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Eric Montens

Senior Counsel


Eric Montens is a senior counsel in the Brussels office of Crowell & Moring. His practice focuses mainly on general commercial & corporate, competition and product risk management matters.

He assists national and international clients on a variety of issues concerning commercial distribution and related matters, such as franchise, selective distribution, agency, competition, licensing, and consumer protection. He regularly litigates distribution matters before national courts and arbitration panels.

As part of Eric's product risk management practice, he advises corporations on the legislation applicable to their products when put on the EU market. He has represented manufacturers, suppliers and importers in product safety (including product recall) matters with the national (consumer) safety authorities of the EU member states involving, among others, tires, toys, children's products and other (consumer) goods. On international product risk management issues, he often works closely with the firm's U.S. offices, as well as lawyers in other parts of the world.

Eric has also been seconded to companies in the IT/Telecommunications sectors, where he has worked with clients both as part of their legal team and as standalone legal counsel in their day-to-day business, including software license review, general commercial contract review, distribution network development, litigation monitoring, and corporate matters.

Eric studied at the law faculties of the Facultés Universitaires Notre-Dame de la Paix in Namur (1997, jur. cand.) and of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (2000, jur. lic.). He also spent a year at the University of Uppsala, Sweden (1999). In 2001, he obtained a master's degree in EU Law at the Institute for European Studies of the Université Libre de Bruxelles (LLM, cum laude).

Eric was admitted to the Brussels Bar in 2001. Before joining Crowell & Moring he was an associate in a leading franchise and distribution law firm in Brussels.

Education

  • Facultés Universitaires Notre-Dame de la Paix in Namur, J.D. (1997)
  • Catholic University of Leuven, J.D. (2000)
  • Free University of Brussels (Université Libre de Bruxelles), LL.M. (2001) cum laude

Affiliations

Admitted to practice: in Belgium and before the European Court

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"Product Safety – Managing the Risks," Crowell & Moring, Webinar. (November 25, 2021). Speakers: Eric Montens and Jurgen Figys.
Speech/Presentation
"Liability of Directors and Management," Webinar in Collaboration with IJE/IBJ (April 27, 2021). Speakers: Emmanuel Plasschaert, Frederik Van Remoortel, Eric Montens, and Margaux van Steenbergh.
Speech/Presentation
"B2B Relations in the Events Industry in Europe and the COVID-19 Pandemic: Force Majeure Q&A for the Belgian Sector," B2B Relations in the Events Industry in Europe and COVID-19 Series (May 4, 2020). Contacts: Jan-Diederik Lindemans, Eric Montens
Client Alert / Newsletter
"Covid-19 et la reprise après le confinement," Webinar in collaboration with Robert Half, Brussels, Belgium (April 29, 2020). Speakers: Emmanuel Plasschaert and Eric Montens.
Speech/Presentation
Crowell & Moring Elects Eight New Partners and Promotes Seven to Senior Counsel and 26 to Counsel Positions (January 2, 2020)
Firm News / Announcement
"Selected Topics for Non-profit Associations," Crowell & Moring Open Table, Brussels, Belgium (November 26, 2019). Speakers: Emmanuel Plasschaert, Frederik Van Remoortel, and Eric Montens.
Speech/Presentation
"Internet of Things – Legal and IT Risks & Challenges," IJE/IBJ Open Table, Brussels, Belgium (April 4, 2019). Presenters: Tom Pace (Cylance), Maarten Stassen, Emmanuel Plasschaert, Eric Montens and Heidi Waem.
Speech/Presentation
"General Product Safety and Recall," IJE/IBJ Deep Dive - Product Liability & Security in the EU and Belgium: Handling the Risks Associated with Defective or Non-Compliant Products, Brussels (December 6, 2018). Presenter: Eric Montens.
Speech/Presentation
"Product Liability in Belgium," IJE/IBJ Deep Dive - Product Liability & Security in the EU and Belgium: Handling the Risks Associated with Defective or Non-Compliant Products, Brussels (December 6, 2018). Presenter: Eric Montens.
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