Hall Of Fame

Next Generation Partners

Firms To Watch: Not-for-profit

Tom Swinnen, Axel Maeterlinck and Steven Callens jointly lead the not-for-profit practice at Simont Braun. The unit frequently assists not-for profit clients with a range of corporate and governance issues.

Not-for-profit in Belgium


The team of  ‘motivated, client-focused and highly skilled professionals‘ at Aurion is described as ‘the best in the sector’. Its proficiency in association and foundation law remains in high demand among non-profit organisations and foundations spanning all corners of the non-profit sector. The practice is also sought out for its expertise in the  impact investment and social enterprise segments. Sarah Verschaeve  – ‘a real expert on non-profit matters’ – is an authority on organisational issues faced by not-for-profit entities. Yvette Verleisdonk‘s advisory expertise is frequently sought out by social funds, impact investors and social enterprises. Evelyne Maes is embedded in public law disputes with government licenses and public procurement among her areas of activity. Lisa Bueken is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Verschaeve; Yvette Verleisdonk

Other key lawyers:

Evelyne Maes; Lisa Bueken


‘Deep knowledge of the social enterprise field and the impact investment ecosystem.’

‘Broad experience and the drive to really understand the specific needs of the client.’

‘Lisa Bueken and Sarah Verschaeve from AURION are exceptional professionals that stand out for sure!’

Key clients

Aartsbisdom Mechelen-Brussel (Archdiocese Mechelen-Brussels)

Antwerp World Diamond Centre private foundation


Association of the European Self-Care Industry (AESGP)



Cancer Drug Development Forum (CDDF)

Collective action (+300 persons) against the Flemish Agency For Persons with a Disability


De Leiding/ Robinetto

EGOV Select

Eu – Christian Organisations In Relief And Development (EU-CORD)

Eurhonet – the European Housing Network

European Alcohol Policy Alliance (Eurocare)

European Alliance for Medical and Biological Engineering and Science (EAMBES)

European Federation of National Organisations Working with the Homeless (FEANTSA)

European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP)

European Nursing Research Foundation (ENRF)

European Public Health Alliance (EPHA)

European Society for Emergency Medicine (EUSEM)

Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS)

Fevia Vlaanderen

Fevia Wallonië

Flanders Make

Give A Day

Hubbie (previously De Lork and Begeleid Wonen Brussel)

Idea Consult

IKIC Impact Ventures

Impact Capital

Impact Finance Belgium

Impact Licensing Initiative (ILI)

International Biocontrol Manufacturers Association (IBMA) Belgium

International Biocontrol Manufacturers Association (IBMA) Global

International Disability And Development Consortium (IDDC)

Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Catholic University of Leuven – KUL)

Levl (former Minderhedenforum)


Ligo, Centrum voor Basiseducatie Brusselleer


Near East Foundation (NEF)


Oya Seed


PharmaScan Belux

Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA)

Shaping Impact Group

SI² Fund

SI³ Equal Opportunities Fund

Sociale Innovatiefabriek


The International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organisations (IFRRO)

Thomas More

Voorzorgsfonds van het Personeel der Tiense Suikerraffinaderijfabriek van Tienen

Wit-Gele Kruis Vlaams-Brabant


Ziekenhuis Oost-Limburg (ZOL)

Work highlights

  • Drafted and negotiated agreements in connection with a Development Impact Bond for mine actions in Cambodia.
  • Assisted Den Dries and Obra|Baken with all aspects of their merger –  throughout the whole preparatory phase, the effective implementation of the merger and post-merger steps.
  • Assisted KU Leuven with the process of taking disciplinary actions against 13 students, as they were involved in a baptizing ritual that nearly caused the death of a KU Leuven student.

Impact lawyers

Certified BCorp Impact lawyers offers non-profits a ‘ winning combination of knowledge of the sector, expertise in the field and the creativity to come to good solutions‘. Areas of expertise include alternative litigation techniques, public-private cooperation and hybrid collaborations between not-for-profits and for-profits, and the legal framework of social enterprises. Marleen Denef, praised for possessing ‘holistic, in-depth knowledge in her field’, co-leads the practice alongside alternative litigation expert Coralie Mattelaer and transactional expert Benoit Spitaels. Xanne Holvoet‘s expertise in intellectual property and data protection is an important asset for the team.

Practice head(s):

Marleen Denef; Coralie Mattelaer; Benoit Spitaels

Other key lawyers:

Xanne Holvoet


‘Marleen Denef, a standout partner, possesses holistic, in-depth knowledge in her field and demonstrates a remarkable ability to think creatively, offering innovative solutions that go beyond conventional legal approaches.’

 ‘Xanne Holvoet, an associate at the firm, stands out for her unwavering dedication to thoroughness, leaving no stone unturned in her pursuit of optimal outcomes for clients.’

‘Great affinity with the objectives of our organization.’

‘ A winning combination of knowledge of the sector,  expertise in the field and the creativity to come to good solutions. ’

‘Impact lawyers uses high ethical standards and acts to its values. ’

‘The partner we work with acts according high professional standards. We consider the partner as a very integer person. ’

‘Impact puts a very human touch into something like law, which for the public is a very “distant” trade with many difficult words & behaviors. They make law, lawyers, etc approachable & accessible.’

‘Impact Laywers are highly experienced in everything that has to do with not-for-profit or social profit organisations legislation.’

Key clients

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

Association of Issuing Bodies (AIB)

Work highlights

  • Initially advised AIB on the different ways to involve new stakeholders in its organization; then guided AIB from A to Z in adapting its articles of association and internal rules.
  • Contributed academic experience and practice to the draft of the Policy Guide on Legal Frameworks for the Social and Solidarity Economy as part of the OECE Global Action Plan.


With clients ranging from the Belgian Volleyball Association to the Republic of Pakistan, the practice at ALTIUS assists a broad range of organisations with legal issues such as regulatory issues under European law, intellectual property rights, data protection and litigation. Practice head Jérôme Vermeylen  handles corporate issues such as the setting-up and functioning of not-for-profits; competition expert Carmen Verdonck has a strong track record in obtaining merger control clearance from the Belgian Competition Authority; and Olivier Vrins is a key contact for IP mandates and has a notable focus on the field of designations of origin and geographical indications. Commercial specialist Gerrit Vandendriessche is a further name to note.

Practice head(s):

Jérôme Vermeylen; Carmen Verdonck; Olivier Vrins; Gerrit Vandendriessche


‘Competent people, attention to detail, good availability.’

‘The team has broad experience.’


Key clients

Agentschap voor Natuur en Bos Yes N/A

Association of European Coeliac Societies


Bill and Melinda-Gates Foundation

Bio-based Industries Consortium (BIC)


Centre Culturel Ismailien


Fost Plus


Attorney General of the Republic of Pakistan

French Institut National de l’Origine et de la Qualité

Belgian Ministry of Economic Affairs

The University of Kent

Vlaams Audiovisueel Fonds (VAF)

Yakult Honsha Research Centre for Microbiology

United States Government (USG)

Center for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC)

Croplife Europe No

New Direction

Bureau National Interprofessionnel du Cognac (BNIC)



Comité Interprofessionnel du Vin de Champagne

Belgian Tennis Association

Belgian Volleyball Association

Work highlights

  • Selected on the basis of a tender to assist the Agency for Nature and Forestry in an ongoing State aid investigation procedure.
  • Representing the Republic of Pakistan before the European Commission in opposition proceedings against an application by India for registration of ‘Basmati’ as a protected geographical indication in the EU.
  • Assisting the Center for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC) with the governance of its Belgian entity and its plans to restructure its entities present in Belgium and the Netherlands.

Bird & Bird

Geared to advise Belgium-based trade & industry associations, Bird & Bird is also frequently sought out by European scientific institutions for assistance with the structuring and rolling out of Pan-European collaborative research projects. Paul Hermant spearheads the team’s offering alongside Brent Springael. The former has in-depth expertise concerning the structure, membership and governance of international associations and federations, while the latter leverages his tax expertise to advise non-profit clients on matters directly and indirectly related to tax. Anne Federle‘s competition law expertise is valued highly by industry association clients.

Practice head(s):

Paul Hermant; Brent Springael

Other key lawyers:

Anne Federle; Cedric Berckmans

Key clients


Association of Genuine Alaska Pollock Producers

European Commission, SMART-BEAR H2020 project

ACE (Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment) / GRACE (Global Recycling Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment)

Essenscia (Bio.be)

European Thermal Paper Association


Work highlights

  • Assisting the Association of Genuine Alaska Pollock Producers with advocating for the grant of a PGI (Protected Geographical Indication) for Alaska Pollock in the EU.


With a strong market reputation for its work in the healthcare sector, Eubelius is geared to assist international and domestic clients encompassing foundations, universities and governmental not-for-profit associations with an array of legal and tax issues associated with the organisation of their activities in Belgium. Matthias Wauters is a key contact for not-for-profit healthcare players; Barteld Schutyser has in-depth knowledge of public procurement-related matters; employment specialist Liesbet Vandenplas is well positioned to advise on restructurings; and public bodies and not-for-profit institutions turn to Korneel Decroix for assistance with Belgian tax law. In Antwerp, Frank Hellemans is well versed in corporate and securities law.

Practice head(s):

Matthias Wauters; Frank Hellemans; Barteld Schutyser; Liesbet Vandenplas;

Other key lawyers:

Hans Plancke; Joris De Wolf; Sofie Baveghems


‘A firm with broad expertise.’

‘Hans Plancke is  accessible and professional.’

‘The team particularly stood out for their availability and responsiveness, and for their ability to think along with the client.’

‘Joris De Wolf and Sofie Baveghems excelled in adapting their advice to the concrete circumstances, resulting in workable solutions.’

‘ You always get a prompt answer that is to the point.’

Key clients

Institute of Tropical Medicine (Instituut voor Tropische Geneeskunde)

Stad Gent

Proximus Foundation

Salvator Welzijnscentrum

EIT, Digital EIT Food and EIT Health



Febelfin/Belgische Leasingvereniging

Ghent University

Zorgnet Icuro

Together for Sustainability

International Food Waste Coalition


Actuarial Association of Europe


Work highlights

  • Assisted the city of Ghent with drafting the terms of the conversion of the Ghent football team from a cooperative company with a social purpose into a public limited liability company.
  • Assisting the Social Service of city of Ostend in the personnel related aspects of a demerger project between two hospitals.
  • Advised the Institute of Tropical Medicine on the revision of its articles of association and internal regulations.

EY Law

Particularly strong at advising international associations and membership bodies, including trade associations‘, the team at EY Law is active across work such as the incorporation of legal structures under Belgian and European not-for-profit law, bespoke governance structures for associations, and a wide range of issues associated with the establishment, running and, if necessary, liquidation of associations and foundations. Antoine Druetz  is praised for his ‘deep knowledge of Belgian and European law’. Alix Degrez is well positioned to advise non-profit clients on complex governance issues, while Valérie Havaux has expertise in corporate and not-for-profit law.

Practice head(s):

Antoine Druetz

Other key lawyers:

Alix Degrez;  Valérie Havaux


‘It is amazing to learn how much knowledge there is in the team. On top of things, the people are very pleasant to work with. I feel reassured that the EY NPO team takes care of our association in legal matters, so that I can focus on our core business. ’

‘Excellent support, fast response and full knowledge of topics, also providing practical advice.’

‘Positive attitude, very friendly approach and high professionalism.’

‘Mr Antoine Druetz is the key partner and coordinator for our cases. He stands out for his deep knowledge of Belgian and European law, his open mindset and active listening to clients’ needs, his diligence in managing risks, the respect of deadlines, the flexibility in adapting the agreed planning to new or extraordinary circumstances and, last but not least, his acknowledged skills in communication. ’

‘I mostly worked with Antoine Druetz and Alix Degrez, very professional both of them; they always took the time to provide thorough explanations and came back with additional details if requested. Fantine Miroir replaced them at times, in the same professional manner. ’

‘We value particularly the trustworthy relationship we have build up with Alix Degrez and Antoine Druetz over the past years. They understand our business very well, they are fast in adressing our demands, and always propose suitable solutions to our problems. ’

‘This team are particularly strong at advising international associations/ membership bodies, including trade associations.’

‘The strength of the team is for sure the expertise in the field. I would recomend them to anyone who goes trough a difficult situation where a conflict occurs inside of a NGO or other organisation.’

Key clients



European Association for Haemophilia and Allied Disorders (EAHAD)

Europe Jacques Delors

Science Europe (SE)

European Society of Anaesthesiology (ESAIC)

The European Brain Council

European Association of Research and Technology Organisations AISBL (EARTO)

European Federation of Psychologists Associations (EFPA)

International Association of Public Transport (UITP) AISBL


Work highlights

  • Advised PlasticsEurope AISBL on a complex model of governance and an overhaul of its articles of association.
  • Assisted Meliore with a major structuring project including an important number of assets and employees with global ramifications and involving a dozen jurisdictions in Europe.
  • Advised the International Association of Public Transport (UITP) AISBL on the structuring and the performance of its activities in India and the United States of America from a legal and tax point of view.


The core pillars of  Intui‘s corporate and non-profit practice group are transactions, litigation and advisory work for a variety of not-for-profit entities from sectors ranging from elderly care to education. The team has seen an increase in instructions relating to litigation for associations, notably in matters pertaining to director’s liability. Leuven-based Caroline Hotterbeekx leads the team alongside Anneleen Steeno and Robbie Tas ,  who both divide their time between Leuven and Brussels. Steeno frequently handles major transactional work in the not-for profit space, while Tas combines a strong contentious practice with advice on issues such as articles of incorporation.

Practice head(s):

Anneleen Steeno; Robbie Tas; Caroline Hotterbeekx

Other key lawyers:

Kim Van Herck; Matthias Jans


‘The team leverages its well-known knowledge in the field of company law to the vast field of not-for-profit practice.’

‘Anneleen Steeno is very accurate at identifying loopholes in negotiating documents, and defends the interest of her clients to the very end of closing the deal. She does not only provide technical legal assistance, but also strong skills in diplomacy.’


Key clients

Vulpia Group


Easypay Group

Astor vzw

KBVB (Royal Belgian Football Association)

Netwerk Ondernemen

Aspiravi Samen

Pax Christi


Traveller Information Services Association (TISA)

International Critical Management Studies Association (ICMS)


Work highlights

  • Advised the Pareit family with the sale of their interest in the Easypay group (including 15 not-for-profit entities) to Partena.
  • Advised the Vulpia Group in various acquisitions of elderly care and assisted living operations and on various matters concerning the non-profit legalisation and the elderly care sector.
  • Advised Netwerk Ondernemen regarding legal topics specific to cooperative companies.


Praised for being ‘quick to grasp the technicalities’ of questions relating to associations, KADRANT LAW  is also well placed to assist organisations, foundations and other groups in the not-for-profit space with issues encompassing  corporate governance, incorporation and the revision and amendment of articles of association. Practice head Giulia Mauri is well versed in advising clients on a range of corporate governance and compliance issues.

Practice head(s):

Giulia Mauri


‘What makes the practice unique is that you feel at ease right away, you feel confident because of the level of expertise. The first answer relating to your case is always neat, clear, understandable and directly usable.’

‘Giulia Mauri is an excellent team leader and she embodies all the values that we have attributed to her team.’

‘Easy to reach and quick to grasp the technicalities of each question relating to associations. The experience is always pleasant and positive when interacting with the Kadrant team. ’

Monard law, joined by Buyle

An array of national and international non-profit organisations, trusts and charities turn to Monard law, joined by Buyle for assistance with issues including corporate law, employment law, real estate and liability matters. Bert Theeuwes, Pieter Van den Broeck and Wouter Moonen jointly lead the practice. Hasselt-based Moonen is well positioned to advise on the domestic and international implications and scope of procurement legislation. In Antwerp, Thomas Christiaens also has a strong focus on public procurement.

Practice head(s):

Bert Theeuwes; Wouter Moonen; Pieter Van den Broeck

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Christiaens


‘The lawyers know your business and understand your challenges. They show a genuine interest in your reality and the issues you are facing. You don’t have to deal with interchangeable individuals who may be very experienced in their field but who do not focus on your reality.’

‘Excellent expertise.’

‘Very thorough knowledge, many networks, combinations of different facets possible that they utilize internally.’


Key clients





KOBeL VZW (school group)


AZ JAN PALFIJN (hospital)




SINT-TRUDO (hospital)

KVS (Royal Theatre)




HELAN KINDEROPVANG (Children daycare)


KANVAZ (Social housing)


WICO SCHOLENGROEP (school group)

Work highlights

  • Advising the main Brussels hospital and a higher education facility in setting up a joint venture to integrate their partnership.
  • Providing legal advice and assistance in procedures covering all recent public procurement matters of Hasselt University.

Osborne Clarke

Praised for being ‘particularly well versed in the development of statutes for international not-for-profit associations’, Osborne Clarke‘s expertise is sought out by charities, hospitals, and other domestic and international organisations, and is particularly popular with clients from the research, healthcare and education sectors. The firm’s far-reaching offering incorporates advice on corporate matters, voluntary  international employment and cross-border restructurings. Ruth Wirtz leads the team and counts the implementation of new governance models and contractual disputes among her practice strengths.

Practice head(s):

Ruth Wirtz


‘Ruth Wirtz is a very reliable and solid counsel in the corporate field, with a lot of experience in the non-profit sector.’

‘The team with whom we work is particularly well versed in the development of statutes for international not-for-profit associations(INPA).’

‘We work regularly with Ruth Wirtz who has drafted new model statutes for INPAs arriving in Brussels and who offers advice to existing associations adapting their statutes.’

‘OC has always been able to understand the full complexity of our organization, and to put itself in our shoes to adopt an appropriate point of view in all circumstances. ’

‘Our dealings with Ruth Wirtz and her colleagues were always cordial, and we were always satisfied with the answers we received. It’s good to feel supported in delicate or difficult situations, and Ruth has always shown diplomacy and kindness in all circumstances.’

‘Osborne and Clarke brought a lot of clarity to us in terms of RGDP. The are currently helping us to navigate this complex legislation and are of a tremendous help. ’

‘The individuals I work with took a lot of time in delivering trainings, making sure that we understand everything, answering all our other questions.’


Key clients

European Chemical Industry Council – Cefic

Fédération Européenne des Industries des Colles, Adhésifs et Mastics (Association of the European Adhesive and Sealant Industry) – FEICA

International Council of Chemical Associations – ICCA

International Software Testing Qualification Boards AISBL

Association of European Cancer Leagues – ECL

Teach for Belgium ASBL

Eclipse Foundation

Erasmus Student Network AISBL – ESN


Erasmus Student Network AISBL – ESN

Work highlights

  • Advising the Erasmus Student Network (ESN) on a legal audit and revision of their statutes and other governing rules as well as on the improvement of their corporate governance and operational structure.
  • Assisting Eclipse Foundation in various matters, including organisation of the board and general assembly meetings, in order to further develop the activities of the  Eclipse Foundation AISBL in Belgium.
  • Advising IAAPA EUROPE on various general corporate housekeeping matters, publications in the Belgian State Gazette, fulfilment of UBO register updates and legal questions related to the association’s relations with its banks.


Corporate governance, contract negotiations and IT issues stand out as areas of competence for the not-for-profit team at Pierstone. The unit is also well positioned to advise on a range of IP issues; senior partner Alain Strowel frequently brings his tech and IP expertise to bear on mandates in the sector. Practice head Patrice Vanderbeeken's varied portfolio of work incorporates advice on IP, contracts and data protection law. Hélène van Rijckevorsel is singled out for her data protection expertise.

Practice head(s):

Patrice Vanderbeeken

Other key lawyers:

Alain Strowel; Hélène van Rijckevorsel

Key clients

European Food Information resource international association (EuroFIR)

European Energy information Sharing and Analysis Centre Association (EE-ISAC)

Gas Infrastructure Europe International association (GIE)

Meters & More international association

Prime Alliance international association

Federation of European Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Associations (REHVA)

Polyolefin Circular Economy Platform (PCEP) international association

The Rising World Foundation (India)

Fonds Joseph Maisin pour la recherche contre le Cancer

Climate Positive Europe Alliance

The Joint Institute for Innovation Policy

UnionCamere Europa




Permanent Representation of Cyprus to the EU

European Ventilation Industry Association

International Special Dietary Foods Industries

Urban Sports Club Belgium

FEST – the European Federation of the Sanitary and Heating Wholesale Trade

Indoor Environmental Quality Global Alliance AISBL

Union of the European Lubricants Industry (UEIL)

Groupement d’Intiative Italienne

European Utilities for Telecommunications AISBL

CHP Brussels

EDDIE (Education for Digitalisation of energy)


Anne Frank Foundation

Work highlights