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Belgium > Industry focus: Transport Tier 2

The Antwerp-based transport team at Ambos advises on a full range of maritime and logistics work – including shipping and port law issues – for a range of international shipping groups and blue-chip multinationals from across the sector. Recent highlights for the team include full scope dry shipping advisory mandates, various contract negotiations, and contentious proceedings acting on behalf of major governmental bodies. Practice head Ingrid Van Clemen is a highly experienced maritime litigator with niche expertise in cargo claims. Björn Cloots specialises in port sector administrative law, including concession contracts between port authorities and customers. Recently promoted partner Philippe Van Dijck is recommended for his knowledge of port labour, ship sales and liquidations, and Belgian piracy claims. Peter Van De Vijver has left the practice.

Practice head(s):

Ingrid Van Clemen


‘Cooperative attitude towards the client. Ambos, more than most other law firms, does listen to and take into account client’s feedback on the strategy to follow or on the legal situation of a case.’

‘Excellent ratio between the hourly rates and the quality of the work delivered.’

‘Ingrid Van Clemen has excellent responses, impressive understanding, and experience in Belgian transport and maritime law. Provides honest analyses of the strengths but also the weaknesses of a case and realistic estimations of time needed to deliver advice in complex cases.’

‘Philippe Van Dijck has excellent analysis skills.’

Key clients

Grimaldi Lines


Stukwerkers NV

Port Authority Ghent

Compagnie Belge de Manutention


Belgian P & I

MSC PSA Terminal

DP World Antwerp

Silk Ways Airlines

Belgian Government – department of Transport & Mobility

Flemish Government – Pilot department

GWM Surveys

Antwerp Shipping Federation (ASF – ASV)

Europe Cargo / Euro Nordic / Seabow



Sea tank Terminal

CH Robinson

SW Trucking

Cyber Gun

Steder Group

Work highlights

  • Advising the Antwerp Shipping Federation on a discussion between a number of container lines and the Environmental Inspection on the transport of waste in containers.
  • Advising the Flemish Maritime Pilots on the legal implications and liabilities of the use of certain electronic devices by pilots.
  • Representing the Belgian Ministry of Transport in the collection of administrative fines.

Belgium > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 4

Ambos works with SMEs and larger companies, including multinationals, on M&A, private equity and joint venture transactions, with a broad range of sector expertise including healthcare, telecoms, logistics, and financial services, alongside advising clients on commercial agreements, distribution, and contracts. Alexis Goeminne leads the team, with a strong record in M&A for large international companies, alongside Jens Van Hecke, who has financial services regulatory expertise and regularly advises payment institutions.


‘The Ambos Team are incredibly knowledgeable, very well connected and their legal advice is always practical and professional’

‘Jens Van Hecke has a great experience in financial law and delivers high quality advice. It’s a great pleasure to collaborate with Mr. Van Hecke.’

‘Excellent quality of work delivered in time. Excellent availability of associates. Excellent communication. Billing: value for work.’

Key clients

Ahold Delhaize

Orange Belgium

ISS Facility Services


Port of Zeebrugge


Belmoney Transfert


De Bonte


PSM Lighting


Work highlights

  • Advised the telecoms operator Orange on its contemplated acquisition of Mobile Vikings in a managed auction process.
  • Advised the food retail group Ahold Delhaize on its acquisition of various food retail companies and businesses in Belgium and Luxembourg.
  • Advised De Bonte on its negotiations with CEMEX regarding the installation in the UK of a production line for the production of prestressed concrete sleepers.

AMBOS advocaten
Antwerp – Brussels

We Listen, Act and Solve

Arbitration, mediation and litigation Kathleen Paisley
Arbitration, mediation and litigation Ingrid Van Clemen
Arbitration, mediation and litigation Jens Van Hecke
EU Regulatory: Financial Services Jens Van Hecke
Commercial and contracts Bart Vandereeckt
Competition Isabelle Buelens
Corporate Jens Van Hecke
Corporate Roel Nieuwdorp
Dispute resolution Ingrid Van Clemen
Dispute resolution Bart Vandereeckt
Distribution Isabelle Buelens
Employment, incentives and pensions Carl Bevernage
IP/IT/data protection Bart Vandereeckt
IP/IT/data protection Kathleen Paisley
Port and logistics Ingrid Van Clemen
Shipping and transport Ingrid Van Clemen
Trade practices and consumer law Isabelle Buelens
Jens Van Hecke photoMr Jens Van HeckePartner
Number of lawyers : 9
Other offices : Antwerp
Other offices : Ghent