Firm Profile > Laurius > Antwerp, Belgium


Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 4

Laurius handles a variety of domestic and cross-border transactions, attracting praise for 'thinking on a global scale, but acting as a local firm' and providing 'sound and tailored advice'. The team is split between its two Belgian offices and includes Dirk Wellens and recently promoted senior partner Karen Vermaere in Antwerp, who jointly lead the team with management buyout expert David Ryckaert and real estate sector specialist Michael Bollen, who are in Brussels. Stefaan Wauman joined Schoups.

Practice head(s):

Dirk Wellens; Karen Vermaere; David Ryckaert; Michael Bollen


Professionals with the quality of the global firms, but with more feeling for the individual client and the local practices.

A mid-sized entity with an international focus for its PE and M&A clients.

What makes Laurius stand out is the rare combination of being a highly professional, yet very approachable law firm. The team is always accessible and ready to assist, even on short notice.

Key strengths of the team are client focus, solution focus with the basis of knowledge and technical creativity.

Dirk Wellens is a trusted advisor with a well-chosen international network.

David Ryckaert is a highly respected individual with high ethics and great moral values. He is always available and finds creative solutions.’

Dirk Wellens is characterized by his eloquence and his talent for developing mutually beneficial strategies for both sides around the negotiation table.

Key clients

Adriaansen bvba

Ardian Private Equity

Blommaert nv

Buysse & Partners Smart Assets nv



Greenhouse Talent bvba

Infra Asia Investment (Hong Kong) Ltd.

Management Team of Inula

Manu Beers (Tomorrowland Founder)

Mentha Capital bv

Perwyn Private Equity

Technological Innovation Group bvba

Thermo Fisher Scientific inc.

Tradelec International nv

Van Aerden Family

Dispute resolution Tier 4

Laurius' 'very knowledgeable, proactive and hands-on' team 'combines sound legal knowledge with commercial acumen'. The group advises clients drawn from, among others, the construction, IT, energy and hospitality sectors on a range of corporate disputes. Bert Luyten and Karen Vermaere are the key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Bert Luyten; Karen Vermaere


A highly flexible and dedicated team of specialists that will not let you down‘.

Bert Luyten is a very intelligent and dedicated lawyer. He is very solution oriented‘.

Karen Vermaere has an in-depth, yet practical knowledge of the law and a distinguished approach to conflict. You can trust that her advice will be solid and well considered. She never fails to deliver an excellent level of support, expertise and performance‘.

Real estate and construction Tier 4

Laurius reports an uptick in instructions relating to student accommodation projects. The 'very professional' group's expertise also spans elderly care, offices, residential and hospitality development projects, which it handles mainly for investor-side clients. Practice head Michael Bollen is 'proactive' and 'always thinking ahead'.

Practice head(s):

Michael Bollen

Key clients


AG Real Estate

The firm: Laurius is a premier business law firm with offices in Antwerp and Brussels, assisting both domestic and international clients across a variety of industry sectors. Laurius’ team is best known for its proactive and creative approach and shows high personal commitment, knowhow and client service.

Areas of practice: Corporate, M&A and private equity: Laurius assists domestic and international clients, offering local expertise on all aspects of public and private corporate transactions. The corporate lawyers have acted in a wide range of transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, leveraged buy-outs, private equity, venture capital transactions, corporate restructuring, divestitures, joint ventures and strategic alliances.

Management counselling: Laurius has market-leading experience and has developed specific know-how on the negotiation and implementation of management incentive schemes in prominent LBO transactions.

Litigation, arbitration, dispute resolution: Laurius handles businesstobusiness litigation for both domestic and international clients across a variety of industry sectors, including IT, precious metals, healthcare, dredging and marine engineering, chemicals, manufacturing and food and beverage, energy, as well as work for individuals. The firm has specific and extensive expertise in shareholders’ disputes, post-acquisition disputes, asset recovery, banking and financial law disputes, commercial disputes related to agency, distribution, supply and IT agreements and complex litigation in general.

Real estate: Laurius has comprehensive experience, expertise and market knowledge in transactions involving retail property, warehouses and industrial real estate, student accommodation, senior care real estate, offices, hotels, car parks and residential properties.  Laurius assists clients in negotiating and drafting agreements for the transfer of real estate and of real estate companies and also ensures real estate due diligence.  Laurius takes care of the redaction of lease contracts and provides advice with respect to real estate structuring and property rights, regarding joint ventures and real estate financing and represents client’s interests in real estate litigation.

Commercial: Laurius has market-leading experience in drafting commercial and partnership agreements including agency, distribution and licensing agreements.

Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate and M&A; Private equity; Management counselling; Estate planning; Real estate and regulatory; Restructuring Dirk Wellens +32 3 260 88 00
Litigation, arbitration, disputes; Insolvency; Energy Bert Luyten +32 3 260 88 00
Corporate and M&A; Private equity; Management counselling David Ryckaert +32 2 313 87 87
Real estate and regulatory Michael Bollen +32 2 313 87 87
Litigation, arbitration, disputes; Energy; Intellectual property; Commercial; Real estate and regulatory Karen Vermaere +32 3 260 88 00
Photo Name Position Profile
Ms Ayse Özkan  photo Ms Ayse Özkan
Mr Gerrit Hendrikx  photo Mr Gerrit Hendrikx
Ms Stephanie Joris  photo Ms Stephanie Joris
Mr Philippe Loix  photo Mr Philippe Loix
Mr Bert Luyten  photo Mr Bert Luyten
Mr Bob Roels  photo Mr Bob Roels
Mr Rainier Van Ghyseghem  photo Mr Rainier Van Ghyseghem
Mr Zeno Vanregemorter  photo Mr Zeno Vanregemorter
Ms Eline Verelst  photo Ms Eline Verelst
Mrs Karen Vermaere  photo Mrs Karen Vermaere
Mr Matthias Verschaffel  photo Mr Matthias Verschaffel
Mr Dirk Wellens  photo Mr Dirk Wellens
Ms Charlotte Wilmssen  photo Ms Charlotte Wilmssen
Number of lawyers : 20
at this office : 14
Belgian Centre for Arbitration and Mediation (Cepani)
Other offices : Brussels