing alternative dispute resolution methods. In addition to general advice and drafting, we handle litigation in the fields of product liability, building contracts, insurance, insolvency, aviation, distribution agreements and franchising. Specific teams deal with e-commerce, energy law, cross-border leasing, banking litigation, criminal law, corporate litigation, white-collar crime and cross-border dispute resolution.

Tax

Almost every commercial transaction has tax implications. Our tax lawyers in Belgium have a wide range of expertise on which our clients can draw. Our lawyers' ability to think creatively while satisfying our clients' business needs mean that we are at the forefront of innovation in tax structure. We advise on domestic and international tax issues affecting Allen & Overy's clients.  

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