Dispute resolution in Belgium

Allen & Overy LLP

Tom Schoors heads up the department at Allen & Overy LLP, which has had an uptick in corporate, energy and infrastructure litigation. It also represents clients in antitrust disputes and multijurisdictional arbitration cases. One of the key names to note in the group is senior litigation counsel Koen Van Den Broeck. Also recommended is Thales Mertens, who has expertise in insolvency, real estate and corporate disputes. Werner Eyskens provides 'tailor-made advice'.

Practice head(s):

Tom Schoors

Other key lawyers:

Koen Van Den Broeck; Thales Mertens; Werner Eyskens

Linklaters

At Linklaters, the team is well known for its strong capabilities in handling cross-border and domestic litigation for corporate, banking, construction and financial institutional clients. White-collar crime cases and regulatory investigations are prominent in the group's workload. Practice head Françoise Lefèvre is highly regarded for her expertise in arbitration. Stefaan Loosveld is very experienced in handling contentious restructuring and insolvency matters.

Practice head(s):

Françoise Lefèvre

Other key lawyers:

Stefaan Loosveld

Loyens & Loeff

At Loyens & Loeff, the 'very professional and motivated' team represented the Kingdom of Spain in proceedings pertaining to damages claims brought against Spanish judge Pablo Llarena by former members of the Catalan Government for alleged defamation; the court has declared itself without jurisdiction on the grounds of the Kingdom of Spain's immunity, which also covers Llarena. Hakim Boularbah and Olivier van der Haegen jointly head up the department.

Practice head(s):

Hakim Boularbah; Olivier van der Haegen

Testimonials

Outstanding ability to mobilize the most precise and relevant piece of legal advice while connecting it with the upmost rigour with business facts and matters‘.

Hakim Boularbah is an absolute outstanding contention specialist, whose precision and quality of legal analysis and approaches of recommendation makes him immensely valuable as leader of our contention defense team. His proximity to the client, ability to understand business reality while still figuring out the decisive legal matters to defend client rights are second-to-none. His ability to work as team player and team leader among several high-profile legal counsels are also greatly valuable in a complex legal set-up‘.

Key clients

Ryanair

Work highlights

  • Acting for Ryanair in prominent class action proceedings brought by consumer protection company Test-Achats.
  • Successfully defended a prominent telecoms company against a €9m damages claim.

NautaDutilh

The 'very responsive' team at NautaDutilh has a traditional strength in insolvency litigation, and it is also highly capable in handling commercial, real estate, financial and corporate disputes. It is also a strong performer in complex multijurisdictional arbitration cases. In one highlight, practice co-heads Stan Brijs and Sophie Jacmain successfully represented two Moldovan investors in a longrunning dispute with the Republic of Kazakhstan over the recovery of an arbitral award worth over $500m.

Practice head(s):

Stan Brijs; Sophie Jacmain

Testimonials

Stan Brijs is a very pragmatic lawyer‘.

Key clients

ABN Amro Bank

ASCOM-STATI

Diag Human

Schneider Electric Belgium

Ghelamco Group

Work highlights

  • Representing Diag Human in a dispute with the Czech Republic relating to the enforcement of an arbitral award worth €560m; the case is currently before the Belgian Supreme Court.
  • Representing Schneider Electric Belgium in a damages claim brought against the client by Infrabel.

Stibbe

Hans Van Bavel leads the team at Stibbe, which garners praise for its 'solid expertise in handling international arbitration and litigation'. Financial disputes are a core area of strength for the group, which is also adept at representing clients in commercial, corporate, insolvency and construction litigation, among other areas. Key names in the practice include 'quick thinker' Nicolas Résimont and Oliver Stevens, who is very experienced in handling contentious financial and insurance work. Paul Van der Putten excels in insolvency litigation. Counsel Sophie Bourgois is 'a strong litigator and arbitrator'.

Practice head(s):

Hans Van Bavel

Other key lawyers:

Oliver Stevens; Nicolas Résimont; Paul Van der Putten; Sophie Bourgois

Testimonials

Stibbe has an excellent team of highly skilled professionals. The team is pragmatic, commercial and have a very hands-on approach. They are responsive, thorough and efficient. Their work is highly solution-oriented and precise. They have the ability to explain complex legal matters in an understandable way‘.

Nicolas Résimont stands out. He is a very experienced and knowledgeable litigator with convincing pleading skills. He is a formidable advocate and excellent strategist. He is one of the most agile litigators I have ever met‘.

Sophie Bourgois is able to master highly complex disputes and is technically excellent. Sophie is extremely competent, smart, thorough, well organised and a quick-thinker‘.

Key clients

National Bank of Belgium

Ǿrsted Wind Power

Perrigo

Providence Equity Partners

Suez

The Royal Belgian Football Association

Work highlights

  • Acting for the National Bank of Belgium in multiple ongoing litigations pertaining to the bankruptcy of Optima Bank.
  • Representing Perrigo in ongoing arbitration proceedings brought against the former owner of Omega Pharma Invest concerning allegations of fraud.

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance's practice 'seems to work like a well-oiled machine' and 'the team is always quick to respond and to support with excellent, to-the-point advice'. The department is particularly well-known for its strong capabilities in insolvency and restructuring litigation. Practice head Dorothée Vermeiren is 'talented, dedicated and always quick to respond'. Associate Nathan Tulkens is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Dorothée Vermeiren

Other key lawyers:

Nathan Tulkens

Testimonials

Always available, and keen to make sure that the client is happy with the output, and the timing of delivery of that output. Further, consistently realistic as to fees, which – in the medium to longer term – is beneficial for all concerned, as it gives confidence in the quality of the advice that will be received‘.

Pragmatic high quality advice – always very responsive. No sitting on the fence and advice that can be shared with the business‘.

The Clifford Chance team demonstrates extremely high-level expertise and perspective in their work – they are very easy to work with‘.

Dorothée Vermeiren is very knowledgeable, well organized and very determined. She is very good at oral argument in court hearings and also has ample arbitration experience. She is certainly a rising star’.

Dorothée Vermeiren is an excellent lawyer willing to help the client, understand its needs and orienting them on their choices on complicated legal issues‘.

Down-to-earth and practical approach and profound understanding of the client’s business‘.

Key clients

Citibank

The Belgian State

Airbus

Lucerne Capital Management

ING Belgium

Work highlights

  • Defending the Belgian State against claims brought by 8,000 shareholders of the ARCO Group.
  • Representing investment manager AIMCo in litigation pertaining to its acquisition of the Docks Bruxsel shopping centre, concerning a dispute over a long-lease agreement with a tenant of the centre.

Eubelius

Eubelius' team recently advised clients from the financial sector on tax litigation. In addition, its other work included handling arbitration cases with a nexus to the real estate, chemicals and energy sectors. Patrick Hofströssler, Ignace Claeys and Svjatoslav Gnedasj are recommended.

Practice head(s):

Patrick Hofströssler; Ignace Claeys; Svjatoslav Gnedasj

Testimonials

Deep expertise, responsive and easy to deal with‘.

Ignace Claeys is a pleasure to deal with. He provides incisive advice which is well researched, and well presented‘.

Janson

At Janson, financial litigation, white-collar crime cases, arbitration matters and corporate disputes were prominent in the team's recent workload. Dominique Blommaert is 'an excellent and experienced litigator'; he co-heads the department with Cédric Alter, who is very experienced in arbitration, and white-collar crime expert Céline Masschelein.

Practice head(s):

Dominique Blommaert; Cédric Alter; Céline Masschelein

Testimonials

Dominique Blommaert is very pragmatic and able to come to amicable solutions‘.

Key clients

Belfius Bank

Perrigo

Irisnet

MCS Holding

KBC Bank

Mondelez

Bank Degroof Petercam

Nyrstar

Work highlights

  • Defending Belfius Bank against ongoing class action proceedings brought against the client by former shareholders of the ARCO Group concerning alleged mis-selling of shares.
  • Acting for Perrigo in arbitration proceedings between the Perrigo group and the former shareholders of Omega Pharma.

Jones Day

Jones Day's team, led by Sébastien Champagne, is noted for its 'technical and commercial knowledge'. The firm reports an uptick in arbitration mandates, alongside handling financial litigation, contentious corporate matters and competition law disputes. Michèle Grégoire has established expertise in representing clients before the Belgian Supreme Court, and is well versed in acting for investment funds and financial institutions. Vanessa Foncke has an excellent reputation for her expertise in arbitration.

Practice head(s):

Sébastien Champagne

Other key lawyers:

Michèle Grégoire; Vanessa Foncke

Key clients

Nethys

bpost

Telenet

Newpharma

Work highlights

  • Assisting Newpharma with ongoing litigation against the Belgian Chamber of Pharmacists, including a successful claim brought before the Belgian Competition Authority for anti-competitive practices.

Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick

The 'hands-on, professional and available' team at Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick provides 'sound and pragmatic advice' to clients on insolvency, commercial and financial litigation. In addition, it is viewed as 'leaders in international arbitration disputes'. The 'very distinguished' Arnaud Nuyts is 'exceptional in his combination of the highest level of expertise in arbitration and cross border disputes with a very pragmatic approach'. Olivier Vanden Berghe is 'very customer-oriented and proactive'; Aimery De Schoutheete is 'a sharp lawyer and an aggressive opponent with whom it is challenging and interesting to argue against'; and senior associate Bruno Hardy is 'very familiar with international arbitration proceedings'.

Practice head(s):

Arnaud Nuyts; Olivier Vanden Berghe

Other key lawyers:

Aimery De Schoutheete; Bruno Hardy

Testimonials

Expert knowledge of the Belgian legal disputes system‘.

In international arbitration, Arnaud Nuyts and his team impress both as real fighters and as highly knowledgeable, competent international lawyers. Clearly, judges and arbitrators listen to Nuyts with respect‘.

The team is efficient, dedicated and always gives prompt, proactive, accurate, comprehensive and to the point advice‘.

Olivier Vanden Berghe is a skilled and experienced lawyer, he is very commercially oriented and finds the best solution for the client‘.

Bruno Hardy is very responsive, smart and good at pleading. He works in an efficient and pragmatic manner‘.

Nuyts is a bright example of a stellar academic with a vast theoretical background and a really practice-oriented counsel. His theoretical depth and his practical insight in international commercial litigation and arbitration cases make him one of the strongest practitioners in continental Europe‘.

Key clients

Republic of Poland

Republic of Kazakhstan

Lampiris

Work highlights

  • Representing the Republic of Poland in a dispute with Manchester Securities Corporation regarding the annulment of an arbitral award.
  • Acted for the shareholders of Consolidated Contractors Company in arbitration concerning an inheritance dispute involving allegations of conspiracy.

Lydian

Lydian's 'committed' team stands out for its 'excellent technical expertise and good strategic thinking'. The 'very responsive' group counts insurance litigation as a core strength of the practice; arbitration, product liability cases, and corporate and commercial litigation are also noted areas of expertise. Hugo Keulers is 'exceptionally professional, service-minded and knows the industry perfectly well'; he shares leadership of the practice with commercial law expert Annick Mottet Haugaard. Counsel Jo Willems is 'extremely able', 'a perfect combination of technical expertise and a practical solution-driven approach'.

Practice head(s):

Hugo Keulers; Annick Mottet Haugaard

Other key lawyers:

Jo Willems

Testimonials

Excellent service. Good insurance knowledge and extremely responsive. Clear and prompt advice‘.

Very pragmatic and practical‘.

Professional, very knowledgeable and service-minded team‘.

Professionals that provide no-nonsense legal advice. Straight to the point problem-solvers‘.

Excellent industry knowledge of the insurance sector, both from the perspective of the insurers and of the policyholders‘.

Hugo Keulers and Jo Willems – very responsive, excellent insurance knowledge‘.

Key clients

CooperSurgical

Nike

Tractebel

Zurich Insurance

Toyota

Work highlights

  • Representing US-based company CooperSurgical in an ongoing dispute pertaining to a licensing agreement.
  • Acting for a group of insurer clients in an €8m dispute concerning the cancellation of music festival Tomorrowland as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Acting for Tractebel in proceedings concerning a €2m construction dispute.

Quinz

Quinz 'delivers top quality assistance in complex litigation matters', and garners praise for its 'very pragmatic approach and excellent knowledge of the business'. Benoît Allemeersch is 'a keen strategic thinker who has a goal oriented approach to litigation and knows how to guide the client through a thorough risk assessment of each step in the process'. He jointly heads up the department with Vincent Van Obberghen, who is 'a brilliant litigator who is able to articulate very complex matters in a very eloquent way'. Counsel Stijn De Dier is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Benoît Allemeersch; Vincent Van Obberghen

Other key lawyers:

Stijn De Dier

Testimonials

Benoit Allemeersch combines academic rigour with a pragmatic approach‘.

The team has an exceptional quality. Partners are very involved in the projects. Excellent price-quality‘.

Vincent Van Obberghen has a strong track record of handling highly complex disputes.The extent to which he is respected by the court and his counterparts in the proceedings conducted is always striking‘.

Key clients

Roche

Materialise

Recordati

BNP Paribas Fortis

Belfius

Nyrstar

Ghelamco

Holding Communal

Umicore

Work highlights

  • Acting for mining company Nyrstar in ongoing litigation with its minority shareholders following its restructuring.
  • Acting for construction company Ghelamco in a dispute with the City of Brussels concerning the Eurostadium project.
  • Defending BNP Paribas Fortis in ongoing proceedings brought by former shareholders following the collapse of Fortis Bank.

Van Bael & Bellis

The 'superb' Catherine Longeval heads up the department at Van Bael & Bellis, which is well known for its strength in handling competition and life sciences litigation. Arbitration cases have also been prominent in the group's recent workload. Senior associate Quentin Declève is very experienced in international litigation and arbitration. In July 2020, Martin Favart left the firm to take up a judicial position.

Practice head(s):

Catherine Longeval

Other key lawyers:

Quentin Declève

Testimonials

Catherine Longeval is a brilliant dispute resolution lawyer and a strong communicator. Due to her solution-oriented approach and rain-making abilities, she is able to translate her thoughts into practice (and not just speaks about them) as she thinks in a very complex way, always paying attention to the details as well‘.

Key clients

AstraZeneca

GlaxoSmithKline

Orchestra Prémaman

Work highlights

  • Representing CDR in ongoing proceedings concerning the recovery of over €400m arising from a dispute concerning the sale by Crédit Lyonnais of businessman Bernard Tapie’s stake in the Adidas company.
  • Representing retail company Orchestra-Prémaman in litigation against lessors and suppliers pertaining to its judicial reorganisation and restructuring.

ALTIUS

According to a client, ALTIUS' team is 'top of the line for litigation and enforcement'. Its recent mandates included disputes arising from the sports industry, as well as competition litigation and a wide range of arbitration cases. The key names to note are the 'always available' Alexander Hansebout and commercial litigation expert Christophe Ronse.

Practice head(s):

Alexander Hansebout; Christophe Ronse

Testimonials

To the point advice‘.

Key clients

Heineken

Sanoma

UEFA

Mars

G-Star

Merck Sharp & Dohme

Gilead

Daikin

Work highlights

  • Acting for PACE Rights Management in a dispute with SABAM (currently being heard by the European Commission) concerning a rise in the latter’s license tariffs, which was declared an abuse of dominance by the Brussels Commercial Court.
  • Representing UEFA in a challenge brought by Belgian players’ agent Daniel Striani  against the ‘Financial Fair Play’ (FFP) rule imposed on clubs participating in UEFA competitions; the case is currently before the Belgian Supreme Court.

Arcas Law

At Arcas Law, recent work for the 'pragmatic' team included acting for consumer protection company Test-Achats in a prominent class action against Volkswagen and its distributor D’Ieteren. Liability claims are another core area of activity for the group. Karel Schulpen, the 'very responsive' Joost Verlinden and Bart Volders are the joint heads of the practice.

Practice head(s):

Karel Schulpen; Joost Verlinden; Bart Volders

Testimonials

Karel Schulpen is a passionate, refined, highly skilled lawyer‘.

Key clients

Athora

Volvo Cars

Goodlife Foods

Baker McKenzie CVBA/SCRL

At Baker McKenzie CVBA/SCRL, the team is acting for Orange in an ongoing multi-party dispute with former contractor Fibreworx over the ownership of the IRISnet network, a 30km optical fibre network providing internet access to a significant number of public institutions in Brussels. Also notable is that the practice has recently launched an online encrypted Dispute Resolution Dashboard. Koen De Winter co-heads the practice with Daniel Fesler, who has extensive expertise in commercial litigation, and Gregory Lebrun.

Practice head(s):

Koen De Winter; Daniel Fesler; Gregory Lebrun

Testimonials

Strategic in their thinking, clear in their advice and great to deal with – knowledgeable, pragmatic, commercial and understanding‘.

Koen de Winter is a first-rate litigator who is intelligent, commercial, pragmatic and has a real eye for detail‘.

Key clients

AXA Corporate Solutions

Orange

Apple Retail Belgium

Caceis Bank

Building Green One

VolkerWessels

Becton Dickinson

Van Ratingen

Work highlights

  • Representing AXA Corporate Solutions in ongoing insurance litigation resulting from a fire at Brussels International Airport.

CMS

CMS' 'pragmatic and business-oriented' team has a strong track record in IP litigation and it is also highly active in commercial and competition litigation. In a notable highlight, the group represented MediCare-Market in proceedings against the Order of Pharmacists over alleged infringements of competition law; the Belgian Competition Authority ruled that the Order had infringed competition law by means of restrictive practices. Renaud Dupont, who is well-known for his expertise in IP matters, leads the department.

Practice head(s):

Renaud Dupont

Key clients

Proximus

Delvaux

Amazon

FIFA

MediCare-Market

AIG

Leonidas

The City of Brussels

Crowell & Moring

At Crowell & Moring, the 'pragmatic, resourceful and creative' team is defending car importer company D'leteren against prominent class action proceedings brought against the client by consumer protection company Test-Achats. The group is also noted for its expertise in handling patent litigation for pharmaceutical clients, and it is also adept at handling contentious TMT matters. Kristof Roox is 'super-responsive, clear and commercial in his advice'. He jointly heads up the department with Thomas De Meese. Emmanuel Plasschaert and Jan-Diederik Lindemans ('a great litigator') are also key practitioners.

Practice head(s):

Kristof Roox; Thomas De Meese

Other key lawyers:

Emmanuel Plasschaert; Jan-Diederik Lindemans

Testimonials

The team combines in-depth knowledge of the day-to-day reality of the court room with pragmatic business sense‘.

Kristof Roox: master strategist‘.

Kristof Roox is a great attorney and enjoyable to work with. He is pragmatic, helpful and creative. He is client-focused and results oriented‘.

Jan-Diederik Lindemans knows how to combines strategy, simplicity and originality. It is truly impressive to see him at work in contentious matters, where he always seems at least two steps ahead of his adversary‘.

Key clients

Novartis

Aurobindo

Aviation Glass and Technology

D’Ieteren

Mylan

Sandoz

Federation of Flemish Music Festivals

Delta Light

Belgozim

DLA Piper

Ilse Van de Mierop heads up the department at DLA Piper, where recent mandates included white-collar crime cases, regulatory issues and construction and competition litigation. Bob Martens is a key name in the practice for handling public sector disputes. Annelies Verlinden left the firm in September 2020 to serve as Minister of the Interior in the Belgian government.

Practice head(s):

Ilse Van de Mierop

Other key lawyers:

Bob Martens

Testimonials

The team provides practical and sound solutions‘.

Key clients

Achema

AG Insurance

Argenta Spaarbank

Aviapartner

bpost

Flemish Public Broadcasting Company

Fresenius Kabi

National Bank of Belgium

Radisson

Sabena

Fieldfisher

Jean-François Germain heads up the team at Fieldfisher, which is assisting Pharmasimple with a broad range of contentious matters arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, including those concerning the sale and delivery of respirators and surgical masks. Maxime Berlingin and senior associate Louis Lantonnois are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Jean-François Germain

Other key lawyers:

Maxime Berlingen; Louis Lantonnois

Key clients

Telenet

Ecolab

Lafarge Holcim

Pharmasimple

Work highlights

  • Assisting insurance company Hansard Europe with several liability cases regarding life insurance products.

intui

intui is 'a highly sophisticated corporate litigation boutique'. The 'very professional' team's 'no nonsense, factual and strong analytical approach is impressive'; 'they provide you with detailed and very objective advice'. Robbie Tas 'knows about everything there is to know in his field of the law, and applies his knowledge very intelligently'. He co-heads the group of 'excellent litigators' with Anneleen Steeno and Caroline Hotterbeekx, who is 'an excellent lawyer with a great eye for details, without losing sight of the bigger picture'.

Practice head(s):

Robbie Tas; Anneleen Steeno; Caroline Hotterbeekx

Testimonials

intui is a strong corporate litigation boutique firm with strong partner involvement‘.

This team is particularly well known on the Belgian market for its capability in all types of corporate litigation. With Robbie Tas they have a great litigator and also a strategic mind who is certainly part of top of the market in corporate litigation‘.

The individuals at intui are really outstanding‘.

Robbie Tas is an authority in this field, very accessible, who impresses during meetings and knows how to gently steer the counterparty towards a certain goal‘.

Caroline Hotterbeekx is very knowledgeable, effective and very efficient‘.

Robbie Tas is an excellent litigator. He has proven to deliver results based on a confident and smart negotiation style‘.

They can fight hard if needed, but also try to find a commercial solution for disputes‘.

Catherine Hotterbeeckx: excellent lawyer. No detail escapes her.

Work highlights

  • Acting for over 30 minority shareholders of mining company Nyrstar in a high-value liability claim against the former directors of Nyrstar.

Osborne Clarke

Retail sector disputes are a core area of instruction for Osborne Clarke's 'flexible and responsive' team, which is also well known for its solid expertise in general commercial litigation. 'Great strategist' Stefan Deswert is well- versed in handling commercial disputes for clients drawn from the real estate, infrastructure and logistics sectors. He jointly leads the department with Marie Canivet. Senior associate David Zygas and associate Philippe Brabanders are also names to note.

Practice head(s):

Stefan Deswert; Marie Canivet

Other key lawyers:

David Zygas; Philippe Brabanders

Testimonials

Stefan Deswert articulates concisely the pros and cons at each step anticipating our concerns. We would gladly work with him again‘.

Key clients

Smartbox

LB Retail

Coopervision

Allegis

Mamma Roma

Work highlights

  • Representing the Mamma Roma Group, a Belgian restaurant chain, in a dispute with two franchisees based in France.

Philippe & Partners

At Philippe & Partners, the 'hard-working and efficient' team continues to act for a government body in longrunning competition litigation against four prominent elevator companies over the alleged creation of a cartel. Practice head Denis Philippe has 'good strategic insight'. In addition, insurance and energy litigation expert Marc Gouden and counsel Tom Van Noyen are also key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Denis Philippe

Other key lawyers:

Marc Gouden; Tom Van Noyen

Testimonials

They are always available‘.

Schoups

Construction disputes are the bedrock of Schoups' practice, where the 'practical and pragmatic' team represents developer and contractor-side clients in a wide range of contentious matters. The department is led by Geert De Buyzer, while other key names in the practice include managing director and 'excellent litigator' Marco Schoups, PPP expert Kris Lemmens and the 'accessible and pragmatic' Siegfried Busscher.

Practice head(s):

Geert De Buyzer

Other key lawyers:

Marco Schoups; Siegfried Busscher; Kris Lemmens

Testimonials

The team has a very hands-on approach and outstanding value for money’.

They are very client friendly‘.

The attorneys at Schoups are easily accessible and provide a professional and high-quality service. They are flexible and always think in a solution-oriented way with their clients’.

Extremely motivated team. Personalized and tailor-made approach. Very approachable and always available. Very detailed knowledge of the market, the needs and the cases you bring. This team always gives you the idea you are their only client that matters’.

Siegfried Busscher: one of the most talented lawyers in Belgium in his field of practice. Knows the cases he works on inside-out and has an exceptional feeling of where you want to go with it‘.

Key clients

Carrefour

CFE Infra

Fincimec

Simont Braun

The 'very experienced' team at Simont Braun has had an uptick in instructions involving class actions, as well as handling insolvency litigation. The group is representing consumer protection company Test-Achats in an ongoing class action against Ryanair. Paul Alain Foriers and Rafaël Jafferali are the joint heads of the practice. Steven Callens and counsel Fanny Laune are key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Paul Alain Foriers; Rafaël Jafferali

Other key lawyers:

Steven Callens; Fanny Laune

Testimonials

Steven Callens – pragmatic and proactive approach‘.

Steven Callens is very accessible, straightforward and smart‘.

Key clients

Test-Achats

Allianz

The Belgian State

Phrenos

Credendo

Work highlights

  • Representing In Advance in arbitration regarding a dispute over the termination of a joint venture in the construction sector.

Strelia

Jean-Pierre Fierens heads up the department at Strelia, which has 'a strong litigation practice, particularly in the field of disputes in insolvency and restructuring law'. The 'very reliable' team is also noted for its expertise in corporate litigation, as is evidenced by the fact that it is representing directors of Optima Bank in ongoing damages claims which arose after the bank was declared bankrupt. Bart De Moor is 'very knowledgeable and easy to work with'. Sébastien Ryelandt has expertise in banking litigation, while Olivier Clevenbergh is well-versed in handling commercial and corporate disputes. Other key names are counsels Gaetano Jannone and Joanna Kraus-Kolber, who is 'very reliable, dedicated and easy to work with'.

Practice head(s):

Jean-Pierre Fierens

Other key lawyers:

Olivier Clevenbergh; Bart De Moor; Sébastien Ryelandt; Gaetano Jannone; Joanna Kraus-Kolber

Testimonials

They are reliable, business-oriented, flexible, and capable of acting on a broad range of matters. Their commitment and quality of work is undoubtedly their strongest point‘.

Joanna Kraus-Kolber – flexibility, business orientation, accessibility, high communication skills, individual and responsive service‘.

‘A team that listens to your needs’.

Olivier Clevenbergh : availability; smartness in negotiation; human approach to complex litigations‘.

‘The trust we could place in Gaetano Janonne is very important. Not once did I question his judgment‘.

I have worked very closely with Gaetano Jannone. He follows up files meticulously, is punctual, perfectionist and has very good file knowledge‘.

Joanna Kraus-Kolber – very professional legal assistance, very effective, very helpful to the client, great communication skills‘.

Client-focused, efficient, solution and business-oriented. We appreciate the team’s flexibility and availability. It has a good mix of technical skills and pragmatism. Offers good value for money‘.

Key clients

Carrefour

Veritas Group

Vesalius Biocapital

Orange Belgium

Tractebel

The Belgian State

Work highlights

  • Representing the Belgian State in multi-jurisdictional litigation against a number of prominent sugar industry companies.
  • Acting for Carrefour in disputes with its Belgian franchisees.

White & Case LLP

Thierry Bosly leads the team at White & Case LLP, which successfully represented Turkish company MultiNet in a $150m shareholders dispute relating to a shareholders agreement and an option for more shares to be purchased by a local Turkish investor. Associate Elien Claeys is a key contact. Associates Alexandre Hublet and Nino de Lathauwer moved to Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in February 2020.

Practice head(s):

Thierry Bosly

Other key lawyers:

Elien Claeys

Key clients

Bank Indonesia

Facebook

Work highlights

  • Representing Hamon in a dispute with minority bondholders, in connection with the company’s restructuring.  
  • Acts as global counsel to Facebook on a range of contentious work.

contrast

The 'very practical and efficient' team at contrast has a well-established reputation in competition litigation and it also demonstrates strong capabilities in arbitration cases. Key contacts in the group include the 'very hands-on' Frank Wijckmans, Bart Bellen and Filip Tuytschaever. Also recommended is senior counsel Luc Demeyere, who 'knows everything about Belgian courts and arbitration'.

Practice head(s):

Frank Wijckmans; Filip Tuytschaever; Bart Bellen; Luc Demeyere

Testimonials

contrast has the magic power to explain complicated legal matters in simple language that the client can easily understand, without losing the priority and focus‘.

Great team of EU competition lawyers and litigators‘.

Key clients

Alychlo

Orange Belgium

Belgian Ministry of Economy

European Commission

Samsung Electronics Benelux

Technical Control Bureau for Construction (SECO)

Work highlights

  • Representing investment company Alychlo in longrunning arbitration proceedings brought against the client by Perrigo, following the sale of Omega Pharma to Perrigo; the client has also launched a counterclaim against Perrigo.
  • Acting for Samsung Benelux in an ongoing appeal procedure before the Brussels Court of Appeal concerning a claim brought by a trader based on alleged refusal to supply and restrictions of parallel trade.
  • Representing the Belgian Ministry of Economy as intervenor in support of the Belgian Competition Authority (BCA) before the Brussels Court of Appeal in an ongoing appeal procedure filed by Proximus against the imposition of a €66.3m fine by the BCA for abuse of dominance.

Cresco Advocaten

Cresco Advocaten's 'dynamic' team has strong capabilities in construction, IT, commercial, financial and corporate litigation. Natalie Lemense leads the group. Senior associate Steven Daems is 'very knowledgeable and practical'.

Practice head(s):

Natalie Lemense

Other key lawyers:

Steven Daems

Testimonials

This practice is very much business oriented. It has a practical and problem solving attitude‘.

Key clients

Eurobrilliance

AXA Belgium

Roxell

Serupa

Work highlights

  • Representing Eurobrillance in a dispute relating to a purchase and services agreement with a foreign supplier of large industrial equipment.
  • Acts as counsel to Roxell regarding contentious commercial and contractual matters on a global basis.
  • Representing software company Appiness in an ongoing damages claim against an investor.

Deloitte Legal

Tax litigation forms the backbone of Deloitte Legal's practice, which has also been kept busy handling disputes for clients in the manufacturing, transport and financial sectors, among others. Jürgen Egger and Annick Visschers are key names.

Practice head(s):

Jürgen Egger; Annick Visschers

Key clients

Lehman Brothers

Hanotiau & van den Berg

Hanotiau & van den Berg's practice has established strengths in handling complex international arbitration mandates and clients can also count on its team's litigation expertise. Key contacts include Bernard HanotiauPascal Hollander and Paul LefebvreAlbert Jan van den Berg is well-versed in international commercial arbitration, while Maarten Draye handles both complex litigation and arbitration. Niuscha Bassiri is experienced in acting for clients from the energy, construction, finance and telecoms sectors. Pierre Vermeire is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Paul Lefebvre; Albert Jan van den Berg; Bernard Hanotiau

Other key lawyers:

Maarten Draye; Pascal Hollander; Niuscha Bassiri; Pierre Vermeire

Key clients

The Russian Federation

Facebook Ireland

Laurius

Laurius' 'very reliable' team is adept at handling corporate disputes for clients operating in the financial, IT, hospitality and construction sectors, among others. Bert Luyten and Karen Vermaere are the joint heads of the practice. Associates Eline  Verelst and Gerrit  Hendrikx are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Bert Luyten; Karen Vermaere

Other key lawyers:

Eline Verelst; Gerrit Hendrikx

Testimonials

The team is fast to respond, gives thorough and detailed information in a timely manner‘.

Professional yet approachable partners‘.

Monard Law

Monard Law's 'very responsive' team excels in handling litigation connected with the automotive and luxury goods sectors. Also notable is that it has had an increase in energy litigation. Financial disputes have also been a key area of activity recently. Names to note in the group include Jeroen Raskin, who has expertise in financial matters, and Daan De Jaeger, who has a 'great ability to manage clients' affairs'. Also recommended are 'excellent negotiator' Pieter Van den Broeck and Natalie Ulburghs, whose 'knowledge of a case and grasp of the legal complexities is always spot on'. Erik Monard is experienced in arbitration cases.

Practice head(s):

Erik Monard; Natalie Ulburghs; Daan De Jaeger; Pieter Van den Broeck; Jeroen Raskin

Testimonials

Monard Law offers high quality service‘.

Key clients

Rolex

D’leteren

Fluvius

Merit Capital

Copaco

Suzuki Belgium

Hyundai Belux

Work highlights

  • Acting for car importer company D’leteren in an ongoing dispute with former distributor Latem Motors following a distribution network reorganisation, as part of which the client terminated its distribution agreement with Latem Motors; the case is currently at appeal.
  • Representing Rolex in a dispute with a Brussels-based distributor, Lascar Jewelry, after the client terminated its agreement with Lascar citing breach of contract, following the latter’s alleged involvement in a VAT fraud linked to a Russian oligarch.
  • Representing energy company Fluvius in litigation relating to alleged fraud by a number of owners and installers of major solar panel installations.

Olislaegers & De Creus

Olislaegers & De Creus' team is noted for its strong capabilities in corporate litigation and it has also been kept busy handling financial disputes. Michael Olislaegers and Kristof De Creus jointly head up the practice. Dylan Casaer moved to Sherpa Law in February 2020.

Practice head(s):

Michael Olislaegers; Kristof De Creus

Key clients

Hilton Hotels UK

Algeco Belgium

Burg Group

DTB Labo W. Hoet & Co

Atcomex

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented Hilton Hotels UK in a dispute with the Belgian social security authority.
  • Representing the founding shareholders of Labo W. Hoet & Co in a dispute concerning a claim brought against the shareholders by an investor citing alleged pre-contractual liability for an investment and business project that went bankrupt.
  • Acting for Atcomex in a dispute with Skytanking regarding amendments to a manufacturing contract for a number of aircraft refuelers.  

Seeds of Law

Seeds of Law's practice houses a team of 'very strong litigators', which has notable expertise in commercial, corporate, real estate and financial disputes. 'Lateral thinker' Koen De Puydt jointly leads the practice with Alain De JongeLeo Peeters is another key contact.

Practice head(s):

Koen De Puydt; Alain De Jonge

Other key lawyers:

Leo Peeters

Testimonials

Koen De Puydt is an outstanding no-nonsense lawyer‘.

Alain De Jonge is an excellent litigator‘.

Key clients

Everzinc Belgium

Conseil Vins

Europeche Adf

Work highlights

  • Represented Delphine Boël in contested paternity proceedings against her legal father Jacques Boël and her biological father King Albert II of Belgium; the Court of Appeal in Brussels ruled that King Albert II is Delphine’s father.
  • Acting for construction company Willemen in a €1.5m shareholder dispute.
  • Advising Everzinc Belgium on a cross-border dispute with Metaltrade and Cometal concerning alleged refusal to deliver an order of zinc oxide worth €1.25m.

Verhaegen Walravens

The 'very pragmatic' team at Verhaegen Walravens has a strong track record in corporate litigation and it is also active in disputes arising from the construction sector. In addition, media, technology and financial litigation are other areas of activity. Philip Walravens ('a good litigator') leads the team, which includes counsels Julie Borgerhoff and Caroline Lebon.

Practice head(s):

Philip Walravens

Other key lawyers:

Julie Borgerhoff; Caroline Lebon

Testimonials

They’re very capable and client- and solution-oriented‘.

Philip Walravens is a very pragmatic lawyer‘.

Key clients

Atmosphere Architects

IBO

Procter & Gamble

Orange

AIM Recycling Belgium

Work highlights

  • Representing AIM Recycling Belgium in a shareholders’ dispute.
  • Representing Atmosphere Architects in an ongoing dispute against SABAM (the Belgian Association of Authors, Composers and Publishers) concerning a rise in the latter’s license tariffs; the case is currently being heard by the European Commission after the tariff rise was declared an abuse of dominance by the Brussels Commercial Court.
  • Acting for construction company IBO in an ongoing, multi-party dispute concerning the construction of a school building.