Bart Bellen

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Bart Bellen is a partner of contrast. He specializes in corporate law and advises on business law matters.

Bart represents domestic and international companies in corporate and commercial transactions or contentious proceedings. He handles cross-border M&A transactions, multi-jurisdictional corporate restructurings and litigation.

Bart graduated from the University of Leuven (K.U.L.) and obtained a Master’s degree (LL.M.) at New York University School of Law.

Bart Bellen is a member of the Brussels Bar (admitted in New York 1997). He speaks Dutch, French and English.


  • New York University School of Law (LL.M. 1997)
  • University of Leuven (K.U.L.) (Lic. Jur. 1996)


  • contrast (2006-present)
  • VWEW, business law department (2004-2005)
  • Linklaters De Bandt, corporate law & M&A department, Brussels/New York (1997-2002)

Sources describe "knowledgeable and thorough" department co-head Bart Bellen as a "deal maker who can translate negotiation issues into a win-win for both parties." He has notable experience of advising on transactions involving the retail and chemical sectors.

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21 Apr 2017

Toprankings for contrast

contrast is proud to announce that the contrast Corporate and M&A team continues to be highly recommended by both Chambers & Partners Europe and Legal 500. The team has moved up to band 4 in the Chambers & Partners guide. Also Legal 500 highlights the level of expertise of the Corporate and M&A team recommending both partners Bart Bellen and Herlinde Burez. In addition, Bart Bellen is individually ranked in band 3 and listed as ‘foreign expert for USA’ in Chambers.

The Corporate and M&A team of 11 lawyers and 1 paralegal earns frequent high praise from clients for its approach and quality, which has led to an increase in its ranking this year. Clients like the team’s enthusiasm: “Their passion for the job is remarkable; each team member you meet has the same passion and this, combined with their knowledge of how to do their job, makes it easy and enjoyable to work with them”. Clients enthuse that “they are practical, sharp, fast and to the point” and that “they know our business”.

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