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Arcas Law

Belgium > Fraud and white-collar crime Tier 2

Independent boutique firm Arcas Law specialises in litigation, representing a broad range of clients, from SMEs and individuals through to mulitnationals, in white-collar crime and fraud cases against corporations and governments. The team represents clients up to the Belgian Court of Cassation, in international proceedings, and in complex cross-border arbitration and mediation, and maintains relationships with international litigation practices at other firms. Standout cases include high-profile proceedings in the energy sector, as well as relating to the ongoing cum-ex trading scandal. Dirk Libotte leads the team alongside Joost Verlinden, with strong specialisms in company criminal law and both civil and criminal white-collar cases respectively.

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Key clients



Work highlights

  • Representing a number of American investors in European stocks in a multi-jurisdictional criminal investigation into so-called “cum ex trading” or “dividend arbitrage”.
  • Represented a major shareholder and director of an international flooring company in reaching an historic out of court settlement in a criminal investigation on charges of money laundering and forgery.

Belgium > Dispute resolution Tier 3

Arcas Law fields a sizeable team based across its Antwerp and Brussels offices. The group is well placed to represent IT, tech, and consumer goods companies in a range of multi-jurisdictional litigations, arbitrations, and mediations. Major class actions are a core competency for the practice, while product liability cases and bankruptcy procedures are also key strengths. The practice is jointly led by three partners: Brussels-based Joost Verlinden, an experienced arbitrator under CEPANI, ICC, and UNCITRAL rulings; Antwerp-based Karel Schulpen, a corporate litigation and commercial liability specialist, and Bart Volders, an Antwerp-based expert in international private law.

Practice head(s):

Karel Schulpen; Joost Verlinden; Bart Volders


‘Thorough knowledge of relevant subject matter – pragmatic approach’

‘Bart Volders clarifies complex matters in a pragmatic way’

‘A good team of lawyers who are experienced in dispute resolution.’

‘Karel Schulpen is an experienced lawyer who knows how to handle his files.’

‘We have worked with Joost Verlinden and his team for several years and we are still very satisfied with the services delivered: excellent litigation skills, very easy to reach out to and a very good knowledge of our business.’

Key clients


Eiffage Group



Zurich Insurance

Volvo Cars

Engie Fabricom







EY (Ernst & Young)

AB Inbev

AXA XL Catlin

Atos Worldline


Goodlife Foods


Work highlights

  • Representing the Belgian consumer organisation (Test Aankoop / Test Achats) in a new benchmark class action against Apple Inc. relating to programmed obsolescence of iPhones.
  • Representing BAVP in a major litigation procedure involving, among others, various cable TV distributors regarding a claim for rights (compensation).