AIJA (L'Assocation Internationale des Jeunes Avocats) is an international organisation for lawyers under the age of 45 years. Brussels Legal asked Carsten Venemann, an associate at Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek and current Vice-President of AIJA's European Law Commission, about the organisation.
Latham & Watkins' Brussels office opened in February 2002 and is celebrating its fifth anniversary. Brussels Legal spoke with Andreas Weitbrecht, office Managing partner, and Jean Paul Poitras, a Brussels-based partner, about the office's development during this period.
Peter Citron, a Brussels-based UK-qualified competition lawyer, has worked for a number of years in private practice and in-house. Mr. Citron returned to private practice over a year ago to take up a newly created position as the now HoganLovells' Competition and EU Head of Practice Development and Knowhow.
Brussels Legal spoke with Mr. Citron about his professional experience in private practice and in-house and the challenges and opportunities of his new role.
In December 2005 Herman Sobrie, a Belgian-qualified lawyer, became Legal Manager (equivalent to General Counsel) at EURid, the Brussels-headquartered organisation responsible for the launch and management of the new .eu internet domain name.
After working for 30 years in private practice and in-house, this switch meant moving to a different type of organisation.
Brussels Legal spoke to Mr. Sobrie about his function within EURid, the legal issues that have arisen during EURid's "start-up" phase and about moving from a multinational to a not-for-profit organisation.
Would you stop practising in Brussels, return to your home jurisdiction and start a new department from scratch?
After 10 years spent working for 2 international law offices in Brussels and twice at DG Competition, Italian antitrust lawyer Andrea De Matteis returned to Italy to become Head of the Competition practice of Labruna Mazziotti Segni.
Arnold & Porter's Brussels office was established in August 2003 and has steadily grown since then.
Brussels Legal spoke with William Baer, Head of the firm's antitrust practice, and Marleen Van Kerckhove, Head of the European antitrust practice and of its Brussels office, about the office's creation and development.
In the past, Howrey's Brussels office has recruited a number of high-profile competition and IP lawyers from the European Commission and private practice. This was the office's most significant expansion since opening in September 2002.
Brussels Legal spoke with Howrey's Brussels Managing partner, Trevor Soames. We discussed the past and future development of the office and the challenges of managing this growing, vibrant practice.