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Philippe & Partners

Belgium > Dispute resolution Tier 3

Philippe & Partners‘ disputes practice advises on a broad spectrum of commercial litigation, arbitration, and mediation matters, focusing principally on clients operating in the insurance, banking and finance, energy, gaming, and tax sectors.  The practice is jointly led by market veteran Denis Philippe, and insurance and energy litigation specialist Marc Gouden – both of whom split their time between Brussels and Luxembourg. Pierre Moreau – who works across the firm’s offices in Brussels, Mons, and Luxembourg – is noted for his capabilities in insurance litigation, while Jean-François Libert is a key contact for disputes in the gaming and gambling sectors. Counsel Laure-Anne Nyssen is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Denis Philippe; Marc Gouden

Work highlights

  • Assisted the European Union in antitrust damages actions against the elevator cartel.
  • Successfully assisted major energy supplier Electrabel in claim against distribution system operator which failed to fulfil its legal obligations due to a problem that occurred during the migration of the IT system.
  • Acted as legal counsel on behalf of Electrabel in a criminal investigation for the sabotage of a nuclear power plant.

Belgium > Industry focus: Energy Tier 3

Leveraging its ties with a wider network of offices, as well as a strategic partnership with independent consulting firm Bernard Energy Advocacy, Philippe & Partners is noted for its focus on energy transition work, assisting a range of domestic and international clients with both regulatory and contentious matters. Practice head Denis Philippe – who splits his time between Brussels and Luxembourg – is an experienced lawyer (as well as a CEPANI arbitrator) whose recent engagements include multimillion-euro criminal investigations and damages proceedings, acting on behalf of major energy multinationals. Liege-based senior associate Mathieu Clément de Cléty is also noted for his contentious expertise.

Practice head(s):

Denis Philippe

Other key lawyers:

Work highlights

  • Assisted Electrabel during criminal proceedings, which were initiated in the context of sabotage of a nuclear power plant in 2014.
  • Successfully assisted Electrabel in a claim against a distribution system operator which failed to fulfil its legal obligations due to a problem that occurred during the migration of the IT system.
  • Successfully assisted the Brussels Capital Region in the transposition of the European directives of the Clean Energy Package and on the modification of the Brussels regulation relating to the organisation of the energy markets.

Belgium > Insurance Tier 3

Marc Gouden and Pierre Moreau head the insurance and intermediaries team at Philippe & Partners, which operates across the firm’s offices in Brussels and Luxembourg. The team provides broad coverage to clients in the sector, with Gouden a key contact for arbitration and, increasingly, matters related to GDPR regulations.

Practice head(s):

Pierre Moreau; Marc Gouden


‘Professionalism, availability, responsiveness and very extensive knowledge of the sector.’

Why does Philippe & Partners do what it does? Philippe & Partners is convinced that innovation needs to be prioritised as a driver of progress. What it does is inspired by the root value guiding any law firm’s social role: making the clients’ projects a success.

How does it work? Its foremost priority is to understand the client and what they want. In doing so, it does not see the role of a law firm as solely applying legal rules and regulations, but also as a source of practical solutions in compliance with the law and helping clients achieve their goals. Many of its staff have spent time working in companies, making it easier for them to understand how their customers ‘tick’.

Anticipating legal developments is a further stepping stone contributing to the long-term viability of any legal solution. This is why the firm is not only made up of specialist lawyers, but also maintains very close links with the academic world, with a number of lawyers teaching at major universities across Europe.

Philippe & Partners operates in several countries and all of its lawyers speak several languages. Over the years, it has developed privileged partnerships with international legal networks, who share its own humanist values. This set-up allows the firm to support client projects throughout the world. Philippe & Partners is a completely independent firm, not too large to lose human touch, and guided by top-notch professionalism. While taking care to maintain a healthy financial footing, the firm is able to offer an attractive level of fees.

What does it offer? Philippe & Partners provides an all-round high-quality service in the majority of legal fields. Its in-depth specialised knowledge of law, accompanied by attention to detail, both spiced with a creative approach and a touch of audacity, allow the firm to offer clients what it calls ‘fine art in legal practice’.

By developing specialised teams for each practice area, Philippe & Partners offers tailor-made solutions (eg outsourcing programmes) to national and international companies, public authorities, non-profit organisations and private persons in all main business areas.

Areas of practice: Philippe & Partners is convinced that the knowing the person who asks the question is as important as knowing the answer to the question. That’s the reason why the firm focuses on different industries: insurance; banking and finance; energy; inventors; gambling; tax and estate planning

Department Name Email Telephone
ADR, litigation and arbitration Denis Philippe
ADR, litigation and arbitration Marc Gouden
ADR, litigation and arbitration Wim Sys
Banking and finance Denis Philippe
Belgian, European and international inheritance Victor-Vincent Dehin
Employment and HR Pierre-Yves Materne
Energy (electricity and gas) – regulatory Denis Philippe
Energy (electricity and gas) – regulatory Marc Gouden
EU and competition Denis Philippe
General commercial and corporate Denis Philippe
General commercial and corporate Marc Gouden
General commercial and corporate Pierre Moreau
General commercial and corporate Jean-François Libert
General commercial and corporate Wim Sys
Insurance and liabilities Pierre Moreau
Insurance and liabilities Marc Gouden
Insurance and liabilities Quentin de Thysebaert
Intellectual property, trade practices and ICT, privacy Victor-Vincent Dehin
Intellectual property, trade practices and ICT, privacy Laure-Anne Nyssen
Public law and procurement Mathieu Clément de Cléty
Tax and estate planning Jean-François Libert
Gambling Jean-François Libert
Photo Name Position Profile
Marc GOUDEN photo Marc GOUDEN Partner – Avocat à la Cour (Luxembourg) – Attorney-at-law at the Brussels…
Pierre Moreau photo Mr Pierre Moreau Pierre Moreau joined the firm Philippe & Partners in 2008 and became…
Denis Philippe photo Prof Dr Denis Philippe Denis Philippe is one of the founding partners of Philippe & Partners.…
Number of lawyers : 31
at this office : 15
Other offices : Liège
Other offices : Luxembourg
Other offices : Mons
Other offices : Namur
Other offices : Paris
Other offices : London