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With ‘many years of practical experience in the sector’, Curia is one of very few law firms in Belgium with a specific practice group devoted to advising not-for-profit organisations. Its lawyers provide ‘clear and objective advice’, ‘investing considerable time in personal networking with employers’ federations for social profit organisations in Belgium and beyond’. The client base includes private foundations and funds, research associations, NGOs, museums, elderly care facilities, and government agencies. Recently work includes advising WindEurope on legal issues relating to its operational management. Founding partner and practice head Marleen Denef ‘combines strategic skills with practical advice’. Employment attorneys Jurgen Goyvaerts and Guido Lamal are also names to note.

Bird & Bird provides wide-ranging support to international trade and research organisations. Highlights included assisting the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) with the legal structure of its ELIXIR project and helping the European Fair Trade Association with matters related to public procurement. Ecopreneur and the Joint Research Centre (JRC) are also clients. Corporate lawyer Paul Hermant and tax expert Brent Springael are the names to note.

One of the leading law firms for pro bono legal services, DLA Piper has a solid not-for-profit group in its Brussels office. Key clients include the Red Cross and various Public Centres for Social Welfare (OCMWs). The firm assisted Action Damien, a Belgian NGO dedicated to treating people sick with leprosy and tuberculosis, with the acquisition of a new office building. Other recent work includes advising on the formation of the EU Covenant on Demographic Change. Administrative lawyer Annelies Verlinden and Johan Mouraux are the names to note.

Fielding a small but ‘high-quality team that thinks outside the box’, Koan Law Firm gives ‘excellent and timely advice’ to clients in the not-for-profit sector. The firm provides legal assistance with the formation, management, financing, running, dissolution and liquidation of associations and foundations. ‘Forward-looking’ corporate attorney Antoine Druetz advises numerous well-known Belgian and international clients.

Osborne Clarke provides comprehensive legal services to trade and lobbying associations, charities, hospitals, foundations and other domestic and global not-for-profit organisations working in different areas, with a focus on the research and healthcare sectors. Senior counsel Ruth Wirtz is the key contact.

An international law firm focusing on regulated sectors, Pierstone has developed significant expertise in advising the not-for-profit sector. Its legal services span corporate governance, contract negotiation, IP and regulatory support. Giulia Mauri and Patrice Vanderbeeken are the names to note.

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