Eubelius > Brussels, Belgium > Firm Profile


Belgium > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

Eubelius‘ large roster of corporate and commercial lawyers is active across both domestic and cross-border M&A, leveraging its client base of large Belgian corporates and its close connections with international partner firms to handle a wide array of buy- and sell-side transactions. In addition to strategic acquisitions, joint ventures, and venture capital investments, the team regularly advises on contentious and non-contentious commercial contract matters as well as corporate governance arrangements. The team is headed by a consortium of four lawyers: Ignace Claeys and Pieter Callens are key contacts for commercial matters, managing partner Matthias Wauters is well-versed in capital transactions and corporate litigation, and Lars Van Bever focuses on M&A in the real estate sector.

Practice head(s):

Matthias Wauters; Lars Van Bever; Ignace Claeys; Pieter Callens

Other key lawyers:

Philippe Mulliez; Joris De Wolf; Filip Jenné; Erwin Destuyver; Jeroen Delvoie; Felix Dobbelaere


‘An outstanding corporate and M&A team, both from an academic and transactional point of view, combining the advantages of an independent law firm with an extensive network of partner firms abroad. Good to mention the regular legal updates (mailings and client seminars) and dedicated client platform.’

‘Erwin Destuyver combines exceptional dossier and M&A knowledge with strong negotiation skills and an extreme degree of efficiency and pragmatism.’

‘Excellent quality of work, responsiveness, and proactivity. We can count on the Eubelius corporate team. Excellent knowledge of the files, professional advice, incredible availability, effective collaboration.’

‘Joris De Wolf is a partner with in-depth knowledge of the Belgian Company Code and legislation, their subtleties and the workings of listed companies.’

‘Filip Jenné is the perfect trusted advisor: always available to provide excellent expertise tailored to the actual needs of the client.’

‘Erwin Destuyver made an excellent impression, with an excellent ability to move the negotiation forward with a solution driven mindset.’

‘Lars Van Bever has an excellent knowledge of our business/environment/peers A top-notch expert; very meticulous. Joris De Wolf has in-depth knowledge of corporate (governance) topics, but also very hands-on advice which can be easily implemented.

Filip Jenné is a real deal-maker, with a practical approach and a very good understanding of our business requirements.’

Key clients

Fedrus International

Clarebout Potatoes

BNP Paribas Fortis Private Equity Belgium

AG Real Estate




EPI Company SE



The Adecco Group

Maisons Baijot

Warehouses De Pauw

Alter Pharma Group

EQT Life Sciences

European Innovation Council Fund




Damier Group




What’s Cooking Group

Work highlights

  • Assisted Clarebout Potatoes with the takeover of Mydibel.
  • Assisted 3D Investors with the sale of its entire stake in Pauwels Consulting.
  • Advised BNP Paribas Fortis and Matexi on setting up HappyNest, a joint venture offering residential real estate on the Belgian market in a rent-to-own formula.

Belgium > Dispute resolution Tier 2

The practice at Eubeliuscombines excellent technical knowledge with a very personalised approach to the client’ and has notable expertise in bank liability, telecoms, class action, energy, real estate, and personal wealth litigation. The tax litigation team is widely renowned, and is commended for its high-profile work, along with its criminal and regulatory compliance prowess. Patrick Hofströssler, Ignace Claeys, Svjatoslav Gnedasj and ‘excellent lawyerTom Bauwens jointly head up the practice. At associate level, Monica Rodriguez is ‘one of the rising stars in white-collar crime litigation’.

Practice head(s):

Patrick Hofströssler; Ignace Claeys; Tom Bauwens; Svjatoslav Gnedasj

Other key lawyers:


‘The team is are well organised, very customer-oriented, and a real pleasure to work with!’

‘Tom Bauwens is an authority in Belgium, an excellent lawyer. He succeeded in building a high quality team!’

‘Monica Rodriguez really stands out, she is exceptional in many ways. She has a deep knowledge of criminal law, ensures that she always has perfect case knowledge and presents everything in a very clear and intelligent way. Very exceptional! A real pleasure to work with her! Someone you can 100% rely on and goes the extra mile for her clients!’

‘They have experts in all areas, which means they have the right person in the right place at all times. They make a very good assessment of the chances of success and give 100%. They strictly adhere to all deadlines and provide feedback in the meantime. They remain realistic in what they promise and listen very carefully to their customer’s feedback.’

‘Eubelius is very unique to me personally in their approach to lawsuits. They combine excellent technical knowledge with a very personalised approach to the client. They are also extremely innovative if there are not immediate solutions to certain obstacles in legal proceedings. When they are asked a question, you are guaranteed to have a very quick and complete answer. In other words, they offer an excellent service that can no longer be improved!’

‘Personally, I have worked with several of their lawyers in some very complex and lengthy proceedings. All of them were simply excellent both on a human level and in terms of their technical knowledge. They were able to explain things to me in a clear and simple way. They were always available and gave the kind of help that was more than just legal support!’

‘Outstanding knowledge, dedicated to stand for their clients day and night. Unmatched availability. Probably the best known team in Belgium in their field of expertise.’

‘Monica Rodriguez is one of the rising stars in white-collar crime litigation cases. She is a senior attorney of the criminal enforcement & compliance department and the right hand of Tom Bauwens. She is well regarded for her all-round procedural knowledge and great diligence. She is highly client-focused and is known for her very thorough case knowledge and extremely high availability.’

Key clients


The city of Antwerp

De Meuter – Holding DM

Belgian State – Minister for Energy

Work highlights

  • Provided assistance and legal representation of the Belgian state (Minister for Energy) in several summary and then on the merits proceedings filed by two groups of pro-nuclear energy activists.
  • Represented a numismatic expert accused of money laundering and leading a criminal organisation, where the integrity of the criminal proceedings against the individual were declared void by the court of appeal because of a violation of the right to a fair trial.

Belgium > Environment Tier 2

Eubelius has a solid offering in urban and environmental matters owing largely to the expertise of Barteld Schutyser and Bart Martel, who lead the public and administrative law group. Acting for a diverse range of clients, among them the Port of Antwerp and Belgian railway operator NMBS, the practice is praised for its knowledge of environmental litigation, with Martel notably advising waste agency OVAM on PFAS contamination proceedings against 3M permit disputes. The team also focuses on issues concerning zoning, soil, waste, asbestos, architectural heritage and more. Laura Janssens maintains close relationships with clients in the construction, infrastructure, and transport industries.

Practice head(s):

Barteld Schutyser; Bart Martel

Other key lawyers:

Key clients




Port of Antwerp



Pandox AB

Colas Noord

Province of East Flanders


Work highlights

  • Advised De Werkvennootschap on the R4 project and successfully defended the decision to designate the preferred bidder in court.
  • Advised OVAM, the Flemish Public Waste Agency, in litigation on all matters related to the PFAS contamination caused by 3M Belgium in the vicinity of the Port of Antwerp.
  • Advised NMBS on the development of its new headquarters at the Brussels-South train station.

Belgium > EU regulatory: Financial services Tier 2

Sitting within Eubelius’ banking and finance department, the financial services regulatory offering has particular strength in advising on insurance products, alternative investment funds, market infrastructure, and payment systems. The group also offers expert assistance in compliance issues, including GDPR, anti-money laundering, and trading rules. The firm is singled out by one client for providing ‘insights into local regulatory updates and discussions.’ Practice head Lars Van Bever and ‘very impressive’ senior counsel Jean-Marc Gollier oversee the work.

Practice head(s):

Lars Van Bever; Jean-Marc Gollier

Other key lawyers:

Nicolas Schrans


‘The team that we deal with (Jean-Marc Gollier and Nicolas Schrans) are very responsive to our queries for advices and training requests. The advice is always timely, precise and of a very high level. We are always confident that we are receiving the most up to date information and often insights into local regulatory updates and discussions. This is highly valued by us as business with a presence in Belgium.’

‘Nicolas Schrans is a very impressive lawyer. Always available to us in order to deal with our regulatory requirements and provide concise advice.’

Key clients


AG Insurance

The European Payments Initiative

Lazard Fund Managers (Ireland)

Lazard Frères Gestion (France)





KBC Asset Management

V-Bio Ventures




Banque Fédérative du Crédit Mutuel

Work highlights

  • Advised the European Payments Initiative on regulatory matters in connection with the rollout of its Pan-European payment services offering and scheme.
  • Advised Batopin on regulatory matters in connection with its PSP license and the rollout of its ATM network.
  • Advised Bancontact on regulatory matters in connection with its payment services offering and domestic card scheme.

Belgium > EU regulatory: Information technology Tier 2

At Eubelius, Pieter Callens provides IP and IT expertise, while Anneleen Van De Meulebroucke brings extensive digital and data protection knowledge; between them, the duo oversee a broad range of work, including contract drafting and consumer protection advice. Dispute resolution in the technology space is another key source of instruction. Established national and global players form a core part of the client base, as do smaller start-ups and spin-offs.

Practice head(s):

Pieter Callens; Anneleen Van de Meulebroucke

Other key lawyers:

Hans Verstrepen; Fay Reynaert


‘Professional. Do what they say, say what they do.’

‘Straightforward, patient, professional and very pleasant people to work with. Very capable in understanding context and business specific needs.’

Key clients

European Payment Initiative


Cerner Belgium


Ballistix Digital

Agentschap Digitaal Vlaanderen (Digital Flanders Agency)


BPC Group



Work highlights

  • Assisting Athumi with the set-up of a data vault project.
  • Assisting Digital Flanders Agency with the establishment of the Real Estate Information Platform, which is designed to enable a digital exchange of real estate information between applicants and central or local data sources.
  • Assisted European Payment Initiative with an IT tender and subsequent drafting of all framework agreements for the delivery of software, hardware and services (14 clusters) for a new EU-wide payment initiative.

Belgium > Fraud and white-collar crime Tier 2

The criminal enforcement and compliance-focused team at Eubelius assists clients with investigations and represents them in criminal cases up to the Court of Cassation, in addition to handling compliance programmes and due diligence matters. The firm is also well-versed in cases pertaining to cybercrime and data breaches. Practice head Tom Bauwens is hailed as an ‘authority in the field of criminal law’ and counts human rights law to his areas of specialty alongside white-collar criminal law. Monica Rodriguez also fields an active compliance and criminal enforcement practice.

Practice head(s):

Tom Bauwens

Other key lawyers:

Monica Rodriguez; Camille Goldschmidt


‘The team masters criminal law to an extremely high level, they are well organised, very customer oriented and you experience little to no turnover in staff. A real pleasure to work with!’

‘Monica Rodriguez is an exceptional lawyer dedicated to her work.’

‘Tom Bauwens is an authority in the field of criminal law – an excellent lawyer. Monica Rodriguez really stands out, she has a deep knowledge of criminal law, ensures that she always has perfect case knowledge and presents everything in a very clear and intelligent way.’

‘Empathy, speed of reaction availability and detailed file knowledge.’

‘Monica Rodriguez left no stone unturned. She helped to overturn a great miscarriage of justice.’

‘They opt for a proactive, direct approach to your criminal file, which works very efficiently and often detects and solves problems at an early stage.’

‘Monica Rodriguez can analyse a file in a very focused and problem-solving manner. Monica is also – not unimportant – good at dealing with clients, other lawyers and magistrates.’

‘Tom Bauwens is one of the leading WCC lawyers in Belgium. He has a relaxed and straightforward approach. He is well-connected to the relevant authorities. Monica Rodriguez is very talented and definitely one of the upcoming WCC lawyers.’

Key clients

Knack Roeselare

The City of Antwerp


De Meuter – Holding DM

AIM ImmunoTech Inc

Saffelberg Investment

Work highlights

  • Represented a numismatist accused of money laundering and leading a criminal organisation.
  • Assisted an international company accused of environmental crimes in a matter that was settled out-of-court.
  • Acted for VRT in the context of a judicial investigation following an audit by Audit Vlaanderen.

Belgium > Not-for-profit Tier 2

With a strong market reputation for its work in the healthcare sector, Eubelius is geared to assist international and domestic clients encompassing foundations, universities and governmental not-for-profit associations with an array of legal and tax issues associated with the organisation of their activities in Belgium. Matthias Wauters is a key contact for not-for-profit healthcare players; Barteld Schutyser has in-depth knowledge of public procurement-related matters; employment specialist Liesbet Vandenplas is well positioned to advise on restructurings; and public bodies and not-for-profit institutions turn to Korneel Decroix for assistance with Belgian tax law. In Antwerp, Frank Hellemans is well versed in corporate and securities law.

Practice head(s):

Matthias Wauters; Frank Hellemans; Barteld Schutyser; Liesbet Vandenplas;

Other key lawyers:

Hans Plancke; Joris De Wolf; Sofie Baveghems


‘A firm with broad expertise.’

‘Hans Plancke is  accessible and professional.’

‘The team particularly stood out for their availability and responsiveness, and for their ability to think along with the client.’

‘Joris De Wolf and Sofie Baveghems excelled in adapting their advice to the concrete circumstances, resulting in workable solutions.’

‘ You always get a prompt answer that is to the point.’

Key clients

Institute of Tropical Medicine (Instituut voor Tropische Geneeskunde)

Stad Gent

Proximus Foundation

Salvator Welzijnscentrum

EIT, Digital EIT Food and EIT Health



Febelfin/Belgische Leasingvereniging

Ghent University

Zorgnet Icuro

Together for Sustainability

International Food Waste Coalition


Actuarial Association of Europe


Work highlights

  • Assisted the city of Ghent with drafting the terms of the conversion of the Ghent football team from a cooperative company with a social purpose into a public limited liability company.
  • Assisting the Social Service of city of Ostend in the personnel related aspects of a demerger project between two hospitals.
  • Advised the Institute of Tropical Medicine on the revision of its articles of association and internal regulations.

Belgium > Tax Tier 2

Separating its tax focus into two distinct segments, Eubelius provides tax advice to corporate M&A and real estate clients on direct and indirect tax aspects of inbound and outbound investments on the one hand, and handles tax litigation on the other. Leadership of the advisory arm is split between real estate and transactional tax expert Wouter Claes and VAT specialist Korneel Decroix, while Svjatoslav Gnedasj distinguishes himself in heading the tax litigation practice. Kelly Moens supports on real estate and fund taxation.

Practice head(s):

Wouter Claes; Svjatoslav Gnedasj; Korneel Decroix

Other key lawyers:


‘Outstanding tax team, both from an academic and transactional point of view, with services and fees that are tailored to and within reach of SMEs over (very) big companies to multinationals, combining the advantages of an independent law firm with an extensive network of partner firms abroad. Good to mention the regular legal updates (mailings and client seminars) and dedicated client platform.’

‘Gnedasj Svjatoslav is the tax litigation pit-bull you would want at your side whenever your company is involved in a complex tax litigation, never dropping the bone and negotiating on the edge, always with the best outcome for his client in mind.

‘Diversity of the team. Availability of the team, flexibility to changing circumstances, decisions or situations.’

‘Clear and efficient communication. individual availability of the person, willingness to find creative solutions in line with business or corporate needs.’

‘The tax practice of Eubelius has deep knowledge and local knowhow to deliver concise advice in a practical manner. It is our experience that the tax team is highly knowledgeable, responsive and able to deliver high quality work. Very reliable team and nice to work with.’

‘Kelly Moens is very knowledgeable and has great communication skills. She is very pleasant to work with and always responsive.’

‘Wouter Claes is a thorough adviser with a great understanding of the commercial side of business. He is able to deliver practical solutions for complex legal issues.’

‘The accessibility of the team, the depth of the expertise, the experience gained by working for other larger clients in different fields easily shared.’

Key clients

Family Baijot

Belgian State

Magnetrol International


Delta Light



Industry Software

BASF Antwerpen

Ansell Healthcare


Kinepolis Group

Vasco Group

Astra Sweets

Mayekawa Europe

Celio International





AG Real Estate

Forum Estates

Investment Capital Partnership


Work highlights

  • Assisted the Belgian State in structuring and negotiating the extended operation of two nuclear reactions.
  • Assisted AG Real Estate, one of the largest real estate investors in Belgium, with respect to various high-profile real estate projects.
  • Represented three major real estate project developers in 20 corporate tax and VAT litigation cases before the Belgian Courts, considered pilot cases of the Belgian special tax inspection related to the re-characterisation of share deals into (taxable) asset deals/services.

Belgium > Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 3

Eubelius is routinely instructed by both Benelux-based and international clients to advise on the debt finance transactions, handling borrower- and lender-side work in connection with high-value syndicated loan arrangements as well as with real estate, project, and acquisition financings. The team is also active in the debt capital markets space, advising particularly on green bond issuances, and the ECM-focused side of the practice is increasingly sought out by clients seeking assistance with IPOs. Lars Van Bever and Joris De Wolf handle the bulk of capital markets-related work and co-lead the practice together with M&A specialist Matthias Wauters and financing specialist Thomas Donnez.

Practice head(s):

Lars Van Bever; Matthias Wauters; Thomas Donnez

Other key lawyers:

Eva Milants


‘Always looking for business solutions. Hands-on and business minded approach, combined with excellent technical legal skills, allows you to navigate the pitfalls whilst preserving the business logic.’

‘Relatively small team, but with the knowledge you need, and with excellent availability. Good communicators, both internally and externally. Thomas Donnez really takes the matter in hand and guides you. ’

‘Complementary skills and expertise brought together to provide a full solution. Very customer-oriented, highly qualified team.’

‘Expertise, agility, quality. We mainly worked together with Thomas Donnez.’

‘Eubelius is an outstanding practice with highly skilled lawyers and a unique corporate culture. The lawyers are not only very knowledgeable, but also very nice to work with.’

‘Their strength is without any doubt the quality of their advice/work. They are also responsive and easy to contact, even at partner level.’

‘Joris De Wolf is clever, has a broad knowledge of company law and dares to take position in advisory matters. Thomas Donnez is well aware of market practice and what will be acceptable in discussions with financial institutions.’

Key clients


Warehouses De Pauw

Retail Estates

Care Property Invest



BCD Travel

Puratos Group

Vynova Group


Hyloris Pharmaceuticals

Belgian Debt Agency



Vlaams Woningfonds

Hamburg Commercial Bank

Ripple Labs

Work highlights

  • Assisted Warehouses De Pauw with a €440m financing agreement with China Construction Bank as mandated lead arranger for a syndicate of international banks.
  • Assisted Société Nationale des Chemins de fer Belges as the issuer of bonds with a €1.5bn Medium Term Notes (EMTN) programme.
  • Advised Care Property Invest on its rights issue, consisting of a public offering in Belgium to subscribe for new shares through the exercise of priority allocation rights, followed by a private placement of the non-exercised rights in an accelerated bookbuilding, with a total deal value of €111 million.

Belgium > Competition: Belgian law Tier 3

Private and public sector clients alike turn to the experienced team at Eubelius to handle cartel and abuse of dominance investigations, as well as the gamut of transactional work. The firm is regularly instructed to act in disputed matters, including appeals against decisions and fines before the Brussels Court of Appeal. Jan Bocken has a strong focus on the regulated industries, particularly public transport and mobility, telecoms and energy. Hans Gilliams  is noted for his state aid expertise.

Practice head(s):

Jan Bocken

Other key lawyers:

Hans Gilliams; Kim Gillade


‘Their hands-on and business-minded approach, combined with excellent technical legal skills, allows you to navigate the pitfalls whilst preserving the business logic. Theoretical advice when needed, practical advice where possible. Good value for money.’

‘Relatively small team, but with the knowledge you need, and with excellent availability. Good communicators, both internally and externally.’

Key clients


Belgian “Excess Profit Rulings” scheme


Dow Silicones

Asco Industries


EPI Interim Company

TUI Belgium

Régie Média Belge

Port of Antwerp-Bruges (Port Authority)



Work highlights

  • Representing bpost in its opposition against a large fine imposed by the Belgian Competition Authority.
  • Advising Batopin – a joint venture comprising four major Belgian banks which is in the process of designing, building and operating a new nationwide ATM network – on a probe conducted by the Belgian Competition Authority.
  • Assisting the Belgian State with the life extension of nuclear power plants in Belgium and with obtaining state aid clearance.

Belgium > Employment Tier 3

Eubelius fields a team of ‘true specialists‘ whose expertise ranges from HR-related matters such as restructurings, dismissals, and collective bargaining to contentious issues, including whistleblowing procedures, external and internal investigations, and questions surrounding pension reforms and employee classification. The team’s broad client base encompasses major Belgian corporates as well as public sector organisations, which instruct the team to advise on constitutional issues in the context of new employment legislation. Liesbet Vandenplas heads up the practice and advises across a wide spectrum of contentious and non-contentious employment matters. Former practice co-head Veronique Pertry left the firm in June 2023, while Filip Van Beirendock departed in December 2022.

Practice head(s):

Liesbet Vandenplas

Other key lawyers:

Maaike Cornelli; Sam De Voogt


‘Very competent, hands-on, practical legal business partners, Liesbeth Vandenplas in particular.’

‘The legal team in Eubelius (Liesbet Vandenplans and Sam De Voogt) is strongly reactive, flexible and provides a professional contribution to support my internal team in Belgium.’

‘Their availability and the quality of their advice is very good. They think with us about the business and find creative legal solutions. They have extensive legal knowhow.’

‘You always get the right interlocutor specialised in the subject matter. They are pleasant people who can deliver quickly.’

‘The Eubelius team shows a great theoretical knowledge and is able to translate this into practical advice.’

‘Liesbet Vandenplas shows great availability and can translate the legal theory into advice that is easy to implement and fully compliant.’

‘We have an excellent working relationship: Very good follow-up of cases, excellent personal contacts, availability and high-quality procedural writings.’

‘True specialists in the diverse and complex world of Belgian social law. Hands-on if possible, in depth if necessary, but always quality.’

Key clients

Thalys – Eurostar Group

European Payments Initiative

Fedrus International Group

PON Group

Claire’s Group

bpost Group

Ahold Group

Delhaize / De Leeuw

Crelan Group

Impextraco Group


Federal Public Services for Employment, Mobility, Social Security and Pensions

Flemish government


CSM Ingredients Benelux

European Trade Union Cooperation

D’Ieteren Group

Elia Group

Stork Group

Salvator Group

SD Worx Group

Work highlights

  • Advised bpost on the termination of the employment and management agreements of several high-level management people within bpost as a result of multiple internal audits and compliance reviews.
  • Advised Flemish Government/Governmental Services in connection with various employment law and social security matters.
  • Advised the European Payment Initiative on all different aspects related to the staffing of a virtual company throughout Europe, starting with Belgium, France, Spain and Germany.

Belgium > EU regulatory: Privacy and data protection Tier 3

The ‘very versatile‘ digital and data protection practice at Eubelius is built around five key areas – innovative data projects; litigation and incident response; non-contentious issues, including data transfers and GDPR compliance; contract drafting; and audits. Anneleen Van de Meulebroucke, who founded the group, made partner in January 2023, and continues to lead on both advisory and contentious mandates. Pieter Callens, who oversees the IP and IT offering, lends support.

Practice head(s):

Anneleen Van de Meulebroucke; Pieter Callens


‘Great all-round practice with strong competencies in-house.’

‘Very competent people, all super-high profile. Peronalised contact and very close relationship on all matters. Think “with the client” to find practical solutions rather than bringing up legal obstacles.’

‘The data protection team at Eubelius is very versatile. They have supported us in legal analyses on a broad range of topics related to data protection and combined with other legal domains such as ICT law, contract law, public law.’

‘Anneleen Van de Meulebroucke is an excellent lawyer and has extensive knowledge on the topic of data protection and any other legal topic concerning data. I value her solution-driven attitude, her ability to think out of the box and to provide a solution others have not thought about.’

‘Anneleen Van de Meulebroucke is our first choice lawyer.’

Key clients

Agency Digital Flanders (Agentschap Digitaal Vlaanderen)


Agency Care & Health (Agentschap Zorg en Gezondheid)

Flemish Data Utility Company/Athumi (Vlaams Datanutsbedrijf)

Bancontact Payconiq



Work highlights

  • Assisting the Belgian branch of the Pandox Group with a complex GDPR compliance project which concerns 7 hotels in Brussels and Antwerp.
  • Advising Athumi on the set-up of a data vault project.
  • Assisting the Digital Flanders Agency with the establishment of the Real Estate Information Platform, enabling an easy and digital exchange of real estate information between applicants and central or local data sources.

Belgium > Industry focus: Energy Tier 3

Eubeliuscombines superior technical skills and a wealth of experience‘ to advise government bodies, energy producers, TSOs, investors, and lending bodies on regulatory matters, construction projects, corporate transactions, and litigation proceedings. Lead partners Barteld Schutyser and Wim Goossens stand out for their public law expertise and ability to advise on energy construction projects respectively. They are supported by the ‘very accessibleThomas Vandenberghe, who primarily advises on corporate matters and PPAs.

Practice head(s):

Barteld Schutyser; Wim Goossens

Other key lawyers:

Bart Martel; Thomas Vandenberghe; Quinten Jacobs; Bram Devolder; Siel Demeyere; Daan Degrande; Hans Plancke


‘The multi-disciplinary team is a real advantage of Eubelius. They can help us on any case of our business.’

‘Thomas Vandenberghe has the capability to quickly dive in the topic and find the solutions. Bart Martel has unmatched experience in thinking alongside the client toward the most bullet-proof approach.’

‘The way of working is very fluent and constructive to maintain the main goal of closing the deal. We have a single point of contact who gathers answers on all our questions/remarks. ’

‘Thomas Vandenberghe: very accessible, good knowledge about energy law. Bram Devolder: very accessible, thinks widely and identifies possible problems at an early stage. Siel Demeyere has good knowledge about the matter at hand. These three people work very well together.’

‘The Eubelius team combines superior technical skills and a wealth of experience. Their work is consistent and of high quality.’

‘The team is always appropriately staffed, available, responsive and well prepared. They stand out, both in top-notch technical expertise and solution-oriented delivery. They also build sound relations of trust.’

‘The Eubelius energy team is very competent, accessible and reliable.’

‘Thomas Vandenberghe is and has been our SPOC for all things energy related. He has a profound knowledge of the sector and market and truly understands the business’ intricacies.’

Key clients

Cabinet of the Federal Minister of Energy – Federal Public Service for Economy – General Directorate of Energy

A&U Energie

A&S Energie



Participatiemaatschappij Vlaanderen

Flemish Energy Company

O3 Invest



Total Energies

Work highlights

  • Acted for the Belgian Federal Government as lead counsel in its dealings with Engie-Electrabel on the prolongation of the lifespan and operation of two nuclear reactors as well as on related arrangements with regard to the long-term storage and final disposal of radioactive waste and the regulatory framework of nuclear operations in Belgium.
  • Advised the FPS Economy – General Directorate Energy on a number of energy-related topics, ranging from legislative and advisory work to representation before administrative and judicial courts.
  • Advised several real estate developers on the development of energetically self-sustaining neighborhoods, involving the integration of several decentralized energy sources.

Belgium > Industry focus: Transport Tier 3

Eubelius‘ ‘excellent team of driven experts’ has expertise across roads, rail and aviation. Areas of activity for the firm include toll-related work - the group is praised for its ‘broad knowledge of EETS regulation’ - PPP projects in the public transport sector, and the drafting of sector-specific contracts. A bevy of practitioners head up the team with leadership duties divided between Alain François, Anthony Logghe, Barteld Schutyser, Jeroen Delvoie, Jan Bocken, Rosita GeelenBart MartelPieter Callens and Anneleen Van De Meulebroucke.

Practice head(s):

Alain François; Anthony Logghe; Barteld Schutyser; Jeroen Delvoie; Jan Bocken; Rosita Geelen; Bart Martel ; Pieter Callens; Anneleen Van de Meulebroucke

Other key lawyers:

Hans Plancke


‘Eubelius is hands-on, pragmatic and to the point.’

‘Eubelius has an excellent team of driven experts who specialise in our sector.’

‘We greatly appreciate the fact that the individual lawyers at Eubelius continue to specialise in very specific areas, always keeping us up to date on upcoming changes and assisting us in the most serious crises with a thorough and calm approach.’

‘The team has a broad knowledge of EETS regulation.’

‘Alain François is very good and sophisticated lawyer in EETS law.’

Key clients

Asco Industries

Audi Brussels

De Lijn

De Werkvennootschap (previously Via-invest)

Departement Mobiliteit en Openbare Werken (MOW)

Government of the Netherlands – Department of Infrastructure and Water (IenW)

Havenbedrijf Antwerpen


Rijksdienst Waterstaat (the Netherlands)

skeyes (previously Belgocontrol)

Thalys International




Work highlights

  • Advising and assisting the Dutch Ministry of “Infrastructuur en Waterstaat” and RDW with the implementation of a road charging system for heavy goods vehicles as well as a temporary tolling project.
  • Acting as the exclusive legal adviser to the public transport operator De Lijn for the structuring, awarding and implementation of all its PPP infrastructure (bus depots and tramway) and rolling stock projects.
  • Assisting NMBS (public rail company) with an array of complex or contentious public contracts, projects and concessions.

Belgium > Intellectual property Tier 3

Eubelius has established a robust reputation for its expertise in handling cases concerning trade marks and trade names. Design rights, patent discussions and IP issues associated with professional sports teams are additional areas of activity. The ‘very hands-onPieter Callens is frequently relied upon by the likes of the Belgian Office for Intellectual Property, and Fay Reynaert, Hans Verstrepen and Judith Hollevoet provide key support.

Practice head(s):

Pieter Callens


‘The Eubelius team consists of specialists who not only have a thorough knowledge of the relevant legislation but they are also easily accessible for consultation.’

‘The individual lawyers do everything they can to defend the interests of their clients.’

‘Pieter Callens is very hands-on.’

Key clients


KU Leuven Research & Development



Belgian State


Roman Brewery

Rode Kruis Vlaanderen


Work highlights

  • Assisting and representing the Office for Intellectual Property of the Belgian State in litigation before the Dutch-speaking enterprise court of Brussels against Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
  • Assisting and representing Savic in litigation before the Dutch-speaking enterprise court of Brussels against Plana S d.o.o. and Petsolutions in a design right and copyright infringement case for cat litter boxes.
  • Assisting and representing Nanowatt in patent infringement litigation before the Dutch-speaking enterprise court of Brussels against a competitor.

Belgium > Private equity Tier 3

Eubelius handles mergers, buyouts and minority investments for portfolio companies and private equity funds as well as publicly backed venture capital outfits. The team’s full-service offering encompasses a ‘great depth of knowledge in contracts, secured transactions and litigation’ as well as the ability to handle an array of restructuring and fundraising issues. Accordingly, the consortium of practice heads exhibits a diversity of specialisms in connection with private equity matters: Erwin Destuyver focuses on cross-border M&A, Filip Jenné has experience advising on real estate transactions, Matthias Wauters is noted for his restructuring and litigation expertise, and Felix Dobbelaere routinely advises clients on entering into strategic alliances.

Practice head(s):

Matthias Wauters; Erwin Destuyver; Filip Jenné; Felix Dobbelaere

Other key lawyers:

Philippe Mulliez


‘The Eubelius team has been extremely strong in navigating a multi-cultural environment and making sure to address country-specific aspects while making sure that all company-specific requirements were met.’

‘Erwin Destuyver made the highest impression, with a customer-centric approach, a clear view of the negotiation points and the various must-have items and an excellent ability to move the negotiation forward with a solution-driven mindset.’

‘Great depth of knowledge in contracts, secured transactions and litigation. Service is excellent.’

‘Personal and hands-on approach, pragmatic, seeking to find solutions, hard-working.’

‘Personal approach, easily reachable, open-minded.’

Key clients

BNP Paribas Fortis Private Equity


Damier Group

Sports & Leisure Group



European Innovation Council Fund

V-Bio Ventures

Fortress Investment Group

I Squared Capital


Work highlights

  • Advised Mademoiselle Desserts on its acquisition of Galana.
  • Advised 3D Investors on the sale of its entire stake in Pauwels Consulting.
  • Advised the shareholders of Glass Invest, including Dovesco, on the 100% sale of Glass Invest to Riou Glass.

Belgium > Real estate and construction Tier 3

Eubelius has an excellent reputation for advising REITs on regulatory, tax and transactional matters, though clients note that it also ‘delivers integrated advice which covers the entire spectrum of applicable laws and legislation‘ in the real estate sector. Corporate real estate lawyer Lars Van Bever and tax specialist Wouter Claes lead the practice. in which senior attorney Eva Milants is a key adviser on capital markets and M&A transactions.

Practice head(s):

Lars Van Bever; Wouter Claes

Other key lawyers:

Eva Milants; Vincent Sagaert; Korneel Decroix


‘The real estate transaction team at Eubelius is specialised in regulated real estate companies. Strengths of the firm are: quality of work, responsiveness, live up to expectations of clients and their investment in trying to know their client’s business. ’

‘Individuals in this team standing out are Lars Van Bever (partner) and Eva Milants (associate). Lars is a creative lawyer (e.g. thinking ahead about possibilities to structure a deal differently…).

‘The great advantage with Eubelius is that they truly are a full-service practice. The law in the real estate sector has many specialties (contract law, real rights, permits / environment, tax law, corporate law, finance matters, …) and Eubelius is renowned and recognised in the market as the go-to specialist for each of these specialties. They are also used to work together and to deliver integrated advice which cover the entire spectrum of applicable rules, laws and legislation to the matter at hand.’

All partners are highly experienced and qualified. Most of them are also active in an academic position, but this doesn\’t inhibit them from being practical in the proposed approach or solutions to the raised matters. They combine specialist and extensive practical experience with in-depth academic, state-of-the art and up-to-date theoretical knowledge.’

‘Eubelius retains a very high standard in their recruitment process and they invest heavily in the development of juniors and associates. The fact that juniors and associates are very knowledgeable contributes to the high quality of the work delivered. Special mentions to – Lars Van Bever and Eva Milants (corporate real estate with extensive real estate fund experience) – Vincent Sagaert (real estate specialist) – Korneel Decroix (real estate tax).’

Key clients


AG Real Estate

Retail Estates

Warehouses De Pauw

Skyline Europe

Care Property Invest

BE-REIT association




Work highlights

  • Advised AG Real Estate and AXA Belgium, the reference shareholders of Befimmo, on the tender of their shares in Befimmo in the context of Brookfield’s public tender offer.
  • Advised Family Baijot in the sale of 55% of the shares in group Maisons Baijot (one of Wallonia’s largest, family-owned, contracting companies) to the French listed entity Bassac (Euronext Paris).
  • Advised AG Real Estate on the acquisition of Anima Care as well as the landmark urban development project “AXS Namur”.

Eubelius is Belgium’s largest independent law firm, with offices in Brussels, Kortrijk and Antwerp. The firm’s 24 partners, 14 (senior) counsel 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 and finance (Lars Van Bever):
■ Financial transactions
■ Financial services and regulation
■ Financial litigation
■ Insurance regulation

Capital markets and listed entities (Lars Van Bever, Joris De Wolf):
■ Capital market transactions, public M&A
■ Governance and regulatory matters

Commercial and consumer protection (Ignace Claeys):
■ Commercial law
■ Commercial practices and consumer protection

Competition (Jan Bocken):
■ Implementation of distribution systems and other forms of cooperation agreements
■ Merger clearance
■ State aid matters
■ Compliance and audit services
■ Competition litigation
■ Investigations by competition authorities

Corporate and M&A (Matthias Wauters, Erwin Destuyver, Jeroen Delvoie, Felix Dobbelaere):
■ Mergers and acquisitions
■ Private equity and venture capital
■ Corporate advisory services
■ Restructuring and insolvency
■ Associations, foundations and not-for-profit organisations

Criminal enforcement and compliance (Tom Bauwens)

Digital and data protection (Anneleen Van de Meulebroucke):
■ Contracts
■ E-commerce
■ Privacy and HR issues
■ Data security and cybercrime
■ Technology and transactions
■ Data protection dispute resolution and litigation

Employment (Véronique Pertry, Liesbet Vandenplas):
■ Individual labour relations
■ Collective labour relations
■ Compensation and benefits
■ Well-being at work, equal treatment and privacy issues at the workplace
■ Start-ups, restructurings, mergers and acquisitions
■ Employment law in the public sector
■ Self-employed status and management contracts
■ Social security
■ Litigation and social inspections

Energy (Wim Goossens, Barteld Schutyser):
■ Regulatory advice
■ Dispute resolution
■ Mergers and acquisitions
■ Energy project development
■ Energy contracts

Estate planning and 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 and acquisitions in the healthcare industry
■ Structuring and financing of healthcare industry
■ Employment in the healthcare industry
■ Public law and institutional advice

Intellectual property (Pieter Callens)

Liability and 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 and litigation
■ Tolling

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

Public and administrative (Barteld Schutyser, Bart Martel):
■ Public procurement and government contracts
■ Environmental and 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 and administrative law
■ Contract and insurance law
■ Corporate and banking and finance law
■ Tax law
■ European law
■ Property law
■ Civil and administrative l

Real estate (Lars Van Bever, Wouter Claes, Wim Goossens, Korneel Decroix):
■ Structuring
■ Regulatory advice
■ Capital markets
■ Dispute resolution
■ Public-Private Partnerships
■ Environmental and administrative law

Restructuring and insolvency (Dominique De Marez)

State-owned enterprises (Jeroen Delvoie):
■ Structuring and transactions
■ Management contracts
■ Specific legislation
■ Public procurement
■ Personnel
■ Governance
■ State aid and 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

Department Name Email Telephone
Banking & finance Lars Van Bever +32 2 543 32 06
Capital markets and listed entities Joris De Wolf +32 2 543 31 31
Commercial law & consumer protection Ignace Claeys +32 2 543 31 73
Competition Jan Bocken +32 2 543 31 41
Corporate, finance and M&A Matthias Wauters +32 2 543 32 01
Corporate, finance and M&A Erwin Destuyver +32 2 543 31 37
Corporate, finance and M&A Jeroen Delvoie +32 2 543 35 40
Corporate, finance and M&A Felix Dobbelaere +32 56 23 51 26
Digital & data protection Anneleen Van de Meulebroucke +32 2 543 32 07
Dispute resolution and litigation Patrick Hofströssler +32 2 543 35 15
Employment Véronique Pertry +32 2 543 32 43
Employment Liesbet Vandenplas +32 2 543 32 44
Energy Barteld Schutyser +32 2 543 32 50
Energy Wim Goossens +32 56 23 51 57
Estate law and wealth planning Wouter Claes +32 2 543 35 35
Estate law and wealth planning Patrick Hofströssler +32 2 543 35 15
Healthcare Korneel Decroix +32 2 543 35 35
Healthcare Barteld Schutyser +32 2 543 32 50
Healthcare Matthias Wauters +32 2 543 32 01
Intellectual property Pieter Callens +32 56 23 51 22
Liability & insurance Ignace Claeys +32 2 543 31 73
Life Sciences Filip Jenné +32 2 543 32 01
Mobility Alain François +32 2 543 31 44
Pensions and benefits Véronique Pertry +32 2 543 32 43
Pensions and benefits Liesbet Vandenplas +32 2 543 32 44
Public and administrative law Barteld Schutyser +32 2 543 32 50
Public and administrative law Bart Martel +32 2 543 32 50
Public-private partnerships Anthony Logghe +32 2 543 31 44
Real estate and construction Wouter Claes +32 2 543 35 35
Real estate and construction Lars Van Bever +32 2 543 32 06
Restructuring & insolvency Dominique De Marez +32 56 23 51 19
State-owned enterprises Jeroen Delvoie +32 2 543 35 40
Taxation Svjatoslav Gnedasj +32 2 543 35 35
Taxation Korneel Decroix +32 2 543 35 35
Taxation Wouter Claes +32 2 543 35 35
White-collar crime Tom Bauwens +32 2 543 32 13
Photo Name Position Profile
Tom Bauwens photo Mr Tom Bauwens Partner
Jan Bocken photo Mr Jan Bocken Partner / Managing Partner
Wouter Claes photo Mr Wouter Claes Partner / Member of the Management Committee
Ignace Claeys photo Mr Ignace Claeys Partner
Herman De Bauw photo Mr Herman De Bauw Former Partner.
Jeroen Delvoie photo Mr Jeroen Delvoie Partner
Erwin Destuyver photo Mr Erwin Destuyver Partner
Alain François photo Mr Alain François Partner
Hans Gilliams photo Mr Hans Gilliams Senior Partner
Wim Goossens photo Mr Wim Goossens Partner
Frank Hellemans photo Mr Frank Hellemans Partner
Patrick Hofströssler photo Mr Patrick Hofströssler Partner / President of the Management Committee
Filip Jenné photo Mr Filip Jenné Partner
Anthony Logghe photo Mr Anthony Logghe Partner
Philippe Mulliez photo Mr Philippe Mulliez Partner / Member of the Management Committee
Véronique Pertry photo Mrs Véronique Pertry Partner
Lars Van Bever photo Mr Lars Van Bever Partner
Matthias Wauters photo Mr Matthias Wauters Partner
Marieke Wyckaert photo Mrs Marieke Wyckaert Marieke has left Eubelius and the Brussels Bar in December 2021.
Number of lawyers : 140
at this office : 119
Contact : Matthias Wauters (managing partner)
Other offices : Antwerp
Other offices : Kortrijk