Firm Profile > Quinz > Vilvoorde, Belgium

Quinz
MEDIALAAN 28B
1800 VILVOORDE
Belgium

Dispute resolution Tier 2

Viewed by some clients as 'a litigation powerhouse', Quinz houses a 'reliable' and 'very accessible' team, which combines 'a deep knowledge of the law with strong strategic insight and excellent communication skills'. Benoît Allemeersch is 'an expert in the field of banking and finance liability claims', 'a smart negotiator' who demonstrates 'sound legal knowledge'; he shares leadership of the practice with Vincent Van Obberghen, who 'excels in presenting pragmatic solutions'.

Practice head(s):

Benoît Allemeersch; Vincent Van Obberghen

Testimonials

Very pragmatic team with a very hands on approach‘.

Their work is highly solution-orientated and precise‘.

Benoît Allemeersch’s professional, hands-on approach to the case and his organisation skills are unique. He kept giving us supreme quality advice throughout highly sophisticated cases. You definitely had better have him on your side instead of going up against him‘.

Benoît Allemeersch is a star who commands respect from his peers‘.

Vincent Van Obberghen distinguishes himself by his remarkably efficient and pragmatic approach which is motivated by his exceptional understanding of the business case presented to him by the client‘.

Key clients

BNP Paribas Fortis

Belfius

European External Action Service

Nyrstar

Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences Tier 2

Quinz is a niche firm, which combines full-service capabilities with 'very flexible and profound knowledge of the healthcare and life sciences world'. It is instructed on a range of regulatory and compliance matters, corporate, commercial and financing transactions and disputes, and attracts praise for providing its clients, which include Johnson & Johnson, Bayer and Takeda, with 'practical advice with a sensible approach to managing risk'. The team is jointly led by 'zealous, sharp and no-nonsense lawyer' Olivier Van Obberghen and Pieter Wyckmans, who attracts praise for his understanding of 'the needs of a fast-paced biotech start-up'.

Practice head(s):

Olivier Van Obberghen; Pieter Wyckmans

Testimonials

The team is very well connected to several healthcare and life sciences organisations, and as a result they have developed a deep understanding of the business and the needs of their clients.

The Quinz team needs only very limited explanation in order to fully grasp the – often very difficult- project at hand. They have a very pragmatic, solution-focused approach while never over complicating things.

Their turn-around time is fast while still delivering the highest quality. It is obvious that they put the costumer first and are genuinely interested in the cases.

They cover all areas of expertise within the sector, from regulatory and compliance to IP and transactional life sciences work. Their resources seem endless.

Olivier Van Obberghen is very smart, hands-on, pragmatic with a can-do and will do attitude. He is personable, empathetic and provides good value for money.

Pieter Wyckmans is a very knowledgeable lawyer who clearly understands the business of life sciences and tech. His vast expertise in this area translates into solutions that require little and pretty-straightforward negotiations since they are never beyond the market standard.

Pieter is a poised, bright and pragmatic lawyer who has an eye for perfection and always manages to come with creative solutions.

Olivier is a zealous, sharp and no-nonsense lawyer who is clearly driven by a need to create added-value for the client.

What strikes me with Pieter Wyckmans, Olivier Van Obberghen and associate Michiel D’Herde is how knowledgeable they are, of course in law but also in other areas. They have this ability to grasp the technical aspects of a file but also understand the broader picture which I think is quite rare.

Key clients

Johnson & Johnson / Janssen Pharmaceutica NV

Bayer AG

UCB Pharma

Takeda

Sarepta Therapeutics Inc

Merck KGaA

Grünenthal Pharma GmbH &Co. KG

Eli Lilly

ISA Pharmaceuticals

Boehringer Ingelheim

AbbVie

PhysIOL

Federal Knowledge Centre

Recordati

Yesse Technologies

ObsEva

Hyloris

Avroxa

NousCom AG

Pharma.be

Competition: Belgian law Tier 3

Quinz focuses on competition-related investigations and litigation, as well as advisory work in relation to behavioural practices (including restrictive agreements and abuses of dominance) and state aid. The firm has a particularly strong reputation in the life sciences sector, although it also generates work from clients in other industries, such as insurance and consumer goods. It was recently included on Novartis’ panel for competition law matters and advises UCB on competition law issues in relation to vertical and horizontal research and development agreements. Olivier Van ObberghenBenoît Allemeersch and Pieter Wyckmans jointly lead the practice. Counsel Wim De Meester is another notable individual.

Practice head(s):

Olivier Van Obberghen; Benoît Allemeersch; Pieter Wyckmans

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Wim De Meester quickly grasps complex issues and provides actionable advice. He is excellent

Key clients

Febelco

Novartis

AG Insurance

Roche

Casen Recordati

Johnson & Johnson

UCB

Dyson

Takeda

Horeca Vlaanderen

Insolvency and restructuring Tier 3

Quinz 'combines solid insolvency law and company law knowledge with its litigation strength', and is particularly strong in disputes including banking recovery matters, insolvency cases and creditor litigation. The team also advises on restructuring and debtor protection schemes. 'Star partnerBenoît Allemeersch and 'well-know insolvency litigator' Vincent Van Obberghen jointly lead the practice.

Practice head(s):

Benoît Allemeersch; Vincent Van Obberghen

Testimonials

They are a fantastic team who have thought about the wider picture. The teamwork was truly remarkable.

Quick and direct communication lines with their best skilled and most competent attorneys, transparency and efficient problem solving are the most valuable characteristics of the law firm.

Quinz are very quick to react, give feedback and align with the customer.

Their ability to quickly adapt to changing circumstances, as well as seizing opportunities that arise along the way, is truly refreshing within the existing law practices.

They are a very solid advisor in litigious insolvency situations.

The team’s strength is, next to having been involved in the more complex insolvency and restructuring issues in Belgium, their capacity to think out of the box, their structural approach and their networking capacity.

Joeri Vananroye and Stijn De Dier are exceptional and world-class attorneys. The combination of their academic achievements and their professional focus and dedication is truly unique in Belgium. Unlike other academics, their direct and pragmatic approach to complex legal matters is highly appreciated in business-oriented environments.

Partner Benoît Allemeersch is a star who commands respect from his peers. Most lawyers and judges know him. Usually in charge of the litigation aspects but also the negotiations.

Benoît Allemeersch is a very good litigator who is hardworking and able to combine theoretical knowledge with practical approach.

Key clients

Holding Communal

Krea Sales CPM

Belfius Bank

IC Woluwe

KPN

Nyrstar

Biomin

Piqueur family

Raben Group

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 4

Boutique firm Quinz has been highlighted by clients as providing 'top-firm quality advice, at a better value for money' and attracts praise for its 'pragmatic approach and strong commercial awareness'. The group handles a range of transactions, which range from mandates in the start-up space, to small and mid-market domestic deals and larger, cross-border matters. Bart Lintermans combines M&A and restructuring experience, and heads up the practice with Klaas Thibaut, who handles a range of corporate and commercial transactions and has significant data privacy expertise.

Practice head(s):

Bart Lintermans; Klaas Thibaut

Testimonials

Quinz delivers blue chip quality with a very pragmatic approach. The way they are able to immerse in the client’s thinking and operate within their timeline is very impressive. They are very consistent in their service level.

A team that handles mostly big-ticket and/or sophisticated cases. Unique in combining black-letter law expertise with pragmatism. Exceptional in that they do not limit themselves to the mere legal aspect of the case but work from a broader perspective (economic, political, etc).

I appreciate the open thinking, hands-on solutions, keep-it-simple whenever possible, and most importantly Quinz offers solutions in our interest.

Lawyers at Quinz are much more pragmatic than at most law firms. They can advise on legal issues with a commercial sensitivity that is usually unique to in-house lawyers.

Bart Lintermans is an exceptionally intelligent as well as client-centred partner in the field of M&A.

Olivier Van Obberghen provided a fast and pragmatic advice on a key IP issue one of our businesses faced.

The dedication and involvement of the partners is remarkable. Bart Lintermans is a tough negotiator, quick on his feet and always available.

Klaas Thibault is very smart, pragmatic and always available. He truly is a trusted advisor of our department.

Key clients

AG Insurance

Larian

Unit 4

Freshmen

Holding Communal

Vinçotte

Cantel Medical

Downtown Real Estate

Green Park Investment Partners

Unilever

Ricoh

Umicore

Nuts Groep

Euroports

Econopolis

Medialaan

Labophar

Gehlamco Invest

Maxi-Cleaning

Ataraxis

Bouwbedrijf E. Dillen

Capital H

Infarama

GIMV

Allnex

Yun

Stemme

Normec

Dynamica

Asap

Boss Paints

The firm: Quinz was created in 2011 as an independent premier business law firm. Since then, the firm has considerably grown in size, to more or less 35 lawyers, but has retained its original focus. The firm does not aspire to be a full-service firm but prefers to concentrate on its four areas of practice, offering top legal quality and tailored service. Its client base is a mix of international and national corporate clients, from various business sectors. Quinz is well-recognised in the Belgian legal market, respected by its peers for the strength of its team, their legal expertise and the pragmatic approach. The firm is well-connected in most jurisdictions in Europe, Asia and the US through its close relationships with ‘best friends’ law firms. Many of its lawyers have also gained experience in international law firms or as in-house counsel in multinational companies.

Areas of practice: Quinz concentrates on four areas of practice: litigation and arbitration, corporate M&A and commercial, life sciences, and competition law. The firm practises in English, Dutch and French.

Litigation and arbitration is an essential part of Quinz’s business. The experienced team of litigators fights for the interests of its clients in Belgian courts as well as in national and international arbitration and mediation proceedings. The firm assists companies in negotiations and delivers exceptionally reliable advice on litigation risks and strategy. The dispute resolution practice focuses on commercial and corporate disputes, creditor claims and insolvency, regulatory claims and white-collar defence.

The corporate M&A and commercial team works for both international corporations, private equity funds, investors, banks and financial institutions as well as entrepreneurs, start-ups and growing businesses – and advises on various types of M&A projects, equity financing and credit transactions and a variety of corporate counselling and business restructuring matters.

The life sciences team occupies a unique place in the Belgian and European legal markets. It is dedicated to providing expert advice (on both national and international matters) to companies active in pharmaceuticals, biotech, medical devices as well as innovative technologies (smart devices and ICT, key enabling technologies). The firm’s clients comprise pharma multinationals, SMEs, innovative start-ups and spin-offs. The life sciences team at Quinz advises on regulatory challenges, compliance issues and the preservation of its clients’ intellectual property, drafts and negotiates contracts for day-to-day operations, and assists its clients with corporate structuring, strategic projects, business development and financing needs.

The competition team has built solid expertise over the past years by assisting national and international clients in high profile cartel and abuse of dominance investigations, providing compliance and dawn raid trainings and advising on cooperation agreements and distribution strategies as well as state aid. Quinz’s clients seeking competition law assistance are often companies in the pharmaceutical sector. Through close collaboration with Quinz’s life sciences team, our team aims at giving tailor-made advice, taking into consideration the peculiarities of the pharmaceutical sector and its regulatory framework. In addition to the life sciences industry, the firm also generates interesting mandates from clients in other sectors such as retail wholesalers, insurance companies, telecom operators and public undertakings.

Department Name Email Telephone
Dispute resolution Benoît Allemeersch benoit.allemeersch@quinz.be + 32 2 255 73 86
Dispute resolution Vincent Van Obberghen vincent.vanobberghen@quinz.be + 32 2 255 73 89
Corporate and M&A Bart Lintermans bart.lintermans@quinz.be + 32 2 255 73 80
Corporate and M&A Klaas Thibaut klaas.thibaut@quinz.be +32 2 255 73 73
Insolvency and restructuring Benoît Allemeersch benoit.allemeersch@quinz.be + 32 2 255 73 86
Insolvency and restructuring Bart Lintermans bart.lintermans@quinz.be + 32 2 255 73 80
EU regulatory pharmaceuticals and biotechnology Pieter Wyckmans pieter.wyckmans@quinz.be + 32 2 255 73 90
EU regulatory pharmaceuticals and biotechnology Olivier Van Obberghen olivier.vanobberghen@quinz.be + 32 2 255 73 92
Intellectual property Olivier Van Obberghen olivier.vanobberghen@quinz.be + 32 2 255 73 92
Intellectual property Pieter Wyckmans pieter.wyckmans@quinz.be + 32 2 255 73 90
Media and entertainment Olivier Van Obberghen olivier.vanobberghen@quinz.be + 32 2 255 73 92
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Benoît Allemeersch  photo Mr Benoît Allemeersch
 Wim De Meester photo Wim De Meester
 Bart Lintermans photo Bart Lintermans
Mrs Géraldine Scraeyen  photo Mrs Géraldine Scraeyen
 Klaas Thibaut photo Klaas Thibaut
 Vincent Van Obberghen photo Vincent Van Obberghen
 Olivier Van Obberghen photo Olivier Van Obberghen
Mr Joeri Vananroye  photo Mr Joeri Vananroye
 Pieter Wyckmans photo Pieter Wyckmans
Number of lawyers : 35
Dutch
English
French

PRO BONO WORK

Every year Quinz provides hours of legal support by handling a maximal number of pro bono cases. Most of these are intended to contribute to the modernisation of our current law and therefore have a profound social significance.

BAEF

Quinz provides pro bono legal support on a regular basis to the Belgian American Educational Foundation (BAEF). BAEF is a non-profit dedicated to fostering the advanced study or research of deserving Belgian and American university students, scientists and scholars through its exchange fellowship program. Quinz has been involved in setting up a new fund which will generate a steady stream of low-risk revenue to the BAEF.

RECODIFICATION OF THE LAW OF EVIDENCE

Quinz litigation partner Benoît Allemeersch has been appointed by the Belgian Minister of Justice, Koen Geens, as expert member of the commission charged with the drafting of a proposal for a thorough reform of the Belgian law of (civil) evidence. The commission was put in place by the Belgian Government with the particular aim of adapting the centuries-old law of evidence to the reality of modern society, including recent technological developments. For instance, the existing legislation on this subject needed to be brought in line with the EU Regulation No 910/2014 on electronic identification and trust services for electronic transactions in the internal market and repealing Directive 1999/93/EC. Benoît Allemeersch, who is partim professor of procedural and evidence law at the university of Leuven (Belgium), took part in the drafting of the new rules and appeared as the Government’s expert at the parliamentary hearings. The proposed rules will be incorporated in Book 8 of the new Belgian Civil Code, which will replace the current Civil Code enacted in 1804 and will come into force on 1 November 2020 (with a few exceptions).

MODERNISATION OF BELGIAN COMMERCIAL LAW/NEW INSOLVENCY RULES IN BELGIAN CODE OF ECONOMIC LAW

Of Counsel Joeri Vananroye has advised the Minister of Justice, Koen Geens, on the modernization of Belgian commercial law. He is the principle author of the draft act concerning this modernization of Belgian Commercial law. Highlights of the act are that it provides for the abolishment of the notion “merchant” and introduces a new general concept of “undertaking” (“entreprise” / “onderneming”). Joeri Vananroye, who is also professor of commercial law, economic law and economic analysis of law at the university of Leuven (Belgium), was also involved in the drafting of the new insolvency law rules that are to be implemented in book XX of the Belgian Code of Economic Law.

NEW ARBITRATION RULES FOR CEPANI

Partner Benoît Allemeersch has been appointed by CEPANI, the Belgian centre for arbitration and mediation, as a member of the working group preparing the new version of the CEPANI arbitration rules. The working group is charged with proposing amendments to the arbitration rules that date from 2013. On 1 January 2020, the new rules entered into force.

SUSTAINABILITY COMMITMENT

In our day-to-day activities, we strive to a more sustainable environment. Quinz has implemented different measures with the aim of reducing our environmental footprint. Quinz has invested in a well-functioning work environment, which significantly reduces our paper usage. Finally, it is at least as important for us that our external providers apply the same standards.

DONATION POLICY

Following other years’ traditions, this year Quinz has donated to Plasmaforkids. Quinz’s support of Plasmaforkids is rooted in our strong belief that no one should feel left alone in her/his struggle, kids in particular.


Quinz is well positioned in the triangle Vilvoorde (Brussels) – Mechelen – Leuven. Very close to Brussels, the capital of Europe and nearby the national airport in Zaventem. Our lawyers work from our offices or from those of our clients.

OUR CLIENTS

Quinz is a young and innovative law firm that combines robust sector knowledge and experience with high quality legal services at very competitive rates. We believe that this model is unmatched on the Belgian legal market. Because of this Quinz has already worked with a diverse range of clients including:

  • Various sovereign states
  • The European External Action Service
  • A South African mining company
  • An international leather split group
  • An international management consulting firm

OUR TEAM

Quinz is made up of a diverse team of individuals with an international background having studied and worked in various countries, including:

  • USA
  • UK
  • France
  • Australia
  • Switzerland
  • France
  • The Netherlands
  • Germany
  • Denmark
  • Spain

Together the Quinz team speaks a range of languages including Dutch, French, English, German, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese.

OUR NETWORK

Quinz is an independent law firm, which has opted not to form part of a formal international network. However, the vast bulk of our work and clients are international, and hence, we do maintain close “best friends” relationships with top law firms in most prominent jurisdictions in Europe and the rest of the world. It is important to note that Quinz takes the selection of its partnering firms abroad very seriously and we only team up with firms who we believe can offer the same quality, style and approach.


CLIENT: Yves Ovelacq
COMPANY/FIRM: Addingvalue BVBA
TESTIMONIAL: Quinz is without any doubt a go-to firm for dispute resolution in Belgium. They have a rare combination of high-quality people with of course deep legal knowledge, but also highly talented to put the legal experience into concrete action with the complementary skills: communication, negotiation, creativity for alternative solutions and are very knowledgeable and very responsive, making always time when you need it. They put enormous amounts of care into preparing their cases. I have primarily been working with Benoît Allemeersch, who continuously shows superior legal and tactical skills. Benoît Allemeersch is an empathic but persistent lawyer, always quick on his feet and able to come up with pragmatic and commercial solutions to complex legal issues. Finally it is also pleasant to work with them.


CLIENT: Peter Verplancke
COMPANY/FIRM: UCB
TESTIMONIAL: As an associate general counsel at the pharma multinational UCB, I often appeal on the excellent legal services of Quinz’ life sciences department. Like all law firms that we work with, Quinz offers high-quality and punctual legal support. What really makes Quinz’ life sciences department stand out however is its very personalized approach. You can clearly notice how much effort all its team members make to understand our needs and profile and provide their services accordingly, how much care they put in ensuring that their assistance meets our expectations, how focused they are on improving their support. I generally work with partners Olivier Van Obberghen and Pieter Wyckmans. They manage their team with great care and distinction, and are -most notably- very agreeable to work with.


CLIENT: Hendrik Winkelmans
COMPANY/FIRM: Freshmen Fund
TESTIMONIAL: As CEO/founder of an investment fund in the B2C space we have had excellent experiences with Quinz. We work with them on various aspects of our legal business with an emphasis on corporate & M&A work. Besides their triple-A legal skills, the team excels in its pragmatic, commercial approach as well as in responsiveness.

We have been working mainly with the team under responsibility of Bart Lintermans. We have come to appreciate their boutique approach to servicing their clients. For us as a client that approach comes with benefits such as very hands-on issue handling with high partner involvement. Quinz has also proven to be able to access a very strong and responsive network of law firms. This has allowed us to leverage Quinz for international deals as well as for legal challenges in the tax & labor law area.


CLIENT: Wim Souverijns
COMPANY/FIRM: ObsEva SA
TESTIMONIAL: The Quinz team that supported our launch preparation perfectly managed to provide high quality, to the point and practical legal advice while recognizing the resource constraints of a biotech startup. They integrated so well in the team that they nearly became part of us without losing their role as external advisor. Never felt like we were working with ‘lawyers’!


CLIENT: Jan Froyman
COMPANY/FIRM:
TESTIMONIAL: After many years of experience with different top tier law firms in Belgium, we settled on working exclusively with Quinz for the past couple of years now. Not only do we find the blended fee rates more competitive compared to other top tier law firms, we appreciate the hands-on no nonsense approach from juniors all the way up to senior partners, combined with the quality of work being on par with Magic Circle firms. Whereas many law firms will engage in endless theoretical negotiations with their counterparts, driving up the bill for their clients and sometimes compromising transactions, Quinz knows exactly the red flags for Green Park and will negotiate accordingly and thus efficiently.

For all our M&A contractual agreements, we work predominantly with Klaas Thibaut and Wout Hooyberghs, who are both extremely professional and available whenever last minute advice is needed.


CLIENT: Birger Jespers
COMPANY/FIRM: Emmaus Group
TESTIMONIAL: The reactivity of the lawyers of Quinz is exceptionally fast. They are able to rapidly analyse a case and propose a realistic procedural strategy. There is no limit to their commitment and dedication to the business and the way in which they handle business creates a tremendous confidence with the clients.

Partner Vincent Van Obberghen is our key contact in litigation matters. During court hearings and expert sessions, one can feel that he is held in very high regard by the court and his opponents. There is also no doubt that he has a very large control over the procedure. He has a very strong understanding of the needs and expectations of his client.