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Aviation Tier 2Monard 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'.
‘Well established expertise in the aviation field‘.
‘Birgitta Van Itterbeek is proactive and very dynamic‘.
TUI Airlines Belgium
Equatorial Congo Airlines
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.
‘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.‘
Down to Earth
ScioTeq (part of TransDigm group)
Environment Tier 3Monard 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.
(DMI Vastgoed) Ciril
The city of Mechelen
The City of Hasselt
(NPG Energy) Enovos
The city of Hamont-Achel
The city of Tongeren
The Flemish region
The province of Limburg
The city of Antwerp
Circuit Zolder (Terlamen vzw)
The city of Gent
Neo project Brussels
Industry focus: Energy Tier 3Monard 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.
Insolvency and restructuring Tier 3Monard 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.
Intenzo Real Estate
Union Bank of India
Eurostar Diamond Traders
VCR Van Cauwenbergh
Equatorial Congo Airlines
Private equity Tier 3The 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.
‘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.‘
Dobco Medical Systems NV
Down 2 Earth
TUI Airlines Belgium
Dorel Industry Inc.
BNP Paribas Fortis
Equatorial Congo Airlines
Dispute resolution Tier 4The '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 Monard; Natalie 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.
‘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‘.
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.
‘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.‘
Chili Publish NV
AZ Jan Palfijn
The Safe Group
Bechtle (Direct NV)
U (niversity) Hasselt
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.
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.
Tax Tier 4Monard 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.
Monard Law > Firm Profile
With over 140 professionals, Monard Law is one of the biggest independent full-service business law firms in Belgium.
Our multidisciplinary teams are praised for their strong sector related expertise, in combination with an entrepreneurial spirit and human approach.
We believe that a modern lawyer is more than just “someone who solves legal issues when they happen”. Tomorrow’s business challenges are growing more and more complex and have a legal component in every strategy, decision and action.
That’s why solution based thinking and committing to seeing the bigger business picture is deeply rooted in our DNA.
With this mindset we help a wide range of companies and governments reach their goals and mitigate their risks.
From promising start-ups to established multinationals.
From local to cross border projects.
From entrepreneurs to legal counsels.
Dreamers dream. Doers make dreams come true.
|Banking, finance and capital markets||Jeroen Raskin|
|Banking, finance and capital markets||Stefaan Van Dyck|
|Commercial||Daan De Jaeger|
|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|
|IP, TMT (technology, media, telecom)||Daan De Jaeger|
|IP, TMT (technology, media, telecom)||Kristof Zadora|
|Labour, employment||Tom Messiaen|
|Labour, employment||Peter Dufaux|
|Liability, insurance||Koen Geelen|
|Mergers and acquisitions, private equity||Natalie Ulburghs|
|Mergers and acquisitions, private equity||Katrien Vorlat|
|PPP||Stefaan Van Dijck|
|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|
|Tax and tax litigation||Pieter Van Den Berghe|
|Mr Bert Theeuwes||Partner||View Profile|
Staff FiguresNumber of professionals : 140
LanguagesDutch English French German
OtherOther offices : Antwerp Other offices : Ghent Other offices : Hasselt Other offices : Lommel
At Monard Law we believe that colleagues who enjoy working together and feel good about themselves, go the extra mile for each other and for our clients. Day in and day out.
In our promise to our employees we express this as follows:
To you, our Monard colleagues : we promise to make this place your home where you have all the freedom you need to grow and to develop your entrepreneurial spirit and become great lawyers and professionals, where you will always have someone by your side at all times; where your talents and passions inspire others, and theirs inspire yours ; where you are always assured that someone listens to you, helps you, and guides you, allowing to learn and to flourish to become kind an successful individuals. Monard Law will always ensure that it is a great firm to work at and work with: a welcoming, enjoyable place that brings out the best in you.
The team of Monard Law is diverse, both in terms of gender, age, origin and also in terms of the profile of its lawyers and associates.
- We currently have almost 52% female lawyers and 22% female partners. This makes us one of the better firms, as the article in De Tijd of 26-27 May 2018 also showed (‘Jonge advocates moeten wat meer alpha male zijn’ | De Tijd).
- Older lawyers remain welcome within Monard Law. The retirement age for associates at Monard Law is much higher (65 years) than in most other Belgian and international firms. Four partners at Monard Law in other offices would already be retired. We feel it is important to pass on their experience to younger lawyers.
- In addition to gender and age, origin is also an important dimension of diversity. This is not so obvious within the legal profession. We currently have 5% of our lawyers with origins outside the EU.
- Finally, the lawyers and partners at Monard Law have different profiles. Clients appreciate this diversity of styles. We invest significantly in knowing each other’s style through, for example, mapping out the ‘Insights profile’ of our lawyers and through workshops on ‘People Styles @work’. This not only leads to better cooperation internally but also to better alignment with our clients.
Monard Law is also member of the Legal Diversity & Inclusion Alliance (Legal Diversity & Inclusion Alliance (legaldiversityalliance.be))who’s mission is : ‘Members of the Legal Diversity & Inclusion Alliance (LDIA) commit to build a diverse and inclusive workplace in which everyone benefits from equal treatment and opportunities, irrespective of race, ethnic or social origin, gender or sexual orientation, age, disability, language, religion, political preference or any other grounds of personal discrimination.’
Top Tier Firm Rankings
- Fraud and white-collar crime
- Commercial, corporate and M&A
- Industry focus: Energy
- Insolvency and restructuring
- Private equity
- Banking, finance and capital markets
- Dispute resolution
- Industry focus: IT and telecoms
- Intellectual property
- Real estate and construction