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Deloitte Legal

Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 2

Deloitte Legal's team of 'experienced and dedicated lawyers' is equally capable in domestic and cross-border banking, finance and debt capital markets matters; 'it explains local law issues in clear, commercially relevant terms' and also has 'a good understanding of the London market'. In addition, the firm's position in the Deloitte member firm network enables it to add value in relation to financial regulatory advice (including Basel III, Solvency II and Eurostat/ESR), and also the tax aspects of complex transactions. The 'extremely well-connected' Werner Van Lembergen, who leads the team, is 'responsive, pragmatic and consistently impresses instructing solicitors and clients alike'. The group is particularly active in public sector capital expenditure financings; Van Lembergen is acting for the hospitals network of Antwerp on a complex debt restructuring of more than €700m. He is also working with senior associate Laurent Godts and others to advise the European Investment Bank on various financings; recent work included assisting the client with the provision of finance to Biocartis to finance investments in research and development (including industrialisation) and commercialisation of infectious diseases diagnostics solutions. Elsewhere, the firm assists clients with acquisition finance transactions and high-yield bond issuances, among other matters.

Fraud and white-collar crime Tier 2

Deloitte Legal assists corporations, public institutions, NGOs and private clients from a wide spectrum of sectors with economic crime, money laundering, corporate criminal matters and fraud, with particular strength in handling tax fraud offences. Jürgen Egger is the key name for the business crime practice.

Tax Tier 2

Deloitte Legal provides an array of tax solutions to its clients. It has a highly-rated tax advisory team, which is co-led by VAT specialist Danny Stas and international tax expert Tim Wustenberghs, and provides a wide range of services to Belgian and international corporates, and various other clients. It covers international tax planning, corporate transactions, reorganisations and negotiations of tax rulings. In addition to acting for clients on a standalone basis, it also works closely with Deloitte Belgium's tax department, enabling clients to benefit from the full scope of legal and consultancy advice. Elsewhere, Mathieu Ex  and others provide bespoke wealth structuring and wealth management advice to ultra high-net-worth individuals and families, while Annick Visschers heads up the tax controversy team. In a recent development, Nancy Muyshondt made partner. Filip Smet and Alexander Baert are notable senior associates.

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3

Deloitte Legal's corporate practice 'stands out' particularly for its team's 'availability and thorough knowledge'. David Roelens — who is highlighted for his ability to 'think outside of the box' — heads up the team and recently led advice to Dovesco on the leveraged buy-out of Afix Group. In another work highlight, Marc Van Tieghem led a team that assisted the Port of Ghent with its merger with Zeeland Seaports and the creation of North Sea Port. Other key names to note include Benoît Féron, Christoph Michiels and Tim Baart.

Dispute resolution Tier 3

Jürgen Egger leads the team at Deloitte Legal, which has established strength in handling business, commercial, TMT and IP litigation for a wide range of clients, including Lehman Brothers. Tax litigation expert Annick Visschers is another name to note.

Employment Tier 3

Stijn Demeestere's practice at Deloitte Legal has been busy handling compliance matters, restructuring and contentious work, among other areas. Julien Hick  is also noted.

Real estate and construction Tier 3

'Very detailed and precise', Deloitte Legal’s real estate team has been very active in handling work for developer clients, with acquisition matters prominent in the group's workload. The client base includes the European Commission, Bpost, Citibank, AXA and Triple Living. Maximillien van de Werve is the key name in the practice.

The firm: When you take on an important business challenge, don’t go at it alone. Laga’s team of talented lawyers have built a reputation by delivering outstanding services to clients, day in, day out. It assembles the best teams around client projects. Teams that go beyond what others think possible: beyond technical expertise, beyond just rational advice, beyond the traditional. Teams with the ability to reach even further – thanks to their access to Deloitte, the world’s leading professional services firm, and to a global network of top law firms. Teams that bring refreshing insights and that know how to take a clear, firm stand with the most complex problems. This, the firm is proud to say, is what makes it Laga.

Laga’s mission: as an organisation, the firm is committed to several goals that underpin its overall approach to how it does business: the firm provide clients with professional service of the highest calibre combining technical excellence, commercial judgement and responsiveness. Laga abides by the highest standards of professional and ethical conduct. It cares about clients, always seeking to understand and focus on their needs. The firm operates in a team-based environment, nurturing a culture of collegiality to the benefit of its clients and professionals.

Areas of practice: Banking and finance: the department consists of nearly 15 qualified lawyers, with a practice focus on all aspects of banking, project and structured finance, syndicate lending, debt capital markets and debt restructurings and financial law. The team provides a full range of services in connection with banking and securities law and is involved in complex Belgian and cross-border financing transactions as well as advisory work.

Business criminal law: as most commercial and corporate legislation contains criminal sanctions, Laga’s commercial law team has developed specific expertise in fraud and white-collar crime. It advises on criminal law compliance and implements appropriate risk management procedures, often in close collaboration with forensic auditors.

Commercial: Laga’s commercial law team has built specific know-how in a myriad of industries, ranging from manufacturing, retail and logistics to chemical, automotive, construction, healthcare and TMT. For many engagements, its lawyers have successfully teamed up with professionals from other disciplines. This has enabled the firm to provide business-oriented advice that takes into account all relevant angles.

Corporate – M&A: Laga has a thriving corporate law, M&A and private equity practice with a wide range of clients and a wealth of expertise. It advises international and domestic clients in share and assets acquisitions, (leveraged) buyouts, divestitures, IPO’s, equity and debt capital markets, funds formations, mergers and company reorganisations. The team advises and supports clients in strategy planning through due diligence, contract drafting and negotiation and post-closing integration, ensuring the deal is handled efficiently and successfully.

Dispute resolution: Laga’s dispute resolution team has represented corporate and private clients in many high-profile court and arbitration cases. Still, the primary objective of its lawyers is to avoid disputes and to look for settlement options that best suit clients’ needs. Only if no amicable solution can be reached, its lawyers will use their broad experience and skillset to safely navigate through litigation.

Employment, pensions and benefits: the team at Laga helps clients with all legal issues in connection with HR. It consists of about 15 lawyers, focusing on different areas of expertise.

Private client: the private client practice is a dedicated team of 25 lawyers working for high-net-worth individuals and families. Laga offers full service advice and assistance in all dimensions of wealth: family, business, assets and passions, and builds bridges between these dimensions to ensure a balance across generations.

Public law, regulatory and permits: the firm advises and represents both public authorities and corporate entities in connection with all aspects of public law. The team is highly experienced at advising on public and administrative policies, to ensure that internal decisions and procedures are legally sound. Where enforcement action is taken, or a legal challenge needs to be made, the firm can give a rapid and clear assessment of the options and the risks involved.

Real estate: the real estate team has extensive experience in all aspects of property development, acquisition, restructuring, and portfolio management together with property financing and refinancing (CMBS). In co-operation with the public law, regulatory and permits and tax teams, the real estate practice covers all legal issues of property transactions.

Tax: the tax team provides top fiscal advisory services to Belgian and multinational corporate entities as well as private individuals. The practice has extensive expertise as general tax advisor to numerous companies thereby assisting them with their (inbound) investments, reorganisations, holding activities, planning for new and proposed regulations, and financing structures. Moreover, Laga helps companies implement practical, innovative strategies to better manage taxes and earnings and to enhance cash flow so they can focus on growing their business.

Department Name Email Telephone
Banking and finance Werner Van Lembergen
Business criminal law Jürgen Egger
Commercial law Jürgen Egger
Corporate – M&A David Roelens
Dispute resolution Jürgen Egger
Employment, pensions and benefits Stijn Demeestere
Private Client Alain Laurent Verbeke
Public law, regulatory and permits Kathleen De hornois
Real estate Maximilien van de Werve
Tax Danny Stas
Tax Annick Visschers
Tax Tim Wustenberghs
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Tim Baart  photo Mr Tim Baart
Ms Sofie Bontinck  photo Ms Sofie Bontinck
Mrs Hélène Casman  photo Mrs Hélène Casman
Prof Luc De Broe  photo Prof Luc De Broe
Ms Kathleen De hornois  photo Ms Kathleen De hornois
Mr Stijn Demeestere  photo Mr Stijn Demeestere
Mr Jürgen Egger  photo Mr Jürgen Egger
Mr Mathieu Ex  photo Mr Mathieu Ex
Mr Benoît Féron  photo Mr Benoît Féron
Mr Rik Galle  photo Mr Rik Galle
Mr Emmanuel Leroux  photo Mr Emmanuel Leroux
Mr Christoph Michiels  photo Mr Christoph Michiels
Mr Robert Neyt  photo Mr Robert Neyt
Mr David Roelens  photo Mr David Roelens
Mr Johan Speecke  photo Mr Johan Speecke
Mr Danny Stas  photo Mr Danny Stas
Mr Frederik Swennen  photo Mr Frederik Swennen
Mme Anne Tilleux  photo Mme Anne Tilleux
Mr Werner Van Lembergen  photo Mr Werner Van Lembergen
Mr Marc Van tieghem  photo Mr Marc Van tieghem
Mr Frank Vanbiervliet  photo Mr Frank Vanbiervliet
Mr Wim Vandenberghe  photo Mr Wim Vandenberghe
Prof Dr Alain-Laurent Verbeke  photo Prof Dr Alain-Laurent Verbeke
Mr Hendrik Viaene  photo Mr Hendrik Viaene
Ms Annick Visschers  photo Ms Annick Visschers
Mr Tim Wustenberghs  photo Mr Tim Wustenberghs
Mr Maximillien van de Werve  photo Mr Maximillien van de Werve
Mr Eric von Frenckell  photo Mr Eric von Frenckell
Number of lawyers : 150
Deloitte Legal global network
Other offices : Antwerp
Other offices : Gent
Other offices : Kortrijk
Other offices : Woluwé (Brussels)
Other offices : Zaventem (Brussels, HQ)

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