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Eubelius
LOUIZALAAN 99
AVENUE LOUISE
1050 BRUSSELS
Belgium

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

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.

Testimonials

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.

Key clients

Alter Pharma

Besix

Bpost

NMBS/SNCB

Aedifica

Retail Estates

Care Property Invest (CPI)

Damier/Vision Health Care

Domo Investment Group / Dovesco

ECS European Containers

Elia

Fedrus International

Lefevere Group

Novitan

Pioneer

Touring

Triginta

SIAT Group

BNPParibas

Fedrus / APOK

Unilin

Inovyn

KBC

Prysmian

C&A

AG Insurance

Port of Antwerp

Skeyes

SFPI-FPIM/SFPI

De Lijn

Competition: Belgian law Tier 2

At EubeliusJan 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.

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Testimonials

Stijn Goovaerts is a rising star. Provides top notch advice

Key clients

bpost

SNCB / NMBS

British American Tobacco (Belgium)

VRT

Bancontact Payconiq Company

Belgian Federal Government

Febelfin

TUI Group

Havenbedrijf Antwerpen

Elopak

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.

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Ignace Claeys is excellent in his insight and approach based on his scientific know how‘.

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'.

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Testimonials

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‘.

Key clients

The Belgian Minister of Pensions

Enabel

Thalys International

Institute for the Equality of Women and Men

Ghent University

Fedrus International

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.

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Key clients

VRT (Flemish public broadcaster)

Frank Bamelis

Euroclear

Slachthuis Tielt

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

VREG

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.

Testimonials

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

Key clients

Boerenbond VZW

Febelfin VZW

AZ Sint-Maria Halle VZW

Emmaüs

De Blauwe Cluster VZW/Flanders’ Maritime Cluster VZW

Recharge AISBL

Consortium Vlaams IT-platform BelRAI VZW

EIT Digital

VZW Sint-Anna

GO!

Salvator Welzijnscentrum

Enabel

Kidslife/Liantis

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.

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Key clients

De Lijn

Albert Heijn Belgium

City of Mortsel

City of Ostend

Proximus

A&S Energie

The Hotel

Comeos

Algemene Aannemingen Van Laere

Pandox AB

Flemish Community Commission

EU regulatory: Privacy and data protection Tier 3

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.

Testimonials

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‘.

Key clients

Janssen Pharmaceutica

Pioneer Europe

Aedifica

Indigo Belgium

Arcadis

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.

Testimonials

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.

Key clients

KeBek II

BNP Paribas Private Equity

Damier Group / Vision Healthcare

Dovesco

Chequers Capital

PMV

Agro Investment Fund

Bain Capital

Taconic Capital

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.

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Testimonials

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

Key clients

Leasinvest (REIT)

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)

Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 4

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 WolfTim 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.

Testimonials

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

Key clients

Gilead Sciences

Puratos

Credit Suisse

Arcomet

Triple Living Holding

Leasinvest Real Estate

Xior Student Housing

Care Property Invest

KBC Ancora

Pandox

Warehouses De Pauw

Aedifica

Credit Mutuel Arkéa

BE-REIT Association

Intellectual property Tier 4

Senior counsel Pieter Callens is the key contact at Eubelius. Recent work for the 'very knowledgeable' team includes trade mark, copyright, patent and data protection matters.

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Key clients

Belgian Office for Intellectual Property

De Lijn

Johnson & Johnson

Brussels Airport Company

TUI Technology

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.

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Testimonials

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‘.

Key clients

Brussels Airport Company

Xior Student Housing

Aedifica

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
law.
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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Banking, insurance and finance
Commercial, consumer and liability
Competition
Corporate, finance and M&A
Employment
Public and administrative law
Taxation
White-collar crime
Dispute resolution and litigation
Energy
Estate law and wealth planning
Pensions and benefits
Public-private partnerships
Real estate and construction
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Tom Bauwens  photo Mr Tom Bauwens Partner
Mr Jan Bocken  photo Mr Jan Bocken Partner
Mr Wouter Claes  photo Mr Wouter Claes Corporate, finance and M&A; Taxation; Estate law and wealth planning; Public-private partnership;…
Mr Ignace Claeys  photo Mr Ignace Claeys Distribution, agency and other commercial contracts / Business law, insolvency / Litigation…
Mr Herman De Bauw  photo Mr Herman De Bauw Distribution, agency ans other commercial contracts.
Mr Jeroen Delvoie  photo Mr Jeroen Delvoie Corporate, finance and M&A; Public and administrative law; Energy.
Mr Erwin Destuyver  photo Mr Erwin Destuyver Corporate and M&A, Capital Markets, Private Equity
Mr Alain François  photo Mr Alain François Corporate, securities and M&A / Business law, insolvency / Litigation and arbitration.
Mr Hans Gilliams  photo Mr Hans Gilliams Competition and EU Law / Corporate, Securities & M&A.
Mr Wim Goossens  photo Mr Wim Goossens Business Law & Insolvency / Corporate, Securities and M&A / Real Estate.
Mr Frank Hellemans  photo Mr Frank Hellemans Business law, insolvency / Corporate, securities and M&A.
Mr Patrick Hofströssler  photo Mr Patrick Hofströssler Family business & property law / Real estate / Commercial contracts and…
Mr Filip Jenné  photo Mr Filip Jenné Partner
Mr Anthony Logghe  photo Mr Anthony Logghe Partner
Mr Philippe Mulliez  photo Mr Philippe Mulliez Corporate, securities and M&A / Business law, insolvency.
Mrs Veronique Pertry  photo Mrs Veronique Pertry Employment Law.
Mr Lars Van Bever  photo Mr Lars Van Bever Corporate, securities and M&A / Business law, Insolvency.
Mr Matthias Wauters  photo Mr Matthias Wauters Corporate, securities and M&A.
Mrs Marieke Wyckaert  photo Mrs Marieke Wyckaert Corporate, Securities and M&A / Business law, insolvency.
Number of lawyers : 130
at this office : 88
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English
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German
Contact : Matthias Wauters (managing partner)
Other offices : Antwerp
Other offices : Kortrijk