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Lydian

TOUR & TAXIS, HAVENLAAN, AVENUE DU PORT 86C, B113, 1000 BRUSSELS, BELGIUM
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Antwerp, Brussels

Belgium

Banking, finance and capital markets
Banking, finance and capital markets - ranked: tier 3

Lydian 

Lydian¬†acts for clients on a standalone basis, and also works closely with international law firms on cross-border matters. Led by¬†Tom Geudens, its 'accessible' team has a particularly first-rate reputation in asset-based lending, asset finance, project finance, and trade and export finance. Its workload is broader, and also covers other areas, such as acquisition/leveraged finance, real estate finance, bond issuances and bank regulatory work. In a recent highlight, Geudens and senior associate¬†Pieterjan Van Assche¬†were among the advisers to Naxicap and The House of HR on a ‚ā¨680m financing transaction - arranged by JP Morgan, ING Bank, KBC Bank and KKR Corporate Lending - which was part of a global restructuring of The House of HR group. Another matter involved Geudens,¬†Patrick Della Faille, van Assche and senior associate¬†Virginie Bazelmans¬†acting for elderly care homes operator Vivalto Home Belgium on a ‚ā¨101m private placement of notes.¬†Investment funds are another area of strength, with members of the group assisting clients such as Pine Bridge and Aviva Investors with navigating the Belgian regulatory aspects of registering, offering and marketing UCITS and non-UCITS funds. Elsewhere, entities such as¬†Airplus Lufthansa and TakeAway.com instruct the firm on matters related to payment services, consumer credit and related regulatory issues. Counsel¬†Caroline Hoste¬†is a recent hire from Jan De Nul Group, while¬†Pieter Meeus has departed the firm to become a legal counsel at AG Insurance.

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Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 3

Lydian

The corporate and finance department at Lydian handles a range of domestic and international transactions. The group assisted Novelis with the Belgian aspects of its $2.5bn acquisition of Aleris Corporation, which was structured as a reverse triangular merger, whereby a newly established Novelis subsidiary merged with Aleris Corporation forming the Belgian entity Aleris Aluminum Duffel. The department also acted for private equity fund Naxicap Partners on the Europe-wide restructuring of the House of HR group. Peter De Ryck jointly heads the team with Patrick della Faille.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 2

Lydian

The 'solution-driven' and 'client-focused' team at Lydian is well known for its strength in insurance litigation, and reports an uptick in product liability disputes from the life sciences sector. Other areas of instruction include construction litigation,  white-collar crime matters, commercial and corporate disputes and competition litigation. The 'always available' Hugo Keulers heads the practice; Yves Lenders, Sandra Lodewijckx and  Annick Mottet Haugaard are other key names. The firm is acting for the Belgian subsidiary of Vivaldi Biosciences in a dispute relating to an alleged process development and manufacturing agreement between the client and biomanufacturing company Univercells.

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 2

Lydian

Lydian's 'very responsive' team is singled out for its 'very dynamic spirit and client-focused approach'. Jan Hofkens is 'a great employment lawyer'; he jointly heads the practice with the 'outstanding' Alexander Vandenbergen, who is the key name for pensions work. In a major highlight, the team assisted the Flemish Department of Integration with a prominent transition project, which involved the collective dismissal of over 180 employees.

Leading individuals

Jan Hofkens - Lydian

Next generation lawyers

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 2

Lydian

Lydian is a destination firm in its own right for environmental work from large and mid-sized Belgian and international companies, as well as public sector entities. It also generates a significant amount of referral work from international law firms, thanks to the full-service capabilities of its team in corporate transactional work, enforcement of environmental law, litigation, advisory/counselling and energy regulatory matters. Practice head Wouter Neven, along with senior associate Kyoto Van Herreweghe, is advising Total on the environmental law issues associated with the expansion of its current site at the port of Antwerp. Senior associate Iris Hemelaer is another notable individual.

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Fraud and white-collar crime
Fraud and white-collar crime - ranked: tier 2

Lydian

Employment, insurance and criminal law are core areas of expertise for Lydian's cross-practice fraud and white-collar crime team. Nike is a key client. Jan Hofkens, Yves Lenders and Hugo Keulers are the names to note.

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Industry focus: IT and telecoms
Industry focus: IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 3

Lydian

Bastiaan Bruyndonckx heads the information and communication technology group at Lydian, which acts for technology companies and corporates in other sectors on a variety of IT-related matters. It assisted Airspan Spectrum Holdings with obtaining a 4G spectrum licence in Belgium through the acquisition of a Voyacom from Datang Telecom. The group is also advising Orange on several matters, including on its substantial second generation IT outsourcing project. Getronics, Osudio and Thales are among its new clients.

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Industry focus: Transport
Industry focus: Transport - ranked: tier 3

Lydian

Yves Lenders heads the ports and logistics team at Lydian which has experience assisting clients with development and outsourcing projects as well as in related litigation. The group also has experience handling claims following rail accidents.

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Insolvency and restructuring
Insolvency and restructuring - ranked: tier 3

Lydian

The insolvency and restructuring team at Lydian  handles a range of reorganisations, M&A transactions and liquidation proceedings. The team was instructed by Verona, and a Belgium private equity fund as shareholder, in the judicial reorganisation of the company. Key names to note include Yves Lenders and Patrick della Faille, who are regularly instructed by creditors and in liquidations respectively.

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 1

Lydian

Lydian's 'internationally-focused' team 'knows the market' and is 'unique in Belgium in its knowledge about jurisprudence, case law and compliance in the insurance business'. Working alongside¬†'top-class international insurance lawyer'¬†Hugo Keulers,¬†are¬†Sandra Lodewijckx¬†and counsel¬†Anne Catteau, who are 'always accessible and open-minded'. In addition,¬†counsel¬†Jo Willems, and senior associates¬†Marijn De Ruysscher¬†and¬†H√©lo√Įse Fostier,¬†are highly regarded. Keulers is well-known for his involvement in most of the largest and high-value insurance disputes in Belgium in the last 15 years. His expertise includes areas such as product liability, D&O, advance loss of profit insurance and all risk property. Lodewijckx's background in private practice is complemented by her previous experience of working at ING Insurance (now Vivium). She assists clients with issues such as the distribution of insurance products, regulatory compliance, corporate governance and reviews of policy wording, among other matters. The team's recent work included advising CNA on the Belgian law aspects relating to its clinical trial insurance policy,¬†product liability policy and professional insurance policy. Another highlight involved assisting insurtech company Qover with¬†the policy wording of its products, and also with cooperation agreements with third parties, such as Immoweb and Deliveroo. The firm also acts for HDI Global SE, XL Catlin, Hiscox and AIG, among others.

Leading individuals

Hugo Keulers - Lydian

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

Lydian

Trade mark litigation is a core strength of Lydian's IP practice, notably in the area of counterfeiting disputes; recent work includes acting for Gucci in a dispute regarding the counterfeit use of the brand name. Other clients include Burberry, Chanel and Toyota. Annick Mottet Haugaard heads the department, in which Bastiaan Bruyndonckx and senior associate Olivia Santantonio are other key names.

Next generation lawyers

Olivia Santantonio - Lydian

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Real estate and construction
Real estate and construction - ranked: tier 2

Lydian

Lydian's real estate practice has a strong focus on developer and investor clients at a national and international level. Department head Wouter Neven has expertise in property transactions, and is known for handling commercial, retail, residential and office developments; he is leading the advice to BNP Paribas Fortis on the ongoing construction of the company's new headquarters in Brussels. Senior associate Bruno Stroobants is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Wouter Neven - Lydian

Next generation lawyers

Bruno Stroobants - Lydian

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