Firm Profile > MVVP > Brussels, Belgium


Industry focus: Retail Tier 1

MVVP has notable knowledge of the retail sector and counts Aldi, Espirit and Goodyear Dunlop Tires among its clients. The team has expertise in restructuring, advertising and corporate matters, and is led by commercial expert and litigator Jan Ravelingien, who has particular experience advising on the launch of e-money products and novel lease models.

Practice head(s):

Jan Ravelingien

Key clients

IC Group of Companies



CBR Fashion Group




Charles Vögele

Goodyear Dunlop Tires


Buffalo Boots

Takko Fashion



Industry focus: media and entertainment Tier 2

MVVP has a strong reputation in the media, advertising and entertainment industries and frequently handles a range of contentious and non-contentious IP, corporate, commercial and regulatory matters. Its broad client base spans ranges from production companies, advertising agencies and record labels to publishers, artists and TV personalities. The group is jointly led by founding partner Peter Marx, who advises a breadth of media and entertainment sector clients on IP issues; Herman Croux, who focuses on the film, performing arts and art sectors; and Olivier Sasserath, who has particular experience in the music, film and advertising industries.

Practice head(s):

Peter Marx; Herman Croux; Olivier Sasserath

Key clients


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Le Corbusier Furniture

Arne Jacobson Furniture


Intellectual property Tier 4

MVVP's IP practice handles copyright litigation, trade mark disputes, counterfeiting issues and licensing matters for clients drawn from the fashion, entertainment, media and design sectors, to name a few. Herman Croux, Peter Marx and Olivier Sasserath are the names to note.

Practice head(s):

Herman Croux; Peter Marx; Olivier Sasserath

Key clients


Poltrona Frau



Real estate and construction Tier 4

MVVP is perhaps best known for its strong expertise in assisting prominent clients from the retail sector with transactional matters. Stefaan Verbouwe is the name to note.

Practice head(s):

Stefaan Verbouwe

Key clients


Belgian Shell


Immo Meir

The firm: Marx Van Ranst Vermeersch & Partners (MVVP) is an independent business law firm based in Brussels.

As a fully integrated law firm, MVVP is committed to producing the highest quality of work, promptly delivered and geared to practical business solutions. MVVP lawyers are hands-on and easily accessible.

MVVP represents Belgian and international clients ranging from start-ups to closely held businesses and multinationals, and this both in negotiations as in the course of litigation, before commercial, civil and administrative courts, as well as arbitral courts, in Belgium and at the European level (including the European Court of Justice). MVVP also acts as the day-to-day counsel for many of its clients.

To extend its capabilities and ensure the highest levels of service, MVVP maintains strong professional contacts with law firms all over the world and is a member of several international networks, some of them specialised in specific practice areas.

Thanks to an extensive international tradition, MVVP knows how to deal with different legal and business cultures.

All its lawyers are able to handle files in English, French and Dutch, and the firm also works in German and Spanish.

Areas of practice: Corporate and finance: MVVP advises clients on corporate and financial law matters including mergers, acquisitions and buyouts; private equity and venture capital; corporate governance, director/auditor liability issues; general corporate law; associations, foundations and not-for-profit organisations and family businesses. Nicole Van Ranst, Kristoffel Vermeersch and Klaus Heinemann are the contact partners.

Intellectual property, information technology and data protection – media and entertainment: MVVP is active in all issues related to intellectual property, whether in copyright and designs, trade marks, patents, databases, for all types of customers.

The MVVP team also has extensive experience in IT law and electronic commerce, and advises clients on all issues related to IT agreements, technology licensing, outsourcing services, privacy and data protection.

In the field of media and entertainment MVVP represents various film producers, advertising agencies, record labels and artists. Peter Marx, Herman Croux and Olivier Sasserath are the contact partners.

Distribution and general commercial law: one of the backbones of MVVP is the practice group handling all aspects of distribution law and general business law, including all types of commercial agreements such as sale, lease, distributorships, agency, franchising, licensing, general conditions, loans and guarantees and competition law. The contact partner is Jan Ravelingien.

Real estate and construction: MVVP mainly handles property transactions, with a focus on industrial, logistic and retail properties but also investment projects in the renewable energy sector. Stefaan Verbouwe is the contact partner.

Tax law: MVVP delivers tax advice both to companies and private persons with regard to international and domestic issues of company tax, income tax and VAT. Contact partner is Kristoffel Vermeersch.

Employment law and social security law: MVVP has extensive experience in handling employment law and social security matters. MVVP assists businesses by giving employers a business-oriented handle and approach. The contact partner is Bruno Blanpain.

Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate and finance Nicole Van Ranst
Corporate and finance Kristoffel Vermeersch
Corporate and finance Klaus Heinemann
Commercial and dispute resolution Jan Ravelingien
Commercial and dispute resolution Herman Croux
Intellectual property, media and entertainment Peter Marx
Intellectual property, media and entertainment Herman Croux
Intellectual property, media and entertainment Olivier Sasserath
IT and data protection Olivier Sasserath
IT and data protection Philippe Laurent
Trade practices and competition Jan Ravelingien
Employment Bruno Blanpain
Real estate Stefaan Verbouwe
Corporate restructuring Nicole Van Ranst
Corporate restructuring Klaus Heinemann
Tax Kristoffel Vermeersch
Number of lawyers : 30