Antwerp 

DLA Piper has recruited a six-strong Baker McKenzie financial services and insurance team for its Antwerp office.

The team is headed by partner Pierre Berger, who led the Belgium and EMEA financial services and insurance practice at Baker McKenzie and has been a partner at the firm since 2011.

Other lawyers making the move include senior lead lawyer Isabelle Van Biesen, associates Simon Landuyt, Pauline Kustermans and Stephanie Liebaert and trainee Caroline Fabri.

The new team will bolster DLA Piper’s continental financial services and insurance sector offering in Belgium and other European jurisdictions, as well as the law firm’s fintech and insuretech practice.

According to the firm’s website, DLA Piper currently has eight lawyers in Antwerp, including corporate partner Koen Selleslags.

“This major addition follows a significant increase in client demand for financial and insurance regulatory services on the continent,” said Jean-Pierre Douglas-Henry, global co-chairman of DLA Piper’s litigation and regulatory group. “Pierre and his team bring a wealth of experience to our existing capabilities, ensuring that we are uniquely well placed to advise our Belgian and international clients on this complex and developing area, both now and in the wake of Brexit.”

A Baker McKenzie representative said that the Belgian financial services and insurance practice would now be coordinated between banking and finance partners Antoine De Raeve, who is head of the EMEA banking and finance practice group, and Michael Van Acker, alongside associate Olivier Van den Broeke.

The news comes on the heels of Baker McKenzie announcing its latest global partner promotions, which included Brussels competition lawyer Joost Haans.