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KPMG Law in Belgium
HASSELT
Belgium

Belgium > EU regulatory: Financial services Tier 2

KPMG Law in Belgium has a strong focus on regulatory finance, advising banks, insurers and investment funds on transactions and structuring, regulatory compliance, and licensing issues. The team is integrated with the wider consultancy’s international network, allowing it to handle work for a diverse international client base. The team is led by Isabelle Blomme, who has great experience within the financial services sector.

Practice head(s):

Isabelle Blomme

Key clients

ABN Amro

Alter Domus

Athora Belgium

Attijariwafa Bank Europe

Baloise Insurance

Bank Dierickx-Leys Private

Bank of New York Mellon

Bank J. Van Breda

Banque Degroof Petercam

Beobank

Bpost Bank

BNC10

Bru Wat 16

CaixaBank

CapitalatWork

Dela

DirectPay

Euroclear

Banque Eni

FCA Bank, Belgian branch

Flossbach Von Storch

Groupe LFPI

HDI Global

Hoist Finance

Intégrale

Leasys, Belgian branch

Lessius Vereniging VZW

Lloyd’s Insurance Company SA

Protect

QBE Europe

Quintet Private Bank (Europe)

Saxo Bank

State Bank of India

Touring

Toyota Financial Services Belgium

UBS

Volkswagen International Belgium

Wealtheon

Wise Europe

Work highlights

  • Advised Toyota Financial Services on its incorporation as a Belgian automotive entity.
  • Advised FCA Bank on legal and compliance related issues, including compliance with consumer credit legislation, commercial contracts with automotive dealers and incentive programmes.
  • Advised Lloyd’s Insurance Company on the legal and regulatory aspects of a comprehensive corporate restructuring of Lloyd’s group.

Belgium > Industry focus: Retail Tier 2

KPMG Law in Belgium routinely advises an expansive roster of foreign retailers and casual dining chains on a host of market entry and company law matters, as well as real estate issues. Led by Kortrijk-based practice head Jim Bauwens, the team advises on acquisitions targeted at market expansion, commercial lease agreements and regulatory reviews. Bauwens is noted for his far-reaching experience in real estate litigation ad corporate real estate transactions, including transfers, divestments and reorganisations. Real estate practice head Gerald Van Walle is a key figure for major new developments. Alexis Ceuterick and Thomas De Clerck are noted for their expertise in labour and distribution law, respectively.

Practice head(s):

Jim Bauwens

Key clients

AM Retail Belgium SRL (American Vintage)

J. Choo (Belgium) SRL

Retail Concepts SA (AS Adventure, Yaya, Juttu, etc.)

Fast Retailing Group (Uniqlo, Comptoir des Cotonniers, Princesse Tam Tam, etc.)

Popken Verwaltungs GMBH & co GCV (Ulla Popken)

Group Deichmann (Solebox Belgium SRL, Van Haren Schoenen SRL, Snipes België SRL)

Maxi Zoo Belgium SRL

Decathlon Belgium SA

Overstock Garden (Exterioo) / Overstock Home

X²O Sanitary Group

Sociedad Textil Lonia SA (Carolina Herrera)

Kwantum België SRL

Bimba & Lola Belgium SRL

GGSPORT Anderlecht SRL and CHARLESPORTS SCRL (Intersport)

RMC Optique SRL (Optical Center)

Five Guys Belgium SRL

Tanger Markt SRL

Bose SA

Battlekart Belgium SRL

Vastned Belgium SA

Downtown Retail SA

Quest For Property SA and affiliated group companies (N2 Property SRL, C2 Property SRL and K2 Property SRL)

Van Oosterwyck Real Estate SA

HB Capital Belgium SA

Flamant Design SA (Besix Group)

Delbar Tournai SRL and Carosserie Delbar SRL

Ertzberg SCRL

D&B Management SRL

FITNESSBOUTIQUE Belgium SRL

ÏDKIDS (Okaidi Belgium SA)

AS Adventure France

Lovisa Belgium SA

Juroma Belgium SRL (Optical Center)

Work highlights

  • Advising Vastned Belgium SA on day-to-day issues/matters with regard to its commercial leases (termination of the commercial lease, advice relating to the Covid-19 pandemic and its consequences on the commercial leases, etc.).
  • Advised X²O Sanitary Group, as well as OVS Home / OVS GARDEN (Exterioo), on their expansion in Belgium.
  • Advising Ertzberg on real estate matters, such as acquisitions and divestments, and legal proceedings.

Belgium > Insurance Tier 3

KPMG Law in Belgium advises its broad client base of insurers and insurance providers on the regulatory aspects of transactions, including the transfer of life and non-life insurance portfolios, insurance and financial services sector regulatory issues, and licensing for international providers looking to launch products in Belgium. Alongside insurance sector companies, the practice, led by specialist financial services regulatory practitioner Isabelle Blomme, also supports financial institutions and banks both as insurance providers and in financing transactions.

Practice head(s):

Isabelle Blomme

Key clients

Athora Belgium

Attijariwafa Bank Europe

Baloise Insurance

Bpost Bank

Dela

FCA Bank, Belgian branch

Groupe LFPI

HDI Global

Lloyd’s Insurance Company SA

Intégrale

Protect

QBE Europe

Touring

Toyota Financial Services

Work highlights

  • Advising Athora Belgium on the requirements relating to regulatory compliance with the new Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation.
  • Advising the interim directors of Intégrale SA/NB appointed by the regulator, the Belgian National Bank, on the sale of Integrale NV/SA to MonumentRe.
  • Advising Baloise on various regulatory issues.

Belgium > Real estate and construction Tier 3

KPMG Law in Belgium handles real estate transactions, developments, financing, commercial leasing, and disputes, with a number of standout clients in the construction and development sector. The team has integrated tax and regulatory expertise, allowing it to handle complex arrangements such as PPPs and public procurement, and advise REITs and other real estate investment vehicles on their transactions. The team is led by managing partner Gerald Van Walle, who advises on construction projects and real estate investments, while Jim Bauwens handles leasing and disputes matters.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Jim Bauwens; Valerie Dhooghe

Testimonials

‘People are always available and very helpful. Moreover they are always up to date in a practice with a lot of evolution.’

‘They are very accessible.’

‘KPMG Law is a well balanced real estate team, they are pragmatic and know the law very well. They always strive to give the best of themselves and think along with the client. They truly help you as a client. It’s a real pleasure to work with them, they do things fast and very well. Their availability is also great.’

‘Gerald Van Walle, head of the real estate practice and now also managing partner of KPMG Law is top notch. He knows the law and is a deal maker. It’s truly fantastic to have him on your side. Associate Valerie Dhooghe is the lawyer to keep in mind as she does a tremendous job.’

‘Highly responsive, attentive to detail and form a team with their clients from day 1, being flexible enough to understand and accommodate client’s needs and concerns.’

The KPMG Law real estate team has a great legal knowledge in all real estate matters. However, this great knowledge is combined with a multidisciplinary approach, a global KPMG network and a unique and solid technological base. The team is fully integrated and strongly committed to their clients.

‘Jim Bauwens is well known in the Belgian real estate market for his expertise in leasing matters and all legal matters that have to do with asset and property management in general. Particularly strong in the retail sector, he is an authority in the market in matters of (commercial) leasing with a strong reputation.’

Key clients

Codic International SA – Codic België SA

Ertzberg SCRL

Vastned Belgium NV

Royal Properties Group – The House of Development SA

Nespresso Belgique SA

Life Tree Estate

Lovisa

Fast Retailing Group (Uniqlo, Comptoir des Cotonniers, Princesse Tam Tam, etc.)

Group Deichmann (Solebox Belgium SRL, Van Haren Schoenen SRL, Snipes België SRL)

Construction Confederation (Confederatie Bouw)

Royal Belgian Touring Club ASBL

Allianz Real Estate GmbH and Allianz Vie SA

Work highlights

  • Advsed Codic België SA on negotiating a joint venture with Allianz Real Estate for the development and divestment of an office building in the Centre Business District of Brussels, envisaged to be leased to the European Union.
  • Advised Allianz Real Estate on the acquisition through share deal of the Commerce 46 office building in the European Quarter in Brussels, which is currently under redevelopment by the seller, Immobel SA.
  • Advised Royal Belgian Touring Club on the drafting and negotiations of the lease agreement for the relocation of its offices to a new building developed by Befimmo located in the central business district of Brussels.

Belgium > Employment Tier 4

Under the tenure of practice head Alexis Ceuterick, KPMG Law in Belgium continues to expand its bench of talent, most recently with the recruitment of labour law counsel Barbara François from Racine. The team is noted for its capabilities in cross-border mobility matters, particularly in relation to the transfer of workers from Belgium to France. Collective dismissal proceedings, social elections and social security issues are also key competencies.

Practice head(s):

Alexis Ceuterick

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Professional advice and easy to contact for additional queries or clarifications. Solid international network.’

‘Very accessible and professional. Good at pointing out potential risks and the qualification of that risk.’

‘The KPMG law social team advises us on a wide range of day-to-day legal HR matters such as: privacy matters related to personnel; homeworking policy and the reimbursement of costs related to homeworking.’

‘KPMG law always manages to deliver relevant, pragmatic and effective advice/solutions and always with short notice.’

‘Alexis Ceuterick, partner, meets our key expectations, i.e. delivering straightforward and to the point advice. He always makes sure to indicate effectively and clearly what actions need to be taken, with an indication of pros and cons, including the consequences associated with each option.’

Work highlights

  • Advising a multinational company active in the energy industry on cross-border employment situations (including work with foreign sub-contractors), flexible working schedules, and applicable labour law/social security regimes.
  • Assisting a multinational company specialised in high and low pressure air compressors, power groups, building materials as well as industrial tools and assembly systems on day-to-day HR related matters.
  • Assisting A company active in the food industry on a day-to-day basis for all legal HR issues and strategic projects.

Belgium > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 5

KPMG Law in Belgium advises clients on domestic and cross-border M&A, corporate and regulatory issues, and restructurings, working with the wider consultancy and its global offering to offer strong multi-jurisdictional expertise and integrated tax capabilities. The team is led by Wouter Lauwers, a specialist in M&A and commercial contracts with a strong focus on cross-border work, particularly for Japanese clients, alongside Patrick Geeraert and Frank Cleeren.

Other key lawyers:

Tim Fransen

Testimonials

‘The KPMG Law team is very hands-on and always provides workable advice, combined with an in depth knowledge of the law.’

‘Tim Fransen always provides top service – whenever we face a legal problem, he comes up with a hands-on solution that works’

‘KPMG Law offers top quality legal services. The firm KPMG Law is extremely professional, perfectly available and the client always receives a quality response within a short period of time. The fee-quotes are correct and in line with the market. The collaboration is very professional and the contacts very pleasant.’

‘Cooperation with Tim Fransen is perfect. He is extremely professional and offers clear solutions to complex problems within the agreed timings. His communication is very clear, accurate and pleasant. As a client you get the feeling that someone thinks with you and is a partner in solving your problems. A pragmatic and always legally correct approach, with sufficient focus on the risks, typifies him. We would recommend him to anyone in our entourage for tailor-made legal assistance.’

‘When you have a project or case with them, they really provide a personal approach. The link with other KPMG offices in the world is great and it gives you a network to build on.’

‘Very skilled professionals, and still very easy to talk to. They are very understanding and open for unconventional ideas.’

‘The KPMG Law team is very reliable and knowledgeable. Their focus is on what the client needs and they provide spot-on advice.’

‘Tim Fransen is outstanding – he combines an in-depth knowledge of the law with solution-focused pragmatism. Very responsive and always available!’

Key clients

Groep Machiels

Cegeka

Baloise

Belgian Cycling Factory and Flanders Bike Valley

Provinciale Ontwikkelingsmaatschappij Limburg

Democo Groep

Opteco

Vaessen Industries

Charlier-Brabo Group

Kerckhaert & Cie

Renson

EOC Belgium

Delta Light

Stas

Signpost

ION

Wealtheon

Sweet Products

Production Resource Group

McKinsey

Standard Investment

Work highlights

  • Advised Group Machiels on the acquisition of Global Langerlo from the Global Estate Group.
  • Advised AMG² on the sale of 100% of the shares of its affiliate, Integratech BV to an affiliate of Ciclad.
  • Advised Sweet Products on its acquisition of the French Cemoi group, France’s largest chocolate producer.
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