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AKD
Rue des Colonies / Koloniënstraat 56-3
B-1000 Brussels
Belgium

Belgium > Industry focus: Retail Tier 1

The cross-disciplinary real estate and retail practice at AKD enjoys a stellar reputation among a sterling roster of domestic and international brands, who turn to the team for its ‘practical’ approach in commercial, regulatory, and dispute-based mandates. Led by experienced real estate partner Steven Ongena, the team handles a litany of retail outlet acquisitions, compliance and GDPR reviews, consumer protection issues, and litigation before the various Belgian courts. Pol Cools represents various domestic and international retailers in contentious proceedings and company law matter, including group restructurings.

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Testimonials

‘Solution-driven team.’

‘I truly appreciate their honest and practical approach.’

Key clients

Spadel

Esports Club

Hilfiger Stores Belgium

Calvin Klein Stores Belgium

Furla

Claire’s Accessories

Dessange International

Jennyfer

Stella Bikes

IMDC

RJB Belgium

Retif

Work highlights

  • Representing a Pan-European retailer in its re-entry in the Belgian market by negotiating a new lease for a flagship store in a leading shopping centre.
  • Assisting a global multi-brand retailer with the relocation of its Belgian HQ, including showrooms, from Brussels to Antwerp.

Belgium > Industry focus: IT and telecoms Tier 4

AKD works with various telecoms operators, cloud services providers and IT companies – including AI – on a range of transactional and contentious mandates. Practice head Paul van den Bulck is a highly experienced Belgian and French-qualified adviser with specific expertise in cloud contracts, domain name arbitration proceedings and data protection issues, in Belgium and abroad.

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Testimonials

‘You can always reach someone (associate or partner) when needed. High quality of work, and they always go the extra mile when needed.’

‘A knowledgeable and efficient team.’

‘Very approachable in the broadest sense of the word, even (or especially!) in Covid times.’

Key clients

Esports Club

Spadel

Youfone

Parentia

Partena Guichet d’Enterprises

ING

Stella Bikes

IP Nexia

Partena Secretariat Social

Partena Professional

IBIA

Centre de Médiation et d’Arbitrage de Paris

Cincom

Work highlights

  • Advising several telecoms operators on their entry in the Belgium telecoms market.
  • Advised a telecoms operator specialised in “Voice over IP” on a security breach.
  • Advised a client on security breaches on IT devices.

Belgium > Real estate and construction Tier 4

Belgium > Employment

AKD's newly founded labour practice draws on the firm's multinational presence. Led by Julien Hick, the team advises a diverse roster of corporate clients on the full scope of employment law matters, with recent engagements including restructurings and working policy overhauls.

Netherlands > EU and competition

AKD‘s EU and competition team, which comprises of Dutch-qualified lawyers, divides its time between the firm’s offices in Brussels and the Netherlands as part of an integrated Benelux practice. Jointly led by Pieter Kuypers, it acts for clients on a wide range of Dutch and EU competition mandates, such as merger control matters, state aid cases and cartel investigations. In addition, the group is also extremely active in representing claimants in cartel damages actions. A significant portion of the workload has a nexus to industries such as healthcare, energy and transport industries. Elsewhere, other drivers of activity include matters involving food and beverages, real estate and the public sector. In a recent highlight, senior associate Joost Houdijk and associate Robbert Jaspers assisted Zuyderland with the merger control filing associated with the integration of two additional businesses into the Zuyderland Group.

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Testimonials

‘Their antitrust team is very solid and they are trusted partners.’

‘Joost Houdijk is an excellent EU and competition law specialist. He has the knowledge to do a deep-dive in this complex area of expertise, but at the same time, he is able to come up with quick, pragmatic solutions.’

‘Very flexible in planning and always provides an understandable explanation of complex issues, even for non-lawyers.’

‘The team is able to put the right person forward with the relevant capabilities very fast. So no time wasted on internal discussions.’

‘The person we work with most, Joost Houdijk, is first of all knowledgeable, but secondly can formulate it short, compact and to the point. This is important in a business context where the legal details matter, however have to be translated into business decisions. Thirdly he’s always very fast to respond, mostly within the hour.’

‘Joost has extensive experience in all aspects of competition law. He is a rock-solid adviser and a great litigator with great knowledge. This makes him a hard opponent for other lawyers.’

‘Our AKD lawyers are always ready to perform and always perform.’

‘Always accurate, available and outplaying others’ legal advice.’

Key clients

Pro Rail B.V.

VINCI Energies Netherlands B.V.

De Hoge Dennen Capital SHI

Province Gelderland

Natuurmonumenten

The municipality of Tilburg

Achmea

The municipality of Breda

Groningen Seaports N.V.

Work highlights

  • Representing a group of companies in the short sea shipping sector in a competition law dispute with the International Transport Workers Federation in Rotterdam and Hamburg.
  • Advised Denkavit on the acquisition of the animal dairy products portfolio of FrieslandCampina.
  • Acting for litigation funder TransAtlantis in damages claims against alleged participants in the truck cartel.

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.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
EU Law, Procurement Law & Competition Pieter Kuyperspkuypers@akd.eu+31 88 253 5083
Banking & Finance Hubert André-Dumonthandredumont@akd.eu+32 2 629 4260
Corporate/M&A Timothy Speelmantspeelman@akd.eu+32 2 629 42 54
Tax Werner Heyvaertwheyvaert@akd.eu+32 2 629 42 88
IP & IP/Data protection & Privacy Paul van den Bulckpvandenbulck@akd.eu+32 2 629 42 39
Real estate and Construction Steven Ongenasongena@akd.eu+32 2 629 42 28
Real estate Simon Ceulemanssceulemans@akd.eu+32 2 629 4250
Real estate and Construction Pol Coolspcools@akd.eu+32 2 629 42 16
Employment & Pensions Julien Hickjhick@akd.eu+32 2 629 4253

AKD is a leading Benelux law firm with offices in Brussels, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. With over 500 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, employment, real estate, IP, ICT, data privacy and security and commercial litigation.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Corporate/M&A, Private equity Timothy Speelmantspeelman@akd.eu+32 2 629 42 54
Tax Werner Heyvaertwheyvaert@akd.eu+32 474 01 13 63
IP & IT, Data protection & Privacy, Compliance & Integrity Paul van den Bulckpvandenbulck@akd.eu+32 2 629 42 39
Real estate and Construction, Commercial contracting, Litigation Steven Ongenasongena@akd.eu+32 473 25 42 28
Real estate Simon Ceulemanssceulemans@akd.eu+32 484 50 61 37
Real estate and Construction, Commercial contracting, Litigation Pol Coolspcools@akd.eu+32 2 629 42 16
Employment Julien Hickjhick@akd.eu+32 477 65 80 07
EU law, Competition & Regulation, Public procurement, International litigation Pieter Kuyperspkuypers@akd.eu+32 496 12 21 94

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AKD Benelux lawyers is delighted to announce the appointment of Julien Hick as partner in Brussels.

Yann Hilpert appointed partner at AKD in Luxembourg

AKD Benelux lawyers is delighted to announce the appointment of Yann Hilpert as partner in Luxembourg.

Conny Staudt takes on partnership at AKD Benelux lawyers, “back to her roots”

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”.

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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.


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