Eubelius > Brussels, Belgium > Firm Profile

Eubelius
LOUIZALAAN 99
AVENUE LOUISE
1050 BRUSSELS
Belgium

Belgium > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

Eubelius is active in high-level Belgian public and private M&A, working with a number of major domestic businesses across sectors, as well as with quasi-public sector organisations, private equity investors and management teams. The firm also regularly acts as Belgian counsel on international deals, leveraging its independent status. Alongside its transactional offering, the firm also has active corporate advisory and commercial contracting teams. The practice is headed up by Lars Van Bever and Marieke Wyckaert, who focus on transactions and securities offerings, with notable expertise in real estate and takeover response respectively. Managing partner Matthias Wauters is active across M&A, capital transactions, and restructurings, while Ignace Claeys is the key name in the commercial contracting and disputes team, working across a variety of industry sectors. Joris De Wolf was promoted to partner in January 2022, and specialises in public takeovers and listed company obligations.

Other key lawyers:

Matthias Wauters; Ignace Claeys; Joris De Wolf; Filip Jenne; Erwin Destuyver; Felix Dobbelaere

Testimonials

‘Very knowledgeable in financial law and company law. Very reliable and easy to work with. Understand the client’s needs and well connected with the regulator.’

‘Matthias Wauters and Joris De Wolf both offer high quality and are very responsive. Very pragmatic and solution oriented.’

‘Erwin Destuyver, for his very broad but detailed technical knowledge, case management skills and extremely high responsiveness.’

‘In-depth knowledge of Belgian Code of Companies and Associations and related matters.’

‘Felix Dobbelaere has excellent expertise in M&A and transactional work. He is also a very good negotiator.’

‘Top notch, high quality team that fits perfectly for the job. The way they work together as a team is exemplary.’

‘Filip Jenné is a high quality lawyer with the right client oriented mindset.’

‘Hands-on, very knowledgeable about the subject matter, creative, solutions-oriented, seeing the big picture.’

Key clients

Fedrus

Besix

BNP Paribas Fortis Private Equity

SNCB-NMBS

Aedifica

Retail Estates

Care Property Invest

Domo Investment Group/Dovesco

Elia

Willy Naessens Group

Alter Pharma

skeyes

FPIM

EPI Interim Company

The Adecco Group AG

EIC Fund

Belden

Soros Economic Development Fund

3d investors

Damier Group

KEBEK III

Work highlights

  • Advised Adecco Group AG on its acquisition of 60% of the shares in the Belgium-listed company AKKA Technologies.
  • Advising EPI Interim Company on all legal aspects of the design and implementation of a new pan-European payment scheme that will be available to all merchants and consumers throughout Europe and, in a subsequent phase, worldwide.
  • Advised Investindustrial on Belgian law aspects of the acquisition of the European and international bakery ingredients business of CSM Bakeries.

Belgium > Dispute resolution Tier 2

The sizeable dispute resolution team at Eubelius has a diverse caseload which includes practitioners appearing before various international arbitration bodies and Belgian courts, including the Constitutional Court and the Council of State. The practice is jointly headed up by three partners: Patrick Hofströssler, an experienced litigator who regularly represents the Belgian State; Ignace Claeys, who focuses on commercial disputes and tortious issues; and Svjatoslav Gnedasj, who spearheads the firm's tax litigation offering. Thijs Tanghe is experienced in contract and tort liability, and regularly participates in arbitrations at the ICC and SCC. Alexandre Rigolet specialises in multi-party litigation in various industries, most notably pertaining to construction and associated contracts.

Practice head(s):

Patrick Hofströssler; Ignace Claeys; Svjatoslav Gnedasj

Other key lawyers:

Thijs Tanghe; Alexandre Rigolet; Ann Sofie Maertens

Testimonials

‘The litigation team combines a strategic, hands-on approach with an academic approach. This is the perfect combination.’

‘Ignace Claeys is an excellent lawyer, outstanding and down to earth.’

‘Very diversified and complementary competences. Very good documentation and preparation deck before each meeting. Very good follow up on the costs for our Group.’

‘Long term relationship with all. Very stable team knowing the file very well. Patrick Hofströssler is a very experimented counsellor and a strong add-value. Both Ann Sofie Maertens and Alexandre Rigolet also complete very well the team with their knowledge an dedication to the case.’

Key clients

Etex (Eternit)

Bamelis

Euroclear

Arnaud (Mogi) Bayat

Matexi

EXPO

Belgium > Employment Tier 2

Eubelius‘ broad employment and pensions practice works for a strong roster of public and private sector clients, both in Belgium and beyond. Headed up by veteran public sector employment and restructuring specialist Véronique Pertry, the team is routinely engaged on both advisory and contentious mandates, including appearances before the Constitutional Court, the European Court of Justice and the European Court of Human Rights. Liesbet Vandenplas is recommended for her strategic legal HR advice and capabilities in settlements and litigation, especially regarding pensions and cross-border labour flows. Sophie Vantomme is recommended for social elections and workplace discrimination matters.

Practice head(s):

Véronique Pertry

Other key lawyers:

Liesbet Vandenplas; Sophie Vantomme; Filip Van Beirendonck

Testimonials

‘Agile employment team, being able to provide really hands-on and business oriented HR and employment law advice. That, combined with the Eubelius business model (top quality for fair pricing), makes this a top team to work with.’

‘Liesbet Vandenplas, for her clear understanding of business needs and balancing with employment law priorities, which is quite rare for employment lawyers. Very high availability and responsiveness.’

‘Very good communication and high quality work.’

‘Filip Van Beirendonck & Véronique Pertry are both professionals and have a lot of specialised knowledge concerning pension funds.’

‘Quick and very secure, quality standards are above expectations.’

‘Personal, warm, professional and dedicated.’

‘Able to deal with diverse and complex matters. The worked proved quite difficult and they showed great patience and thoughtfulness.’

‘Liesbet Vandenplas is calm, reliable, diligent.’

Key clients

Thalys International

European Payment Initiative (EPI)

Fedrus International

Federal Minister of Pensions

De Lijn

Ghent University and Pension Fund

Federal Public Services for Employment and for Social Security

Go!

SD Worx

Federal Institute for Equality between Men and Women

Impextraco

Integrale

Claire’s Belgium

Stad Antwerpen (City of Antwerp)

Enabel

Vlaamse Overheid

Alter Pharma

KS Vriendenkring

Precura

Work highlights

  • Acting as day-to-day lawyers of Thalys’ HR department and advising on various matters, ranging from individual labour law (dismissals, remuneration, work time, data protection) to collective labour law (collective labour agreements, social elections, relations with workers’ representatives) and assistance during a social inspection.
  • Representing the Federal Public Service Employment – Federal Public Service Social Security before various jurisdictions (European Court of Justice, Constitutional court, Council of State, judicial courts).
  • Serving as counsel to EPI in connection with the design and implementation of a new pan-European payment scheme that will be available to all merchants and consumers throughout Europe and, in a subsequent phase, worldwide.

Belgium > Environment Tier 2

Eubelius works with public and private sector clients on urban and environmental development issues including permits, zoning, and project development, alongside a notable litigation capability in the telecoms sector, with standout cases including issues relating to Belgium’s national and regional 5G networks. The practice is led by Barteld Schutyser, an experienced public law practitioner with a strong focus on PPPs and public procurement, alongside Bart Martel, who focuses on urban planning and environmental litigation.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Laura Janssens

Testimonials

‘The strength of the team is their ability to analyze files in depth in order to allow the client to make informed decisions. Eubelius as a firm is very pleasant to work with. People are professional.’

‘Bart Martel and Laura Janssens have a good critical sense. They listen to the client and have a very down to earth approach. They are easily reachable.’

Key clients

Uplace

Proximus

Albert Heijn Belgium

Pandox AB

City of Kortrijk

City of Mortsel

Work highlights

  • Advising Uplace on the construction and operation of a new large urban development project in Machelen.
  • Representing Proximus before the Market Court in proceedings relating to temporary permissions for the nation’s 5G network.
  • Advising Albert Heijn on permit issues and related environmental issues.

Belgium > EU regulatory: Financial services Tier 2

With strong expertise in EU financial services regulations, including MiFID, AIFM, and AML, the team at Eubelius advises on insurance products, fund structuring, securities and alternative investments, alongside banking governance, with a broad range of clients within these fields. The team is led by Jean-Marc Gollier, a senior counsel focused on financial regulatory and transactional matters, primarily within the insurance industry, alongside Marieke Wyckaert, who advises a number of major international banking clients on governance and regulatory compliance.

Practice head(s):

Marieke Wyckaert; Jean-Marc Gollier

Other key lawyers:

Eva Milants

Testimonials

Eva Milants: knows her clients and cases perfectly. Anticipates problems, thinks outside the box when necessary. Always available. When needed other colleagues from the firm can intervene for specific problems.

Eubelius has a lot of experience with the regulators. Due to their knowledge and good perception by the regulator, they can open doors which aren’t possible for a small firm.

In a very difficult negotiation with a counterparty, they can open new insights.

Key clients

Belgian Federal Treasury Department

Batopin

AG Insurance

The European Payments Initiative

Lazard Fund Managers (Ireland)

Lazard Frères Gestion (France)

Dexia

ION

Leoville

Elia

KBC Asset Management

V-Bio Ventures

ING

NN Group

Bancontact

Allusion

Work highlights

  • Assistance to the Federal Public Service Finance and the Belgian National Bank in the planning, preparation, approval and EU clearance of several Covid-19 inspired state guarantee schemes, covering bank loans with an aggregate principal of up to EUR 50 billion.
  • Advised ION on setting up a EUR168 million Belgian Specialized Real Estate Investment Fund (FIIS).
  • Assistance to Batopin, a newly incorporated joint venture between the 4 largest Belgian banks, in the setting up of a unique ATM network on the whole Belgium territory.

Belgium > EU regulatory: Information technology Tier 2

Eubelius advises on regulatory aspects of major cross-border IT projects, including licence agreements, cloud and data processing matters, and outsourcing, with specific expertise within the healthcare and financial services space, most notably advising clients in the latter field on payment platforms. The practice also supports clients in litigation arising from regulatory disputes. Pieter Callens leads the team, specialising in IT and emerging technologies work in the public and private sector, alongside regulatory litigation specialist Anneleen Van De Meulebroucke.

Practice head(s):

Pieter Callens; Anneleen Van de Meulebroucke

Testimonials

Very skilled professionals.

Understand our priorities and concerns, deliver a top job and support in negotiations.

A client-focused team that provides good legal advice and that responds professionally and swiftly to our questions.

Competent, efficient, friendly.

Key clients

European Payment Initiative

skeyes

Cerner Belgium

International Horizon Scanning Initiative (IHSI)

Batopin

GDW-Gent

Blue-Mobility

Desotec

Work highlights

  • Advising European Payment Initiative on the tender for a new EU-wide payments initiative.
  • Advising IHSI on the execution of an international public tender procedure with a view to outsource the development, setting-up and maintenance of a horizon scanning software and database system.
  • Advising Batopin on drafting and negotiating a framework agreement relating to the outsourcing of the software development and software/hardware maintenance and services of the ATM network.

Belgium > Fraud and white-collar crime Tier 2

Eubelius handles a variety of cases, including bribery, money laundering, financial fraud, and corporate criminal matters, and also works with corporate clients on due diligence and compliance programmes. Clients include individuals, multinational companies, and public institutions. The team is led by Tom Bauwens, an ‘excellent and driven‘ litigator with a successful record in criminal defence proceedings, with senior associate Monica Rodriguez also a key name for white-collar criminal law matters.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Eubelius is an excellent high-level law firm. I am particularly familiar with their criminal enforcement and compliance department and I am very pleased with my cooperation with this office. Easily accessible, good communication and a good knowledge of criminal law combined with strategic thinking. My choice in Belgium.’

‘I got to know Tom Bauwens as an excellent and driven lawyer with a thorough knowledge of criminal law and a good strategic insight. A reliable partner in cooperation.’

‘Tom Bauwens is a great litigator with very good procedural insights and strategies.’

Key clients

Euroclear

Etex

Arnaud (Mogi) Bayat

Former CEO of an international industrial plant

Former CEO of a Belgian branch of an international bank

Former ambassador, director of foreign companies

VREG

Board members of a (major) freight carrier

Chair of the Board of Directors of a major integrated mining and metals business

Operations manager of a major integrated mining and metals business

Matexi

NMBS

bpost

Stephex

Work highlights

  • Advising Euroclear on a stop and freeze order on its inter-company accounts on suspicion of money laundering of assets belonging to the Gaddafi regime.
  • Representing the lawyer of an international industrial group in defence proceedings with the beneficiary owners of the group concerning organising a scheme of money laundering and tax fraud.
  • Representing the Chair of the Board of Directors of a major integrated mining and metals business in an ongoing judicial investigation and an investigation by the FSMA.

Belgium > Not-for-profit Tier 2

Eubelius' cross-disciplinary team is regularly sought out by numerous international NGOs and domestic organisations seeking assistance in strategic, corporate and employment-based matters. The team is particularly active in the healthcare sector, assisting various market players with strategic partnerships, new site developments and regulatory compliance questions. Marieke Wyckaert and Matthias Wauters are noted for their track record in NFP transactions. Barteld Schutyser specialises in public-private partnerships and administrative litigation, while Veronique Pertry focuses on public sector employment law.

Practice head(s):

Matthias Wauters; Marieke Wyckaert; Frank Hellemans; Barteld Schutyser; Véronique Pertry

Testimonials

‘Always nice to work with the team.’

‘Véronique Pertry – always there when you need her, knows her cases in detail and has capacity to work collaboratively with the client.’

Key clients

International Horizon Scanning Initiative

Febelfin

Site Sint-Anna

Gemeenschapsonderwijs (GO!)

Enabel

Ghent University

Boerenbond

Zorgnet-Icuro

Together for Sustainability

Work highlights

  • Advised several social security institutions from different EU member states (including RIZIV in Belgium) on the establishment and governance of an international not-for-profit vehicle, for the development of a joint “horizon scanning” system (search for pharmaceutical) products in development with an important financial and clinical impact) (the “International Horizon Scanning Initiative”, or IHSI).
  • Assisted Site Sint-Anna VZW, a non-profit entity established by the regional hospital Sint-Trudo in the city of Sint-Truiden, with a view to developing a real estate project based on the old hospital site, on various matters related to public law, healthcare legislation, public funding, public tendering, real estate, civil and corporate law.
  • Acting for Enabel in various litigation files regarding claims in respect of recruitment procedure within the public sector and various employment matters, such as drafting HR policies, termination of employment contracts of senior executives, drafting checklist regarding start-up of projects in non-partner countries, telework, suspension of employment agreements and all aspects relating to expats.

Belgium > Competition: Belgian law Tier 3

Eubelius advises public and private sector clients on merger control, state aid, and wider competition regulatory issues, with a focus on regulated industries such as energy, telecoms, and broadcasting. The firm also represents clients in litigation before the Belgian courts and BCA, as well as handling informal negotiations with competition authorities. The team is led by Jan Bocken and Hans Gilliams, who are both active in litigation before the BCA, particularly relating to state aid.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Hands-on advice that helps you navigate around pitfalls and enables you to make a clear risk assessment. Besides the technical knowledge, they bring a lot of insight and experience to the table, always in a business minded approach. Lawyers that really think together with the client in a collaborative way.’

‘The team has excellent knowledge about competition law issues and provides clear legal advice. The team members are easily approachable, down-to-earth, correct and realistic in their assessment of the case and nice to work with.’

Key clients

bpost

TUI Group

Havenbedrijf Antwerpen

VRT

SNCB / NMBS

Bancontact Payconiq Company

Febelfin

Crelan

De Lijn

Fedrus International

Belgian Federal Public Service Finance

EPI Interim Company

Batopin

ION

Work highlights

  • Represented bpost before the EU Court of Justice after preliminary reference from the Brussels Court of Appeal in proceedings relating to the scope of the ne bis in idem general principle of law in competition matters.
  • Advised 22 major Eurozone financial institutions on the creation of the European Payments Initiative (EPI), a new pan-European payment scheme.
  • Advised Crelan on the acquisition of AXA Bank Belgium.

Belgium > EU regulatory: Privacy and data protection Tier 3

Eubelius advises clients on GDPR compliance and the drafting of internal data policies, alongside representation in litigation before domestic and European courts relating to privacy and data protection issues. Other areas of strength include data transfers and transactional data issues. The team focuses on the healthcare and life sciences sectors, with a number of multinational clients. The practice is led by Pieter Callens and recently promoted counsel Anneleen Van De Meulebroucke, who is a leading specialist in privacy litigation.

Key clients

Janssen Pharmaceutical (Johnson & Johnson Group)

Pioneer

Indigo

Albert Heijn

Viapass/Flemish Region

Crelan

Unilin (Mohawk Industries)

Pandox

Kongsberg

Agentschap Zorg & Gezondheid

Work highlights

  • Advised Crelan on the acquisition of AXA Bank Belgium. The transaction involved a complex integration project involving large amounts of data and cross-border data transfers.
  • Advising Johnson & Johnson on the legal aspects of the development of both European and global wide platforms to share anonymised real-world evidence data of (university) hospitals and registries for patient recruitment and in order to carry out clinical trials.
  • Advised Albert Heijn on the development of the AH app for Belgian customers and advised Albert Heijn on questions relating to home delivery.

Belgium > Private equity Tier 3

Eubelius advises private equity funds, including major international investors, portfolio companies, and the management teams of target companies on buyouts, exits, and spin-outs, as well as minority investments. Deals include domestic and cross-border transactions. The practice is led by Matthias Wauters, Erwin Destuyver, Filip Jenné, and Felix Dobbelaere.

Key clients

KeBek II / KeBeK III

BNP Paribas Private Equity

Damier Group

Dovesco

Chequers Capital

PMV

Agro Investment Fund

Bain Capital

New Alpha Asset Management

Work highlights

  • Advised the management of Sports and Leisure Group on its sale to the private equity fund Sun European Partners and management.
  • Advised BNP Paribas Fortis Private Equity on a minority investment in Holding Memo.
  • Advised the Damier Group on the disposal of its minority shareholding in the Cooper Group and reinvestment in the acquisition vehicle alongside CVC Capital Partners.

Belgium > Real estate and construction Tier 3

Eubelius‘ strengths include real estate transactions, including straightforward acquisitions and more complex arrangements such as leasebacks, and fund formation and structuring advice to REITs and BE-REIFs, which form the bulk of the firm’s client base. The team has expertise in various asset classes, including residential property, healthcare, logistics, and industrial real estate, and works with sector-wide and sector-specific investors. The team is led by Lars Van Bever, an authority on Belgian REIT matters, including transactions, regulatory issues, and capital markets work. Wouter Claes has a successful record in handling real estate-related taxation matters.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Wouter Claes; Eva Milants

Testimonials

‘Eva Milants knows her clients and cases really well. Always available. Thinks outside the box when necessary, anticipates problems.’

‘Their strength is without any doubt the quality of their advice/work. They are also responsive.’

‘Lars Van Bever is keen to live up to the expectations of clients and he invests in really knowing his clients.’

‘One stop shop for all legal matters in (real estate) tax, construction, corporate and civil law matters.’

‘All team members involved are expert in their domain and are used to working with each other in an integrated way.’

‘Lars Van Bever is an expert in real estate funds, corporate aspects of real estate and capital markets. His broad knowledge of all transaction and investment structures makes him a perfect sounding board when dealing with complex real estate matters.’

Key clients

AG Real Estate

Leasinvest Real Estate

Aedifica

Xior Student Housing

Care Property Invest

Retail Estates

Triple Living

ION

Skyline Europe

BE-REIT association

Warehouses De Pauw

Cofinimmo

Care Ion

NMBS/SNCB

Brussels Airport Company

Fortress

Leoville

Agentschap Wonen Vlaanderen

Work highlights

  • Advised Leasinvest Real Estate on renouncing BE-REIT status and on a business combination with Extensa.
  • Advised ION on all legal aspects of the launch of the ION Residential Platform.
  • Advised AG Real Estate on the acquisition of a landmark urban development project known as “AXS Namur”, that will comprise seven buildings, including office space, a hotel and a student residence.

Belgium > Tax Tier 3

Eubelius combines its traditional strength in transactional and real estate taxation with capabilities in tax litigation and indirect taxation issues. Clients include a number of mid-market Belgian players, most of whom are active within the real estate sector, including developers, REITs, and non-listed real estate funds. Co-practice head Wouter Claes takes the lead on transactional and real estate taxation, while Svjatoslav Gnedasj is a tax litigator with experience in tax investigations and criminal proceedings, and has argued up to Supreme Court level. Korneel Decroix specialises in indirect taxation work, primarily relating to VAT, and was promoted to partner in January 2022.

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Killer combination between tax advice, deal structuring and tax litigation specialists. The perfect legal tax advisor.’

‘Svjatoslav Gnedasj- extremely intelligent, highly-skilled tax litigator with encyclopaedic knowledge of the tax and accounting system, jurisprudence and legal writing, very thorough case knowledge and extremely high availability’

‘Thorough subject matter knowledge.’

Key clients

Batopin

BPA

Xior Student Housing

Care Property Invest

Leasinvest

NMBS/SNCB

Triple Living

Siemens Industry Software

Zorgnet-Icuro

Liantis

Bpost

V-BIO

AG Real Estate

ION

Work highlights

  • Advised Leasinvest on renouncing BE-REIT status and on a business combination with Extensa.
  • Advised Batopin on the tax and VAT structuring of its new business model relating to the exploitation of ATMs.
  • Represented three major real estate project developers in 20 corporate tax and VAT litigation cases before the Belgian Courts.

Belgium > Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 4

Eubelius advises borrower and lender clients on acquisition, project, and asset-based financing, with expertise in complex arrangements such as syndicated loans, alongside regulatory and governance advice to banking clients. Elsewhere, the firm also handles capital markets transactions, both debt and equity, and has notable expertise in rights issues by REITs. The team is led by Lars Van Bever, who takes the lead on capital markets and real estate financing, alongside Marieke Wyckaert, who is focused on banking governance, lending and securities matters. Thomas Donnez was promoted to counsel in January 2022, and specialises in financing transactions and investment fund structuring.

Practice head(s):

Lars Van Bever; Marieke Wyckaert

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Very professional and competent.

Eubelius has a team of highly qualified lawyers, who are not only very smart, but also very nice to work with.

The practice has a lot of experience that clients can benefit from. Definitely when the company has a small team, the practice makes sure deadlines are met by adding its own resources.

Lars Van Bever and Thomas Donnez – exceptional knowledge and availability.

Key clients

Belgian Federal Treasury Department

Batopin

Materialise

Ekopak

Acacia Pharma Group

Belgian Debt Agency

Puratos

Care-Ion

KBC Ancora

Pandox

V-Bio Ventures

BCD Travel

Leasinvest Real Estate

Aedifica

Warehouses De Pauw

Care Property Invest

Xior Student Housing

BME Group Holding

Retail Estates

Work highlights

  • Advised Ekopak on its listing on Euronext Brussels and private placement of €56.6m.
  • Advised Leasinvest on its complex restructuring into a mixed listed real estate player, including the renunciation of its REIT-status and circa. €300m business combination with real estate developer Extensa Group NV.
  • Advised KBC Ancora on an amendment of its highly complex €293m margin loan agreement and related share pledge agreement.

Belgium > Intellectual property Tier 4

Eubelius fields 'a sharp, responsive, and commercial' team and is noted for its capabilities in trademark litigation, injunction proceedings and strategic advisory issues. Patents, copyrights, and licensing are all further core competencies, with recent instructions for the team involving appearances before the Enterprise Court and the EUIPO. Practice head Pieter Callens, who divides his time Brussels and Kortrijk, is an experienced litigator and competition lawyer with niche capabilities in tech and IT contract work.

Practice head(s):

Pieter Callens

Testimonials

‘Flexible, solution-oriented, in line with our values and long term strategy, quick responses, high quality deliverables and active participation in the negotiations.’

‘Pieter Callens delivers high quality work, is respected by the counter-party, and employs creative, out of the box thinking that allowed us to close this agreement. They was also a very clear risk assessment for every change we accepted and our red lines were determined and explained carefully.’

‘The Eubelius team combines a thorough expert knowledge with a hands-on approach that allows its client to reach its targets in the most efficient manner.’

‘Pieter Callens combines a thorough expert knowledge with a hands-on approach that allows his client to reach its targets in the most efficient manner.’

‘Swift feedback , great language skills , good hands on experience’

‘The team is very hands on and pragmatic. We get exactly the output we have discussed with them (no surprises).’

‘Pieter Callens and team have helped out in a sensitive IP/advertising case and they were excellent. Sharp, responsive and commercial.’

Key clients

bpost

Roger Hodgson

Tony’s Chocolonely

Confortluxe

Galico

Decolef (cycling team Deceuninck-Quickstep)

POM West-Flanders

EPI Interim Company

Belgian State

Retail Estates

Work highlights

  • Representing bpost in a dispute with Vlaams Belang (one of the largest political parties in Flanders) regarding the infringement of bpost’s trademark rights and copyright.
  • Representing the Belgian State in a dispute with the collecting society Auvibel regarding the alleged liability for the incorrect transposition of certain aspects of copyright and related rights in the information society.
  • Representing Roger Hodgson and Harmonic Management in a dispute with a former sound engineer regarding the illegitimate retention, reproduction and sale on a large scale of (unpublished) recordings of concerts and live albums.

Belgium > Industry focus: Energy

Jointly led by Barteld Schutyser and Wim Goossens , Eubelius works with both high-profile public and private sector entities on the full scope of energy matters, with key strengths in the renewables and heating networks spaces.

Belgium > Industry focus: Transport

The team at Eubelius has a robust offering in the PPP space, routinely receiving instructions from major corporate entities and public sector bodies alike.

Eubelius is Belgium’s largest independent law firm, with offices in Brussels, Kortrijk and Antwerp. The firm’s 24 partners, 14 (senior) counsels and more than 100 associates offer counselling and representation on Belgian and European law.

The firm has privileged working relationships with outstanding independent law firms in many foreign jurisdictions, and a significant proportion of their work is cross-border (both inbound and outbound). The practice has a strong national and international focus. The firm serves a very diverse client base, ranging from Fortune 500 multinationals to local entrepreneurs, a large number of companies with public law status, and numerous Belgian companies which are part of large international groups. Eubelius represents all Belgian language communities and handles matters in English, Dutch, French and German.

Main Areas of Practice:

Banking & Finance (Lars Van Bever):
■ Financial Transactions
■ Financial Services & Regulation
■ Financial Litigation
■ Insurance Regulation

Capital Markets & Listed Entities (Lars Van Bever, Joris De Wolf):
■ Capital Markets Transactions, Public M&A
■ Governance & Regulatory Matters

Commercial & Consumer Protection (Ignace Claeys):
■ Commercial Law
■ Commercial Practices & Consumer Protection

Competition (Jan Bocken):
■ Implementation of distribution systems and other forms of cooperation agreements
■ Merger Clearance
■ State Aid Matters
■ Compliance & Audit Services
■ Competition Litigation
■ Investigations by competition authorities

Corporate & M&A (Matthias Wauters, Erwin Destuyver, Jeroen Delvoie, Felix Dobbelaere):
■ Mergers & Acquisitions
■ Private Equity & Venture Capital
■ Corporate Advisory Services
■ Restructuring & Insolvency
■ Associations, foundations and not-for-profit organisations

Criminal Enforcement & Compliance (Tom Bauwens)

Digital & Data Protection (Anneleen Van de Meulebroucke):
■ Contracts
■ E-commerce
■ Privacy & HR issues
■ Data Security & Cybercrime
■ Technology & Transactions
■ Data Protection Dispute Resolution & Litigation

Employment (Véronique Pertry, Liesbet Vandenplas):
■ Individual Labour Relations
■ Collective Labour Relations
■ Compensation & Benefits
■ Well-being at work, equal treatment and privacy issues at the workplace
■ Start-ups, Restructurings, Mergers & Acquisitions
■ Employment law in the public sector
■ Self-Employed Status and Management Contracts
■ Social Security
■ Litigation & Social Inspections

Energy (Wim Goossens, Barteld Schutyser):
■ Regulatory Advice
■ Dispute Resolution
■ Mergers & Acquisitions
■ Energy Project Development
■ Energy Contracts

Estate Planning & Family Businesses (Patrick Hofströssler, Wouter Claes):
■ Property Management
■ Property Planning
■ Liquidation of Estates
■ Property Planning Structures
■ Family Businesses

Healthcare (Korneel Decroix, Barteld Schutyser, Matthias Wauters):
■ Cooperation in the Healthcare Industry
■ Mergers & Acquisitions in the Healthcare Industry
■ Structuring & Financing of Healthcare Industry
■ Employment in the Healthcare Industry
■ Public Law & Institutional Advice

Intellectual Property (Pieter Callens)

Liability & Insurance (Ignace Claeys)

Life Sciences (Filip Jenné):
■ Assistance with the creation and follow-on financing rounds
■ Assistance Upon Exit
■ Capital Markets (including IPO)
■ Internal Governance
■ Employee Incentive Plans

Mobility (Alain François):
■ Assistance with transactions
■ Drafting of Legislation
■ Regulatory Advice
■ Dispute Resolution & Litigation
■ Tolling

Pensions (Veronique Pertry, Liesbet Vandenplas):
■ Pensions
■ Benefits

Public & Administrative (Barteld Schutyser, Bart Martel):
■ Public Procurement & Government Contracts
■ Environmental & Energy Law
■ Constitutional Law
■ Organising and structuring of public institutions and services
■ Legal status of personnel in public bodies
■ General Administrative Law

Public-Private Partnership (Anthony Logghe, Barteld Schutyser):
■ Public & Administrative Law
■ Contract & Insurance Law
■ Corporate & Banking & Finance Law
■ Tax Law
■ European Law
■ Property Law
■ Civil & Administrative Litigation

Real Estate (Lars Van Bever, Wouter Claes, Wim Goossens, Korneel Decroix):
■ Structuring
■ Regulatory Advice
■ Capital Markets
■ Dispute Resolution
■ Public-Private Partnerships
■ Environmental & Administrative Law

Restructuring & Insolvency (Dominique De Marez)

State-Owned Enterprises (Jeroen Delvoie):
■ Structuring & Transactions
■ Management Contracts
■ Specific Legislation
■ Public Procurement
■ Personnel
■ Governance
■ State Aid & ESA
■ Regulatory Advice

Tax (Wouter Claes, Svjatoslav Gnedasj, Korneel Decroix):
■ M&A Structuring
■ Fund Structuring
■ Real Estate Taxation
■ Tax Disputes
■ Taxation of non-profit organisations
■ Estate Planning

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Banking & finance Lars Van Beverlars.vanbever@eubelius.com+32 2 543 32 06
Capital markets and listed entities Joris De Wolfjoris.dewolf@eubelius.com+32 2 543 31 31
Commercial law & consumer protection Ignace Claeysignace.claeys@eubelius.com+32 2 543 31 73
Competition Jan Bockenjan.bocken@eubelius.com+32 2 543 31 41
Corporate, finance and M&A Matthias Wautersmatthias.wauters@eubelius.com+32 2 543 32 01
Corporate, finance and M&A Erwin Destuyvererwin.destuyver@eubelius.com+32 2 543 31 37
Corporate, finance and M&A Jeroen Delvoiejeroen.delvoie@eubelius.com+32 2 543 35 40
Corporate, finance and M&A Felix Dobbelaerefelix.dobbelaere@eubelius.com+32 56 23 51 26
Digital & data protection Anneleen Van de Meulebrouckeanneleen.vandemeulebroucke@eubelius.com+32 2 543 32 07
Dispute resolution and litigation Patrick Hofströsslerpatrick.hofstroessler@eubelius.com+32 2 543 35 15
Employment Véronique Pertryveronique.pertry@eubelius.com+32 2 543 32 43
Employment Liesbet Vandenplasliesbet.vandenplas@eubelius.com+32 2 543 32 44
Energy Barteld Schutyserbarteld.schutyser@eubelius.com+32 2 543 32 50
Energy Wim Goossenswim.goossens@eubelius.com+32 56 23 51 57
Estate law and wealth planning Wouter Claeswouter.claes@eubelius.com+32 2 543 35 35
Estate law and wealth planning Patrick Hofströsslerpatrick.hofstroessler@eubelius.com+32 2 543 35 15
Healthcare Korneel Decroixkorneel.decroix@eubelius.com+32 2 543 35 35
Healthcare Barteld Schutyserbarteld.schutyser@eubelius.com+32 2 543 32 50
Healthcare Matthias Wautersmatthias.wauters@eubelius.com+32 2 543 32 01
Intellectual property Pieter Callenspieter.callens@eubelius.com+32 56 23 51 22
Liability & insurance Ignace Claeysignace.claeys@eubelius.com+32 2 543 31 73
Life Sciences Filip Jennéfilip.jenne@eubelius.com+32 2 543 32 01
Mobility Alain Françoisalain.francois@eubelius.com+32 2 543 31 44
Pensions and benefits Véronique Pertryveronique.pertry@eubelius.com+32 2 543 32 43
Pensions and benefits Liesbet Vandenplasliesbet.vandenplas@eubelius.com+32 2 543 32 44
Public and administrative law Barteld Schutyserbarteld.schutyser@eubelius.com+32 2 543 32 50
Public and administrative law Bart Martelbart.martel@eubelius.com+32 2 543 32 50
Public-private partnerships Anthony Loggheanthony.logghe@eubelius.com+32 2 543 31 44
Real estate and construction Wouter Claeswouter.claes@eubelius.com+32 2 543 35 35
Real estate and construction Lars Van Beverlars.vanbever@eubelius.com+32 2 543 32 06
Restructuring & insolvency Dominique De Marezdominique.demarez@eubelius.com+32 56 23 51 19
State-owned enterprises Jeroen Delvoiejeroen.delvoie@eubelius.com+32 2 543 35 40
Taxation Svjatoslav Gnedasjsvjatoslav.gnedasj@eubelius.com+32 2 543 35 35
Taxation Korneel Decroixkorneel.decroix@eubelius.com+32 2 543 35 35
Taxation Wouter Claeswouter.claes@eubelius.com+32 2 543 35 35
White-collar crime Tom Bauwenstom.bauwens@eubelius.com+32 2 543 32 13
PhotoNamePositionProfile
Tom Bauwens  photo Tom Bauwens Partner
Jan Bocken  photo Jan Bocken Partner / Member of the Management Committee
Wouter Claes  photo Wouter Claes Partner / Member of the Management Committee
Ignace Claeys  photo Ignace Claeys Partner
Herman De Bauw  photo Herman De Bauw Former Partner.
Jeroen Delvoie  photo Jeroen Delvoie Partner
Erwin Destuyver  photo Erwin Destuyver Partner
Alain François  photo Alain François Partner
Hans Gilliams  photo Hans Gilliams Senior Partner
Wim Goossens  photo Wim Goossens Partner
Frank Hellemans  photo Frank Hellemans Partner
Patrick Hofströssler  photo Patrick Hofströssler Partner / President of the Management Committee
Filip Jenné  photo Filip Jenné Partner
Anthony Logghe  photo Anthony Logghe Partner
Philippe Mulliez  photo Philippe Mulliez Partner / Member of the Management Committee
Veronique Pertry  photo Veronique Pertry Partner
Lars Van Bever  photo Lars Van Bever Partner
Matthias Wauters  photo Matthias Wauters Partner / Managing Partner / Member of the Management Committee
Marieke Wyckaert  photo Marieke Wyckaert Marieke has left Eubelius and the Brussels Bar in December 2021.
Number of lawyers : 140
at this office : 119
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Contact : Matthias Wauters (managing partner)
Other offices : Antwerp
Other offices : Kortrijk