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Lydian

TOUR & TAXIS, HAVENLAAN, AVENUE DU PORT 86C, B113, 1000 BRUSSELS, BELGIUM
Tel:
Work +32 2 787 90 00
Fax:
Fax +32 2 787 90 99
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Web:
www.lydian.be
Antwerp, Brussels

Belgium

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

Lydian

In the banking and finance sphere, Lydian provides an ‘efficient service’, and its advice is ‘invariably clear, concise and easy for clients to digest’. Asset-based lending, asset finance and project finance are strengths. Regulatory work for banks and other financial services companies also features. Practice head Tom Geudens, senior associates Pieterjan Van Assche and Pieter Meeus and associate Inez Vermeesch are noted.

Next generation lawyers

Pieter Meeus - Lydian

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

Lydian

Lydian’s ‘very professional, accurate and responsive’ corporate team is ‘very competitive’. The team has recently advised on five acquisitions for nursing homes and residences company Vivalto Home, and has also assisted with the issuance of senior secured notes. The firm fields ‘a number of extraordinary lawyers’; among them are Patrick della Faille, Tom Geudens and Peter De Ryck, who is ‘fantastic to work with’.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 2

Lydian

Lydian stands out for its ‘broad international experience’ and ‘outstanding record in insurance files’; it also handles commercial and corporate disputes, contentious construction matters, competition litigation and, increasingly, white-collar crime cases. Department lead Hugo Keulers, who is ‘very knowledgeable and efficient’, represented ZF Wind Power in a product liability-related case against AXA Corporate Solutions. Litigator and new ICT head Bastiaan Bruyndonckx joined from Linklaters in 2017. Yves Lenders, Annick Mottet Haugaard and Sandra Lodewijckx are also key contacts.

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 2

Lydian

Lydian has ‘a responsive and collaborative’ group of ‘highly specialised experts’. Co-group head Jan Hofkensalways exceeds the highest expectations’. Alexander Vandenbergen, who co-heads the employment practice and leads the pensions and benefits unit, is also highly rated. The firm assists key client Nike with all labour and employment matters including dismissals, litigation and compliance and policy issues.

Leading individuals

Jan Hofkens - Lydian

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

Lydian

Excellent on all points’, Lydian’s ‘very professional’ cross-practice team is noted for its employment, criminal and insurance law expertise. Hugo Keulers, Jan Hofkens and Yves Lenders are the key contacts.

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Insolvency and restructuring
Insolvency and restructuring - ranked: tier 3

Lydian

Among Lydian’s recent highlights, it advised Team Kalorik on its judicial reorganisation; Patrick della Faille led that work. Yves Lenders is also noted. Other clients include De Rouck Geomatics, Mensura and Prefarails.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

Lydian

Lydian acts for luxury brands and a range of domestic and multinational companies from a diverse spread of industries, and is also a popular referral firm among international law firms. Key names in the team are ‘professional and responsive’ senior associate Olivia Santantonio and practice head Annick Mottet Haugaard, who has considerable expertise in counterfeiting issues. Bastiaan Bruyndonckx joined in October 2016 from Linklaters.

Next generation lawyers

Olivia Santantonio - Lydian

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

Lydian

Lydianreally stands out for its in-depth knowledge and responsiveness’; it has a broad portfolio of domestic and international clients active in various subsectors of the real estate market. Its team operates from the firm’s offices in Brussels, Antwerp and Hasselt. Wouter Neven has ‘a calm demeanour which makes him easy to work with and makes him effective in persuading people to his point of view’. Senior associate Bruno Stroobants has strong experience in real estate transactions and construction litigation.

Leading individuals

Wouter Neven - Lydian

Next generation lawyers

Bruno Stroobants - Lydian

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Belgium: Industry focus

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

Lydian

Reliable firmLydianprovides accurate and to the point responses’. Domestic and international companies turn to the ICT team for a range of corporate and commercial advice and transactional support. Practice head Bastiaan Bruyndonckx, the ‘professional and responsiveAnnick Mottet Haugaard and senior associate Olivia Santantonio are noted.

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Transport
Industry focus: Transport - ranked: tier 2

Lydian

Yves Lenders’ transport and logistics team at Lydian regularly handles port projects, logistics outsourcing projects and litigation following rail accidents. In a recent case, the team represented Lineas in litigation initiated by Infrabel following the derailment of a train in the south of Belgium.

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