Not-for-profit in Belgium

Curia

CURIA's dedicated not-for-profit and social profit team has an outstanding reputation, as is evidenced by the fact that it provides a full range of multidisciplinary services to an expanding portfolio of clients. Its roster includes Belgian and international non-profit organisations and associations, private and public interest foundations, and social enterprises. Reflective of the firm's strong credentials, it is the sole legal partner to AssociationWorld in Belgium. In addition, its group includes Yvette Verleisdonk, who is one of the few experts on social impact bonds (an alternative financing structure used by impact investors) in Belgium. The group includes Evelyne Maes, who represented KU Leuven at the Council of State over the lawfulness of disciplinary action against a student who participated in a baptism ritual. Elsewhere, the firm is able to provide support on corporate transactions and day-to-day issues, as well as matters concerning public law, employment law and construction law. Verleisdonk co-heads the practice with Sarah Verschaeve.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Verschaeve; Yvette Verleisdonk

Other key lawyers:

Evelyne Maes; Guido Lamal; Els Leenaerts; Jurgen Goyvaerts; Katleen Tobback

Testimonials

‘Yvette Verleisdonk is a very dedicated professional with a passion for the social sector and impact investing. She is very responsive, punctual, available and willing to go the extra mile. It has been a pleasure working with her, both because of the service and the gentle approach.’

‘Always returns emails in a timely manner, communicates effectively, excellent core knowledge and expertise to the association world, clear and understandable fees.’

‘Clear responses to legal questions and excellent work delivered within quick timescales.’

‘Sarah Verschaeve is a very professional, well-informed lawyer who knows very well the context of clients’ organisations and is, therefore, an excellent adviser.’

‘ I have never worked with a lawyer who is as professional as Yvette Verleisdonk. Yvette combines outstanding legal skills, very extensive experience and is very dedicated. She can be very detailed, if need be, but also always has the broader picture in mind, and keeps reflecting on better ways to solve the issues at hand. Furthermore, she listens well to the issues, delivers in the time promised, and she is very nice to work with’

‘They listen to your needs and always provide a clear and constructive answer.’

‘Sarah Verschaeve is very knowledgeable, precise and to-the-point in communication.’

‘The team not only has an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the relevant laws, but it is clear that they have a lot of practical experience in this field and know what they are talking about. Their advice is delivered promptly, sometimes with very tight deadlines, and with specific needs fully taken into account. They have always found a solution or an answer when needed. In conclusion, this is a team that is completely dependable and can be relied upon to deliver quality advice in a timely manner.’

Key clients

3E

Aartsbisdom Mechelen-Brussel (Archdiocese Mechelen-Brussels)

Association of the European Self-Care Industry

BNP Paribas Fortis

Cancer Drug Development Forum

Centraal Israëlitisch Consistorie van België

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

EDFI Management Company

enVie

European Boating Industry

European Federation of National Organisations Working with the Homeless

European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP)

Give A Day

Hubbie (previously De Lork and Begeleid Wonen Brussel)

Impact Capital

Impact Licensing Initiative

International Biocontrol Manufacturers Association

i-Propeller

Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Catholic University of Leuven)

Mdeon

Near East Foundation

Oksigen Impactholding

Pharma.be

SI² Fund

Sociale Innovatiefabriek

SoCrowd

The International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organisations

Wit-Gele Kruis Vlaams-Brabant

Workitects

Work highlights

  • Advised BNP Paribas Fortis on the legal structuring, development and implementation of the second Social Impact Bond in Flanders, financing the Back on Track Project.
  • Representing more than 300 disabled people in court litigation against the Flemish Agency for Persons with a Disability over a new decree by the Flemish Government, which has led to the reduction of the personal budget for care for many disabled people.
  • Advised Begeleid Wonen Brussel and De Lork on the implementation of their merger into HUBBIE.

Impact lawyers

Impact lawyers has a niche focus on the not-for-profit sector and is the pre-eminent name. Further reflective of its prominence in the market, the firm established Be-impact, which is a network in Belgium focusing on social entrepreneurship. Also notable is that its diverse client base includes international associations, academic hospitals, universities, NGOs, unions, banks and religious congregations. One of the key individuals at the firm is Marleen Denef, who has been active in the not-for-profit space for over 25 years. Also recommended is Benoit Spitaels, whose experience includes handling mergers and splits of not-for-profit entities, real estate restructurings, partnerships and tax issues. In addition to undertaking transactional and advisory work, Coralie Mattelaer is a certified mediator, and has vast experience of mediating disputes in the sector. Xanne Holvoet and Bram Van Baelen are also recommended. Nicole Crama joined from employers' federation CESSoC.

Practice head(s):

Marleen Denef; Coralie Mattelaer; Benoit Spitaels

Other key lawyers:

Xanne Holvoet; Bram Van Baelen; Nicole Crama

Testimonials

‘Benoit Spitaels and Marleen Denef are always available, even late at night, for urgent occasions that require an instant solution. I also like out of the box thinking and that’s how they really make a difference.’

‘I think they have a unique mission to make a meaningful contribution to the development of a social impact economy, with sustainability and positive impact at its core. Their legal services are also tailored to the needs of not-for-profit organisations and social enterprises as clients. The name of the firm is very well-aligned with their mission of making a positive impact on society and fostering a paradigm shift in traditional legal thinking.’

‘They were tireless in helping analyse corporate law in Belgium. They are dedicated to their mission and to positive impact and this came through in their work. They understood the objective, and were creative and understanding in their work.’

‘Marleen Denef is head and shoulders above her closest peers in terms of ideas, creativity, energy, commitment and connections. She has everything you could want. Bram van Baelen is extremely bright and knowledgeable and going places. Benoit Spitaels is also a mature and senior lawyer and a trusted pair of hands.’

‘The lawyers at Impact advocaten work in a personable manner, developing an understanding of the mission that each client has for their company. The team is driven to work with clients who align with their values, to create a positive impact on society through the profit-with-purpose sector, and venture philanthropy.’

‘Marleen Denef is committed and present in her interactions, combining an always honest appraisal of the matter with diplomacy and integrity. Bram Van Baelen is a dedicated lawyer to work with, who approaches problems with the right blend of academic analysis and pragmatic problem-solving. You are in very safe hands with the members of the Impact advocaten team.’

‘Impact Advocaten has the best Belgian legal experts in the field of not-for-profit, but in addition to technical knowledge, they also show creativity and problem-solving capacity adapted to the client’s profile and have a proactive attitude.’

‘Both Marleen Denef and Benoit Spitaels show tremendous expertise in their field, are particularly punctual and at the same time creative in proposing solutions for the client. An additional asset is their professional attitude which, in addition to the technical elements, also shows a social commitment and is value-driven.’

Key clients

B Lab

Work highlights

  • Advised not-for-profits all over Belgium (including Brussels and Wallonia) active in welfare, health and care on all types of reorganisations and collaborations, hospital networks and mergers.
  • Advised not-for-profit as well as for-profits all over Belgium on hybrid structurings, including the use of cooperatives (possibly set up in a specific modality of the cooperative, with governmental accreditation as a social enterprise).
  • Advised B Lab, the international B Corp assessment organisation on the guidelines and templates for Belgian based companies seeking to obtain a B Corp certification.

ALTIUS

ALTIUS fields a multidisciplinary team which handles a wide ambit of legal, commercial and regulatory issues for clients. Jérôme Vermeylen advises not-for-profit organisations and corporate entities on setting up operations, their legal status and management issues. Carmen Verdonck is well-known for her Belgian and EU competition law expertise; she handles merger filings and antitrust litigation for clients such as domestic and international trade associations. Gerrit Vandendriessche – who is an expert in ICT and general commercial law – and experienced IP litigator Olivier Vrins are other key figures in the group, which also includes associate Jan Clinck. The firm's recent work included handling the liquidation of the Association of European Airlines.

Practice head(s):

Jérôme Vermeylen; Carmen Verdonck; Gerrit Vandendriessche; Olivier Vrins

Other key lawyers:

Jan Clinck

Testimonials

‘Altius is able to deal with clients’ questions equally well in three languages, and has specific expertise that is very useful to international associations operating in the Belgian context. They also are able to put together webinars and general information packs that are useful for a broad range of clients. They also can advise employers dealing with problematic employees.’

‘Altius seems to always have a person with the exact expertise that you are looking for as a client. With questions often related to legal statutes as a non-profit organisation in Belgium that is also European in scope, they have an expert on that… Jerome Vermeylen. Altius also made a special effort to help all of its clients in the Covid-19 epidemic by providing ready advice for employers that goes beyond what is in government briefings.

‘Availability and close follow-up. Knowledge and advice.

Trustworthy people; understanding the clients’ needs and offering the options.

Key clients

Inter-professional Association for the Protection of Champagne

Inter-professional Association for the Protection of Cognac

Inter-professional Association for the Protection of Bordeaux Wine

French National Institute of Origin and Quality

Un Soir… Un Grain (Brussels International Film Festival)

XXI Music Publishing

Council of European Energy Regulators (CEER)

Eurosmat

Euroseeds

UCI

Fost Plus

Racing Genk

C40 Cities

Work highlights

  • Represented the association of Champagne wine producers before the EUIPO’s Fourth Board of Appeal in trade mark opposition proceedings against a Czech company.
  • Represented the Brussels International Film Festival (BRIFF) in trade mark infringement proceedings against the Festival International du Film de Bruxelles (FIFP – BIFF).
  • Representing Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) in proceedings before the Belgian Competition Authority regarding cyclocross.

Ashurst LLP

David Du Pont leads Ashurst LLP's offering to domestic and international clients operating in the not-for-profit space, including private associations, humanitarian organisations and government agencies. The firm has carved out a substantial presence in the sector by drawing upon its strengths across multiple disciplines, such as EU regulatory, employment, commercial law and dispute resolution. Du Pont has almost 20 years of experience handling corporate and real estate matters for non-profit associations based in Belgium. He has been at the forefront of advice to international associations on the Belgian Companies and Associations Code. In addition, Du Pont and senior associate Jörg Heirman recently assisted Digital Europe with various Belgian corporate law matters.

Practice head(s):

David Du Pont

Other key lawyers:

Jörg Heirman

Key clients

The European Commission

ATC (the Technical Committee of the Petroleum Additive Manufacturers in Europe)

NATCOL (the Natural Food Colours Association)

CIRFS (the European Man-made Fibres Association)

CARE International

CEFIC (the European Chemical Industry Council)

ECETOC (the European Centre for Ecotoxicology and Toxicology of Chemicals)

Cosmetics Europe

AECC (Association for Emissions Control by Catalyst)

ADEPT (Africa-Europe Diaspora Development Platform)

EPRA (European Petroleum Refiners Association)

CBBA Europe (Cross Border Benefits Alliance Europe)

Resource Matters

European Roma Rights Centre

Center for Reproductive Rights

ILGA (International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association)

Eurojust

The European Asylum Support Office

The European Agency for Fundamental Rights

FEICA (the Association of the European Adhesive & Sealant Industry)

COCERAL (the European association representing the trade in cereals, rice, feedstuffs, oilseeds, olive oil, oils and

Work highlights

  • Advised on the review of the articles of association of ECETOC in view of the new Belgian Code for Companies and Associations.
  • Advised on the lease negotiations of the COST Association.
  • Advised AECC on a review of its articles of association in view of the new Belgian Code for Companies and Associations

Bird & Bird

Bird & Bird has positioned itself as a go-to among trade and industry associations based in Belgium, for whom it handles issues relating to EU and competition law, employment law, tax law, IP and data protection, among others. In addition, the firm has a strong profile among European scientific institutes, for whom it handles the structuring and implementation of large-scale pan-European collaborative research projects benefiting from FP 7 or Horizon 2020 EU funding. Anne Federle has been advising the European Petroleum Refiners Association ("Fuels Europe") on competition law compliance for over 20 years, with ACE and CLEPA among her other clients. Counsel Cedric Berckmans is another notable practitioner, while Paul Hermant and Brent Springael are co-head the practice.

Practice head(s):

Paul Hermant; Brent Springael

Other key lawyers:

Anne Federle; Cedric Berckmans

Key clients

ACE (Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment)

American University

CLEPA (European Association of Automotive Suppliers)

Consorzio del Formaggio Parmigiano-Reggiano

EORTC (European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer)

ETPA (European Thermal Paper Association)

International Association of Privacy Professionals

PRACE

Solar Heat Europe

The European Life-Science Infrastructure for Biological Information (ELIXIR)

Baltic Management Institute

Eurogypsum aisbl

ELSA Alumni ASBL

Work highlights

  • Assisting the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) with a wide variety of Belgian legal and tax matters.
  • Assisting the American University, a highly-ranked and internationally-renowned global education provider whose headquarters are in Washington DC, with a variety of Belgian legal and tax matters.
  • Advising (Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment) on compliance with Belgian and EU competition law.

Eubelius

Eubelius' integrated, multidisciplinary team has expertise in the activities of a wide range of domestic and international entities in Belgium, including associations, foundations, hospitals and universities. It particularly distinguishes itself in the healthcare sector, where the workload covers acquisitions of properties and businesses, and the structuring of partnerships (including related tax issues), as well as assistance on employment law, public contracts and permits. Counsel Korneel Decroix advised Emmaüs on VAT issues associated with the construction of a new hospital building in Mechelen in 2019. Elsewhere, the firm generates work from clients operating in other industries, such as media, education and technology. On the contentious side, Véronique Pertry is leading the advice to Gemeenschapsonderwijs (GO !)  on litigation concerning the wearing of religious, political or philosophical symbols by teachers and pupils in Flemish schools. Matthias WautersMarieke WyckaertFrank HellemansBarteld Schutyser and Pertry co-head the practice.

Practice head(s):

Matthias Wauters; Marieke Wyckaert; Frank Hellemans; Barteld Schutyser; Véronique Pertry

Other key lawyers:

Liesbet Vandenplas; Korneel Decroix; Tom Villé

Testimonials

‘The team at EUBELIUS has an excellent understanding of the not-for-profit sector and its intricacies, especially in a case where an intergovernmental organisation on health-related data had to be established. The advice of Eubelius was consistently outstanding in its value and allowed  management to navigate confidently through this complicated field.’

‘Partner Véronique Pertry, a specialist in employment law and pensions, and lawyer François-Xavier Gaudissart, a specialist in employment law and pensions, do not only have tremendous know-how with regards to employment and all possible pension systems, but are also capable of bringing complex cases to the bare essence thanks to their open mind and extensive listening skills. Eubelius currently provides the best service for all cases related to these topics, for Belgian legal advice as well as abroad.’

Key clients

Boerenbond VZW/ASBL

Febelfin VZW/ASBL

Consortium Vlaams IT-platform BelRAI VZW/ASBL

EIT Digital IVZW/AISBL

Sint-Anna VZW/ASBL

GO!

Salvator Welzijnscentrum VZW/ASBL

Enabel

Ghent University

IHSI

KS Vriendenkring

Work highlights

  • Advised several social security institutions from different EU member states (including RIZIV in Belgium) on the establishment and governance of an international not-for-profit vehicle, for the development of a joint “horizon scanning” system (the “International Horizon Scanning Initiative”, or IHSI).
  • Advised Site Sint-Anna VZW, a non-profit entity established by the regional hospital Sint-Trudo in the city of Sint-Truiden, on developing a real estate project based on the old hospital site, and on various matters related to public law, healthcare legislation, public funding, public tendering, real estate, civil and corporate law.
  • Advised Enabel on various litigation files regarding claims in respect of recruitment procedure within the public sector and various employment matters, such as drafting HR policies, termination of employment contracts of senior executives, drafting checklist regarding start-up of projects in non-partner countries, telework, suspension of employment agreements and all aspect relating to expats.

EY Law

EY Law significantly upgraded its not-for-profit offering by hiring Antoine Druetz, and associates Alix Degrez and Sakine Yilmaz, from KOAN Law Firm in January 2020. Druetz heads up the team, which assists Belgian and European associations and foundations with a wide range of matters, including contract drafting, the incorporation of legal structures, finance, M&A, restructurings and governance issues. In addition, it works with EY's tax advisory arm on tax matters. Work from US-based not-for-profit associations is also on the increase for the practice. Recent highlights for the team include assisting the World Federation of Intensive and Critical Care (WFICC) with incorporating a new Belgian international not-for-profit association and dissolving the UK de facto association. In addition, the firm advised the European Junior Doctors Association on holding a remote/virtual annual general assembly in the backdrop of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Practice head(s):

Antoine Druetz

Other key lawyers:

Alix Degrez; Sakine Yilmaz

Key clients

The European Plastics Pipes and Fittings Association AISBL (TEPPFA)

Forest-Based Sector Technology Platform SRL (FTP)

European Young Doctors Association AISBL (EJD)

The World Federation of Intensive and Critical Care (WFICC)

Parentia Brussels ASBL

Gear Up Medical VZW

Centre de la Communication ASBL

International Association of Public Transport AISBL (UITP)

European Business Network for Corporate Sustainability and Responsibility AISBL (CSR Europe)

European Partnership for Energy and the Environment AISBL (EPEE)

Europe Jacques Delors AISBL

Federation of European Risk Management Association AISBL (FERMA)

Work highlights

  • Assisting Forest-Based Sector Technology Platform (FTP) SRL with transforming into an international non-profit association in accordance with the brand new transformation procedure provided for by the Belgian companies and associations Code.
  • Assisting Parentia Brussels ASBL with respect to the contribution of an universality for no consideration between “Partena – Caisse de compensation pour allocations familiales ASBL” and the newly incorporated “Parentia Brussels ASBL.
  • Assisting Centre de la Communication with drafting new articles of association compliant with the new rules introduced by the New Code and improving Centre de la Communication’s governance.

intui

intui has a notable focus on companies and associations law and litigation. Its team is jointly led by Anneleen SteenoRobbie Tas and Caroline Hotterbeekx, who combine private practice experience with an academic background, having co-authored a legal handbook on not-for-profit entities. In addition, they were asked by the Belgian Minister of Justice to draft parts of the new Companies and Associations Code. The team's other practical experience spans a range of areas, such as dissolutions, M&A, corporate governance and internal reorganisations. Clients of the firm operate in the religion, sports and elderly care sectors, among others. In July 2020, Hotterbeekx and Naomi Glibert were promoted to partner and counsel respectively.

Practice head(s):

Anneleen Steeno; Robbie Tas; Caroline Hotterbeekx

Other key lawyers:

Naomi Glibert

Testimonials

Excellent knowledge and availability.

Intui has enormous expertise in corporate law. Without a doubt they are the best firm in that regard. They have a great academic background but can approach the subject in a very practical way. Intui is also very entrepreneurial.

In-depth technical knowledge and political insights into the non-profit legislation. Pragmatic approach and high flexibility.

Anneleen Steeno carefully analysed the issues presented to her, with thorough questions to assess a correct understanding of the situation. The proposed timings to reach a solution have been respected and her advice has led to a satisfactory outcome.

Key clients

Vulpia Group

Premed

Easypay Group

Netwerk Ondernemen

Work highlights

  • Advises Premed on various aspects of its operations.
  • Advises Vulpia Group with their acquisition of elderly care and assisted living operations and various corporate governance matters.
  • Acted for Netwerk Ondernemen on its transformation from a not-for-profit entity into a cooperative company recognised as a social enterprise; the first of its kind under the new Code for Companies and Associations.

KADRANT LAW

KADRANT LAW was established in April 2020 by practice head Giulia Mauri, who had previously been at Pierstone. She has a wealth of experience sitting on the boards of several non-profit associations, including the Rail Working Group and the Groupement d’Initiative Italienne. In addition, Mauri is a co-chair of the European Business Aviation Association and she has also written legal articles for not-for-profit publication Boardroom Global. Frédérique Jos (who joined from BRJ Avocats Associés in April 2020) is the other key partner in the team, which generates mandates from Belgian and international associations, foundations and various other non-profit groups. The scope of its expertise includes incorporation, corporate governance, commercial contracts, GDPR compliance, litigation and mediation.

Practice head(s):

Giulia Mauri

Other key lawyers:

Frédérique Jos; David Gabathuler; Mériem Bennari; Arnaud D’haeyere

Testimonials

What makes the practice unique is that you feel at ease right away. You feel confident because of the level of expertise. The team is not looking down at you. You are treated with respect and sympathy. You are clearly with a partner embarking with you in your case rather than a sub-contracted service you are obliged to deal with. You receive clear and understandable information about your case. Much appreciated.

Kadrant is extremely client-focused and takes the time to fully listen to the client and understand its needs. They are extremely competent and helpful to propose solutions.’

Giulia Mauri and Mériem Bennari both really put in the hours to provide us with great service. They are a great team and it never feels like the senior partner is absent or delegates to the associate. From the initial meeting, Giulia has been excellent and has helped navigate some difficult situations. They both bring dynamism to their work and as individuals they take pleasure in their work and it shows.

The team is highly complementary so that they can answer very quickly any specific question asked. Whenever the team does not have the answer internally, as it has developed a wide positive and trustful network with a range of other professionals, readily passes on the contact details or introduces the issue. They never let you down.

Everyone is extremely kind, always calm, understandable and replies immediately, as everyone understands the urgency of the matters. It is also nice that the individuals in the firm know transversally about each other’s major clients and so they can address urgencies whenever necessary or direct clients to the right staff.

Team is small and focused, they are not (or at least they don’t give the impression) looking for new customers, but instead make you feel like a partner, or even a colleague.

Loyens & Loeff

Under the leadership of corporate partner Grégoire JakhianLoyens & Loeff has established itself as a key adviser to a number of European institutions. It also acts for large associations and foundations in sectors such as food and beverages, finance, and sports and charities, among others. The cross-practice group includes Filip Saelens (who leads the employment and benefits practice), indirect tax head Bert Gevers and Nicolas Bertrand. Also recommended is senior associate Mélanie Schollaert, who is experienced in handling domestic and cross-border M&A, corporate restructurings and various other corporate issues.

Practice head(s):

Grégoire Jakhian

Other key lawyers:

Filip Saelens; Bert Gevers; Nicolas Bertrand; Mélanie Schollaert

Testimonials

The company offers quick and always reliable information or support. They are able to basically offer expert advice and all matters of relevance to us as a not-for-profit organisation.

Their responses are always of a timely fashion and always meet any given deadlines.’

‘The ability to reach key interlocutors even at non-office hours and obtain feedback and responses at short notice. One can fully and unconditionally rely on their service at any time, especially should there be an emergency.

They have a good international network for matters that go beyond Belgian borders.

‘Their conduct and professionalism is of the highest standard and it is a pleasure to engage with them.’

‘The lawyers at Loyens seek to truly understand the client and what they are trying to accomplish, and then offer practical, understandable guidance.’

Key clients

Meridiam

Global Infrastructure Hub – G20

Levanto

Women in International Security – Brussels (WIIS)

Levanto vzw

Work highlights

  • Assisted Paris-based investment firm Meridiam SAS with the constitution of the public utility foundation Africa Infrastructure Fellowship Program (AIFP).
  • Advised a Belgian family-owned holding company investing in the life science & med-tech sector on setting up a Swiss not-for-profit entity pursuing philanthropic projects supported by the family.
  • Advised Euro Pool System & IFCO Systems on the incorporation of a sector association, as well as on governance and competition law issues.

Monard Law

Monard Law offers excellent coverage of the not-for-profit sector in Belgium, with its multidisciplinary team being spread between the offices in Brussels, Antwerp and Hasselt. The group provides top-notch advice to a wide range of clients, including domestic and international non-profit entities, charities, schools, universities, hospitals and trusts. Public procurement expert Wouter Moonen, who made partner in September 2020, advises public sector bodies and private sector companies (mainly contractors) on contentious and non-contentious matters. He co-leads the practice with employment specialist Bert Theeuwes, who is advising a non-profit association on its internal structure, as well its dealings with international organisations such as the UN and EU. Other lawyers at the firm assist clients with corporate, commercial, IP/IT and tax issues, among other areas.

Practice head(s):

Bert Theeuwes (Brussels); Wouter Moonen (Hasselt)

Other key lawyers:

Erwin Jennen (Antwerp); Thomas Christiaens (Antwerp)

Testimonials

Great legal knowledge, PRAGMATIC, honest legal advice, great communication (client/third parties).

24/7 availability of key people, quick response to all questions, excellent mix of theoretical legal framework and practicality of solutions.

In-depth knowledge of the legal domain; they not only answer questions, but also thoroughly analyse the problem at hand and come up with out-of-the-box solutions.

Key clients

AZ Jan Palfijn Gent (hospital)

AZ Vesalius (hospital)

Hasselt University

Brussels University Hospital

Mané

CLOVA

University College Leuven Limburg

Terlamen Racing Track

Bednet

Living Tomorrow

IDF

SECURE WORLD FOUNDATION

Organisatie van advies- en ingenieursbureaus, (ORI)

Work highlights

  • Assisting Bednet in matters that are crucial to its work and existence: drafting of by-laws, assistance with public procurement, IT contracting, etc.
  • Advising UZ Brussels and Erasmus Hogeschool on setting up a joint venture to integrate their partnership.
  • Advising Hasselt University on procedures covering all recent public procurement matters of the University.

Osborne Clarke

Osborne Clarke's not-for-profit practice is led by Ruth Wirtz, who undertakes a mix of domestic and cross-border M&A, general corporate work and dispute resolution. The firm also assists clients with employment and social security issues, tax audits, and fundraising and sponsorship, among other matters. The practice is noted for its primary focus on the research and healthcare industries, although its cross-practice capabilities mean that it is well-placed to advise clients in various other sectors. With the firm growing its international network, it is also increasingly instructed in matters that have an international component. Clients include NGOs, hospitals, and trade and lobbying associations, among others.

Practice head(s):

Ruth Wirtz

Testimonials

‘Quick to respond; adaptable; turn legal complexity into practical applications.’

‘Clear language, easy to understand, adapt to non-legal people.’

‘Our only contact is with Ruth Wirtz who supports our federation with her knowledge.’

‘Associate Ruth Wirtz was kind, professional, solution-oriented, flexible and effective.’

Key clients

European Chemical Industry Council – CEFIC

Association d’Eureka AISBL

Work highlights

  • Advising a US-based non-profit trade association in the TMC sector on the creation of a new Belgian not-for-profit legal entity that will serve in the future as a critical base for global operations.
  • Advised a European association on a highly complex series of matters related to amending the association’s statutes and the holding of the General Assembly meeting before the notary public in the immediate wake of the Covid-19 crisis, including issues around proxy voting.
  • Advising an international association in the attractions sector, which has operations in Europe and across MEA, on its corporate restructuring and several general corporate, employment and tax matters related to Belgian and pan-European operations.

Pierstone

Pierstone's not-for-profit practice includes Patrice Vanderbeeken and Werner Vanderhaeghe, whose credentials in this space are underlined by the fact that they both sit on the boards of several non-profit associations. Vanderbeeken has 20 years of experience advising clients on contracts, IP and data protection issues; his practice is mainly focused on clients in the research, life sciences, high tech and energy sectors. He is advising research institute TNO on a potential dispute arising from a European funding project. Vanderhaeghe is experienced in a wide range of Belgian and cross-border matters, including M&A, project finance, corporate governance, litigation and arbitration. Alain Strowel and Yves Delaey are also names to note, as is senior associate Dieter Vanoutrive.

Practice head(s):

Patrice Vanderbeeken

Other key lawyers:

Alain Strowel; Werner Vanderhaeghe; Yves Delaey; Dieter Vanoutrive

Key clients

Indoor Environmental Quality Global Alliance AISBL

Meters & More international association

Prime Alliance international association

European Energy information Sharing and Analysis Centre Association

Fonds Joseph Maisin pour la recherche contre le Cancer

Think Young

Quality Information Services for Personalised Expert Recommendations (Quisper)

Polyolefin Circular Economy Platform (PCEP) international association

Engaging Society for Sustainability

Groupement d’Intiative Italienne

Once-only.org

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

European Food Information resource international association (EuroFIR)

Gas Infrastructure Europe International association

Nationa(a)l asbl

Investment Migration Council association

European Utilities for Telecommunications AISBL

Work highlights

  • Assisted the founding members of once-only.org with the incorporation of the association and with EU research projects (contractual assistance).
  • Assisted EuroFIR with contractual issues related to European Research framework programmes, licensing agreements with regard to proprietary databases and with corporate matters.
  • Acts as EU counsel to European Energy information Sharing and Analysis Centre Association (EE-ISAC) on corporate governance and data protection matters.