Stibbe > Brussels, Belgium > Firm Profile

Stibbe
CENTRAL PLAZA
LOKSUMSTRAAT 25/ RUE DE LOXUM 25
1000 BRUSSELS
Belgium

Belgium > Competition: Belgian law Tier 1

Stibbe is heavily involved in the Belgian merger control space, advising on a large proportion of clearances before the BCA on behalf of international and domestic corporates and private equity funds. The team also advises on sectoral investigations, state aid, and cartel issues, as well as representing in antitrust litigation relating to abuse of dominance and follow-on damages. The practice is led by Peter Wytinck, who represents clients before Belgian and European courts in damages claims relating to anti-competitive behaviour in a number of sectors, including chemicals and retail, alongside the ‘unique’ Sophie Van Besien, who advises on mergers, state aid, and cartel issues. Counsel Delphine Gillet is also noted for her broad practice and knowledge of procedural law.

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Sophie van Besien is a high-quality practitioner, with a unique skill-set and client skills blending her experience from in-house and private practice roles.’

Key clients

AB Inbev

Aquafin

D’Ieteren

Dovesco

Geberit

GIMV

LRM

MAN

Metro/Makro

Pidpa

Providence Equity Partners

Schindler

The Belgian State

The Port of Antwerp

The Royal Belgian Football Association

The Wienerberger Group

Work highlights

  • Representing several entities of the MAN group in follow-on damages lawsuits before the Belgian courts.
  • Representing Antwerp Port Authority in several cases regarding state aid, damage claims, and merger control.
  • Advising Dovesco on its likely Belgian merger filing related to an acquisition.

Belgium > Dispute resolution Tier 1

'Expert knowledge combined with a pragmatic approach' makes Stibbe a firm of choice for a broad roster of Belgian entities, blue-chip multinationals, and financial institutions seeking representation in high-stakes cases. The sizeable team handles a wealth of commercial disputes, arbitrations, and ADR proceedings, including complex, multi-party litigation. Practice head Hans Van Bavel is highly experienced in company-related criminal work, regularly appearing before the Supreme Court and the European Court of Human Rights. Oliver Stevens is highly regarded for his far-reaching practice, encompassing banking and finance litigation, (re)insurance litigation and tort litigation. Nicolas Résimont stands out for his deep capabilities as both counsel and arbitrator, while Pieter Wouters focuses predominately on insolvency and liquidation procedures. Sophie Bourgois and Elisabeth Bayens are noted for their respective knowledge of damages and procedural work.

Practice head(s):

Hans Van Bavel

Other key lawyers:

Oliver Stevens; Nicolas Résimont; Pieter Wouters; Sophie Bourgois; Elisabeth Bayens; Glenn Heirman

Testimonials

‘In-depth theoretical knowledge, well experienced with dispute resolution. Committed to reach goals.’

‘Pieter Wouters is thorough and committed to win.’

‘Glenn Heirman is diligent and detail-oriented.’

‘Expert knowledge combined with a pragmatic approach, very accessible, always deliver on time.’

Key clients

AGB Kunsten & Design

BAC

Bank Degroof Petercam

Belgian State

Belvir

Bencis Capital Partners

CBC Banque

Cegeka

Cheops Technologies

Creafund

Fabricom

Fortis

Geberit

KBC Bank

MEP Capital Management

Microsoft

MS Amlin

Museum

National Bank of Belgium

Neremat

Nyrstar

Orsted Wind Power

Perrigo

Port of Antwerp

Proximus

Providence Equity Partners

Royal Antwerp Football Club

Royal Belgian Football Association

SD Worx

Stephan Colle

Storm Management

Suez

Swissport International

Transport Van Steenbergen

TUI

Union Bank of Israel

Work highlights

  • Representing Perrigo in the arbitration procedure brought against the former owner of Omega Pharma Invest NV for fraud and breach of warranties.
  • Settled out-of-court on behalf of S. Colle and A. De Clerck, who were prosecuted for tax fraud, money laundering, forgery and the use of forged documents.
  • Representing National Bank of Belgium in several highly complex and sensitive lawsuits pursuant to the bankruptcy of Optima Bank, which filed for bankruptcy in June 2016 after having lost its banking and insurance licences amid allegations of financial irregularities.

Belgium > Environment Tier 1

With strong expertise across contentious and non-contentious matters, the ‘experienced, focused, and client-driven‘ team at Stibbe handles complex PPP and brownfield development projects, soil, air, and water pollution issues, and environmental issues relating to M&A transactions, alongside bespoke environmental law proceedings, including drafting legislation and representing clients in liability litigation. Clients include real estate developers and investors, corporate clients involved in real estate purchases, and a wide range of public authorities, both within Belgium and internationally. Jan Bouckaert leads the team, focusing on environmental law and urban planning issues, alongside real estate-related matters, while France Maussion remains active, a vastly experienced figure within real estate development projects. Counsel Olivier Di Giacomo advises on administrative law and public construction projects, while Bastiaan Schelstraete and Stefanie Francois were promoted to counsel in January 2022 in recognition of their work on environmental impact assessments and EU environmental regulations respectively.

Practice head(s):

Jan Bouckaert

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team of Jan Bouckaert is very experienced, focused and client-driven. In difficult times, they bend over backwards to support you.’

‘Stibbe is well equipped in all its practices which means an overall advice is provided if needed.’

‘Jan Bouckaert is very experienced and keeps calm in difficult times.’

‘Bastiaan Schelstraete flies to the moon and back to provide in time quality advice.’

‘Guan Schaiko – very deep knowledge of his practice area – very accessible.’

‘Jan Bouckaert – great ability to explain the matter to non-professionals.’

Key clients

VALIPAC

Aldi Real Estate

Alides REIM

Audi Brussels

BASF

Be Real Estate

BergHOFF Worldwide

Befimmo

Belgian Farmers Union (Boerenbond)

Besix Real Estate Development

BME Real Estate

BNP Paribas Fortis

BVI.be

Codic

Cofinimmo

DC Industrial

De Watergroep (Flemish water company active in 180 municipalities inFlanders)

Eneco Wind Belgium

E.ON Power Plants Belgium

Ertzberg

European Investment Bank (EIB)

Fost Plus

Gamma Belgium

Home Invest

Immobel

Japan Tobacco International (JTI)

Lantis and De Werkvennootschap

Makro Cash and Carry Belgium

Matexi

Mercedes-Benz

OVAM (Public Waste Agency of Flanders)

Proximus

Prowinko

Public bodies or with a public share such as: Aquafin (water purification/treatment Flanders);

Beheersmaatschappij Antwerpen Mobiel (BAM), also known as “Lantis”;

the Belgian Buildings Agency (BBA);

Brussels Airport Company (BAC);

City of Brussels and citydev.brussels (development company of the city of Brussels);

De Werkvennootschap;

ISVAG (inter-municipal body for waste treatment Antwerp);

European Investment Bank;

National Bank of Belgium;

the Flemish Land Agency (Vlaamse Landmaatschappij, VLM);

the Flemish, Walloon and Brussels Capital Region;

the Flemish Ministry for Justice, Planning, Environment, Energy, and Tourism;

Port of Antwerp (Havenbedrijf Antwerpen);

Sofico (Walloon Region’s financing company):

SCK-CEN (Belgian Centre for Nuclear Research);

SLRB (Brussels public housing company);

SRWT (Walloon Regional Transport Company);

STIB/MIVB (Brussels public transport company).

Suez R&R Belgium

Storm Management

Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA, US Gov.)

University Hospitals (UZ Leuven, UZ Gent)

Work highlights

  • Advising Beheermaatschappij Antwerpen Mobiel on the realisation and execution of the Antwerp Masterplan 2020 for the creation of a multi-modal transport infrastructure programme for the city of Antwerp, including both the construction of new transport infrastructure and upgrades to existing infrastructure.
  • Advising Storm Management on several onshore wind projects in the Walloon and Flemish region.
  • Advising Neo on the real estate, town planning, environmental, tax, and public procurement aspects of the reconstruction and redevelopment of the Heysel site.

Belgium > Fraud and white-collar crime Tier 1

Stibbe has a successful record in corporate crime, money-laundering, corruption, and all types of fraud cases, with a strong focus on litigation and out-of-court settlements and a specialism in anti-money laundering proceedings. Clients include businesses, directors, and individuals. The team works in tandem with the firm’s practice area specialists, bringing bespoke expertise to sector-specific cases. Hans Van Bavel heads up the team, and is a ‘top notch‘ name in corporate criminal law, regularly appearing before the Belgian Supreme Court. Counsel Elisabeth Baeyens focuses on procedural and advisory work. David Verwaerde, who was promoted to counsel in January 2022, specialises in white-collar crime and money laundering cases.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Solid technical knowledge of criminal law.’

‘Always a sure and secure stop, without a doubt the team / colleagues I love to work with in any matter. Exceptional technical skills combined with solid case management, strategic views and in general utmost easy to work with.’

‘Hans Van Bavel is top notch. No discussion about it and no other term would do him right.’

Key clients

Bank Degroof Petercam

CBC Banque

Stephan Colle and Ann De Clerck (Beaulieu Group of Companies)

Fortis

FSMA

KBC

KBVB (Royal Belgian Football Association)

Microsoft

Neremat

Perrigo

PostNL

Proximus

Suez

Transport Arendonk

Work highlights

  • Representing Transport Arendonk in an inquiry conducted by the investigating judge in Antwerp into illegal employment practices labelled by the federal prosecutor as human trafficking.
  • Representing two individuals in securing a settlement in a case where the two were prosecuted for tax fraud, money laundering, forgery and the use of forged documents.
  • Representing the former president of the board of directors of Fortis Holdings in a judicial inquiry opened by the investigating judge in Brussels, which led to charges of forgery and market manipulation.

Belgium > Industry focus: Food Tier 1

Drawing in practitioners from its IP, life sciences, competition, and disputes departments, Stibbe's multidisciplinary team acts for the full range of food industry players on a host of regulatory and contentious instructions. In recent work, the team has handled high-value IP infringement cases, image rights disputes, and proceedings following the breakdown of collaborative research agreements, while also advising on new EU-wide distribution contracts and logistics ventures. Jan Bouckaert is noted for his expertise in regulatory food law, including health and safety, labelling, and agricultural matters. Patent and trademark expert Ignace Vernimme is a key contact for multiple blue-chip food and beverage companies.

Practice head(s):

Jan Bouckaert

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

AB InBev

Aldi/Aldi Real Estate

Alpro

Bacardi

Barry Callebaut

Belgian breweries (Abbey of Grimbergen, Haacht, Palm, Bosteels)

Belgian Chocolate Group

Belmoca

Biorigin Europe

Culinor Group

Délifrance

Dosche Mills

Fevia

Nestlé Waters

Sip-well

Shell Brands International

Valorfrit

Vandemoortele

Western Australian Agriculture authority

Work highlights

  • Assisting Godiva Japan after Godiva US claimed that Godiva Japan infringed certain clauses of the licence agreement concluded between them.
  • Acting for the owner of the Halloumi trademark and authorised applicant in opposition procedures before the Benelux trademark office against the trademark registration ‘POLLOUMI’.
  • Assisting AB InBev in the context of several recent matters in a diverse range of legal areas.

Belgium > Industry focus: IT and telecoms Tier 1

Stibbe has handled a growing number of projects in cloud computing, big data, AI and 5G usage rights for a litany of leading Belgian and multinational clients. The team has an especially strong public sector offering, working closely with the firm's public procurement desk on a range of contract and outsourcing issues for both domestic and foreign governmental bodies. Widely praised by clients for his 'impressive' technical expertise in IT and data protection, practice head Erik Valgaeren handles an array of high-value work for clients in the internet, e-commerce and electronic communications sectors, including disputes before the Belgian courts and arbitral tribunals. Carolien Michielsen and Sarah De Wulf are also noted.

Practice head(s):

Erik Valgaeren

Testimonials

‘Good knowledge about the IT landscape.’

‘Erik Valgaeren has a very technical IT background which enables you as legal counsel to bridge the gap between “IT and legal language.’

‘Stibbe is a well known, top-flight, full-service law firm. High quality services.’

‘Erik Valgaeren is a top lawyer – his experience and expertise are quite impressive (notably IT related projects and contracts data protection) – excellent contract negotiator.’

‘Stibbe’s IT and Telecoms practice is a group of experienced lawyers providing highly qualitative legal advice, which takes into account the underlying business context and objectives of its client.’

‘The IT and Telecoms lawyers have a thorough understanding of the (case) law and provide excellent legal advice.’

Key clients

Athlon

Athora

Azelis

Barry Callebaut

Belgian Federal Police

BICS

Cianiao

Daoust

DXC Technology

ETEX

Fiberklaar

Fluvius

Het Facilitair Bedrijf (Flemish Government)

Antwerp Port Authority

Infrabel

IPC

Kangaroot

KevlinX

Lycamobile

Microsoft / Skype

Ordina

Port of Antwerp

Proximus

Suez

Uniface

Verizon

Whale Cloud Technology

ZTE Belgium

Work highlights

  • Acting for Atrias in a conflict with Accenture concerning the implementation of the CMS-system and providing legal support for the renewal of its maintenance contract of CMS-system.
  • Assisting Uniface as a software provider in its relationships with UZA, CEVI and FedEx and in pending and planned litigation against value-added resellers (VAR).
  • Assisting Proximus in a large variety of IT related matters, a.o. with the strategic outsourcing of its datacenter activities and in litigation matters involving its telecoms agents and partners.

Belgium > Industry focus: Media and entertainment Tier 1

Stibbe‘s cross-disciplinary media practice is regularly sought out by some of the largest companies in the media, entertainment, gaming, and sports industries, both domestically and internationally. Led by experienced TMT partner Erik Valgaeren, the team handles a broad range of technology, regulatory, and IP matters, and has recent contentious experience before the Court of Appeal and the EU Court of Justice. Elizabeth Matthys anchors the firm’s sports law offering, advising various federations and handling litigation regarding transfer rules, discrimination, match fixing, and anti-doping. Ignace Vernimme is noted for his expertise in patents, designs, and trademarks.

Practice head(s):

Erik Valgaeren

Key clients

AGB Kunsten en Design

Belgian Football Association

Captains of Cycling

European Investment Fund

Fiberklaar

Flemish Government (Sport Vlaanderen)

Fonds culturele infrastructuur

Lannoo editors

Microsoft

Morris Comics

National Lottery

Norkring

Proximus

RTL

Sofindev

Soundcloud

StriveCloud

UnifiedPost

Warner Media

Zodiak

Work highlights

  • Advising Warner Media in relation to Covid-19 and various measures and precautions to be observed by a camera crew coming from the US to Belgium for a new HBO production on Joe Biden.
  • Defending The Royal Football Association of Belgium in several lawsuits regarding Financial Fair Play regulations, licensing, contract and corporate law, third party ownership regulations, and transfer issues.
  • Assisting Fiberklaar with the implementation of new ‘fiber to the curb’ networks.

Belgium > Intellectual property Tier 1

A myriad of renowned Belgian entities and multinational corporations seek out the team at Stibbe for representation in multi-jurisdictional patent litigation and ADR proceedings. Led by arbitrator Ignace Vernimme and patent and trademark specialist Philippe Campolini, the employment group routinely works with various public authorities on high-stakes IP disputes, infringement cases and technology transfer issues. Erik Valgaeren is a highly experienced data protection specialist who regularly advises a mix of blue-chip companies and financial institutions. Adélaïde Lonnoy, Joanna De Smedt and Gwennaëlle Kusters are other names to note.

Practice head(s):

Ignace Vernimme; Philippe Campolini

Testimonials

‘A good team with solid practitioners, experienced in all areas of IP.’

‘Ignace Vernimme – a safe pair of hands. Smart, focussed and charming with clients.’

‘What was most important to me and my clients, as we had to revert to a jurisdiction outside our own, was to ensure communication with the local legal partners, in this case STIBBE. They were available, responsive and managed to offer us concise, to-the-point updates as well as realistic assessments during each part of the process.’

‘I valued the availability and willingness to explain, as well as the honest evaluation of the pros and cons of each proposal. I wish to mention Mr. Louis Bidaine, who was our direct contact, as well as Mr. Philippe Campolini, with whom I had collaborated in his previous firm and followed him when he moved to Stibbe.’

‘The team is very strong for patent litigation, in particular in the field of life sciences.’

‘The Intellectual Property Right team of Stibbe is highly specialised in all necessary aspects of IP. Most particularly, the team maintains a great overview of all the intellectual property my company owns and the different collaboration agreements and research and development projects my company is involved in.’

‘It is remarkable how easy to reach the entire team is, and the requested feedback is always prompt, efficient solution-oriented and to the point. They are always going the extra mile to find an adequate and workable solution for the issues at hand.’

‘Philippe Campolini is talented, tenacious and very well organised. He understands and always prioritises the the clients’ needs.’

Key clients

ABM Tecna

Accord Healthcare

Aldi

Amazon

Amphenol Socapex

ANMI (Advanced Nuclear Medicine Ingredients)

ArcelorMittal

Belgian Chocolate Group

Belgian Medical Devices Center (BMDC)

Belgian Office for Intellectual Property (BBIE)

Belgian Shell

Belgian State

Belmoca

Biostrand / Biokey

Brussels Medical Device Center

Creafund

Conteyor

CSL Behring

Europharmaceuticals

Ferrero

Floating PV

FN Herstal

Fonds culturele infrastructuur (FoCI)

Foundation for the protection of the traditional cheese of Cyprus named Halloumi – Group of processors and producers of sheepmilk and goatmilk (association).

Free University of Brussels (ULB)

Geberit

Graf Synergy

Grimbergen Abbey

GuiSquare Pax Familia

Hasbro

Hoya Surgical Optics

Lineas SA

Makro

Manufacture belge de Chocolats (MBC)

MEP Capital

Morris Comics (Lucky Luke)

Mundipharma

Mylan

Nementschek SE (MCS)

ORA (Optimized Radiochemical Applications)

Orbix

Phi Group

Punch Powertrain

Regeneron / Teva

Relu Dental Imaging

R.G.C.C. Holdings

SAM Promedical

S.E.R.P.

Sipcam Oxon

So Easy

Spacewell

Spadel

Taizhou Chemicals

Télé-Secours

Teonia

Teoxane

Teva

TGE Gas Engineering GmbH

Toxikon

The Belgian Chocolate Group

The Bodyshop

The Grimbergen Abbey (Grimbergen beer)

Thico (Fuse Club Brussels)

Thread & Lift

Total marketing services

Value Plus (Hudson)

Vandemoortele / Vamix

Victrix

West Australian Agriculture Authority

Work highlights

  • Successfully acted for Mundipharma in summary proceedings before the Brussels courts against Roche, Genentech and Biowin who failed in their attempt to obtain an injunctive order against the launch of the biosimilar Truxima on the Belgian market by Mundipharma.
  • Representing FN Herstal in a major patent infringement case against Secubit and obtained a judgment entirely in favour of the client.
  • Handling a major litigation for Shell group against Delfipar concerning the use of its figurative trademark “Deli Traiteur”.

Belgium > Real estate and construction Tier 1

Stibbe offers integrated transactional, tax, regulatory, and financing advice to an array of major real estate developers, investors, and lenders, working on a number of high-profile acquisitions, forward fundings, and development matters, alongside commercial and residential leasing, REIT investments, and PPPs. Practice head Matthias Maselis remains a leading player in domestic and cross-border transactions, advising cross-border investors and developers, while the experienced Rudy Nauwelaerts  has a strong record in development and project financing matters, particularly in the retail and hotel sectors. Rony Vermeersch  handles transactions, development, and litigation, while senior associate Anneleen Quirynen specialises in national and international building and construction contracts.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘The team is characterised by an excellent combination of young talents and experienced lawyers. A dedicated team with complementary skills is assigned to your case, creating the dynamics required to get the desired result.’

‘Matthias Masselis combines excellent skills with a deep understanding of the real estate industry and its players. He succeeded with surrounding himself with a young hands-on team, which he inspires to be as driven and deal oriented as himself.’

‘The team is experienced and is able to provide top-notch and to the point advice within challenging timeframes. This gives a competitive advantage during the bidding stage. They are excellent in translating legal issues in commercially acceptable solutions.’

‘We have worked with Matthias Maselis on most deals in Belgium and Luxembourg which is the best testament to the quality we receive. He knows the market, reads people and situations extremely well, is quick and available and is clearly passionate about what he does. We also appreciate that he is a nice and easy going person, which makes him the obvious choice for us when selecting our legal advisor. Julie Demester in his team has strong file knowledge and is dedicated. They complement each other well.’

‘This team has not only the ability to deal with very complex legal questions, but most of all to understand the commercial and financial aspects that those questions embrace, and give practical and easily understood solutions and advice to its clients (especially for non-legal persons).’

‘Matthias Maselis has a wide knowledge of the real estate business in its whole and easily spots the legal, tax, commercial and financial issues hidden in a deal and gives practical solutions to it. He is always one step ahead of the counterparty’s advisor, he is a smart negotiator and knows when its time to close the deal and get it done.’

‘I have been working with Rudy Nauwelaerts and Anneleen Quirynen. The team has the skills to treat (complex) topics/files in a very professional and human way. They are very flexible and available when you need to reach out to them. They take the time to seek for the best solutions for the client.’

‘They deliver excellent and thorough analyses which are presented in an easy to read format which is useful for the asset management team post-acquisition. We like working with Matthias and his team as he really understands what matters to us as an institutional investor. The lawyers are sharp, hands-on, efficient, proactive and deal focused.’

Key clients

Aedifica

Aldi Real Estate and Aldi

Alinso

Alibaba (iao Network)

Alides

Allianz Real Estate

Banimmo

Breevast

Brussels Airport Company (BAC)

Catella Real Estate

Clarks

Cofinimmo

Bank Degroof Petercam

Eurocommercial

General Electric

Ghelamco

Goodman

Grimbergen Abbey

Heitmann

Home Invest

Immobel

Interparking

ION

Iret Development

International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)

Jan De Nul

Kellogg

Kevlin X

Kinepolis

Leasinvest

L.I.F.E. (Living in Funky Environments)

Matexi Projects

McArthurGlen Outlets

Mercedes-Benz

Motel One

Patrizia AG

Qrf

Redevco

Retail Estates

Re-Vive

Segro

Sidley Austin LLP

Standard de Liège

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc.

Union Investment Real Estate

WDP (Warehouses De Pauw)

Work highlights

  • Advised the International Trade Union Confederation on the sale of its office property located on Boulevard du Roi Albert II 5, Brussels to Banimmo.
  • Advising Catella Real Estate AG on two acquisitions.
  • Advising Kevlin X on the development of a Tier III hyper scale data centre.

Belgium > Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 2

Stibbe is a leading player in the evolving Belgian direct lending market, as well as a strong choice for domestic and international corporates and financial institutions for acquisition financing, and the full range of capital markets matters. The team has particular expertise in bond lending and securitisation, with senior associate Pieter Nobels a key name for debt capital markets work. Practice head Wouter Ghijsels is experienced in domestic and cross-border syndicated lending and acquisition finance deals, while Pascal Vanden Borre specialises in equity capital markets work, including IPOs and secondary offerings. Pieter-Jan Leemen was promoted to counsel in January 2022, and has a strong record in cross-border syndicated lending.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Pieter Nobels; Pascal Vanden Borre; Pieter-Jan Leemen

Key clients

Aedifica

Aim.group

Apax Partners

Aquafin

Belfius Bank

Blackstone Group

BNP Paribas Fortis

Capital@rent

Centerbridge Partners

CVC Credit Partners

Deutsche Hypo

Deutsche Bank Securities

Fnac Darty

ING Group

Kartesia

KBC Bank

Luminus

Mercedes Benz Financial Services

Panasonic Healthcare

Proximus Group (BEL20 company)

PSA Finance

Q-Park

Smurfit Kappa

Société Générale

Storm

Tikehau

Walloon Region

Warehouses De Pauw (WDP)

Xior

Union Bank

Tosca

Work highlights

  • Advised KBC as super senior lender and Tikehau as unitranche lender on the €100m refinancing of the Image Line group.
  • Advising Barclays, NatWest Markets and Deutsche Bank as joint bookrunners on €685m senior secured notes issued by APCOA, and on the arrangement of an €80m super senior revolving credit facility for APCOA.
  • Advised Unifiedpost Group SA and the selling shareholders (PE Group NV, Smartfin Capital NV, Mr. Michel Delloye and EJF Funding DAC) on their successful private placement of €252m.

Belgium > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

Stibbe primarily advises private equity funds on M&A and exits, as well as working with corporate and financial services clients, particularly within the biotech and tech sectors, family-owned businesses, and public sector bodies. The team specialises in cross-border acquisitions and sales, advising on the buy and sell-side, joint ventures, and opportunistic distressed transactions. Practice head Stefan Odeurs has a strong record in private equity deals, advising funds and management teams, with the ‘innovativeJan Peeters assisting with public and private M&A, corporate finance, and governance matters. Marc Fyon has particular expertise in public tender offers, and Pascal Vanden Borre combines M&A and capital markets work. Jan Bogaert specialises in cross-border FDI and real estate work, and previously headed the firm’s Hong Kong office.

Practice head(s):

Stefan Odeurs

Other key lawyers:

Jan Peeters; Pascal Vanden Borre; Jan Bogaert; Marc Fyon; Florent Volckaert; Dries Hommez

Testimonials

‘Great team to work with on larger mid-market M&A deals definitely when involving sponsors.’

‘Dries Hommez is in the market when it comes to sponsor driven larger mid-market deals, be it on the sell- or buy-side. Hands-on, efficient, down-to-earth and commercially astute. Always a pleasure to work with Dries and his team.’

‘Always available, knowledge of the market and sector rarely seen. Very focused, great attention to detail, strong creativity and ability to drive constructively all party meetings in the interest of the client but more importantly of all parties around the table. Strong network and very impressive ability to find solutions’

‘Jan Peeters is the kind of partner you only encounter once every decade, likely to be one of the most knowledgeable of the industry while always being available and having this rare ability to find solutions, creative sometimes that suit all parties not only his client.’

‘The Stibbe Corporate team provides us with a holistic view on transactions. Not only do they have a good understanding of the specifics of each transaction, they provide a very consistent service to us as a client. They have never failed to provide the highest level of output, regardless of the individual team members.’

‘The team’s extensive knowledge and experience make them an invaluable partner in M&A transactions in the Belgian market. The team is highly dedicated to delivering high quality work on short notice.’

‘Jan Peeters stands out not just due to his breadth of knowledge and experience but also because of his ability to think outside the box and come up with practical solutions for unique issues.’

Florent Volckaert is a highly talented, knowledgeable and dedicated associate whose creativity, responsiveness, and commitment make him an asset to any project team he is on.’

Key clients

Alibaba Group

Biowire

Brazilian controlling shareholders of AB InBev

CapitalG

Dossche Mills

Engie

Ghelamco

Hologic

Hudson

Kinepolis Group

Integrale

Life

McKinsey

Monument Re

Muylle Facon

Numeca International NV

Port of Antwerp Authority

Punch Powertrain

Tosca

Work highlights

  • Advised  the Antwerp Port Authority on its combination with the port of Zeebrugge to create the Port of Antwerp-Bruges.
  • Advised the shareholders of NUMECA International NV on its sale to Cadence Design Systems, Inc.
  • Advised Integrale on its sale to MonumentRe as part of a committee appointed to manage the affairs of the distressed company.

Belgium > Employment Tier 2

Stibbe‘s employment law practice has niche capabilities in matters pertaining to sports law, tax, and occupational pension schemes – acting for both private and public sector clients. The team is also noted for its position in collective bargaining proceedings and its role in Belgian legislative development, sitting on the Working Group for Restructuring Joint Committees. Sports law expert Elisabeth Matthys is widely praised by clients for her academic and commercial acumen, including handling contentious procedures regarding TUPE transfers. Jérôme Aubertin maintains a robust labour and social security practitioner, while Dieter Demuynck focuses on cases at the intersection of employment and public law. Jan Proesmans is recommended for pension matters.

Practice head(s):

Elisabeth Matthys; Jérôme Aubertin

Other key lawyers:

Dieter Demuynck; Jan Proesmans

Testimonials

‘The Stibbe Employment practice is formed by a highly knowledgeable mix of partners, senior and junior associates, all of whom have a deep understanding and expertise in employment disputes and advice. The team provides pragmatic, understandable and consistent high quality advice.’

‘Jan Proesmans is a highly dedicated lawyer with deep expertise. Jan always gets to the bottom to obtain the best possible outcomes for its client.’

‘Our organisation has been relying on the law firm Stibbe for a very long time. Lawyer Elisabeth Matthys is always our contact. The services provided are exceptional and of a very high standard. Not only is their knowledge and skill top-notch, but they have also immersed themselves in the specific nature of our organisation, which yields top results both in terms of advice and procedures. The entire team is available at all times, which is quite exceptional. We never have to wait for a response. Their service is very far-reaching and goes beyond their specific domain.’

‘Elisabeth Matthys, partner at Stibbe, is an exceptionally talented person. She is extremely intelligent, has the right emotional intelligence, immediately empathises, immediately finds the core problem, is very well documented, writes fluently, has perfect analytical skills and pleads at such a high level that it is difficult to match her.’

‘Strong analyses, clear actions and a practical approach.’

‘Elisabeth Matthys is excellent: she avoids the long vague answers but has a clear opinion and provides guidance throughout the process. I love to work with Elisabeth as she actually answers your question in a straightforward fashion.’

Key clients

AB InBev

Bridgestone Europe

Cargill

Cegeka

Centerbridge Partners

Cheops

Dileoz

DXC Technology Services

Itron

Manpower

Ordina

PostNL

Punch Powertrain

RTL

The Royal Belgian Football Association (KBVB/URBSFA)

TUI

VSF (Flemish Sports Federation)

Work highlights

  • Assisted AB InBev with the management of a high-profile strike of 2 weeks at the brewery in Jupille, during which the dismissal of the HR manager was requested based on the alleged accusation that reasonable measures to prevent Covid infections in the plant were not respected.
  • Defended the interests of the National Office for Social Security in a procedure with high precedent value that was brought by the Flemish public transport company De Lijn regarding the ‘tax shift’.
  • Assisted Punch Powertrain NV with all the employment questions (including the ring-fencing of the employees and the alignment between restructuring and transfer) connected to the creation of a €180m electrified transmission joint venture with Groupe PSA.

Belgium > EU regulatory: Information technology Tier 2

Stibbe has a strong and focused regulatory offering, with a number of high-profile public and private sector clients across the IT and telecoms sector, and strong relationships with regulatory agencies. Practice head Erik Valgaeren is a specialist in EU IT law, and combines his work for the firm’s major clients with an active academic and thought leadership record. Senior associate Carolien Michielsen is a key member of the team, advising on IT regulatory and privacy issues.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Alibaba

Beltug

EIF (European Investment Fund)

EIB (European Investment Bank)

EIOPA

Facebook

Fiberklaar

Flemish Government

KT Corporation

McCain

Microsoft

Port of Antwerp

PriceWaterhouseCoopers

Proximus

Verizon

ZTE

Work highlights

  • Advising the Flemish Government on its project to set up a data utility company.
  • Advising Proximus on a major data centre outsourcing project.
  • Advising ZTE on the implementation of European legislation on the cybersecurity of 5G networks.

Belgium > Fintech Tier 2

Stibbe advises financial services clients on digital platform and regulatory considerations, with expertise in projects relating to outsourcing, cloud computing, and AI, alongside innovative work in the crypto space on non-fungible tokens. The firm's regulatory expertise includes MiFID and PSDII issues, data protection, and ICOs. The practice is headed up by Erik Valgaeren, who is focused on IT projects and platforms for the financial services sector. Jan Peeters specialises in financial services regulatory issues.

Practice head(s):

Erik Valgaeren

Other key lawyers:

Jan Peeters

Key clients

AECO

Athora

Belgian National Bank

DNA Payments Limited

EIF (European Investment Fund)

ING

Royal Belgian Football Association

Unified Post

Work highlights

  • Representing ING Belgium in proceedings before the Dispute Resolution Chamber of the Belgian Data Protection Authority (GBA) regarding alleged breaches of data protection legislation.
  • Advising the Belgian Royal Football Association on the regulatory aspects of non-fungible tokens (NFTs) and on the contracting process with the fintech service provider.
  • Advising NBB on several fintech governance topics including compliancy with data protection and other regulatory frameworks.

Belgium > Industry focus: Energy Tier 2

Stibbe's energy practice is regarded for its broad capabilities in project development, strategic consulting and regulatory reviews, advising on matters across the renewable and non-renewable sectors. Practice head Frederik Vandendriessche is highly experienced in energy cases with a distinctive public law or regulatory aspect, variously advising on the structure of distribution grid operators and legislative overhauls affecting solar power production and the capacity remuneration mechanism. Pieterjan Claeys specialises in infrastructure projects and energy performance contracting.

Practice head(s):

Frederik Vandendriessche

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘In-depth knowledge of the market.’

Key clients

Antwerp Port Authority

Apetra

Aquafin

Arcelor Mittal Energy

BNP Paribas Fortis

Centrica

CGNEE

Direct Energie

DNB BA

EDF Luminus

Elia System Operator

Eneco

ENGIE Fabricom

European Federation of Energy Traders (EFET)

Federal Public Service Economy, SMEs, Self-employed and Energy under the authority of Federal Minister of Energy Tinne Van der Straeten (FOD Economie, KMO, Middenstand en Energie or FOD Economie)

Flemish Energy and Climate Agency (VEKA)

Fluxys

Hita

I4B (the Belgian Infrastructure Fund)

Ikaros Solar

Leo Group

LRM (incl. Floating PV and Terhills NV)

Norther

OVAM (Public Waste Agency of Flanders)

Storm Management

Suez R&R Belgium

Tractebel Engineering

Zenobe Energy

Work highlights

  • Assisting Hita with the realisation of deep geothermal projects in Belgium.
  • Assisting the Port of Antwerp in its ambition to build a central pipeline along the industrial zones on both the Right and Left banks of the Scheldt, along with various shared processing units, a shared CO2 liquefaction unit, interim storage facilities and cross-border transport of CO2, both by ship and by pipeline.
  • Assisting EDF Luminus with the CRM auction process and contemplated transaction for a new gas-fired power station in Seraing, Wallonia, southern Belgium (in collaboration with Herbert Smith Freehills Paris).

Belgium > Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences Tier 2

Highly reputed for its IP capabilities, Stibbe's cross-practice team also works with a host of renowned public and private sector clients on numerous compliance issues and contentious proceedings, as well as an array of registration and regulatory issues. Ignace Vernimme has significant experience of health products and healthcare services, handling high-stakes litigation and proceedings before various Belgian regulatory authorities. Philippe Campolini works with numerous clients in the life sciences and medical device industries, while Manuel Campolini is noted for his deep knowledge of domestic and EU-wide pharmaceutical regulatory frameworks.

Practice head(s):

Ignace Vernimme; Philippe Campolini

Other key lawyers:

Manuel Campolini

Testimonials

‘A good team with solid practitioners, experienced in all areas.’

‘Ignace Vernimme is a safe pair of hands. Smart, focussed and charming with clients.’

Key clients

Accord Healthcare

AG Insurance

ANMI (Advanced Nuclear Medicine Ingredients)

AXA

AZ Delta Roeselare

AZ Maria Middelares

Biostrand

Brussels Medical Devices Center (BMDC)

Corden Pharma

CSL Behring

Genomic Health

Getinge

Ghelamco

Hospital Waregem

Mundipharma

Mylan

ORA (Optimized Radiochemical Application)

Perrigo (Omega Pharma)

Peters Surgical

R.G.C.C. Holdings

Relu Dental Imaging

S.A.M. Promedical

S.E.R.P.

Sipcam Oxon

Taizhou Bailly Chemicals co

Teonia

Télé-Secours

Toxikon

Victrix

UZ Leuven

Work highlights

  • Advised CSL Behring on several major matters: (i) regarding the possibility to establish payments by instalment for an ATMP, (ii) in a matter regarding off-label reimbursements and (iii) regarding Belgian legislation on blood products.
  • Successfully representing Mundipharma in summary proceedings before the Brussels courts against Roche, Genentech and Biowin who failed in their attempt to obtain an injunctive order against the launch of the biosimilar Truxima on the Belgian market by Mundipharma.
  • Acting for Sipcam Oxon and Taizhou Bailly in a patent and regulatory litigation against Syngenta.

Belgium > Insolvency and restructuring Tier 2

Stibbe has a strong focus on contentious insolvency and restructuring proceedings, representing debtors, lenders, directors, and shareholders in complex, often cross-border liquidations, judicial organisations, formal insolvencies, and associated liquidation. The team works closely with the firm’s financing, tax, employment, and dispute resolution practices, allowing for an integrated approach to business-critical matters. The practice is headed up by Paul Van der Putten, who focuses on complex liquidation issues, as well as drafting insolvency protection contracts, with senior associate Pieter Wouters also playing a key role, while co-head Oliver Stevens focuses on creditor-side matters, including debt recovery and cross-border restructurings.

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Open minded, deep theoretical knowledge.’

‘Very knowledgeable, creative, ability to connect legal framework and practical context in order to work to a solution.’

‘Highly professional, quick responses and outcome-orientated.’

‘Very cooperative and helpful in our cross border cases.’

‘Hands-on approach.’

‘Paul Van Der Putten has the ability to cut through complexity and provide solutions that really address the problem at hand.’

‘Pieter Wouters is a brilliant litigator with an outstanding knowledge of insolvency proceedings.’

Key clients

Belgian State

Belgotex International

Berivo

Brussels Airport Company

Cegeka Group

Eisenmann

Elavon Financial Services

Flamant Acquisition

Flemish Government

Group D’Aucy

Immpact Vastgoed

KBC

Medec Benelux

National Bank of Belgium

SolarRise

Storm

Swissport

Uniper

Vitare

Work highlights

  • Advised Cegeka on the bidding process of certain assets of Getronics Belgium in the framework of the latter’s judicial restructuring procedure.
  • Represented KBC Bank in reorganisation and bankruptcy proceedings pertaining to its borrower, the Antwerp diamond trader Exelco.
  • Representing the Belgian state in litigation in relation to the bankruptcy of Proxima Bank and the intervention of Belgium’s deposit guarantee fund.

Belgium > Insurance Tier 2

Stibbe works with insurers across a wide range of products, including life and non-life insurance, product liability, and property insurance, handling insurance claims and associated litigation, regulatory issues, and insurance sector M&A. The firm also has integrated tax expertise, advising clients on fiscal issues relating to insurance. The practice is led by Oliver Stevens, who has a strong record in litigation and arbitration, representing insurers in class action proceedings and investment losses suits, as well as matters relating to professional indemnity. Counsel Sophie Bourgois has a similar focus on contentious matters, representing clients in international arbitrations and cross-border disputes.

Practice head(s):

Oliver Stevens

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

The team provide concise and helpful advice.’

Key clients

AGB Kunsten & Design

AG Vespa

Alpha Credit

Antwerp Port Authority

Armonea

Athora

AXA Belgium

Bank Vontobel

Belfius Bank

BNP Paribas Fortis

Brussels Airport Company

Credendo

De Goudse

Delta Lloyd

Dexia

EIOPA

Emerisque Cavaliere

European Parliament

Flemish Government

ING

Irish Life plc

KBC Group

KBC Verzekeringen

Krefiservicing

Monument RE

MS Amlin

OVAM

P&V Verzekeringen

Private Insurer

VIB Bio Incubator

Vivium

Work highlights

  • Advising Museum of Fine Arts Ghent on its insurance claim against the underwriters under an event cancellation policy following the closure of an exhibition due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Representing MS Amlin in various proceedings launched by (indirect) victims of the 22 March 2016 terrorist attacks before the Brussels courts.
  • Advised Integrale on the acquisition of its insurance portfolio by MonumentRe.

Belgium > Private equity Tier 2

Stibbe advises prolifically on private equity and venture capital investments, with a client base including domestic and international players. The team has a strong record in domestic and Benelux-wide deals, and also assists with Belgian aspects of cross-border transactions, particularly those with US elements. Other areas of expertise include fund formation and structuring mandates and financing. Practice head Stefan Odeurs is an experienced dealmaker with a consistent flow of buyout and exit mandates, while Dries Hommez is noted for his financing and cross-border transactional expertise.

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Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘I have experienced Stibbe as a trusted advisor who really works in a team towards the best solution.’

‘They use their network to bring the right experts on board and make sure that they are all aligned in a file. It’s also great to see that they always have mixed teams.’

‘Dries Hommez- great lawyer and dealmaker, team player and very hands-on. He knows all details of his files. Has a very strong network with many PE houses.’

‘Dries Hommez is a very strong negotiator, remains very calm and polite in discussions and uses strong arguments to make his point without losing pragmatism and without dragging out discussions on legal topics in order to get it right.’

Key clients

Apax Partners

Avista Capital Partners

Blackstone

Bencis Capital Partners

CapitalG, Alphabet’s investment arm

Classified Cycling

Creafund

Dovesco

Fin.Co

Gamma, KKR’s health care arm

GIMV

Gilde Equity Management

KKR

Korys Investments NV

PAI Partners

Providence Equity LLP

Sofindev

Smile Invest

Work highlights

  • Advised Blackstone Group on its acquisition of Desotec, from EQT Partners AB.
  • Advised Bencis Capital Partners on the acquisition of the Geo Square Group.
  • Advised Sofindev IV, BNP Paribas Fortis Private Equity, Korys and management on the sale of Novy to Middleby.

Belgium > Tax Tier 3

Stibbe‘s tax offering encompasses transactional and funds taxation, real estate, and indirect taxation, as well as transfer pricing issues, with strong domestic and international capabilities thanks to the firm’s Benelux and global platforms. As such, clients include a combination of Belgian and international companies and investment funds, with work including standard M&A, real estate and other asset investments, and capital markets-related work including listings and private placements. The team is led by Wim Panis, a specialist in real estate and indirect taxation, while Henk Verstraete has a strong record in transactional tax, and is active in the funds sector. Counsel Giovanni Smet advises on international tax treaties and transfer pricing. Lizelotte De Maeyer was promoted to counsel in January 2022, and has particular expertise in tax procedure.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Henk Verstraete; Giovanni Smet; Lizelotte De Maeyer

Testimonials

‘Dedicated with passion. Very knowledgeable and flexible. Good mix of various sub areas of taxation.’

‘They are engaged, respectful and comprehensive.’

‘The practice is very in-depth and knowledgeable. They are digging everywhere they need to.’

‘The team is skilled at explaining complicated European tax issues to a US-based multinational. The communication is concise and practical.’

‘Wim Panis quickly assessed how to communicate effectively with a number of client stakeholders ranging from the general counsel to paralegals to finance managers.’

Key clients

Sofindev

Aldi

Droia

Mitiska

Union (UIR)

Refundit

KBC and various entities of the KBC group (KBC Asset Management, KBC Real Estate)

Storm

Vertellus

Proximus

Qrf

Distrilog

Belfius

Gimv

Bridgestone

BNPP

Real Dolmen

DP World

BIL

Work highlights

  • Advised a client active in the real estate sector in one of 2020’s largest corporate real estate transactions in Belgium.
  • Advised Sofindev on the sale of an IT company and the acquisition of a minority stake in another IT company.
  • Advising Antwerp Port Authority on its combination with the Port of Zeebrugge to create the Port of Antwerp-Bruges.
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From its main offices in Amsterdam, Brussels and Luxembourg, together with branch offices in London and New York, Stibbe handles complex legal challenges both locally and cross-border. By understanding the commercial objectives of clients, their position in the market and their sector or industry, Stibbe can render suitable and effective advice. From an international perspective, Stibbe works closely with other top-tier firms on cross-border matters in various jurisdictions. These relationships are non-exclusive enabling Stibbe to assemble tailor-made integrated teams of lawyers with the best expertise and contacts for each specific project. This guarantees efficient coordination on cross-border transactions throughout a multitude of legal areas, irrespective of their nature and complexity.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Banking and Finance Wouter Ghijselswouter.ghijsels@stibbe.com+32 2 533 54 73
Banking and Finance Marc Fyonmarc.fyon@stibbe.com+32 2 533 53 25
Corporate and M&A Marc Fyonmarc.fyon@stibbe.com
Corporate and M&A Jan Bogaertjan.bogaert@stibbe.com
Corporate and M&A Dries Hommezdries.hommez@stibbe.com
Corporate and M&A Pascal Vanden Borrepascal.vandenborre@stibbe.com
Corporate and M&A Stefan Odeursstefan.odeurs@stibbe.com
Corporate and M&A Julien Bogaertsjulien.bogaerts@stibbe.com
Commercial, corporate and M&A Jan Peetersjan.peeters@stibbe.com
Competition Peter Wytinckpeter.wytinck@stibbe.com
Dispute resolution and arbitration Nicolas Résimontnicolas.resimont@stibbe.com
Dispute resolution and arbitration Oliver Stevensoliver.stevens@stibbe.com
Environment Jan Bouckaertjan.bouckaert@stibbe.com
Environment France Maussionfrance.maussion@stibbe.com
Fraud and white-collar crime Hans Van Bavelhans.vanbavel@stibbe.com
Healthcare and life sciences Ignace Vernimmeignace.vernimme@stibbe.com
Insolvency and restructuring Paul Van der Puttenpaul.vanderputten@stibbe.com
Insolvency and restructuring Dries Hommezdries.hommez@stibbe.com
Insolvency and restructuring Stefan Odeursstefan.odeurs@stibbe.com
Insolvency and restructuring Jan Peetersjan.peeters@stibbe.com
Insolvency and restructuring Oliver Stevensoliver.stevens@stibbe.com
Insolvency and restructuring Pieter Wouterspieter.wouters@stibbe.com
Intellectual property Ignace Vernimmeignace.vernimme@stibbe.com
Employment and Benefits Jérôme Aubertinjerome.aubertin@stibbe.com
Employment and Benefits Elisabeth Matthyselisabeth.matthys@stibbe.com
Private equity Stefan Odeursstefan.odeurs@stibbe.com
Private equity Dries Hommezdries.hommez@stibbe.com
Public Law David D'Hooghedavid.dhooghe@stibbe.com
Public Law Bruno Lombaertbruno.lombaert@stibbe.com
Public Law Frederik Vandendriesschefrederik.vandendriessche@stibbe.com
Public Law Nathanaelle Kiekensnathanaelle.kiekens@stibbe.com
Real estate and Construction Rony Vermeerschrony.vermeersch@stibbe.com
Real Estate and Construction Dries Hommezdries.hommez@stibbe.com
Real Estate and Construction France Maussionfrance.maussion@stibbe.com
Real Estate and Construction Nicoals Résimontnicolas.resimont@stibbe.com
Real estate and Construction Rudy Nauwelaertsrudy.nauwelaerts@stibbe.com
Tax Henk Verstraetehenk.verstraete@stibbe.com
Tax Wim Paniswim.panis@stibbe.com
Sports Elisabeth Matthyselisabeth.matthys@stibbe.com
TMT , IT and data protection Erik Valgaerenerik.valgaeren@stibbe.com
Capital markets Pascal Vanden Borrepascal.vandenborre@stibbe.com
Capital markets Dries Hommezdries.hommez@stibbe.com
Capital markets Stefan Odeursstefan.odeurs@stibbe.com
Capital markets Jan Peetersjan.peeters@stibbe.com
Construction Rony Vermeerschrony.vermeersch@stibbe.com
Commercial, Corporate and M&A Julien Bogaertsjulien.bogaerts@stibbe.com
Tax Henk Verstraetehenk.verstraete@stibbe.com
Compliance and Sanctions Hans Van Bavelhans.vanbavel@stibbe.com
Compliance and Sanctions Peter Wytinckpeter.wytinck@stibbe.com
Corporate Fraud and Criminal Law Hans Van Bavelhans.vanbavel@stibbe.com
Corporate Investigations Nicolas Résimontnicolas.resimont@stibbe.com
Corporate Investigations Hans Van Bavelhans.vanbavel@stibbe.com
Data Protection Erik Valgaerenerik.valgaeren@stibbe.com
Environment and Planning Jan Bouckaertjan.bouckaert@stibbe.com
Environment and Planning France Maussionfrance.maussion@stibbe.com
EU Law, Competition and Regulation Peter Wytinckpeter.wytinck@stibbe.com
Foreign Investments Jan Bogaertjan.bogaert@stibbe.com
Foreign Investments Stefan Odeursstefan.odeurs@stibbe.co
Information Technology Erik Valgaerenerik.valgaeren@stibbe.com
Insurance and Reinsurance Stefan Odeursstefan.odeurs@stibbe.com
Insurance and Reinsurance Jan Peetersjan.peeters@stibbe.com
Insurance and Reinsurance Oliver Stevensoliver.stevens@stibbe.com
Insurance and Reinsurance Paul Van der Puttenpaul.vanderputten@stibbe.com
Intellectual Property Ignace Vernimmeignace.vernimme@stibbe.com
Investment Management Dries Hommezdries.hommez@stibbe.com
Investment Management Stefan Odeursstefan.odeurs@stibbe.com
Investment Management Jan Peetersjan.peeters@stibbe.com
Litigation and Dispute Resolution Nicolas Résimontnicolas.resimont@stibbe.com
Litigation and Dispute Resolution Oliver Stevensoliver.stevens@stibbe.com
Litigation and Dispute Resolution Hans Van Bavelhans.vanbavel@stibbe.com
Litigation and Dispute Resolution Paul Van der Puttenpaul.vanderputten@stibbe.com
Pensions Jérôme Aubertinjerome.aubertin@stibbe.com
Pensions David D'Hooghedavid.dhooghe@stibbe.com
Pensions Bruno Lombaertbruno.lombaert@stibbe.com
Pensions Frederik Vandendriesschefrederik.vandendriessche@stibbe.com
Procurement Law David D'Hooghedavid.dhooghe@stibbe.com
Procurement Law Nathanaëlle Kiekensnathanaelle.kiekens@stibbe.com
Procurement Law Bruno Lombaertbruno.lombaert@stibbe.com
Procurement Law France Maussionfrance.maussion@stibbe.com
Procurement Law Frederik Vandendriesschefrederik.vandendriessche@stibbe.com
Unfair Competition and Consumer Protection Peter Wytinckpeter.wytinck@stibbe.com
White Collar Crime Hans Van Bavelhans.vanbavel@stibbe.com
Litigation and Dispute Resolution Nicolas Résimontnicolas.resimont@stibbe.com
Litigation and Dispute Resolution Oliver Stevensoliver.stevens@stibbe.com
Litigation and Dispute Resolution Hans Van Bavelhans.vanbavel@stibbe.com
Litigation and Dispute Resolution Paul Van der Puttenpaul.vanderputten@stibbe.com
Energy & Natural Resources Frederik Vandendriesschefrederik.vandendriessche@stibbe.com
Investment Funds Jan Bogaertjan.bogaert@stibbe.com
Investment Funds Wouter Ghijselswouter.ghijsels@stibbe.com
Investment Funds Dries Hommezdries.hommez@stibbe.com
Investment Funds Jan Peetersjan.peeters@stibbe.com
Private Equity Wouter Ghijselswouter.ghijsels@stibbe.com
Private Equity Dries Hommezdries.hommez@stibbe.com
Private Equity Stefan Odeursstefan.odeurs@stibbe.com
Private Equity Jan Peetersjan.peeters@stibbe.com
Private Equity Pascal Vanden Borrepascal.vandenborre@stibbe.com
TMT Erik Valgaerenerik.valgaeren@stibbe.com
Insolvency and Restructuring Dries Hommezdries.hommez@stibbe.com
Insolvency and Restructuring Stefan Odeursstefan.odeurs@stibbe.com
Insolvency and Restructuring Jan Peetersjan.peeters@stibbe.com
Insolvency and Restructuring Oliver Stevensoliver.stevens@stibbe.com
Insolvency and Restructuring Paul Van der Puttenpaul.vanderputten@stibbe.com
Projects Jan Bouckaertjan.bouckaert@stibbe.com
Projects David D'Hooghedavid.dhooghe@stibbe.com
Projects Nathanaelle Kiekensnathanaelle.kiekens@stibbe.com
Projects Bruno Lombaertbruno.lombaert@stibbe.com
Projects Rudy Nauwelaertsrudy.nauwelaerts@stibbe.com
Projects Nicolas Résimontnicolas.resimont@stibbe.com
Projects Frederik Vandendriesschefrederik.vandendriessche@stibbe.com
Intellectual property Philippe Campoliniphilippe.campolini@stibbe.com
Healthcare and Life Sciences Philippe Campoliniphilippe.campolini@stibbe.com
Real Estate and Construction Matthias Maselismatthias.maselis@stibbe.com
Projects Matthias Maselismatthias.maselis@stibbe.com
Competition Sophie Van Besiensophie.vanbesien@stibbe.com
Compliance and Sanctions Sophie Van Besiensophie.vanbesien@stibbe.com
EU Law, Competition and Regulation Sophie Van Besiensophie.vanbesien@stibbe.com
Unfair Competition and Consumer Protection Sophie Van Besiensophie.vanbesien@stibbe.com
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Ian Arnouts photoMr Ian ArnoutsCounsel
Jérôme Aubertin photoMr Jérôme AubertinPartner.
Jan Bogaert photoMr Jan BogaertPartner  
Julien Bogaerts photoMr Julien BogaertsPartner
Jan Bouckaert photoMr Jan BouckaertPartner.
Sophie Bourgois photoMs Sophie BourgoisCounsel
Manuel Campolini photoMr Manuel CampoliniOf Counsel
Philippe Campolini photoMr Philippe CampoliniPartner
David D'Hooghe photoMr David D'HooghePartner.
Leen De Vuyst photoMs Leen De VuystCounsel  
Dieter Demuynck photoMr Dieter DemuynckCounsel
Olivier Di Giacomo photoMr Olivier Di GiacomoCounsel
Marc Fyon photoMr Marc FyonPartner
Wouter Ghijsels photoMr Wouter GhijselsPartner.
Delphine Gillet photoMs Delphine GilletCounsel
Dries Hommez photoMr Dries HommezPartner.
Nathanaelle Kiekens photoMs Nathanaelle KiekensPartner
Benoît Kohl photoMr Benoît KohlOf Counsel
Sebastien Leroy photoMr Sebastien LeroyCounsel
Bruno Lombaert photoMr Bruno LombaertPartner
Matthias Maselis photoMr Matthias MaselisPartner
Irene Mathy photoMs Irene MathyCounsel
Elisabeth Matthys photoMs Elisabeth MatthysPartner.
France Maussion photoMs France MaussionPartner
Rudy Nauwelaerts photoMr Rudy NauwelaertsPartner.
Stefan Odeurs photoMr Stefan OdeursPartner.
Wim Panis photoMr Wim PanisPartner 
Jan Peeters photoMr Jan PeetersPartner
Jan Proesmans photoMr Jan ProesmansCounsel
Nicolas Résimont photoMr Nicolas RésimontPartner
Tom Ruys photoMr Tom RuysOf Counsel
Giovanni Smet photoMr Giovanni SmetCounsel
Audry Stevenart photoMr Audry StevenartSenior Counsel
Oliver Stevens photoMr Oliver StevensPartner
Erik Valgaeren photoMr Erik ValgaerenPartner
Hans Van Bavel photoMr Hans Van BavelPartner
Sophie Van Besien photoMs Sophie Van BesienPartner
Paul Van der Putten photoMr Paul Van der PuttenPartner
Pascal Vanden Borre photoMr Pascal Vanden BorrePartner
Frederik Vandendriessche photoMr Frederik VandendriesschePartner
Rony Vermeersch photoMr Rony VermeerschPartner
Ignace Vernimme photoMr Ignace VernimmePartner
Henk Verstraete photoMr Henk VerstraetePartner
Pieter Wouters photoMr Pieter WoutersCounsel
Peter Wytinck photoMr Peter WytinckPartner
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Corporate Social Responsibility

As a reputable, international law firm, we feel a strong sense of responsibility for the development of a more sustainable society. This is why we ensure that CSR remains an integral part of our firm and culture.

First and foremost, our CSR contribution to society is rooted in effective legal advice and relevant pro bono work. We use our knowledge and expertise to advise organisations that otherwise do not have access to high-quality legal advice. In doing so, we opt for the more complex legal issues with social relevance, or cases that set a legal precedent.

Furthermore, we believe that when people are able to develop to their full potential, this contributes to a better, safer, more diverse and prosperous society. Therefore, we enable young people to seize opportunities, pursue their dreams and ambitions, and overcome any obstacles that stand in the way of their personal growth. We do this by entering into partnerships with organisations that help children and young adults develop knowledge and skills they can use to build a good future. In addition, we work with institutions that enable young talent to develop to the highest level.

Diversity & Inclusion

The world around us is changing rapidly. A greater variety of skills is needed, both in society and in the workplace, to find solutions to increasingly complex problems. We must therefore look beyond cultural, financial, religious, political and regional boundaries and be able to work and live alongside people who are different from each other.

Diversity and inclusion have been high on Stibbe’s agenda for years. To provide our clients with high-quality legal advice, we need people who bring in different views, ideas and experiences. In addition to people’s qualities and skills, a diverse composition of teams in areas such as gender, sexual orientation, skin colour, cultural and socio-economic background, religion, disability and age is indispensable. An inclusive culture is essential so that everyone feels at home and can be themselves at Stibbe, and has the opportunity to develop to their full, unique potential.

Both in the legal sector and within our own firm there is still much to be gained in this area. To further embed diversity and inclusion in our culture, services and working methods, we set up activities and partnerships that focus on attracting, retaining and growing diverse talent and on working together in an inclusive way, both internally and externally. In addition, we support initiatives aimed at promoting diversity within our sector and in the business community as a whole, and we participate in social debate where necessary and relevant.

Stibbe is pleased to be one of the founding members of the Legal Diversity & Inclusion Alliance (LDIA), a collective effort by several law firms in Belgium. By joining the LDIA, member firms affirm their commitment to creating a diverse and inclusive work environment, exchanging good practices on diversity and inclusion, and raising awareness of non-discrimination and diversity issues by combining efforts in organising events, workshops, trainings, etc


Stibbe is an independent international law firm with deep roots in its three home jurisdictionsFrom our main offices in Amsterdam, Brussels and Luxembourg, together with our branch offices in London and New York, we handle our clients’ complex legal challenges both locally and cross-border. In addition to our own international presence, as an independent law firm, Stibbe can cooperate closely with other international top-tier firms. These relationships are non-exclusive and enable us to assemble a tailor-made, integrated team of lawyers with the best expertise and contacts for each specific matter.  

This top-tier network guarantees the best quality in each and every one of the jurisdictions with premium reputations in all of the business areas relevant for our clients. Our network enables us to connect you with the individual specialists our clients are looking for in almost all jurisdictions. When we do so, we will always see to it that we contact the individual lawyer we would be referring our client to, in order to ensure through a personal touch that they also provide the best client service. 

We exchange ideas and experiences with a number of preferred firms in our international network regarding new developments and trends in the legal sector and concerning the use of technology in the workplace.