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Philippe Snel is the head of our China practice. He works at the Shanghai office.
Before independently moving his legal practice and relocating to China in 2004, Philippe was working in Brussels mainly as a corporate transactions lawyer.
Today Philippe is one of the few truly experienced European lawyers working in China. Several multinational companies and numerous European SME’s have relied on his experience to apprehend the intricacies of the legal framework for business in China.
Recently Philippe’s work involved assisting a stock-listed company, leader in medical imaging devices to restructure its distributorships in China. In another matter he advised a Belgian privately owned PU-foam producer to conduct a successful acquisition of its Chinese competitor.
Philippe regularly acts as counsel to Belgian and Luxembourg authorities in China (Belgian Consulate in Shanghai, Flanders Investment & Trade, Brussels Export, Minstry of Economic Affairs of Luxembourg, etc…) and as special advisor to various official institutions in Shanghai and Shenzhen, e.g. Shanghai United Assets Exchange, Zhabei District Foreign Investment Office, Shenzhen CCPIT & CIOC. In 2010 Philippe was appointed counsel to the Commissioner-General of the Belgium Pavilion to the Shanghai World Expo.
Philippe currently serves as Chairman the Benelux Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai. He is a regular speaker on all issues related to Sino-European business relations and his opinion in this regard is regularly solicited by journalists and officials alike.
Philippe is a member of the Brussels Bar Association (Nederlandse Orde) and a registered foreign lawyer with the Shanghai Bureau of Justice.