Ms Freya Mareels > Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick > Brussels, Belgium > Lawyer Profile

Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick

Work Department

Banking & Finance




Freya Mareels specialises in banking and finance law with a focus on leveraged finance and general syndicated lending, real estate finance, project finance and debt restructuring. She acts for both lenders and borrowers and has extensive experience in cross-border transactions. Her practice further includes debt capital markets transactions and structured finance.


Dutch, English, French


Freya is a member of AEDBF/EVBFR-Belgium.


Freya holds a law degree (magna cum laude) from Ghent University (2005) as well as a master of law (LL.M.) from The University of Nottingham (2006). She also studied at Hofstra University (2005), New York.

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 > Banking, finance and capital markets

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Freya MareelsLiedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick

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.