Firm Profile > Stibbe > Brussels, Belgium

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

Dispute resolution Tier 1

In the words of one client, Stibbe's practice houses 'one of the most respected litigation teams in Belgium'. The 'strong' group has excellent expertise in advising on financial disputes, and is also noted for its capabilities in insolvency, corporate and commercial, construction and cybercrime cases. Hans Van Bavel heads up the department, in which Oliver Stevens, Nicolas Résimont and Paul Van der Putten are key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Hans Van Bavel

Testimonials

Nicolas Résimont in particular is exceptional. He is very smart, quick to understand and has a real added-value to provide pragmatic solutions‘.

Oliver Stevens is up and coming and an excellent litigator with convincing pleading skills. He has not only excellent theoretical knowledge but excellent strategic thinking‘.

Key clients

KBC Bank

Proximus

Perrigo

Belfius

Generali

Brussels Airport Company

Environment Tier 1

Stibbe's team, which acts for private companies and government agencies, has extensive expertise in all environmental and planning issues associated with large development/redevelopment and energy projects across all three regions in Belgium. Led by widely respected practice head Jan Bouckaert, the group advises on matters such as urban planning and zoning regulation, permitting, brownfields, soil pollution and expropriation. On the contentious side, it is sought out in administrative law matters before the Constitutional Court and the Council of State. In addition to being a powerhouse in the national arena, the firm is equally adept in advisory matters and litigation at a wider European level. Reflective of the strength of the firm's profile in the environmental law space, Bouckaert and counsel Pieter Vandenheede  are assisting the Federal Public Service Economy with a report on the implementation of the amendments to the convention on environmental impact assessment in a transboundary context. Bouckaert's team also includes France Maussion and counsel Olivier Di Giacomo, who are advising Befimmo on the ZIN project in Brussels. At senior associate level, names to note are Guan SchaikoBastiaan SchelstraeteStefanie François  and Renaud Smal.

Practice head(s):

Jan Bouckaert

Testimonials

The team has incredible knowledge of environmental issues. In relation to cross-border matters, the firm’s offering is strengthened by the expertise of partners from other disciplines. This means that the client can always rely on the required support

Olivier Di Giacomo and Renaud Smal always see the small things that we haven’t seen yet and it can really make a difference in some projects

The team is very professional, courteous and capable of meeting very tight deadlines

Key clients

Aldi

BASF

Be Real Estate

Befimmo

Belgian Farmers Union (Boerenbond)

Blue Gate Antwerp Holding

BNP Paribas Fortis

BVI.be

Codic

Codevim

Ertzberg

Fost Plus

Japan Tobacco International

Makro Cash and Carry Belgium

Proximus

Prowinko

Retail Estates

Storm Management

Unidet

VAL-I-PAC

Beheersmaatschappij Antwerpen Mobiel, also known as Lantis

The Belgian Buildings Agency

Brussels Airport Company

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

FANC – AFCN (the Federal Agency for Nuclear Control)

The Flemish, Walloon and Brussels Capital Region

Sofico (Walloon Region’s financing company)

SCK-CEN (Belgian Centre for Nuclear Research)

SRWT (Walloon Regional Transport Company)

STIB/MIVB (Brussels public transport company)

Fraud and white-collar crime Tier 1

The fraud and white-collar crime team at Stibbe provides 'excellent legal knowledge combined with a clear strategic approach'. The group's experience spans corporate crime, money laundering, corruption, economic fraud, market manipulation and tax fraud mandates, among others. It also has experience in cybercrime issues. Practice head Hans Van Bavel has experience in company-related criminal law and attracts praise for his 'ability to capture the court's attention when arguing the merits of the criminal complaints against clients'.

Practice head(s):

Hans Van Bavel

Testimonials

Whenever I need second chair to assist in delicate, complex or large matters, Hans and his team are the first I turn to knowing that excellent legal knowledge is combined with clear strategic approach and, over all, fun to work with.’

‘Whenever things get ‘hot’, they always manage to take control, calm down and set forth a clear path.’

Stibbe has a strong white collar practice and has acquired a lot of court experience.

Hans Van Bavel for his excellent legal skills, combined with in depth strategic mind is an absolute leading individual.

Key clients

The Belgian State

Komatsu

Rosy Blue

Stephan Colle, one of the shareholders of the Beaulieu International Group of Companies

Industry focus: Food Tier 1

Stibbe's cross-departmental team handles the full range of matters for its local and international food and beverage sector clients, which include Ferrero, Belgian Chocolate Group, AB InBev and Alpro. Environmental law and planning expert Jan Bouckaert heads up the practice, which includes Ignace Vernimme, who handles IP and regulatory matters; and EU and competition expert Peter Wytinck.

Practice head(s):

Jan Bouckaert

Key clients

AB InBev

Agristo

Alpro

Barry Callebaut

Belgian Chocolate Group

Come a Casa

Culinor Group

Délifrance

Ferrero

Fevia

Lactalis Benelux

Nestlé Waters

Sip-well

Valorfrit

Vandemoortele

Industry focus: IT and telecoms Tier 1

Clients praise Stibbe's IT team as 'head and shoulders above many other firms'' with 'impressive know-how and experience in the IT law sector, including big tender projects'. Its multidisciplinary team advises clients across corporate and commercial transactions, public law work, regulatory issues and IP matters and acts in IT litigation. The 'extremely knowledgeable' Erik Valgaeren leads the practice and assists with a variety of contentious and non-contentious IT, internet, data protection, media and e-communication issues.

Practice head(s):

Erik Valgaeren

Testimonials

I’ve worked with many law firms specialising in IT but Stibbe always rises above the others in terms of knowledge about IT – even cutting-edge topics  – operational excellence, and concrete experience with legal aspects of IT.

The team is always eager to learn, dives deep into topics and as such has knowledge about IT that goes further than skin deep.

The IT and telecoms practice group at Stibbe is a leader in the industry and handles the most high-profile files in these sectors.

The Stibbe team have a great depth of expertise in international commercial law. My company retained the practice to advise of complex commercial agreements between multiple European companies. In our view, the quality and responsiveness of the service provided is marked improvement over other specialists that we have worked with.

Erik is extremely knowledgeable in his field, thinks both deep and wide, and as such tackles problems for his clients in a very thorough and professional way.

Erik Valgaeren and Carolien Michielsen are highlighted for their accuracy in work performance and availability on long term projects; high quality of performance and work delivered.

Erik Valgaeren is known internationally as a leader in this area. His expertise in both IT and telecom is one of the deepest and he is very easy to work with.

Carol Evrard, senior associate in this team, is highly knowledgeable and handles complex files. She is a pleasure to work with.’

Erik Valgaeren and Sarah De Wulf as key contacts have been invaluable in providing advice, often with extremely tight deadlines.

Key clients

AB Inbev

Microsoft-Skype

Norkring

Barry Callebaut

Brussels Airport Company

Hays

Lycamobile

Recticel

Mercedes-Benz Financial Services Belux

Nyrstar

Proximus

Suez

Verizon

Google

Van Marcke

Belgian Federal Police

Bank Degroof

Kangaroot

European Parliament

Telefonica

Industry focus: Retail Tier 1

Stibbe provides all-round advice to its retail and consumer goods clients with experience handling advertising, IP, logistics and distribution issues, as well as competition and regulatory matters. Peter Wytinck is a name to note for regulatory work, and real estate instructions are primarily handled by Rudy Nauwelaerts.

Practice head(s):

Peter Wytinck

Intellectual property Tier 1

Patent litigation is a key focus for Stibbe's 'deep and knowledgeable' team, especially within the pharmaceutical sector. The 'very business-oriented' group is also noted for its strong capabilities in handling instructions involving technology transfer and biotech matters. Ignace Vernimme and Philippe Campolini are the names to note.

Practice head(s):

Ignace Vernimme; Philippe Campolini

Testimonials

Ignace Vernimme is sharp, available, and able to explain complex concepts in simple words‘.

Key clients

AzkoNobel

The Belgian Chocolate Group

The Benelux Office for Intellectual Property

Euroclear

Mylan

Orbix

Teoxane

Zodiak

Real estate and construction Tier 1

Rudy Nauwelaerts and Rony Vermeersch jointly lead Stibbe's 'very experienced' real estate team, which 'provides tailor-made advice quickly and efficiently'. The group reports an uptick in PPP matters within the real estate space, and also counts high-profile transactional matters and financing instructions as key areas of expertise. The practice works in synergy with corporate and public law experts on logistics, retail and hotel projects, among others. Corporate law expert Jan Bogaert is noted for assisting with real estate M&A matters. In 2019 Pieter Bogaert left the firm to join Xior Student Housing, and Matthias Maselis joined as a partner from Clifford Chance.

Practice head(s):

Rudy Nauwelaerts; Rony Vermeersch

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Aedifica

US Embassy

Leasinvest Real Estate

Google

Banimmo

Cofinimmo

General Electric

Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 2

Stibbe's practice is characterised by its varied spread of complex domestic and cross-border banking, finance and capital markets transactions. It is also highly active in regulatory and litigation work. Wouter Ghijsels leads the team, which has a strong profile among public sector entities, corporates and financial institutions. Senior associate Pieter Nobels also advises on acquisition finance and assists clients with debt capital markets and structured products transactions, as well as real estate finance. Other key figures at the firm are Jan Peeters and Pascal Vanden Borre, whose corporate and M&A experience is complemented by their knowledge about IPOs and other equity capital markets transactions. Ghijsels and Heremans were part of a cross-practice team, which assisted Eurocommercial with its high-profile €468m acquisition of Woluwe Shopping Centre. Another highlight saw them advise Centerbridge Partners Europe LLP on financing its acquisition of Four Leaf Investment NV, a holding company with a portfolio of hotels in Belgium and France. Sofie Heremans joined Fieldfisher.

Practice head(s):

Wouter Ghijsels

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Pleasant to work with

Key clients

Bekaert

Belfius Bank

BNP Paribas

Fortis

Cheops

Dossche Mills Group

Engie

Eurocommercial Properties

Immobel Group

ING Group

KBC Bank

National Bank of Belgium

Proximus Group

Stow International NV

Vandemoortele

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

The corporate team at Stibbe is 'well-respected throughout the industry' and attracts praise for its 'pragmatic' and 'full-service' approach and for 'thinking beyond a specific case mandate'. The group, which is frequently instructed on a range of high-profile corporate and M&A transactions, has been particularly active in the real estate and technology sectors. In recent work examples, Jan Peeters assisted Alides with the sale of real estate company Immo SPA NV to Savills, and Jan Bogaert, who has particular experience in cross-border instructions, advised CapitalG on its €90m investment in Belgian's first unicorn company, Collibra. Stefan Odeurs, who is a name to note for private equity deals, heads up the practice, which also includes Pascal Vanden Borre and Dries Hommez.

Practice head(s):

Stefan Odeurs

Testimonials

The team has supported us well throughout the process, both in the SPA negotiations as well as the financing documentation.

The team involves other practices to give the client a full picture of the issue and resolution. Proactive attitude in anticipation of post-transaction tasks.

Problem-solving as opposed to problem-creating attitude in deals. Strong ability to develop creative angles to make a deal happen.’

Associate Willem Witters was outstanding with his knowledge of the file and work attitude and availability.

A unique combination of hard and soft skills across the organization – from associate to partner level.

Key clients

Bekaert

Alibaba Group

Brazilian controlling shareholders of AB InBev

CapitalG

Clayton, Dublier & Rice

Dossche Mills

GIMV

Kinepolis Group

McKinsey

Monument Re

Competition: Belgian law Tier 2

Stibbe has a first-rate reputation in cartel and abuse of dominance investigations brought by the BCA, as well as merger control matters. In addition, competition litigation is a forte of the practice. Practice head Peter Wytinck has a standout reputation for competition-related damages claims, having featured in a number of landmark cases. He also advises EU institutions in public procurement matters and is active in the state aid space. Wytinck and of counsel Tom Ruys are part of the team which is defending the Port of Antwerp in a state aid investigation and various court proceedings arising from its decision to grant a reduction on the compensation owed by PSA and Antwerp Gateway for not meeting minimum tonnage requirements. Wytinck and Ruys also represented Belgian Travel Organisation and Thomas Cook in two separate cartel investigations in Belgium. Senior associate Delphine Gillet is another recommended individual in the group.

Practice head(s):

Peter Wytinck

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

I like working with Peter Wytinck because he is straightforward and to the point. He also has a great sense of humour

Key clients

Sibelco

Schindler

Port of Antwerp

Bosch

Tessenderlo Chemie

Thomas Cook

MAN

Bekaert

D’Ieteren

Orbix

Metro/Makro

Port of Zeebrugge

VGG

Norkring

Employment Tier 2

Stibbe's 'pragmatic, focused and efficient' team is 'very knowledgeable and diligent but also very practical'. The practice takes in pensions work, collective bargaining, restructuring and collective dismissals. Advisory work also features in the group's workload. Elisabeth Matthys and the 'always calm' Jérôme Aubertin jointly lead the team.

Practice head(s):

Elisabeth Matthys; Jérôme Aubertin

Testimonials

This team works very well together‘.

Elisabeth Matthys – very commercial, extremely reactive and always provides excellent advice. Very popular with our clients. An extremely safe pair of hands‘.

Elisabeth Matthys is a very good lawyer and it is a pleasure to work with her‘.

Key clients

Swissport Cargo Services Belgium

Bridgestone Europe

Atos Belgium

Kinepolis

Industry focus: energy Tier 2

Stibbe handles M&A, project finance work, regulatory issues and disputes in the energy sector. The practice group has continued to grow its impressive client roster with notable additions including energy trading and management company Neas Energy and Norwegian hydropower company Statkraft; long-standing names include Elia System Operator, EDF Luminus and wind farm developer Storm. Practice head Frederik Vandendriessche focuses predominantly on regulatory mandates, while real estate lawyer Rony Vermeersch advises on renewable energy projects and contracts, and Jan Bouckaert assists with permit issues for nuclear and renewable energy projects. Senior associate Cedric Degreef is a name to note for commercial contracts and regulatory advice.

Practice head(s):

Frederik Vandendriessche

Testimonials

The team offers a unique combination of expertise and experience in energy law, including in technical areas (including grid codes), public procurement and contract law.

Frederik Vandendriessche is a master mind, combining sound judgment and creativity.

Cedric Degreef is an enthusiastic lawyer, working fast in a very structured way and offering great value for building your business on.

Key clients

Arcelor Mittal Energy

BNP Paribas Fortis

Centrica

CGNEE

Direct Energie

DNB BA

EDF Luminus

Elia System Operator

LRM

Neas Energy

OMV

Statkraft

Storm

Tractebel Engineering

Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences Tier 2

With IP expertise and 'excellent knowledge of life sciences legislation', Stibbe provides the full range of regulatory, commercial and contentious advice to its roster of pharmaceuticals, medical device and healthcare company clients. The group, which also leverages the firm's full service offering, is jointly led by Ignace Vernimme, who advises on contentious and non-contentious regulatory and IP matters; and patent litigator Philippe Campolini, who recently joined the practice from Simont Braun. 'Knowledgable and efficient' of counsel Manuel Campolini is another key name to note.

Practice head(s):

Ignace Vernimme; Philippe Campolini

Testimonials

Very competent team, very knowledgeable.

Great team, easy to work with and always deliver on time.

Of counsel Manuel Campolini is an excellent individual, a gentleman and a very good support.

Elisabeth Matthys is efficient and spot-in in her advice.

Key clients

Teoxane

Mylan

Celltrion Mundipharma

Corden Pharma

Eurotec

Genmab

Perrigo

ORA

ANMI

Novasep

UZ Leuven

Armonea

UZ Ghent

Cliniques de l’Europe

CHU Saint-Pierre

Industry focus: media and entertainment Tier 2

Stibbe handles a range of issues in the media and entertainment sector, with particular expertise in technology and digital matters. In recent highlights, the group advised Dice, a Swedish computer game developer, on the launch of a new online digital video streaming platform in Europe, and assisted Soundcloud with copyright and e-commerce issues. Practice head Erik Valgaeren handles mandates relating to IT, data protection, media and e-communications law, while Ignace Vernimme is the key name to note for IP matters.

Practice head(s):

Erik Valgaeren

Key clients

Microsoft-Skype

Norkring

Proximus

Google

Facebook

Zodiak

Cultuurconnect

Mediafin

DICE

Medialaan

Soundcloud

Time Warner

Massive Interactive Media

Kinepolis

National Lottery

Lucky Luke Group

Lagardère

Insolvency and restructuring Tier 2

Stibbe fields experts from its finance, corporate, restructuring, litigation, labour and tax practices to advise on the full spectrum of insolvency and restructuring matters. Practice head Paul Van der Putten and counsel Pieter Wouters handle restructuring issues and insolvency litigation, and also have experience acting as liquidators, while Oliver Stevens has particular expertise advising creditors (primarily banks and leasing companies) on cases of financial distress and insolvencies.

Practice head(s):

Paul Van der Putten

Testimonials

Very well-organized team composed of very competent people which allows them to cope with big amounts of work without that having an effect on quality or timing.

The team is, in our experience, head and shoulders above other firms in their experience and understanding of cross-border insolvency proceedings. They have also assisted us in contentious insolvency matters where they have unique experience in the Belgium courts.

Working with Oliver Stevens and Tobe Inghelbrecht is a pleasure even in very stressful circumstances. Advice is very clear and well-founded.

We have worked very closely with Pieter Wouters. He is extremely experienced in contentious matters and cross-border insolvency. His advice is always extremely commercial and sensible.’

Pieter Wouters is extremely experienced in contentious matters and cross-border insolvency. His advice is always extremely commercial and sensible.

Key clients

Creafund

Belgian State

Flemish Government

KBC

National Bank of Belgium

Immpact Vastgoed

Berivo

UK Administrators of Nortel Networks

TMF Group

Uniper

Elavon Financial Services

Medec Benelux

Flamant Acquisition

Vitare

Group D’Aucy

CLD Distribution

SolarRise

Insurance Tier 2

Stibbe draws upon strengths across multiple specialisms to handle every type of complex issue that its clients face. Oliver Stevens heads up the team, which is knowledgeable about areas such as life and non-life insurance, property insurance, strategic reinsurance and group insurance. The group advises on regulatory issues, IT projects, labour law and tax issues. Corporate work includes acquisitions and sales of insurance and reinsurance companies, transfers of portfolios and corporate reorganisations. The firm is also sought out in complex insurance and reinsurance disputes, including those before the Belgian Supreme Court. Stevens is leading a team, which is acting as policyholder's counsel to Brussels Airport Company on all contractual and insurance matters raised by the terrorist attacks in Brussels in 2016. Corporate partners Jan Peeters and Jan Bogaert also have experience of handling insurance-related matters for clients. Erik Valgaeren has expertise in IT law and data protection, among other areas.

Practice head(s):

Oliver Stevens

Other key lawyers:

Jan Peeters; Jan Bogaert; Erik Valgaeren; Jan Proesmans; Sophie Bourgois

Key clients

AXA Belgium

Belfius Bank

BNP Paribas Fortis

De Goudse

Delta Lloyd

Dexia

Generali

ING

Irish Life plc

KBC Bank

Monument Re

P&V Verzekeringen

Private equity Tier 2

The corporate finance team at Stibbe is particularly active in advising Belgian, Dutch and French funds on private equity transactions. The department counts Gimv and Sofindev on its client roster; in a matter led by Jan Bogaert, the group also assisted new client CapitalG with its €90m investment in Collibra. Other names to note include practice head Stefan Odeurs and Dries Hommez, who attract praise for being 'clearly focused on getting the deal done' and 'coming up with solutions, not problems'.

Practice head(s):

Stefan Odeurs

Testimonials

Very solution oriented. Clear and convincing argumentation and advice towards clients and counterparties. Close involvement of senior people.

Stefan Odeurs and Dries Hommez manage to build relations of confidence with the clients. Great fun to work with.

Assocaite Margaux Beyer always delivers output of the highest quality, even under difficult circumstances.

Key clients

Andera Partners

Beaver Visitec International

CapitalG

Creafund

Gilde Equity Management

Gimv

Investcorp

KKR

MBK Partners

Naxicap

Sofindev

Tristel

Aviation Tier 3

Stibbe's aviation group, which comprises environmental, corporate, public, employment and litigation specialists, has solid expertise in acting for a client base of government authorities, airports, and manufacturers in a range of contentious and non-contentious matters; aircraft ground handling work is a prominent area of instruction. David D’Hooghe is a key contact.

Practice head(s):

David D’Hooghe

Key clients

Brussels Airport Company

Belgocontrol

Tax Tier 3

Stibbe's Belgium-based tax team is integrated into a wider Benelux group, making the firm well placed to assist clients with a full range of domestic and cross-border tax matters. Team head Wim Panis is an expert in VAT and public sector taxation. In addition, his real estate sector expertise covers both direct and indirect taxes, and he has particular knowledge of Belgian REITs and real estate investment funds. Thierry Denayer has specialist expertise in domestic and cross-border compensation benefits for executives and pension schemes. Also notable is that the firm's tax litigation capabilities were strengthened by the arrivals of Henk Verstraete and three other practitioners from Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick in 2018. The group is also highly active in headline M&A/private equity, capital markets and finance transactions, as well as PPP projects. In one matter, Verstraete and recently promoted counsel Giovanni Smet assisted Spirit Aerosystems with its $650m acquisition of Asco Industries. Transfer pricing matters are another key workstream for the group, which also includes senior associate Lizelotte De Maeyer.

Practice head(s):

Wim Panis

Testimonials

Henk Verstraete is accessible, professional and has excellent knowledge of the topics we deal with

Key clients

ACCOR

Accent

AG Real Estate

BNP Paribas Fortis

Eurocommercial

The Flemish Government

ING

Japan Tobacco International

KBC Real Estate

ORA (Optimised Radiochemical Applications)

Proximus

Storm

Vertellus

Zodiak Belgium

KBC Asset Management Orior Europe

Distrilog

Industry focus: Transport Tier 4

Stibbe fields a multidisciplinary team, which advises clients in the infrastructure and transport sectors on a range of matters including public procurement issues, construction work, planning and permit mandates, regulatory challenges and environmental law issues. Names to note include public law expert Frederik Vandendriessche and real estate and construction specialist Rony Vermeersch.

From its main offices in Amsterdam, Brussels and Luxembourg, together with branch offices in Dubai,  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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Banking and Finance Wouter Ghijsels wouter.ghijsels@stibbe.com +32 2 533 54 73
Banking and Finance Marc Fyon marc.fyon@stibbe.com +32 2 533 53 25
Corporate and M&A Marc Fyon marc.fyon@stibbe.com
Corporate and M&A Jan Bogaert jan.bogaert@stibbe.com
Corporate and M&A Dries Hommez dries.hommez@stibbe.com
Corporate and M&A Pascal Vanden Borre pascal.vandenborre@stibbe.com
Corporate and M&A Stefan Odeurs stefan.odeurs@stibbe.com
Corporate and M&A Julien Bogaerts julien.bogaerts@stibbe.com
Commercial, corporate and M&A Jan Peeters jan.peeters@stibbe.com
Competition Peter Wytinck peter.wytinck@stibbe.com
Dispute resolution and arbitration Nicolas Résimont nicolas.resimont@stibbe.com
Dispute resolution and arbitration Oliver Stevens oliver.stevens@stibbe.com
Environment Jan Bouckaert jan.bouckaert@stibbe.com
Environment France Maussion france.maussion@stibbe.com
Fraud and white-collar crime Hans Van Bavel hans.vanbavel@stibbe.com
Healthcare and life sciences Ignace Vernimme ignace.vernimme@stibbe.com
Insolvency and restructuring Paul Van der Putten paul.vanderputten@stibbe.com
Insolvency and restructuring Dries Hommez dries.hommez@stibbe.com
Insolvency and restructuring Stefan Odeurs stefan.odeurs@stibbe.com
Insolvency and restructuring Jan Peeters jan.peeters@stibbe.com
Insolvency and restructuring Oliver Stevens oliver.stevens@stibbe.com
Insolvency and restructuring Pieter Wouters pieter.wouters@stibbe.com
Intellectual property Ignace Vernimme ignace.vernimme@stibbe.com
Employment and Benefits Jérôme Aubertin jerome.aubertin@stibbe.com
Employment and Benefits Elisabeth Matthys elisabeth.matthys@stibbe.com
Private equity Stefan Odeurs stefan.odeurs@stibbe.com
Private equity Dries Hommez dries.hommez@stibbe.com
Public Law David D'Hooghe david.dhooghe@stibbe.com
Public Law Bruno Lombaert bruno.lombaert@stibbe.com
Public Law Frederik Vandendriessche frederik.vandendriessche@stibbe.com
Public Law Nathanaelle Kiekens nathanaelle.kiekens@stibbe.com
Real estate and Construction Rony Vermeersch rony.vermeersch@stibbe.com
Real Estate and Construction Dries Hommez dries.hommez@stibbe.com
Real Estate and Construction France Maussion france.maussion@stibbe.com
Real Estate and Construction Nicoals Résimont nicolas.resimont@stibbe.com
Real estate and Construction Rudy Nauwelaerts rudy.nauwelaerts@stibbe.com
Tax Thierry Denayer thierry.denayer@stibbe.com
Tax Henk Verstraete henk.verstraete@stibbe.com
Tax Wim Panis wim.panis@stibbe.com
Sports Elisabeth Matthys elisabeth.matthys@stibbe.com
TMT , IT and data protection Erik Valgaeren erik.valgaeren@stibbe.com
Capital markets Pascal Vanden Borre pascal.vandenborre@stibbe.com
Capital markets Dries Hommez dries.hommez@stibbe.com
Capital markets Stefan Odeurs stefan.odeurs@stibbe.com
Capital markets Jan Peeters jan.peeters@stibbe.com
Construction Rony Vermeersch rony.vermeersch@stibbe.com
Commercial, Corporate and M&A Julien Bogaerts julien.bogaerts@stibbe.com
Tax Thierry Denayer thierry.denayer@stibbe.com
Tax Henk Verstraete henk.verstraete@stibbe.com
Compliance and Sanctions Hans Van Bavel hans.vanbavel@stibbe.com
Compliance and Sanctions Peter Wytinck peter.wytinck@stibbe.com
Corporate Fraud and Criminal Law Hans Van Bavel hans.vanbavel@stibbe.com
Corporate Investigations Nicolas Résimont nicolas.resimont@stibbe.com
Corporate Investigations Hans Van Bavel hans.vanbavel@stibbe.com
Data Protection Erik Valgaeren erik.valgaeren@stibbe.com
Environment and Planning Jan Bouckaert jan.bouckaert@stibbe.com
Environment and Planning France Maussion france.maussion@stibbe.com
EU Law, Competition and Regulation Peter Wytinck peter.wytinck@stibbe.com
Foreign Investments Jan Bogaert jan.bogaert@stibbe.com
Foreign Investments Stefan Odeurs stefan.odeurs@stibbe.co
Information Technology Erik Valgaeren erik.valgaeren@stibbe.com
Insurance and Reinsurance Stefan Odeurs stefan.odeurs@stibbe.com
Insurance and Reinsurance Jan Peeters jan.peeters@stibbe.com
Insurance and Reinsurance Oliver Stevens oliver.stevens@stibbe.com
Insurance and Reinsurance Paul Van der Putten paul.vanderputten@stibbe.com
Intellectual Property Ignace Vernimme ignace.vernimme@stibbe.com
Investment Management Dries Hommez dries.hommez@stibbe.com
Investment Management Stefan Odeurs stefan.odeurs@stibbe.com
Investment Management Jan Peeters jan.peeters@stibbe.com
Litigation and Dispute Resolution Nicolas Résimont nicolas.resimont@stibbe.com
Litigation and Dispute Resolution Oliver Stevens oliver.stevens@stibbe.com
Litigation and Dispute Resolution Hans Van Bavel hans.vanbavel@stibbe.com
Litigation and Dispute Resolution Paul Van der Putten paul.vanderputten@stibbe.com
Pensions Jérôme Aubertin jerome.aubertin@stibbe.com
Pensions David D'Hooghe david.dhooghe@stibbe.com
Pensions Bruno Lombaert bruno.lombaert@stibbe.com
Pensions Frederik Vandendriessche frederik.vandendriessche@stibbe.com
Procurement Law David D'Hooghe david.dhooghe@stibbe.com
Procurement Law Nathanaëlle Kiekens nathanaelle.kiekens@stibbe.com
Procurement Law Bruno Lombaert bruno.lombaert@stibbe.com
Procurement Law France Maussion france.maussion@stibbe.com
Procurement Law Frederik Vandendriessche frederik.vandendriessche@stibbe.com
Unfair Competition and Consumer Protection Peter Wytinck peter.wytinck@stibbe.com
White Collar Crime Hans Van Bavel hans.vanbavel@stibbe.com
Litigation and Dispute Resolution Nicolas Résimont nicolas.resimont@stibbe.com
Litigation and Dispute Resolution Oliver Stevens oliver.stevens@stibbe.com
Litigation and Dispute Resolution Hans Van Bavel hans.vanbavel@stibbe.com
Litigation and Dispute Resolution Paul Van der Putten paul.vanderputten@stibbe.com
Energy & Natural Resources Frederik Vandendriessche frederik.vandendriessche@stibbe.com
Investment Funds Jan Bogaert jan.bogaert@stibbe.com
Investment Funds Wouter Ghijsels wouter.ghijsels@stibbe.com
Investment Funds Dries Hommez dries.hommez@stibbe.com
Investment Funds Jan Peeters jan.peeters@stibbe.com
Private Equity Wouter Ghijsels wouter.ghijsels@stibbe.com
Private Equity Dries Hommez dries.hommez@stibbe.com
Private Equity Stefan Odeurs stefan.odeurs@stibbe.com
Private Equity Jan Peeters jan.peeters@stibbe.com
Private Equity Pascal Vanden Borre pascal.vandenborre@stibbe.com
TMT Erik Valgaeren erik.valgaeren@stibbe.com
Insolvency and Restructuring Dries Hommez dries.hommez@stibbe.com
Insolvency and Restructuring Stefan Odeurs stefan.odeurs@stibbe.com
Insolvency and Restructuring Jan Peeters jan.peeters@stibbe.com
Insolvency and Restructuring Oliver Stevens oliver.stevens@stibbe.com
Insolvency and Restructuring Paul Van der Putten paul.vanderputten@stibbe.com
Projects Jan Bouckaert jan.bouckaert@stibbe.com
Projects David D'Hooghe david.dhooghe@stibbe.com
Projects Nathanaelle Kiekens nathanaelle.kiekens@stibbe.com
Projects Bruno Lombaert bruno.lombaert@stibbe.com
Projects Rudy Nauwelaerts rudy.nauwelaerts@stibbe.com
Projects Nicolas Résimont nicolas.resimont@stibbe.com
Projects Frederik Vandendriessche frederik.vandendriessche@stibbe.com
Intellectual property Philippe Campolini philippe.campolini@stibbe.com
Healthcare and Life Sciences Philippe Campolini philippe.campolini@stibbe.com
Real Estate and Construction Matthias Maselis matthias.maselis@stibbe.com
Projects Matthias Maselis matthias.maselis@stibbe.com
Competition Sophie Van Besien sophie.vanbesien@stibbe.com
Compliance and Sanctions Sophie Van Besien sophie.vanbesien@stibbe.com
EU Law, Competition and Regulation Sophie Van Besien sophie.vanbesien@stibbe.com
Unfair Competition and Consumer Protection Sophie Van Besien sophie.vanbesien@stibbe.com
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Ian Arnouts  photo Mr Ian Arnouts Counsel
Mr Jérôme Aubertin  photo Mr Jérôme Aubertin Partner.
Mr Jan Bogaert  photo Mr Jan Bogaert Partner  
Mr Julien Bogaerts  photo Mr Julien Bogaerts Partner
Mr Jan Bouckaert  photo Mr Jan Bouckaert Partner.
 Philippe Campolini photo Philippe Campolini Partner
Mr Manuel Campolini  photo Mr Manuel Campolini Of Counsel
Ms Leen De Vuyst  photo Ms Leen De Vuyst Counsel  
Mr Dieter Demuynck  photo Mr Dieter Demuynck Counsel
Mr Olivier Di Giacomo  photo Mr Olivier Di Giacomo Counsel
Mr David D’Hooghe  photo Mr David D’Hooghe Partner.
Mr Marc Fyon  photo Mr Marc Fyon Partner.
Mr Wouter Ghijsels  photo Mr Wouter Ghijsels Partner.
Mr Patrick Goffaux  photo Mr Patrick Goffaux Of Counsel
Mr Dries Hommez  photo Mr Dries Hommez Partner.
Ms Nathanaelle Kiekens  photo Ms Nathanaelle Kiekens Partner
Mr Benoît Kohl  photo Mr Benoît Kohl Of Counsel
Mr Sebastien Leroy  photo Mr Sebastien Leroy Counsel
Mr Bruno Lombaert  photo Mr Bruno Lombaert Partner.
 Matthias Maselis photo Matthias Maselis Partner
Ms Irene Mathy  photo Ms Irene Mathy Counsel
Ms Elisabeth Matthys  photo Ms Elisabeth Matthys Partner.
Ms France Maussion  photo Ms France Maussion Partner.
Mr Rudy Nauwelaerts  photo Mr Rudy Nauwelaerts Partner.
Mr Stefan Odeurs  photo Mr Stefan Odeurs Partner.
Mr Wim Panis  photo Mr Wim Panis Partner.
Mr Jan Peeters  photo Mr Jan Peeters Managing Partner.
Mr Nicolas Résimont  photo Mr Nicolas Résimont Partner
Mr Tom Ruys  photo Mr Tom Ruys Of Counsel
Mr Giovanni Smet  photo Mr Giovanni Smet Senior Associate
Mr Audry Stevenart  photo Mr Audry Stevenart Counsel
Mr Oliver Stevens  photo Mr Oliver Stevens Partner
Mr Erik Valgaeren  photo Mr Erik Valgaeren Partner.
Mr Hans Van Bavel  photo Mr Hans Van Bavel Partner.
Ms Sophie Van Besien  photo Ms Sophie Van Besien Partner
Mr Paul Van der Putten  photo Mr Paul Van der Putten Partner.
Mr Pascal Vanden Borre  photo Mr Pascal Vanden Borre Partner.
Mr Frederik Vandendriessche  photo Mr Frederik Vandendriessche Partner.
Mr Rony Vermeersch  photo Mr Rony Vermeersch Partner.
Mr Ignace Vernimme  photo Mr Ignace Vernimme Partner.
Mr Henk Verstraete  photo Mr Henk Verstraete Partner
Mr Pieter Wouters  photo Mr Pieter Wouters Counsel
Mr Peter Wytinck  photo Mr Peter Wytinck Partner.
Number of lawyers Benelux : 365 lawyers
at this office : 141 lawyers
Dutch
English
French
German
Luxembourgish
Contact : Wouter Ghijsels (managing partner)
Other offices : Amsterdam
Other offices : Dubai
Other offices : London
Other offices : Luxembourg
Other offices : New York

As a reputable, international law firm with a proud history, 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 and we have defined clear principals to support it.

Our CSR contribution to society is rooted in effective legal advice and relevant pro bono work. Further to these areas, we are investing in a diverse and inclusive culture in which talented people can thrive regardless of gender and ethnicity. To ensure we attract and nurture this talent, we strive to create a diverse, inclusive and supportive culture in all our offices throughout the world. To this end, we work closely with universities, recruitment agencies and student bodies to create opportunities for them.

Each year we handle a number of pro bono cases which either have a profound social significance, or that address a fundamental legal principle. They also frequently involve complex issues of civil, administrative or human rights law.

These cases are handled free of charge or at significantly reduced rates and we are proud that our lawyers invest their time and energy to assist those who would otherwise be unable to receive such counsel.

Every year, our partners and associates continue to play an active role in various pro bono matters, taking on cases that make a real difference to individuals, and local and national organisations.

We also take responsibility towards our own people. We provide all members of our firm with the environment and the facilities that encourage them to develop their full potential. We also offer flexible work solutions so they can combine their practice with family life. We invest heavily in the personal and professional development of our people.

We use our means and abilities towards the communities in which we work and live: we engage in social, cultural and scientific sponsorship, supporting our local communities.

We provide financial and in-kind sponsorship of organisations dedicated to academia, the arts and the wellbeing of children. We feel it is both our duty and our privilege to return something to the communities in which we operate. This is why we sponsor cultural events, scientific pursuits and children in need. We not only provide financial support, but also share our knowledge and practical support through our active board membership of several NGOs.

We strive to a more sustainable environment. We are minimising our environmental impact and reducing our carbon footprint by embracing new technologies and inspiring people to continuously make conscious decisions on whether their behaviour would best fit an environmentally friendly approach. We installed energy saving technology, encourage our people and clients to use public transport and use IT and telecommunication technology to reduce commuting. We reimburse public transport costs to encourage everyone to use it.

By investing in state-of-the-art archiving and a digital work environment, we significantly reduce our paper usage.

Our new office building in Amsterdam is CO² neutral and we received a BREEAM Excellent quality mark from the Dutch Green Building Council.

Together, we want to ensure the legal profession in general, and our firm in particular, continues to contribute to a sustainable society. We will pursue each of our CSR values with the same drive we bring to our legal advice.


Stibbe is an independent international law firm with deep roots in its three home jurisdictions, i.e. in the Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxembourg. We have branch offices in Dubai, London and New York.

Team members from our offices often join their expertise to service our (often multinational) clients in a broad variety of practice areas. We are also closely connected with other top-tier law firms in jurisdictions around the world (“best friends-network”). This enables us to act as a “global coordinating counsel” in complex international transactions, arbitrages and projects.

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.