Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick > Brussels, Belgium > Firm Profile

Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick
BOULEVARD DE L'EMPEREUR 3 KEIZERSLAAN
PO-MBD-2022-025
1000 BRUSSELS
Belgium

Belgium > Environment Tier 1

Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick is able to advise on the full range of environmental law and related matters, including waste management, pollution, permitting, and project management, combining regulatory capabilities with sector-specific knowledge of key areas such as energy, infrastructure, and public procurement. The team has broad coverage across the Belgian regions, and also represents public and private sector bodies in high-profile environmental litigation. Practice heads François Tulkens  and Dominique Devos are specialist environmental law advisers, both regularly handling complex permitting, pollution, and project development matters. Filip De Preter is of counsel and another key name for planning and permits work, while senior associate Bert Van Herreweghe has represented clients in permits and zoning disputes, alongside advising on brownfield development work.

Practice head(s):

François Tulkens; Dominique Devos

Other key lawyers:

Filip De Preter; Bert Van Herreweghe

Testimonials

In depth knowledge of the Belgian environmental laws in all regions.

Dominique Devos has a very good knowledge of our needs and our business.

Key clients

TOTAL

Fluxys

Lidl

Belgian State

Flemish Region and associated departments

Brussels Capital Region

Veolia

Engie Electrabel

Renewi

Aspria Roosevelt

Spadel

Certis Europe

Work highlights

  • Advised Promaz on its recognition as a soil remediation fund.
  • Advising the Flemish Government on new legislation stimulating the use of zero car emissions.
  • Representing the Brussels Region in high-profile noise limitation cases.

Belgium > Industry focus: Energy Tier 1

Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick excels in the full spectrum of energy sector work, with significant expertise in regulatory, transactional, and contentious matters for a diverse roster of renewable and conventional energy heavyweights, both  in Belgium and beyond. In recent work, the team has handled a growing number of green energy mandates, ranging from carbon capture storage to hydropower and solar projects in various EMEA countries. The 'outstanding' Damien Verhoeven handles a significant volume of energy sector developments, transactions, and disputes, with particular expertise in electricity market matters, both in Belgium and the DRC. François Tulkens' regulatory expertise encompasses nuclear, gas and electricity issues, with recent highlights including nuclear plant phase-out provisions and fuel storage capacity reviews. Olivier Vanden Berghe focuses on commercial contracts for major renewable projects, while Thibaut Hollanders is noted for his varied expertise in DRC hydroelectric and mining projects. Lola Malluqin and Jonas Van Orshoven are also key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Damien Verhoeven

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Testimonials

‘Highly responsive and excellent knowledge of technical rules and regulations within the energy sector. Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick has been our law firm for a very long time. The lawyers are the most competent in the field of energy law and are very skilled regarding the specific technical matters which we handle.’

‘Damien Verhoeven is one of the best lawyers in Belgium specialising in energy law. An excellent lead lawyer, with a very hands-on mentality. He is always readily available and delivers outstanding work; he listens and takes feedback from us into account.’

Key clients

Elia

Air Liquide

Total

Engie Electrabel

EDF Luminus

Eneco

Veolia

Lampiris

Total Petrochemicals Feluy

Total Rafinaderij Antwerpen

FEBEG

Fortescue Metals Group

Perpetum Energy

Work highlights

  • Advising Elia on the development of the Belgian Capacity Remuneration Mechanism to ensure adequacy of electricity capacity after nuclear phase-out.
  • Advising Fortescue on negotiating and implementing a portfolio of 70GW renewable projects in DRC including Inga 3-8 hydropower dams.
  • Assisting Air Liquide with its participation in the EU-funded project of common interest Northern Lights, a full scale project of capture, liquefaction, shipping to Norway and offshore storage of carbon emitted by industrial plants.

Belgium > Industry focus: Retail Tier 1

Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick‘s considerable cross-practice team acts for market-leading retailers, distributors, outlet stores, and real estate developers on a broad array of instructions, including patent disputes, competition law issues, and high-profile cases before the Enterprise Court and the European Court of Justice. Olivier Vanden Berghe specialises in commercial contracts litigation, representing major department stores, apparel retailers, and accessories brands in a host of contentious matters. Etienne Kairis focuses on global brand protection and trademark filing strategies, while Yves Delacroix is noted for his experience in high-stakes real estate transactions. Transactional banking head Freya Mareels advises various major retailers on financing matters.

Practice head(s):

Olivier Vanden Berghe; Etienne Kairis; Yves Delacroix

Other key lawyers:

Freya Mareels; Pierre Desenfans

Testimonials

‘The Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick team has a great approach and a strong knowledge of the wider issues in the retail market. They have a strong practice and are problem-solvers. Indeed, this is not only providing standard solutions but looking for alternatives.’

Pierre Desenfans, tax partner, is a top expert in the real estate retail sector.

Key clients

Wereldhave

INNO

LIDL

Provera

Grand Opticiens Belgium

Kia Motors Belgium

Louis Vuitton Services Europe

Total/Servauto

Carpetright

Pandora Jewelry

Marcolini

Decathlon Belgium

Daniel Wellington

Lampiris

Wafadar

Nomad Foods Group

GALERIA Karstadt Kaufhof GmbH

Work highlights

  • Representing major department store operator Inno in its €2m damages claim against Unizo and Mode Unie as a consequence of their obtaining and enforcing a court injunction on black-out periods, forcing Inno to stop certain commercial actions.
  • Assisting Grand Opticiens with the transfer of 35 shops of the Grand Optical brand to a potential buyer in the context of a sale.
  • Assisting GALERIA Karstadt Kaufhof GmbH with the Belgian law aspects of a €460m subordinated loan granted by the German State, through its Wirtschafsstabilisierungsfonds.

Belgium > Real estate and construction Tier 1

Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick is a strong choice for real estate developers, investors, and portfolio holders engaged in major Belgian and pan-European acquisitions, exits, and redevelopment projects, providing advice on complex urban planning, environmental, and tax structuring issues. Areas of expertise for the firm include retail, logistics, senior housing, hotels, and leisure. Practice head Yves Delacroix is a leading figure across transactions, leasing, complex developments, and associated disputes, with Alexandre Emond advising on transactions and tax issues. Counsel Julie de Bonnet specialises in large-scale corporate real estate transactions, and represents clients in litigation, with Marie Heyvaert an increasingly key figure in major transactions.

Practice head(s):

Yves Delacroix

Other key lawyers:

Alexandre Emond; Julie De Bonnet; Marie Heyvaert; Louise Hubo

Testimonials

‘Yves Delacroix is not only a good lawyer, but he is very pro active and pragmatic.’

‘Marie Heyvaert knows her files and remains calm at all times.’

‘Strong team, without excessive wasted time in theories.’

‘They are friendly, highly skilful. Moreover, they do their best to give you an appropriate answer, to be creative, to find a solution to your issue, and also to answer promptly.’

‘The lawyers are extremely responsive and great to work with.’

‘Yves has a clear view of the legal framework and gives an excellent service with great response times and value for money. His calm in all situation is valuable. Also, his ability to speak clearly and to participate in negotiations with real added value are an asset for any company working with him.’

‘Louise Hubo and Alexandre Emond assisted us very well on the acquisition of land in Brussels. They both have profound legal knowledge and look into matters very thoughtfully and diligently.’

‘Efficient service, excellent availability and top lawyers in their specific field of competence.’

Key clients

Trafic

Befimmo

Vastint

Total Group

Gsk

Wereldhave Belgium

Fedimmo

Lidl

B&b Hotels

Domitys (Groupe Aegide)

Matexi

Interxion

Tans Group

Goodman

Work highlights

  • Advising Befimmo on all aspects of the ZIN project.
  • Advising  Domitys on the development of several senior services residence projects in Belgium.
  • Advising Total Petrochemicals & Refining on the sale of its headquarters in Brussels  to major developer Immobel and the relocation to a new site.

Belgium > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick has established a strong multi-jurisdictional practice, handling a wide range of mid-cap deals across Europe and globally, with expertise in a number of sectors, particularly tech, life sciences, and real estate. The firm advises a number of funds and investors, including REITs, private equity, and venture capital funds, and has a solid record in the start-up and scale-up space. The team is led by Damien Conem, who advises on cross-border M&A and corporate financing matters, while Christel Van den Eynden has a focus on the IT and high-tech sectors, advising on M&A and private equity investments. Wim Dedecker is also developing a transactional profile, combining M&A and venture capital work with his securities and financing expertise. Senior associate Celine Tallier specialises in VC and start-up work.

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Testimonials

‘I would certainly recommend working with Wim Dedecker, who currently offers without doubt one of the best M&A services you can currently get on the Belgian M&A market. In particular with respect to cross-border deals and complex deals, his personal involvement in the matters makes a huge difference.’

‘Liedekerke has the unique attribute to be a one-stop-shop with tailor-made approach. They also have good connections with law firms abroad which makes it easier for us to handle new markets.’

‘Jacques Meunier is the best lawyer I’ve ever worked with, amazing technical skills and human touch. He can defend our interests like no-one else in a very smooth way during negotiations that can sometimes be rough.’

‘Very complete, highly professional all round practice.’

‘Dedicated, fully committed, responsive.’

‘Absolutely great team, extremely professional and clever in their legal advice and human intelligence’

‘Jacques Meunier and Céline Tallier are outstanding in many ways: problem solving, creativity, negotiation, dedication.’

‘Up to date with the latest evolutions, knowledge of market practice, transparent and regular billing, very good price/quality balance, diversity.’

Key clients

Api Group Inc

Bekaert

Belfius Bank & Verzekeringen

Blue Pearl Energy

Bnp Paribas Fortis

Boehringer Ingelheim

Cohabs

Datos Nv

Dst Global

Exact

Global Graphics

Iliad Neurosciences Inc.

Liberty House Group / Gfg Alliance Group

Oncomfort

Spadel

Scih Salt Holding Inc.

Strapharm (M80)

Team Europe Ventures Gmbh (Tev)

Ttr Energy

Reply Group

Urbani

Veolia

Siaci Saint Honore

Work highlights

  • Advised TTR Energy on the set-up of Hexagon Renewable Energy, a dedicated investment vehicle backed by five institutional investors and owning a portfolio of 19 windfarm projects across France with a capacity of 122MW and a range of projects exceeding 770MW.
  • Advised Boehringer Ingelheim on its contemplated acquisition of veterinary biotech company Global Stem Cell Technology (GST) NV.
  • Advised Veolia NV-SA on acquiring the organic waste biogas plant Upgrade Bio Energy.

Belgium > Competition: Belgian law Tier 2

Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick works with major clients in a wide range of sectors, including tech, pharma, and energy, alongside European and domestic regulatory authorities, handling merger control, state aid, and sectoral investigations. The team has strong in-house competition expertise in the public and private sector, with practice head Stefaan Raes a former head of the BCA, allowing it to interact effectively with regulatory agencies. Vincent Mussche has in-house competition counsel experience, and has a successful record in merger filings, cartel investigations, and compliance programmes.

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Testimonials

‘Vincent Mussche is a true star of competition law, he is always available and ready to react quickly by advising the best strategy to follow.’

‘Hands-on, very knowledgeable about the subject matter, creative, solutions-oriented, seeing the big picture.’

Key clients

Uber

Caudalie

Facebook

Jean-Paul Van Avermaet

Shell

AEG Belgium (Vinci Group), presently called Tranzcom

BNP Paribas Fortis

Brussels Airlines (Lufthansa)

Apeal

Proximus

Orange Belgium

Lidl Belgium

Provera (Cora – Louis Delhaize)

Intermarché Belgium

Group BEL

MWingz (JV Proximus – Orange Belgium

Veolia

Belfius

DOMO

DP World (Antwerp Gateway)

ABB Industrial Solutions

Duvel Moortgat

FEBED (Federatie Belgische Drankhandelaars)

Welcoop

Mundipharma

Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund

Horeca Logistic Services

BFFA (Belgian Federation of Football Agents)

The Football Forum

EFSA (European Food Safety Authority)

ECHA (European Chemicals Agency)

Single Resolution Board

Global Power Systems

Boehringer Ingelheim

Work highlights

  • Representing an individual in antitrust investigations in Belgium and in the US for alleged cartel activity in the Belgian sector of private security firms.
  • Representing Provera in the defence of a joint purchasing agreement in the Belgian retail food sector in an investigation by the Belgian Competition Authority.
  • Represented Brussels Airlines in obtaining state aid clearance for the €290m aid measure to address the Covid-19 pandemic, and currently intervening for Brussels Airlines in the appeal proceedings before the European Court of Justice initiated by Ryanair against the Commission’s clearance decision.

Belgium > Dispute resolution Tier 2

The sizeable team at Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick acts for a diverse roster of commercial and public sector clients in a host of contentious mandates, both domestically and transnationally. Arnaud Nuyts heads up the international arbitration and dispute resolution desk, representing a host of clients in multi-jurisdictional litigation and arbitration. Olivier Vanden Berghe leads the commercial contracts and litigation practice, and is particularly experienced in disputes related to business-to-business transactions in energy and pharmaceuticals. Roel Fransis handles banking, insolvency, and corporate litigation. Aimery De Schoutheete is experienced in ICC and CEPANI arbitrations, and has niche expertise in Congolese employment law and associated contracts. Bruno Hardy has experience of a number of international arbitrations, primarily in the areas of construction, distribution and corporate disputes.

Practice head(s):

Arnaud Nuyts; Olivier Vanden Berghe; Roel Fransis

Other key lawyers:

Aimery de Schoutheete; Bruno Hardy

Testimonials

‘Very good in international arbitration.’

‘A strong team with extended competencies in various areas. Very good internal and external communication when additional expertise is required by the customer.’

‘Lead contacts Olivier Vanden Berghe and Roel Francis are experts in their respective fields, and supporting contact Thijs Vermeulen is a high level right-hand man.’

‘The arbitration team is exceptional, particularly for complex international arbitration. Arnaud Nuyts and his team combine strong advocacy with a deep understanding of complex legal issues and business practices, as well as excellent strategy. Above all, Prof Nuyts is respected by arbitrators who listen to him and trust his interpretation of the law.

‘I have been working closely with Liederkerke for a few years now. The areas covered are broad: civil procedure, cross border procedure, arbitration related court proceedings, criminal law and the law of cassation. For each area the services offered were of outstanding quality.’

‘My main point of contact is Arnaud Nuys who brought in his partners Simone Nudelholc, Roules Francis, Beatrice van Tournout. They interact seamlessly and they provide consistently highest quality in all areas. The case we handled is extremely complex and the team around Arnaud has proven to be on top of the issues at any given time.’

‘The team is very communicative, interactive and very responsive. They reply, explain the legal jargon, implications and make reasonable expectations. They established a shared platform, a whatsapp group for quick feedback.’

‘Great team, well streamlined and available, good follow-up’

Key clients

GECAMINES

Bridgestone

REPUBLIC OF POLAND

REPUBLIC OF KAZAKHSTAN

DP WORLD

CCC

Work highlights

  • Acting as lead counsel in Belgium for the Republic of Kazakhstan in the prominent multi-jurisdictional dispute relating to the enforcement by the Stati Parties (the “Statis”) of a $530m ECT Arbitral Award obtained in 2013 against the RoK (the “Award”).
  • Acting for major department store operator Inno in its €2m damages claim against Unizo, and Mode Unie as a consequence of their obtaining and enforcing a court injunction on black-out periods, forcing Inno to stop certain commercial actions.
  • Assisting Mr. Sanjeev Gupta (GFG Alliance) in relation to the restructuring and refinancing of the group and in relation to litigation with American Industrial Partners and its affiliate ICP Origination I LLC acting as lender.

Belgium > Employment Tier 2

Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick is highly regarded by clients on account of its ‘extremely responsive and client-focused’ approach to all manner of advisory and contentious labour law matters. The team boasts particular experience in international transfers of undertaking, dismissals (both collective and of protected workers), and trade union negotiations. Practice head Paul Geerebaert is a veteran in the market with significant experience acting for all manner of domestic and international companies before the Belgian labour courts. Vincent Busschaert is a similarly seasoned labour lawyer whose broad practice also encompasses incentive plans and fringe benefits. Leen Holvoet and Chloé Stassart are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Paul Geerebaert

Other key lawyers:

Vincent Busschaert; Leen Holvoet; Chloé Stassart

Testimonials

‘Responsive and appreciate the urgency of the matter at hand.’

‘We absolutely valued the team’s flexibility to meet (virtually) and their candid advice. No sugar coating but clear overview of options and risks in order to enable us to make educated decisions and device plans of action with and without legal support moving forwards. Trust and integrity are important to us as a company and whilst we understand that with making business decisions, comes making difficult decisions, Liedekerke enabled us to keep our people in mind at all times.’

‘The team have all shown a great deal of integrity and understanding of our business and ways of working when providing guidance. In particular Paul Geerebaert has shown great humanity and ability to relate and provide not only legal advice but support, guidance and (appropriate levels of) light-heartedness.’

‘Paul Geerebaert is very easy to work with, responsive, knowledgeable, and my clients value the services he has provided to them.’

‘Paul Geerebaert is very professional, intelligent and has the highest level of expertise on labour law that I have encountered.’

‘Good team with a good mix of seniority levels.’

‘Paul Geerebaert has a wealth of experience in Belgian social law advice, drafting and litigation. He is the lawyer you need when you are facing an important and/or urgent issue in terms of Belgian social law.’

‘Chloé Stassart’s availability, expertise and time of response are outstanding.’

Key clients

Grand Opticiens Belgium

SABAM

Institute for the Equality of Women and Men

DHL Supply Chain

Boehringer Ingelheim

Michael Kors

ONE Campaign

Hotel Plaza Brussels

Assuralia

Uber BV

ILSI Europe

EVS Broadcast Belgium

SENSOR-NITE (Sensata)

ROSIER

Grundfos

Suitsupply

RHEA Systems

Zayo Group

Klarna

Trustly

Avantage Reply Belgium (Reply Group)

Work highlights

  • Successfully assisted Sodraep in terminating a protected worker for serious cause; both the labour court and the labour court of appeal accepted the grounds for doing so.
  • Assisted the former CEO of Bpost, who was terminated for serious cause, with obtaining the entire severance pay through negotiations.
  • Successfully assisted Ilsi Europe in terminating its former Executive Director.

Belgium > EU regulatory: Financial services Tier 2

Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick advises banks, financial institutions, and insurers on a wide range of regulatory issues, including MiFID compliance, innovative issues relating to fintech products, commercialisation, and insurance sector issues such as the creation and issue of new products. The practice is led by Tom Van Dyck, a key regulatory adviser to a number of European banks, with associates Sarah Michot and Louise Verstraete both offering in-house financial services expertise from secondments.

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Testimonials

‘It is a great pleasure to collaborate with Liedekerke because of their excellent understanding of the situation of the company and the problems we are involved in. The great relationship with the team is important to us, and we are willing to have a firm which support us not only with purely legal solutions, but also with comprehensive approach of our whole business.’

‘We work with Tom Van Dyck and his team for a couple of years and have developed a very special relationship. Our core business is not located in Belgium, but we have very specific needs to develop our activity in this market. Tom is the perfect partner for our company to support our business.’

‘This practice is unique because of their extensive know how when it comes to all topics related to banking and finance. They are aware of all recent development within the field but are also very well informed on sector practices and have a good relationship with the local regulators. They have a very hands on mentality and are able to quickly provide correct, substantiated and complete legal advice which is nevertheless understandable and practical.’

‘Tom Van Dyck and his team stand out because of their extensive know how when it comes to all topics related to banking and finance. Tom Van Dyck has a hands on mentality, is very accessible, responsive and professional. He is also able to quickly provide correct, substantiated and complete legal advice which is nevertheless understandable and practical.’

‘Extensive experience in financial supervision, including supervisory investigations.’

‘Tom van Dyck immediately instilled confidence in the handling of a highly confidential investigation by the Belgian regulator.’

‘Specific expertise in financial product approval with legislators.’

‘We are honored to collaborate with Tom Van Dyck, who combines an in-depth knowledge of the Belgian financial regulatory framework and authorities with a very pragmatic and no-nonsense approach.’

Key clients

ING België NV

PMV

Triodos Bank

Deutsche Bank AG, Belgium Branch

BELGIAN INFRASTRUCTURE FUND

Union Services

Allianz Benelux sa/nv

Driesassur

BNP Paribas Fortis

AG Insurance

KBC BANK

Banque de Luxembourg International

Degroof Petercam Asset Services SA

Blackfin Capital Partners

Work highlights

  • Assisting Banque de Luxembourg in relation to the set-up of SICAV BLB, a new Belgian publicly offered UCITS and providing ongoing assistance to the fund.

Belgium > Fraud and white-collar crime Tier 2

Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick has a notable focus on anti-money laundering and environmental infringement litigation, its litigators collaborating regularly with regulatory experts in its wider practice teams. Other areas of strength for the firm include criminal tax litigation and employment disputes, with clients including major Belgian and multinational companies, SMEs, and high net-worth individuals, both victims and alleged offenders. The practice is led by Magda Vandebotermet , who combines specific white-collar expertise with work on broad criminal issues across tax, employment, and environmental law. Associate Margot Vandebeek is a specialist in criminal corporate cases.

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Work highlights

  • Representing a multinational company involved as suspect in a criminal investigation concerning infringements to waste legislation.
  • Representing a client involved as a suspect in a criminal case concerning among others misuse of corporate assets and breach of trust.
  • Representing a worldwide car industry client in filing a complaint relating to an unlawful request from a special police unit in order to obtain permanent access to data filed in the memory of the cars.

Belgium > Insolvency and restructuring Tier 2

Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick focuses on restructuring and insolvency proceedings, alongside banking and finance litigation, and is heavily involved in a number of major cross-border proceedings both as lead counsel and through referrals from international firms. Standout involvements include high-profile insolvencies in the manufacturing and metals sectors, as well as retail and aviation. The ‘proactive and consistent‘ team is led by ‘exceptional‘ dedicated insolvency and distressed finance practitioner Roel Fransis.

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Testimonials

‘The team is fantastic and our go-to firm in Belgium for high quality insolvency and restructuring advice.’

‘Roel Fransis is exceptional. His advice is very user-friendly, timely and practical.’

‘The team’s dedication to the client and the quality of its work is really exceptional. They are proactive and consistent in their approach, with good advice. The response times are incredible and the advice is well thought-out.’

‘Roel has a commercially driven approach to strategy. He is very available for the client and assists us with a great support and proactivity. He is practical and action-oriented.’

Key clients

Jenner Block LLP

Wetta Ventures

Alvance Aluminium

Enpay

Brussels Airlines

Proximus

Wunderwerk GmbH

Inno

Quinn Group Belgium

Brussels Airlines

Work highlights

  • Advising the ultimate beneficiary of the Belgian aluminium manufacturer ALVANCE Aluminium Duffel, on the restructuring and refinancing of the group and representing in litigation with American Industrial Partners and its affiliate ICP Origination I LLC acting as lender.
  • Advising Wetta Ventures on the filing and subsequent recovery of its $2.5m claim in the bankruptcy proceedings of Aerocircular NV.
  • Representing Proximus in litigation subsequent to the bankruptcy proceedings of Billi BV and Schedom NV in relation to the recovery of its claim worth €2m.

Belgium > Intellectual property Tier 2

Praised by various blue-chip clients for its 'analytical and practical' approach, Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick's IP practice handles the full gamut of advisory, contentious, and transactional matters. Led by automotive sector specialist Etienne Kairis, the team's capabilities range from soft IP to copyright litigation and trade secrets challenges before the Constitutional Court. Bernard Vanbrabant variously handles opposition proceedings, counterfeit cases, and seizures in matter of counterfeits. Sarah Van Den Brande is noted for her wide-reaching capabilities in the software, media, fashion, and consumer goods sectors.

Practice head(s):

Etienne Kairis

Testimonials

‘Collaborative team, responsive, and diverse. They have been proactive in seeking to work with other international law firms to provide clients with a multi-jurisdictional response.’

‘They are very engaged in the issues; analytical and practical.’

‘Great team, very professional.’

‘Flexible and available. Compliant with deadlines. Very nice people to work with. They always try to build a personal relationship which makes working together more efficient.’

‘Sarah van den Brande is a master in negotiations based on her knowledge. She is an example of what a partner should be like (intelligence, social skills, relationship with client and adverse party).’

Key clients

COMMUNAUTE FRANCAISE

SONACA

L’OREAL

IMPS

AGICOA

BELGIAN STATE

RYDE GmbH (KodakOne)

KERRY

AEGIDE

KIA MOTORS

Work highlights

  • Representing the Communauté Française before the Constitutional Court where Sabam and Playrights are challenging a statutory provision which created a new exception to copyright in favour of children sitting organisations.
  • Representing AGICOA group in litigation proceedings against BAVP in both summary proceedings and proceedings to the merits regarding the early termination of the cooperation agreement between the parties; and, against Telenet in a landmark copyright case regarding the transmission, by Telenet, of dozens of channels (about 55% of its TV offers) without an appropriate license from, and payment to, AGICOA.
  • Assisting Kerry Group in respect of a theft of trade secrets by a (former) employee.

Belgium > Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 3

Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick combines strong banking and capital markets expertise, advising on leveraged acquisition financing, asset-based lending, strucured, and real estate finance, alongside both debt and equity capital markets transactions, including IPOs and innovative debt issues such as green bonds. The firm advises both borrowers and lenders, with particular strength in the real estate and private equity space on the borrower side, and counts a number of international banks and financial institutions among its clients. The banking practice is led by Freya Mareels, who advises on a diverse range of lending and financing transactions, and was bolstered by the arrival of Thomas Vanthournout from Baker McKenzie CVBA/SCRL in early 2021. Wim Dedecker heads up the capital markets offering, and continues to develop the firm’s profile within the space.

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Testimonials

‘The team is a hidden gem on the Belgian market, in particular with respect to capital markets.’

‘I really love working with Wim Dedecker. He offers the quality you would expect to receive from the major US and UK firms, and is at the same time very dedicated, available and passionate.’

‘Wim Dedecker is highly involved, pragmatic, solution driven.’

‘Very strong, dynamic and talented team.’

‘Thomas Vanthournout is a good, intelligent and hands-on lawyer.’

‘The attorneys at Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick that we have worked with are all experienced in both legal and business matters, so they are able to provide “next level” guidance that is quite valuable to us as a business client. All of their partners and associates are extremely responsive and flexible.’

‘The team is responsible, knowledgeable, flexible and extremely reactive.’

‘Freya Mareels has a deep knowledge of the subject area, expertise through having significant experience in the sector. Also she has a good understanding on the commercial issues in general.’

Key clients

Abn Amro Bank

Ag Insurance

Allianz Benelux

Bekaert

Belfius Bank

Bmw Financial Services Belgium

Bnp Paribas Fortis Nv/sa

Brussels Airlines

Carpetright Limited / Carpet-land Nv

Davidson Technology Growth Gmbh & Co. Kg

Driesassur

Galeria Karstadt Kaufhof Gmbh

Global Graphics

Groupe B&b Hotels

Hedgme

Honda Belgium Nv

Ing België Nv

Inno S.a./n.v.

Jacquet Belgium

Kbc Bank

Keg Holding Ltd

Lineas Group Nv

Maxim Group Llc

Natixis, New York Branch

Nomad Foods Group (Iglo Belgium Nv)

Pnc Business Credit

Riverrock European Opportunities Fund Ii

Scih Salt Holdings

Shawbrook Bank Limited

Sonaca Sa

Tikehau Investment Management

Ufg Global Commercial & Hospitality Real Estate Fund

Willy Tans Nv (Tans Group)

Work highlights

  • Advised Brussels Airlines on its €290m financial support from the Belgian State to address the COVID-19 crisis.
  • Advising Bekaert on a €200m public offering of bonds.
  • Advising US investment bank Maxim Group LLC on the successful private placement of Bone Therapeutics shares in the EU and the US.

Belgium > Industry focus: Transport Tier 3

Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick's broad sector focus spans the aviation, maritime and railway sectors, where it routinely advises some of the largest commercial and public sector players in the Belgian market and beyond. In addition to its commercial work and Covid-19 response instructions, the team is also adept acting as defence counsel in various domestic proceedings, including before the Commercial Court and the Court of Appeal. Jean Pierre Kesteloot's comprehensive transport focus encompasses shipping, road carriage and insurance matters, with niche expertise in drones, autonomous vehicles and e-bikes.

Practice head(s):

Jean Pierre Kesteloot

Testimonials

‘The team is very knowledgeable and thinks pragmatically.’

The existence of the “hotline” is a real added value. The advice responds to our concrete needs and proposes solutions to the problems encountered.

Key clients

DHL International

Iberia Lineas Aereas de Espana

NMBS / SNCB

Uber

BCA Europe Transport Solutions

Aviabel

Brussels Airlines

Sonaca

Attitrade

Work highlights

  • Representing Iberia before the Belgian courts in the context of passenger claims in the event of denied boarding and of cancellation or long delay of flights.
  • Assisting Brussels Airlines, Brussels Airport Company and TUI in summary proceedings before the Brussels Business Court, seeking further interim injunction against skeyes, the Belgian air navigation and traffic service provider for the civil airspace, for any flight cancelled, delayed, or diverted because of an interruption of the air traffic control and a closure of the Belgian air space on 16 May 2019.
  • Assisted SNCB (National Railway in Belgium) in several matters in the past months, amongst others in relation to various commercial contracts and providing an opinion on the accessibility of the new SNCB vending machines / automats in the framework of a contract.

Belgium > Tax Tier 3

Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick advises on domestic and international transactional tax structuring, including complex mandates such as private equity investments, employee share issues, joint ventures, and corporate reorganisations. The energy sector is a key area of focus for the practice alongside real estate taxation of all kinds, a particular specialism of practice co-head Pierre Desenfrans. Co-head Lieven De Wulf specialises in transactional taxation issues, particularly within private equity, and also handles tax litigation.

Practice head(s):

Lievin De Wulf; Pierre Desenfans

Testimonials

‘Pierre Desenfans is the partner with whom we work. He is specialized in Real Estate and has the big advantage to be able to tackle very efficiently different sub topics (corporate tax, VAT, registration duties, International taxation, local taxation).’

‘The members of the team are complementary. They are working together. Together they have a large range of the necessary skills. Working with them let us feel well protected.’

‘Strong interaction with their real estate transaction team allows them to provide a global and synthetic answer to questions raised.’

‘We were pleased by the availability of the personnel in answering all our questions. The firm looks pretty client-oriented and we found the most important and valuable thing was the responsiveness of the professionals we dealt with for our project.’

‘The individuals we have been in contact with have been available to answer all our questions and provided all the necessary details for us to understand the process. We appreciated the availability of the team and the fact that they reverted back to us quickly any time we needed additional details in order to progress with our project.’

‘This practice is unique because of its hands on mentality as well as their responsiveness. They are able to quickly capture the legal needs and issues and translate them into advice and solutions the business can work with in practice.’

‘I highly value the responsiveness and hands on mentality of Lievin De Wulf who is able to translate difficult tax issues and advice into comprehensible wording and provide practical solutions our business is able to work with.’

‘Lievin’s availability, expertise and time of response are outstanding.’

Belgium > Legal market overview

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.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Managing Partner; Labour & Employment Vincent Busschaertv.busschaert@liedekerke.com+ 32 2 551 15 22
Real estate Yves Delacroixy.delacroix@liedekerke.com+32 2 551 14 18
Corporate and M&A Christel Van den Eyndenc.vandeneynden@liedekerke.com+32 2 551 15 35
Tax Lievin De Wulfl.dewulf@liedekerke.com+32 2 551 15 70
Environment Dominique Devosd.devos@liedekerke.com+32 2 551 15 55
Intellectual Property Etienne Kairise.kairis@liedekerke.com+32 2 551 14 32
Employment Paul Geerebaertp.geerebaert@liedekerke.com+32 2 551 14 58
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Mr Vincent Busschaert  photo Mr Vincent Busschaert Managing Partner
Ms Kristien Carbonez  photo Ms Kristien Carbonez Kristien Carbonez is resident partner in our London representative office, where she…
Mr Damien Conem  photo Mr Damien Conem Partner
Mr Filip De Preter photo Mr Filip De PreterCounsel
Mr Aimery De Schoutheete  photo Mr Aimery De Schoutheete Partner
Mr Lievin De Wulf  photo Mr Lievin De Wulf Partner
Mr Wim Dedecker photo Mr Wim DedeckerPartner
Mr Yves Delacroix  photo Mr Yves Delacroix Partner
Mr Pierre Desenfans  photo Mr Pierre Desenfans Partner
Mr Dominique Devos  photo Mr Dominique Devos Partner
Mr Alexandre Emond  photo Mr Alexandre Emond Partner
Mr Roel Fransis photo Mr Roel FransisPartner
Mr Paul Geerebaert  photo Mr Paul Geerebaert Partner
Mr Bruno Hardy  photo Mr Bruno Hardy Senior Attorney
Ms Marie Heyvaert photo Ms Marie HeyvaertSenior Associate
Ms Leen Holvoet  photo Ms Leen Holvoet Senior Attorney
Mr Dominiek Hubin  photo Mr Dominiek Hubin Counsel
Mr Frank Judo  photo Mr Frank Judo Partner
Mr Etienne Kairis  photo Mr Etienne Kairis Partner
Mr Jean Pierre Kesteloot photo Mr Jean Pierre KestelootCounsel
Ms Freya Mareels  photo Ms Freya Mareels Partner
Mr Jacques Meunier  photo Mr Jacques Meunier Partner
Ms Sarah Michot photo Ms Sarah MichotAssociate
Mr Vincent Mussche  photo Mr Vincent Mussche Partner
Ms Simone Nudelholc  photo Ms Simone Nudelholc Partner
Mr Arnaud Nuyts  photo Mr Arnaud Nuyts Partner
Mr Vincent Ost  photo Mr Vincent Ost Partner
Mr Benjamin Pierard  photo Mr Benjamin Pierard Senior Attorney
Mr Stefaan Raes  photo Mr Stefaan Raes Partner
Ms Valérie Simonart  photo Ms Valérie Simonart Partner
Ms Céline Tallier  photo Ms Céline Tallier Counsel
Mr François Tulkens  photo Mr François Tulkens Partner
Ms Sarah Van Den Brande photo Ms Sarah Van Den BrandeCounsel
Mr Tom Van Dyck  photo Mr Tom Van Dyck Partner
Mr Bert Van Herreweghe  photo Mr Bert Van Herreweghe Senior Attorney
Mr Luc Van den Bon  photo Mr Luc Van den Bon Senior Attorney
Ms Christel Van den Eynden  photo Ms Christel Van den Eynden Partner
Mr Bernard Vanbrabant photo Mr Bernard VanbrabantOf Counsel
Ms Margot Vandebeek photo Ms Margot VandebeekSenior Associate
Ms Magda Vandebotermet  photo Ms Magda Vandebotermet Partner
Mr Olivier Vanden Berghe  photo Mr Olivier Vanden Berghe Partner
Mr Davy Vandenbussche  photo Mr Davy Vandenbussche Senior Attorney
Mr Thomas Vanthournout  photo Mr Thomas Vanthournout Senior Attorney
Mr Damien Verhoeven  photo Mr Damien Verhoeven Partner
Mrs Louise Verstraete photo Mrs Louise VerstraeteAssociate
Mr Jan Vreys  photo Mr Jan Vreys Senior Attorney
Ms Julie de Bonnet  photo Ms Julie de Bonnet Partner
Partners : 29
Lawyers non-partners : 70+
Staff (non-lawyers) : 50+
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Lex Mundi

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 women’s 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.