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Legal 500 Europe, Middle East & Africa Recommends Crowell & Moring in 11 Practice Areas and Recognizes Three Individuals

Partner Thomas De Meese named to directory’s Hall of Fame

Washington – April 25, 2018: Crowell & Moring is pleased to announce that 11 practice areas and 11 lawyers in its Brussels office were recognized by the Legal 500 Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) 2018 edition. The firm was recognized as “top tier” in two categories. Among the lawyers recognized, Thomas De Meese, co-managing partner of the firm’s Brussels office, is listed in the Legal 500 Hall of Fame for “continued excellence in client service.”

The 2018 Legal 500 EMEA ranks the following Crowell & Moring practice areas:

  • Healthcare & Life Sciences: (Tier 1): partner Kristof Roox; partner Jan-Diederik Lindemans; associate Jurgen Figys
  • Media & Entertainment: (Tier 1): partner Thomas de Meese; partner Jan-Diederik Lindemans
  • Intellectual Property: (Tier 2): partner Kristof Roox; partner Jan-Diederik Lindemans; counsel Christian Dekoninck
  • IT & Telecoms: (Tier 2): partner Thomas de Meese; associate Emmelie Wijckmans
  • Pharma, Medical Devices and Biotech: (Tier 2): partner Kristof Roox
  • Privacy & Data Protection: (Tier 2): partner Thomas de Meese; partner Emmanuel Plasschaert; senior counsel Frederik Van Remoortel
  • Competition Belgian Law: (Tier 3): partner Thomas de Meese; counsel Grégoire Ryelandt; senior counsel Jules Stuyck
  • Dispute Resolution: (Tier 3): partner Thomas de Meese; partner Emmanuel Plasschaert; partner Kristof Roox
  • Competition EU & Global: (Tier 4): partner Thomas de Meese; partner Sean-Paul Brankin
  • Employment: (Tier 4): partner Emmanuel Plasschaert; senior counsel Frederik Van Remoortel
  • Commercial, Corporate and M&A (Tier 5): partner Emmanuel Plasschaert

Additionally, three lawyers have been named in five practice areas to Legal 500 EMEA’s elite ”Hall of Fame,” “Leading Individuals,” and “Next Generation Lawyers” lists:

  • Thomas De Meese (Hall of Fame, Leading Individual): IT & Telecoms; Media & Entertainment
  • Kristof Roox (Leading Individual): Intellectual Property; Pharma, Medical Devices and Biotech; Healthcare & Life Sciences;
  • Jurgen Figys (Next Generation Lawyer): Healthcare & Life Sciences

Legal 500 evaluates the legal market in more than 90 countries. The guide's editorial driven rankings are based on the opinions of the editors and research they conduct with competitors, peers, and clients. The country chapters and recommendations can be viewed online at

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About Crowell & Moring’s Antitrust Group 

Crowell & Moring's Antitrust Group is recognized as one of the leading practices in the United States and in Europe. Clients engage the firm to help navigate their most complex competition law issues, including: international merger control; private damages actions; cartel investigations and litigation; government investigations; and counseling and compliance. The group’s approximately 80 lawyers routinely represent industry-leading companies in some of the largest and most complex mergers and acquisitions in recent history – including successful DOJ clearance of AT&T’s $67 billion acquisition of DIRECTV, one of the 20 largest transactions of all time – as well as in both affirmative recovery and defense-side antitrust litigation. The firm’s antitrust litigators have achieved major results, including ongoing defense of United Airlines, DuPont, CSX, leading health care distributor Owens & Minor, and Blue Cross plans, as well as the recovery of tens of millions of dollars for clients including Oracle and Motorola.

About Crowell & Moring’s Health Care Group 

Crowell & Moring's Health Care Group provides a comprehensive range of litigation, investigation, regulatory compliance, fraud and abuse, transactions and counseling services to health care clients both in the United States and in Europe. The Brussels practice is known for providing strategic advice and for litigating the validity and infringement of patents, supplementary protection certificates, trademark issues and parallel imports. Pre-trial discovery (‘saisie-contrefaçon’) and preliminary injunction proceedings are also an important part of the Brussels’ practice. The group’s clients include payers (including the top 10 U.S. health insurers), hospitals and hospital systems, medical groups and medical group managers, pharmaceutical companies, pharmacy benefit managers, academic medical centers, government contractors, as well as established and start-up medical device and biotech companies. Clients rely on Crowell & Moring's experience and interdisciplinary approach to provide strategic solutions to their complex legal challenges. The group publishes the C&M Health Law Blog, which includes analysis, commentary, and the latest developments in health care law and policy. Follow the group on Twitter at @CMHealthCareLaw.

About Crowell & Moring’s Intellectual Property Group 

Crowell & Moring’s Intellectual Property Group helps clients both across the United States and in Europe realize the full value of their intellectual property and defend it against unauthorized use. The vast majority of our lawyers have extensive courtroom and trial experience and present complex ideas in straightforward terms that appeal to judges and juries. The U.S. lawyers appear regularly before district courts across the United States, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC), the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), and other courts and government agencies. The Brussels lawyers represent clients at all levels of the local civil and criminal court system, up to and including the Court of Justice of the European Union. They also act before all the relevant administrative bodies. Nearly half of the group’s lawyers have technical degrees. The group publishes the Trade Secrets Trends blog (, and can be followed on Twitter at @CMTradeSecrets.

About Crowell & Moring’s Labor & Employment Group
Crowell & Moring’s Labor & Employment Group in Brussels handles both individual and collective employment issues, offering pragmatic advice and strong litigation services. The group handles all aspects related to individual employment agreements and work regulations. Its collective employment work includes advice on restructuring, collective bargaining agreements, trade union and social security matters. Privacy and data protection issues are also covered by the group, in particular from an HR perspective.   

About Crowell & Moring’s Litigation Group 

Crowell & Moring’s Litigation Group is known for handling high-stakes, bet-the-company litigation. The group’s litigators handle numerous types of disputes, including fraud, breach of contract, business tort, class action, and financial services litigation. With a powerful group of trial lawyers located across the United States and Europe, we handle litigation across a variety of industries, including health care companies, hotels and hospitality, financial services, transportation (auto, railroad, and airlines), telecommunications, and chemical manufacturing, among others.

About Crowell & Moring LLP 

Crowell & Moring LLP is an international law firm with more than 500 lawyers representing clients in litigation and arbitration, regulatory, and transactional matters. The firm is internationally recognized for its representation of Fortune 500 companies in high-stakes litigation, as well as its ongoing commitment to pro bono service and diversity. The firm has offices in Washington, D.C., New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Orange County, London, and Brussels.


Christine Elfmann
Senior Communications Manager