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The leading firm in Belgium in the not-for-profit field’, Curia has a well-established client base, assisting non-profits engaged in healthcare, education and philanthropy, among other fields. The scope of its work is broad, encompassing corporate, commercial, litigation, real estate and employment. Newer areas of practice in the firm include social impact investment and alternative financing mechanisms, where Yvette Verleisdonk is developing a niche; she joined the firm in 2015 and ‘adds a new dimension to the firm’. Practice head Marleen Denef is ‘recognised as an authority in the governance of not-for-profit organisations’ and ‘has bundles of charisma, imagination and creativity’. Counsel Sarah Verschaeve and senior associates Benoit Spitaels and Yves Thiery are also noted.

The ‘very thorough’ multidisciplinary team at Altiusalways assigns appropriately skilled members of staff to each case’. It covers the gamut of issues in the not-for-profit sector, advising charities, trade associations and healthcare institutions on relevant corporate, IP, employment, regulatory and competition law. Jérôme Vermeylen and Paul Maeyaert are noted.

A multi-disciplinary team at Ashurst LLP advises international and domestic clients, including private companies and government agencies, sometimes on a pro bono basis. It has seen an uptick in the volume of its not-for-profit instructions, which are handled by a sizeable group, under the leadership of David Du Pont.

Scientific institutions and trade and industry associations regularly turn to Bird & Bird for advice on legal issues impacting on their activities, including commercial, competition, regulatory and IP law. Corporate lawyer Paul Hermant and tax specialist Brent Springael head the not-for-profit practice group, where they often work alongside IP expert Jean-Christophe Troussel. Senior associate Cedric Berckmans is another key contact.

DLA Piper maintains a strong commitment to pro bono work across its offices. Through the firm’s "new perimeter" programme, its lawyers provide long-term pro bono assistance in emerging markets. In Belgium, the social responsibility and pro bono practice is headed by finance and project expert Johan Mouraux. In recent work, Annelies Verlinden advised OCMW Balen on new housing and care infrastructure and service flats.

The ‘extremely professional’ non-profit and trade associations team at Koan Law Firmdemonstrates strong knowledge of legal issues in the field of company law and the rules governing (international) non-profit associations’. In 2017, it advised Compassion in World Farming on the incorporation and structuring of a Belgian subsidiary. Key members of the ‘knowledgeable, flexible and helpful’ team are the ‘client-focusedAntoine Druetz and associate Alix Degrez, who is ‘a clear communicator’.

Osborne Clarke has continued to expand its client base since the opening of its Brussels office in 2013. Highly regarded counsel Ruth Wirtz leads the not-for-profit practice group, which supports and advocates for trade associations, charities, hospitals and foundations. The firm’s international network gives it an edge in cross-border work, particularly in restructurings and reorganisations.

Pierstone has an emphasis on regulated sectors, including not-for-profit. Giulia Mauri and Patrice Vanderbeeken are the key contacts in the group, which provides corporate, commercial, IT and IP law and litigation support. Vanderbeeken has been advising an international non-profit association on domain name disputes and IT and database access agreements.

White & Case LLP impresses with its ‘professionalism, commitment, response times and deep knowledge’. Firm-wide, it puts a strong emphasis on pro bono work, an area which is among the firm’s 14 global practices. With a vast office network, it excels in complex, cross-border work. Brussels partner Jacquelyn MacLennan heads the global pro bono practice; she is ‘a brilliant communicator’, with ‘an exceptionally sharp capacity to observe detail’.

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