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Yves Van Couter

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Loyens & Loeff

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Yves is a member of the Loyens & Loeff Litigation & Risk Management Practice Group. He heads the firm-wide Food & Beverages Team and co-heads the Data Protection & Privacy Team. He has a focus on automotive, food and healthcare sectors.


He has expertise in (international) commercial law, and intellectual property law (including technology transfers and trade mark licensing), distribution law (including franchising law) and market practices (including advertising, labelling and packaging). He both advises his clients in these fields and represents them in court in litigation relating to these topics. Yves is an arbitrator with the World Intellectual Property Organization in Geneva and with the CEPANI (Belgian Center for Arbitration and Mediation) in Belgium. He teaches IP law as Honorary International Chair Professor at the National Taipei University of Technology and as Guest Professor at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Cali (Colombia). He has authored several publications on commercial contracts and intellectual property law. Yves is mentioned as a leading expert by Chambers & Partners (Europe) and Legal 500 EMEA (IP, Food law) and Best Lawyers guide (IP). Yves has been a member of the Brussels Bar since 1991.


2003: Partner, Loyens & Loeff; Prior to joining Loyens & Loeff, Yves was a Partner at a major Belgian law firm.


Yves works in Dutch, French, English and Spanish.


Yves is a member of LESI and INTA.


Yves holds an LL.M. in Intellectual Property Law from a joint program between the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and the KU Leuven (Belgium, 2000), an LL.M. in Common Law Studies from the Georgetown University (Washington D.C., U.S.A., 1994 / Fulbright Scholar), an LL.M. in International and European Law from the Université catholique de Louvain (Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, 1991), and a Law degree from Universiteit Gent (Belgium, 1990).


Dispute resolution

Within: Dispute resolution

At Loyens & Loeff, the team is representing the National Bank of Kazakhstan in a challenge to a third party garnishment order, as part of an ongoing dispute with two Moldovan investors regarding an arbitral award. Yves Van Couter, who has established expertise in IP and IT litigation, is a key contact. Martine De Roeck was appointed to the judiciary at the Antwerp Commercial Court and senior associate Ahmed Tayane left to join the LRC Group as counsel. In January 2019, the practice was bolstered by the arrivals of the 'heavyweight fighter' Hakim Boularbah and counsel Olivier van der Haegen from Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick.

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EU regulatory: Food

Within: EU regulatory: Food

Loyens & Loeff’s team garners praise for its 'very thorough knowledge of food law’. Counsel Aude Mahy is 'a star; she has her finger on the pulse of the sector and is very responsive'. Bert Gevers and Yves Van Couter are also noted.

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EU regulatory: Privacy and data protection

Within: EU regulatory: Privacy and data protection

Yves Van Couter leads the team at Loyens & Loeff, which has been advising clients from the retail, construction, technology, financial services and healthcare sectors on data breaches, compliance matters, cybersecurity and data transfers. Associate Stéphanie De Smedt is also noted.

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EU regulatory: information technology

Within: EU regulatory: information technology

Yves Van Couter heads Loyens & Loeff's practice, which has been kept busy with instructions concerning electronic signatures, software development and e-commerce matters. Senior associate Stéphanie De Smedt is 'very knowledgeable and responsive'.

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Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences

Within: Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences

The healthcare and life sciences team at Loyens & Loeff regularly handles a range of contentious and non-contentious matters including regulatory, tax, corporate and administrative considerations. The group's client roster spans medical device manufacturers, biotech and pharmaceutical companies to healthcare entrepreneurs and organisations. A team led by Yves Van Couter is instructed by Arthrex to advise on commercial, regulatory and data protection issues pertaining to the launch of specialised medical software in Belgium and the Netherlands. Other clients include investment firms Cinven and Bain Capital and the academic organisation for dentists, the International Team for Implantology. Filip Saelens heads up the practice, which includes new hire Valentijn De Boe, who joined from Allen & Overy LLP. Evelina Roegiers is now with Crowell & Moring.

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Industry focus: IT and telecoms

Within: Industry focus: IT and telecoms

The IT and telecom sector-focused practice at Loyens & Loeff is frequently engaged to handle both contentious and non-contentious matters for its impressive client roster, which includes Orange and Cognizant. Practice head Yves Van Couter and senior associate Stéphanie De Smedt are representating in a domain name dispute. The team also acted for EccoPrint in litigation relating to the termination of a custom software development agreement.

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Industry focus: Retail

Within: Industry focus: Retail

With experience in a range of tax, IP, real estate, finance and corporate transactions, Loyens & Loeff's well-rounded team is a popular choice for retail sector clients. The group includes Christophe Laurent, Yves Van Couter and Xavier Clarebout, who are recommended for real estate, disputes and tax-related matters respectively.

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Intellectual property

Within: Intellectual property

Loyens & Loeff handles licensing matters, copyright issues, trade secrets, counterfeiting disputes and trade mark cases, among other areas, for its well established client base drawn from the telecoms, retail, automotive, food, and healthcare industries. Yves Van Couter leads the team; senior associate Stéphanie De Smedt is also recommended.

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Industry focus: Food

Within: Industry focus: Food

Loyens & Loeff¬†'offers strong, relevant advice', and for one client 'the speed of response is crucial'. The team provides a full, multi-jurisdictional service¬†to clients in the food and beverages industries including advising on corporate, IP and complex regulatory regimes. Professor Gert-Wim van de Meent¬†heads the practice and has a focus on domestic and EU regulatory, competition and procurement law;¬†Yves Van Couter¬†heads the Benelux group. The team advised Bacardi and its group companies on the Dutch and Swiss aspects of¬† its acquisition of Patr√≥n Spirits International ‚Äď its PATR√ďN brand.¬†Harmen Holtrop, who co-chairs the corporate group¬†advised Nimbus on the disposal of Meneba, the major grain miller.

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