Firm Profile > Racine > Brussels, Belgium

Racine
ACCESS BUILDING, KEIZER KARELLAAN 586, BUS 9
AVENUE CHARLES QUINT 586, BTE 9
B1082 BRUSSELS
Belgium

Insolvency and restructuring Tier 3

At Racine, the focus is primarily on insolvency and restructuring-related litigation, with practice co-heads Joan Dubaere and Stijn Vanschoubroek often appointed as trustees and liquidators in various domestic proceedings. The team's client roster includes both debtors and lenders, and it has a further ability to handle distressed M&A-related matters. Counsel Rubben Lindemans is another key name; he specialises in reorganisation proceedings and enforcement.

Practice head(s):

Joan Dubaere; Stijn Vanschoubroek

Other key lawyers:

Rubben Lindemans

Key clients

Besix Sanotec/Flamant Design

BNP Paribas Fortis Factor

BNP Paribas Fortis Lease

BTR Services

Flamant Group

Global Investments

Goldman Sachs International

Hervé Hubert Group

Johnson Controls

Majestic Hotels

Primmoser

Unico

Vaarn

Saey Home & Garden

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 5

At RacineAnthony Van der Hauwaert heads up the corporate and transactional team, while retail sector expert Stijn Claeys leads the commercial group. The firm advises publicly listed and private companies on a wide range of transactional and advisory matters, including domestic and cross-border M&A, group restructurings, share capital transactions, shareholder agreements, corporate governance and director liability. Commercial work includes advice on franchising, advertising, supply agreements and consumer protection. Claeys has particular expertise in distribution law issues.

Practice head(s):

Anthony Van der Hauwaert

Other key lawyers:

Stijn Claeys; Sien Vermeesch

Testimonials

Hands-on team with smooth negotiators.

Stijn Claeys is partner at the commercial department. His strength is that he thinks along with the client, he understands the business very quickly, goes straight to the core of the problem, does not turn around the issue, tries to find practical solutions with ear for commercial arguments (if any), but he does not avoid tricky discussions and he is witty.

Always accessible, they think also out of the box, ready to go with you until the end of the process (dedicated).

I work with Anthony Van der Hauwaert. He is very knowledgeable and friendly. He understands the need very quickly and responds to it very well and quickly.

Stijn Vanschoubroek was our single point of contact, coordinating from his side with his colleagues internally. It sounds easy, but to keep communication clear & transparent seems to be a big issue in more complex situations for many companies.

The team is very professional and discrete. Always available for helping you out.

Pragmatic, cost-efficient and client-focused approach.

Racine has a great corporate team with lots of international experience and credentials. They understand complex global deals and work smoothly together with other lawyers from other jurisdictions.

Key clients

3M

Brico Belgium

Cintas

Credendo

DEMEYERE

FIT 20

Group Moret Industries

JOHNSON CONTROLS

KOMATSU EUROPE INTERNATIONAL

KUSMI TEA K Retail

Maxeda DIY

NEUHAUS

ODALYS

ORGANIC CONCEPT

Oris group (Hairdis)

ROYAL AUPING

SUEZ

WOLTERS KLUWER BELGIUM

The firm: Located in Brussels, Racine is an independent full-service firm which provides legal services in relation to all aspects of Belgian business law. The firm brings together more than 30 Belgian lawyers, most of whom combine a Belgian law degree with a postgraduate master degree from renowned international universities. Our  Belgian practitioners offer clients a complete service on all issues regarding business law in Belgium. The firm’s approach is pragmatic and based on achieving efficient solutions.

Department Name Email Telephone
Administrative law, public procurement and environment Isabelle Cooreman
Banking and finance Anthony Van der Hauwaert
Banking and finance Stefaan Aerts
Competition, e-commerce and distribution Melanie Verroken
Competition, e-commerce and distribution Stijn Claeys
Corporate, M&A and private equity Joan Dubaere
Corporate, M&A and private equity Anthony Van der Hauwaert
Employment Joan Dubaere
IP and IT Melanie Verroken
Liability and insurance Kathlien Vergels
Litigation and arbitration Stijn Vanschoubroek
Litigation and arbitration Stefaan Aerts
Real estate and construction Anthony Van der Hauwaert
Real estate and construction Stefaan Aerts
Restructuring and insolvency Joan Dubaere
Restructuring and insolvency Stijn Vanschoubroek
Number of lawyers : 230
At this office : 30
Dutch
French
English
Spanish
German
Italian
Member of Eurojuris (http://www.eurojuris.net/en)
Other offices : Paris
Other offices : Bordeaux
Other offices : Lyon
Other offices : Marseille
Other offices : Nantes
Other offices : Strasbourg