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White & Case is taking on a Linklaters & Alliance corporate partner in Brussels to spearhead the growth of a Belgian law transactional practice.
Thierry Lohest is joining from Linklaters member firm De Bandt van Hecke Lagae & Loesch as White & Case's first locally-qualified corporate partner in Belgium. Until now the practice has been based on European law, dealing principally with competition and international trade. The office has 35 lawyers and is the result of a merger in 1998 between White & Case's Brussels office and local European Union law boutique Forrester Norall & Sutton. There is one corporate partner in the eight-partner office, Thomas Hartnett, who is US-qualified. Lohest does corporate finance work and M&A, and has spent four years in Linklaters' London office. White & Case executive partner for Brussels Ian Forrester said: "Our European law practice has grown since the merger, but the Belgian transactional practice has been slower to grow. Thierry's arrival is a step towards broadening and deepening the transactional practice."