Firm Profile > DALDEWOLF > Brussels, Belgium


Competition: Belgian law Tier 3

DALDEWOLF's 'fast-growing team' garners significant praise from clients, with 'the combination of expertise, availability and reliability' being noted. Pierre Goffinet has previous experience serving as a former competition prosecutor of the Belgian Competition Council, and has 'a lot of insight into regulated markets'. Goffinet's experience spans multiple industries, including energy, telecoms, retail, insurance, health and rail. The hire of Carole Maczkovics in 2017 from DLA Piper has enhanced the firm's offering in relation to state aid cases. The group, which is co-led by Goffinet and Thierry Bontinck, also assists clients with follow-on damages actions, complex merger reviews, audits and investigations, and compliance programmes. Senior associates Anaïs Guillerme and Laure Bersou are also recommended.

Dispute resolution Tier 4

DALDEWOLF attracts praise for its 'great knowledge of arbitration', and is equally adept at handling litigation, particularly commercial disputes. Marc Dal is 'an expert in the arbitration field'; he heads the practice with mediation expert Patrick Van Leynseele and Thierry Bontinck.

Tax Tier 4

Olivier Bertin heads up DALDEWOLF's tax group, which has extensive expertise in assisting clients with tax optimisation strategies in the context of corporate reorganisations and joint ventures, usufruct and bare ownership schemes and the incorporation of individual businesses, among others. It also represents clients in matters involving tax authorities; the scope of the work includes negotiations over tax regularisation, debt forgiveness/discharge plans and tax litigation. Yaël Spiegl, who made partner in January 2018, has notable specialisms in VAT and real estate taxation. 'Other than strictly resolving an issue, the tax team also anticipates potential difficulties in related areas'.

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Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 5

The practice at DALDEWOLF has capabilities across transactional, advisory and contentious corporate and commercial matters. Managing partner Patrick De Wolf led advice to Yinyi Real Estate Co on due diligence of its Belgian subsidiary, Punch Powertrain, as part of the company's reorganisation. Fabian Tchekemian and Patrick Van Leynseele are key names to note and head up the corporate and commercial teams.

Founded in 1958, DALDEWOLF is an independent premium business Law firm based in Brussels, with strong international ties. Over 40 lawyers provide a national and international client base with sensible, value added and quality legal services in all main areas of business law. DALDEWOLF aims at being a strong European and international player able to cater to the needs of its clients at national, European and international levels.

DALDEWOLF is organized in expert teams. We strive to achieve the highest legal standards within each team (several partners are university professors or hold part time positions as judges and our lawyers regularly contribute to specialized legal journals and seminars), while eliciting a profound understanding of the business needs of our clients, as many of our lawyers have specific experience within companies and public authorities.

Dispute resolution: DALDEWOLF has a high-standing reputation for assisting its clients in complex litigation. The firm’s partners frequently act as counsel or arbitrators in national and international arbitral proceedings (CEPANI, ICC, UNCITRAL and ad hoc). The firm has also always been at the forefront of developments of ADR, both in Belgium and in cross-border disputes.

Corporate: The firm’s corporate team is vastly experienced in M&A and restructuring. Its corporate lawyers assist and conduct due diligence investigations, negotiating and drafting legal documents such as share purchase agreements, shareholders and subscription agreements, options on shares and all financial documents required.

Commercial: DALDEWOLF offers a full range of services in business law, advising, negotiating and drafting contracts. The firm has a specific expertise in the field of commercial intermediation (distribution, agency, franchising) and fair market practices. It assists companies in complying with the regulatory aspects linked to their activity (food law, medical devices, travel agencies, aesthetic care, etc.).

EU & Competition: The firm’s EU & competition team handles competition law and regulatory cases, in both Belgian and European law (disputes before the authorities and the courts). We assist clients facing investigations, as well as with audits and compliance programmes. We have also developed a strong State aid practice, whereby we help clients restoring a level playing field when competition has been distorted by public intervention, before the European Commission, the national and the EU Courts. We further assist clients securing their public funding. Our lawyers also handle single market issues. With some of the firm’s lawyers being economists, we can offer in-depth understanding of economic issues.

Public law: The team combines experience in various areas of public economic law giving it a unique expertise of public law matters, in advising and representing clients before administrative authorities or courts in Belgium and at EU level: public procurement, PPPs, restructuring of public entities, legality of royal decrees, constitutionality, etc.

Tax: The firm’s tax department offers a wide range of services covering all branches of tax law, including corporate and individual income taxes, VAT, registration duties and inheritance taxes, local taxes – including gaming taxes – and customs duties. DALDEWOLF’s tax team is especially recognised for its technical skills and expertise in VAT and its experience in tax matter disputes. The team also represents taxpayers in disputes with the tax authorities at all stages of administrative and legal proceedings (including proceedings before the Council of State, the Constitutional Court and the Court of Justice of the European Union).

Intellectual property and information technology: DALDEWOLF’s intellectual property and information technology team deals with all matters related to intellectual property rights (copyright, patent, trade mark, design law and protection of trade secrets) and information technology (digital law, including protection of personal and non-personal data, IT contracts, e-commerce). The IP/IT team assists clients with strategic advice (IP strategy), contracting and litigation.

Real estate: DALDEWOLF has developed a strong experience in construction and engineering projects (turnkey, office, industrial, residential, multipurpose projects, etc.). It also advises clients on matters such as leases and other occupation rights (long-term lease, right to build, concession, etc.). The Real Estate team can further assist clients in the negotiation, preparation and execution of sales and acquisitions of real estate properties, focusing on the contractual framework which is the most convenient and appropriate: asset and share deals, sale and lease back operations.

Africa desk: DALDEWOLF has a recognised expertise on the African legal markets with an office in Kinshasa (DRC).

China Desk: DALDEWOLF supports its clients with their China IP and market access legal issues and help them benefit from the many opportunities China has to offer while tackling the risks that go along. We negotiate complex contracts, litigate our client’s IP rights, provide support to adapt and strengthen often incomplete Chinese IP portfolios, and provide strategic advice on how to best deal with this promising but challenging market.

Italian desk: Thanks to the language skills of some of its partners, DALDEWOLF also frequently is involved in out- and inbound work relating to trade and business between Belgian and Italian companies.

US desk: DALDEWOLF frequently works for US clients and with US law firms. Several partners graduated from major US law schools (Duke, NYU) and worked for US firms. Three lawyers of the firm are members of the New York bar. Thanks to this US background, DALDEWOLF assists its US clients in the most efficient manner.

Startitup: The firm assists start-ups and scale-ups, covering all aspects of the life of a company (from incorporation to capital raising, business contracts, IP as well as informatics law and tax law issues).

Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate and M&A Xavier Van der Mersch
Arbitration Marc Dal
Arbitration Patrick De Wolf
Competition Pierre Goffinet
Competition Thierry Bontinck
Commercial, business and contract Dominique Bogaert
Commercial, business and contract Patrick Van Leynseele
Tax Olivier Bertin
Tax Yaël Spiegl
Intellectual property and information technology Sari Depreeuw
Intellectual property and information technology Valentin de le Court
Africa desk Romain Battajon
Africa desk Patrick De Wolf
Administrative and public procurement Emmanuel Van Nuffel
Administrative and public procurement Carole Maczkovics
Real estate Frédéric Couvreur
Start-ups Sari Depreeuw
Start-ups Laurent Haverbeke
Insolvency and restructuring Raphaël Gevers
Insolvency and restructuring Patrick De Wolf
Italian desk Dominique Bogaert
Italian desk Patrick Van Leynseele
Not-for-profit Dominique Bogaert
Not-for-profit Fabian Tchekemian
Privacy/GDPR Sari Depreeuw
Number of lawyers : 46
at this office : 42
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Other offices : Kinshasa