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Loyens & Loeff

Dispute resolution Tier 1

At Loyens & Loeff, the 'very professional and motivated' team represented the Kingdom of Spain in proceedings pertaining to damages claims brought against Spanish judge Pablo Llarena by former members of the Catalan Government for alleged defamation; the court has declared itself without jurisdiction on the grounds of the Kingdom of Spain's immunity, which also covers Llarena. Hakim Boularbah and Olivier van der Haegen jointly head up the department.

Practice head(s):

Hakim Boularbah; Olivier van der Haegen


Outstanding ability to mobilize the most precise and relevant piece of legal advice while connecting it with the upmost rigour with business facts and matters‘.

Hakim Boularbah is an absolute outstanding contention specialist, whose precision and quality of legal analysis and approaches of recommendation makes him immensely valuable as leader of our contention defense team. His proximity to the client, ability to understand business reality while still figuring out the decisive legal matters to defend client rights are second-to-none. His ability to work as team player and team leader among several high-profile legal counsels are also greatly valuable in a complex legal set-up‘.

Key clients


Industry focus: Energy Tier 1

Loyens & Loeff's 'customer satisfaction-driven, committed and knowledgeable' energy team focuses on renewable projects – particularly following the EU's Winter Package guidelines – as well as new regulatory developments and M&A-related cases. 'Communicative and hands-on partner' Thomas Chellingsworth heads the practice and is 'a true expert', particularly in the regulatory aspects of offshore wind financings. Other recent matters handled by the practice involve power purchase agreements, financing due diligence and contractual force majeure crises following the Covid-19 pandemic. Associates Christine Delagaye and Bram Devlies are also recognised as 'a great asset' and 'an excellent energy contract negotiator', respectively.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Chellingsworth

Other key lawyers:

Christine Delagaye; Bram Devlies


‘Very customer satisfaction-driven, committed, knowledgeable and integrated team. Very pleasant to work with and very good value for money.’

‘Thomas Chellingsworth is a very communicative and hands-on partner with vast experience in, and knowledge about, the energy sector and a business-oriented approach in his advice.’

‘Thomas Chellingsworth is a true expert.’

‘Christine Delagaye is a great asset to the team. She is technically excellent and provides clear, commercial advice.’

Bram Devlies is an excellent energy contract negotiator, with very up-to-date regulatory knowledge. He is a key name for power purchase agreements, onshore renewable energy projects and advice on renewable energy certificates.’

‘A lot of specialised knowledge in a wide range of disciplines: for every different question, there is a specialised lawyer.’

‘Professional, correct, thorough research, a lot of knowledge and the ability to apply this knowledge to specific cases. Thomas Chellingsworth and Christine Delagaye are open to consultation, easy to reach and strategically strong.’

‘Strong reputation in the area of project finance, in particular offshore wind farms financing and the regulatory aspects.’

Key clients

AG Insurance




Biostoom Beringen



Heylen Energy

Heylen warehouses

International Car Operators

Interconnector (UK) Limited

KBC Bank



Northwester 2









Tax Tier 1

The 'pragmatic' Natalie Reypens leads Loyens & Loeff's tax team, which provides 'excellent advice' across the entire spectrum of international and domestic tax matters. The practice draws upon the capabilities of the firm's banking and finance, corporate, employment and real estate departments to assist with the tax aspects of transactional mandates and restructurings. Transfer pricing issues are a notable pillar of the practice, and contentious work also features in the group's workload. Clients include entities operating in the retail, banking, technology and life sciences sectors, among others. Notable individuals include Nicolas Bertrand, Marc Dhaene, Bert Gevers and senior associate Aldo Engels. Of counsel Christian Chéruy is experienced in tax litigation and international tax matters.

Practice head(s):

Natalie Reypens

Other key lawyers:

Christian Chéruy; Nicolas Bertrand; Marc Dhaene; Bert Gevers; Aldo Engels


Partner Natalie Reypens is good at solving conflicts‘.

Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 2

Loyens & Loeff is well known for its strengths in project finance transactions with a nexus to the renewable energy sector, and it has a notably strong track record of advising on the financing aspects of offshore wind farms. The practice is led by Marc Vermylen, who is experienced in assisting investors and lenders with secured and asset-based lending, securitisation transactions and project finance. In addition, he is very well known for his extensive knowledge of Euroclear-related matters. Koen Panis is a key name for real estate PPP-related work and real estate finance. Counsel Eveline Hellebuyck and senior associate Jan Missoul are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Marc Vermylen

Other key lawyers:

Koen Panis; Eveline Hellebuyck; Jan Missoul


Loyens & Loeff have a pragmatic approach, helping to find and deliver sensible solutions to issues, without over-complicating matters and working closely with counterparts to resolve technical issues for us as the client‘.

Marc Vermylen and his team have a practical and pragmatic approach to problem-solving‘.

Key clients

European Investment Bank (EIB)


The Blackstone Group

Tikehau Investment Management

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

Loyens & Loeff is one of the leading firms in the Benelux market, as is evidenced by the sizeable volume of corporate transactions it handles. Its team in Brussels, which is led by Grégoire Jakhian, is equally strong in domestic and cross-border deals. Recent highlights included Robrecht Coppens, counsel Godfried Ampe and senior associate Mathias Hendrickx  advising ABB on the Belgian aspects of the carve-out of its Belgian power grids business into the joint venture structure set up with Hitachi. The group's diverse expertise also includes corporate structuring, public and private M&A, corporate restructuring, and private equity and venture capital transactions. Coppens heads up the firm's multidisciplinary, cross-office start-up and venture capital team. Wim Vande Velde and Aubry Daerden are also recommended. Former partner Peter Callens is now an of counsel. In a recent development, Thomas Lenné and associate Florence Gypens joined from Fieldfisher.

Practice head(s):

Grégoire Jakhian

Other key lawyers:

Wim Vande Velde; Robrecht Coppens; Thomas Lenné; Godfried Ampe; Aubry Daerden; Mathias Hendrickx; Filip Jorens; Florence Gypens


Very efficient in managing acquisitions. Wide range of expertise and was able to get an appropriate supporting legal advisor on any area we needed help with. Very good at support after deal closed.

Grégoire Jakhian: Always personally available when needed (including small and difficult cross-border transactions); great partner during negotiations: generally diplomatic and eloquent (with intellectual superiority), even with difficult counterparts, but spares no argument/confrontation in case required; high standard of legal work.

Reactivity, ability to listen, pragmatic aspect, the advice is adapted to the concrete aspects and the life of the company and not theoretical. Proven legal skills.

I was very impressed with L&L’s focus on our specific needs in the transaction they handled for us. Their service was not just exactly tailored to our specific needs, but most importantly it was also delivered in a timely and cost-effective manner.

‘I worked with Filip Jorens (Senior Associate) and Robrecht Coppens (Partner). Both were incredibly responsive and particularly Filip Jorens impressed me with his attention to detail and exceptional resourcing, always in compliance with our specific needs in the respective transaction.’

Key clients


Agilent Technologies Inc.

Altria Group Inc.

Antin Infrastructure Partners

Cappelle Holding NV

Cathay Capital

Carlyle Group


Conquest Sustainable Infrastructure

DPG Media

Equistone Partners

Ferrero International

Guggenheim Investment Management

H.I.G. Capital

Iconiq Capital

Intrexon Corporation


PAI Partners

RKW Hyplast NV


Stow International/Blackstone

Thomas Cook Group

Employment Tier 2

Loyens & Loeff's 'very practical' team garners praise for its 'in-depth knowledge' of employment law, as well as its 'tangible and realistic advice' to clients. The scope of its experience includes restructurings, individual and collective dismissals, employee benefits and transactional support matters. The 'straightforward' Kris De Schutter jointly leads the group with Filip Saelens. Associate Vincent Marcelle has 'very extensive knowledge of labour law'.

Practice head(s):

Filip Saelens; Kris De Schutter

Other key lawyers:

Vincent Marcelle


In-depth knowledge and very reachable‘.

Vincent Marcelle: very promising young lawyer‘.

Pragmatic and hands-on approach. Very responsive‘.

Helpful, solution oriented, good listeners’.

Filip Saelens has an intelligent, pragmatic approach, balancing legal and business realities.

Key clients

Brussels Airlines

BNP Paribas


Inditex Group



Fleury Michon


SX Well

Industry focus: Food Tier 2

Employment and labour specialist Kris De Schutter is the key name at Loyens & Loeff, which leverages its multidisciplinary expertise to offer strong corporate, IP and tax experience in matters in the food and beverages sector. The practice is currently co-representing Delhaize in proceedings against various Groep Veviba companies following the discovery of fraudulent practices by a meat supplier, and De Schutter is also known for advising on remuneration schemes. Other clients include Greenyard, Fleury Michon and Delacre.

Practice head(s):

Kris De Schutter; Gert-Wim van de Meent

Key clients


Fleury Michon



Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences Tier 2

Loyens & Loeff's healthcare and life sciences group benefits from its firm-wide multidisciplinary approach to assist clients with corporate, employment, tax and public law matters. Ongoing cases involve the negotiation of contractual agreements and revisions – concerning recent PPE procurement and employer/employee-side rights in light of the Covid-19 pandemic – as well as large-scale transactional management and pharmaceutical-related acquisitions. Restructuring and benefits specialist Filip Saelens heads the team alongside counsel Stéphanie De Smedt, who was promoted in January 2021; Valentijn De Boe is another key contact for public-private partnership and administrative issues.

Practice head(s):

Filip Saelens; Stéphanie De Smedt

Other key lawyers:

Valentijn De Boe

Key clients

Arseus Medical NV

GHO Capital Partners LLP


Carestream Health Inc.

Agfa-Gevaert NV

Agilent Technologies Inc.

Bristol Myers Squibb

Stop Darmkanker VZW



Cinven / Bain Capital


Bristol Myers Squibb Belgium




Insolvency and restructuring Tier 2

The insolvency and restructuring department at Loyens & Loeff specialises in financial reorganisations, with a cross-practice set-up drawing on the firm's aviation, employment and real estate know-how. Well versed in transactional work and litigation relating to companies experiencing financial distress, the team has regularly been instructed following the introduction of the Belgian government's Covid-19 response measures. Led by new hire Vanessa Marquette, who joined the firm from Simont Braun in March 2020, the team also includes Marc Vermylen, newly promoted disputes partner Olivier van der Haegen and of counsel Laurent Mertens, who are praised for their 'professionalism, flexibility and know-how'.

Practice head(s):

Vanessa Marquette

Other key lawyers:

Marc Vermylen; Olivier van der Haegen; Laurent Mertens


Professionalism, flexibility and know-how.’

Good lawyers who provide clear and commercial advice.’

Marc Vermylen is very good.’

Key clients

Brussels Airlines

KBC Bank

FCR Media Belgium

National Bank of Kazakhstan


Not-for-profit Tier 2

Under the leadership of corporate partner Grégoire JakhianLoyens & Loeff has established itself as a key adviser to a number of European institutions. It also acts for large associations and foundations in sectors such as food and beverages, finance, and sports and charities, among others. The cross-practice group includes Filip Saelens (who leads the employment and benefits practice), indirect tax head Bert Gevers and Nicolas Bertrand. Also recommended is senior associate Mélanie Schollaert, who is experienced in handling domestic and cross-border M&A, corporate restructurings and various other corporate issues.

Practice head(s):

Grégoire Jakhian

Other key lawyers:

Filip Saelens; Bert Gevers; Nicolas Bertrand; Mélanie Schollaert


The company offers quick and always reliable information or support. They are able to basically offer expert advice and all matters of relevance to us as a not-for-profit organisation.

Their responses are always of a timely fashion and always meet any given deadlines.’

‘The ability to reach key interlocutors even at non-office hours and obtain feedback and responses at short notice. One can fully and unconditionally rely on their service at any time, especially should there be an emergency.

They have a good international network for matters that go beyond Belgian borders.

‘Their conduct and professionalism is of the highest standard and it is a pleasure to engage with them.’

‘The lawyers at Loyens seek to truly understand the client and what they are trying to accomplish, and then offer practical, understandable guidance.’

Key clients


Global Infrastructure Hub – G20


Women in International Security – Brussels (WIIS)

Levanto vzw

Private equity Tier 2

Loyens & Loeff's Brussels team, which is a core part of the firm's wider global network, is adept in handling strategically significant private equity and venture capital transactions for its clients. Grégoire Jakhian leads the group, which advises private equity houses, institutional investors and target companies, among other clients. In addition to acting for global behemoths, such as Bain Capital and The Carlyle Group, the firm also advises start-up and venture capital firms. It leverages its strengths in a wide range of disciplines to cover all the intricacies of complex deals, including corporate, finance, regulatory and tax.  In addition to generating a strong flow of standalone instructions in its own right, the firm also captures a significant amount of referral work from international law firms. In one recent highlight, Robrecht Coppens and Mathias Hendrickx were among the advisers to Chicago-based private equity firm Madison Dearborn Partners on its C$981m acquisition of IPL Plastics. Wim Vande Velde and senior associates Aubry Daerden and Filip Jorens are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Grégoire Jakhian

Other key lawyers:

Wim Vande Velde; Robrecht Coppens; Aubry Daerden; Mathias Hendrickx; Filip Jorens


‘Approachable and knowledgeable.’

‘Robrecht Coppens is a lawyer with the customer in mind.’

Key clients

Iconiq Capital

Marlin Equity Partners

Open Gate Capital

Anthemis Group

Antin Infrastructure Partners

TowerBrook Capital Partners

Guggenheim Partners Investment Management

Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan



H.I.G. Capital Partners

AAC Capital

Sunrock Investments BV

The Carlyle Group

Lone Star Funds

Cinven/Bain Capital

Real estate and construction Tier 2

Christophe Laurent leads the 'excellent' team at Loyens & Loeff, whose recent highlights included advising a real estate investment company on the high-profile sale of the Finance Tower in Brussels to the Valesco Group. Ariane Brohez and counsel Julien Lecler are key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Christophe Laurent

Other key lawyers:

Ariane Brohez; Julien Lecler


Highest level of competency in the market in major fields of real estate and corporate. Great expertise in M&A in combination with to-the-point advice make the firm a great partner for acquisitions and transactional work‘.

Julien Lecler has demonstrated a high level of dedication and commitment, in combination with his overall high knowledge and legal insight‘.

Great knowledge on real estate topics‘.

Christophe Laurent has worked with us for a number of years and has patience, great knowledge of both the law and practical business matters. He works extremely hard and is very approachable and a pleasure to work with‘.

Key clients


AG Real Estate

L’Etoile Properties

Korea Investment & Securities

Swiss Life

EU regulatory: Privacy and data protection Tier 3

Loyens & Loeff's team is 'very strong in the privacy and data protection space - they know the legal space very well'. The group has been very active recently in handling data transfer matters, data breaches and GDPR compliance issues for clients from the retail, technology, healthcare and financial services sectors. Counsel Stéphanie De Smedt, who is 'very astute and very clever', co-heads the practice with Filip Saelens and Rotterdam-based Kim Lucassen.

Practice head(s):

Kim Lucassen; Filip Saelens; Stéphanie De Smedt


Stéphanie De Smedt – always responsive, very smart‘.

Stéphanie De Smedt has excellent insights. She is courteous and great to work with‘.

The firm: As a leading firm, Loyens & Loeff is the logical choice for a legal and tax partner if you do business in, or from, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg and Switzerland, the firm’s home markets. You can count on personal advice from any of its advisers based in one of the firm’s offices in the Benelux and Switzerland or in key financial centres around the world. Thanks to its full-service practice, specific sector experience and thorough understanding of the market, its advisers comprehend exactly what you need.

Independent and international: as a fully independent law firm, Loyens & Loeff is excellently positioned to co-ordinate international tax and legal matters. The firm has a network of offices in major financial centres, staffed with specialists in Dutch, Belgian, Luxembourg and Swiss law. Through these offices, clients have access to Loyens & Loeff’s full-service legal expertise in their own time zone. The firm’s office network is complemented by its numerous country desks, all of which are experienced in structuring investments all over the world. It’s this winning combination that enables the firm to assist international clients in the most efficient of ways. Moreover, the firm is on excellent terms with other leading independent law firms and tax consultants. That way, Loyens & Loeff guarantees you top-level advice in every part of the world.

Innovative and pragmatic: each problem requires a customised solution. The firm’s pragmatic approach and drive to devise innovative solutions allow it to effectively address the demands of its clients’ domestic and international businesses. Thanks to the broad range of the firm’s legal experience, know-how and the size of its practices, the firm can offer you top-level advice, locally and internationally. The firm is committed to meeting your needs at the highest quality level in the most efficient way.

Focused and engaged: entrepreneurship, client focus, quality awareness and social engagement all characterise the firm’s culture. Loyens & Loeff offers a challenging work environment and equal opportunities for all its employees. The firm is mindful of the environment and helps charities with the support and knowledge of its employees.

Areas of practice: The firm offers expertise in the fields of tax, corporate law, financial law and capital markets, cross-border financing, private equity, real estate, VAT, EU, regulatory issues, employment law and taxes, commercial law, IP, IT, public and administrative law, energy law and litigation.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing Partner, Banking and finance, Capital Markets, Corporate restructuring and insolvency, Regulatory Marc Vermylen +32 2 743 43 15
Family-owned business and private wealth Nicolas Bertrand +32 2 743 23 46
Litigation and risk management, Corporate Litigation, International Arbitration, Asset Recovery Hakim Boularbah +32 2 773 23 50
Real estate, Investment Management Ariane Brohez +32 2 743 43 21
Corporate Law, National and International M&A transactions, post-transaction dispute resolution Peter Callens +32 2 743 43 95
Competition, Energy Thomas Chellingsworth +32 2 743 43 43
International Tawe Services, Tax Controversy and Litigation Christian Cheruy +32 2 743 43 03
Private equity Robrecht Coppens +32 2 700 10 12
Public and Administrative Law, Procurement Valentijn De Boe +32 2 773 23 33
Employment, taxes and benefits, Alternative remuneration, Restructuring, Change Processes Kris De Schutter +32 2 700 10 13
Data protection and privacy, Intellectual property, Life Sciences Stéphanie De Smedt +32 2 773 23 77
Coporate Income Tax, Transaction Tax Marc Dhaene +32 2 743 43 22
Indirect Tax, International Trade Bert Gevers +32 2 743 43 18
Corporate Law, Cross-border M&A, Corporate Finance, Dispute Resolution, Aviation. Grégoire Jakhian +32 2 743 43 54
Investment Management, Real Estate Christophe Laurent +32 2 743 43 05
Family-owned business and private wealth, International Asset Structuring. Saskia Lust +32 2 700 10 27
Food Law Kris De Schutter ++32 2 700 10 13
Banking & Finance, Energy, Real Estate Koen Panis +32 2 773 23 90
International Tax Services, Transfer Pricing, Tax Compliance Natalie Reypens +32 2 743 43 37
Employment and Benefits Filip Saelens +32 2 773 23 29
Corporate Law, National and International M&A, Corporate Restructuring Wim Vande Velde +32 2 743 43 96
Banking and Finance, Private International Law Vanessa Marquette +32 2 773 23 25
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Godfried Ampe  photo Mr Godfried Ampe Godfried specialises in national and cross-border transactional work, corporate structuring and governance.…
Mr Nicolas Bertrand  photo Mr Nicolas Bertrand Nicolas advises family owned companies on a wide range of international and…
Mr Hakim Boularbah  photo Mr Hakim Boularbah Hakim Boularbah specialises in the field of complex and international dispute resolution.…
Mrs Ariane Brohez  photo Mrs Ariane Brohez Ariane has particular experience in structuring real estate funds, real estate investments…
Mr Peter Callens  photo Mr Peter Callens Peter’s focus is on M&A and private equity investments in various economic…
 Christian Chéruy  photo Christian Chéruy Christian’s practice covers a broad range of international and domestic corporate tax…
Mr Thomas Chellingsworth  photo Mr Thomas Chellingsworth Thomas’ practice focuses on the energy sector, including in particular renewable energy…
Mr Xavier Clarebout  photo Mr Xavier Clarebout Xavier has considerable experience in a broad range of international tax matters…
Mr Robrecht Coppens  photo Mr Robrecht Coppens Robrecht specialises in international and domestic M&A, joint ventures, private equity and…
Mr Valentijn De Boe  photo Mr Valentijn De Boe Counsel at Loyens & Loeff since 2017. Prior to joining Loyens &…
Mr Kris De Schutter  photo Mr Kris De Schutter Partner
 Stéphanie De Smedt  photo Stéphanie De Smedt Stéphanie specialises in general commercial law (with a focus on e-commerce), intellectual…
Miss Christine Delagaye  photo Miss Christine Delagaye Christine’s practice focuses on the energy sector, including in particular renewable energy…
Mr Marc Dhaene  photo Mr Marc Dhaene Marc’s practice covers a broad range of international and domestic corporate tax…
Mr Mathias Diricx  photo Mr Mathias Diricx Mathias Diricx is a member of the Banking & Finance Practice Group…
Mrs Caroline Docclo  photo Mrs Caroline Docclo Caroline has a broad practice in counselling and litigation in tax matters.…
Mr Bert Gevers  photo Mr Bert Gevers Bert advises his clients on matters related to international and domestic exchange…
 Grégoire Jakhian  photo Grégoire Jakhian Grégoire has extensive experience in cross-border M&A transactions, take-over bids, corporate finance…
Mr Christophe Laurent  photo Mr Christophe Laurent Christophe advises on real estate investment structuring and leads negotiations on real…
Mr Julien Lecler  photo Mr Julien Lecler Julien has considerable experience in all aspects of real estate law (civil…
Mr Thomas Lenné  photo Mr Thomas Lenné Partner
Miss Sarah Libregts  photo Miss Sarah Libregts Sarah Libregts is a member of the Banking & Finance Practice Group…
Mrs Saskia Lust  photo Mrs Saskia Lust Saskia advises high net worth individuals and families on wealth optimisation techniques,…
Mrs Vanessa Marquette photo Mrs Vanessa Marquette Vanessa Marquette, attorney at law, is a partner in the Banking and…
Mr Jan Missoul  photo Mr Jan Missoul Jan Missoul, attorney at law, is a senior associate in our Brussels…
Mr Koen Panis  photo Mr Koen Panis Koen Panis is a partner in our Brussels office where he is…
Mrs Natalie Reypens  photo Mrs Natalie Reypens Natalie Reypens is a tax lawyer specialised in transfer pricing matters. She deals…
Mr Filip Saelens  photo Mr Filip Saelens Filip has substantial experience in collective and individual employment law with a…
Mr Gunther Valkenborg  photo Mr Gunther Valkenborg Gunther Valkenborg is counsel to our Brussels office. He is member of…
Mr Wim Vande Velde  photo Mr Wim Vande Velde Wim has extensive experience in national and international M&A transactions for both…
Mr Marc Vermylen  photo Mr Marc Vermylen Marc has considerable experience in project finance, secured financing, derivatives, clearing and…
Mr Olivier van der Haegen  photo Mr Olivier van der Haegen Olivier is experienced in international commercial litigation and arbitration. He has acted…
Number of lawyers, tax advisers and civil law notaries : 1129
at this office : 136
IBA Internacional Bar Association
IFA (International Fiscal Association)
American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM)
Belgian Centre for Arbitration and Mediation (Cepani)
Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners (STEP)
International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)
AIJA - International Association of Young Lawyers
International Project Finance Association (IPFA)
- APEBI Moroccan Federation of Information Technology, Telecom and Offshoring (member of the board)
International Arbitration Institute
IBA (International Bar Association)
EELA (European Employment Lawyer Association)
ABA (American Bar Association)
Brussels Bar
LES (Licensing Executives Society)
American Employment Law Council
Contact : Managing partner: Marc Vermylen
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