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Monard Law

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35008 HTO
Antwerp, Brussels, Ghent, Hasselt

Koen Geelen

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Monard Law

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Environment, Administrative
Liability, Insurance




Koen Geelen specialises in liability and insurance law, as well as in administrative law. More specifically, he handles issues regarding urban development permits, environmental permits, governmental assignments and contracts, and civil law. In these matters, he assists individuals, insurers, and public authorities by providing advice on proceedings.Koen Geelen has a law degree (Catholic University of Leuven, 1985). He began his professional career as assistant researcher in contract and liability law at the Catholic University of Leuven (1985-1990). He was sworn in as a lawyer on 1 September 1985, and has since been a member of the Hasselt bar. A partner at Monard Law since 1990, Koen Geelen speaks and writes regularly on matters related to liability and insurance law as well as administrative law. He is co-author of the case-law review relating to tort liability in the 1980 T.P.R (Private Law Journal).

In 1992, he was the opening speaker of the judicial year in Hasselt and spoke about the assessment of the attitude of the executive branch by the judiciary.




Dispute resolution

Within: Dispute resolution

Recent instructions for Monard Law's 'very hands-on and practical' team includes disputes from the automotive and luxury goods sectors; Rolex, D'leteren, Suzuki Belgium and Hyundai Belux are key clients. Daan De Jaeger,  Koen Geelen,  Nicole Segers and Erik Monard are the names to note.

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Within: Environment

Monard Law has a strong track record advising applicants and objecting parties on the contentious and non-contentious aspects of environmental permit applications. It also acts for third parties, such as investors investing into target companies, in environmental audits. Other areas of expertise include soil pollution, waste management, environmental taxes and expropriation. The practice is jointly headed by Koen Geelen, France Vlassembrouck and associate partner Wouter Moonen. Recent work includes Geelen, Moonen and senior associate Sarah Jacobs assisting We Are One World - the organiser of the Tomorrowland dance festival - with obtaining all required permits for the event. The team has also advised Group Machiels on obtaining permits for various wind turbine projects. Counsel Bernard Vanheusden is another active practitioner in the group. Other clients include the City of Mechelen, the City of Hasselt, RSK Group and Democo.

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Industry focus: energy

Within: Industry focus: energy

Monard Law's practice draws on the firm's strength in corporate, commercial, administrative and regulatory matters and the group has 'broad knowledge of complex legal matters' in the energy sector. The sector-focused practice attracts praise for 'thinking out of the box' and handles a range of advisory and contentious matters. Natalie Ulburghs (who splits her time between the firm's Brussels and Hasselt offices) and Hasselt-based Koen Geelen jointly head the team which counts Infrax, Bionerga and Inter-Energa among its clients.

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