Firm Profile > Deloitte Legal > Zaventem, Belgium
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GATEWAY BUILDING, LUCHTAVEN NATIONAAL 1J
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At Deloitte Legal, over half of the 25-strong team focuses on banking and finance, with notable specialisms including the financing aspects of public capital exchange projects, structured finance/asset finance and commercial lending. The firm also has a strong track record handling some of the largest and most complex financial restructurings seen in Belgium. Advice on financial regulation is another key workstream, and the firm's ability to tap into the Deloitte network enable it to add value in the context of issues such as Solvency II and Basel III. In addition, a number of practitioners also have debt capital markets expertise, including partners Benoît Feron, David Roelens, Christoph Michiels and Emmanuel Leroux. The group is led by practice head Werner Van Lembergen, who worked with senior associates Laurent Godts and Jean-Philippe de Vinck to advise Radisson Hospitality and related group entities on various transactions relating to the restructuring of Radisson Group’s current financing arrangements in the context of its acquisition and its de-listing. Other clients of the practice include domestic and international financial institutions, institutional investors, public authorities, fintech companies and project developers.
‘They are hands-on, as if they were a member of your own team‘
‘Werner Van Lembergen and his team (including Laurent Godts and Jean-Philiippe de Vick, in particular) are excellent and extremely knowledgeable about the Belgian finance market. Werner has been around for a long time and has contacts at every major bank and institution, which makes him an invaluable partner to have in Belgium‘
‘We would highly recommend Werner van Lembergen and his associates, especially Laurent Godts. They are responsive and knowledgeable about both the law as well as the market background and context, which allows them to deliver speedy and commercially-aware advice‘
‘The team around Werner van Lembergen is one of the best for structured finance in Belgium. We regularly work with it and appreciate its skills, service orientation and experience‘
‘Werner Van Lembergen is a person you can trust, can be frank with and with whom you can directly work on the substance‘
‘Dynamic banking & finance team led by inspiring and driven partner. Key USP is the quality of its services as well as its entrepreneurial attitude‘
‘The Deloitte Legal team includes experienced lawyers and younger practitioners, who are active in a variety of finance transactions. It has the capacity to deliver advice and legal documentation in an efficient manner and with a business-oriented approach‘
ABN Amro Bank
Banque Degroof Petercam
CKV (Centrale Kredietverlening)
Crédit Agricole CIB
European Investment Bank (EIB)
Flemish Regional Government
I4B (Invest for Belgium)
Jan De Nul NV
Terberg Leasing Justlease
The Bank of New York Mellon
Ziekenhuis Netwerk Antwerpen
Tax Tier 2
Deloitte Legal fields a circa 56-strong tax department, which works closely with Deloitte Belgium, enabling clients to benefit from a full spread of legal and consultancy services. Annick Visschers heads up a specialist tax controversy group, which advises on voluntary disclosure, tax audits and negotiations with authorities, and represents clients in tax litigation. Also notable is that an advisory team jointly led by managing partner Danny Stas (a specialist in VAT in real estate and financing transactions) and corporate international tax expert Tim Wustenberghs assists clients with matters connected with inbound and outbound tax planning, reorganisations and the tax aspects of corporate transactions. In addition to acting for multinational companies, the firm also attracts a significant amount of wealth management work from ultra-high net worth individuals and families; Mathieu Ex and Caroline Costermans co-head the private client team. Eric von Frenckell and Filip Smet are other names to note at the firm, which recently provided support to the European Parliament on a study concerning the protection of EU financial interests on customs and VAT.
‘Deloitte Legal has a strong team, whose excellent, in-depth technical knowledge is combined with a very pragmatic and solution-oriented approach. Mathieu Ex is an absolute tier one private wealth adviser. His technical knowledge is impeccable, but it’s his human approach that sets him apart from other advisers‘
‘I worked with Bart Verdickt, and found that he was a very good listener, capable, proactive and seemed lead the associates he was working with well. He was also a gifted communicator with other members of my legal team. It was a very positive experience and I would love to work with him again in the future‘
Johnson & Johnson
Kuwait Petroleum Corporation
Antwerp World Diamond Centre
ID&T (Tomorrowland organiser)
The corporate and M&A team at Deloitte (formerly Laga) handles a range of mid-market transactions, venture capital work and corporate and governance advice, and has been particular active assisting biotech and clean tech companies and family-run businesses. Practice head David Roelens, who splits his time between Brussels and Ghent, has a breadth of experience in M&A, private equity and venture capital work and is often instructed by Belgian real estate investment trusts. Other key names to note include Brussels-based corporate and capital markets specialist Benoît Feron, and Emmanuel Leroux in Ghent, who is highlighted for his corporate governance and advisory work.
‘Apart from their obvious expertise and experience, the team makes great efforts to have thorough knowledge about their client’s organisation and actual business culture, which enables them to advise and assist in a very effective manner.‘
‘David Roelens is a highly intelligent deal maker who very quickly understands his client’s actual needs in a particular transaction which enables him to step in at any time and act effectively.‘
Ports of Antwerp & Zeebrugge
Bank Degroof Petercam
Marfo Food Group BV
Sweco Belgium NV
Dispute resolution Tier 3
The 'excellent' team at Deloitte is 'highly qualified in tax litigation'. Other areas of strength for the group include commercial, IP and TMT disputes, which the department handles for a broad client roster. Jürgen Egger and Annick Visschers are key contacts in the practice.
‘Annick Visschers is an excellent lawyer, especially highly qualified in tax litigation‘.
Employment Tier 3
Recent work for Deloitte's employment practice includes restructuring matters, individual and collective dismissals and employee benefits. Practice head Stijn Demeestere is 'very professional, reliable and efficient'. Julien Hick is a key contact.
Ghent University Hospital
Fraud and white-collar crime Tier 3
The business criminal law practice at Deloitte (formerly Laga) has particular experience advising on tax-related fraud, economic crime and money laundering offences, as well as assisting with criminal law compliance issues and implementing appropriate risk management procedures. Jürgen Egger heads up the practice and represents domestic and international clients in the civil and criminal courts.
Industry focus: Transport Tier 3
Deloitte’s multidisciplinary transport and logistics sector practice group combines ‘very good knowledge of the industry’ with corporate, commercial and regulatory experience. Kathleen De hornois, who is based in Brussels and focuses on public law, regulatory issues and permit work, heads up the team alongside Antwerp-based corporate and M&A specialists Marc Van tieghem and Tim Baart.
De Vlaamse Waterweg
NMBS / SNCB
Port of Antwerp
North Sea Port (previously Port of Ghent)
Vlaamse overheid – Departement Mobiliteit en Openbare Werken
Port of Zeebruges
Real estate and construction Tier 3
Recent highlights for the team at Deloitte include assisting bpost with the €80.5m sale and lease-swap transaction for the Centre Monnaie building in Brussels, following its purchase by Whitewood for redevelopment. Maximillien van de Werve is the name to note.
Deloitte Legal > Firm Profile
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.
|Managing Partner||Danny Stas|
|Head of Banking and finance||Werner Van Lembergen|
|Head of Commercial||Jürgen Egger|
|Head of Corporate and M&A||David Roelens|
|Head of Employment, Pensions and Benefits||Stijn Demeestere|
|Head of EU Competition and EU Regulatory||Hendrik Viaene|
|Head of Greenille Private Client||Alain Laurent Verbeke|
|Head of Public, Regulatory and Permits||Kathleen De hornois|
|Head of Real Estate||Maximilien van de Werve|
|Head of Tax Advisory (Global Business Tax)||Tim Wustenberghs|
|Head of Tax Advisory (VAT)||Danny Stas|
|Head of Tax Dispute Resolution||Annick Visschers|
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Staff FiguresQualified Bar-admitted lawyers : 150
LanguagesDutch French English German Italian
MembershipsDeloitte Legal global network
OtherHeadquarters : Zaventem Other offices : Antwerp Other offices : Ghent Other offices : Kortrijk Other offices : Woluwé (Brussels)
As part of our inclusion strategy, fostering a diverse environment is key to achieving our purpose of making an impact that matters. Fostering inclusion is one of Deloitte’s shared values and we recognize that our diversity represents an enormous opportunity to steer our firm in the right direction. We are committed to upholding gender-balance and respecting and supporting the rights of our LGBTI colleagues and harnessing the power of different perspectives and styles.
To foster the right attitudes we have put in place firm wide diversity initiatives, which are built upon six pillars:
- Building the right culture by communication clearly on what is important and what the value-added is to the organisation as a whole;
- Working towards an equal intake of men / women when recruiting;
- Making sure that our performance management is bias-free and focuses on impact;
- Increasing engagement levels through our top-notch coaching, mentoring & sponsorship programs;
- Helping people be at their best by offering them flexible working conditions; and
- Constant monitoring from within our national, BU & Industry decision-making bodies.
We are proud to foster a professional culture where our people treat each other with respect, courtesy, and fairness, promoting equal opportunity for all. We aim to create diverse and inclusive working environments that address individual needs and allow our people to build upon their unique strengths.
We do not tolerate harassment or unfair discrimination in our working environments. Our Global Code articulates the standards to which we all must hold ourselves responsible, wherever in the world we live and work.
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