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  • 1. Ambos NBGO advocaten avocatsadvocaten avocats Anintroduction

2. The firmadvocaten avocats We are an independent, full service law rm with over 35 lawyers based in Antwerp, Brussels, Ghent and Zeebrugge We have close working relaAonships with preferred law rms in the Benelux and abroad We have market leading capabiliAes in corporate, nance, real estate, arbitraAon, mediaAon and liAgaAon, employment, environmental and public law, transport and logisAcs and numerous niche areas of experAse We work with clients and our preferred law rms in creaAve and innovaAve ways to achieve commercial soluAons 2 3. Philosophyadvocaten avocats Internaonal law rms Niche law rms AMBOS NBGO best of both worlds Tradional law rms 3 4. Ambos NBGO Philosophy Offer the best of both worldsadvocaten avocats Ambos = both in Spanish Best of both worlds: PosiAoning between internaAonal law rms and smaller/local tradiAonal law rms Lawyer / legal counsel experAse ExperAse and in-depth knowledge Personalised, hands-on service AcAve partner involvement SwiM, proacAve response CompeAAve fees and low overhead costs Accessible No legalese 4 5. Recommendations:Legal 500 advocaten avocatsBanking, nance and capital markets: Legal 500 2013 Wilfred Goris heads Ambos NBGOs team, which is responsive, knowledgeable, hands-on, and has par@cular exper@se in the technology sector. David Dessers, who is pragma@c and extraordinarily available and responsive, recently advised MarkaVIP on its *5m Series A funding led by Silicon Valley Venture Capital Firm Lumia Capital. Associate Pieter Capiau is also recommended Corporate and M&A: Legal 500- 2013 Ambos NBGOs nine-partner team is extremely responsive and approachable, ecient and pragma@c. The very experienced David Dessers advises Clear2Pay NV on all its business and legal needs, including having acted on various recent acquisi@ons. New clients include Omega Pharma Belgium and Thetys Petroleum. Jens Van Hecke shows great legal acumen, and is recommended along with Kurt Faes, dedicated senior associate Anneleen Vander Elstraeten and up-and-coming associate Pieter Capiau. Dispute resoluon: Legal 500- 2013 Ambos NBGOs 11-partner prac@ce gives clear and precise advice, and has demonstrable knowledge. Ecient prac@ce head Ingrid Van Clemen is expert in interna@onal trade and transport cases, and the experienced Kathleen Paisley focuses on interna@onal arbitra@on. Wilfred Goris is thorough and unustered. 5 6. Recommendations:Legal 500 advocaten avocats Intellectual property: Legal 500 2013 Ambos NBGOs team has a business-centric mindset and client-oriented approach. It advised a number of non-conten@ous patent maZers and is par@cularly strong in the IT sector. It advised Belgian biotechnology company Thrombogenics on its patent licensing agreement with Alcon for eye drug Ocriplasmin. Prac@ce head Kathleen Paisley is excep@onal and Bart Vandereeckt goes the extra mile for clients. Employment: Legal 500 -2013 The excellent Ambos NBGO mainly advises corporate clients on employment maTers. The friendly and knowledgeable Carl Bevernage and Johan Kerremans are recommended. Clients include Expedia, Pzer and Clear2Pay, the laTer of which the rm represented in a dismissal case before the Labour Court. Shipping and transport: Legal 500 2013 Ambos NBGO provides excellent service and accurate and appropriate advice. The rm acts for a number of longstanding clients, including the Port Authority of Ghent, handling li@ga@on, contractual maZers and general advisory work across all transport sectors with par@cular strength in shipping. David Dessers and Jens Van Hecke are very good and combine in-depth legal experience with good business acumen. The ecient and reliable Ingrid Van Clemen has broad exper@se and a high level of legal knowledge in mari@me law. 6 7. Recommendations:Legal 500advocaten avocatsReal Estate: Legal 500 2013 Ambos NBGOs team has a business-centric mindset and client-oriented approach. It advised a number of non-conten@ous patent maZers and is par@cularly strong in the IT sector. It advised Belgian biotechnology company Thrombogenics on its patent licensing agreement with Alcon for eye drug Ocriplasmin. Prac@ce head Kathleen Paisley is excep@onal and Bart Vandereeckt goes the extra mile for clients. 7 8. Recommendations:Legal 500advocaten avocats Banking, nance and capital markets: Legal 500 2012 Wilfred Goris heads Ambos NBGOs banking and nance prac@ce, which experienced an increase in capital markets instruc@ons. The open-minded and promising Jeroen Bral maintains a high service level. Corporate and M&A: Legal 500- 2012 Clients are truly impressed with the combina@on of business knowledge and transac@onal exper@se at Ambos NBGO, which includes nine corporate partners across the Antwerp and Brussels oces. The team represents a number of listed companies, such as Autogrill and IBM, as well as private companies including For@s and Nuon. Chris@na Trappeniers and Caroline Wildemeersch are highly regarded, and the versa@le, innova@ve and commiZed David Dessers is also recommended. Dispute resoluon: Legal 500- 2012 Ambos NBGO recruited the truly excep@onal Kathleen Paisley from White & Case LLP, where she was a partner in the London arbitra@on group. The rm always delivers an outstanding service, through a client-oriented mindset. 8 9. Recommendations:Legal 500advocaten avocats Intellectual property: Legal 500 2012 Ambos NBGOs lawyers show a hands-on approach and availability, and the teams knowledge and experience compare favourably to most other rms. It is advising on various non-conten@ous patent maZers, including advising a patent holder on a 1bn deal with poten@al licensees. Kathleen Paisley is a truly excep@onal partner, and Bart Vandereeckt is very astute and an inven@ve li@gator. Labour and employment: Legal 500 -2012 Ambos NBGOs lawyers are responsive, inquisi@ve and persistent in looking at all poten@al op@ons for a favourable conclusion. The departments exper@se includes advice on social security, benets and pensions. The rm mainly represents mainly large corporate employers, including Expedia and Pzer. Carl Bevernage and Johan Kerremans co-head the team. Shipping and transport: Legal 500 2012 Ambos NBGOs transport group keeps its clients informed throughout and ensures that all procedures are made clear. It acts for the Port Authority of Ghent on all mari@me maZers including recently advising on the sinking of a ship in the port. Ingrid Van Clemen is certainly one of the most respected lawyers in Belgian mari@me law. Peter Van de Vijver is also highly regarded. 9 10. Recommendations: Legal 500 advocaten avocats Banking & Financing: Legal 500 2011 Ambos NBGO call upon an impressive blend of experience and skill, having added the talents of Wilfred Goris, immensely respected for a long career at Linklaters, to those of younger partners such as David Dessers. Clients praise the rms ability to deliver on @me, deliver value, and competence; the rms senior lawyers, including Wilfred Goris, have a loyal personal following for corporate nance work. Corporate and M&A: Legal 500 - 2011 Ambos NBGO has super industry knowledge, is exible and adapts to the clients specic needs, using a personal approach. It delivers; on @me, with value, knowledge, competence, and emo@onal intelligence, all cost-eec@vely. It has good partner strength in Brussels and Antwerp, strong followings from mid-market clients, and the support of ex-De Bandt managing partner Roel Nieuwdorp. The team acted on the 25m restructuring of Autogrill, and assisted Op@on on a 20m oering of share capital. Kurt Faes is top of the bill while David Desserss strengths and quali@es consist of years of experience. Shipping and Transport: Legal 500- 2011 Peter lVan fde prac@cal solu@ons Van ong proceedings can be avoided, agreat personal recogni@on; clients 4/7 they ook or Vijver and Ingrid so lClemen at Ambos NBGO receives nd that the team can be reached 2say which is very useful in shipping; they also single out the rms presence in Ghent, Zeebrugge and Antwerp. Work highlights included working with the Port Authority of Ghent and Arcelor MiZal. The rm also assisted Concordia in developing a new product for the transport and logis@cs insurance market. 10 11. Recommendations:Chambers & Partners global advocaten avocatsadvocaten avocats Chambers and Partners : Global Guide - 2013 Antwerp-based Kurt Faes of AMBOS NBGO is hailed as an excep@onally hard worker. He is very commercial and will get the deal done. His broad prac@ce encompasses share transac@ons, joint ventures and demergers. Also at AMBOS NBGO, department head Roel Nieuwdorp is widely respected by all sources for his vast experience in the corporate sphere. Interviewees are quick to praise him, saying he is a fantas@c lawyer and one of the best nego@ators in the country. Chambers and Partners : Global Guide - 2012 Managing partner at AMBOS NBGO, Kurt Faes "oers proac@ve solu@ons and is always on hand to answer queries, be they large or small," observes one client. He also wins praise for his calm and even- handed nego@a@on skills in addi@on to an in-depth knowledge of M&A proceedings. Also at the same rm, Roel Nieuwdorp is recognised as a seasoned prac@@oner with a wealth of experience. Chambers and Partners : Global Guide - 2011 Antwerp-based managing partner Kurt Faes of AMBOS NBGO is highly regarded by sources, who s