Mr Hugo Keulers > Lydian > Brussels, Belgium > Lawyer Profile

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

Work Department

Commercial law
Dispute Resolution

Position

Hugo is a partner in the Commercial and Dispute Resolution practices and heads the Insurance and Reinsurance team. He is Lydian’s current Managing Partner.

Career

Hugo has a particular focus on:

  • large, complex liability and insurance claims
  • commercial law
  • commercial litigation / arbitration

Hugo is the trusted adviser of a large number of international and Belgian insurers and reinsurers, brokers and specialist firms and has been involved in most of the largest and high-value insurance disputes in Belgium in the last 15 years. With over 25 years of experience in commercial law and commercial litigation, he regularly advises on liability and insurance claims in such areas as all risk property, construction all risk insurance, ALOP Insurance, D&O, professional indemnity and product liability insurance. 

He is one of the few Belgian lawyers with experience in handling complex insurance and reinsurance disputes, in all lines of insurance, before Belgian courts and arbitration panels. As he often represents international clients, he is very well aware of the cultural and legal differences in commercial contracts between Belgian and non-Belgian companies. Who’s Who Legal has recognised him as only one of 10 Thought Leaders in Litigation in Belgium, reflecting his unique blend of expertise and experience.

Hugo also handles arbitration and mediation cases. He acted as counsel, arbitrator and mediator.

Languages

Dutch, English, French & German

Education

Hugo graduated with a law degree from the Catholic University of Leuven (KUL) in 1991. In 1995, he obtained a degree in insurance science from the IPO Management School of the University of Antwerp (UIA). In 2002 he completed a postgraduate course in financial management at the Catholic University of Leuven (KUL). Hugo was admitted to the Brussels bar in 1991 and is now a member of both the Brussels Bar and the Hasselt Bar, admitted to plead cases before all Belgian courts.

Lawyer Rankings

Belgium > Insurance

(Leading individuals)

Hugo KeulersLydian

Belgium > Fraud and white-collar crime

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 > Dispute resolution

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.

Comparative Guides

Belgium: Insurance & Reinsurance April 2022 This country-specific Q&A provides an overview to Insurance & Reinsurance laws and regulations that may occur in Belgium.