Firm Profile > Eubelius > Brussels, Belgium

Eubelius
LOUIZALAAN 99
AVENUE LOUISE
1050 BRUSSELS
Belgium

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

Eubelius' corporate and M&A team has expertise in a multitude of areas, including public M&A, distressed M&A, LBOs and MBOs, as well as joint ventures. Elsewhere, a separate specialist commercial and consumer protection department advises on various complex commercial contracts issues for clients operating in industries such as digital and technology, banking, insurance, food and health. Recent highlights included Filip Jenné and others acting for Care Property Invest on its circa €87m indirect acquisition of three residential care centres, as well as a €59.7m capital increase. Other notable individuals include Marieke Wyckaert, managing partner Matthias Wauters and Erwin DestuyverPhilippe Mulliez and Frank Hellemans are based in Kortrijk and Antwerp respectively.

Practice head(s):

Matthias Wauters; Marieke Wyckaert; Lars Van Bever; Philippe Mulliez; Erwin Destuyver; Frank Hellemans; Jeroen Delvoie; Filip Jenné; Ignace Claeys

Other key lawyers:

Felix Dobbelaere; Stijn Rynwalt

Testimonials

Absolute top service provided by specialists, combined with a straightforward and competitive pricing.

Stijn Rynwalt was always available for questions and requests but also open and transparent when things were not possible or hard to reach within the requested timeline. We are a young and fast-moving company and I would like to thank Stijn for his flexibility and patient explanations.

Erwin Destuyver, recommended for his very deep theoretical and case knowledge, unlimited pragmatism and helicopter view.

Key clients

Alter Pharma

Hyloris Pharmaceuticals

Besix

BNP Paribas Private Equity

SNCB-NMBS

Aedifica

Retail Estates

Care Property Invest (CPI)

Domo Investment Group / Dovesco

Elia

Willy Naessens Group

Koninklijke Belgische Touring Club

Skeyes

FPIM

Fixatti

Dispute resolution Tier 2

Eubelius' team recently advised clients from the financial sector on tax litigation. In addition, its other work included handling arbitration cases with a nexus to the real estate, chemicals and energy sectors. Patrick Hofströssler, Ignace Claeys and Svjatoslav Gnedasj are recommended.

Practice head(s):

Patrick Hofströssler; Ignace Claeys; Svjatoslav Gnedasj

Testimonials

Deep expertise, responsive and easy to deal with‘.

Ignace Claeys is a pleasure to deal with. He provides incisive advice which is well researched, and well presented‘.

Employment Tier 2

Eubelius' team 'combines a hands-on approach with solid legal knowledge' and provides 'sound, intelligent and pragmatic advice' on discrimination cases, pensions and restructurings, among other areas. Practice head Véronique Pertry and associate François-Xavier Gaudissart have 'tremendous know-how with regards to employment and all possible pension systems, and are also capable of bringing complex cases to the bare essence thanks to their open minds and extensive listening skills'. Counsel Liesbet Vandenplas is 'an excellent lawyer that understands the projects and is able to analyse and solve any legal issues even before they arise'.

Practice head(s):

Véronique Pertry

Other key lawyers:

Liesbet Vandenplas; François-Xavier Gaudissart

Testimonials

Liesbet Vandenplas – pragmatism and creative thinking‘.

They provide their clients with very practical and concrete advice‘.

Very friendly, efficient and helpful‘.

Key clients

Thalys International

Fedrus International

Institute for the Equality of Women and Men

Ghent University

Alter Pharma

The Belgian Minister of Pensions

Fraud and white-collar crime Tier 2

The 'sharp and professional' Tom Bauwens heads a criminal enforcement and compliance group at Eubelius with an 'excellent reputation' among clients in the banking, energy and industrial sectors. Work typically involves allegations of aiding and abetting tax fraud, money laundering, bribery and document forgery, with assistance also provided with due diligence issues or compliance programmes. Bauwens and associate Monica Rodriguez, known for her economic law and procedure nous, 'form a good team' when handling complex or more sensitive matters.

Practice head(s):

Tom Bauwens

Other key lawyers:

Monica Rodriguez

Testimonials

Tom Bauwens and Monica Rodriguez form a good team.

A good firm with an excellent reputation. Enjoyable and professional. Easy to co-operate with.

Tom Bauwens is an exceptionally competent lawyer. Sharp and professional. Also understands the “big picture”. Pleasant to work with.

Key clients

Euroclear

Slachthuis Izegem

Arnaud (Mogi) Bayat

 

VREG

 

Not-for-profit Tier 2

Eubelius' integrated, multidisciplinary team has expertise in the activities of a wide range of domestic and international entities in Belgium, including associations, foundations, hospitals and universities. It particularly distinguishes itself in the healthcare sector, where the workload covers acquisitions of properties and businesses, and the structuring of partnerships (including related tax issues), as well as assistance on employment law, public contracts and permits. Counsel Korneel Decroix advised Emmaüs on VAT issues associated with the construction of a new hospital building in Mechelen in 2019. Elsewhere, the firm generates work from clients operating in other industries, such as media, education and technology. On the contentious side, Véronique Pertry is leading the advice to Gemeenschapsonderwijs (GO !)  on litigation concerning the wearing of religious, political or philosophical symbols by teachers and pupils in Flemish schools. Matthias WautersMarieke WyckaertFrank HellemansBarteld Schutyser and Pertry co-head the practice.

Practice head(s):

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

Other key lawyers:

Liesbet Vandenplas; Korneel Decroix; Tom Villé

Testimonials

‘The team at EUBELIUS has an excellent understanding of the not-for-profit sector and its intricacies, especially in a case where an intergovernmental organisation on health-related data had to be established. The advice of Eubelius was consistently outstanding in its value and allowed  management to navigate confidently through this complicated field.’

‘Partner Véronique Pertry, a specialist in employment law and pensions, and lawyer François-Xavier Gaudissart, a specialist in employment law and pensions, do not only have tremendous know-how with regards to employment and all possible pension systems, but are also capable of bringing complex cases to the bare essence thanks to their open mind and extensive listening skills. Eubelius currently provides the best service for all cases related to these topics, for Belgian legal advice as well as abroad.’

Key clients

Boerenbond VZW/ASBL

Febelfin VZW/ASBL

Consortium Vlaams IT-platform BelRAI VZW/ASBL

EIT Digital IVZW/AISBL

Sint-Anna VZW/ASBL

GO!

Salvator Welzijnscentrum VZW/ASBL

Enabel

Ghent University

IHSI

KS Vriendenkring

Competition: Belgian law Tier 3

At Eubelius, practice head Hans GilliamsJan Bocken and senior attorney Leen Goossens are working with the tax team to represent multiple beneficiaries before the EU Court of Justice in the EC's appeal of the General Court's decision to annul the EC's judgment on Belgian excess profit rulings. Also notable is that Gilliams advised the Belgian state on two state guarantee schemes for loans to businesses hurt by the Covid-19 pandemic. Bocken undertakes a mix of state aid work (with a focus on regulated sectors, such as broadcasting, postal services and aeronautics), merger control and advice on co-operation agreements. Senior attorney Stijn Goovaerts is another key figure in the group.

Practice head(s):

Hans Gilliams; Jan Bocken

Other key lawyers:

Stijn Goovaerts; Leen Goossens

Testimonials

Hans Gilliams continues to be a brilliant, down to earth lawyer. He combines unique legal expertise with an unparalleled capacity to discuss complex legal matters in C level style and language. He is well connected and highly regarded by peers, regulators and courts.

Eubelius stays loyal to a culture of excellence, openness and authenticity. The firm shares the same values. They are actively working on diversity and exclusion, and go beyond keeping up appearances. They are also involved in high level regulatory and legislative work.

Excellent legal advice with clear attention to business needs and risk assessment. Clear and straightforward communication. Availability and engagement at all levels.

Key clients

bpost

TUI Group

Havenbedrijf Antwerpen

VRT

Magnetrol International

Puratos

Delta Light

Ontex

Siemens Industry Software

BASF Antwerpen

Ansell Healthcare Europe

Trane

Kinepolis Group

Vasco Group

Astra Sweets

Mayekawa Europe

Celio International

SNCB/NMBS

Asco Industries

Bancontact Payconiq Company

Febelfin

FPIM

Crelan

De Lijn

Fedrus

Belgian Minister of Finance and Department of the Treasury

Environment Tier 3

Eubelius' practice, which is jointly led by Barteld Schutyser and newly promoted partner Bart Martel, excels in handling environmental regulatory issues relating to domestic and international M&A. The team also acts for clients in environmental litigation connected with major infrastructure projects. Martel is leading the ongoing advice to Proximus on issues over the installation of telecoms infrastructure, including permitting disputes and environmental regulations. Associate Laura Janssens is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Barteld Schutyser; Bart Martel

Other key lawyers:

Laura Janssens

Key clients

Uplace

Albert Heijn Belgium

City of Mortsel

City of Ostend

Proximus

A&S Energie

Comeos

Flemish Community Commission

EU regulatory: Privacy and data protection Tier 3

Eubelius' 'flexible, pragmatic and hands-on' team provides 'quick and understandable advice' to clients on data protection compliance issues, e-privacy matters, data breaches and data processing matters, to name a few areas of expertise. The department is jointly led by senior counsel Pieter Callens and senior associate Anneleen Van de Meulebroucke, who is 'responsive, pragmatic and easy to work with'. Associates Justine De Meersman and Dries Van Briel are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Pieter Callens; Anneleen Van de Meulebroucke

Other key lawyers:

Justine De Meersman; Dries Van Briel

Testimonials

Anneleen Van de Meulebroucke: available, pragmatic and to the point‘.

Pieter Callens and Anneleen Van de Meulebroucke stand out in this complex and rapidly changing area. They are always reachable and available to give advice on the spot. They both have the ability to translate academic knowledge into hands on advice and business oriented risk assessment‘.

Anneleen van de Meulebroucke has good knowledge of the data protection rules in Belgium, and is a very pleasant person to work with‘.

Key clients

Janssen Pharmaceutical

Pioneer Europe

Bpost

Hyloris

Private equity Tier 3

Eubelius is a trusted adviser to a wide range of clients on their most challenging and significant transactions, including private equity and venture capital houses, portfolio companies and management teams. Managing partner Matthias WautersErwin Destuyver and Filip Jenné jointly lead the group, which works with foreign law firms worldwide on inbound and outbound private equity transactions, as well as acting for clients on a standalone basis. The team is experienced in spin-offs, buyouts, buy-ins and exits, among other matters. Destuyver is particularly active in transactions with a nexus to the pharmaceutical sector. In addition, fund formation and management work is a driver of activity for the firm. Counsel Felix Dobbelaere is another key individual in the team.

Practice head(s):

Matthias Wauters; Erwin Destuyver; Filip Jenné

Other key lawyers:

Felix Dobbelaere

Key clients

KeBek II / KeBeK III

BNP Paribas Private Equity

Damier Group

Dovesco

Chequers Capital

PMV

Agro Investment Fund

Bain Capital

Taconic Capital

New Alpha Asset Management

Tax Tier 3

Eubelius has a strong track record covering a wide range of tax issues for clients in the real estate sector, including real estate developers and listed REITs. It also assists corporate clients with direct and indirect tax matters arising from outbound and inbound investments. Tax litigation is another key area of strength, with Svjatoslav Gnedasj being the key name for contentious work. Gnedasj co-heads the practice with 'excellent communicator' Wouter Claes. Counsel Korneel Decroix is recommended for VAT matters.

Practice head(s):

Wouter Claes; Svjatoslav Gnedasj

Other key lawyers:

Korneel Decroix

Testimonials

Wouter Claes is our go-to partner for tax matters, and is singularly brilliant in terms of analysis, structuring, creatively looking for solutions that combine the business rationales of a deal or operation with the legal framework in Belgium‘.

Key clients

bpost

Batopin

Xior Student Housing (REIT)

Liantis

Triple Living

Intellectual property Tier 4

In a notable development at Eubelius, practice head Pieter Callens made partner in January 2020. The firm is known for its strengths in contentious IP matters, particularly relating to trade marks, patents and copyright cases. Callens is representing Valvan Baling Systems during litigation against Knauf, with the client alleging that Knauf has illegally filed for patent protection for an invention made by Valvan. In another matter, Callens is acting for the manager of the WorldTour Deceuninck-Quick-Step cycling team against Unibet, over the latter's unauthorised use of a picture of a rider for the purpose of promoting and advertising services.

Practice head(s):

Pieter Callens

Testimonials

‘The team at Eubelius has an excellent understanding of latest developments in IP rulings and legal frameworks. In the complex world of health data, the IP advice of Eubelius was outstanding.’

‘They are not only clever but also very practical and hands-on, which is nice to work with.’

Key clients

Belgian Office for Intellectual Property

Roger Hodgson – Harmonic Management

bpost

Valvan Baling Systems

Decolef Lux

Red Cross Flanders

Van den Dorpe

Clarebout Potatoes

Polet Quality Products

Blue-Mobility

Real estate and construction Tier 4

Eubelius is best known for its strength in advising BE-REITS and real estate investment funds on a broad spectrum of real estate matters, including acquisition mandates. Its recent work spanned areas such as elderly care accommodation, student housing and retail projects. Practice head Lars Van Bever is 'very involved' and 'hands-on', while Wouter Claes is the key name for real estate tax matters. In January 2020 senior attorney Tim Van Moorhem left the firm to join Skyline Europe.

Practice head(s):

Lars Van Bever

Other key lawyers:

Wouter Claes

Testimonials

High quality and availability of the team; sector knowledge is very good‘.

Key clients

Aedifica

Xior Student Housing

Brussels Airport Company

Fortress

Skyline Europe

Cofinimmo

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
 Alain François  photo 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.
 Patrick Hofströssler  photo Patrick Hofströssler Family business & property law / Real estate / Commercial contracts and…
 Filip Jenné  photo 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
Dutch
English
French
German
Contact : Matthias Wauters (managing partner)
Other offices : Antwerp
Other offices : Kortrijk