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January 2010 newsletter


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Dear Reader,

Jean-Marie De Backer, founder of our firm in 1987 and senior partner since the merger with CMS Lexcelis in 2005, is stepping down as of 1st January 2010.

This is the time to pay him tribute. Jean-Marie is one of those very few talented lawyers of the early 80s, who has been able to develop a genuine team of lawyers, who will carry on his values long after.

In a career spanning over 30 years, Jean Marie De Backer has relentlessly used his intelligence, diplomacy and creativity to assist a vast array of both public institutions and private businesses, with a special focus on corporate restructuring, state aids and relations with regional entities. He has been a player and a key witness of Wallonia’s institutional and economic evolution.

Is there a more fitting way to demonstrate our appreciation for Jean-Marie, than at the event closing a series of seminars on public governance, one of his lifelong interests, on 30th March 2010 at the Jehay Castle in Huy.

Jean-Marie De Backer’s great professional career does not stop here. He remains a lawyer, meaning that we will be able to rely occasionally on his support in the future.

I would like to wish you all an excellent 2010.

Stanislas van Wassenhove
Managing Partner

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