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Belgium

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

Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick

Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick recently hired Freya Mareels, formerly of Linklaters, who focuses on financing and debt restructuring. The practice assisted FirstCaribbean International Bank with the financing of a wind farm and advised ING Belgium on granting a $45m credit facility to PQ Licensing. The ‘outstanding’ Jan Vincent Lindemans heads the team, which also includes Tom Van Dyck, Thierry Tilquin, financial litigator Roel Fransis and fintech expert Joan Carette.

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

Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick

Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatricktruly understands the Belgian marketplace’. The group helped Argos Soditic with its acquisition of a 66.6% stake in SNCB Logistics. Practice head Christel Van den Eynden is ‘a great communicator’, who ‘can be aggressive if necessary’. Damien Conem is also recommended, while Philippe Malherbe left to found malherbe.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick

Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick handles domestic and cross-border disputes spanning sectors such as oil and gas, construction and telecoms. Equally strong in litigation and arbitration, Hakim Boularbah’s team is representing Gécamines in arbitration proceedings arising from a contractual dispute with Afritalia, and defended Uber in Belgian court litigation brought by taxi companies alleging unfair competition. Arnaud Nuyts, Aimery de Schoutheete and Nicolas Angelet are recommended. Mathilde Rousseau left to work in-house.

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 Paul Geerebaert and Vincent Busschaert are ‘highly commercial and pragmatic’, and Leen Holvoet is also recommended. The group advises on a wide range of issues, such as social security law, individual and collective dismissals and pensions. Mercedes-Benz, AON Belgium and Total Group are clients.

Leading individuals

Vincent Busschaert - Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick

Next generation lawyers

Kay Goyens - Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 2

Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick

Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick’s Yves Delacroix and Dominique Devos routinely assist Ikea Belgium with environmental matters associated with the development of new stores, including environmental impact studies, planning and zoning, and soil pollution. Dirk Lindemans and Filip De Preter are also recommended.

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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 team provides compliance and preventive advice to clients, and also assists them with filing complaints and defending prosecutions. Practice head Magda Vandebotermet is experienced in pleading cases before the Belgian Supreme Court. Kay Goyens specialises in social crime and employment fraud cases.

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

Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick’s Paul Vandepitte has a wealth of experience in restructurings, insolvency litigation and workouts. Also recommended is Roel Fransis, who acted for two Belgian subsidiaries of Grupo Urvasco in the group’s court-supervised restructuring. Jan Vincent Lindemans heads the practice.

Next generation lawyers

Roel Fransis - Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick

Although Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick represents a broad client base, there is a strong focus on IT companies, artists and cultural institutions. The group assisted comic artist Ana Mirallès with asserting her rights regarding her original drawings for the comic series, Djinn. Department head Etienne Kairis is recommended. Peter Craddock left the firm to work in-house.

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

Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick

Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick’s ‘excellent’ real estate and regulatory department recently advised KBC Insurance on buying parts of Sunparks Ardennen holiday park. Practice head Yves Delacroix has ‘outstanding negotiation skills’; Alexandre Emond is ‘reliable, pragmatic and composed’; and senior attorney Julie De Bonnet is another notable figure.

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

Handling contentious matters and tax advisory work, Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick is often involved in the drafting of new legislation and tax policy development. Recently the group assisted a corporation with post-acquisition reorganisation and tax optimisation. Jean-Michel Degée took over the position of department head from Daniel Garabedian; Henk Verstraete is the other key partner. Jacques Malherbe joined Simont Braun in January 2017.

Leading Individuals

Daniel Garabedian - Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick

Next generation lawyers

Henk Verstraete - Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick

Jean-Michel Degée - 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 Jules Stuyck, Stefaan Raes and others are representing Uber in Belgian court proceedings initiated by taxi companies alleging unfair competition. The firm’s recent work also includes state aid matters involving tax-related issues, merger cases and private damages actions.

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Belgium: EU regulatory

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

Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick

In 2015, Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick’s Tom Van Dyck assisted Incofin with setting up a Dutch investment fund (which was mainly marketed to Belgian investors) and handling associated regulatory issues. Joan Carette specialises in fintech, payment services and the digitalisation of financial services.

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Belgium: Industry focus

Energy
Industry focus: energy - ranked: tier 1

Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick

Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick delivers ‘top-notch advice’, according to clients, and ‘there are few other law firms in Belgium that can match its expertise in the energy domain’. Expertise spans corporate, regulatory, tax and environmental matters, as well as project finance. The group recently advised a Congolese stakeholder and a Belgian renewable energy company on the development of a power project in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Department head Damien Verhoeven ‘combines expert knowledge of energy law with regulatory law’. Frank Judo ‘comes up with creative solutions to complex problems’.

Leading individuals

Damien Verhoeven - Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick

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Transport
Industry focus: transport - ranked: tier 3

Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick

Appreciated for its ‘excellent, practice-oriented service’, Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick represents airlines and aviation insurers, as well as companies in the shipping, rail and road haulage sectors. The team recently assisted Eurostar with a matter related to an attempted derailment of one of its trains. Jean Pierre Kesteloot took over the practice chair after Marc Godfroid retired.

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Belgium

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Legal Developments by:
Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick

  • 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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