Racine > Brussels, Belgium > Firm Profile

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

Belgium > Insolvency and restructuring Tier 3

Racine has a strong focus on ‘pure’ insolvency work, representing clients throughout restructuring and insolvency processes, including cross-border matters, while members of the team are regularly appointed as liquidators or trustees. Areas of strength for the firm include contentious issues such as debt recovery and enforcement disputes, with clients including a number of major financial institutions acting as creditors. The practice is headed up by vastly experienced insolvency law expert Joan Dubaere alongside Stijn Vanschoubroek, with counsel Rubben Lindemans noted for his strong record in restructuring proceedings and enforcement cases.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Rubben Lindemans; Stefaan Aerts

Testimonials

‘Racine has a strong reputation in the area of insolvency law.’

‘With a considerable number of accredited bankruptcy administrators within this firm, it is the go-to firm when dealing with insolvency situations.’

‘Stefaan Aerts is a talented lawyer with a hands-on approach, which is highly valued by clients. I appealed to his services in an important liquidation and he performed the work in an impeccable manner. His advice is always clear and straightforward. It is also a pleasure working with someone who is this available and responsive.’

Rubben Lindemans has also built a strong reputation as one of the rising stars in the insolvency landscape. I look forward to working with him.

‘The team is a household name on the Belgian legal market for restructuring and insolvency. This is the firm which we typically recommend in this area of practice.’

‘It is the combination of their knowledge of this area of the law in combination with their extensive practical experience that causes us to turn to this team.’

‘Very strong team in restructuring & insolvency.’

‘Very good response times.’

Key clients

Besix Sanotec / Flamant Design

Bnp Paribas Fortis Factor

Bnp Paribas Fortis Lease

Btr Services

Flamant Group

Global Investments

Goldman Sachs International

Johnson Controls

Majestic Hotels

Primmoser

Unico

Work highlights

  • Advised the trustrees of Rolsa on levying attachments on the Belgian assets of the former director of Rolsa to secure a claim valued at €200m.
  • Advised Saey Home and Garden on the restructuring of its business.
  • Advised Flamant as liquidators on the liquidation process for several of its retail businesses.

Belgium > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 5

Racine advises a combination of domestic and international businesses, both public and private, on the full range of corporate issues, including governance and operational issues, alongside M&A and accompanying regulatory issues. The firm also has a strong commercial offering led by Stijn Claeys, which advises on franchising and distribution, licensing, and sales alongside other commercial agreements, with a strong focus on the retail sector. The corporate and transactional practice is led by Anthony Van der Hauwaert.

Practice head(s):

Stijn Claeys; Anthony Van der Hauwaert

Other key lawyers:

Stijn Vanschoubroek

Testimonials

‘A high quality and commercially-minded approach. Profound experience and excellent service. Strong international focus and network.’

‘Hands-on mentality and in-depth experiences and highly qualified capabilities in (cross-border) corporate and M&A. Very nice people to work with.’

‘We appreciate working with the commercial department of Racine as it is hands-on, takes a practical approach in our matters, understands quickly the core issues and react swiftly on any question or scope of work .’

Anthony Van der Hauwaert stands out as an outstanding and practical M&A lawyer with whom it is a pleasure to work.

Highly efficient and knowledgeable practice.

‘We have experience with Stijn Claeys and his team. They understand the business, they attack the core problem, and they give adequate and honest advice. We especially appreciate the transparency and pragmatic approach of dealing with our files.’

‘Down-to-earth approach, accessibility of partner.’

‘Stijn Vanschoubroek: down-to-earth, accessible, affordable.’

Key clients

3M

Amaron

Chi Chi’s

CINTAS

Demeyere

DEMEYERE

Era Belgium

Fit20

Grafton

Immo Corporate

Kusmi Tea

Mary Chocolates

Neuhaus

Orange

Organic Concept

ORIS Group (HAIRDIS)

Royal Auping

SAS Institute

Snap Fitness

Vademecom

WDP Warehouses DePauw

Work highlights

  • Advised IZOCK on the sale of all the shares and real estate connected to the supermarket AD Delhaize in Humbeek to the Colruyt Groep.
  • Advising ORIS Group on setting up a franchise network for Belgium and Luxemburg.
  • Advised Orange Bank on its acquisition of Anytime.
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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.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
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 Stijn Claeys
Corporate, M&A and private equity Joan Dubaere
Corporate, M&A and private equity Anthony Van der Hauwaert
Employment Joan Dubaere
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

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.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
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 Stijn Claeys
Corporate, M&A and private equity Joan Dubaere
Corporate, M&A and private equity Anthony Van der Hauwaert
Employment Joan Dubaere
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
French
Spanisch
German
Italian
English
Dutch
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