Firm Profile > Ambos > Antwerp, Belgium

Jan Van Gentstraat 7
2000 Antwerp

Industry focus: Transport Tier 2

Ambos leverages its multi-disciplinary expertise to advise transport clients on administrative, labour, environmental, company and corporate law matters. Antwerp-based practice head Ingrid Van Clemen leads the shipping team, with particular expertise in maritime litigation, while Ghent-based practice head Peter Van de Vijver specialises in general transport law and port-related activities. Other strengths include contract drafting and advisory work in the logistics sector. In a recent highlight, Van de Vijver represented clothing retailer JBC in court proceedings over an electronic platform for product returns.

Practice head(s):

Ingrid Van Clemen; Peter Van de Vijver


Ingrid van Clemen is a very emphatic and professional specialist.

Quick responses, availability of senior lawyers, wide range of knowledge on different transport modes, reasonable fees and usually back-up available on any case.

Ingrid Van Clemen always gives a realistic assessment of the chances of success in procedures and takes into account client input much more than any other solicitor I have worked with.

Key clients

Grimaldi Lines



Port Authority Ghent

Unicarriers (Mitsubishi)

Compagnie Belge de Manutention

Belgian P & I


MSC PSA Terminal

DP World Antwerp

Ministry of Transport

Ministry of Health

GWM Surveys


Europe Cargo




Sea tank Terminal

CH Robinson

Euro Silo

Steder Group

De Baerdemaecker

I-Motion Shipping

Belgian New Fruit Wharf


RDW Stevedoring

IMCS Surveys

Flemish Pilot Autority

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 4

Ambos' corporate and M&A team acts for industry-leading names operating in areas such as biotechnology, energy, financial services, construction, real estate and retail. Christina Trappeniers and Caroline Wildemeersch jointly lead the group, which leverages its in-house experience to advise Belgian and foreign companies on a wide range of mandates. In 2019, Wildemeersch and Karen De Clercq acted for the shareholders of Orbit GeoSpatial Technologies NV on the sale of the company to Bentley Systems International Limited. Other drivers of work for the team include private equity and venture capital transactions, joint ventures and corporate restructurings, as well as advice on shareholders' agreements and strategic alliances.

Practice head(s):

Christina Trappeniers; Caroline Wildemeersch

Other key lawyers:

Alexis Goeminne; Jens Van Hecke; Karen De Clercq


We are used to working with Alexis Goeminne. Alexis has a strong knowledge of our business and of course of the corporate M&A domain. He is always on standby for his clients and easy to reach. Alexis is very responsive, hands-on and very pragmatic.

Key clients


Orelia Group (Palmyra Brands)

Tans Group

AHold Delhaize

Orange Belgium

ISS Facility Services




Tailormade Logistics

Kebek Private Equity

Oxford Global Resources (ASGN Inc.)

Lunch Garden

Amplifon Belgium

Maatschappij van de Brugse Zeehaven (Port of Zeebrugge)


NovaTech Europe

La Varenne

Vista Capital

Belmoney Transfert


Kharon Funeral Services

Pietercil Delby’s


Intellectual property Tier 4

Bart Vandereeckt and counsel Kathleen Paisley are key contacts at Ambos. The firm's copyright work covers licensing and other forms of commercial exploitation, as well as infringement proceedings. On the trade mark side, the team assists clients with managing their portfolios, as well as undertaking contentious work. Elsewhere, the group has expertise in patents, design rights and unfair trade practices. Vandereeckt has practised IP and IT law in Brussels for more than two decades.

Department Name Email Telephone
Administrative and environmental Björn Cloots
Arbitration, mediation and litigation Ingrid Van Clemen
Arbitration, mediation and litigation Kathleen Paisley
Banking and finance Caroline Wildemeersch
Banking and finance Jens Van Hecke
Capital markets Christina Trappeniers
Capital markets Caroline Wildemeersch
Commercial and contracts Peter Van de Vijver
Commercial and contracts Bart Vandereeckt
Competition Isabelle Buelens
Corporate Roel Nieuwdorp
Corporate Jens Van Hecke
Corporate Alexis Goeminne
Dispute resolution Ingrid Van Clemen
Dispute resolution Bart Vandereeckt
Distribution Isabelle Buelens
Distribution Peter Van de Vijver
Employment, incentives and pensions Damien Stas de Richelle
Employment, incentives and pensions Carl Bevernage
Insolvency and restructuring Caroline Wildemeersch
Insolvency and restructuring Jens van Hecke
IP/IT/data protection Bart Vandereeckt
IP/IT/data protection Kathleen Paisley
M&A and private equity Caroline Wildemeersch
M&A and private equity Christina Trappeniers
Port and logistics Peter Van de Vijver
Port and logistics Ingrid Van Clemen
Real estate Christina Trappeniers
Real estate Alexis Goeminne
Shipping and transport Ingrid Van Clemen
Shipping and transport Peter Van de Vijver
Trade practices and consumer law Isabelle Buelens
Number of lawyers : 25
Other offices : Brussels
Other offices : Ghent