Mr Etienne Kairis > Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick > Brussels, Belgium > Lawyer Profile

Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick
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Work Department

Commercial Contracts and Litigation, Intellectual Property, IT and Telecommunications, Trade Practices and Consumer Law




Etienne Kairis has over 15 years of experience in commercial law with a focus on distribution law, fair trade practices, intellectual property law, and IT law. He has developed a particular expertise and reputation in the automotive sector, notably as regards the organisation, management and restructuring of distribution networks in Belgium. Etienne also has gained broad experience in devising and enforcing national and international strategies for intellectual property protection (trade mark, patent and copyright protection).

Etienne has authored various publications on commercial law and is regularly a speaker at seminars concerning these fields.


French, Dutch, English


Etienne is a member of the European Communities Trade Mark Association (ECTA), and the Vice-President of the Commission de déontologie et d’éthique pharmaceutique (DEP Commission) at .


Etienne holds a Master’s Degree in Law from the University of Leuven (KU Leuven 1998) and an LL.M. in Intellectual Property law (Intellectuele Rechten/Droits intellectuels), organised jointly by the University of Leuven and the University of Brussels (KUL – HUB-KAHO 2001).

Lawyer Rankings

Belgium > Industry focus: Retail

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.

Belgium > Intellectual property

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.