Laurius > Brussels, Belgium > Firm Profile

Laurius
Boulevard Louis Schmidt 29 b.1
1040 Brussels
Belgium

Belgium > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 4

Laurius expanded its corporate transactional offering with the arrival of Christina Trappeniers and Caroline Wildemeersch from Ambos in September 2021, adding considerable expertise in domestic and international M&A, private equity, and commercial transactions. The firm has broad experience of key sectors such as real estate, manufacturing and professional services, and also has a notable private equity offering, working with both management teams and funds on complex buy-and-build deals. The team is led by managing partner Dirk Wellens, who combines transactional and company law advice, and David Ryckaert, noted for his management-side advice on leveraged buyouts.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Christina Trappeniers; Caroline Wildemeersch; Bert Luyten; Ayse Özkan

Testimonials

‘The seniors and partners are very reachable, this means that we don’t lose time.’

‘Dirk Wellens uses his charisma in negotiations. Bert Luyten is a very sharp analyst. Both partners know each others’ strengths.’

‘Dirk Wellens is very charismatic and a great leader for Laurius. Ayse Özkan delivers perfect work, very clear in communication and very responsive.’

‘I was impressed by their efficiency, capacity to adapt quickly and understand complicated situations swiftly and providing adequate useful feedback or solutions.

‘I worked closely with David Ryckaert and his team. David is very committed to the deal and the client by working in an efficient way, respecting standards and fee limits. He is backed up by an experienced team which offers high quality in a swift manner,’

‘It was good to find a boutique firm to assist on a transaction. The team worked very hard and diligently and we had full confidence in their work despite never actually meeting them in person due to COVID restrictions.’

‘I valued accessibility at partner level. Discussions were frank and fair.’

‘Dirk Wellens is a very structured case manager with a very developed eye for details. He gives confidence to his clients by defining a clear strategy and by relying on a team of very efficient lawyers that are on top of things in their field.’

Key clients

Ardian

Buysse & Partners Private Equity

Buysse & Partners Smart Assets

DEME Group

Circet Benelux

Gaming1

JK Invest

JK Investments Partners

NAES Corporation

Perwyn

PPL Capital

Sofico founders

Deparco shareholders

Vooruitzicht

Work highlights

  • Advised Elba International on the sale of ESAS Group to Circet.
  • Advised Buysse & Partners on the acquistion of the Silver Tower in the Hague.
  • Advised venture capital investor Singular Capital on its €9m investment in Soda Data.

Belgium > Dispute resolution Tier 4

The Antwerp-based Laurius represents an array of domestic and international clients across a diverse range of industries in business-to-business dispute proceedings. In recent work, the team has been particularly active handling Covid-related contract disputes for clients in the real estate and waste management areas. Bert Luyten is noted for the breadth of his litigation practice, working with clients in the financial services, heavy industry, energy, and IT sectors. Karen Vermaere has key expertise in public procurement and competition law matters (both EU and Belgian).

Practice head(s):

Bert Luyten; Karen Vermaere

Testimonials

‘Bert Luyten is our primary contact at Laurius. He is responsive and commercial in his approach. I was impressed by his focus on ensuring that clients receive not just the legal, but also the practical and strategic advice they need to achieve their business objectives.’

‘Excellent and honest advice to resolve the situation, fantastic partnering goes the extra mile for the client.’

‘A very service aimed and dedicated team; with a lot of partner attention and very talented partners.’

‘Bert Luyten knows the Belgian litigation practice by heart and has a great drive in litigations. He combines a sound strategic analysis with pragmatic solutions.’

‘Karen Vermaere is very analytical and pleasant to work with.’

‘Laurius is unique in the way they look at the issue and the way they put together a team to handle the case. More specifically they analyse every single subject where the case is involved and develop a plan for every single criteria followed in the strategy to defend their client including the potential fall back scenario’s per criteria.’

‘Bert Luyten is outstanding with his in-depth knowledge but also his experience in judges from different courts.’

Belgium > Real estate and construction Tier 4

Laurius advises investors and developers on a range of transactional real estate matters, with a strong focus on student accommodation, warehouses, and retail property work. Key areas of expertise include commercial lease agreements, joint ventures and financings, and due diligence for large-scale development projects. The practice is led by the vastly experienced Michael Bollen, a regular adviser to domestic and international real estate investors, both institutional and private equity, with a notable specialism in logistics properties.

Practice head(s):

Michael Bollen

Key clients

Quares Student Housing

Buysse & Partners

Buysse & Partners Smart Assets

Work highlights

  • Assisted Quares Student Housing, a fund that invests in student housing, with respect to several key acquisitions, including a yet-to-be-built 5,000 m² student residence in the centre of Brussels.
  • Assisting a large developer and investor in logistic real estate and private equity in Europe, with the framework of the sale of a 40,000 m² built-to-suit warehouse to be constructed near Antwerp to a large German retailer.

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, disputes: 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.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Corporate, M&A and private equity; Real estate and regulatory; Restructuring Dirk Wellensdirk.wellens@laurius.be+32 3 260 88 00
Litigation, arbitration, dispute resolution; Commercial; Energy; Insolvency Bert Luytenbert.luyten@laurius.be+32 3 260 88 00
Corporate, M&A and private equity; Restructuring; Management counselling; Estate planning David Ryckaertdavid.ryckaert@laurius.be+32 2 313 87 87
Real estate and regulatory Michael Bollenmichael.bollen@laurius.be+32 2 313 87 87
Energy; Intellectual property; Real estate and regulatory Karen Vermaerekaren.vermaere@laurius.be+32 3 260 88 00
Commercial; Litigation, arbitration, disputes Arnaud Vanitterbeekarnaud.vanitterbeek@laurius.be+32 2 313 87 87
PhotoNamePositionProfile
Mr Michael Bollen photo Mr Michael BollenMichael Bollen, senior partner, leads Laurius’ real estate team from Brussels. He…
Mr Lancelot Clément de Cléty photo Mr Lancelot Clément de ClétyLancelot is active in the corporate team and he specializes in all…
Mrs Karen De Clercq photo Mrs Karen De ClercqKaren advises and assists Belgian and foreign companies and funds on all…
Ms Delphine Joos photo Ms Delphine JoosDelphine Joos is specialized in corporate law.
Mr Martin Lens photo Mr Martin LensMartin is a junior associate in the corporate department with a particular…
Ms Sophie Nys photo Ms Sophie NysSophie handles different dimensions of labor and social security law (both advisory…
Mr Michiel Pieraerts photo Mr Michiel PieraertsMichiel joined the corporate department of Laurius in 2021 as a junior…
Mr David Ryckaert photo Mr David RyckaertDavid specializes in M&A transactions, venture capital and corporate litigation. He heads…
Mr Damien Stas de Richelle photo Mr Damien Stas de RichelleDamien advises on the labour aspects of corporate restructuring and outsourcing transactions,…
Ms Femke Tordeur photo Ms Femke TordeurFemke advises on all aspects of Belgian company law. She assists companies…
Mr Arnaud Vanitterbeek photo Mr Arnaud VanitterbeekArnaud Vanitterbeek, senior associate, has an extensive experience in private M&A, due…
Ms Olivia Vansteelant photo Ms Olivia VansteelantOlivia is an associate within the employment law department and advises and…
Number of lawyers : 20
at this office : 6
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Other offices : Antwerp