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Belgium > EU regulatory: Food Tier 1

DALDEWOLF's ‘unique’ team combines expertise in food regulations with a deep knowledge of consumer, advertising, contracts, distribution, competition and intellectual property law. The group also has a strong record in crisis management relating to product bans and contamination, including cross-border proceedings and litigation before European and domestic courts. Food and beverages industry sector specialist Aude Mahy is singled out as ‘really an expert in her field,’ and is instructed by producers and operators across the supply chain, alongside retailers.

Practice head(s):

Aude Mahy

Other key lawyers:

Floriane Delbaere


‘Aude Mahy and Floriane Delbaere are very service-minded, have high responsiveness and sense of urgency, and a comprehensive understanding of both EU food regulations and regulations in neighbouring countries.’

‘Aude Mahy is brilliant.’

‘Aude Mahy is extremely well experienced in food and consumer goods law (industry and retail).’

‘Aude Mahy is a specialist in food law. She was very helpful in defending our case.’

‘Aude Mahy is an excellent expert in food law, totally dedicated to her clients, and very open to co-working with them on cases.’

‘Aude Mahy and her team have huge expertise in food law and dealing with Belgian food authorities. The team’s practice combines regulatory assistance and litigation. This is unique in Belgium.’

‘Aude Mahy is really an expert in her field. She is my go-to person for Belgium.’

‘Very high level of expertise in food regulation. Reactiveness, availability at any time, reactivity to provide documents, official opinions, and reports. Good teamwork. Efficient in negotiation with authorities, calm, good arguments, well prepared.’

Work highlights

  • Represented a Belgian-based company commercialising organic products in a case against the Belgian administration which relates to the type of ingredients authorised in organic products.
  • Advised a sugar producer on a food safety crisis threatening the continuity of the client’s activities due to the deviation of a parameter in the water used in the production of sugar.
  • Represented a Belgium-based company which specialises in the production and commercialisation of food supplements based on natural ingredients in a dispute with the Belgian administration related to a change of position regarding the history of consumption of a plant.

Belgium > Industry focus: Food Tier 1

DALDEWOLF assists clients in advisory and dispute matters along the whole food and beverage lifecycle, spanning advertising and market entries as well as national and EU-wide litigation. The firm combines in-depth expertise in regulatory issues with know-how in competition and IP law. It fields a sizeable client roster consisting of global players in addition to Belgium-based companies. ‘Top-performance support’ Aude Mahy leads the practice group and is highly regarded for her experience in food law which includes a number of high-profile matters relating to nutrition and health claims.

Practice head(s):

Aude Mahy

Other key lawyers:

Floriane Delbaere


‘The team has a clear, full, pragmatic approach. It is very constructive. The team’s competencies are expansive enough to be able to cover different topics within the scope but also able to challenge a larger scope when necessary.’

‘Very good collaboration and very constructive, oriented to results approach.’

‘Aude Mahy is a great lawyer.’

‘Aude Mahy understands and knows the food industry very well and is therefore familiar with all potential issues, which is a plus.’

‘Expertise in food regulation. Efficient in negotiation with authorities, calm, good arguments, well-prepared.’

‘Aude Mahy is a top-performance support, fast handling, high-level of knowledge in the sector, good networking also.’

‘Aude Mahy and her team are just excellent food lawyers. The team’s practice combines regulatory work and litigation. This is unique in Belgium.’

‘The firm’s strong points are the staff’s specialised skills in food law and their availability to help us solve problems. The collaboration and trust were essential to solve complex specific problems involving the client and the authorities.’

Belgium > Commercial, corporate and M&A

With offices in Brussels and Kinshasa, DALDEWOLF exhibits notable cross-border expertise, handling M&A for Congolese clients as well as a large volume of transactions for Chinese investors looking to expand their activities in Belgium.

Belgium > Dispute resolution

DALDEWOLF acts for a varied range of corporations, industry associations and non-governmental bodies and is particularly well regard for is expertise in arbitration proceedings. Practice head Marc Dal is the primary contact.

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 targeted areas of business law. The firm has a branch in Kinshasa (DRC) and has developed strong relationships with high quality law firms throughout Europe, Africa, Asia. It is actively involved in international networks, in particular GGI (Geneva Group International), an international alliance of prominent law firms, accountancy and consultancy firms.

DALDEWOLF is organised in expert teams. It strives to achieve the highest legal standards within each team (several partners are university professors or hold time positions as judges and our lawyers regularly contribute to specialised law journals and seminars), while eliciting thorough understanding of the business needs of our clients. Many of our lawyers have specific experience acting as counsel or director in various institutions and companies.

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.).

European law: The firm’s European law team handles European Union law and regulatory cases (disputes before the authorities and the courts). DALDEWOLF assists clients facing investigations, as well as with audits and compliance programmes. The lawyers have also developed a strong State aid practice, whereby they 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. DALDEWOLF further assists clients securing their public funding. The lawyers also handle single market 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: DALDEWOLF’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. The firm’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).

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.

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

China desk: DALDEWOLF supports its Chinese clients with their legal issues in Belgium and helps Belgian clients to benefit from the many opportunities China has to offer while tackling the risks that go along. The firm’s lawyers negotiate complex contracts and provide strategic advice on how to best deal with opportunities and challenges in China.

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 Finance Law Patrick DE WOLF pdw@daldewolf.com +32 2 627 10 10
Litigation, Arbitration and Mediation Marc DAL md@daldewolf.com +32 2 627 10 10
Banking and Financial Services Law Gilles LAGUESSE gla@daldewolf.com +32 2 627 10 10
European Union Law Thierry BONTINCK tbo@daldewolf.com +32 2 627 10 10
Banking and Financial Services Law Pierre PROESMANS ppr@daldewolf.com +32 2 627 10 10
Corporate and Finance Law Xiufang (Ava) TU atu@daldewolf.com +32 2 627 10 10
Economic Law Dominique BOGAERT dbo@daldewolf.com +32 2 627 10 10
Construction and Real Estate Law Frédéric COUVREUR fco@daldewolf.com +32 2 627 10 10
Corporate and Finance Law Laetitia DE SMET lads@daldewolf.com +32 2 627 10 10
Insolvency and restructuring Raphaël GEVERS rge@daldewolf.com +32 2 627 10 10
European Union Law Anais GUILLERME agu@daldewolf.com +32 2 627 10 10
Food Law Aude MAHY ama@daldewolf.com +32 2 627 10 10
Tax Law Yaël SPIEGL ysp@daldewolf.com +32 2 627 10 10
Corporate and Finance Law Fabian TCHÉKÉMIAN ftc@daldewolf.com +32 2 627 10 10
Corporate and Finance Law Xavier VAN der MERSCH xvdm@daldewolf.com +32 2 627 10 10
Administrative and Public Law Emmanuel van NUFFEL d'HEYNSBROECK evn@daldewolf.com +32 2 627 10 10
Litigation, Arbitration and Mediation Georges-Albert DAL gad@daldewolf.com +32 2 627 10 10
Labour Law Robert DE BAERDEMAEKER rdb@daldewolf.com +32 2 627 10 10
Litigation, Arbitration & Mediation Patrick VAN LEYNSEELE pvl@daldewolf.com +32 2 627 10 10
Number of lawyers : 47
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Other offices : Kinshasa