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Belgium

Banking, finance and capital markets
Banking, finance and capital markets - ranked: tier 2

Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick

Areas of expertise at Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick include general corporate lending, leveraged finance, project finance and debt restructuring. Recent highlights for Freya Mareels include her advice to Sonaca on the financing of its acquisition of LMI Aerospace. Jan Vincent Lindemans heads the banking and finance department. Tom Van Dyck is a key contact for financial services regulation, and Roel Fransis excels in financial litigation and insolvency. Fintech and financial regulations specialist Joan Carette joined Osborne Clarke in 2017.

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Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 2

Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick

The full-service corporate department at Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick has capabilities in M&A, commercial transactions, public law and regulatory issues, infrastructure projects, PPPs and corporate litigation. Christel Van den Eynden advised Euronext Amsterdam-listed company Sligro Food Group on its purchase of Belgian company ISPC, and Thierry Tilquin and Thérèse Loffet assisted a committee representing 34 shareholders in negotiations with Lufthansa for the acquisition of 55% of the holding of Brussels Airlines. Thibaut Hollanders is based in the Democratic Republic of Congo and excels in cross-border transactions. The ‘remarkable’ Damien Conem ‘offers the knowledge, pragmatism and attitude one would expect from the large multinational firms at a fraction of the price’. Jacques Meunier was a new arrival from Fieldfisher in 2018.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick

Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick is ‘the best in Belgium’ and provides ‘unmatched responsiveness and quality of service’. Group head Hakim Boularbah, who ‘quickly analyses complex situations to provide tailored advice’, represented Proximus in a class action filed by Belgian consumer protection organisation Test-Achats. Nicolas Angelet is ‘outstanding in constitutional law’ and is representing the Democratic Republic of the Congo before the International Court of Justice in a war reparations claim. Other senior figures include Arnaud Nuyts, who has ‘a great eye for detail’, and Aimery de Schoutheete. Senior attorney Olivier van der Haegen is ‘a very strong advocate – both in writing and in the courtroom’.

Leading individuals

Aimery de Schoutheete - Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick

Hakim Boularbah - Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick

Next generation lawyers

Olivier van der Haegen - Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 2

Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick

Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick’s ‘well-organised and business-oriented team’ is led by Paul Geerebaert and also includes managing partner Vincent Busschaert; the duo have the ability to ‘clearly translate Belgian law to clients’. Recent work includes advising DHL Parcel Belgium on a collective dismissal proceeding. Senior attorney Kay Goyens has niche expertise in social crimes and employment fraud.

Leading individuals

Vincent Busschaert - Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick

Next generation lawyers

Kay Goyens - Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick

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Fraud and white-collar crime
Fraud and white-collar crime - ranked: tier 2

Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick

Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick’s multidisciplinary fraud and white-collar crime group has particular strength in the environment, food, real estate, public sector and healthcare areas. Key contact Magda Vandebotermet recently represented a CEO in a criminal prosecution. Senior attorney Kay Goyens is also recommended.

Next generation lawyers

Kay Goyens - Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick

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Insolvency and restructuring
Insolvency and restructuring - ranked: tier 2

Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick

Jan Vincent Lindemans’s group at Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick includes Roel Fransis, who has the ability to ‘effectively convey Belgian legal concepts to the uninitiated’. Fransis and Paul Vandepitte advised Agent Provocateur’s Belgian subsidiary on its bankruptcy filing. Hotel Berlaymont, Proximus and Mount Street Mortgage Servicing are also clients.

Next generation lawyers

Roel Fransis - Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick

A very good firm with very co-operative, excellent lawyers’, Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrickis at the forefront of IP and related practice areas’. Cross-border work regularly features, with the team handling IP cases at a national and international level. Of counsel Bernard Vanbrabant has a broad IP litigation practice and also specialises in complex licensing agreements. Etienne Kairis heads the practice.

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Real estate and construction
Real estate and construction - ranked: tier 1

Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick

Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick fields a team of ‘not only very good lawyers but also very good "dealmakers"’, who have ‘very detailed knowledge of Belgium real estate law, with seamless cooperation on other topics such as environmental law and corporate law’. Its regulatory team expanded with the arrival of François Tulkens and Vincent Ost from NautaDutilh in January 2017. Headline transactional work in the office space included practice head and ‘excellent negotiator’ Yves Delacroix advising Befimmo on the granting of a 99-year leasehold on the Brederode complex to CBRE Global Investors. The ‘proactive’ Alexandre Emond and Julie De Bonnet are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Yves Delacroix - Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick

Next generation lawyers

Alexandre Emond - Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick

Julie De Bonnet - Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 1

Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick

Top tax law firmLiedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick is ‘professional and friendly’ and provides ‘valuable, well-argued and nuanced advice’. It is highly recommended in complex tax disputes, and has substantial experience in litigation before the tax authorities, Belgian courts and the European Court of Justice. Its expertise in real estate-related tax is well known, and it is also heavily involved in the financial sector, where it acts for a range of banks, insurance companies and investment companies; Laurence Pinte, who is ‘very good in negotiations with tax authorities’, is a key contact in the financial services industry. Also recommended are the ‘pragmatic’ Pierre Desenfans, ‘respected tax lawyer’ Daniel Garabedian, practice head Jean-Michel Degée, Henk Verstraete and Simone Nudelholc. Counsel An Weyn was a new arrival in 2018 from Tiberghien.

Leading individuals

Daniel Garabedian - Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick

Jean-Michel Degée - Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick

Next generation lawyers

An Weyn - Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick

Henk Verstraete - Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick

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Belgium: Competition

Belgian law
Competition: Belgian law - ranked: tier 3

Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick

Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick’s group is led by Stefaan Raes, who ‘knows his business and the relevant players in the area’. Raes represented AEG Belgium in the first bid-rigging case before the Belgian Competition Authority. Facebook, Multipharma and Uber are also clients. Jules Stuyck joined Crowell & Moring.

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Belgium: EU regulatory

Financial services
EU regulatory: Financial services - ranked: tier 2

Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick

A team from Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick, led by group head Tom Van Dyck, recently advised Bank Degroof Petercam on the establishment of a Luxembourg Reserved Alternative Investment Fund in Belgium. Over the past year, the team has also advised on MiFID II implementation, enforcement actions, market abuse cases and complex regulatory challenges, among other matters. Joan Carette joined Osborne Clarke.

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Belgium: Industry focus

Energy
Industry focus: Energy - ranked: tier 1

Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick

The ‘very client friendly’ team at Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick provides ‘cutting-edge advice’ and is considered by some as ‘the very best practice in Belgium’. The Belgium member of the Energy Law Group network, the team counts market leading energy companies including Total and Veolia as clients. Its procurement, permitting and regulatory practice was further bolstered in January 2017 by the arrival of regulatory experts François Tulkens and Vincent Ost from NautaDutilh. Practice head Damien Verhoeven advised Elia on the regulatory aspects of its offshore grid project, which will be connected with wind farms in numerous jurisdictions. Olivier Vanden Berghe is active in commercial contracts with a particular focus on the energy sector.

Leading individuals

Damien Verhoeven - Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick

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Retail
Industry focus: Retail - ranked: tier 1

Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick

Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick has a well-rounded retail and consumer goods practice; its clients include distributors, outlet stores, retailers and property developers, which turn to the team for advice on commercial agreements, competition issues, regulatory matters and consumer protection advice. Yves Delacroix advised Ikea on the building of two new stores.

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Transport
Industry focus: Transport - ranked: tier 3

Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick

Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick’s transport department is led by counsel Jean Pierre Kesteloot, whose practice takes in aviation, shipping, railway, insurance and tourism law. Clients include DHL, Eurostar and national railway company NMBS/SNCB.

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Belgium

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  • FSMA MiFID Action Plan announced

    Like in many of our neighboring countries, the Belgian Financial Services and Markets Authority (FSMA) is taking a more persistent approach in pursuing compliance with MiFID conduct of business. In that regard it has announced a “MiFID Action Plan”.
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