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Loyens & Loeff

Belgium > Dispute resolution Tier 1

The practice at Loyens & Loeff is ‘available and collaborative’, and known for its complex cross-border litigation and international arbitration expertise. A wide range of mandates are expertly covered by the practice, including healthcare and life sciences work, insolvency and restructuring issues, data protection and privacy claims, and corporate investigations. Hakim Boularbah leads the ‘excellent and very reputed‘ team alongside Olivier van der Haegen, who ‘does an outstanding job‘ for his clients; the pair have expertise in collective redress and international arbitration respectively. Senior associate Maria-Clara Van den Bossche is ‘very knowledgeable, proactive, and quickly unravels the sensitivities in the case‘, and has a practice focusing on class actions, asset recovery work, and the enforcement of arbitral awards.

Practice head(s):

Hakim Boularbah; Olivier van der Haegen

Other key lawyers:

Clémence Van Muylde; Maria-Clara Van den Bossche


‘The team is young and diverse. They are available and collaborative.’

‘We had very good contact with Olivier van der Haegen and Clémence Van Muylder who have always been available, collaborative, serious and engaged in our files.’

‘The international arbitration department is excellent and very reputed.’

‘Olivier van der Haeghen does an outstanding job for us in international litigation.’

‘The firm has an excellent understanding of our business needs.’

‘The firm adapts themselves to our goals in the trial.’

‘When Loyens & Loeff Belgium’s dispute resolution team was handling our case, I had the feeling that no case would be too complex for them. They quickly get to the bottom of the dispute and clearly explain the procedural aspects and risks. They are super dedicated and easy to approach.’

‘A special call out for Maria-Clara Van den Bossche, who is very knowledgeable, proactive and quickly unravels the sensitivities in our case.’

Key clients

Blink Holding


Banque Degroof


Dishman Carbogen Amcis


BNP Paribas

John Cockerill – Cockerill Maintenance & Ingénierie (CMI)


Porsche AG



Meta Platforms

Yukos Oil



Chevron Corporation Inc. and Chevron USA Inc.






Yara Belgium

Belgium > Real estate and construction Tier 1

Loyens & Loeff has ‘the leading role in the market by expertise, track record, availability and quality of service‘. The firm fully integrates its tax and legal real estate capability, providing a one-stop shop for major real estate developments involving permits, construction, VAT, leases and more. The firm also handles a growing number of lenders’ mandates for the financing of real estate transactions. ‘Outstanding‘ practice head Christophe Laurent, experienced partner Ariane Brohez, newly appointed partner Julien Lecler and counsel Lien Bellinck are the key contacts in the ‘pragmatic, commercial and results-driven‘ team.

Practice head(s):

Christophe Laurent

Other key lawyers:

Ariane Brohez; Julien Lecler; Lien Bellinck; Antoine Béchaimont


‘The leading role in the market by expertise, track record, availability and quality of service. The team focuses on the ‘deal’ with an eye for execution but without loosing sight on the quality of the work.’

‘Dedication & expertise – knowledge’

‘Very competent team, available, pragmatic, commercial and results-driven.’

‘Even though we have good experiences with several parnters and associates, Christophe Laurent remains an outstanding partner from our point of view. He is very sharp as well on legal as on tax matters (which is very rare), is very present (and front line) during transactions, is a real deal maker (in the interest of the global deal), is very commercial and good at negotiations, knows a lot of people and other lawyers with whom he has a great contact, which facilitates transactions.’

‘A single partner responsible for the client, who oversees all the advice and/or memos given to the client, regardless of the area concerned (tax, corporate, finance), which guarantees the consistency of the advice and/or recommendations given. In my opinion, the level of expertise is unrivalled on the Belgian market.’

‘Ariane Brohez understands the client’s business very well and can explain complex legal matters to non-legal people in well-structured and comprehensive language.’

‘In my opinion, the level of competence and professional consciousness are very high. Individuals take the initiative in informing customers of new legislation that may affect them.’

‘The team is very knowledgeable and provides solid advice on various difficult legal topics in the real estate business that most other offices cannot offer the same way.’

Key clients


AG Real Estate


Axa Real Estate Investment Management

Blue Colibri Capital Partners

CBRE Investment Management

Covivio Hotels


Kadans Science Partner


La Française Real Estate Managers

Lone Star Funds



Real I.S.

Swiss Life Asset Management

Tristan Capital Partners

Work highlights

  • Advised MEAG, acting on behalf of a special real estate fund designed for institutional investors, with the largest office-related transaction of 2023 so far to acquire all the shares of the company AGRE Office Invest II holding the prestigious City Center building.
  • Advised a Lone Star investment fund with the acquisition in share deal of the iconic Metropole Hotel in the heart of Brussels, together with adjacent shops in high-retail area of Rue Neuve.
  • Further to the acquisition of the Regent portfolio, consisting of 5 building offices in Brussels, assisted Tristan Capital Partners with the sale of an office building located rue Ducal 69-71. Advised on the best way to organise the transaction, recommending to sell the building through the granting of a perpetual right to building on the building, such ownership structure being possible since the entry into force of the Book 3 of the Civil Code in September 2021.

Belgium > Tax Tier 1

Supplementing a strong corporate tax offering, Loyens & Loeff directs its large team into dedicated specialisations covering transactional tax, transfer pricing, private clients, exmployment tax, and tax litigation. Nicolas Lippens takes the helm, with a recognised track record in corporate, European and international tax law, while Natalie Reypens is the face of the transfer pricing team, and Nicolas Bertrand and Saskia Lust take charge of the private client offering. Bert Gevers leads the indirect tax team, and Marc Dhaene assists with litigation matters. Transfer pricing specialist Aldo Engels was promoted to counsel in January 2023.

Practice head(s):

Nicolas Lippens


‘Pragmatic and solution-oriented (particularly so for tax lawyers). Reactive. Good team composition.’

‘Nicolas Bertrand is client-oriented.’

Key clients







Mc Cain


Work highlights

  • Represented Fluvius before the European Court of Justice with regard to a VAT proceeding.
  • Assisted STEF on the carve-out of its Belgian real estate portfolio.
  • Advised Skoda Transportation on the acquisition of a majority stake in The Signalling Company.

Belgium > Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 2

The ‘highly capable and solutions-oriented‘ team at Loyens & Loeff stands out for the breadth of its debt finance and capital markets expertise, which covers domestic and cross-border transactions in a wide array of sectors and is particularly pronounced in project finance, debt and securities issuances, leveraged lending, and real estate financing work. The practice is especially noted for its ability to handle a significant number of financings in connection with renewable energy and infrastructure PPPs. Clients include Belgian-based and multinational institutional lenders as well as private credit funds, corporate borrowers, and state actors. Practice head Marc Vermylen is noted for his project finance expertise, while Vanessa Marquette and Eveline Hellebuyck primarily handle financial regulatory matters. Koen Panis is a key contact for PPP work. Asset-based lending and green bond issuance expert Sarah Libregts is a further name to note.

Practice head(s):

Marc Vermylen

Other key lawyers:


‘Apart from high level legal competence, the team also offers very good market knowledge. Tailor made legal advice and solutions.’

‘Short response times. Well-structured legal advice that is understandable even for non-lawyers. Pragmatic solutions and solutions in line with market and business needs.’

‘Excellent level of deliverables in terms of quality and time. The team was involved in an innovative project that required quite a lot of re-thinking of existing models. They were able to combine innovative thinking with solid legal bases and very good knowledge of market practice. Always available and able to meet on short notice when asked.’

‘Vanessa Marquette has excellent knowledge of debt capital markets and in particular of the Belgian legal environment. Always available when asked and eager to find flexible solutions.’

‘Reactiveness, sound knowledge, and experience in the Belgian project finance sector and beyond. ’

‘The Loyens & Loeff team is highly capable and solutions-oriented. We worked with Loyens & Loeff on a complex, cross-border debt and equity financing. The team was able to come up with answers to a number of complexities that arose and explain everything to us in a simple manner based on their local expertise and knowledge. We felt confident we were in good hands throughout the process.’

‘Great team for seamless and full-service advice across jurisdictions Belgium and Netherlands as a one-stop-shop.’

‘Marc Vermylen is extremely commercial, practical and straightforward in providing advice. Sarah Libregts is also extremely commercial and has extremely high technical ability in providing documentation and workable ‘real world’ solutions for clients.’

Key clients




European Investment Bank


Société Générale

PBB Deutsche Plandbrieffbank


Deutsche Bank

ING Bank

JP Morgan

Morgan Stanley

Goldman Sachs

Barclays Bank PLC

Tristan Capital Partners

WhiteHorse Capital Management

Volvo Financial Services

Participatiemaatschappij Vlaanderen NV

International Swaps and Derivatives Association

Bundesverband Deutscher banken

Aluminium Duffel

Sedimmo SA

Godiva Chocolatier, Inc.

GBA Group

Wingspire Capital LLC

Infopro Digital Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Aluminium Duffel on the refinancing of its existing indebtedness in connection with its acquisition by AIP.
  • Advised Deutsche Pfandbriefbank AG on the refinancing of the office property Arcadia.
  • Assisted the Walloon Region with the renewal of the issuance of €1bn of 2.875% fixed-rate sovereign notes, admitted to trading on the Luxembourg Stock Exchange.

Belgium > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

The ‘excellent professionals‘ at Loyens & Loeff stand out for their multidisciplinary M&A offering, combining corporate expertise with extensive tax knowledge to cover a broad range of transactional matters. In addition to its focus on cross-border corporate acquisitions, the team is recognised for its ability to structure and advise on the financial and tax due diligence aspects of large-volume private equity deals. Robrecht Coppens is a key contact for private equity work and also regularly assists with governance and restructuring matters. Coppens co-leads the team with Thomas Lenné, who offers expertise in the energy, life sciences and technology sectors. Wim Vande Velde departed the team in November 2022, while former practice head Grégoire Jakhian retired in January 2023.

Practice head(s):

Robrecht Coppens; Thomas Lenné

Other key lawyers:

Mathias Hendrickx; Mélanie Schollaert


‘The L&L team is very easy to work with and I have enjoyed the collaboration with them.’

‘L&L thinks about the long run and invests time into getting to know their clients and listening to their concerns. L&L is also willing to inform its clients that sticking to a certain position might not be in their best interest. ’

‘Fantastic communication skills.’

‘Exquisite problem-solving approach.’

‘Great team for M&A in Belgium. Composed of excellent professionals, in particular Thomas Lenné. The team covers all the needs of large industries in the context of legal, environmental, HR and tax-related issues.’

‘Loyens has assisted us with corporate & finance law matters in Benelux for many years. We are very happy with the long-term relationship.’

‘We have always received efficient, quality and timely professional support from every individual in the firm, particularly Mélanie Schollaert.’

Key clients

Platinum Equity

Intermediate Capital Group

Pioneer Point Partners


Bencis Capital Partners

Participatiemaatschappij Vlaanderen

Bregal Investment

Hasco Invest

Smartfin Ventures

SATS Investments

Santander Group


Connect Group

Nijkerk Holding



Cementir Group

Sound Bioventures Management

Demant A/S

Work highlights

  • Assisted the private equity firm ICG with the €1bn sale of its stake in Infra Group to the private equity firm PAI Partners, followed by a partial reinvestment.
  • Advised Solenis on the €4.6bn acquisition through a merger of all the securities in Diversey Holdings.
  • Advised SATS Investments in connection with the €2.25bn acquisition of 100% of the Worldwide Flight Services group.

Belgium > Employment Tier 2

Loyens & Loeff combines tax and HR expertise to provide a comprehensive employment offering to clients located primarily in the retail, financial services, tech, and industrials sectors. Areas of focus for the team include advising on the employment aspects of corporate mergers, acquisitions, and reorganisations, as well as senior-level dismissals, immigration matters and new company-wide remuneration policies. Since the arrival of Joris Beernaert from Claeys & Engels in November 2022, the team also serves as the central point of contact for an increasing number of clients seeking advice on pensions and benefit-related matters. Beernaert now co-leads the practice with vastly experienced restructuring specialist Kris De Schutter and Filip Saelens, who is adept at handling the employment aspects of cross-border transactions.

Practice head(s):

Filip Saelens; Kris De Schutter; Joris Beernaert

Other key lawyers:

Lucia Bellobuono; Etienne Pennetreau


‘Very high level of technical expertise in many domains of HR. Very much a team working for us, coached and guided by a senior mentor in Kris De Schutter.’

‘Kris De Schutter is an excellent lawyer. Fast feedback and intake into the problem.’

‘Flexible, pragmatic and to-the-point collaboration.’

‘Out-of-the-box & result-driven advice. Mr Kris De Schutter in particular brings added value.’

‘Our file is closely monitored. Our questions are answered professionally and clearly. The strategy is good and well explained. This means that the collaboration runs very well and the confidence in the lawyer is high.’

‘High level of experience and knowledge in diverse areas and domains. Very good and pragmatic advice and support from Kris De Schutter.’

‘Kris De Schutter is both very reactive & proactive and really thinks about what is the best solution for the company.’

‘Filip Saelens was the lead counsel of the team we worked with. We felt he was more like an in-house attorney rather than outside counsel. His advice was practical and implementable. Rather than merely citing case law and theoretical situations, he and his team were able to provide solutions we could immediately use and were best practices in the technology industry. They were always accessible and we always felt he and the team had our company’s best interests at heart.’

Key clients

P&V Insurance

DHL Employee Benefit Fund

Ghent University

Pensioenfonds PRO


Remy Cointreau

Ferrero Ardennes

Yara International



Fertilizers Europe





BNP Paribas Fortis

AG Insurance

Platinum Equity


SD Worx

Lunch Garden





Brussels Airlines

Work highlights

  • Advised GXO on the closure and restructuring of one of its plants, leading to a collective dismissal procedure.
  • Advised P&V insurance on the development of its new branch 23 occupational pension schemes.
  • Advised Demant on the employment and pension aspects of the acquisition of the audiology business of Goed Hulpmiddelen.

Belgium > EU regulatory: Financial services Tier 2

The ‘diverse and solution driven’ team at Loyens & Loeff handles the gamut of regulatory issues for major banks, investment firms, financial intermediaries, insurance companies, investment funds, payment institutions, and cryptocurrency service providers. The group is well placed to advise on issues ranging from authorisation and cross-border distribution to ESG disclosures. Banking and finance practice head Marc Vermylen and Vanessa Marquette - who ‘stands out for her top expertise’ - are the key senior contacts.

Practice head(s):

Vanessa Marquette; Marc Vermylen

Other key lawyers:


‘Vanessa Marquette stands out for her top expertise.’

‘Open and collaborative team. Diverse and solution driven.’

‘Vanessa Marquette is sharp and to the point. She knows our regulatory environment and the regulators and can propose plug and play solutions.’

‘The regulatory team is efficient, listening to the client’s constraints and keen to find clever solutions.’

‘Excellent level of deliverables in terms of quality and time. The team was involved in an innovative project that required quite a lot of re-thinking of existing models. They were able to combine innovative thinking with solid legal bases and very good knowledge of market practice.’

‘Vanessa Marquette: excellent knowledge of the Belgian legal environment. Always available when asked and eager to find flexible solutions.’

‘I believe that what makes this firm unique is the high-level expertise in each of the jurisdictions that it operates.’

‘Marc Vermylen is just great. He is reliable and enthusiastic.’

Key clients

Société Générale

European Union – Euratom

International Swaps and Derivatives Association

Bundesverband Deutscher banken

Stellantis N.V.

Banque Stellantis France

Stellantis Financial Services Belux


Nationale Nederlanden Group

Santander Consumer Finance S.A.


Blackstone Europe Fund Management

Indosuez Belgium Fund

Fortress Investment Group LLC

Apollo Global Management Inc.

hHG Pooled Management Limited

Interchange Belgium

LHV UK Limited

Banque de Luxembourg

Work highlights

  • Assisted Madison Dearborn Partners and its affiliates with the application for a declaration of non-objection by the National Bank of Belgium (NBB) in relation to a proposed purchase and subscription of shares in MoneyGram International.
  • Advised Apollo Global Management on the marketing of funds in Belgium.
  • Advised Stellantis on a reorganisation operation, including a transfer of banking employees from Opel Finance to Stellantis Financial Services Belux.

Belgium > Industry focus: Energy Tier 2

Loyens & Loeff‘s energy and infrastructure group is ‘reliable and highly experienced‘ and provides integrated advice on real estate and renewable energy matters across the Benelux region. Practice head Koen Panis is ‘extremely knowledgeable in the renewable energy sector in Europe in its entirety‘ and is a key contact for advice on solar energy projects PPPs, turbine supply agreements, and the tendering of corporate PPAs, as is Bram Devlies. Finance partner Marc Vermylen handles high-profile M&A in the energy sector and recently advised Virya Energy on the €1.55bn sale of its interest in offshore wind farm holding company Parkwind. Thomas Chellingsworth and Christine Delagaye left the firm in late 2023.

Practice head(s):

Koen Panis

Other key lawyers:

Bram Devlies; Maarten van Kalmthout; Marc Vermylen


‘In-depth knowledge on complicated and difficult matters. In a fast-moving energy environment, the team is well-informed and up-to-date on the most recent legislation. Feedback is clear, to the point and hands-on.’

‘Professional staff with good knowledge of industry-related matters. ’

‘The Energy team from Loyens & Loeff consists of a highly competent members who all have a thorough and broad knowledge of the energy sector and have a very good understanding of the particularities of our company.’

‘The team is very experienced on different contract forms (e.g. Fidic), has a broad set of skills, is flexible, and responds very accurately.’

‘Strong local teams leveraging leading real estate knowledge with renewable energy assets from all legal perspectives, truly a one-stop-shop in the Netherlands and Belgium. Recognized partner Koen Panis offers a practical and strategic approach next to legal expertise. ’

‘Koen Panis is extremely knowledgeable in the renewable energy sector in Europe in its entirety due to his long standing focus and is always available to share this with clients. Maarten van Kalmthout is sharp and the kind of advisor you want on your side. ’

‘Reliable and highly experienced.’

‘Quick reaction times, highly insightful people who are well connected within the energy sector.’

Key clients

Fluvius System Operator

Virya Energy





Plug Power Inc.



Pure Energie



Nippon Koei Energy


KBC Bank

Work highlights

  • Advised Virya Energy on the sale of 100% of the shares in offshore wind developer Parkwind NV to the leading Japanese power producer JERA Co., Inc.
  • Advised ten renewable energy developers on legislation introducing a windfall tax on certain electricity generators and represented one developer, Eoly Energy, in a legal challenge before the Constitutional Court against parts of this legislation.
  • Assisted WDP on its roll-out of roof-mounted solar projects, including on the drafting of WDP’s power purchase agreements and on regulatory matters surrounding licenses, subsidies, grid connection, and a new type of “renewable energy” obligation.

Belgium > Insolvency and restructuring Tier 2

Loyens & Loeff provides its client base, which encompasses debtors in a wide range of industry sectors as well as lenders and bondholders, with 'very knowledgeable and creative' advice in connection with cross-border restructurings and insolvency proceedings. Cross-practice capabilities enable the team to advise on employee and asset transfers in the course of debt restructurings and judicial reorganisations, represent clients in litigation related to asset recoveries and liquidation orders, and handle a growing volume of distressed financing matters. Vanessa Marquette leads the team and stands out for her insolvency litigation expertise, while Marc Vermylen is a key contact for financing and restructuring work and Kris De Schutter primarily handles employment issues.

Practice head(s):

Vanessa Marquette

Other key lawyers:


‘Very knowledgeable and creative in their legal arguments.’

‘Vanessa Marquette and Jens De Winne are very thorough and at the same time efficient.’

Key clients

Cidron E-Com

Nordic Capital

Aluminium Duffel BV

Aluminium Belgium BV


Work highlights

  • Advised private equity fund Nordic Capital in connection with insolvency of different companies of the FNG Group, including the restructuring of the remaining FNG Group companies and the enforcement of its pledge on the Ellos shares.
  • Advised Aluminium Duffel on the refinancing of the business by its main creditor, the private equity fund American Industrial Partners and its speciality finance affiliate ICP, and on related insolvency issues.
  • Assisted Prologis in connection with the bankruptcy procedure of one of its building contractors in Belgium and the Netherlands.

Belgium > Private equity Tier 2

Loyens & Loeff’s private equity offering encompasses transactional advice in connection with venture capital investments, take-private acquisitions, and buy-and-build-strategies, as well as structuring and financing advice in relation to fund formation. The team regularly handles the domestic aspects of high-value cross-border acquisitions for upper-market funds and their portfolio companies, working with the firm’s international offices as well as global partner firms to handle Belgian regulatory and tax due diligence as well as transaction negotiations. The practice is co-led by Robrecht Coppens, who advises on restructuring matters in addition to handling a wide array of transactions, and Thomas Lenné, who is noted for advising on private equity deals in the energy, life sciences, and tech sectors. Capital markets expert Mathias Hendrickx is a further name to note.

Practice head(s):

Robrecht Coppens; Thomas Lenné

Other key lawyers:


‘Robrecht Coppens led our latest M&A deal. He was client-centric and executed the transaction flawlessly.’

‘Team has relevant local Belgian legal and regulatory expertise. Legal due diligence work output was of very high quality.’

Key clients

Platinum Equity


Intermediate Capital Group

Pioneer Point Partners


Lone Star Funds

Silver Lake

HIG European Capital Partners

Bencis Capital Partners

Rivean Capital

Participatiemaatschappij Vlaanderen

Bregal Investment

Hasco Invest

Smartfin Ventures


Work highlights

  • Assisted ICG in connection with the €1bn sale of its stake in Infra Group to the private equity firm PAI Partners, followed by a partial reinvestment.
  • Advised Bencis Private Equity on the €123m set-up of Bencis IV Continuation Fund for several portfolio companies, with additional commitments for expansion and growth.
  • Assisted EQT with the $1.7bn acquisition of all shares in BTRS Holding Inc. and its subsidiaries.

Belgium > EU regulatory: Privacy and data protection Tier 3

At Loyens & Loeff, the ‘sharp‘ Belgian data protection and privacy group sits within the firm’s wider litigation and risk management practice, and typically works in close co-operation with the Dutch, Luxembourgish and Swiss offices. The workload spans the full gamut of relevant issues, ranging from privacy policy drafting to assistance with data transfers. The team also leverages the support of a well-regarded disputes department to handle contentious mandates. Stéphanie De Smedt is the key senior contact.

Practice head(s):

Stéphanie De Smedt


‘Great team with great expertise.’

‘Stéphanie De Smedt is highly available and responsive with practical and intelligible advice in complex matters. She understands the legal needs of technology-driven companies.’

‘For every request received from our business, Stéphanie De Smedt makes her best effort to concretely understand the business need in the current case and our expectations from the firm in this respect. This helps to ensure that we, as a client, receive high-quality legal advice on privacy/data protection matters, adjusted to our expectations at that particular moment.’

‘Clearly, Stéphanie De Smedt leads the practice very well. She has very good pragmatic feedback that enables clients to have a realistic risk-exposure approach. She is highly responsive and fully reliable to meet deadlines.’

‘Loyens & Loeff Belgium’s data protection team offers an amazing combination of specific data protection knowledge and industry knowledge, and quickly mastered the complex details of the case. They take a step extra to make their advice clear and practical and are always quick to respond to additional questions.’

‘It’s a true pleasure working with the superbly knowledgeable Stéphanie De Smedt, who quickly spots the sensitive topics in the case and offers practical solutions.’

‘Deep knowledge and comprehension of the client’s needs.’

‘Sharp and always looking for cutting edge advice. I would emphasize the work of Stéphanie De Smedt.’

Key clients

Joos Consulting

Legrand Nederland B.V.

Stanley and Stella SA

Meta Platforms Ireland Limited

Demant A/S

Work highlights

  • Represented Meta Platforms Ireland in proceedings regarding restrictions imposed on – and content removed from – a Facebook page and ad account.
  • Advised a global manufacturer on setting up a complete GDPR compliance framework.
  • Assisted Demant with the acquisition of the audiology branch of Goed Hulpmiddelen.

Belgium > Fraud and white-collar crime Tier 3

Praised for being ‘extremely reliable’ and ‘solutions-driven’, Loyens & Loeff‘s corporate criminal defence team handles compliance issues, corporate investigations, and criminal proceedings for clients from a variety of sectors, including finance and transport. Litigator Olivier van der Haegen leads the team together with senior associate Clémence Van Muylder.

Practice head(s):

Olivier van der Haegen; Clémence Van Muylder


‘The team is knowledgeable, open minded, available, collaborative and solutions-driven.’

‘Clémence Van Muylder knows what she is doing and how to do it. She provided useful and readily applicable advice and has supported us when needed.’

‘The people are compassionate and thorough in their work.’

‘Clémence Van Muylder and Olivier Van der Haegen have been excellent and thorough in their analysis and advice.’

‘I regard Loyens & Loeff as one of the leading European firms. They are an absolute go-to for advice in the Netherlands and Belgium, and are extremely reliable.’

‘When we have worked with the firm, they have been very responsive and delivered detailed bespoke advice on challenging issues.’

Key clients

Yara Belgium

Comuto Pro SAS

Média Participations

Province de Liège

Work highlights

  • Assisting and representing Comuto Pro in relation to the criminal investigation initiated in the aftermath of the BlaBlaCar bus accident in Belgium in April 2022.
  • Representing the Province of Liège (region of Wallonia) who recently obtained the status of “injured party” in the criminal investigation brought against previous executives of one of its sub-subsidiaries.
  • Representing a subsidiary in criminal proceedings concerning a fraud.

Belgium > Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences Tier 3

Loyens & Loeff houses an experienced team which is known for acting in a wide variety of mandates, including tax structuring issues, actions against the European Commission (EC), and public procurement tenders for healthcare providers. Notable clients include AstraZeneca, Galapagos, and Demant. Stéphanie De Smedt leads the team with her deep knowledge of both GDPR and the Clinical Trials Regulation, often advising on the negotiation and drafting of collaboration agreements. Valentijn De Boe has a great deal of experience in public procurement contracts, and regularly assists hospitals and healthcare institutions.

Practice head(s):

Stéphanie De Smedt

Other key lawyers:

Valentijn De Boe; Filip Saelens

Key clients


Demant A/S


B. Braun Medical

Gamma Biosciences Holdco Limited

Criteria Bio Ventures SICC S.A.

GBA Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Galapagos on Belgian and Dutch tax in relation to the post-acquisition restructuring of Cellpoint BV.
  • Acted for AstraZeneca in high-profile litigation before the Belgian courts regarding the execution of its vaccine delivery contract with the European Commission and EU Member States.
  • Assisted Demant with the acquisition of the audiology branch of Goed Hulpmiddelen.

Belgium > Industry focus: IT and telecoms Tier 3

The far-reaching offering at Loyens & Loeff handles work encompassing dispute resolution for IT and telecoms clients, regulatory advice on issues such as e-commerce legislation, and M&A work in the IT space. Contract law, employment matters and public procurement issues are additional areas of competence. Practice co-head Stéphanie De Smedt advises a wide range of clients form the IT sector on regulatory issues such as liability risks. Contentious expert Hakim Boularbah completes the leadership duo. Maria-Clara Van den Bossche‘s proficiency in Belgian court litigation and pre-litigation matters makes her a key contact for multinational tech companies.

Practice head(s):

Stéphanie De Smedt; Hakim Boularbah

Other key lawyers:

Key clients


JooS Consulting

Meta Platforms Ireland Limited


Infopro Digital Group

Omnivision Technologies


Genesys Telecom

Tata Consultancy Services

Work highlights

  • Assisted QNTM Group with the acquisition of Actito SA, a Wallonia-based leading European software platform for Customer Activation.
  • Represented Meta Platforms Ireland in court litigation.
  • Assisted Bregal Unternehmerkapital GmbH and its portfolio company STP Informationstechnologie GmbH (STP) with a buy and build acquisition whereby acquiring all shares in the Belgian legal tech company Knowliah.

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Department Name Email Telephone
Managing Partner, Banking and finance, Capital Markets, Corporate restructuring and insolvency, Regulatory Marc Vermylen marc.vermylen@loyensloeff.com +32 2 743 43 15
Family-owned business and private wealth Nicolas Bertrand nicolas.bertrand@loyensloeff.com +32 2 743 23 46
Litigation and risk management, Corporate Litigation, International Arbitration, Asset Recovery Hakim Boularbah Hakim.Boularbah@loyensloeff.com +32 2 773 23 50
Real estate, Investment Management Ariane Brohez ariane.brohez@loyensloeff.com +32 2 743 43 21
Corporate Law, National and International M&A transactions, post-transaction dispute resolution Peter Callens peter.callens@loyensloeff.com +32 2 743 43 95
Competition, Energy Thomas Chellingsworth thomas.chellingsworth@loyensloeff.com +32 2 743 43 43
International Tawe Services, Tax Controversy and Litigation Christian Cheruy christian.cheruy@loyensloeff.com +32 2 743 43 03
Private equity Robrecht Coppens robrecht.coppens@loyensloeff.com +32 2 700 10 12
Public and Administrative Law, Procurement Valentijn De Boe Valentijn.De.Boe@loyensloeff.com +32 2 773 23 33
Employment, taxes and benefits, Alternative remuneration, Restructuring, Change Processes Kris De Schutter kris.de.schutter@loyensloeff.com +32 2 700 10 13
Data protection and privacy, Intellectual property, Life Sciences Stéphanie De Smedt Stephanie.De.Smedt@loyensloeff.com +32 2 773 23 77
Coporate Income Tax, Transaction Tax Marc Dhaene marc.dhaene@loyensloeff.com +32 2 743 43 22
Indirect Tax, International Trade Bert Gevers bert.gevers@loyensloeff.com +32 2 743 43 18
Corporate Law, Cross-border M&A, Corporate Finance, Dispute Resolution, Aviation. Grégoire Jakhian gregoire.jakhian@loyensloeff.com +32 2 743 43 54
Investment Management, Real Estate Christophe Laurent christophe.laurent@loyensloeff.com +32 2 743 43 05
Family-owned business and private wealth, International Asset Structuring. Saskia Lust saskia.lust@loyensloeff.com +32 2 700 10 27
Food Law Kris De Schutter kris.de.schutter@loyensloeff.com ++32 2 700 10 13
Banking & Finance, Energy, Real Estate Koen Panis koen.panis@loyensloeff.com +32 2 773 23 90
International Tax Services, Transfer Pricing, Tax Compliance Natalie Reypens natalie.reypens@loyensloeff.com +32 2 743 43 37
Employment and Benefits Filip Saelens filip.saelens@loyensloeff.com +32 2 773 23 29
Corporate Law, National and International M&A, Corporate Restructuring Wim Vande Velde wim.vande.velde@loyensloeff.com +32 2 743 43 96
Banking and Finance, Private International Law Vanessa Marquette vanessa.marquette@loyensloeff.com +32 2 773 23 25
Litigation and risk management, Corporate Litigation, International Arbitration, Asset Recovery, Insolvency and Restructuring Olivier van der Haegen olivier.van.der.haegen@loyensloeff.com +32 2 773 23 52
Corporate Law, National and International M&A transactions, Corporate resstructuring, Private Equity Thomas Lenné thomas.lenne@loyensloeff.com +32 2 700 10 22
Tax, Corporate tax, European tax law, Corporate restructuring, Tax litigation Nicolas Lippens nicolas.lippens@loyensloeff.com +32 2 773 23 21
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Number of lawyers, tax advisers and civil law notaries : 952
at this office : 129
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
Other offices : Amsterdam
Other offices : London
Other offices : Luxembourg
Other offices : New York
Other offices : Paris
Other offices : Rotterdam
Other offices : Tokyo
Other offices : Zurich

Loyens & Loeff appoints four new partners

Leading Law & Tax Firm Loyens & Loeff has appointed four new partners effective 1 January 2024. Menno Baks, Noémi Gémesi, Tjebbe Gerverdinck en Pleuni Visser were appointed as new equity partners at the shareholder meeting on 15 December 2023.

Loyens & Loeff Belgium is delighted to announce the promotion of Julien Lecler as a Partner as of 1 July 2023

As a member of the Real Estate practice group active both in our Brussels and Luxembourg office, Julien Lecler has developed extensive knowledge and experience in all aspects of real estate law,