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EY Law

Not-for-profit Tier 2

EY Law significantly upgraded its not-for-profit offering by hiring Antoine Druetz, and associates Alix Degrez and Sakine Yilmaz, from KOAN Law Firm in January 2020. Druetz heads up the team, which assists Belgian and European associations and foundations with a wide range of matters, including contract drafting, the incorporation of legal structures, finance, M&A, restructurings and governance issues. In addition, it works with EY's tax advisory arm on tax matters. Work from US-based not-for-profit associations is also on the increase for the practice. Recent highlights for the team include assisting the World Federation of Intensive and Critical Care (WFICC) with incorporating a new Belgian international not-for-profit association and dissolving the UK de facto association. In addition, the firm advised the European Junior Doctors Association on holding a remote/virtual annual general assembly in the backdrop of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Practice head(s):

Antoine Druetz

Other key lawyers:

Alix Degrez; Sakine Yilmaz


‘Thorough knowledge and understanding of the environment in which not-for-profits operate.’

‘I have worked with the team in Belgium lead by Antoine Druetz. The team, particularly Antoine, are highly personable and responsive and have good knowledge of their specialist sectors.’

‘Antoine Druetz is extremely knowledgeable, reliable and thorough. He easily builds a relationship of trust.’

‘Mr Antoine Druetz has broad expertise in dealing with non-profit associations and assisted with the constitution, management and running of associations on multiple occasions. Mr Druetz is a customer-focused lawyer and a perfectionist, who does not hesitate to put all his energy and stamina in to assisting his clients.’

‘Alix Degrez has quickly become a reliable adviser on various matters regarding non-profit associations, and related legal and administrative obligations.’

‘Antoine Druetz – very good legal background on all aspects of legal association law in Belgium; always very clear, transparent and a pleasant working manner.’

Key clients

The European Plastics Pipes and Fittings Association AISBL (TEPPFA)

Forest-Based Sector Technology Platform SRL (FTP)

European Young Doctors Association AISBL (EJD)

The World Federation of Intensive and Critical Care (WFICC)

Parentia Brussels ASBL

Gear Up Medical VZW

Centre de la Communication ASBL

International Association of Public Transport AISBL (UITP)

European Business Network for Corporate Sustainability and Responsibility AISBL (CSR Europe)

European Partnership for Energy and the Environment AISBL (EPEE)

Europe Jacques Delors AISBL

Federation of European Risk Management Association AISBL (FERMA)

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 5

EY Law's practice is gaining momentum, with the firm winning work from new and existing clients. It has built up a sizeable client following among start-up and scale-up companies, for whom it provides support on angel investment and venture capital rounds. The firm's client roster also includes entrepreneurial families, venture capital and private equity funds, as well as multinational companies. Tom Swinnen heads up the M&A team, which works closely with specialists in areas such as finance and tax to provide full-service support. Managing partner Peter Suykens leads the corporate and commercial practice. In November 2019, executive directors Dirk Beeckman and Philip Peerens joined from Questa Advocaten and KOAN Law Firm respectively.

Practice head(s):

Lieven Bultinck; Herman De Wilde; Jan Decorte; Joost De Zutter; Philip Peerens; Dirk Beeckman; Peter Suykens; Tom Swinnen

Other key lawyers:

Adrien Faelli; Lindsey Clare; Giovanni Verkooren

Key clients

Arcelor Mittal

Q8 (Kuwait Petroleum)

Maes Energy & Mobility

Planet Group

Farm Frites International



VPK Packaging NV


Subaru Europe NV

Unilin BV

Firma Cras NV

Groep Vereenooghe

Sonic Healthcare Benelux




Tectum Group

MHI Vestas Belgian entities

BLS Cargo


EEG Group

CWS-boco Group


Uselect BV (Beerselect)


The firm

EY Law is one of the top law firms in Belgium, established in 2009. Its enterprising, innovative and solution-based approach has earned it a reputation as an effective force that is highly respected in the market. EY Law is a rapidly growing and ambitious law firm with a no-nonsense mentality. EY Law offers a multidisciplinary approach. Its lawyers are active in all major disciplines that affect businesses. Its privileged co-operation with EY enables it to offer integrated and comprehensive services that address not only the legal but also the tax-related, financial or other aspects of clients’ issues. Furthermore, its industry focus ensures that it has access to up-to-date information and insights spanning a wide range of market sectors.

Areas of practice

Practice groups: the following practice groups provide legal services in, among others, the following industries: corporate and commercial law; mergers and acquisitions; real estate; financial law; employment law; intellectual property and IT; tax; competition law; litigation; EU law; digital law; data privacy; not-for-profit and charities.

Industries: private equity; banking; government and public sector; real estate; technology and telecommunications; automotive sector; healthcare and life sciences; industrial products; and consumer products.


Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate Peter Suykens
Corporate Joost De Zutter
Corporate Lieven Bultinck
Corporate Herman De Wilde
Transactions Tom Swinnen
Transactions Giovanni Verkooren
Transactions Delphine Vandenabeele
Transactions Adrien Faelli
Tax Elisabeth De Nolf
Tax Caroline Vervack
Controversy Herman De Wilde
Controversy Margaux Van Opdenbosch
Employment Yasmina Benali
Commercial and distribution Peter Suykens
Commercial and distribution Lieven Bultinck
Commercial and distribution Herman De Wilde
Commercial and distribution Joost De Zutter
Commercial and distribution Lindsey Clare
Data privacy Jan Decorte
Data privacy Angela Nowosad
EU law Steven Verschuur
EU law Kiran Desai
EU law Margarita Peristeraki
EU law Manu Mohan
(EU) competition law Kiran Desai
(EU) competition law Margarita Peristeraki
(EU) competition law Manu Mohan
Digital Jan Decorte
Digital Angela Nowosad
Digital Lindsey Clare
Not-for-profit and charities Peter Suykens
Not-for-profit and charities Valérie Havaux
Photo Name Position Profile
 Dirk Beeckman  photo Dirk Beeckman
Mr Lieven Bultinck  photo Mr Lieven Bultinck Lieven Bultinck is a Director in the Corporate Department of EY Law,…
Ms Lindsey Clare photo Ms Lindsey Clare Lindsey Clare is a senior managing associate within EY Law. Lindsey has…
 Herman De Wilde  photo Herman De Wilde Executive Director
Mr Joost De Zutter  photo Mr Joost De Zutter Joost De Zutter is a Director in the Corporate Department of EY…
 Jan Decorte  photo Jan Decorte Associate Partner
 Alix Degrez  photo Alix Degrez Associate
Mr Antoine Druetz photo Mr Antoine Druetz Associate Partner
 Saloua El Messaoui  photo Saloua El Messaoui Executive Director
 Adrien Faelli  photo Adrien Faelli Managing Associate
 Ann-Sophie Haghedooren  photo Ann-Sophie Haghedooren Managing Associate
 Valérie Havaux  photo Valérie Havaux
 Kelly Matthyssens  photo Kelly Matthyssens Managing Associate
Mrs Angela Nowosad  photo Mrs Angela Nowosad Angela Nowosad has been an attorney-at-law with EY Law since May 2014.…
 Philip Peerens  photo Philip Peerens
 Margarita Peristeraki  photo Margarita Peristeraki Executive Director, State Aid Law Leader
 Laurent Stas  photo Laurent Stas Executive Director
Mr Peter Suykens photo Mr Peter Suykens Peter Suykens is the managing partner of EY Law and he has…
 Tom Swinnen  photo Tom Swinnen Tom heads the transactions / M&A department of EY Law. He advises…
 Li-Yu Tu  photo Li-Yu Tu Senior Manager
 Margaux Van Opdenbosch  photo Margaux Van Opdenbosch Managing Associate
 Giovanni Verkooren  photo Giovanni Verkooren
 Karla Vuyts  photo Karla Vuyts
Number of lawyers : 2,200
at this office : >40
Other offices : Antwerp
Other offices : Ghent
Other offices : London
Other offices : New York
Other offices : corresponding offices in Europe, Africa, Asia-Pacific and the Americas

CLIENT: Gerrit Verlodt


TESTIMONIAL: Having dealt with many law firms, both domestically and internationally, I was really impressed with the responsiveness and professionalism of the people at HVG Law in Belgium (team led by Lieven Bultinck and Lindsey Clare). We utilize the firm primarily for corporate and company law. They provide excellent advice both in short “over the phone” as in written consultations and deliver outstanding drafting services, and this always within the agreed upon timing.


CLIENT: Filip Thierie 


TESTIMONIAL: As a Belgian legal entity acting in an international business model, Neste NV  has been very pleased with HVG’s services (team led by Peter Suykens and Angela Nowosad). With HVG’s assistance in subsidiary administration and all related compliance matters, we are able to have a solid corporate governance structure in place. We especially appreciate the pro-active and hands-on advice we receive.

CLIENT: Kenneth Verheyden


TESTIMONIAL: As a fast growing international company, we are very pleased to have the support from HVG Law in Belgium (team led by Joost De Zutter and Ann-Sophie Haghedooren) in our continuous integration process of mergers and acquisitions and related compliance matters. With the support of HVG Law, we are able to  efficiently execute these projects within the timelines set.

CLIENT: Filip Vanhastel


TESTIMONIAL: As a Belgian legal entity acting in an international business model, TVH GROUP NV  has been very pleased with HVG’s services (team led by Joost De Zutter and Ann-Sophie Haghedooren). We utilize the firm primarily for corporate and company law. HVG is very diligent and responsive. They understand the working relationship with corporations and have strong understanding of corporate matters and good practice. We especially appreciate the short response time and their solution oriented approach.The team at HVG are friendly and approachable. I would recommend them to any organisation looking for legal support.

CLIENT: Didier Gistelinck

COMPANY/FIRM: Eurofins Scientific Group

TESTIMONIAL: The Brussels HVG M&A team recently supported Eurofins on a M&A buy-side transaction providing excellent support and input (team led by Tom Swinnen and Giovanni Verkooren). Very knowledgeable and with a pro-active approach, the HVG team assisted us with both legal support and overall project co-ordination with the other advisors and helped us to make the deal happen, both pre-closing as well as post-closing!

CLIENT: Taejoon Kim


TESTIMONIAL: As a foreign subsidiary, HVG (team led by Joost De Zutter, Ann-Sophie Haghedooren and Chloë Boeykens) has been excellent to provide complicated domestic matters. There have been quite difficulties to coordinate international group matters and timing of issues, but always well managed with HVG. For years of experience with them, we have been very satisfied for their service. Especially, HVG can co-work with EY TAX CONSULTANTS, so this is quite a strength for coordination with business matters linked to legal, and finance.