Van Bael & Bellis (VBB), a Brussels-based firm specializing in antitrust and trade, is establishing an international trade team in London through the recruitment of senior lawyers from Crowell & Moring and Ashurst.
Michelle Linderman, a former partner at Crowell & Moring, will be in charge of creating a new team, with assistance from Ross Denton, previously the head of international trade at Ashurst.
VBB has announced that the addition of new team members will enhance their trade teams in other locations such as Brussels and Geneva, complementing their existing strengths in EU antitrust, trade, regulatory law, and commercial disputes.
“Over the past 14 months there has been unprecedented growth in EU and UK sanctions and export control legislation,” said Linderman. “Working with the team at VBB, Ross and I will be well placed to provide clients with the commercially-focussed, practical and strategic guidance needed in this complex area of law.”
Linderman has recently become a member of the firm, having previously worked for six years at Crowell in London and as a partner at Ince & Co. She possesses over two decades of experience advising clients on a range of specialized areas, such as UK-specific and cross-border sanctions, the UK Modern Slavery Act, export controls, and cybersecurity issues, which pertain to national and international trade and financial sanctions. In addition, she has expertise in managing complex commercial disputes.