Press Release | Belgian and European expansion plans on track for Spencer WestPosted: 5 Nov 2021
International integrated fee-sharing law firm Spencer West LLP announces key hires to its Belgian practice.
The firm’s presence in Brussels has been bolstered by the addition of former Corporate and Corporate Finance Partner at CMS, Carl Dotremont, and former Competition and Commercial law and Managing Partner for Belgium of Taylor Wessing, Marc Picat.
The team now operates across all areas of business law and is focused on its growing capabilities in Banking and Finance, Corporate, Commercial, Competition, Real Estate, Tax, Employment, Private Wealth, Intellectual Property, Construction, and Litigation.
Simeon Spencer and Antoine West, the Co-Founders of Spencer West and the firm’s Senior and Managing Partner respectively, welcomed the news by saying: “We are delighted that Carl and Marc have joined us in Brussels. They are both hugely experienced and highly regarded as experts in their fields. We are very fortunate to have them as part of our team and we are sure they will both play key roles in the development of our Belgian practice, and in integrating our Brussels office across Europe and the wider firm.”
Dotremont, who also practiced at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner in Brussels, and Morgan Lewis in Frankfurt and Brussels, before joining Spencer West Belgium, said: “This is an exciting move. We are joining an ambitious and innovative international law firm, where we can offer high quality, cost-effective, legal advice to our clients with all of the benefits of being part of a larger international team. I endorse the entrepreneurial spirit of Spencer West and look forward to assisting the growth of the Brussels team and the firm internationally.”
Picat, who previously practiced at PWC and Arthur Andersen in Paris and Brussels, added: “Spencer West Belgium will no doubt provide a natural home for many experienced Belgian lawyers and, in addition to my client-focused work, I am looking forward to assisting the growth of the team and the development of the Firm across Europe. Our entrepreneurial approach will appeal to clients across the Belgian business community, and our commercial model will attract experienced lawyers looking for a high-quality home for their practice and a better, more modern way of operating a leading practice in the Belgian legal marketplace.”
Jan Cant, Corporate Partner, Spencer West Belgium, said: “Marc and Carl are a natural addition to the team and we offer them a warm welcome. We now have a highly experienced and well-respected core team of lawyers in Belgium. We see numerous opportunities to work together to develop client opportunities and the presence of Spencer West in the Belgian legal market.”
Antoine West, added: “To bring lawyers to our firm of the calibre of Marc and Carl is a real coup. We see their joining as opening up a number of opportunities across the firm to position Spencer West strongly in the Belgian legal market, and for continued international growth.”
The announcement comes in a year that has seen Spencer West develop associations in the UAE and Hong Kong, and open offices in Belgium, Spain, and various offshore jurisdictions. The leadership team expects to make more announcements regarding the development of the firm’s international capability in the coming months. Spencer West now has over 100 partners internationally.
About Spencer West LLP
Spencer West is a leading full service international law firm advising businesses and individuals across the UK and globally. Headquartered in the City of London, the firm is built on strong collaborative values. The firm’s experienced lawyers are recognised experts in their fields from leading City, national and international law firms, and senior in-house positions. Working in a modern and dynamic way with autonomy over where, when, and how they work, Spencer West lawyers view issues from the client’s perspective to deliver results. The firm’s international presence and global outlook mean that it is uniquely placed to advise on the entire spectrum of corporate, commercial, and private wealth matters across multiple jurisdictions. For more, visit: www.spencer-west.com.
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