Mr Olivier Vanden Berghe > Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick > Brussels, Belgium > Lawyer Profile

Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick

Work Department

Commercial Contracts and Litigation, Insurance and Liability




Olivier Vanden Berghe heads the firm’s Commercial Contracts and Litigation Practice. He is specialised in commercial contracts litigation and has been representing large undertakings since more than 20 years in a wide range of commercial issues.

He deals with legal questions and litigation relating to “business-to-business” transactions in a large variety of sectors, such as energy, pharmaceuticals, retail, construction and engineering. Active both in litigation and advisory, he assists clients in determining the most appropriate business scheme, anticipating risks, dealing with business-critical situations and preventing or resolving disputes. His activity focuses on distribution networks and cooperation agreements, industrial construction and engineering activities and joint ventures.

Olivier has been a lecturer on commercial litigation at the University of Leuven (KU Leuven). He is regularly invited as a speaker and has written various articles on the subject of commercial contracts. He is the editor in chief of the Revue de Droit Commercial Belge.

Olivier has been an attorney in Brussels since 1995 and joined Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck
Kirkpatrick in 2001, where he became a Partner in 2008.


Dutch, French, English


Olivier is the Editor for “Chief Revue de Droit Commercial Belge”


Olivier holds a law degree from the University of Leuven (KU Leuven 1993) and an advanced degree
in civil law from Paris II University (1994).

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 > Industry focus: Energy

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 ‘outstandingDamien 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.

Belgium > Dispute resolution

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.