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Etienne Kairis

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Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick

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Commercial / Intellectual Property/ IT and Telecommunications


Etienne Kairis has over 15 years of experience in commercial law with a focus on distribution law, fair trade practices, intellectual property law, and IT law. He has developed a particular expertise and reputation in the automotive sector, notably as regards the organisation, management and restructuring of distribution networks in Belgium. Etienne also has gained broad experience in devising and enforcing national and international strategies for intellectual property protection (trade mark, patent and copyright protection).


Etienne joined Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick as a Partner in January 2014. Etienne has authored various publications on commercial law and is regularly a speaker at seminars concerning these fields.


French, Dutch, English


Etienne is a member of the Brussels bar, Member of the European Communities Trade Mark Association (ECTA) Vice-President of the Commission de déontologie et d'éthique pharmaceutique (DEP Commission) at


Etienne holds a Master’s Degree in Law from the University of Leuven (KU Leuven 1998) and an LL.M. in Intellectual Property law (Intellectuele Rechten/Droits intellectuels), organised jointly by the University of Leuven and the University of Brussels (KUL – HUB-KAHO 2001).


Industry focus: Retail

Within: Industry focus: Retail

Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick is highlighted for its breadth of experience and regularly assists clients across the retail and consumer goods sector, with clients including Ikea Belgium, Lidl and The Absolut Company. Etienne Kairis is leading a team defending Belgian-based company Sport Direct in cease and desist proceedings brought by UK-based The practice also acted for AG Real Estate on the €425m sale of the Woluwe Shopping Center complex located in Brussels. Commercial lawyer Olivier Vanden Berghe and Yves Delacroix, who leads the firm's real estate and regulatory practice, are other key names to note.

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Intellectual property

Within: Intellectual property

Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick provides 'pragmatic advice' across the full range of IP matters. The firm has seen an uptick in contentious work; recent highlights include practice head Etienne Kairis ('a tough but amenable litigator') successfully acting for a prominent lingerie manufacturer in a trade mark infringement dispute. Of counsel Bernard Vanbrabant is well known for handling complex licensing agreements. Counsel Sarah van den Brande was a new arrival from CURIA in April 2019.

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