ALTIUS > Brussels, Belgium > Firm Profile

ALTIUS
HAVENLAAN, 86C B414
AVENUE DU PORT
1000 BRUSSELS
Belgium

Belgium > Industry focus: Media and entertainment Tier 1

A key name for clients seeking representation in sports law, the arts, media, and leisure, the team at ALTIUS also works with a diverse array of leading clients from the worlds of music, gaming, publishing and film. Patent infringement litigation, personality rights, data protection and high-profile sports talent transactions are all key workflows for the reputed team. Co-practice head Sven Demeulemeester is praised by clients for his ‘commercial and hands-on approach’ in sports litigation and arbitration, handling instructions both within Europe and throughout the Middle East, the Far East, and Africa. Grégory Ernes consistently works with athletes, sponsors, clubs, and governing bodies on a host of EU sports law matters. Olivier Vrins stands out for his wide-ranging IP rights expertise in the music and video-gaming sectors. Libel and defamation specialist Alexander De Bleeckere is also noted.

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team has a unique practice in the sense that it can offer a full service with specialists in every sub-branch of sports law. Their motivation to think outside of the box and not limit themselves to merely applying the applicable sports regulations is their main strength.’

‘Sven Demeulemeester is one of the most experienced sports lawyers in Belgium and stands out due to his commercial and hands-on approach. They way he thinks with the client is unique for a lawyer.

‘Grégory Ernes stands out in litigations.’

‘Niels Verborgh is an ascendant figure in the Belgian sports law scene – fantastic theoretical and analytical skills.’

Key clients

Moët Hennessy

Pace Rights Management

XXI Music Publishing

Sandy Volckaert

Mood Media

Kevin De Bruyne

Sports and Entertainment Group

Wasserman

Youri Tielemans

Leander Dendoncker

UEFA

City Football Group

Cardiff City

Red Star Belgrade

Al Nassr

TP Mazembe

Trek Factory Cycling

Standard de Liège

RSC Anderlecht

Club Brugge

KAA Gent

Racing Genk

Royal Antwerp Football Club

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented the proprietor of the Dom Pérignon trademark in proceedings against a company selling a large series of artworks (under the name “Damn Perignon”) depicting the Dom Pérignon trademark.
  • Representing Cardiff City in litigation before the Court of Arbitration for Sports against FC Nantes regarding the highly meditated Emiliano Sala case.
  • Assisted the Belgian football player, Kevin De Bruyne, with the extension of his contract with Manchester City FC.

Belgium > Industry focus: Retail Tier 1

Fielding a ‘solid team with great technical expertise‘, ALTIUS‘ full-service retail and consumer goods practice is regularly called upon by various leading retailers, manufacturers, and suppliers for assistance in domestic and cross-border mandates. The team has strong capabilities in the full scope of sector-specific issues, including IP enforcement, merger clearance, local market entry, and site leasing contracts – including emergency Covid-19 response actions. The sizeable practice is jointly led by the ‘hands on‘ competition and distribution expert Carmen Verdonck and Lieven Peeters, a real estate  and construction specialist with a keen focus on retail-focused developments. Alexander Hansebout focuses on multi-jurisdictional disputes before the national courts, the European Court of Justice, as well as ICC and CEPANI-governed arbitrations, representing clients in insolvency proceedings and tort liability matters.

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Good knowledge of industry and its players. Solid team with great technical expertise and experience. Reactive and willing to cooperate.’

‘Carmen Verdonck is experienced in dealing with advisory matters and proceedings. Reactive and hands on.’

Key clients

KFC

Kellydeli

G-Star

FHP Vileda

Bolton

Beiersdorf

Foot Lockers

Freywille

Primark

Marc O’Polo

Chocolaterie Guylian

Benelux Food Group

Zalando

Games Workshop

OPTODIS

4PX Express

C&A

Cordes & Graefe

Work highlights

  • Assisted Cordes & Graefe (GC Group) in relation to the acquisition and merger clearance of a majority stake in Facq group, a household name in Belgium for sanitary, heating, air-conditioning, kitchen and bathroom furniture.
  • Assisted Kellydeli with the development of  activities on the Belgian markets.
  • Assisted Foot Locker and Marc O’Polo, as retailer-tenants, with the negotiations for (the renewal of) various commercial lease agreements in high streets and/or shopping centers with various landlords; whereby since March 2020 a focus on the impact of Covid-19 on the commercial lease agreements was an additional key-factor in the negotiations.

Belgium > Intellectual property Tier 1

Fielding one of the largest IP practices in Belgium, ALTIUS is highly regarded by blue-chip corporations, professional associations, and sovereign governments, both in Belgium and beyond. The versatile team’s far-reaching expertise is especially concentrated in patent enforcement, anti-counterfeiting measures, trademarks, geographical indications, plant variety rights and software piracy. Litigation – representing clients before various Belgian, Benelux, and European courts – is also a core competency. The team is jointly led by three partners: Christophe Ronse, who focuses on patent law and life sciences; Olivier Vrins, an expert in trademarks and anti-counterfeiting; and Phillippe De Jong, who specialises in parallel import issues and IP regulatory work in the life sciences and agri-food sectors. Sophie Lens is noted for her broad capabilities that encompass trade secrets and software piracy. Kirian Claeyé concentrates on patent litigation for pharmaceutical companies.

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘High quality patent firm with a strong team capable of dealing with big patent cases.’

‘Christophe Ronse is a very experienced, excellent litigator.

‘The Altius team offer bespoke, high quality advice in all aspects of IP’

‘Christopher Ronse is a shrewd and experienced practitioner.’

‘Excellent knowledge of plant specific IP across the EU, as well as competition law aspects. Very strong professional approach to all questions and excellent, accurate responses to all questions.’

‘Philippe de Jong and Bregt Raus both provide an exceptionally high level of service.’

‘Top flight IP team – involved in all the most important cases.’

‘Olivier Vrins is fast, smart and thorough. He is very accessible too. Everything I want from a modern lawyer.’

Key clients

Novartis

Gilead

F. Hoffmann-La Roche

Merck (MSD)

Eli Lilly

Moët Hennessy

The Government and Attorney General of Pakistan

CIVC (Comité Interprofessionnel du Vin de Champagne)

Tata Steel

BASF

Bayer Cropscience

Samsung

Work highlights

  • Represented Samsung in various patent infringement proceedings (PI and main actions), partially brought by Ericsson before the Brussels patent courts following the (temporary) failure of the negotiations between these parties in view of the renewal of cross-licenses for their respective standard essential patents, and partially launched by Samsung.
  • Representing Pakistan before the European Commission in opposition proceedings against an application by India for registration of ‘Basmati’ as a protected geographical indication in the EU.
  • Representing the owner of the Veuve Clicquot trademark cancellation proceedings before the EU General Court.

Belgium > Employment Tier 2

Working in tandem with a number of departments with the firm, the ‘proactive and dedicated’ team at ALTIUS handles a multitude of employment matters for various high-profile corporate clients, and maintains a close working relationship with the benefits and compensation team of the Belgian tax firm Tiberghien. Practice head Philippe De Wulf is a port of call for many blue-chip multinational corporations seeking assistance in cross-border workforce restructurings and social security disputes. Sven Demeulemeester is a highly experienced practitioner who is well regarded by clients for his capabilities in collective dismissal procedure and his broad knowledge of sports law. Managing associate Emma Van Caenegem is recommended for her broad domestic and cross-border capabilities, including experience in large restructuring mandates.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘The employment team is very proactive and dedicated to its clients. The team is very responsive and it is a pleasure to work with all the team.’

‘I regularly Philippe De Wulf. He is very responsive and he has a great knowledge of Belgian employment law. His advice is always good whatever the situation the clients are dealing with.’

‘Philippe De Wulf is the best partner for your labour issues. He is always focused on obtaining the best solution for the complex matters.’

‘The team is extremely responsive, comes up with innovative solutions, is dedicated to the client to the extreme and quality-wise is second to none in the Brussels market. The depth of their experience surpasses other employment firms or teams. They go beyond even the extra mile and seem to find innovative solutions to every problem for which others often only provide standard answers.’

‘Philippe De Wulf stands out as head of practice and is considered as (one of) the best employment lawyers in Brussels. Responsive, to the point, extremely fast mind, brilliance in analytical skills, focused and driven, very pleasant to work with and a very pleasant person.’

‘The team at Altius are very responsive, practical, cost-effective and user friendly.’

‘Emma Van Caenegem has a deep knowledge of labour legislation, even more importantly about some definite cases of its application in real cases. Emma has great capabilities to revise the case and suggest different possible scenarios, at the same time providing clear and comprehensive advice.’

‘Sven Demeulemeester is a top-notch lawyer with a pragmatic mindset.’

Key clients

AMG

Anderlecht football club

ABE Clearing

UEFA

Mars

4PX

Biogen

C&A

Oracle

Maxeda

Marriott

McCain Foods

Dell Technologies

Canon

Cigna

Juice Plus+ Company

Siemens

Stepstone

Alight NorthgateArinso

Thyssen Krupp Steel Heavy Plate Antwerp

NTT Data

Work highlights

  • Assisting AMG with the closure of its activities in Belgium and the subsequent collective dismissal.
  • Assisting professional footballer Kevin De Bruyne with the extension of his contract with Manchester City FC.
  • Advising and assisting Gilead with the implementation of flexible working regimes following the Covid-19 pandemic.

Belgium > Industry focus: Food Tier 2

A number of major producers, industry associations, agri-biotech companies, and foreign governments seek out the team at ALTIUS for its wide-ranging experience in the agri-food sector. Underpinned by the firm’s strength in IP and life sciences, the cross-practice team regularly handles both contentious and advisory instructions, including cross-border patent litigation, geographical indications, and regulatory annulment proceedings. Intellectual property specialist Phillippe De Jong has extensive regulatory knowledge in the life sciences and agri-food industries and Olivier Vrins works with various luxury champagne and cognac producers on geographical indications and designations of origin, appearing before the Benelux Courts and the EUIPO.

Key clients

Moët Hennessy

The Government and Attorney General of Pakistan

CIVC (Comité Interprofessionnel du Vin de Champagne)

Work highlights

  • Representing the Government of Pakistan before the European Commission in opposition proceedings against an application by India for registration of ‘Basmati’ as a protected geographical indication in the EU.
  • Representing SES Vanderhave before the CJEU in the context of a preliminary reference made by the Belgian Council of State in annulment proceedings against a Belgian regulatory act temporarily allowing the use of certain neonicotinoids on sugar beet crops on the basis of Article 53 of the EU Plant Protection Products Regulation.
  • Successfully represented the CIVC and INAO before the EUIPO in several opposition proceedings based on the ‘Champagne’ designation of origin.

Belgium > Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences Tier 2

Led by patent litigation specialist Christophe Ronse and agri-food expert Philippe de Jong, ALTIUS‘ multidisciplinary team acts for a number of transnational pharmaceutical conglomerates, medical device manufacturers, biotech companies, and foreign governments on cross-border disputes and proceedings before the domestic and European courts. The team also has niche expertise in the application of EU-wide compliance regulations and patent enforcement actions. The ‘genius’ Kirian Claeyé is a key contact within the team for parallel import/distribution support and IP portfolio management across the life sciences sector.

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Christophe Ronse is very professional, hard working and creative, and he helps us to establish a bridge between us and our transaction party.’

‘Altius has saved us a great amount of money and they are worth every cent. The level of service was outstanding with the whole team and especially with the key contact person.’

‘If I could, I’d give a 5 star rating to Kirian Claye who has proven to be a genius. We are working together a bit more than two years and time after time he solved our issues in a simple and eloquent way. Fast and clear communication and a complete risk analysis of the chosen strategy. For me, Kirian Claye has the charisma needed to guide you in each step and makes the legal aspect of our business fun, comprehensible and exciting.’

‘Excellent quality of legal advice rendered in time at a reasonable cost. What else can a company wish for?’

Key clients

Merck Sharp & Dohme (MSD)

Gilead

Eli Lilly

Biogen

Novartis

Euroseeds

SES Vanderhave

Bayer Cropscience

DSM

Mitsui Agriscience

Work highlights

  • Represented Eli Lilly & Co. in patent litigation in respect of its patent on the second medical use of the active ingredient pemetrexed (of its blockbuster medicine Alimta®) in combination with vitamin B12 for the treatment of certain cancers.
  • Represents SES Vanderhave before the CJEU in the context of a preliminary reference made by the Belgian Council of State in annulment proceedings against a Belgian regulatory act temporarily allowing the use of certain neonicotinoids on sugar beet crops.
  • Representing the Islamic Republic of Pakistan in opposition proceedings against India’s application to be granted protection for the name ‘Basmati’ under the EU geographical indication quality scheme.

Belgium > Industry focus: IT and telecoms Tier 2

ALTIUS handles the full gamut of transactional, advisory, and disputes-based work for a multitude of key international and Belgian market players. In recent months, the team has represented some of the world’s largest tech companies in proceedings before the Belgian Courts and the Belgian data protection authority. The practice is jointly led by two partners: Gerrit Vandendriessche, an experienced computer law and commercial law specialist; and Jérôme Vermeylen, who works with various IT clients on a range of corporate transactions. Louis-Dorsan Jolly and Jan Clinck are noted for their capabilities in data protection litigation.

Other key lawyers:

Mathieu Maniet

Testimonials

‘Altius have a very strong practice in the ares of technology and telecoms and provide an excellent service.’

‘We have worked closely with Gerrit Vandendriessche and Mathieu Maniet. Both stand out as top-tier advisers and show an in-depth knowledge of Belgian technology and telecoms law.’

‘The team consists of a smart team of people always willing to help.’

‘Gerrit Vandendriessche is always willing to go the extra mile. He is very knowledgeable and pragmatic at the same time.’

Key clients

Canon

Fiberklaar

Ads&Data

Crossinx

RMC Nederland

Network Research Belgium (NRB)

Sinch

SoftwareOne

Nacor

A US-based telecoms operator

An institution of the Brussels Regional Government

Beiersdorf

Mediahuis

Everis

Work highlights

  • Acted for Google in obtaining the annulment of a €600k fine that was imposed by the Belgian data protection authority.
  • Advised Fiberklaar on telecoms regulatory matters.
  • Advised the shareholders Crossinx on the Belgian legal aspects of the sale of 100% of their group in exchange for cash and shares (shares swap) in Belgian listed company UnifiedPost Group.

Belgium > Insurance Tier 2

ALTIUS offers a multidisciplinary service to insurers, reinsurers, and intermediaries, advising on M&A, disputes, regulatory compliance, and data protection concerns. The team has expertise in regulatory and legislative frameworks for the insurance sector, is able to handle cross-border contracts and transactional work, and handles a combination of insurance and indemnities litigation. The team is led by Alexander Hansebout, a specialist in complex international disputes and litigation, alongside Jérôme Vermeylen, who focuses on transactions, corporate law, and restructurings.

Other key lawyers:

Stijn Van Schel

Testimonials

The team has specialists in every field, so that complex interdisciplinary cases are handled excellently. They are always available and flexible. Their attitude makes them a real pleasure to work with.’

‘Alexander Hansebout offers professionalism, very large practical experience and wide knowledge. His commitment makes you confident that your case is in good hands. However, Alexander is not only an excellent lawyer but also a great person. With his personality, working with him is a pleasure. Another stand-out lawyer is Stijn Van Schel – his broad knowledge and methodical approach make him an excellent lawyer.’

‘I would like especially to highlight Jerome Vermeylen. Jerome has a great experience in Corporate and Insurance law, lots of practical cases already successfully managed. The projects that we’re managing together with Jerome were always perfectly planned both in terms of timing and the resources allocated. Jerome was always available to meet, listen and propose new solutions taking into consideration some new obstacles appearing in the project.’

‘They are excellent lawyers – very efficient, responsive and a pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

Aetna Insurance

AG Insurance

AIG

Cigna

Mapfre

Work highlights

  • Advising Mapfre on its operational and regulatory response to the Covid 19-crisis.
  • Advised Mapfre Asistencia Belgium on the restructuring of its Belgian activities.
  • Advised the managers in the share capital of Vander Haeghen & CO SA on the sale of a majority stake to P&V Assurances.

Belgium > Not-for-profit Tier 2

ALTIUS‘ cross-disciplinary practice works with a strong mix of not-for-profits and their corporate affiliates – both Belgian and international – on the full gamut of issues, including legislative advisory, IP, EU and Belgian regulatory frameworks, employment and litigation. Tax and VAT advisory is a further core strength, underpinned by the team’s strategic partnership with Tiberghien. Jérôme Vermeylen advises various organisations and corporate clients on strategic questions, as well as the set-up, status, and running of various entities. Carmen Verdonck stands out for her expertise in competition law compliance, advising both non-profit associations and health institutions on their activities. Olivier Vrins and Jan Clinck are also noted.

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Great team, swift responses, creative solutions, flexible.’

‘Wonderful experience with Jérôme Vermeylen, whose availability, expertise and communication skills are outstanding.’

‘Team is knowledgeable and professional. They are efficient in responding in a timely manner.’

‘Capacity to understand the needs of the client and tailored the service requirements.’

‘I can say they have been open, approachable and quick to respond.’

‘Each person I have worked with at Altius has been professional, easy to contact and has placed a premium on accurate relevant legal solutions.’

Key clients

AMD Indigenous Peoples Foundation

Association of European Airlines

Association of European Coeliac Societies (AOECS)

Council of European Energy Regulators (CEER)

CIVC (Comité Interprofessionnel du Vin de Champagne)

Optodis

Fost Plus

Government and Attorney General of Pakistan

Imamat Ismaili

International Wushu Federation (IWUF)

Polish Electricity Association (PKEE)

University of Kent

XXI Music Publishing

Yakult Research Centre for Microbiology

Work highlights

  • Advised AOECS regarding governance matters and an overhaul of its articles of association.
  • Representing Pakistan before the European Commission in opposition proceedings against an application by India for registration of ‘Basmati’ as a protected geographical indication in the EU.
  • Successfully represented the CIVC and INAO before the EUIPO in several opposition proceedings based on the ‘Champagne’ designation of origin.

Belgium > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3

Primarily active in the mid-market, ALTIUS is a prolific adviser on domestic M&A, and also regularly acts as Belgian counsel on complex cross-border transactions, enjoying productive relationships with a number of international law firms. Alongside transactional work, the team also has expertise in restructurings, finance, and corporate tax issues. The team is jointly led by Jérôme Vermeylen, who focuses on M&A, joint ventures, and reorganisations, M&A specialist Tom Vantroyen, and Marie Brasseur, who advises on cross-border transactions, private equity investments, and restructurings.

Other key lawyers:

Audrey Zegers; Aylin Cebbar

Testimonials

‘Jérôme Vermeylen: Great sparring partner, always willing to make time (even late in the evening).’

‘Very good management of the client’s expectation (responsiveness, communication etc).’

‘Thanks to Altius we were able to close the transaction within six months, achieving the deadline we/our shareholder had set out – and that during a pandemic. It was our first merger and Altius provided in-depth theoretical knowledge and also very useful detailed step-plans.’

‘I mainly worked with Jérôme Vermeylen and Audrey Zegers. Both were approachable at any time and always provided valuable solutions. Jérôme was always able to answer all of our questions – even spontaneously during phone calls or video conferences. His knowledge about cross-border mergers is really impressive.’

‘The team is very responsive and client dedicated and ensure an efficient and smooth coordination between all the law firms involved in the transaction. They are also available by telephone to solve immediate issues or to adapt the fees to the evolution of the transaction.’

‘The partners Marie Brasseur and Jérôme Vermeylen manage their teams efficiently and have a strong knowledge of the file they handle and the associates, like Aylin Cebbar, are also involved in the discussions/drafting and are able to take over the files if necessary under the supervision of the partners.’

‘Great advice, practical, to the point, creative solutions.’

‘The firm supports my company in a jurisdiction I’m not familiar with and does so in a very efficient and comprehensive manner. Short lines and good availability are essential to me and that’s what is delivered by this team.’

Key clients

AniCura

Airplus (part of Lufthansa Group)

Canon

Carl Zeiss

Compound Ventures

Cordes & Graefe

CRH

Daikin

Felbermayr

Indufin

Keensight Capital

KONE

Maxeda/Brico

MSD

Network Research Belgium (NRB)

Nacon

Sanoma

Siemens

Sinch

Vander Haeghen

Winterhalter

Work highlights

  • Advised Cordes & Graefe on the acquisition of a majority stake in FACQ.
  • Advised EasyPark on the acquisition of PARK NOW Group.
  • Advised Indufin and the other shareholders of Baobab Collection SA on the sale of the group to Baltisse NV.

Belgium > Competition: Belgian law Tier 3

ALTIUS has an active merger control practice, handling domestic and cross-border deals both on behalf of its M&A team and other national and international firms, alongside complex joint ventures. The firm also has notable expertise in IP-related competition issues such as infringements and damages, and represents clients in antitrust proceedings relating to cartel activity and abuse of dominance. The practice is led by Carmen Verdonck.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Solid team with great technical expertise and experience. Reactive and willing to cooperate.’

‘Carmen Verdonck is experienced in dealing with advisory matters and proceedings. Reactive and hands on.’

Key clients

Cordes & Graefe KG

Felbermayr

Campine

Siemens

Beiersdorf

Nu Skin

Euroseeds

Indufin

Pace Rights Management

Bolton Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Felbermayr Holding GmbH on the merger control clearance procedure before the European Commission concerning the creation of a full-function joint venture between the Felbermayr group and the PSA group.
  • Represented Campine in its appeal against the Commission decision in the Car Battery Recycling case obtaining a substantial reduction of the fine imposed on Campine.
  • Representing Siemens in the proceedings before the Belgian civil courts by Infrabel, Belgian’s railway operator, claiming compensation for alleged damages following the Belgian Competition Authority’s cartel decision for bid-rigging.

Belgium > Dispute resolution Tier 3

Best known for its capabilities in the life sciences, healthcare, pharmaceutical, and media sectors, ALTIUS is regularly engaged by high-profile domestic and multinational companies for representation in a range of disputes. In recent work, the team has handled a growing number of retail sector insolvency claims, cartel damages claims, and distribution matters. Practice co-head Alexander Hansebout is a highly regarded arbitrator. Fellow co-head Christophe Ronse is an experienced litigator with key expertise in patent and life sciences proceedings.

Testimonials

‘Great, personal and friendly approach. Clear lines of communication (in different languages) and always keeping us abreast of the process, the situation and key/critical steps. Client care, and collaboration is a core strength – they really helped, supported and in fact added some analysis and insight to the overall process. They demonstrated a clear understanding of UK law and the comparison to EU/Belgium law – pointing out differences and where we could align things.’

‘Alexander Hansebout was exceptional – calm, confident, knowledgeable and considered. Clear understanding of the issues and the gaps and how best to approach to resolve them.’

‘Alexander Hansebout and his team really has the capacity to quickly get to the core of a matter and come up with innovative approaches on the resolution.’

‘Alexander is a patient person, who will make time for you always.’

‘Alexander Hansebout: smart, practical, strategic sensibility, responsive.’

‘Great team, excellent collaboration.’

‘The litigation team of Altius has a solid expertise in complex arbitration and litigation matters. Responsive and efficient.’

‘Alexander Hansebout is very well qualified, always to the point, makes the issues understandable and provides solutions according to the needs of each matter.’

Key clients

Siemens Mobility

Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy

Heineken

Sanoma

UEFA

MARS

Gilead

Merck Sharp & Dohme

Biogen

Daikin

Work highlights

  • Representing FNG (stock listed) in tort liability claims exceeding €225m.
  • Represented UEFA as a defendant in the litigation agents, clubs and supporters brought against the ‘Financial Fair Play’ rule imposed on clubs participating in UEFA competitions.
  • Acting for Pace Rights Management in complex competition law (abuse of dominant position) proceedings before the Court of Appeal of Brussels between copyright collecting society SABAM and about thirty festival and concert promotors regarding the validity of SABAM’s tariffs for concerts and festivals.

Belgium > Insolvency and restructuring Tier 3

ALTIUS handles business restructurings, creditor claims, insolvency litigation, and judicial reorganisations proceedings, working in close collaboration with the firm’s employment and corporate teams. Practice heads Alexander Hansebout and counsel Bart Heynickx have a strong focus on insolvency law, specialising in litigation and business transfers respectively.

Testimonials

‘Bart Heynickx has excellent in-dept knowledge of Belgian insolvency law, being strategic and proactive.’

‘The team has a high quality of legal answers and practical solutions.’

‘The main quality is risk reducing and problem solving in practical solutions.’

‘A bit of a challenger in the market. They were prepared to take our company on as a client, knowing we were in a distressed situation. The firm takes pride in defending difficult cases and is happy to take on the most highly rated competitive firms. Associates are always available, very responsive, accurate in their responses. Great team to work with.’

‘Bart Heyninckx: litigation and restructuring, fast in his analysis, responsive to client demands, fighting spirit for the client. Weighs pros and cons very well and puts forward a strategy based on thorough understanding.’

‘Collaboration with Altius is always a pleasure. They are on topic, think out strategy and consult with you for the best possible solution. Above all, they never stop.’

‘Bart Heynickx and his teams are strategic and sharp. Bart is a keen thinker and presents solutions and thinks outside the box. No is not an answer for Bart.’

Key clients

FNG NV

FNG Nordic AB (Ellos Group)

G-Star

Apple

De Jong

Izola Bank

Container Centralen

Kontron

Manuloc

Association European Airlines

Work highlights

  • Advised FNG NV on its reorganisation and restructuring, faced with important claims from creditors while at the same time preserving the value and continuation of its activities in the Nordics.
  • Advised De Jong on the framework of the restructuring and take-over of assets, staff and customers from a printing company in financial difficulty.
  • Advising Container Centralen on the recovery of sums due by a competitor.

Belgium > Private equity Tier 3

ALTIUS‘ clients include domestic and international private equity and venture capital funds, equity investors and mezzanine providers, alongside sector-specific funds and other investors. The firm handles cross-border and Belgian buyouts, recapitalisations, and exits, as well as early-stage venture capital investments and financing transactions. The ‘flexible‘ and ‘transparent‘ team is led by Tom Vantroyen and Marie Brasseur, both experienced in complex transactions.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘They have now gathered a lot of knowledge about our family office and offer very reactive solutions to our daily legal and fiscal issues.’

‘Altius’ people are always dedicated to find flexible and tailor made solutions within short time constraints. We highly appreciate their transparency.’

Key clients

Indufin Investment Fund

Indufin Capital Partners

Keensight Capital

Carl Zeiss Venture

Genmab

Otium

Work highlights

  • Advised Indufin Investment Fund on the acquisition of a strategic stake in Varo, a distributor of DIY tools.
  • Advised Indufin and the other shareholders of Baobab Collection SA on the sale of the group to Baltisse NV.
  • Advised Compound Ventures on its investment in cosmetics company Andjou.

Belgium > Real estate and construction Tier 3

ALTIUS handles contracts, transactional, and regulatory issues for real estate clients in the logistics, hospitality, housing, and leisure sectors, with areas of strength including PPP projects, construction, and complex transactions such as sale-and-leaseback arrangements, divestitures, and asset and share deals. Lieven Peeters specialises in transactions and commercial contracting, advising developers on all aspects of major acquisitions, while William Timmermans focuses on regulatory matters, including planning, environmental issues, and permits.

Testimonials

‘Working together with Altius in general and with its partner Lieven Peeters in particular has been a successful combination over the years for our firm.’

Lieven is an ace real estate lawyer who understands the importance of “commercial” negotiation in order to get the deal done.

Having Lieven besides me during tough negotiations was in several cases a necessity to get the deal done and the contract signed.

‘Lieven Peeters is the perfect and rare combination of an ace-lawyer with a commercial, entrepreneurial approach.’

Key clients

MARK (Meyer Bergman)

Baltisse

Patron Capital

DFDS group

Belfius Insurance

Corinthia Hotels

Foot Locker

ING

KFC

Balda

Intervest Offices & Warehouses

Marc O’Polo

KBC Verzekeringen

De Molenwater Groep

KBD Holdings

Act-Wise

Work highlights

  • Advised MARK on its first investments into logistic real estate in Belgium.
  • Advised pan-European investor Patron Capital on its first investment in Belgium.
  • Advised Corinthia on the refurbishment and redevelopment of the former Astoria Hotel into the five-star luxury Corinthia Hotel, Brussels.

ALTIUS is one of the largest Belgian independent law firms. Established in Brussels and Louvain-la-Neuve, the firm advises Belgian and international companies on the legal aspects of transactions, projects and disputes. For all tax related issues, ALTIUS maintains an operational relationship with the niche firm Tiberghien.

ALTIUS helps its clients navigate through often-complex legislation and regulatory environments and provide clear solutions to a wide range of legal issues. In addition to its specialist legal knowledge, ALTIUS focuses on thinking creatively with its clients to offer tailor-made solutions. ALTIUS’s aim is to turn, through careful listening and awareness, strategic questions into clear, straightforward answers.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Managing Partner Sylvie Duboissylvie.dubois@altius.com+32 2 426 1414
Corporate and M&A Marie Brasseurmarie.brasseur@altius.com+32 2 426 1414
Intellectual Property Philippe de Jongphilippe.dejong@altius.com+32 2 426 1414
Employment - Sports Sven Demeulemeestersven.demeulemeester@altius.com+32 2 426 1414
Employment Philippe De Wulfphilippe.dewulf@altius.com+32 2 426 1414
Dispute Resolution Alexander Hanseboutalexander.hansebout@altius.com+32 2 426 1414
Real Estate Lieven Peeterslieven.peeters@altius.com+32 2 426 1414
Intellectual Property Christophe Ronsechristophe.ronse@altius.com+32 2 426 1414
Real Estate - Regulatory William Timmermanswilliam.timmermans@altius.com+32 2 426 1414
ICT Gerrit Vandendriesschegerrit.vandendriessche@altius.com+32 2 426 1414
Corporate and M&A Tom Vantroyentom.vantroyen@altius.com+32 2 426 1414
Commercial - Competition Carmen Verdonckcarmen.verdonck@altius.com+32 2 426 1414
Corporate and M&A Jérôme Vermeylenjerome.vermeylen@altius.com+32 2 426 1414
Intellectual Property Olivier Vrinsolivier.vrins@altius.com+32 2 426 1414
Sports Grégory Ernesgregory.ernes@altius.com+32 2 426 1414
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At ALTIUS we feel responsible for the development of a fairer, more inclusive, and more sustainable society, both within and outside our firm. Therefore we conduct our business in a way that is consistent with our values.

Diversity

ALTIUS acts with integrity towards its lawyers and support teams. We foster openness and transparency at all levels within our firm. Mutual trust and respect are essential to us.

Diversity and multi-culturalism are at the heart of our business and help us to respond better to our clients’ needs. Our belief is that diversity creates a positive workforce environment and that our clients only want to work with law firms who respect their lawyers and employees and share their values.

ALTIUS is a founding member of the Legal Diversity & Inclusion Alliance (LDIA), an association created by various law firms in Belgium that aims to promote, develop and implement knowledge and best-practice exchange on diversity and inclusion. We are committed to building 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.

We “walk the talk”. For more than 14 years, ALTIUS has been led by female managing partners. Female lawyers compose 45% of our practitioners and are well represented at all levels within the firm.

In addition, we regularly organise workshops and debates about diversity and inclusion in the workplace and never miss a chance to celebrate special days such as the International Women’s Day.

 

Society

At ALTIUS we highly value ethical entrepreneurship, not only by embracing its spirit in our daily work but also by supporting ETION, the forum for committed entrepreneurs. ETION’s values of warmth, strength, thoroughness and openness, are very much like ALTIUS’ ones. We are a proud sponsor of this organisation that supports and train entrepreneurs.

Caring for society means also caring for its less privileged members. That is why ALTIUS is a proud sponsor of several associations active in the fields of access to education (Cunina, thanks to which ALTIUS is the ‘godmother’ of 5 young girls in Uganda, Kinderarmoedefonds), research and support for children and families affected by cancer (Kinderkankerfonds, Olivia Fund, KickCancer) and culture (Friend of AB).

Via initiatives such as the Legal Run and de Warmste week we also ‘put on our running shoes’ each year to raise money for various associations.