Lydian > Brussels, Belgium > Firm Profile

Lydian
TOUR & TAXIS
HAVENLAAN, AVENUE DU PORT 86C, B113
1000 BRUSSELS
Belgium

Belgium > Insurance Tier 1

Lydian remains a leading choice for insurance work, advising a wide range of domestic and international insurance companies and regularly being referred work in the sector by international firms. The team advises on regulatory and compliance issues, and represents in high-value claims with international elements in sectors such as construction, automotives, banking, and travel, as well as handling insurance and reinsurance disputes. The ‘highly skilled‘ team is led by the vastly experienced Hugo Keulers  and Sandra Lodewijckx , both specialist insurance practitioners with expertise in the full range of advisory matters and litigation. Partner Jo Willems has a strong record in insurance disputes, while counsel Marijn De Ruysscher focuses on claims and policy coverage disputes.

Practice head(s):

Hugo Keulers; Sandra Lodewijckx

Other key lawyers:

Jo Willems; Marjin De Russchyer

Testimonials

The team led by Sandra Lodewijckx are true business partners, they understand the client’s needs, practical, no nonsense and good network in the insurance sector.’

‘Sandra Lodewijckx has an in depth knowledge of the insurance sector, a broad network combined with excellent technical skills. She understands her client’s needs and will always look for a solution.’

‘Always available group with extensive knowledge.’

‘Hugo Keulers manages all the individuals and he knows what the client expects.’

‘The Lydian team is able to provide quick and detailed support concerning any insurance topic, from regulatory requirement support to corporate legal support.’

‘Good legal knowledge and an eye for potential problems and strategic problem solving.’

‘Reactivity and niche expertise.’

‘Deep experience and knowledge of the market.’

Key clients

AIG Europe Ltd

Lloyd’s Insurance Company NV

Probitas 1492

Arc Europe

Bpost Bank

Furness Professional Risks Europe

International Professional Risks Europe

AXA SA

Canopius

Corona Direct

United Kingdom Freight Demurrage and Defence Assocation (UKFD)

London Steam-Ship Owners’ Mutual Insurance Association Limited (LSSO)

International Transport Intermediaries Club Limited (ITIC)

Great Lakes Insurance SE, (Munich Re Group)

TT Club Mutual Insurance Limited

Hilton Food Group BV

HDI-Gerling Verzekeringen NV

Arval Belgium NV

Cardif NV

Monument Insurance Belgium

XL Catlin / XL Catlin Insurance Company SE / XL Catlin Services SE, now: Financial Insurance Company td. c/o AXA

Amlin Insurance SE

Zurich Insurance Plc

CNA Insurance Company Ltd

Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance (Global)

Aon Belgium BVBA / Aon Consulting Belgium NV

Ergo Insurance NV

Ethias SA

Belfius Insurance NV

Baloise Belgium NV

AEGON NV

Qover NV

Allianz Global Corporate

P&V Verzekeringen CVBA

SEB Life International Assurance Company

Dual Corporate Risks Ltd.

ARAG SE – Branch Belgium

DAS Belgische Rechtsbijstandsverzekering

Hiscox Europe Underwriting Limited

STIB-MIVB

Liberty Mutual Group

Beluga Insurance Solutions NV

Alta Signa Group

Immoweb Financial Services SA

Arval

DKV

Euler Hermes

Nationale Nederlanden

Alpha Insurance

Mitsui

Beazley Furlonge Ltd

KBC Verzekeringen

AXA XL

AG Insurance

Gallagher

Airbnb

Work highlights

  • Representing MS Amlin and AG Insurance in a multimillion-euro claim relating to to the collapse of a school building under construction in Antwerp.
  • Representing KBC Verzekeringen in a number of high-profile cases with international dimensions, such as the termination of its business relationship with an insurance company in the area of agricultural harvest insurance and a liability matter in Spain regarding a large fire destroying thousands of acres of forest.
  • Advising Lloyd’s Insurance Company on the impact of the Insurance Distribution Directive on its system of governance and distribution model.

Belgium > Real estate and construction Tier 1

Lydian has a strong record advising developers and investors on commercial property transactions, alongside complex development and redevelopment projects, combining this expertise with advice on leasing, administrative and environmental law, and construction. While independent from international networks, the firm is regularly instructed by global firms to assist on Belgian aspects of major cross-border mandates. Counsel Iris Hemelaer combines transactional work with expertise in construction and contracts, alongside lease agreements. Fellow counsel Bruno Stroobants advises on real estate transactions, environmental, and regulatory issues. Wouter Neven sadly passed away in June 2022.

Other key lawyers:

Iris Hemelaer; Kyoto Van Herreweghe; Anne-Victoire Vandekerckhove; Bruno Stroobants

Testimonials

‘Lydian has a solution-driven approach and a deep legal knowledge that really impressed me. They combine very good client service with deep legal knowledge.

Kyoto Van Herreweghe and Anne-Victoire Vandekerckhove always spend time on the matter and deal with issues calmly. It’s never a case of finishing the deal quickly, but of finishing it in the best way possible.’

‘Kyoto Van Herreweghe is unparalleled in her knowledge of environmental law. She is responsible and proactive.’

‘Anne-Victoire Vandekerckhove is a professional with excellent in depth knowledge and is always available to the client.

‘We have known and worked with Lydian. They are reputed to have one of the leading real estate practices in Belgium, and in our experience they never failed that reputation. We recommend Lydian to our clients requiring assistance in Belgium on a regular basis.’

Key clients

Accor Hotels Belgium NV (Group Accor)

AG Real Estate SA

Baloise Belgium NV

BNP Paribas Fortis NV

Cargill

Carglass NV (Belron)

Consortium TRI-O

Dematic NV (KION Group)

Diesel Belgium NV (Diesel S.p.A.)

E.on Power Plants Belgium BV (E.ONSE)

FPE (BE) Holding BV

LCP Belgium NV (Logistics Capital Partners)

Leasinvest Real Estate Comm. V.A.

Nike European Operations – Hilversum

Retailors LTD (Fox Group’s Nike and Foot Locker Retail Stores)

Stora Enso Belgium NV

Swarovski Belgium N.V.

Tractebel Engineering NV

Van der Valk Hotels & Restaurants

Visser & Smit Hanab NV

VK Engineering N.V.

VK Studio Architects, Planners & Designers

Volker Wessels Telecom Belgium NV

Willy Tans NV

PegaCosmos BV

Pegaland BV

Pegamo I BV

Pegamo III BV

Pegamo V BV

Pegapark BV

Pegare BV

Pegason BV

Pegatrim BV

5N Plus Belgium NV

Afrima NV

Almafin Real Estate NV

Aveve BV

B2Ai – CAAN-Ensemble

Belgium Parcels Service BV

Benleau BV

BIC Belgium BV

Brefin BV

Bruvaco NV

Bruvinvest NV

Building Group Jansen NV

Buro II & Archi + I BV

Canal Logistic Center NV

Ceprim NV

Cercle Brugge Koninklijke Sportvereniging

Coordinatie Organisatie Constructie NV

DCA NV

Eldorado NV

EWS Consultancy

Fashion Line NV

Flanders Real Estate Investment NV

Fonds voor wetenschappelijk Onderzoek – Vlaanderen

GELF Arbo Logistics Belgium NV

Gemeente Asse

Gemeente Boortmeerbeek

Gemimo NV

Gromabel NV

Group Urbi

Hiscox France

Huis van het GO!

Immo-Antares NV

Immobilière Distri-Land NV

Immopro NV

Immova NV

Interuniversitair Micro-Electronica Cent

IPS-Integrated Project Services LLC

Jansen Internal Services NV

Jupiter Logistic Holding NV

KJK-Group BV

Lake Front NV

LCL NV

LOW Architecten BV

Mana SA

Marbreries G. Allard et fils NV

Mathieu Gijbels NV

MP Holdings NV

Pajota EBV

Peiler BV

Quat-Invest bv

Real Estate and Leasing Company NV

Renotec NV

Retailors-FL NK Belgium B.V

Re-Vive NV

Reynders Louis Bouwbedrijf NV

Rotra Air & Ocean NV

Saron NV

Schueremans VM BV

Sterhoek NV

Studio Disc NV

SVR-Architects NV

Sweco Belgium NV

Telim NV

THV Jansen Finishings – Aannemingen Jans

VAC De Meander NV

Van Roey Vastgoed NV

Vanderclausen Benoît

Vankerckhoven Antoinette

Venneshop BV

Vereecke NV

Vlinvesta NV

VRS+

VVZRL AM Feichtinger – LOW – VK

VZW het Domein Bokrijk

VZW Toerisme Limburg

Waulef BV

Willemen Construct NV

Woenst BV

Worthen Industries c/o Devine Millimet

Zamiacea Hotel 1

Work highlights

  • Advising Fidelidade on all matters relating to the management and development of Pegasus Park, a business park in Diegem, Belgium.
  • Advising Nike on the renovation of its European Logistics Campus and on the erection of its new European Logistics Campus.
  • Representing the consortium of BAM Contractors NV and MBG NV in two arbitrations before the ICC in Zürich, as well as in a procedure before the Brussels Court regarding the stability issues of a cooling tower in Ghent.

Belgium > Dispute resolution Tier 2

Fielding a large team working between Brussels, Antwerp, and Hasselt, Lydian‘s broad disputes practice is regularly sought out by well-known domestic and international companies. The practice is jointly led by Hugo Keulers, a well regarded insurance and reinsurance litigator and arbitrator, and Annick Mottet Haugaard, a distribution and IP specialist for clients in the luxury fashion, automotive, and life sciences sectors. Jo Willems specialises in corporate litigation, product liability, and professional indemnity. Marijn De Ruysscher focuses on liability matters in the engineering and industrial sectors.

Practice head(s):

Hugo Keulers; Annick Mottet Haugaard

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘It is a professional and experienced team with the necessary knowledge.’

‘Appreciate their kindness, professionalism, and approach.’

‘Strong dispute resolution skills which ensures an agreement between parties.’

‘Hugo Keulers and his team are always available, they have strong communication skills and ensure swift follow-up.’

‘They are very experienced in handling the files, litigation and finding suitable solutions in various situations. Can think out of the box.’

‘Hugo Keulers is a very experienced lawyer who takes matters into his hands and bring cases to a good end.’

‘Jo Willems is an experienced lawyer who thinks out of the box and gets the job done in a professional way.’

‘Very responsive team with a high experience in all the areas of the commercial litigation.’

Key clients

5N Plus

AIG Europe Ltd, now AIG Europe SA

Alfasigma Belgium BV / Cophana NV

Allianz Global Corporate

AMC NV

Anglo Belgian Corporation NV

Arte NV

Axima NV

Axis

BB Government Services GmbH

Brown Forman

Canopius

Carglass / Belron

CNA Insurance

CooperSurgical

Datwyler Pharma Packaging Belgium NV

Energyst B.V.

Ethias SA

Ethos Energy

Exyte AG

Fagerhult BV

Gcube

Gilles Hennessy / Sinels

Gunvor Petroleum Antwerp

GVFI Europe B.V.

HDI-Gerling Verzekeringen NV, now HDI Global SE

Henkel Global Supply Chain BV

Hilton Food Group

Hiscox Europe Underwriting Limited

HTI Toys UK Limited

IPS Belgium NV

Keyence International (Belgium) NV/SA

Tremec

Mediamarkt

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation

MS Amlin and AG Insurance

Nationale Nederlanden

Nike

Pizza Hut Europe

Suntrade / Bunge

RSA Nederland / Unica

Smits and Luckey Establishment

STIB-MIVB

Transmisiones y Equipos (Tremec)

Tractebel Engineering

TÜV Rheiland AG

XL Catlin / XL Catlin Insurance Company SE / XL Catlin Services SE, now: Financial Insurance Company td. c/o AXA

Zodiak Belgium

Zurich Insurance Plc

Work highlights

  • Representing AIG in a coverage dispute before the Brussels Enterprise Court under a business interruption endorsement of an environmental all-risk insurance policy following the closure of airport terminals and buildings at international airports in Australia, Iberia, the UK, Malaysia and the Netherlands.
  • Assisted Mitsubishi Motors Corporation and its European subsidiary in the restructuring of its distribution network in Belgium and Luxembourg after the announcement of its withdrawal from the European market.
  • Representing Immopro and Mathieu Gijbels in a dispute regarding the ownership of shares in Real Estate Belgium and Spinoff.

Belgium > Employment Tier 2

Working across offices in Brussels and Antwerp, Lydian‘s ‘knowledgeable, reactive and client-focused’ team routinely assists numerous blue-chip multinationals on the full gamut of employment law work. Restructurings, pensions, and forensic investigations – including workplace accidents – are all key workflows for the practice, in addition to acquisition integration issues and cross-border terminations. Alexander Vandenbergen heads up the team’s pensions and benefits offering, concentrating chiefly on major corporate reorganisations and executive compensation negotiations in the financial services sector. Jan Hofkens focuses on collective bargaining proceedings, outsourcing projects, and severance package issues. Jurgen De Vreese, Isabel Plets and counsel Kato Aerts are also noted.

Practice head(s):

Alexander Vandenbergen; Jan Hofkens

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Very personal and highly responsive follow up of my case. Advice built on a deep understanding of the particularities of my situation.’

‘The team is very knowledgeable, reactive and client-focused. It is always a pleasure working with them.’

‘It is a multidisciplinary office affiliated with various international networks, ideal to help clients with cases related to different branches of law and cross-border aspects. The office offers the client a SPOC (with back-up) who puts the client in touch with the specialised department. The periods within which the client wishes to be advised, even if very urgent, are always respected.’

‘Alexander Vandenbergen deserves a special mention: hands-on, pragmatic, and very smart.’

‘We especially appreciate the knowledge they have. The years of experience in their/our industry and the constant training on the common topics ensure that we can confidently rely on their expertise and focus on our core tasks. We can always fall back and rely on their good advice and knowledge.’

‘What impressed me most is the ability of each of the Lydian representatives – regardless of their level – to understand the business context of our complex  organisation. More importantly, the representatives of Lydian are able to act accordingly to this business context and give hands-on, clear advice, regardless of the complexity of the case.’

‘Kato Aerts is knowledgeable and attentive.’

Key clients

Henrad

Altran

Bekaert

Brico

The Antwerp University Hospital

Unilever

Essenscia

Flanders Investment & Trade

Water-link

Scandinavian Tobacco Group

Landewyck Group

Nike

Mitie

Walt Disney

UPS

ForgeRock

Tereos Group

Henkel

AIG

Yokohama

McAfee

Royal & Sun Alliance

Nippon Express (Belgium) NV

Bloomberg

Blackberry

DKV (Munich re)

Thomas Cook

British American Tobacco

Takeda Pharmaceutical Company

Baloise

Société Wallonne des Eaux

Coolblue

Sabam

Booking.com

Flemish Radio & Television Broadcasting Company

Generali Belgium

Airbus

Banijay Group

Centerparcs

Plukon Industries

Solvay

Novelis

Radisson Blu Hotel Group

Carrefour

Cargill

Barry Callebaut

VF Europe

Ebury

Hilton Foods Belgium

Uniqlo

Puratos

Stater

Keyence

LKQ

Wunderman Thompson

Work highlights

  • Assisting Scandinavian Tobacco Group with the integration of AGIO after the acquisition of the latter by STG in 2020.
  • Assisting Nike with all labour and employment matters on a daily basis including litigation, dismissals due to performance or breach of policies, drafting contracts and policies.
  • Assisting Novelis with the Belgian employment law aspects of its acquisition of Aleris.

Belgium > Environment Tier 2

Lydian handles a wide range of environmental law issues, including permits, waste, contaminated properties, zoning, and development, and has a particularly strong record in regulatory enforcement and litigation. Counsel Kyoto Van Herreweghe is praised for her ‘fantastic theoretical expertise‘ in urban planning and environmental issues.  Clients include a wide range of domestic and international businesses, alongside other law firms, with the practice a popular choice for international referrals. Wouter Neven sadly passed away in June 2022.

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Fast, efficient, and reliable’

‘The teamwork that Lydian’s team displayed was fascinating and each and every member was very easily accessible. Kyoto Van Herreweghe also stood out because she focused on the details and knew exactly what our requirements were.’

Kyoto Van Herreweghe is a rising star in environment. She is talented, assertive and quickly understands the deep aspects of the case. She has substantial experience assisting clients in environmental matters. She is great to work with, because she provides quick and objective answers, and is always available.

‘Kyoto Van Herreweghe: fantastic theoretical expertise.’

Key clients

Stora Enso NV

AIG Europe S.A. France

Cercle Brugge Koninklijke Sportvereniging

Pegatrim BV

Pegaland BV

Goodman Belgium NV

Plukon Food Group B.V.

Tereos Starch & Sweeteners Belgium NV

Sterling Group L.P.

DUAL Asset Underwriting Limited

Douglas Terminals HoldCo BV

Ghent Transport & Storage NV

Naxicap Partners – Paris

Norton Rose Fulbright LLP – Amsterdam/Paris/UK

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I

Hogan Lovells International – Birmingham

Visser & Smit Hanab

BNP Paribas Fortis

Axima NV (part of the Engie Group)

Baloise Belgium NV

EEW Energy from Waste GmbH

Baltissimmo NV

European Projects Investment Company NV

Real Estate and Leasing Company NV (“Reslea”)

Immobel NV

Accor Hotels Belgium NV

Campaign Monitor Europe UK Limited

Bell Food Group AG

Luther Rechtsanwalts – Hamburg

KBC Verzekeringen NV / KBC Group NV

Zurich Insurance Plc Netherlands branch

Vivalto Home Belgium SA

Bird & Bird LLP

Nutkao Holding s.r.l.

Belnima NV

GELF Arbo Logistics Belgium NV

Bruvaco NV

Bruvinvest NV

Building Group Jansen NV

Ceprm

Afrima NV

Coordinatie Organisatie Constructie NV

CWS-boco International GmbH

DCA NV

DeHeng Law Offices

Dentco BV

Divani NV

EDF Luminus NV

EDG België Holding NV

Eldorado NV

Eqin Holding BV

Flanders Real Estate Investment NV

Floren en Cie

Fourdem Comm. V.

Gemeente Wemmel

Gromabel NV

Huis van het GO!

IBP Water-Link OFP

Immo-Antares NV

Jan GeertsIresco NV

Itzu NV

LOM Oostende – Brugge

Mathieu Gijbels NV

MC Capital NV

Mediahuis NV

Mensura Gemeenschappelijke Verzekeringskas In Vereffening Ond. Verz. Mij

Oud Gasthuis Hasselt BVBA

Rumbold One NV

Sterhoek NV

Telim NV

Tervia’s NV / Vlinvesta NV

The Cube BVBA

THV Jansen Finishings – Aannemingen Jans

Van Benthem & Keulen

Venneshop BVBA

Vlaamse Overheid – MOW – Juridisch /Maritiem

Vlaamse Vervoersmaatschappij – De Lijn

Wacker Chemie AG

Water-link ov

Work highlights

  • Representing Stora Enso NV in one of the largest environmental litigation claims regarding legionella infections in Belgium.
  • Advising a real estate and leasing company on the development of a maritime campus.
  • Representing Airport Development Company Antwerp NV in highly mediatised criminal proceedings related to the so-called-extension of the runway with a Runway End Safety Area.

Belgium > EU regulatory: Information technology Tier 2

Lydian advises corporates, small and large, alongside IT sector clients, on EU regulatory compliance and changes in areas such as data, digital services, and markets, alongside regulatory aspects of IT transactions and representing clients in litigation. The firm has a strong international client base, and is regularly referred matters by global law firms. Bastiaan Bruyndonckx leads the team, and has a strong record in international and cross-border IT projects and transactions.

Practice head(s):

Key clients

Ethias

CTAC

QBE

Allianz Technology

AutoBink Group BV

KBC

House of HR

Valsoft Corporation Inc

Eplan Software & Service GmbH & Co. KG

E.ON Power Plants Belgium BV

Work highlights

  • Advised Ctac, listed IT service provider specialising in business and cloud solutions, on negotiations with non-profit organisation WAAK.
  • Drafted and reviewed several IT procurement agreements under Belgian law for Allianz Technology, including a framework agreement, a service agreement and terms and conditions.

Belgium > Fraud and white-collar crime Tier 2

Lydian represents individuals and businesses in criminal cases and investigations, with particular focuses on employee fraud, contractual fraud, and most notably insurance fraud - the firm represents a number of insurance sector clients in complex insurance and reinsurance disputes. The team handles a wide range of Belgian-domiciled cases, and is also regularly referred international mandates by global firms. The practice is led by insurance sector specialist Hugo Keulers, Yves Lenders, who handles director liability and criminal contractual fraud cases, and Jan Hofkens, who focuses on employee fraud and privacy cases.

Belgium > Intellectual property Tier 2

Lydian’s IP practice is highly capable in both a litigating and transactional capacity, with significant experience in cross-border M&A, distribution network restructurings, and IP prosecution mandates throughout the Benelux region. Practice co-head Annick Mottet Haugaard has extensive capabilities in anti-counterfeiting and patent litigation. Fellow co-head Bastiaan Bruyndonckx is noted for his expertise in IT and data protection matters. Olivia Santantonio is recommended for brand protection issues and trade practices.

Practice head(s):

Annick Mottet Haugaard; Bastiaan Bruyndonckx

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Strong analytical capabilities on all levels of the team. Fair and honest feedback regarding case matters and opponents arguments.’

‘Very quick to analyse and understand complex issues. Proactive in foreseeing opponents arguments and how the case might play out. Highly experienced and knowledgeable about legislation and procedure.’

Key clients

Assos of Switzerland GmbH

LFPI Group

Worthen Industries

HG International

AutoBinck Group NV

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation

Richemont International

Work highlights

  • Advising Richemont International SA on the acquisition of the Belgian company, Delvaux Createur.
  • Assisting the French private equity fund, LFPI Group, during the acquisition of the majority stake in Wilink Insurance and Elitis Insurance.
  • Assisiting Mitsubishi in the restructuring of its distribution network in Belgium and Luxembourg by negotiating the financial and organisational aspects (including the use of Mitsubishi trademarks) with the general distributor and the dealers active in Belgium and Luxembourg.

Belgium > Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 3

Lydian is a strong choice for mid-market domestic and international banks and financial institutions, advising on a wide range of lending facilities, including asset and acquisition finance, project financing, and trade & export financing. The firm also plays a key role in complex cross-border arrangements involving major international names, alongside bonds issues and investment fund structuring and regulatory issues. ‘Sharp and astute‘ practice head Tom Geudens has a strong record in financing transactions, capital markets work, alongside regulatory issues and debt restructuring, with counsel Caroline Hoste focusing on acquisition finance, syndicated lending, and securitisation.

Practice head(s):

Tom Geudens

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Lydian’s team lead, Tom Geudens, is a very knowledgeable and skilled lawyer and a pleasure to work with.

‘For sheer responsiveness and user-friendliness, the team at Lydian are second to none.’

‘Tom Geudens – Very sharp and astute. Diligent and attentive. Always crystal clear in his advice, delivered in a crisp user-friendly style. He has been my go-to lawyer for banking and finance matters in Belgium for many years.’

‘The practice is unique for its technical expertise which they combine with practical solutions for the clients. This helps the clients to do their transactions swiftly and smoothly.’

‘They are pleasant to work with, dedicated and very approachable. They are very hands-on which gives you comfort that their part of the project will be dealt with in a practical and solutions based manner.’

‘Tom Geudens is a strong capable lawyer.’

‘They are very flexible, available at any time, meet deadlines, very friendly and competent, and bill quickly and fairly.’

‘Tom Geudens and Caroline Hoste, both outstanding collaboration and break-through negotiation skills.’

Key clients

AIG Europe Ltd

Allianz Global Corporate

Deutsche Bank Capital Markets

Société Générale

Crédit Agricole

HDI-Gerling Verzekeringen NV

XL Catlin / XL Catlin Insurance Company SE / XL Catlin Services SE, now: Financial Insurance Company td. c/o AXA

Amlin Insurance SE

Zurich Insurance Plc

CNA Insurance Company Ltd

Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance (Global)

Aon Belgium BVBA / Aon Consulting Belgium NV

Ergo Insurance NV

Ethias SA

Belfius Bank NV

Baloise Belgium NV

AEGON NV

Qover NV

P&V Verzekeringen CVBA

SEB Life International Assurance Company

Dual Corporate Risks Ltd.

ARAG SE – Branch Belgium

DAS Belgische Rechtsbijstandsverzekering

FWU Life Insurance Luxembourg S.A.

Hiscox Europe Underwriting Limited

STIB-MIVB

TVM België N.V.

Liberty Mutual Group

Beluga Insurance Solutions NV

Alta Signa Group

Immoweb Financial Services SA

Arval

DKV

CME

Merian

SNS Bank

Federale Pensions

PMV (Flemish Investment Fund)

BTMU

Adams Street Partners

N26 Bank

TD Securities

White Rock Insurance

ANZ Bank

Mercedes

Royal Bank of Canada

Argenta Bank

Lufthansa Airplus

KBC Bank NV

Bank of America

Deutsche Bank

Commerzbank

Wells Fargo

National Westminster Bank

Equistone

United Rentals

Burgo Ardennes SA

Hitachi Capital

TMF Group

Work highlights

  • Advised a major international bank as lenders on a $500m sustainability-linked borrowing base facility agreement for the Sucafina group.
  • Advised ABN Amro Bank N.V. as the lender on a €17.5m financing for Motel One Group.
  • Advised Bank of America as the lender on the $200m acquisition financing of the Conair Group.

Belgium > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3

Lydian has a strong focus on domestic upper mid-market M&A, as well as regularly acting as Belgian counsel on complex cross-border deals, with the team receiving a number of referrals from international firms. Clients include a number of major international businesses, alongside domestic players and investment funds, with the firm offering integrated sector and regulatory expertise, particularly within the insurance space. The practice is led by Peter De Ryck, who has a strong record in real estate and private equity deals, Tom Geudens, and Maxime Colle, who continues to expand the firm’s international client base. Counsel Florence Colpaert has established a notable practice in the French market, and is active in private equity.

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘I work on a regular basis with the Lydian M&A team headed by Peter De Ryck. Peter is heavily involved, takes a deal-making attitude and is easily reachable. He is supported by capable people.’

‘Impressed with their knowledge, efficiency and professionalism.’

‘Peter De Ryck was in charge of the M&A transaction. He was more than able to hold his ground against the counterparts legal team in all matters despite often being outnumbered 5 to 1. After the transaction the counterpart proved that they were also similarly impressed by Peter by switching over to Lydian.’

‘The practice led by Peter de Ryck has very good technical and commercial skills. They are very helpful especially for in-bound M&A It is good value for money for mid-market transactions. We call them on a regular basis to assist on Belgian matters.’

‘Peter de Ryck is very available and efficient. He has a good team around him. They are very commercial and easy to work with.’

‘Maxime Colle is an accessible, easy-going, hands-on business-minded lawyer, well-connected within the firm making Lydian the ideal outside counsel supporting in-house general counsels who have to cope with a variety of legal matters.’

‘Approachable, quick and reliable legal advice. Easy to work with.’

‘Maxime Collé; excellent M&A partner with a good sense where to step in.’

Key clients

House of HR

Dana

Coil

European Dental Group

Vivalto Home

Energyst Rental Solutions

AutoBinck Group

Bouwsoft NV

RiskPoint Group

Naxicap Partners

Regal Beloit Corporation

Yonghua Capital

IBM

McDonald’s

Explore Investissement

E-Capital

LFPI

Waterland Private Equity

Ghent Transport and Storage NV

Eurovia

Ciner Group

Standard Investment

Arthur J. Gallager & Co

Career Partner Group

Van Wezel Autoparts

Worthen Industries

Work highlights

  • Advised Naxicap Partners on several successful or aborted acquisitions.
  • Advised Regal Beloit Corporation on a merger with a total combination value of $9bn.
  • Advising IBM on Belgian corporate and regulatory considerations for transactions and ongoing projects.

Belgium > EU regulatory: Privacy and data protection Tier 3

Lydian advises clients in key sectors including technology, retail, telecoms, and energy on broad data protection compliance, risk management, e-commerce and marketing considerations, and international data transfers. The practice combines IT and data privacy expertise with integrated employment law advice, handling issues relating to employee data and human resources issues. The practice is led by Bastiaan Bruyndonckx, who regularly advises on international GDPR compliance and data-related projects, with counsel Olivia Santantonio a go-to for privacy law and data breach response advice.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Outstanding support, both in consultancy to ensure GDPR compliance as in handling investigations of the regulator and disputes.’

‘Bastiaan Bruyndonckx: expertise, availability.’

‘Their quick, precise, and relevant advice is much appreciated.’

‘Olivia Santantonio quickly resolved an urgent problem that came up during a project implementation.’

Key clients

Fuel Cells and Hydrogen 2 Joint Undertaking

Clean Sky Joint Undertaking

Orange

ENGIE Electrabel

Canopius

Ethias

Keyence

Essent Belgium

Nitto

BNPP Fortis

SSI Schäfer Shop

WE Fashion

Baloise

Work highlights

  • Advised Fuel Cells and Hydrogen 2 Joint Undertaking on the implementation of Microsoft 365 and the related challenges as regards data protection and privacy.
  • Advising Clean Sky Joint Undertaking on challenges under data protection legislation relating to the Microsoft 365 environment, especially the application of the Data Protection Regulation for EU institutions.
  • Advised ENGIE Electrabel on international data transfers and Transfer Impact Assessments in the aftermath of the Schrems II decision.

Belgium > Industry focus: IT and telecoms Tier 3

Lydian is a popular referral partner for a number of international firms who require Belgian market assistance with a range of regulatory and contentious telecoms sector matters. Practice head Bastiaan Bruyndonckx is routinely called upon by some of the biggest tech and telecom players in the market for his broad expertise, which encompasses information governance cybersecurity and data protection.

Practice head(s):

Bastiaan Bruyndonckx

Key clients

Orange

Deutsche Telekom

Ctac

Temasek

IBM

Proximus

Work highlights

  • Assisting both Orange Belgium NV and Proximus NV on the creation of a joint venture and the drafting and negotiation of several agreements to set up the first shared mobile radio access network in Belgium, through such joint venture.
  • Assisting Dense Air with new legislative developments in Belgium on spectrum and advising on the impact this might have on the current 4G licenses of Dense Air.
  • Advising IBM on corporate matters, and additionally on IP, IT and real estate matters.

Belgium > Industry focus: Transport Tier 3

Lydian's cross-practice port and logistics team regularly assists clients with a range of port projects and new developments, logistical outsourcing contracts, as well as rail disputes regarding collisions, derailments, and defective infrastructure claims. Practice head Yves Lenders, who divides his time between Antwerp and Brussels, is noted for his contentious practice, handling the full gamut of commercial litigations and mediations for a domestic and international client base. Pieter-Jan Van Mierlo is noted for his experience in rail freight and logistics damage claims.

Practice head(s):

Yves Lenders

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Know how, flexibility, and quick response times.’

‘Highly experienced lawyers.’

Key clients

Lineas

De Lijn

STIB-MIVB

Water-link OV

Kerry Logistics Network Limited – TCI Freight Forwarding Co. LTD

Belgium Rail Solutions SA

Cardo Construct Railwaylogistics BVBA

Combinant NV

Belgium > Insolvency and restructuring Tier 3

Led by experienced commercial and insolvency practitioner Yves Lenders, the team at Lydian works with shareholders and directors on insolvency liability issues, alongside representing domestic and international creditors in debt recovery proceedings against insolvent companies, and overseeing judicial restructuring for distressed businesses. The practice is regularly referred work by international firms, allowing it to advise on cross-border mandates.

Practice head(s):

Key clients

CASA International

Schletter GmbH

CraftUnique Ltd.

Mathieu Gijbels NV

SMT Simple Management Technologies BVBA

Belgium > Private equity Tier 3

Lydian focuses on the mid to upper-middle market, advising a combination of domestic and international private equity funds on buyouts and exits, alongside associated regulatory, tax, and financing matters. Alongside its own client base, the firm is also regularly referred work as Belgian counsel by a number of major international law firms. The practice is led by Peter De Ryck, who advises sponsors, investors, and financial institutions on private equity deals in several sectors, most notably food and beverages, leisure, and financial services, alongside active transactional adviser Maxime Colle and corporate finance lead Tom Geudens.

Practice head(s):

Peter De Ryck; Maxime Colle; Tom Geudens

Testimonials

Very reactive and excellent work.

Key clients

Naxicap Partners

House of HR (backed by Naxicap)

JP Morgan

Yonghua Capital

La Financière Patrimoniale d’Investissement (LFPI)

European Dental Group

Northleaf Capital Partners

Waterland Private Equity

Standard Investment

Hartree Partners

E-Capital

Berkshire Partners LLC

Alantra

Explore Investissement

Career Partner Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Naxicap on a number of acquisitions.
  • Advised LFPI on the acquisition of a majority stake in Wilink Insurance.
  • Advising Naxicap portfolio company House of HR on corporate and operational issues.

The firm: Lydian is a full-service Belgian business law firm with an Anglo-Saxon approach to practising law. Through a fine blend of transactional law expertise and litigation skills, we deliver straight to-the-point solutions that add true value.

We listen to what is important and provide practical and personalised advice in a constantly changing world. That requires fresh thinking and tech savviness combined with proven experience. We believe that when knowledge travels, opportunities arise. We think client-focused, act fast and speak frankly in a language that you understand. We make sense, not nonsense. Expect accessible personalities, open minds and a pragmatic bullet point approach.

From our offices in Brussels, Antwerp and Hasselt, we work as an extension of your team. Our lawyers cherish a close client-lawyer relationship, while their sophisticated approach outperforms the service of many competitors. Lydian believes in integrity, authenticity and consistency.

Our mission is to find solutions through excellent legal insight and strong business instinct. That is how we exceed expectations, deliver consistent results and forge long-term relationships with industry leaders.

Areas of practice: Lydian advises on a broad range of Belgian business law matters, including corporate matters, commercial matters, intellectual property (IP) law, information and communication technology (ICT), information governance and data protection (privacy) law, dispute resolution, employment, real estate, regulatory matters and tax.

The firm’s lawyers have specialised expertise in the fields of finance, insolvency and restructuring, energy, public sector, insurance and reinsurance, life sciences and healthcare, outsourcing, ports and logistics, pensions, real estate development, investments and telecommunications, media and technology (TMT).

For more information, visit www.lydian.be

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Commercial and litigation Annick Mottet Haugaard
Commercial and litigation Hugo Keulers
Commercial and litigation Yves Lenders
Commercial and litigation Sandra Lodewijckx
Commercial and litigation Bastiaan Bruyndonckx
Commercial and litigation Jo Willems
Corporate Peter De Ryck
Dispute resolution Hugo Keulers
Dispute resolution Annick Mottet Haugaard
Dispute resolution Yves Lenders
Dispute resolution Jo Willems
Employment, pensions and benefits Jan Hofkens
Employment, pensions and benefits Alexander Vandenbergen
Employment, pensions and benefits Isabel Plets
Employment, pensions and benefits Jurgen De Vreese
Finance Tom Geudens
Intellectual property (IP) Annick Mottet Haugaard
Information and communication technology (ICT) Bastiaan Bruyndonckx
Information governance and data protection Bastiaan Bruyndonckx
Information governance and data protection Annick Mottet Haugaard
Information governance and data protection Isabel Plets
Insurance Hugo Keulers
Insurance Sandra Lodewijckx
Ports and logistics Yves Lenders
Real estate, environment and regulatory Wouter Neven
Real estate, environment and regulatory Jens Debièvre
Tax Geert De Neef
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Kato Aerts photoMrs Kato AertsKato Aerts is a Counsel in our Employment, Pensions and Benefits practice.
Eveline Ankaert photoMrs Eveline AnkaertDr. Eveline Ankaert is a counsel in our Employment, Pensions & Benefits practice and…
Bastiaan Bruyndonckx photoMr Bastiaan BruyndonckxBastiaan has a particular focus on: information governance data protection and privacy…
Maxime Colle photoMr Maxime ColleMaxime has a particular focus on: corporate M&A   corporate law  …
Florence Colpaert photoMrs Florence ColpaertFlorence is a Counsel in the Corporate and M&A practice.
Geert De Neef photoMr Geert De NeefGeert has a particular focus on all tax aspects of: M&A and …
Marijn De Ruysscher photoMr Marijn De RuysscherMarijn De Ruysscher is a counsel in our Commercial and Dispute Resolution practices and our Insurance &…
Peter De Ryck photoMr Peter De RyckPeter has a particular focus on: corporate law mergers and acquisitions private…
Jurgen De Vreese photoMr Jurgen De VreeseJurgen is a counsel in the Employment, Pensions & Benefits practice.
Jens Debièvre photoMr Jens DebièvreJens has a particular focus on economic public law. Jens advises government…
Lore Derdeyn photoMrs Lore DerdeynLore Derdeyn is a Counsel in our Regulatory practice and our Public Sector industry department.
Héloïse Fostier photoMrs Héloïse FostierHéloïse is a counsel in our Commercial and Dispute Resolution practice and our Insurance &…
Tom Geudens photoMr Tom GeudensTom has a particular focus on: Asset based lending Asset finance Acquisition…
Iris Hemelaer photoMrs Iris HemelaerIris is a counsel in the Real Estate, Environment & Regulatory practice
Jan Hofkens photoMr Jan HofkensJan is a Partner in Lydian’s Employment, Pensions & Benefits practice. He…
Caroline Hoste photoMrs Caroline HosteCaroline is a counsel in the Corporate & Finance practice and a…
Yves Lenders photoMr Yves LendersYves is a partner in the Commercial & Litigation practice, where he…
Sandra Lodewijckx photoMrs Sandra LodewijckxSandra is a partner in the Commercial and Dispute Resolution practices and…
Annick Mottet Haugaard photoMrs Annick Mottet HaugaardAnnick is a partner in the Commercial & Litigation practice and heads…
Wouter Neven photoMr Wouter NevenWouter is a partner in the Real Estate, Environment & Regulatory practice,…
Isabel Plets photoMrs Isabel PletsIsabel Plets is Of Counsel in the Employment, Pensions & Benefits practice.
Olivia Santantonio photoMrs Olivia SantantonioOlivia Santantonio is a counsel in Lydian’s IP practice and our Data…
Bruno Stroobants photoMr Bruno StroobantsBruno is a counsel in the Real Estate, Environment & Regulatory practice.
Alexander Vandenbergen photoMr Alexander VandenbergenAlexander is a partner in the Employment, Pensions & Benefits practice and…
Jo Willems photoMr Jo WillemsJo is a Counsel in the Commercial & Litigation practice.
Number of lawyers : 85
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Jan Hofkens, Managing Partner

The Legal 500 Hall of Fame highlights individuals who have received constant praise by their clients for continued excellence.

What has been your greatest achievement, in a professional and personal capability?

In a law firm, it is all about teamwork and people. You can only deliver high quality services to your clients when you have a strong team of experienced and talented lawyers around you. I am very proud of the team of 18 employment lawyers that we have created over the years, which is known for its hard and qualitative work, but where we also have a lot of fun. This team allows us to tackle the most complex employment issues and handle very demanding projects within tight timeframes. I consider this as one of the greatest achievements in my career.

What do you do differently from your peers in the industry?

We consider ourselves as business partners to our clients. We are not only there to give the correct legal input (this is the Olympic minimum), but we go the extra mile and always try to translate the complex legal framework into practical and useful solutions. We take into account the clients specific needs, the company culture, the industrial relations and the client’s business goals. Straight and to-the-point advice is the hallmark of Lydian, and we try to prove this every day.

I am often more a sounding board for my clients, discussing the tactical approach in a file and the way forward. We invest a lot in long-term relationships with clients, which allows us to put the client’s questions always in a broader perspective.

Moreover, we consider employment law not as a niche on its own, but embedded in the broader legal landscape. There are always connections with other areas, such as corporate law, commercial contracts, criminal law, etc. Being part of a full service law firm allows our team of employment lawyers to include these aspects in the advice to our clients, which ultimately results in better and more complete advice.

What advice would you give to your younger self?

What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. The legal profession is challenging and not always easy, but you can learn fast if you are open to new challenges. As employment lawyers, you are dealing with one of the most (if not the most) important assets of a company, and involved in the core business of the client. It allows you to get involved in various types of companies in different industries, which broadens your experience and views. Be open for these experiences, and, last but not least, enjoy!

Can you give me a practical example of how helped a client add value to the business?

Good social relations are crucial for a company to deliver better business results. I dare to say that we contribute to these social relations in our daily advisory, especially when we are involved in difficult restructuring projects. Getting the project done within a tight timeframe, at the budgeted cost and without (too much) industrial nuisance, is of great value to our clients.

For some international clients, we set up a customized alliance of law firms to service their international needs in various countries. This is always done with the help of our good friends, and our strong relations with law firms in other countries which are crucial to make this a success. We have developed IT tools and platforms to facilitate such alliances, which streamlines the work for the client, making our services more transparent and contributes to knowledge sharing and quality improvement. Ultimately this results in more efficiency and lower legal spend. Being able to propose and implement such an approach to international needs, strengthens the long-term relation with the client, and results in better performance of legal services.

Within your sector, what do you think will be the biggest challenge for clients over the next 12 months?

The covid-19 pandemic had of course a tremendous impact on our clients and their business. For heavily impacted industry sectors, we expect a wave of restructurings and downsizings. The large and expensive social plans will often be replaced by recovery plans for companies in distress.

In addition, covid-19 has made us reflects about the workplace of the future and HR 2.0. New forms of organization will be a hot topic, such as telework and remote working. New legislation has been introduced to cope with challenges on wellbeing at the workplace. Another new development is the implementation of the Whistleblowers’ Directive in Belgium in the course of the year.

Finally, the #metoo end #ustoo movements, and its impact on the legal landscape, will remain a hot topic. We already see more focus on company’s policies and risk assessments in the context of due diligence and transactions. A safe work environment, with respect of the employer’s duty of care, will be an important topic. It also triggers issues such as investing in life-long training and education, wellbeing at the workplace, diversity in the workforce, new forms of employment beyond the traditional borders of employer subordination, etc. New concepts will have to be developed to structure the more flexible employment relation for a younger generation with different expectations, approach, attitude and work ethics. We help our clients to think out of the box and design the workforce of the future.

Wouter Neven, Partner

The Legal 500 Hall of Fame highlights individuals who have received constant praise by their clients for continued excellence.

What has been your greatest achievement, in a professional and personal capability?

In the fast-paced and competitive world of real estate in which our clients have to do business, they need confidence, pragmatism and speed. We succeed in delivering this with high-quality services to our clients thanks to a strong, motivated and well-oiled team of experienced and talented lawyers. I am very proud of the great team of more than 20 highly motivated real estate lawyers that we have built up over the years. The team hangs together tremendously and is known in the market for its hard work and high-quality work, but we also enjoy it a lot. The client feels this fantastic atmosphere and can appreciate it enormously. This team enables us to tackle the most complex real estate issues and handle very demanding projects within tight deadlines. I consider this to be one of the greatest achievements of my career.

What do you do differently from your peers in the industry?

We consider ourselves business partners for our customers. Not only are we there to provide the right legal input (this is the Olympic minimum), but we always go the extra mile and try to translate the complex legal framework into practical and usable solutions. We take into account the specific needs of the client, the corporate culture, the market and the client’s business objectives. Direct and to-the-point advice is Lydian’s trademark, and we try to prove it every day.

I am also very often a sounding board for my clients, discussing the tactical approach in a case and the way forward. We invest a lot in long-term relationships with clients, so we can always put the client’s questions in a broader perspective.

We also often offer our clients business opportunities. When we see these, we contact our clients and bring them into contact with other players. They appreciate this enormously.

We will put the interests of our clients first in every advice and also take a position. Clients don’t expect long advice where they don’t know how to proceed at the end of it. We really help them choose and always dare to take a position, which customers greatly appreciate.

What advice would you give to your younger self?

What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. The legal profession is challenging and not always easy, but you can learn quickly if you are open to new challenges. The real estate world is a hard world where everything goes very fast. At the same time, you can live and work at 200km/hour together with your clients. Be open to these experiences and, last but not least, enjoy them!

But do make room and certainly time for the friendships that also exist in this world. The real estate world consists of many fascinating people and you can work with them and/or be friends in a fantastic experience.

Can you give me a practical example of how helped a client add value to the business?

In the real estate world, being able to respond quickly to opportunities is crucial. Anticipating (preferably before competitors do) is also crucial for a real estate company to achieve better operating results. I dare to say that in our daily advice we contribute to the quick discovery and/or secureness of these opportunities.

For some international clients, we set up a customized alliance of law firms to service their international needs in various countries. This is always done with the help of our good friends, and our strong relations with law firms in other countries which are crucial to make this a success. We have developed IT tools and platforms to facilitate such alliances, which streamlines the work for the client, making our services more transparent and contributing to knowledge sharing and quality improvement. Ultimately this results in more efficiency and lower legal spend. Being able to propose and implement such an approach to international needs, strengthens the long-term relation with the client, and results in better performance of legal services.

Within your sector, what do you think will be the biggest challenge for clients over the next 12 months?

The increase in the cost of energy and raw materials is making the realization of real estate projects more expensive. This is primarily a problem for projects under construction and it is expected that contractors will be less eager to work against a lump sum fee for new projects. Due to the high inflation the residential rental market will come under pressure which may cause problems for some investors and property owners.

Alexander Vandenbergen, Partner

The Legal 500 Hall of Fame highlights individuals who have received constant praise by their clients for continued excellence.

What has been your greatest achievement, in a professional and personal capability?

In 2001 I started a new law firm, called Lydian. The aim was to create a full-service Belgian independent law firm operating in an international context. Today, 20 years later, we have realized our dream and more than that: Lydian has become one of the leading Belgian independent full service law firms.

Moreover, the employment pensions & benefits team is recognized as a top player in the market. I am very proud of the team of 18 employment and pensions & benefits lawyers that we have created over the years, which is known for is hard and qualitative work, but where we also have a lot of fun. This team allows us to tackle the most complex employment and pensions & benefits issues and handle very demanding projects within tight timeframes. I consider this as one of the greatest achievements in my career.

What do you do differently from your peers in the industry?

We consider ourselves as business partners to our clients. We are not only there to give the correct legal input (this is the Olympic minimum), but we go the extra mile and always try to translate the complex legal framework into practical and useful solutions. We take into account the clients specific needs, the company culture, the industrial relations and the client’s business goals. Straight and to-the-point advice is the hallmark of Lydian, and we try to prove this every day.

I am often more a sounding board for my clients, discussing the tactical approach in a file and the way forward. We invest a lot in long-term relationships with clients, which allows us to put the client’s questions always in a broader perspective.

Moreover, we consider employment and pensions & benefits law not as a niche on its own, but embedded in the broader legal landscape. There are always connections with other areas, such as corporate law, tax law, insurance law, commercial contracts, criminal law, etc. Being part of a full service law firm with a specific focus on the financial services industry allows our team of employment and pensions & benefits lawyers to include these aspects in the advice to our clients, which ultimately results in better and more complete advice.

What advice would you give to your younger self?

Don’t wait until you’re 50 before thinking about realizing your dreams.

The legal profession is challenging and not always easy, but you can learn fast if you take matters in your own hands and are open to new challenges.

Can you give me a practical example of how helped a client add value to the business?

Good social relations are crucial for a company to deliver better business results. I dare to say that we contribute to these social relations in our daily advisory, especially when we are involved in difficult restructuring projects. Getting the project done within a tight timeframe, at the budgeted cost and without (too much) industrial nuisance, is of great value to our clients.

For some international clients, we set up a customized alliance of law firms to service their international needs in various countries. This is always done with the help of our good friends, and our strong relations with law firms in other countries which are crucial to make this a success. We have developed IT tools and platforms to facilitate such alliances, which streamlines the work for the client, making our services more transparent and contributes to knowledge sharing and quality improvement. Ultimately this results in more efficiency and lower legal spend. Being able to propose and implement such an approach to international needs, strengthens the long-term relation with the client, and results in better performance of legal services.

Within your sector, what do you think will be the biggest challenge for clients over the next 12 months?

The war for talent is back: there is a shortage on the labour market, especially for a large number of so-called bottleneck positions. This is a growing challenge for many employers, and will inevitably have an impact on recruitment and the way employers deal with their workforce. It triggers issues such as hiring employees from other countries to get the job done, investing in life-long training and education, wellbeing at the workplace, diversity in the workforce, new forms of employment beyond the traditional borders of employer subordination, etc. New concepts will have to be developed to structure the more flexible employment relation for a younger generation with different expectations, approach, attitude and work ethics. The Corona pandemic has, most certainly accelerated a number of these new ways of working

We help our clients to think out of the box and design the workforce of the future.