Firm Profile > AKD > Brussels, Belgium
Rue des Colonies / Koloniënstraat 56-3
AKD > The Legal 500 Rankings
Industry focus: Retail Tier 1
AKD is most active in retail property work from both a transactional and litigation perspective, but also handles corporate and M&A and supply-related matters for its clients. Department head Steven Ongena, who is best known for his real estate practice, and counsel Pol Cools are also active in drawing up franchise agreements to align with EU competition law, as well as advising on consumer protection standards and distribution claims. Recent work includes assisting landlords and tenants with the payment of rent obligations during the Covid-19 crisis.
Other key lawyers:
‘During the first weeks of the Covid-19 lockdown, AKD’s retail team was there for us, even when the lawyers were out-of-office due to governmental restrictions. They provided legal advice, but also went beyond that and proposed practical – rather than simply legal – solutions for the issues at hand.’
Hilfiger Stores Belgium (PVH group)
Calvin Klein Stores Belgium (PVH group)
IMDC (brand “Grain de Malice”)
AKD's 'well-structured' IT, IP and data protection practice advises telecoms operators, cloud providers and parties seeking AI licences on a range of telecoms regulatory and digital security matters. Headed by Paul Van den Bulck, who has experience across the transactional and disputes space, it also assists on corporate and M&A-related investments.
Paul Van den Bulck
‘We are appreciative of lawyers who not only know their business well but also have experience of the software industry, are responsive and can quickly adapt to the needs of our business – such that they are almost a part of our company while they represent us – and have the resolve to provide us with the most appropriate and high-quality advice and guidance. We have not found many lawyers that consistently meet all those criteria; Paul Van den Bulck of AKD, though, is one that does.’
‘Good teamwork, well structured, can handle multiple cases.’
Partena Guichet d’Entreprises
ING (ING Corporate Investments)
Kerridge Commercial Systems
IP Nexia (Luxembourg)
@Leisure Group (Belvilla)
Institut Belge des Services postaux et des télécommunications (IBPT)
IP Nexia (Belgium)
Partena Secretariat Social
Centre de Médiation et d’Arbitrage de Paris
Real estate and construction Tier 4
AKD has a strong track record handling large-scale relocation projects for clients, as well as excelling in contentious and transactional work. It has had a notable increase in mandates with a nexus to the logistics sector. The client base includes investment entities and international retail companies. The 'knowledgeable' Steven Ongena and Simon Ceulemans (who 'knows all aspects of commercial real estate') jointly lead the department, in which counsel Pol Cools is another key contact.
Steven Ongena; Simon Ceulemans
Other key lawyers:
‘Professional, knowledgeable and friendly, calm team‘.
‘AKD has a very good real estate and construction practice team‘.
‘Simon Ceulemans is commercial and focussed on a niche of the real estate market in which very few lawyers of his age are as skilled as he is‘.
AKD > Firm Profile
AKD is a leading Benelux law firm with offices in Brussels, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. With a team of 470 committed lawyers, tax lawyers and staff, it delivers high quality legal services based on a full-service approach. Its client base varies from large multinational companies to family-owned businesses, from financial institutions to high net worth individuals, and from the semi-public sector to listed entities.
From our Brussels office, our firm is perfectly positioned to assist any company in the Benelux that is doing business with the rest of the world, or companies from, for example, Asia or the US that are, or want to be, active in the Benelux.
We provide our clients with Belgian, Dutch and Luxembourg legal and tax advice with regard to, for example, corporate and M&A, real estate, IP, ICT, data privacy and security and commercial litigation.
|EU Law, Procurement Law & Competition||Pieter Kuypersfirstname.lastname@example.org||+31 88 253 5083|
|Banking & Finance||Hubert André-Dumontemail@example.com||+32 2 629 4260|
|Corporate/M&A||Timothy Speelmanfirstname.lastname@example.org||+32 2 629 42 54|
|Tax||Werner Heyvaertemail@example.com||+32 2 629 42 88|
|IP & IP/Data protection & Privacy||Paul van den Bulckfirstname.lastname@example.org||+32 2 629 42 39|
|Real estate and Construction||Steven Ongenaemail@example.com||+32 2 629 42 28|
|Real estate||Simon Ceulemansfirstname.lastname@example.org||+32 2 629 4250|
|Real estate and Construction||Pol Coolsemail@example.com||+32 2 629 42 16|
|Employment & Pensions||Julien Hickfirstname.lastname@example.org||+32 2 629 4253|
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We believe that everyone working at AKD will only get the best out of themselves if they are allowed to be themselves. That is why we are an equal opportunity employer and are committed to providing an open, diverse, safe and inclusive environment.
AKD is a place where people, regardless of race, religion, gender, gender expression, age, national origin, disability, marital status or sexual orientation, can thrive and reach their full potential.
AKD has joined nearly 100 leading companies and 35 other law firms in subscribing to the Equal in Legal Diversity & Inclusion Statement.
AKD is also a friend of Stichting FORWARD, whose mission is to promote the acceptance, validation and visibility of LGBTQ+ within the Dutch legal profession. All of our lawyers, tax advisers, civil-law notaries and support staff have received inclusive leadership and unconscious bias training, helping to propagate diversity as part of our daily routine. After all, we believe it is the responsibility of every AKD colleague to contribute to the open, diverse, safe and inclusive working environment we provide.
Press Releases9th March 2021 AKD Benelux lawyers is delighted to announce the appointment of Julien Hick as partner in Brussels.
15th February 2021 AKD Benelux lawyers is delighted to announce the appointment of Yann Hilpert as partner in Luxembourg.
16th November 2020 Pieter Huys, who leads the team, comments: “We are thrilled to welcome Conny at AKD. Coming at a time where flexible employment has become a hot topic, her expertise in this field neatly complements our own expertise. Earlier this year, the Balanced Labour Market Act (Wet Arbeidsmarkt in Balans) came into force, the purpose of which Act is to make flexible employment less flexible and steady employment less steady. We find that this new legislation has given rise to many questions from our clients, duly aggravated by the uncertainties thrown up by the Covid-19 crisis. Conny's expertise and experience add real value to our team”.
15th June 2020
AKD has appointed six new partners in Belgium and the Netherlands. Following the appointment of three new partners in Luxembourg earlier this year, AKD thus further increases its Benelux footprint.
18th December 2018
Benelux law firm AKD expands its Brussels office by adding McGuireWoods’ Brussels team, following AKD’s strategy to be the first choice full-service legal and tax services provider in the Benelux. The incoming team consists of partners Hubert André-Dumont, Paul van den Bulck, Timothy Speelman, Steven Ongena, counsel Pol Cools, and four associates.