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October 2012 Newsletter


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Dear reader,

Stanislas van Wassenhove will be stepping down as Managing Partner after holding this office for 12 years. Eric Gillet, currently Head of the Public Law practice, has been chosen by the partnership to succeed him. He will take office on 1st January 2013.

Since 2005, when “DeBacker” joined the CMS alliance, the firm has grown from 50 lawyers based in Brussels and Antwerp to 92 lawyers, 14 of them working in the new “CMS DeBacker Luxembourg” office. Thanks to relentless efforts from all firm members, lawyers and staff, we are now recognized as a leading full service law firm with strong specialist teams, and many distinctive features such as our unmatched pan-European reach and at the same time our unique presence at local level.

Eric will expand on that legacy. In order to anticipate client needs, he will be driving the firm’s reflections on complex legal questions prompted by a changing world, such as the future challenges in mobility and transport, renewable energy and sustainable growth, risk management, healthcare, innovation incentives, alternative sources of financing for the private and the public sector, and Corporate Social Responsibility. Eric draws on rich experience: establishing and growing the Public Law practice to one of the largest and most specialised practices in the country, and one of the few international human rights practices within a business law firm. Eric wants the firm to remain close to its clients and aims to keep it at the forefront of legal innovation.

We wish him good luck in this challenging but exciting venture!

The Firm

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