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WWL Ranking: Future Leader

WWL says

Niels Baeten is “extraordinarily quick with deep knowledge and understanding of complicated business dynamics”, and "one of the most articulate attorneys in the competition space”.

 Peers and clients say: 

“He was capable of absorbing the factual context of our business faster than anyone I have seen in over 15 years of managing and hiring lawyers as general counsel.”

“He is a tactful, smooth and effective negotiator. An unusually talented and exceptional lawyer.”

“Niels Baeten has extensive expertise in dealings with global mergers (in EU and non-EU jurisdictions) and excellent rapport with regulators.”

“He is extremely efficient in his communications with business clients, and he ensures that every step is taken in preparation in order to minimise the disruption to those in the client-company's organisation.”


Niels' practice covers all aspects of EU and international competition law, including merger control, state aid, abuse of dominance, cartels and antitrust compliance issues.

Niels has nearly 10 years of experience helping global corporations navigate complex multijurisdictional merger control matters, including complex remedy structures. He has played a leading role in several high-profile transactions, including Air Canada/Transat, IBM/Red Hat, United Technologies/Rockwell Collins, Sherwin-Williams/Valspar, Linamar/Montupet and several acquisitions by Mohawk Industries.

Niels has also developed particular experience in EU state aid matters, specifically in the financial and energy sectors. He has also represented various multinationals on fiscal state aid matters before the European Commission (EC) and the EU courts.

Niels also regularly acts for clients in antitrust investigations before the EC and the Belgian Competition Authority, as well as on appeals before the EU courts. Relevant work in this area includes advising Johnson & Johnson in one of the EC's reverse payment investigations, and a Japanese automotive parts company as an immunity applicant in a number of EC investigations.

Sources commend his "great analytical skills", "great grasp of the facts" and "practical approach", and consider him a "thoughtful and an excellent communicator" and "pleasant and easy to deal with". 

One client summarised: "With the pressure and demands of our multibillion-dollar deal on the line, Niels never alienated, was persuasive, did not grate on the opponent or regulator, and always had a clear sense of priority in recommending when to hold firm and when to yield. I could trust the deal in Niels' hands and did."

WWL Ranking: Future Leader
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