Bart Bellen is a specialist in corporate law and M&A, and also advises on certain other business law matters.
Bart advises individuals, companies and (international) associations, and assists them with corporate and commercial transactions, as well as contentious proceedings. He handles cross-border M&A transactions and multi-jurisdictional corporate restructurings, litigation and arbitration.
Bart is a founding partner of contrast. He regularly speaks at universities and conferences on corporate law and M&A related topics.
His publications include the book ‘Share Purchase Agreements – Belgian Law and Practice’ (Antwerp/Cambridge, Intersentia, 2016), the M&A Survey (TRV/RPS 2007, 2009, 2012, 2017, 2021) and ‘M&A Kroniek / Chronique de jurisprudence en M&A (2000-2017)’, a review of 18 years of M&A related jurisprudence published by TRV/RPS in 2019.
Bart graduated from the University of Leuven (KU Leuven) in 1996 and obtained a Master’s degree (LL.M.) at New York University School of Law in 1997.
Bart Bellen is a member of the Brussels and New York Bar. He speaks Dutch, French and English.
Sources describe "knowledgeable and thorough" department co-head Bart Bellen as a "deal maker who can translate negotiation issues into a win-win for both parties." He has notable experience of advising on transactions involving the retail and chemical sectors. He always goes 100% for his client's interests, whithout losing his awareness of the commercial setting needed to reach agreements.