Firm Profile > Eubelius > Brussels, Belgium
Eubelius > The Legal 500 Rankings
Eubelius' corporate team 'has a unique practice thanks to its in-house academic relations' which it leverages to provide 'top-notch advice on a wide variety of matters.' The group has particular experience assisting public entities and private clients, particularly in highly regulated sectors including the financial services, energy, food, data and new technology industries, with the full range of corporate and M&A transactions. The team, which includes individuals in Brussels, Antwerp and Kortrijk, is jointly led by Matthias Wauters, whose experience encompasses private and public M&A, restructurings and corporate litigation; Marieke Wyckaert, who frequently assists banks and private equity houses with transactions and governance matters; Lars Van Bever, who has particular expertise in corporate real estate, capital markets, private equity and venture capital work; and commercial partner Ignace Claeys. All noted individuals are based in Brussels.
‘With extensive knowledge of all corporate law related matters, the corporate/M&A team at Eubelius is always able to provide hands-on advice.‘
‘Eubelius is extremely constructive and is always thinking of solutions instead of simply identifying the issue. As such, they are applying a constructive approach to all negotiations and issues and can be construed as business enablers.‘
‘Excellent project management and in-depth knowledge of both legal framework and particulars of the case. Perfect combination of partner involvement and junior work.‘
‘Hands-on, proactive, very professional, adding real value for the customer with their solution-driven approach.‘
‘Felix Dobbelaere is a rising star in the Kortrijk office with his down-to-earth and pragmatic approach, combined with academic skills.‘
‘Philippe Mulliez and Marieke Wyckaert are also highly recommended.‘
‘Filip Jenné is a top lawyer. He is a go-to-man for all legal issues. A true partner in the client relation.‘
‘Erwin Destuyver is extremely knowledgeable about all matters related to M&A, PE, and corporate law and is always available to give innovative solutions to issues. He is always readily available to discuss matters with his clients. No issue is too complex and he will always come up with the best solution to any issue. It is a true pleasure working with him.’
‘Erwin Destuyver: for his extremely high availability and responsiveness, eye for detail and pragmatism, and helicopter view in every case.‘
‘Very accessible, down-to-earth people with a good sense of humour and a focus on the bigger picture.‘
Care Property Invest (CPI)
Damier/Vision Health Care
Domo Investment Group / Dovesco
ECS European Containers
Fedrus / APOK
Port of Antwerp
Competition: Belgian law Tier 2
At Eubelius, Jan Bocken is particularly active in competition matters with a nexus to regulated sectors, such as the postal, broadcasting and public transport industries. He acted for VRT before the EU Commission and the Belgian Competition Authority (to which the case was referred) on the proposed acquisition by Liberty Global/Telenet of Belgian media company De Vijver Media. The practice is led by Hans Gilliams, who together with senior attorney Leen Goossens is representing 13 companies before the EU Court of Justice in the European Commission (EC)'s appeal of the General Court's decision to annul the EC's judgment on Belgian excess profit rulings. Elsewhere, the team advises clients on compliance issues, BCA investigations into anticompetitive practices, and the implementation of distribution systems and other cooperation arrangements. Senior attorney Stijn Goovaerts is another name to note.
‘Stijn Goovaerts is a rising star. Provides top notch advice‘
SNCB / NMBS
British American Tobacco (Belgium)
Bancontact Payconiq Company
Belgian Federal Government
Skeyes (formerly Belgocontrol)
Brussels Airport Company
Dispute resolution Tier 2
At Eubelius, the team is adept at handling disputes from the real estate, food, energy, financial services, retail and constructions sectors, and is also noted for its strength in tax litigation. Patrick Hofströssler, Ignace Claeys and Svjatoslav Gnedasj share leadership of the practice.
Employment Tier 2
Eubelius has 'a passionate and engaged team that thinks outside the box'. The practice has been handling pension cases, discrimination disputes, and collective dismissals over the past year. Restructuring matters have also featured in the group's workload. Practice head Véronique Pertry is 'an accomplished professional'; counsel Liesbet Vandenplas is 'a top lawyer'.
Other key lawyers:
‘They take a very personal and individual approach to their cases, are easy to reach and very available for questions. They also understand the need for a strategic approach in cases and how to develop an argument to set a precedent or highlight a legal issue that needs further clarification in case law. They have a proactive way of communicating and are punctual in meeting deadlines‘.
‘Véronique Pertry and Liesbet Vandenplas have extensive experience in employment law‘.
‘Liesbet Vandenplas is available to her clients, always gets back to you when you tried reaching her, is correct and complete in her communications and has an extensive knowledge of the area of discrimination law and the cases of her clients‘.
The Belgian Minister of Pensions
Institute for the Equality of Women and Men
Fraud and white-collar crime Tier 2
The criminal enforcement and compliance group at Eubelius is frequently instructed by its client roster of multinational companies, public institutions and individuals in criminal litigation. The group is particularly experienced in allegations of fraud, bribery, money laundering and involuntary manslaughter, and also assists with due diligence issues and compliance programmes. Tom Bauwens heads up the practice.
VRT (Flemish public broadcaster)
Arnaud (Mogi) Bayat
International industrial group
Former CEO of an international industrial plant
Former CEO of a Belgian branch of an international bank
Former ambassador, director of foreign companies
Board members of a (major) freight carrier
Major Belgian bank
Not-for-profit Tier 2
One of Eubelius' areas of strength in the not-for-profit space is in the healthcare sector, where clients include hospitals and hospital networks, project developers, public social welfare centres, residential care homes and investors. In one highlight, counsel Korneel Decroix assisted Emmaüs with VAT issues associated with the construction of a new hospital building in Mechelen. Elsewhere, the firm acts for entities in other industries: In the agricultural sector, Brussels managing partner Matthias Wauters led the advice to Boerenbond (which previously operated as a de facto association) on its transformation into a non-profit association; this included assisting the client with governance issues and compliance with the new Belgian Companies and Associations Code. The firm was also recently active in the marine and maritime, technology and education segments. The multidisciplinary team includes Barteld Schutyser, who specialises in European and Belgian public law, employment law and pensions expert Véronique Pertry, and corporate partners Marieke Wyckaert and Frank Hellemans. Counsels Liesbet Vandenplas and Tom Villé are other names to note.
‘The Eubelius employment law team has developed particular expertise in advising public companies and organisations active in the non-profit sector. In addition to being knowledgeable about labour law, the team also has expertise in administrative law and company law (as they apply to non-profit organisations). Véronique Pertry and Liesbet Vandenplas have been assisting public and not-for-profit organisations for many years with the legal aspects of personnel management; they can propose solutions that meet the needs of these entities‘
‘High quality team, which is always there when you need it. They can think creatively‘
AZ Sint-Maria Halle VZW
De Blauwe Cluster VZW/Flanders’ Maritime Cluster VZW
Consortium Vlaams IT-platform BelRAI VZW
Environment Tier 3
Eubelius undertakes strategic advisory work and handles environmental litigation in connection with major infrastructure projects. Its team also covers all environmental regulatory issues associated with domestic and international M&A transactions. Clients include real estate developers, retailers and construction companies. In addition, the firm also generates work from public sector clients. Senior counsel Bart Martel and others assist Proximus with issues associated with the installation of telecoms infrastructure, including planning applications and permitting disputes. Barteld Schutyser is the lead adviser to Albert Heijn België on the opening of new retail spaces in Belgium; a recent highlight involved acting for the client in an administrative appeal concerning a socio-economic permit.
The 'pragmatic' team at Eubelius garners praise for its 'in depth knowledge regarding privacy and data protection'. Recent work for the group includes cross-border data transfers, data processing matters and data protection compliance issues. Senior counsel Pieter Callens and senior associate Anneleen Van de Meulebroucke jointly lead the practice.
‘They have a very business-minded approach‘.
‘Pieter Callens is very flexible and easily available and has a very hands-on and pragmatic approach to GDPR compliance‘.
‘Anneleen Van de Meulebroucke’s up-to-date knowledge in the field of data protection law and her client service stands out‘.
Private equity Tier 3
'With extensive knowledge of all matters related to private equity', Eubelius' practice, which sits as part of the firm's corporate and M&A team, is 'always able to provide hands-on advice'. The group acts for private equity houses and venture capital funds including BNP Paribas Private Equity, Bain Capital and KeBek II, as well as investment targets and management teams. The team is jointly led by Matthias Wauters, Erwin Destuyver and Filip Jenné in the Brussels offices, and includes Kortrijk-based 'rising star' Felix Dobbelaere.
‘The Eubelius team has a unique practice thanks to its in-house academic relations. In the field of company law and private equity the Eubelius team is therefore a top team in Belgium.‘
‘Eubelius is extremely constructive and is always thinking of solutions instead of simply identifying the issue. As such, they can be construed as business enablers.‘
‘Felix Dobbelaere is a very down-to-earth and humble negotiator with a lot of pragmatic knowledge.‘
‘Marieke Wyckaert and Philippe Mulliez are highly recommended.‘
‘Erwin Destuyver is extremely knowledgeable about all matters related to private equity and corporate law, and is always available to give innovative solutions to issues.‘
BNP Paribas Private Equity
Damier Group / Vision Healthcare
Agro Investment Fund
Tax Tier 3
Eubelius offers a full spread of services to clients in the tax arena. Although the team acts for clients across a wide range of industries, it particularly distinguishes itself in the real estate sector, where it advises real estate developers, listed REITs and non-listed real estate funds. On the non-contentious side, the main contacts are Wouter Claes and counsel Korneel Decroix. Claes is well-known for his real estate tax expertise - notably in the structuring of structuring real estate investments - and also his deep knowledge of M&A-related tax issues. In a recent highlight, he assisted the selling shareholders of Bricsys Group with the tax aspects of the sale of their shares to Hexagon. Decroix is recommended for his strengths in VAT matters, which mainly relate to the real estate, public, healthcare and not-for-profit sectors. Contentious work is led by Svjatoslav Gnedasj, who has excellent credentials in tax controversies (encompassing tax investigations and litigation). In one matter, he was part of a cross-practice group, which assisted a number of entities - including Magnetrol International, Puratos and Delta Light - with obtaining an annulment from the General Court of the EC's decision in February 2019 over Belgian excess profit rulings.
Other key lawyers:
‘Svjatoslav Gnedasj is a dedicated lawyer with great knowledge of Belgian tax law, but he also knows when to call in the help of specific experts in a very particular field. He is always coordinating, so that we have one contact on the whole matter‘
‘The Eubelius tax team is on top of new developments, response and creative. In my view their are unique in the Belgium market‘
‘Wouter Claes is a really top-class tax lawyer. He is pragmatic, creative and always goes that extra mile to achieve the best outcome for his client‘
Xior Student Housing (REIT)
Care Property Invest (REIT)
Banimmo (listed real estate development company)
NMBS / SNCB (public railway company)
Triple Living (real estate development company)
Siemens Industry Software (industry & technology)
Zorgnet – Icuro (umbrella organisation of the Flemish Healthcare institutions)
Liantis (HR Services)
Bpost (listed operator of postal services)
Marieke Wyckaert, who heads up Eubelius' banking and finance practice, is knowledgeable about syndicated lending, acquisition finance and leveraged transactions. She also advises domestic and international financial institutions on governance-related issues arising from the Belgian Banking Law. Capital markets head Lars Van Bever has particular experience of acting for Belgian REITs, as well as handling matters with a nexus to the life sciences sector. Senior counsel Jean-Marc Gollier has vast financial regulatory expertise, which spans areas such as the Capital Requirements Regulation and Directive (CRR/CRD IV), the implementation of the EU Bank Recovery and Resolution Directive (BRRD), the Central Securities Depositories Regulation (CSDR) and Solvency II, among others. Other key figures include Matthias Wauters and counsel Frédéric Heremans. Senior attorneys Joris De Wolf, Tim Van Moorhem and Thomas Donnez are also recommended. In 2018, Van Bever and Donnez acted for Belgian REIT Warehouses De Pauw on the provision of a €150m loan from the European Investment Bank (EIB) for the purpose of financing investments into 43 warehouses in Romania.
Other key lawyers:
‘The partners cooperate efficiently to provide a cost-efficient service‘
‘Wouter Claes demonstrates a pragmatic approach, is available for quick answers where needed and elaborates on legal notes when required. Christophe De Backere is dedicated to the client. Thomas Donnez is pragmatic, a clear communicator and helpful in negotiations with banks. Marieke Wyckaert is one of the wisest and most knowledgeable partners I’ve worked with, extremely efficient and to the point. She can hold her ground in even the toughest negotiations and complex situations‘
Triple Living Holding
Leasinvest Real Estate
Xior Student Housing
Care Property Invest
Warehouses De Pauw
Credit Mutuel Arkéa
Intellectual property Tier 4
Belgian Office for Intellectual Property
Johnson & Johnson
Brussels Airport Company
British American Tobacco
Financial Services and Markets Authority
Real estate and construction Tier 4
Lars Van Bever heads the real estate practice at Eubelius, which is strong in advising real estate investor-side clients on real estate investment funds in Belgium and assisting BE-REITS with regulatory and tax issues, among other areas. The group has been particularly busy handling elderly care accommodation projects. Wouter Claes has established expertise in real estate tax matters. Senior attorney Tim Van Moorhem is also recommended.
‘Lars Van Bever: exceptional talent in translating complicated legal structures into understandable business terms‘.
‘Tim Van Moorhem: availability and clear communication, thorough knowledge of the market and all financial concepts‘.
Brussels Airport Company
Xior Student Housing
Eubelius > Firm Profile
Eubelius is Belgium’s largest independent law firm, with offices in Brussels, Kortrijk and Antwerp. Our 22 partners, 17 (senior) counsels and more than 100 associates offer counselling and representation on Belgian and European
We have privileged working relationships with outstanding independent law firms in many foreign jurisdictions. Our practice has a strong national and international focus, and a significant proportion of our work is cross-border
(both inbound and outbound). We serve 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. We represent all Belgian language communities and handle matters in English,
Dutch, French and German.
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|Real estate and construction|
|Mr Tom Bauwens||Partner||View Profile|
|Mr Jan Bocken||Partner||View Profile|
|Mr Wouter Claes||Corporate, finance and M&A; Taxation; Estate law and wealth planning; Public-private partnership;…||View Profile|
|Mr Ignace Claeys||Distribution, agency and other commercial contracts / Business law, insolvency / Litigation…||View Profile|
|Mr Herman De Bauw||Distribution, agency ans other commercial contracts.||View Profile|
|Mr Jeroen Delvoie||Corporate, finance and M&A; Public and administrative law; Energy.||View Profile|
|Mr Erwin Destuyver||Corporate and M&A, Capital Markets, Private Equity||View Profile|
|Mr Alain François||Corporate, securities and M&A / Business law, insolvency / Litigation and arbitration.||View Profile|
|Mr Hans Gilliams||Competition and EU Law / Corporate, Securities & M&A.||View Profile|
|Mr Wim Goossens||Business Law & Insolvency / Corporate, Securities and M&A / Real Estate.||View Profile|
|Mr Frank Hellemans||Business law, insolvency / Corporate, securities and M&A.||View Profile|
|Mr Patrick Hofströssler||Family business & property law / Real estate / Commercial contracts and…||View Profile|
|Mr Filip Jenné||Partner||View Profile|
|Mr Anthony Logghe||Partner||View Profile|
|Mr Philippe Mulliez||Corporate, securities and M&A / Business law, insolvency.||View Profile|
|Mrs Veronique Pertry||Employment Law.||View Profile|
|Mr Lars Van Bever||Corporate, securities and M&A / Business law, Insolvency.||View Profile|
|Mr Matthias Wauters||Corporate, securities and M&A.||View Profile|
|Mrs Marieke Wyckaert||Corporate, Securities and M&A / Business law, insolvency.||View Profile|