Firm Profile > Monard Law > Hasselt, Belgium

Monard Law
GOUVERNEUR ROPPESINGEL 131
3500 HASSELT
Belgium

Aviation Tier 2

Monard Law is noted for its 'well established expertise in the aviation field', and is very well versed in aircraft financing and leasing mandates. Recent work for the team included acting for the shareholders of a Belgian airline following its bankruptcy and subsequent liquidation. Practice head Birgitta Van Itterbeek is 'proactive' and 'very dynamic'.

Practice head(s):

Birgitta Van Itterbeek

Testimonials

Well established expertise in the aviation field‘.

Birgitta Van Itterbeek is proactive and very dynamic‘.

Key clients

Brussels Airlines

TUI Airlines Belgium

Equatorial Congo Airlines

AVOLON

ELF

Air Antwerp

Investec

Citibank

GEFA

Fraud and white-collar crime Tier 2

The fraud and white-collar crime team at Monard Law benefits from broad expertise across transactional and advisory matters, and litigation. The group fields individuals across several offices, with practice head Christiaan Barbier, who handles tax fraud, misuse of corporate goods, corruption allegations and money laundering issues, and Frédéric Lettany based in Brussels. In Ghent, social criminal law specialist Tom Messiaen has experience in slave trade allegations, illegal contractor issues and industrial accidents, while criminal law expert Pieter Helsen is based in the Hasselt office and is a key name for fraud and money laundering work.

Practice head(s):

Christiaan Barbier

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3

Monard Law's corporate and commercial practice group is frequently instructed by domestic and international companies investing in or divesting companies in Belgium, with particular experience in the life sciences, IT, aviation and energy sectors. The group also handles a range of commercial and corporate governance advice. 'Very experienced' corporate and securities specialist Katrien Vorlat, who is based in Brussels, heads the team alongside Natalie Ulburghs, who splits her time between the Hasselt and Brussels offices, and Hasselt-based experts Nicole Segers and Kristof Zadora. Another practitioner to note is 'business driven and communicative M&A lawyer' Pieter Van den Broeck, who is based in Antwerp.

Practice head(s):

Nicole Segers; Katrien Vorlat; Natalie Ulburghs; Kristof Zadora

Testimonials

They are flexible and have a great approach to helping start-ups as well.

The team is very ‘to the point’, gives practical advice and is easy to reach.

Pieter van den Broeck provides excellent client service, is very proactive and manages cases and clients very efficiently, in a very friendly way. His legal knowledge is also impressive of course.

Natalie Ulburghs is another very experienced and accurate M&A lawyer.

Natalie Ulburghs, Nicole Segers and Kris van der Beeks are exceptionally responsive and spot on with their legal advice.

Kristof Zadora is an expert in his field (international business contracts, IT and data protection) and always shows he understands our business needs and strives for solutions.

Pieter Van den Broeck is particularly valuable and offers great technical expertise combined with a very client-focused approach. His availability is particularly appreciated.

They offer sophisticated and focused services and have a pragmatic approach.

Key clients

Abus

Alstom SA

Carrefour SA

Cegeka

Danone SA

Dawn Capital

Dekra AG

Down to Earth

ERT

Eumedica

Fluvius

Group Heylen

Inno NV

Merit Capital

Mitel

Nuhma

Philip Morris

Primagaz

Rexel SA

RSK

ScioTeq (part of TransDigm group)

SHV Energy

Tradeshift

Verisure

Environment Tier 3

Monard Law handles a broad cross-section of contentious and non-contentious environmental law matters for public authorities, companies, contractors, employers' associations and unions, among other clients. One of the firm's major areas of strength is in the environmental permitting sphere, where the team provides an end-to-end user service at all stages of the process, including where legal proceedings arise. In addition to acting for clients in their capacity as applicants of permits, the group also assists clients with initiating proceedings to oppose permits that have been granted to third parties. It is equally strong advising on procedures relating to urban planning and building permits, as well as socio-economic permits. Elsewhere, the team is also adept in areas such as soil pollution, environmental taxes, environmental liability, waste management and sustainable energy projects. Koen Geelen and Wouter Moonen lead the advice to the Flemish government on all of its expropriation cases, which includes assisting the client with administrative and civil court proceedings. France Vlassembrouck is representing NEO (a company established by the Brussels-Capital Region and the city of Brussels) at the Council of State in multiple proceedings brought by various local inhabitants and several non-profit associations over the decision of the Brussels-Capital Region to approve a new regional zoning plan for the Heysel area. Senior associates Bernard Vanheusden and Sarah Jacobs are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Koen Geelen; France Vlassembrouck; Wouter Moonen

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

WeAreOne.WORLD

Democo

(DMI Vastgoed) Ciril

Vanhout (Besix)

The city of Mechelen

The City of Hasselt

RSK Group

Dyls Construct

(NPG Energy) Enovos

The city of Hamont-Achel

The city of Tongeren

Brussels Expo

Limburg.net

Virix

The Flemish region

SCC Design

The province of Limburg

Dethier

The city of Antwerp

Willemen Infra

Living Tomorrow

Bude

Circuit Zolder (Terlamen vzw)

The city of Gent

POM Limburg

Arenberg

Atenor

Kumpen Red

UCLL

Neo project Brussels

Industry focus: energy Tier 3

Monard Law's cross-departmental energy sector group handles a range of contentious and non-contentious domestic energy matters. Natalie Ulburghs (who splits her time between the firm's Hasselt and Brussels offices) and Hasselt-based Koen Geelen jointly lead the practice and focus on transactional and regulatory issues respectively. Public law specialist Bernard Vanheusden, who is also based in Hasselt, has particular experience advising on district heating, renewable energy and climate change mandates.

Practice head(s):

Natalie Ulburghs; Koen Geelen

Key clients

Bionerga

Fluvius

Fluvius Limburg

Primagaz Belgium

Provinciale Brabantse Energiemaatschappij

Belgian Eco Energy

Insolvency and restructuring Tier 3

Monard Law has experience spanning insolvency and restructuring-related matters, and is frequently instructed by debtor and creditor clients. Antwerp-based practice head Youri Steverlynck and of counsel Inge De Haes are regularly appointed as bankruptcy trustees by the Commercial Court in Antwerp. The team also benefits from its ability to leverage the firm's full-service Belgian expertise across transactional work and litigation.

Practice head(s):

Youri Steverlynck

Key clients

Intenzo Real Estate

Union Bank of India

Eurostar Diamond Traders

VCR Van Cauwenbergh

Equatorial Congo Airlines

Primagaz

Saifor Benelux

Gammyco

Private equity Tier 3

The private equity team at Monard Law has 'excellent market knowledge' of the venture capital space and attracts praise for providing 'hands-on and top-quality advice for SME clients'. The team is spread across three offices and is jointly led by Brussels-based Katrien Vorlat, who is frequently instructed by venture capital investors; Natalie Ulburghs and Nicole Segers in the Hasselt office, and Antwerp-based Pieter Van den Broeck, who regularly advises private equity funds. Hasselt-based Maxime Monard is another name to note, particularly for companies seeking investments by venture capital funds.

Practice head(s):

Pieter Van den Broeck; Nicole Segers; Katrien Vorlat; Natalie Ulburghs

Testimonials

They share communication efficiently within the company to find the right partner with the right knowledge to help you. They go even beyond their in house network.

Excellent market knowledge. Availability of partners Youri Steverlynck and Pieter Van Den Broek is exceptional.

Very much on top of things, they are deal makers (not breakers) and are very well prepared compared to other law firms.

Our experience with Monard Law proved they have an efficient team and they work at reasonable fees. Exercise pro activity and simplicity in their approach.

They work over the weekend and are available for a phone call whenever you need them. Customers really comes first.

Pieter van den Broeck is very pleasant to deal with, makes the deal.

Pieter Van den Broeck offers pragmatic, high quality on SME tariffs.

Key clients

Chili Publish

Daltix

Dawn Capital

Dobco Medical Systems NV

Down 2 Earth

LRM

Sweagle

Viata

Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 4

Monard Law's practice is led by Birgitta Van Itterbeek, whose aircraft (including corporate jet) finance expertise generates a significant amount of referral work from international law firms. Illustrative of her strengths in this space, her clients include TUI Airlines Belgium and Brussels Airlines, as well as financial institutions and leasing companies. Her expertise in regulatory matters includes UCITS, MiFID and derivatives. Elsewhere, Stefaan Van Dyck is a specialist in real estate finance. The firm also has an excellent reputation in the project finance and acquisition finance arenas, and has a niche strength in creative art lending. Itterbeek led the advice to the Belgian subsidiaries of Dorel Industries on a $175m financing from Sagard. Capital markets transactions are another driver of activity. Jeroen Raskin is a name to note. Bram Delmotte joined Ashurst LLP.

Practice head(s):

Birgitta Van Itterbeek

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

TUI Airlines Belgium

Dorel Industry Inc.

Brussels Airlines

BNP Paribas Fortis

Tomorrowland

KBC Bank

AVOLON

Equatorial Congo Airlines

Belfius Bank

PMV

WH SelfInvest

ELFC

Citibank

Merit Capital

GEFA

Commaxx International

Dispute resolution Tier 4

The 'professional' team at Monard Law is well known for handling disputes brought by clients from the luxury goods and automotive sectors. Key contacts in the group are the 'very reactive' Daan De Jaeger; corporate expert Nicole Segers; 'good communicator' Erik MonardNatalie Ulburghs, who has expertise in commercial, corporate and financial law matters; Kristof Zadora, who is very experienced in IT law; and Jeroen Raskin, who handles instructions involving financial matters.

Practice head(s):

Daan De Jaeger; Nicole Segers; Jeroen Raskin; Erik Monard; Natalie Ulburghs; Kristof Zadora

Testimonials

Erik Monard : Founder, highly experienced professional, able to look from outside the box, entrepreneur, adding an extra dimension to a legal dispute or case, easy to work with‘.

Kristof Zadora : experienced lawyer, young and angry, dedicated to the case and to his customer, never letting go, easy to communicate and work with‘.

Key clients

Rolex

D’leteren

Copaco

Suzuki Belgium

Hyundai Belux

Employment Tier 4

Monard Law’s 'hands-on and pragmatic approach is a great asset'. The team provides 'prompt and to the point advice' on a range of employment matters, and has notable strength in handling cases with a transnational flavour. Bert Theeuwes ('strong analytical skills and an eye for detail'), Peter Dufaux ('outstanding') and the 'direct' Tom Messiaen are the names to note.

Practice head(s):

Bert Theeuwes; Peter Dufaux; Tom Messiaen

Testimonials

Bert Theeuwes is very knowledgeable and solutions-oriented‘.

Industry focus: IT and telecoms Tier 4

Monard Law's information and communication technology team has particular experience advising Belgian companies on IT contract negotiations, litigation and data protection compliance. Hasselt-based commercial partner Kristof Zadora has particular cloud computing, big data, healthcare and automotive sector expertise, and heads up the team, which includes Ghent-based associate partner Stephane Criel, who has notable IT and IP experience. Ben Hermans moved to Artes.

Practice head(s):

Kristof Zadora

Testimonials

Monard Law has in-house specialists in various matters and can therefore handle cases involving several branches of law perfectly and with the necessary expertise.

IT and Telecoms practice of Monard Law has been set up with small but highly professional teams. When necessary they temporarily add specialists to the team, but they always are in charge of the project.

Communication lines are very short and direct. Compared to other firms we see a lot of bureaucracy, no clear system of invoicing. Also they add staff to their teams without the necessary skills and experience.

They have a very personal approach and all the necessary knowledge to support an international Healthcare IT company such as ours.

The employees at Monard Law are very professional.  This applies both to the content of their files and to the follow-up of these files. The fee calculation is also very transparent.

Kristof Zadora is an experienced lawyer, young and dedicated to the case and to his customer. He is easy to communicate and work with, works autonomously and acts is a very pragmatic way.

They are always to the point, have great knowledge, are good communicators and fun to work with.

Key clients

Chili Publish NV

Userfull NV

AZ Jan Palfijn

Locatus BV

ACA IT-SOLUTIONS

Maecenas Group

BergHOFF Worldwide

The Safe Group

COPACO

NORRIQ

SMC

Weblications BVBA

Daltix NV

Bechtle (Direct NV)

U (niversity) Hasselt

Fluvius

BCT Software

Bednet VZW

CDK

Tomorrowlab NV

Joyn

Intellectual property Tier 4

At Monard Law, the team continues to assist Rolex and Rolex Benelux with ongoing copyright and trade mark litigation. Daan De Jaeger leads the group, in which senior associate Willem De Vos is a name to note.

Practice head(s):

Daan De Jaeger

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Rolex Benelux

Rolex

Suzuki Belgium

Christian Dior

Volkswagen

Audi

Grandeco NV

Real estate and construction Tier 4

Luc Linders leads the 'very professional' real estate team at Monard Law. The group is noted for its strength in advising contractor clients on contentious real estate matters, and counts PPP infrastructure projects as a core area of expertise. Development projects have also featured in the department's recent workload. Key contacts include the 'responsive' Stefaan Van Dyck and Benoit Samyn.

Practice head(s):

Luc Linders

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Democo

Besix

AG Real Estate

Immobel

KBC Bank

Belfius Bank

Tax Tier 4

Monard Law's tax advisory work to corporate clients covers M&A, demergers, reorganisations, the development of stock option plans and tax rulings. Frédéric Lettany is an expert in tax issues associated with alternative financing methods, such as crowdfunding and starter funds. The firm also has strong credentials advising private clients; its estate planning team has expertise in inheritance tax issues, succession issues relating to family businesses and acquisitions of foreign real estate. Tax litigation and tax audits form another cornerstone of the firm's work for corporates and individual clients. Hilde Van den Keybus is the overall head of the practice. Christiaan Barbier and counsel Reinhold Tournicourt are also names to note.

Practice head(s):

Hilde Van den Keybus

Key clients

Hydroko

Indoor Collection

Department Name Email Telephone
Banking, finance and capital markets Birgitta Van Itterbeek
Banking, finance and capital markets Bram Delmotte
Commercial Nicole Segers
Commercial Daan De Jaeger
Corporate Natalie Ulburghs
Corporate Katrien Vorlat
Dispute resolution, arbitration, mediation Erik Monard
Dispute resolution, arbitration, mediation Geert Hayen
Environment, administrative Koen Geelen
Environment, administrative France Vlassembrouck
Fraud, white-collar crime Christiaan Barbier
Fraud, white-collar crime Pieter Helsen
Insolvency Inge De Haes
Insolvency Youri Steverlynck
IP, TMT (technology, media, telecom) Daan De Jaeger
IP, TMT (technology, media, telecom) Ben Hermans
Labour, employment Tom Messiaen
Labour, employment Peter Dufaux
Liability, insurance Koen Geelen
Liability, insurance Birgitta Van Itterbeek
Mergers and acquisitions, private equity Natalie Ulburghs
Mergers and acquisitions, private equity Katrien Vorlat
PPP Benoit Samyn
PPP Stefaan Van Dijck
PPP France Vlassembrouck
Private estates Geert Hayen
Private estates Hilde Van den Keybus
Real estate, construction Luc Linders
Real estate, construction Gregory Grouwels
Tax and tax litigation Christiaan Barbier
Tax and tax litigation Frederic Lettany
Transport Birgitta Van Itterbeek
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Mr Jeroen Raskin  photo Mr Jeroen Raskin
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