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Deloitte Legal > The Legal 500 Rankings
Tax Tier 2
Deloitte Legal's practice is praised for its 'good and solid advisory work'. The team includes managing partner Danny Stas, who has expertise in the VAT aspects of finance and real estate transactions, and corporate international tax expert Tim Wustenberghs. Private client work forms a core pillar of the practice, with Mathieu Ex and director Caroline Costermans leading the advice to businesses, families and high-net-worth individuals on the tax aspects of wealth management. On the contentious side, Annick Visschers is a key individual in the tax controversy group, which handles tax litigation and tax risk management, among other areas. Director Filip Smet is also recommended for contentious work.
Danny Stas; Tim Wustenberghs; Annick Visschers; Mathieu Ex; Caroline Costermans
Other key lawyers:
‘Caroline Costermans is very pleasant to work with‘.
Johnson & Johnson
Werner Van Lembergen leads the team at Deloitte Legal, which is well known for advising on financial restructurings, commercial finance transactions and regulatory matters, among other areas. The client roster includes public authorities, domestic and international financial institutions, real estate entities and automotive sector companies. Director Laurent Godts, senior associate Jean-Philippe de Vinck and associate Maxim Arrazola de Oñate are key contacts.
Werner Van Lembergen
Other key lawyers:
Laurent Godts; Jean-Philippe de Vinck; Maxim Arrazola de Oñate
ABN Amro Bank
Crédit Agricole CIB
Tikehau Investment Management
European Investment Bank (EIB)
Xior Student Housing
Deloitte Legal offers legal and tax expertise in domestic and cross-border mid-market M&A and private equity deals, as well as debt and equity capital markets transactions. In the venture capital sphere, its team is particularly active in matters with a nexus to the biotech and cleantech industries. Elsewhere, other mainstays of the practice include advice on corporate restructurings and governance issues. Director Kristof Maresceau was involved in the drafting of the new Belgian Companies Code. Another notable individual is Tim Baart, who was among the advisers to Cartamundi on its acquisition of the United States Playing Card Company. David Roelens is the head of the practice.
Other key lawyers:
Benoît Feron; Christoph Michiels; Emmanuel Leroux; Marc Van tieghem; Tim Baart; Rik Galle; Kristof Maresceau
‘The team is outstanding in understanding the client’s DNA and adapts quickly to the preferred way of working, which enables a smooth collaboration in which in-house and external legal advisers overlap.‘
Ports of Antwerp & Zeebrugge
LRD (Leuven Research and Development – tech transfer office of KUL – Catholic University of Leuven)
Marfo Food Group BV
Sweco Belgium NV
Royal Boskalis Westminster
Vebego International BV
Xior Student Housing
Employment Tier 3
Stijn Demeestere leads the team at Deloitte Legal, whose recent workload has covered employee benefits, collective dismissals and restructuring mandates. Director Julien Hick and senior associate Thomas De Donder are also names to note.
Other key lawyers:
Julien Hick; Thomas De Donder
‘Julien Hick is extremely knowledgeable in everything employment or labour related. He is a straight-talker and very pragmatic, cognisant of business reality‘.
‘Excellent combination of legal employment knowledge and pragmatic approach‘.
Ghent University Hospital
Fraud and white-collar crime Tier 3
Deloitte's business criminal law and tax controversy department advises on economic crime or money laundering matters, with a private and corporate client roster featuring financial institutions, investment entities and real estate developers. Antwerp-based practice co-head Jürgen Egger is known for handling criminal proceedings before regulatory bodies, including the banking commission (FSMA), while fellow co-heads Annick Visschers and Johan Speecke – based in Brussels and Kortrijk, respectively – specialise in tax risk management, litigation and recovery between them.
Jürgen Egger; Annick Visschers; Johan Speecke
Industry focus: Energy Tier 3
The 'proactive and responsive' multidisciplinary offering at Deloitte (rebranded from Laga) typically advises local governments, domestic transmission and distribution system operators, and renewable energy project developers on regulatory, transactional and M&A matters. Public sector and contracts specialist Kathleen De hornois heads the team, while senior associate Dominique Vanherck is also recognised as 'a good project manager' on cases concerning new development permits – particularly for electricity lines.
Kathleen De hornois
Other key lawyers:
‘A solution-provider. You notice the strength of having all knowledge under one rooftop.‘
‘The team is proven to have very good sector knowledge, being proactive and responsive with a multidisciplinary service offering.‘
‘A clear way of working. I mainly work together with Dominique Vanherck and she always wants to understand the goals of the action very well. And afterwards we always get what we ask. There is really a lot of knowledge present. Also the information is very well communicated internally, so that you don’t get the same questions over and over.‘
‘Senior associate Dominique Vanherck is a good project manager. She is on top of things.‘
Jan De Nul
Gore Street Energy Storage Fund PLC
The Deloitte Legal life sciences and healthcare practice leverages its multi-disciplinary expertise in corporate, commercial and data protection cases, with a particular venture capital and EU regulatory focus. Christel Brion and Christoph Michiels co-head the team; Brion advises pharmaceutical clients on clinical studies, market compliance and IP litigation, while Michiels assists biotech and medtech start-ups and scale-ups through the course of various financial issues and equity investment rounds.
Christel Brion; Christoph Michiels
ProDigest, MRM Health, MRM Technologies
Industry focus: Transport Tier 3
Deloitte benefits from a multi-disciplinary transport and logistics practice group which also has experience in the port and harbour sector. It leverages Brussels-based Kathleen De hornois' public law experience to advise on implementing legislation, the setting up of regional mobility plans and infrastructure projects for the Flemish government. Antwerp-based duo Marc Van tieghem and Tim Baart also offer advice on corporate agreements, M&A and financial reorganisations.
Kathleen De hornois; Marc Van tieghem; Tim Baart
De Vlaamse Waterweg (previously Waterwegen en Zeekanaal and De Scheepvaart)
Vlaamse overheid – Departement Mobiliteit en Openbare Werken (Department of Mobility and Public Works)
Agentschap voor Maritieme Dienstverlening en Kust (Flemish Agency for Maritime and Coastal Services)
Real estate and construction Tier 3
Deloitte Legal's 'pragmatic' team undertakes a broad cross-section of real estate work for clients; recent mandates included high-value transactions, as well as development projects. The group has a strong profile among investors, developers and public institutions. Maximillien van de Werve ('a real dealmaker') heads up the department. Kathleen De hornois is a key name for PPP matters.
Maximilien van de Werve
Other key lawyers:
Kathleen De hornois
‘Very good balance between a practical approach and theoretical knowledge in order to reach an effective solution. They are able to meet their deadlines, even if those are very short‘.
Xior Student Housing
The Flemish Region
Dispute resolution Tier 4
Tax litigation forms the backbone of Deloitte Legal's practice, which has also been kept busy handling disputes for clients in the manufacturing, transport and financial sectors, among others. Jürgen Egger and Annick Visschers are key names.
Jürgen Egger; Annick Visschers
Deloitte Legal's IT and IP department is headed by commercial and criminal law expert Jürgen Egger in Antwerp, alongside Ghent-based director Matthias Vierstraete. Matter highlights involve the integration and launch of new platforms – including moves to cloud set-ups – data life cycle management and cybersecurity incidents.
Jürgen Egger; Matthias Vierstraete
Het Domein Bokrijk VZW
Van de Wiele
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|
|Mr Tim Baart||Tim is a corporate M&A partner and trusted advisor for various dynamic…||View Profile|
|Mr Alexander Baert||Alexander is a Director in the Tax Dispute Resolution Team. He advises…||View Profile|
|Ms Sofie Bontinck||Sofie is a Director in the Employment, pensions and benefits team and…||View Profile|
|Mrs Christel Brion||Christel is a Director in the Commercial team. She specialises in IP/IT and…||View Profile|
|Mrs Hélène Casman||Hélène is a member of the private client team within Laga. She…||View Profile|
|Mrs Caroline Costermans||Caroline is a Director in the Greenille Private Client team and focuses on…||View Profile|
|Prof Luc De Broe||Luc is Of Counsel in the Tax Dispute Resolution and Tax Advisory…||View Profile|
|Ms Kathleen De hornois||Kathleen is head of the Public, regulatory and permits team and is…||View Profile|
|Mr Stijn Demeestere||Stijn Demeestere heads the firm’s Employment, pensions and benefits team.||View Profile|
|Mr Jürgen Egger||Jürgen heads the Commercial, IP/ICT and Business Criminal law practices. He also…||View Profile|
|Mr Nicolas Engelmann||Nicolas is Director in the Global Business Tax team of lawyers within…||View Profile|
|Mr Mathieu Ex||Mathieu is a tax partner in the Greenille Private Clients team since…||View Profile|
|Mr Benoît Féron||Benoît is Partner in Deloitte Legal’s Corporate and M&A team of lawyers.…||View Profile|
|Mr Rik Galle||Rik is a Director in the Corporate and M&A department. He specialises…||View Profile|
|Mr Joaquim Heirman||Joaquim is a Director at Deloitte Legal, specialising in all VAT matters.…||View Profile|
|Mr Julien Hick||Julien is a Director in Deloitte Legal’s Employment, Pensions and Benefits team…||View Profile|
|Mr Emmanuel Leroux||Emmanuel is a Director in the Corporate and M&A department. He focuses…||View Profile|
|Mrs Patrizia Macaluso||Patrizia is a Director in Conflict Handling within the Greenille Private Client…||View Profile|
|Mr Kristof Maresceau||Kristof is a Director mainly specialising in (cross-border) corporate law. He advises…||View Profile|
|Mr Christoph Michiels||Christoph is a Partner in the Corporate and M&A department. His work…||View Profile|
|Mrs Nancy Muyshondt||Nancy is a Director in Deloitte Legal’s Tax Advisory team of lawyers.…||View Profile|
|Mr Robert Neyt||Robert Neyt is a Director in the tax advisory team. Robert has…||View Profile|
|Mr David Roelens||David Roelens is head of the Corporate and M&A practice. David’s practice…||View Profile|
|Mr Filip Smet||Filip is a Director in the Tax Dispute Resolution team within Deloitte…||View Profile|
|Mr Johan Speecke||Johan is a partner in the Tax Dispute Resolution team and is…||View Profile|
|Mr Danny Stas||Danny is managing partner of Deloitte Legal – Lawyers and is head…||View Profile|
|Mr Frederik Swennen||Frederik is member of the Greenille Private Clients team at Deloitte Legal.…||View Profile|
|Mme Anne Tilleux||Anne Tilleux is a partner in the Corporate and M&A practice. She…||View Profile|
|Mrs Lara Trawinski||Lara is a Director in Deloitte Legal’s Corporate and M&A team of…||View Profile|
|Mr Werner Van Lembergen||Werner heads the banking and finance practice. He has extensive experience in…||View Profile|
|Mr Marc Van tieghem||Marc is a Partner in the Corporate-M&A department. He has a broad…||View Profile|
|Mr Frank Vanbiervliet||Frank is a Director in the Tax Dispute Resolution team. He specialises…||View Profile|
|Prof Dr Alain-Laurent Verbeke||Alain-Laurent is a Partner in the Greenille Private Client team. Alain-Laurent specialises…||View Profile|
|Mr Bart Verdickt||Bart is a Director in the Greenille Private Clients team at Deloitte…||View Profile|
|Mrs Jasmijn Verraes||Jasmijn is a Director in the Commercial team of lawyers at Deloitte…||View Profile|
|Mr Hendrik Viaene||Hendrik is head of the Competence Centre European Law||View Profile|
|Ms Annick Visschers||Annick is head of the Tax Dispute Resolution team. She specialises in…||View Profile|
|Mr Tim Wustenberghs||Tim is partner in the Tax advisory team. His main focus is…||View Profile|
|Mr Maximillien van de Werve||Maximilien is head partner of the Real estate practice. His practice covers…||View Profile|
|Mr Eric von Frenckell||Eric is a Partner in the tax advisory team. He focuses on…||View Profile|
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)
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To foster the right attitudes we have put in place firm wide diversity initiatives, which are built upon six pillars:
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