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DALDEWOLF > The Legal 500 Rankings
EU regulatory: Food Tier 1
DALDEWOLF 's 'excellent' practice garners praise for providing 'sound advice in Belgian and EU food law'. Practice head Aude Mahy, a recently promoted partner who joined from Loyens & Loeff in May 2019, is 'the star of the food regulatory team, well-versed in specific Belgian law issues and at the same time has a deep command of the European regulatory framework'.
Industry focus: Food Tier 1
DALDEWOLF's 'very responsive and business savvy' food law practice group attracts praise for its 'in-depth knowledge of the food business, gained through years of experience', and was significantly strengthened by the arrival of practice head Aude Mahy from Loyens & Loeff in 2019. Mahy has notable experience in the food sector and advises on contentious and non-contentious regulatory and commercial matters; she is also able to leverage the firm's multidisciplinary expertise to advise on employment, real estate and antitrust issues.
‘Aude Mahy is an exceptional attorney with great knowledge of the matter and great understanding of the problem and an amazing capacity to find a solid solution.‘
‘You certainly do not get the answer to your query from text books, but based on daily experience and up-to-date knowledge.‘
‘Aude Mahy is a very good lawyer, highly specialised and very responsive.‘
‘Aude Mahy is the expert par excellence in the field of food law in Belgium. Her expertise is absolutely outstanding. Her good contact with the competent Belgian authorities is indispensable for the successful handling of cases.‘
Competition: Belgian law Tier 3
DALDEWOLF's practice, which is led by Pierre Goffinet, offers clients a combination of competition, economics and regulatory expertise across a wide range of issues. Active in the full range of matters, the group is particularly knowledgeable about issues with a nexus to regulated network industries, such as postal services, energy, telecoms, health, rail and insurance, among others. State aid expert Carole Maczkovics is representing a client in court litigation concerning the provision of a tax reduction to a competitor. In another matter, Goffinet acted for a client as a third party in matters before the European Commission, the Belgian Competition Authority and the Belgian regulatory authority over the potential anticompetitive effects of a merger. Thierry Bontinck is another name to note.
‘Pierre Goffinet stands out because of his knowledge, immediate feedback, ability to put difficult concepts into understandable words, and clear and challenging questions‘
‘Pierre Goffinet is able to review economic data in depth and simplify it‘
Dispute resolution Tier 4
DALDEWOLF's 'very thorough' team has established strength in arbitration, and also has strong capabilities in litigation; commercial disputes, often with an international flavour, are prominent in the team's workload. Arbitration expert Marc Dal shares leadership of the practice with Thierry Bontinck; Patrick Van Leynseele, who has extensive expertise in mediation; and managing partner Patrick De Wolf.
Marc Dal; Patrick Van Leynseele; Thierry Bontinck; Patrick De Wolf
‘Marc Dal knows the ins and outs of the courts and has a reliable sense of judgment. Knows when to be pragmatic and when to be aggressive. A real ally for any general counsel‘.
With regulatory, competition and commercial expertise, DALDEWOLF’s IP and IT team advises high-profile clients in the telecoms and technology sectors. The group has been particularly active assisting clients with copyright matters, The group also handles contractual and contentious IT issues, which are key areas for Sari Depreeuw; and advises telecoms sector clients on competition law matters, for which ‘EU and Belgian competition law expert’ Pierre Goffinet is a key name to note.
Sari Depreeuw; Pierre Goffinet
‘Strong team that is able to think with you while still providing the best legal advice. They go the extra mile.‘
‘They offer business-oriented solutions and the ability to handle complex procedural files and sharp deadlines.‘
‘Sari Depreeuw is always my go-to for any IP/IT legal advice.‘
Tax Tier 4
At DALDEWOLF, department head Olivier Bertin has extensive expertise in a broad cross-section of direct and indirect taxes. His wide-ranging practice covers areas such as corporate tax, income tax, and international tax, as well as taxes on non-profit and public sector entities. Bertin works with VAT and real estate taxation specialist Yaël Spiegl. Under his leadership, Bertin's team advises on the tax aspects of corporate and M&A transactions, real estate development projects, usufruct and bare ownership schemes, and tax relocation, among other matters. Contentious work is another key source of mandates, with the group representing clients in all administrative and civil proceedings.
Other key lawyers:
‘The partners in the tax team are solution-oriented and communicate clearly to business entrepreneurs‘
‘The team is able to provide a complete answer to complex and multidisciplinary tax issues‘
‘Olivier Bertin stands out in litigation‘
The 'excellent and professional' corproate and M&A and commercial teams at DALDEWOLF offer 'reliability, speed and good billing rates' to its diverse client list, which ranges from Belgian start-ups to international companies. Group head Patrick De Wolf handles a range of corporate matters and is active in Africa, especially the Democratic Republic of Congo, while Dominique Bogaert has notable experience advising non-profit organisations. Laurent Haverbeke departed to an in-house position at Exphar.
Patrick De Wolf
‘Dominique Bogaert is very skilled and talented, and fluent in several languages.‘
DALDEWOLF > Firm Profile
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).
|Corporate and M&A||Xavier Van der Mersch|
|Arbitration||Patrick De Wolf|
|Commercial, business and contract||Dominique Bogaert|
|Commercial, business and contract||Patrick Van Leynseele|
|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|
|Insolvency and restructuring||Raphaël Gevers|
|Insolvency and restructuring||Patrick De Wolf|
|Italian desk||Dominique Bogaert|
|Italian desk||Patrick Van Leynseele|