Firm Profile > Laurius > Brussels, Belgium

Boulevard Louis Schmidt 29 b.1
1040 Brussels

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 4

Laurius' practice, which excels in corporate and private equity deals with an international dimension, is jointly led by managing partner Dirk Wellens in Antwerp and Brussels-based senior partner David Ryckaert. Reflective of the firm's excellent reputation, it works closely with a sizeable number of foreign and international law firms, and is a member of First Law International. On the domestic front, Wellens led the advice to the shareholders of Brussels Aviation Medical on the sale of their shares to Attentia in 2019. Elsewhere, the firm's other work includes venture capital transactions, joint ventures and corporate restructurings. Ryckaert has specialist expertise in incentive schemes in LBOs.

Practice head(s):

Dirk Wellens; David Ryckaert


Dirk Wellens is very much client-oriented, always going the extra mile to deliver quality work on time. Dirk understands our needs and business flows better than anyone else, such that he is more like a sparring partner than just a legal adviser.

Strong involvement of senior partners, problem-solving attitude by investing in understanding the deal dynamics and showing flexibility as opposed to rigidity in drafting documents and clauses without losing sight of the risks.

Quality of the partners (Dirk Wellens and Bert Luyten) and the service they provide. Senior people that wish to go the extra mile for their clients.

Dirk Wellens: charisma, leadership, style, team formation.

Agile, proactive and highly skilled team (on all levels), with strong communicative interaction with the client. They are in control and manage things in such a way that the client can be at ease. Powerful and hands-on management on both partner level and team members level. Impressive track record. Post-transaction follow up is as clearly managed as the transaction itself.

Special mention for Ayse Özkan: she’s in control, communicates swiftly and clearly, and knows all the details of the transaction. She takes immediate action where necessary and gets things done! A very calm, always friendly person with a very positive attitude, 100% client-oriented, who seems to be insensitive to stress.

Key clients


Buysse & Partners Private Equity

Buysse & Partners Smart Assets

ELBA International / ESAS Netherlands


IK Investment Partners

JK Invest

NAES Corporation


PPL Capital

Sofico founders

Versele family


Dispute resolution Tier 4

Laurius' 'very reliable' team is adept at handling corporate disputes for clients operating in the financial, IT, hospitality and construction sectors, among others. Bert Luyten and Karen Vermaere are the joint heads of the practice. Associates Eline  Verelst and Gerrit  Hendrikx are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Bert Luyten; Karen Vermaere

Other key lawyers:

Eline Verelst; Gerrit Hendrikx


The team is fast to respond, gives thorough and detailed information in a timely manner‘.

Professional yet approachable partners‘.

Real estate and construction Tier 4

Laurius' real estate team is 'always available' and has 'very strong knowledge', particularly in relation to transactional matters. Its recent work included handling high-value acquisitions for investor-side clients, focused mainly on office buildings and student accommodation. Practice head Michael Bollen stands out for his 'profound market knowledge'.

Practice head(s):

Michael Bollen


Very professional and smooth in negotiations‘.

Pragmatism and fast delivery‘.

Michael Bollen is very pleasant to work with‘.

Very knowledgeable on real estate structures and legal issues in Belgium. Pro-active and solutions oriented approach, excellent understanding of client’s strategy and perfect chemistry in negotiations‘.

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, 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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate, M&A and private equity; Real estate and regulatory; Restructuring Dirk Wellens +32 3 260 88 00
Litigation, arbitration, dispute resolution; Commercial; Energy; Insolvency Bert Luyten +32 3 260 88 00
Corporate, M&A and private equity; Restructuring; Management counselling; Estate planning David Ryckaert +32 2 313 87 87
Real estate and regulatory Michael Bollen +32 2 313 87 87
Energy; Intellectual property; Real estate and regulatory Karen Vermaere +32 3 260 88 00
Commercial; Litigation, arbitration, disputes Arnaud Vanitterbeek +32 2 313 87 87
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Michael Bollen  photo Mr Michael Bollen Michael Bollen, senior partner, leads Laurius’ real estate team from Brussels. He…
 Lancelot Clément de Cléty  photo Lancelot Clément de Cléty Lancelot is active in the corporate team and he specializes in all…
Mr David Ryckaert  photo Mr David Ryckaert David specializes in M&A transactions, venture capital and corporate litigation. He heads…
Mr Arnaud Vanitterbeek  photo Mr Arnaud Vanitterbeek Arnaud assists clients in M&A and advises in all areas of corporate,…
Number of lawyers : 20
at this office : 6
Belgian Centre for Arbitration and Mediation (Cepani)
Other offices : Antwerp