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Monard Law

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'.

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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



Air Antwerp




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.

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.


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


Alstom SA

Carrefour SA


Danone SA

Dawn Capital

Dekra AG

Down to Earth




Group Heylen

Inno NV

Merit Capital



Philip Morris


Rexel SA


ScioTeq (part of TransDigm group)

SHV Energy



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.

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(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


The Flemish region

SCC Design

The province of Limburg


The city of Antwerp

Willemen Infra

Living Tomorrow


Circuit Zolder (Terlamen vzw)

The city of Gent

POM Limburg



Kumpen Red


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.

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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.

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Intenzo Real Estate

Union Bank of India

Eurostar Diamond Traders

VCR Van Cauwenbergh

Equatorial Congo Airlines


Saifor Benelux


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.


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


Dawn Capital

Dobco Medical Systems NV

Down 2 Earth




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.

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TUI Airlines Belgium

Dorel Industry Inc.

Brussels Airlines

BNP Paribas Fortis


KBC Bank


Equatorial Congo Airlines

Belfius Bank


WH SelfInvest



Merit Capital


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.


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




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.


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.

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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


Maecenas Group

BergHOFF Worldwide

The Safe Group




Weblications BVBA

Daltix NV

Bechtle (Direct NV)

U (niversity) Hasselt


BCT Software

Bednet VZW


Tomorrowlab NV


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.

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Rolex Benelux


Suzuki Belgium

Christian Dior



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.

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AG Real Estate


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.

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Indoor Collection

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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Banking, finance and capital markets Jeroen Raskin
Banking, finance and capital markets Stefaan Van Dyck
Commercial Kristof Zadora
Commercial Daan De Jaeger
Corporate Natalie Ulburghs
Corporate Nicole Segers
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 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
Tax and tax litigation Pieter Van Den Berghe
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Bert Theeuwes  photo Mr Bert Theeuwes Partner
Number of professionals : 140
Other 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.



  • 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 (’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.’