Working in Brussels

Cleary Gottlieb’s Brussels office was established in 1960 as a direct consequence of the close relationship between French political and economic advisor Jean Monnet and former U.S. Under-Secretary of State George Ball, one of the firm’s founding partners and legal advisor to Monnet on the implementation of the Marshall Plan and the drafting of the Treaties of the European Communities.

Today, the office has approximately 100 lawyers, who hail from more than 25 countries and are qualified in most EU member states. Our core capabilities include antitrust, corporate, litigation, international trade, and regulatory work.

Our Brussels office has an internationally acclaimed antitrust law practice, treating issues such as merger control, cartel investigations, abuse of dominant market positions, and state aid. We regularly represent clients in proceedings before the European Commission and national antitrust authorities. 

The corporate practice spans all areas of national and international corporate law, including mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, private equity, banking and finance, financial regulatory, and corporate governance.

Whether you join us as a summer associate, stagiaire, or associate, you are sure to enjoy the vibrant atmosphere and international scene at the heart of Europe.

“Brussels is very attractive because it has everything a capital city has to offer with the added advantages of being a city of livable proportions and being the melting pot of Europe.”


Romano Subiotto QC
Partner, Brussels