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Yves Van Couter

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Loyens & Loeff

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Yves is a member of the Loyens & Loeff Litigation & Risk Management Practice Group. He heads the firm-wide Food & Beverages Team and co-heads the Data Protection & Privacy Team. He has a focus on automotive, food and healthcare sectors.


He has expertise in (international) commercial law, and intellectual property law (including technology transfers and trade mark licensing), distribution law (including franchising law) and market practices (including advertising, labelling and packaging). He both advises his clients in these fields and represents them in court in litigation relating to these topics. Yves is an arbitrator with the World Intellectual Property Organization in Geneva and with the CEPANI (Belgian Center for Arbitration and Mediation) in Belgium. He teaches IP law as Honorary International Chair Professor at the National Taipei University of Technology and as Guest Professor at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Cali (Colombia). He has authored several publications on commercial contracts and intellectual property law. Yves is mentioned as a leading expert by Chambers & Partners (Europe) and Legal 500 EMEA (IP, Food law) and Best Lawyers guide (IP). Yves has been a member of the Brussels Bar since 1991.


2003: Partner, Loyens & Loeff; Prior to joining Loyens & Loeff, Yves was a Partner at a major Belgian law firm.


Yves works in Dutch, French, English and Spanish.


Yves is a member of LESI and INTA


Yves holds an LL.M. in Intellectual Property Law from a joint program between the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and the KU Leuven (Belgium, 2000), an LL.M. in Common Law Studies from the Georgetown University (Washington D.C., U.S.A., 1994 / Fulbright Scholar), an LL.M. in International and European Law from the Université catholique de Louvain (Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, 1991), and a Law degree from Universiteit Gent (Belgium, 1990).


Dispute resolution

Within: Dispute resolution

At Loyens & Loeff, the ‘knowledgeable and practicalMartine De Roeck heads a team that is ‘service oriented’ and ‘great to work with’. Other key names include ‘top notch and customer-centric’ IP litigator Yves Van Couter and ‘rising starAhmed Tayane. The firm is advising AIG, as insurer of Watlow Electric Manufacturing, in a damage claim arising from a fire.

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Intellectual property

Within: Intellectual property

The service level at Loyens & Loeff is ‘excellent’, with ‘every matter promptly and punctually handled’. The team acted for its longstanding clients across the healthcare, retail, food, automotive and energy industries, and also picked up several notable new client wins. ‘Calm, sensible and practical’ practice head Yves Van Couterhas mastered his field of expertise like no other’. Associates Stéphanie De Smedt and Florence D’Ath are also noted.

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Belgium: EU regulatory


Within: Food

Loyens & Loeff’s ‘very responsive and professional group’ impresses with its ‘strong expertise in all aspects of food law’. Counsel Aude Mahy is ‘an expert in the field’ and advises on health claims, labelling, advertising and food safety, among other matters. Bert Gevers and Yves Van Couter are also key contacts.

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Information technology

Within: Information technology

Pragmatic and responsive’, Loyens & Loeff has expertise in e-commerce legislation, electronic signatures, cybersecurity and outsourcing. Group head Yves Van Couter has, according to one client, ‘mastered his field like no other’. Clients include Agilent Technologies, Iconiq Capital and Seaters.

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Privacy and data protection

Within: Privacy and data protection

Lawyers at Loyens & Loeff have ‘an excellent eye for detail’. Group head Yves van Couter has ‘great strategic insight’ and associate Stéphanie De Smedt has ‘very good knowledge of current data protection legislation and GDPR’. The team recently advised on compliance audits, security breaches, cybercrime and data transfers.

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Belgium: Industry focus

Food and beverage

Within: Food and beverage

The ‘very professional’, ‘pragmatic’ and ‘flexible’ team at Loyens & Loeff provides a full service to its food sector clients, which turn to it for a range of food regulatory, IP, trade, customs and corporate law advice. Counsel Aude Mahyis a well-known food law expert’; she jointly heads the practice alongside Bert Gevers. Yves Van Couter is also noted.

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Healthcare and life sciences

Within: Healthcare and life sciences

Loyens & Loeff provides ‘spot-on legal advice, tailored to the practical needs of a senior legal counsel managing various cases in various jurisdictions’. Its coverage in the life sciences sector includes tax, public law, regulatory and employment. Among the key practitioners are practice head Filip Saelens, Yves Van Couter, who is highly regarded, and senior associate Evelina Roegiers.

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IT and telecoms

Within: IT and telecoms

The ‘very service-minded team’ at Loyens & Loeff is ‘easy to work with’; it draws on the expertise of the firm’s corporate, tax, employment and litigation partners to provide a broad service to IT and telecoms companies. In litigation, Yves Van Couter and ‘rising star’ and associate Stéphanie De Smedt defended Danish printing company Ecco Print in commercial litigation brought by a Belgian software company.

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Within: Retail

Noted for its ‘very good knowledge’ and ‘pragmatic approach’, Loyens & Loeff has a sizeable retail practice which combines the expertise of a multi-disciplinary group of lawyers to provide assistance in tax, real estate, finance and corporate transactions. In litigation, Yves Van Couter has been representing a luxury clothing and accessories company in a long-running trade mark dispute. Practice head Christophe Laurent and tax specialist Xavier Clarebout are also noted.

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