Firm Profile > Monard Law > Brussels, Belgium
Monard Law Offices
Monard Law > The Legal 500 Rankings
The Monard Law fraud and white-collar crime department draws on the wider firm's transactional, advisory and litigation practices, with a wide-reaching domestic presence across four cities. Led by financial and administrative law specialist Christiaan Barbier, recent cases have featured the misuse of forged documents and merchandise, tax fraud, bribery, money laundering and illegal waste haulage. Barbier is based in Brussels along with Frédéric Lettany, who works on computer-based and technological fraud, as well as suspected corporate embezzlements. Other offices are in Antwerp, Ghent and Hasselt.
Other key lawyers:
Belgium > Not-for-profit Tier 2
Monard Law offers excellent coverage of the not-for-profit sector in Belgium, with its multidisciplinary team being spread between the offices in Brussels, Antwerp and Hasselt. The group provides top-notch advice to a wide range of clients, including domestic and international non-profit entities, charities, schools, universities, hospitals and trusts. Public procurement expert Wouter Moonen, who made partner in September 2020, advises public sector bodies and private sector companies (mainly contractors) on contentious and non-contentious matters. He co-leads the practice with employment specialist Bert Theeuwes, who is advising a non-profit association on its internal structure, as well its dealings with international organisations such as the UN and EU. Other lawyers at the firm assist clients with corporate, commercial, IP/IT and tax issues, among other areas.
Bert Theeuwes (Brussels); Wouter Moonen (Hasselt)
Other key lawyers:
Erwin Jennen (Antwerp); Thomas Christiaens (Antwerp)
‘Great legal knowledge, PRAGMATIC, honest legal advice, great communication (client/third parties).‘
‘24/7 availability of key people, quick response to all questions, excellent mix of theoretical legal framework and practicality of solutions.‘
‘In-depth knowledge of the legal domain; they not only answer questions, but also thoroughly analyse the problem at hand and come up with out-of-the-box solutions.‘
AZ Jan Palfijn Gent (hospital)
AZ Vesalius (hospital)
Brussels University Hospital
University College Leuven Limburg
Terlamen Racing Track
SECURE WORLD FOUNDATION
Organisatie van advies- en ingenieursbureaus, (ORI)
Belgium > Environment Tier 3
Monard Law's 'accessible' team garners praise for its 'solution-oriented thinking'. It assists public authorities and private entities from a wide range of sectors with obtaining environmental, socio-economic, urban planning and building permits. In addition, other areas of expertise include waste management, expropriation cases, sustainable energy projects and soil pollution. Koen Geelen and Wouter Moonen lead the advice to WeAreOne.World, the organiser of the Tomorrowland dance festival, on soil pollution issues in connection with the development of the site where the client's headquarters are based. France Vlassembrouck and senior associate Sarah Jacobs are also key figures. Senior associate Bernard Vanheusden left the firm in September 2020.
Koen Geelen; France Vlassembrouck; Wouter Moonen
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Monard Law typically assists companies in distress with obtaining protection against creditors and through liquidation proceedings, as well as advising on claims by creditors and temporary administrators. Headed by Inge De Haes, who is often appointed as a bankruptcy trustee by the Commercial Court, the practice also handles transactional and litigation matters. Corporate partner Pieter Van den Broeck offers strong support.
Inge De Haes
Other key lawyers:
Cardi Fashion Group
Equatorial Congo Airlines
Jan De Nul
Belgium > Private equity Tier 3
Monard Law's fast-growing practice covers every stage of the private equity lifecycle, with matters ranging from fund formation and capital raising to strategic investment transactions and exits. It is also a major player in the venture capital arena, where it acts for investors, start-ups and scale-up companies. The firm draws upon the expertise of practitioners in areas such as M&A, tax, regulatory and debt finance, among others. Nicole Segers co-heads the group with Katrien Vorlat, whose practice has a focus on the technology and pharmaceutical sectors. Vorlat was part of a cross-practice team which advised Rohatyn Group on its acquisition of Optipharm Group. Maxime Monard, who made partner in September 2020, is also recommended along with Pieter Van den Broeck.
Nicole Segers; Katrien Vorlat
‘Excellent team, great market knowledge and expertise.’
‘Pieter van den Broeck is an outstanding M&A lawyer, very much hands-on and really on the ball. He and his team have extensive experience in private equity and venture capital transactions.’
‘Monard Law understands startups and scale-ups. They have been there since the start, are experienced, kind, understand the entrepreneur and are cost-friendly.’
‘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.’
‘The team excels in to-the-point communication and delivering excellent work on time, always in line with the promised deadlines taking into account the priority of the requests. Another strong unique point is the way they can put themselves between parties looking for a common ground to build relations, instead of only listening to their client. A very strong commercial way of communication that creates win-win situations with respect from each party at the table for the firm.’
‘Maxime Monard is excellent in his way of looking for common ground between parties, very straightforward communications and delivering high-quality documents from the start always respecting deadlines. On top of that, it’s very easy to get in touch which makes them very accessible.’
‘The documents delivered by Maxime Monard are not only of a very high quality, they are always very transparent and easily understandable also for parties with limited (or no) specific background in this field. Besides that, Maxime Monard has a very natural capacity to easily guide parties through the documents so everyone is on top of things.’
Dawn Capital LLP
The Rohatyn Group
Monard Law generates a strong flow of work from clients such as multinational companies, large Belgian corporates and growth companies. Nicole Segers heads up the corporate side of the practice, which covers domestic and cross-border M&A, incorporation, venture capital financings and general corporate law advice. Another name to note is Katrien Vorlat, who has over 20 years of corporate and M&A experience. In 2019, Pieter Van den Broeck acted for Vertommen on the sale of a large Mercedes dealership to Swedish family-owned multinational company Anders Hedin Invest AB. Jeroen Raskin is another key figure in the team, which also includes commercial head Kristof Zadora and recently promoted partner Maxime Monard.
Nicole Segers (Corporate); Kristof Zadora (Commercial)
‘Stand out availability. Pleasant to deal with. Pragmatic approach.‘
‘Jeroen Raskin is pragmatic and efficient. He is also a good listener.‘
‘The team excels in to-the-point communication and delivering excellent work on time, always in line with the promised deadlines and taking into account priority of the requests. Another strong unique point is the way they can put themselves between parties looking for a common ground to build relations, instead of only listening to their client. A very strong commercial way of communication that creates win-win situations with respect from each party at the table for the firm.‘
‘Experienced team with very strong personal involvement and dedication.‘
‘We work together with Jeroen Raskin, who is a top company lawyer. Jeroen has many years of experience and manages a whole team of younger lawyers. This allows him to quickly play ball and we receive impeccable advice from him.‘
‘Strong dedicated team. Very responsive and accurate follow-up.‘
‘Partner Maxime Monard- Very competent- Good communicator- Well appreciated at different levels in organisation – Very solution-oriented and pragmatic- Efficient- Good price vs value.‘
Down to Earth
Internationall General Insurance Group
ScioTeq (part of TransDigm group)
Belgium > Dispute resolution Tier 4
Monard Law's 'very responsive' team excels in handling litigation connected with the automotive and luxury goods sectors. Also notable is that it has had an increase in energy litigation. Financial disputes have also been a key area of activity recently. Names to note in the group include Jeroen Raskin, who has expertise in financial matters, and Daan De Jaeger, who has a 'great ability to manage clients' affairs'. Also recommended are 'excellent negotiator' Pieter Van den Broeck and Natalie Ulburghs, whose 'knowledge of a case and grasp of the legal complexities is always spot on'. Erik Monard is experienced in arbitration cases.
Erik Monard; Natalie Ulburghs; Daan De Jaeger; Pieter Van den Broeck; Jeroen Raskin
‘Monard Law offers high quality service‘.
Belgium > Employment Tier 4
At Monard Law, the team continues to assist a prominent gas and oil company with all the employment law aspects of its business reorganisation. The client roster also includes banking, energy and technology sector entities. The key contacts at the firm are the 'very pragmatic' Tom Messiaen, Bert Theeuwes and Peter Dufaux.
Peter Dufaux; Bert Theeuwes; Tom Messiaen
‘Monard Law has built excellent expertise in local employment laws and local jurisprudence. Good strategic thinkers in handling (potential) employment issues‘.
‘Peter Dufaux is very knowledgeable, competent, easily approachable and solution-driven‘.
Monard Law's 'business-savvy and fast-thinking' information and communication technology practice predominantly handles IT contract and service agreement negotiations, as well as data protection compliance and disputes work. The team is lead by Hasselt-based Kristof Zadora, who specialises in cloud computing and big data matters, with support from Ghent-based associate partner and IP expert Stephane Criel.
Other key lawyers:
‘Knowledge. Client focus. Solution focus. Availability. Good response times.’
‘Pragmatic approach focused on the needs of our company.’
‘We have lots of trust in Kristof Zadora. Very satisfied with their work.’
‘Business-savvy and fast-thinking.’
ACA IT Solutions
The Safe Group
Dobco Medical Systems
Dewaele Vastgoedgroep met Advies
Digatus IT Services
CDK Global (UK)
AZ Jan Palfijn
Monard Law's team provides day-to-day advice to clients on the management and enforcement of their IP portfolios, and it also demonstrates strong capabilities in litigation. Illustrative of the firm's excellent reputation, it acts for international brand names in sectors such as automobile, fashion, pharmaceuticals, gaming and design, and is increasingly seen as a go-to by clients in the video games industry. The team particularly distinguishes itself in anti-counterfeiting work, and counts luxury brand Rolex as a key client in this space; it also includes Brussels-based partner Daan De Jaeger, who has 30 years of IP litigation experience and is a key name for trade mark and copyright infringement cases. Stephane Criel is the name to note in Ghent.
Daan De Jaeger; Stephane Criel
Other key lawyers:
Sébastien Verva; Willem De Vos
‘The firm’s main goal is to create an added value for its clients in which it succeeds in very well. Its lawyers are close to their clients’ businesses, know their needs and are highly responsive. They achieve excellent results and quality. Advice in IP law that is straight to the point, and the team is highly skilled in IP litigation before both Dutch and French-speaking Belgian courts.’
‘A vast experience in handling complex and high profile IP cases for clients in the fashion industry. They have also top clients in the automotive and gambling industry. We work with Monard Law solely on complex and important proceedings knowing that if Monard Law cannot fix it, no one can. When the going gets tough, Monard Law gets going.‘
‘IP practice head Daan De Jaeger is a sharp and creative mind. He is always looking for the details that can turn a case into an absolute winner. He is a dedicated lawyer who goes the extra mile for his clients. We especially appreciate his proactive and practical approach, as well as his strategic thinking. He is always one step ahead of the opponent. Although he strongly believes in a negotiated solution, he is also a fierce and reputed litigator. All in all, he is a very strong lawyer and a trusted adviser. Other names to note are Sébastien Verva (French cases) and Willem De Vos who are clever and hands-on lawyers.’
Rolex SA & Rolex Benelux
D’Ieteren & D’Ieteren Sport (Volkswagen/Audi/Porsche/Yamaha)
Christian Dior Couture SA
The Belgian Entertainment Association
At Monard Law, the team is assisting contractor Jan De Nul with a tender concerning the construction of a prison facility, and in addition, it is also advising the client on the construction of six schools. Contentious work is also a core pillar of strength for the department. Luc Linders heads up the group, which includes PPP expert Benoit Samyn and the 'very professional' Stefaan Van Dyck. Gregory Grouwels is experienced in handling construction disputes.
Belgium > Tax Tier 4
Hilde Van den Keybus is the head of Monard Law's 'strong' team, which is noted for its 'expert tax knowledge'. The group has notable expertise in tax litigation. In addition, it counts estate planning as a cornerstone strength of the practice, where the 'very proactive' team advises private clients and company shareholders on inheritance tax issues, among other matters. Key names in the team include Frédéric Lettany and Pieter Van Den Berghe, whose 'knowledge and experience in the field of innovation income deduction makes him stand out'.
Hilde Van den Keybus
‘Pieter Van Den Berghe has on different occasions proven to be Belgium’s pioneering tax professional in relation to the innovation income deduction regime‘.
‘The team has a no-nonsense approach‘.
‘Pieter Van den Berghe does not sell his services with big promises, but lets the results of his work speak for him. He owns his file meaning that he follows up proactively and delivers what he promised‘.
‘Pieter Van Den Berghe: very up to date, trustworthy and the consultant you want at your side when required. A no nonsense approach. His contribution is always to the point and valuable‘.
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|
|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|
|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.’