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EY Law
DE KLEETLAAN 2
1831 DIEGEM
Belgium

Belgium > Not-for-profit Tier 2

EY Law's non-profit and trade associations practice assists a litany of European industry associations and other major not-for-profit clients across a wide range of sectors, including banking, food, agriculture, education and healthcare. Incorporation assessments, tailored governance structures, international relocations, and domiciliation agreements are all core competencies for the team. Antoine Druetz is a highly experienced practitioner with key expertise in cross-border restructurings and governance design. Alix Degrez regularly advises non-profits, charities, and trade organisations, most recently with respect to the New Companies and Associations Code.

Practice head(s):

Antoine Druetz

Other key lawyers:

Alix Degrez

Testimonials

‘The EY non -profit team has a very good understanding of the NPO’s challenges and addresses the issues in an innovative and flexible way, though ensuring a full protection of NPO’s interests. Their vast skills foster a comprehensive management of the questions and their international background eases the various applications in foreign countries.’

‘We found the team to be very responsive and able to help us through this complex process. Very professional, always available, high level of specialised knowledge and expertise.  The team knows our association well and knows the world of non-profit associations, which is very valuable.’

‘EY Law’s key strength is their people. They have a unique expertise and a strong client focus. When engaging EY Law you have the certainty of professional support and advice.’

‘EY Law’s not-for-profit practice, has an excellent understanding of the not for profit world that allows them to both solve problems of their client and guide their current and future challenges.’

‘The team is specialised in our sector and proactively keeps us informed of the latest legal developments. It can navigate the Belgian administration efficiently on our behalf.’

‘I found EY Law to be very response, knowledgeable and approachable. Very good understanding of the world of EU associations and they try to tailor solutions to the specificity of their client.’

‘They are fast, conscientious, service-oriented, and offer good value for money.’

The team has demonstrated excellence in client responsiveness, clarity in advice and more importantly strategic foresight in achieving desired outcomes.’

Key clients

The European Plastics Pipes and Fittings Association (TEPPFA)

Forest-Based Sector Technology Platform (FTP)

European Young Doctors Association (EJD)

The World Federation of Intensive and Critical Care (WFICC)

International Association of Public Transport (UITP)

Europe Jacques Delors

Federation of European Risk Management Association (FERMA)

European Association for Haemophilia and Allied Disorders (EAHAD)

Science Europe (SE)

European Society of Anaesthesiology

The European Brain Council (EBC)

European Association of Research and Technology

Organisations AISBL (EARTO)

European Psychiatric Association

The Association of Commercial Television in Europe EEIG

Fondation Don Bosco Belgique

LAB Sint-Niklaas

European Federation Of Psychologists Associations (EFPA)

Work highlights

  • Together with Ernst & Young Société d’Avocats (a French law firm), assessed the feasibility of the European Psychiatric Association incorporating a Belgian subsidiary.
  • Assisted WFICC UK with relocating its UK de facto association to Belgium via the incorporation of a new Belgian international non-profit association.
  • Assisting the European Association of Research and Technology Organisations AISBL on a monthly basis, providing the latter with multidisciplinary services such as the redrafting of its articles of association and internal rules, the organisation of virtual general assemblies, the drafting of domiciliation agreements and the corporate housekeeping and the UBO formalities.

Belgium > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 5

EY Law advises businesses across Belgium, alongside international clients, on corporate and commercial transactions, restructurings, and compliance, including notable cross-border mandates in a variety of regulated sectors such as telecoms, financial services, and energy, with managing partner Peter Suykens heading up the offering. The team also has an an active M&A practice which handles complex transactions for SMEs, venture capital and private equity funds, and multinationals. Tom Swinnen left the firm in November 2021.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

The team is always there to respond quickly to any matter raised.

The team is international and creative. Therefore it suits our goal as an international company working cross border. Both corporate contracts, regulation and restructuring topics can be addressed and are handled with good result. As the partnership contains also financial and tax services it is possible to combine the various specialists in the advice.

The people are very reachable and pragmatic. Listen to the issues you bring forward as a client and then suggest multiple scenarios to value. Not only good knowledge but also good understanding and a nice relationship. They will also go for the best result and are willing to invest a lot of personal effort.

The biggest advantage is that EY is a one stop shop which provided not only legal but also corporate finance, tax & financial due diligence advice.

Key clients

OpenGate Capital

InVivo group

Telavox AB

Sufina

Robur Capital

Partners in Performance

Rigby Group Plc

Arcelor Mittal

Q8 (Kuwait Petroleum)

Planet Group

Farm Frites International

Michelman

ARDO NV

VPK Packaging NV

TVH group

Subaru Europe NV

Unilin BV

Groep Vereenooghe

Sonic Healthcare Benelux

Showpad

EANDIS

INFRAX

Tectum Group

MHI Vestas Belgian entities

Ardian

Uselect BV

Work highlights

  • Advised Kuwait Petroleum Belgium on the sale of Q8Mazout.
  • Advised Robur Capital on the sale of its majority stake in 4ITEGO.
  • Advised Planet Group on the acquisition of Talent in Motion.
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The firm

EY Law is one of the top law firms in Belgium, established in 2009. It is an independent law firm acting for domestic and foreign companies. 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 50+ 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

The following practice groups provide legal services in, among others, the following industries:

  • Charities
  • Competition law
  • Corporate and Commercial law
  • Data privacy
  • Digital law
  • Employment law
  • EU Law
  • Financial law
  • Intellectual property and IT
  • Litigation
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Not-for-profit
  • Real estate
  • Tax

Industries:

  • Automotive sector
  • Banking
  • Consumer products
  • Government and public sector
  • Healthcare and life sciences
  • Industrial products
  • Private equity
  • Real estate
  • Technology and telecommunications
DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Not-for-profit, Charities & Trade Associations, Corporate, M&A, National and cross-border corporate (re)structurings and contract drafting Antoine Druetzantoine.druetz@be.ey.com
Corporate/ Digital Law, National and cross-border restructurings and reorganizations, M&A, Commercial Law, Contract Drafting, Data Protection and Privacy Law Angela Nowosadangela.nowosad@be.ey.com
Employment, Social Security, Social Criminal Barbara Françoisbarbara.francois@be.ey.com
Private Wealth & Tax Controversy Bruno Cardoenbruno.cardoen@be.ey.com
Digital Law/ICT, Commercial, Corporate Dirk Beeckmandirk.beeckman@be.ey.com
Controversy, Corporate, Commercial and Distribution, Domestic & cross-border corporate simplification Herman De Wildeherman.de.wilde@be.ey.com
Digital Law, Data Privacy, GDPR, AI and robotics, E-commerce Jan Decortejan.decorte@be.ey.com
Employment, International mobility, Social security Karla Vuytskarla.vuyts@be.ey.com
Corporate, Commercial and Distribution Lieven Bultincklieven.bultinck@be.ey.com
Corporate, Commercial, M&A, Cross border restructuring, Corporate Secretarial Services Lindsey Clarelindsey.clare@be.ey.com
Private Wealth, Tax compliance, Establishment of companies, Family governance Nathalie Van Diestnathalie.van.diest@be.ey.com
Corporate, Commercial and Distribution, Contract drafting, Legal entity reorganization Peter Suykenspeter.suykens@be.ey.com
Public Sector, Real Estate, Banking, Finance, Capital Market, Dispute Resolution, Public procurement, Environmental Philip Peerensphilip.peerens@be.ey.com
Corporate/M&A Virginie Ciersvirginie.ciers@be.ey.com
Number of lawyers : 3,500
at this office : 50+
Dutch
English
French
Other offices : Antwerp
Other offices : Ghent
Other offices : Liège
Other offices : London
Other offices : New York
Other offices : corresponding offices in Europe, Africa, Asia-Pacific and the Americas

 

CLIENT: Gerrit Verlodt
COMPANY/FIRM: KAZI NV
TESTIMONIAL: Having dealt with many law firms, both domestically and internationally, I was really impressed with the responsiveness and professionalism of the people at EY 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 
COMPANY/FIRM: Neste NV
TESTIMONIAL: As a Belgian legal entity acting in an international business model, Neste NV  has been very pleased with EY Law’s services (team led by Peter Suykens and Angela Nowosad). With EY Law’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
COMPANY/FIRM: Artexis NV
TESTIMONIAL: As a fast growing international company, we are very pleased to have the support from EY 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 EY Law, we are able to  efficiently execute these projects within the timelines set.


CLIENT: Filip Vanhastel
COMPANY/FIRM: TVH Group NV
TESTIMONIAL: As a Belgian legal entity acting in an international business model, TVH GROUP NV  has been very pleased with EY Law’s services (team led by Joost De Zutter and Ann-Sophie Haghedooren). We utilize the firm primarily for corporate and company law. EY Law 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 EY Law 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 EY Law 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 EY Law 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
COMPANY/FIRM: NXMH BVBA
TESTIMONIAL: As a foreign subsidiary, EY Law (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 EY Law. For years of experience with them, we have been very satisfied for their service. Especially, EY Law can co-work with EY TAX CONSULTANTS, so this is quite a strength for coordination with business matters linked to legal, and finance.