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Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick > The Legal 500 Rankings
Environment Tier 1
Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick is well known for undertaking complex environmental law projects in Belgium and advises on noise nuisance, waste management, contentious and non-contentious permitting matters, soil pollution, zoning and emissions issues, among other areas. François Tulkens and senior associate Charles Poncelet lead the advice to Brussels Capital Region on a number of ongoing, high-profile noise limitation cases. Tulkens co-heads the practice with Dominique Devos, who has expertise in brownfields, soil pollution and permit matters. Counsel Filip De Preter is also noted.
Dominique Devos; François Tulkens
Other key lawyers:
Charles Poncelet; Filip De Preter
The Flemish Region
Industry focus: Energy Tier 1
Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick's practice provides 'well-developed explanations and advice' on electricity market regulatory matters and a wide range of power project development work, with an increasing focus on the renewables sector. Clients recognise Damien Verhoeven as 'one of the top energy lawyers in Belgium', and he heads a team of 'highly skilled' practitioners including public law specialist François Tulkens and commercial contracts expert Olivier Vanden Berghe. Recent notable work includes assisting Elia with the potential implementation of scarcity pricing to reflect supply costs, taking into account EU grid codes and regulations.
Other key lawyers:
François Tulkens; Olivier Vanden Berghe
‘Efficient and reliable advice in the right timeframes.’
‘Good understanding of our needs and requests. Well-developed explanations and advice.’
‘Damien Verhoeven is one of the top energy lawyers in Belgium; not only does he know everything, he also has a clear view on everything. He has been focusing on this area since the liberalisation of the energy market started. Having regard to the ever-growing complexity of European, federal and regional regulation, such a background is key to understanding it and still making it work. We also appreciate his team of highly skilled lawyers, which he promotes a lot.’
Industry focus: Retail Tier 1
Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick's cross-practice team counts European distributors, outlet stores and retail property developers among its clients, with a comprehensive contentious and non-contentious offering. Commercial contracts and litigation head Olivier Vanden Berghe leads the department alongside IP specialist Etienne Kairis and head of real estate Yves Delacroix, while insolvency partner Roel Fransis is also integral to handling refinancing and restructuring work. Other matters range from brand protection and trade mark litigation to leasing and distribution terminations, defect liability claims and instances of regulatory non-compliance.
Olivier Vanden Berghe; Etienne Kairis; Yves Delacroix
Other key lawyers:
‘We trust the team and they deliver high-quality work. They are fast, responsive and gives straightforward advice.’
‘Olivier Vanden Berghe is a skilled and experienced lawyer; he is very commercially oriented and finds the best solution for the client. Yves Delacroix is the best real estate lawyer for the retail sector I have dealt with. He is highly knowledgeable of the subject matter and a superb litigator.’
Kia Motors Belgium
Louis Vuitton Services Europe
Real estate and construction Tier 1
Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick's 'dynamic' real estate team is 'very dedicated, experienced and responsive'. It is also 'highly skilled and gives incomparably valuable advice in any real estate matter'. The group handles transactional work - which is a core pillar of the practice - for clients such as prominent hotel, retail, public sector and financial services entities. Department head Yves Delacroix is 'totally solution-oriented' and 'an outstanding, very experienced negotiator and dealmaker'. Alexandre Emond is very experienced in handling transactional mandates. Counsel Julie De Bonnet, 'proactive and pragmatic' associate Marie Heyvaert and 'very talented associate Augustin Paternostre are also key figures.
Other key lawyers:
Alexandre Emond; Julie De Bonnet; Marie Heyvaert; Augustin Paternostre
‘Great team spirit‘.
‘Yves Delacroix: Extraordinary knowledge of law yet very pragmatic. Always available‘.
‘Marie Heyvaert: young and promising legal counsel. Very calm and reassuring to work with‘.
‘Yves Delacroix, Alexandre Emond and Marie Heyvaert form a hands on team. It is a pleasure to work with them‘.
‘Yves Delacroix and Augustin Paternostre: their experience, their refined intelligence, their reactivity create a very good background for good results‘.
‘The lawyers of the Liedekerke real estate practice have profound market knowledge and are excellent dealmakers. They are skilful negotiators and provide detailed high-quality advice at a reasonable value for money ratio‘.
Led by Damien Conem, Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick's team acts for clients on public and private M&A, as well as ECM transactions. It also advises on governance issues associated with funds, listed companies and not-for-profit organisations. In addition, the group is noted for its particular expertise in real estate companies. Key figures include recently promoted partner Wim Dedecker and associate Ellen Vermeire, who advised Grand China Pharma Co. Ltd. on its potential €36m investment in eTheRNA Immunotherapies NV. Jacques Meunier has over 20 years of experience advising Belgian and international clients on corporate law issues. Christel Van den Eynden is also recommended.
Other key lawyers:
Christel van den Eynden; Jacques Meunier; Wim Dedecker; Ellen Vermeire; Davy Vandenbussche
‘Putting a lot of effort into diversity. Nice global network that we can build on. Evolving in terms of latest technology.‘
‘Wim DeDecker is a brilliant lawyer, but at the same time has great empathical capabilities and therefore knows how to get the best result. Both Christel Van Den Eynden and Damien Conem are excellent lawyers as well. Very hands-on and responsive.‘
‘Hands-on, very flexible, large team of experts…‘
‘Availability, practicality and attention to client expectations and desired outcomes. Christel Van den Eynden is exceptionally available and over time we have developed a strong relationship with associate Ellen Vermeire. They have come to know us and we have come to know them making working together easy and efficient.‘
‘Very deep expertise and ability to deliver under very tight time constraints. Jacques Meunier has demonstrated amazing expertise and negotiation/human interaction skills. He was able to elevate the discussion whenever we stumbled on a blocking point to find a solution meeting everyone’s need.‘
Hydro Quebec IndusTech
Dana Electric Holding
BNP Paribas Fortis
Competition: Belgian law Tier 2
Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick's practice is led by Stefaan Raes, who has experience of serving as president of the Belgian Competition Authority for ten years. Another key individual is Vincent Mussche, whose time spent in private practice is complemented by his experience of working as in-house antitrust counsel at AGC Glass Europe and Shell. The team advises clients on a wide ambit of matters, including merger control, dawn raids, cartel investigations, competition litigation, compliance programmes and audits, as well as state aid cases. Recent highlights included Mussche and associate Nina Carlier acting for BNP Paribas Fortis and AG Real Estate on their acquisition of joint control over Optimile.
Other key lawyers:
Vincent Mussche; Céline Vanhecke; Nina Carlier
AEG Belgium (Vinci Group), presently called Tranzcom
BNP Paribas Fortis
DP World (Antwerp Gateway)
ABB Industrial Solutions
BFFA (Belgian Federation of Football Agents
EFSA (European Food Safety Authority)
ECHA (European Chemicals Agency)
Single Resolution Board
Dispute resolution Tier 2
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'.
Arnaud Nuyts; Olivier Vanden Berghe
Other key lawyers:
Aimery De Schoutheete; Bruno Hardy
‘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‘.
Republic of Poland
Republic of Kazakhstan
Employment Tier 2
Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick's practice is very well known for its 'strength and depth' and 'strong capability in employment law'. Areas of instruction for the 'very responsive' team include collective bargaining agreements, restructurings, collective dismissals and discrimination claims. Practice head Paul Geerebaert is 'a strong litigator'. Managing partner Vincent Busschaert ('highly knowledgeable, commercial and responsive') and senior associate Leen Holvoet are also key names.
Other key lawyers:
Vincent Busschaert; Leen Holvoet
‘They are quick to respond, patient and sound with their advice‘.
‘They deliver high quality services and are very reactive‘.
‘Paul Geerebaert and Vincent Busschaert are leading practitioners on the Belgian market‘.
‘When you work with Liedekerke, you know that you are dealing with a quality law firm with high quality people. There is always a feeling of trust and confidence‘.
‘Highly practical and commercial‘.
‘The team is solid and very well coordinated‘.
Institute for the Equality of Women and Men
Hotel Le Plaza Brussels
Car Parts Industries Belgium (CPIB)
Tom Van Dyck leads Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick's 'very responsive' team, which is assisting the Belgian branch of Deutsche Bank with the implementation of the Shareholders Rights Directive II. Sarah Michot and Louise Verstraete are names to note at associate level. Karolien Decoene has moved to FSMA.
Tom Van Dyck
Other key lawyers:
Sarah Michot; Louise Verstraete
‘In-depth market knowledge‘.
‘Tom Van Dyck is extraordinary in his know-how and structuring his thoughts. Ability to zoom into details and zoom out when necessary. Very client-minded and friendly in conversations. Shows true interest in the file he is preparing. A pleasure to work with‘.
‘Sarah Michot is very intelligent and a hard working professional‘.
Fraud and white-collar crime Tier 2
At Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick, the fraud and compliance practice leverages its experience in corporate advisory and procedural matters from the financial, healthcare and environmental sectors. Practice head Magda Vandebotermet specialises in white-collar cases and resolving issues relating to labour law and social security, with further experience handling waste or disposal infringements and anti-money laundering. Alongside associate Anne-Catherine Standaert, Vandebotermet also advises clients concerned over potential criminal liability, prior to any culpable conduct, and assists with internal compliance plans.
Insolvency and restructuring Tier 2
Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick's insolvency and restructuring team benefits from 'technical expertise and great commercial awareness' when advising debtors on bankruptcies and handling directors' liability cases. Practice head Roel Fransis 'delivers exactly what the client needs' and focuses on domestic and international transactional matters, as well as financial litigation. Recent work includes handling the recovery of Brussels Airlines' claim after Thomas Cook’s collapse and bankruptcy proceedings, along with reorganising the carrier's activities in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.
‘Roel Fransis and his team have technical expertise and great commercial awareness and knowledge of the court insolvency process in Belgium, which makes cross-border working with the team seamless.’
‘The team is high-quality and does an excellent job. We receive the information requested in good time and the partners are also available. The team also has good business understanding.’
‘Roel Fransis delivers exactly what the client needs, when they need it. He is able to deal with complex issues and makes the client feel comfortable.’
‘A solid firm. Roel Fransis is a safe bet in Belgium.’
‘Roel Fransis is helpful, practical and a good insider in a Belgian situation.’
Intellectual property Tier 2
Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick generates mandates from clients on a standalone basis, and it also attracts referral work from US and UK law firms. Led by Etienne Kairis, the team undertakes a mix of litigation, transactional and advisory work. Its practice focuses on soft IP matters, such as trade marks, copyright, design rights, domain names, advertising and trade secrets. Kairis and of counsel Bernard Vanbrabant recently represented Kia Motors Belgium at the Enterprise Court of Liège in copyright and trade mark infringement proceedings against Autocity-Carcare, a former authorised dealer. The other name to note in the group is counsel Sarah van den Brande, whose practice covers industries such as consumer goods, audio-visual media and technology.
Other key lawyers:
Bernard Vanbrabant; Sarah van den Brande
‘Can recommend Liedekerke for its professionalism, responsiveness, effectiveness and for being multilingual in its communications, reporting and court pleadings.’
‘Great team with a wide diversity of expertise. All very positive people and always looking to find new ways of collaborating with other international firms.’
‘Very responsive and they provide their advice in an easy to understand format’
‘The team is hands-on and all-round at the same time.’
‘As far as I am concerned, Sarah van den Brande is partner material!’
‘The IP team is very friendly and approachable, and therefore fun to work with!’
‘Excellent expertise and very pragmatic approach. Looks for solutions. Other law firms often keep defending a position without looking at the total picture.’
‘Sarah van den Brande is a great negotiator who can convince through her expertise.’
RYDE GmbH (KodakOne)
Mr. Hans Van Eijck / Mr. Ronald Schilperoort
Damien Conem heads up Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick's corporate and finance practice, which houses a team that is 'highly specialised in financial markets, pragmatic and results-oriented'. The department acts as a triumvirate, with banking, capital markets and financial regulation as the three specialist areas of expertise. In the banking sphere, Jan Vincent Lindemans and Freya Mareels handle a broad range of transactional mandates for lender and borrower clients, including real estate finance, corporate lending matters and acquisition finance. Tom Van Dyck is the key contact for financial regulatory matters and advises banks and asset managers on enforcement actions. Newly promoted partner Wim Dedecker is the name to note in the capital markets arena, which spans debt and equity-related mandates.
Other key lawyers:
Jan Vincent Lindemans; Freya Mareels; Tom Van Dyck; Wim Dedecker
‘Wim Dedecker is not only an excellent and very knowledgeable lawyer but he truly understands the customer’s needs. He is also very committed and eager to deliver the results we are seeking within the agreed deadlines‘.
‘They are pragmatic, result oriented, and available‘.
‘Freya Mareels – we appreciate her for her competence, client-focus, dedication and her drive to deliver on target‘.
‘Tom Van Dyck is available at any time and able to react and provide technical advice very swiftly in a hands-on manner‘.
‘Very much engaged in trying to obtain the best result for the client‘.
‘In both an advisory setting and in administrative proceedings, Tom van Dyck has shown to be willing to go the extra mile. He has demonstrated extraordinary intelligence and persuasiveness‘.
‘The team is very well organized; they communicate effectively, are always planned and organized, and always deliver‘.
‘Very pragmatic, easy to communicate with, clear communication‘.
BNP Paribas Fortis
Bank Degroof Petercam
Industry focus: Transport Tier 3
The Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick transport and aviation practice is praised for its 'to-the-point advice' on disputes, advisory and transactional matters. Counsel Jean Pierre Kesteloot leads the team and advises clients across the transport sector on marine charters, road carriage issues and insurance claims. Throughout 2020, the team also advised airlines, customers and logistics handlers on the various practical and financial implications of the Covid-19 pandemic. Contracts specialist Olivier Vanden Berghe is another key name.
Jean Pierre Kesteloot
Other key lawyers:
Olivier Vanden Berghe
‘To-the-point advice, which enables the client to take optimal decisions.’
‘Imaginative thinking in innovation projects linked to the industry.’
‘Very reactive, to-the-point and practical answers.’
Iberia Lineas Aereas de Espana
BCA Europe Transport Solutions
Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick > Firm Profile
With over 55 years of experience in all major areas of Belgian and European business law, Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick stands out among Belgian law firms. It is one of the largest independent law firms in Belgium, with over 110 lawyers (including 29 partners), and offices in Brussels, London, Kinshasa and Kigali.
Our clients include international and domestic businesses, from start-ups and private companies to major listed companies and multinational corporations, as well as financial institutions, governmental bodies and intergovernmental institutions.
Liedekerke is a full-service firm providing advisory, regulatory, transactional, and litigation capabilities in more than 16 business areas, including a private client practice area.. The firm also has dedicated sector teams.
Our lawyers teach in Belgium and abroad, sit as arbitrators, are recognized authors and are regularly called upon to draft legislation.
With strong local roots and Belgian identity, the firm has excellent international connections and global reach.
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Staff FiguresPartners : 29 Lawyers non-partners : 70+ Staff (non-lawyers) : 50+
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Liedekerke is committed to eliminating discrimination and promoting diversity and inclusion. We believe having a diverse workforce and striving for equality will improve our impact on society and the community in which we operate, and improve our firm’s culture and performance.
We endeavour to create an environment at our firm in which people are treated equally and with respect, regardless of their gender, race, religion or belief, affectional and sexual orientation, disability or age.
We do so by imposing specific diversity policies and procedures in all departments and business units, particularly in the recruitment and evaluation process of both lawyers and support staff, as well as in our relations with suppliers and other third parties.
We attract talents from the widest possible pool and make an effort to recruit lawyers and staff members from different backgrounds and nationalities. Our lawyers and staff are from various ethnic backgrounds (currently some 20% of our staff is of non-Belgian origin) and collectively we speak no less than 11 languages.
Some of our lawyers work on a voluntary basis at the Royal Institute IRSA, which is the largest Center in Belgium for teaching and education for people with impaired vision, speech and hearing.
We have also been at the forefront of addressing the issue of gender balance in private practice for many years now. Like most firms, we have also struggled to keep talented female lawyers on board and on the partnership track. Through internal policies and an active role in various initiatives, we have been pushing this agenda and are now achieving tangible results. The percentage of female partners has been on the rise.
For many years now, our firm has participated in and supported a variety of initiatives, including:
LDIA (Legal Diversity & Inclusion Alliance): Liedekerke is a founding member of the LDIA, a cross law firm alliance launched in Brussels in January 2019. Members of the LDIA commit to build a diverse and inclusive workplace in which everyone benefits from equal treatment and opportunities, irrespective of race, ethnic or social origin, gender or sexual orientation, age, disability, language, religion, political preference or any other grounds of personal discrimination.
Women in Law: Designed to provide encouragement and support for talented women in law firms, the program brings together women from different disciplines and various fields in small groups to foster and encourage their professional development.
Women on Board: a non-profit association created by five women, one of whom is a former Liedekerke partner, dedicated to promoting womens access to directorship roles within Belgian enterprises (public and private). Our firm has also contributed by organizing legal seminars on topics such as director’s liabilities, responsibilities and remuneration.
Lex Mundi GOAL: Liedekerke is the exclusive Belgian member of Lex Mundi, the leading global network of independent law firms with in-depth experience in 100+ countries. Lex Mundi Global Opportunities for Advancement and Leadership for Women in the Legal Profession address this challenge by identifying and providing specific resources to assist firms in the advancement and retention of women within the legal profession.
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