Seeds of Law > Brussels, Belgium > Firm Profile

Seeds of Law
Bastion Tower
Marsveldplein 5
1050 Brussels
Belgium

Belgium > Insolvency and restructuring Tier 3

Seeds of Law advises SMEs and listed companies on a range of matters, including debt restructuring, distressed transactions and debt trading, insolvency and liquidations processes - voluntary and otherwise, and corporate restructurings. Sector focuses for the practice include banking, construction and real estate, and telecoms. Practice head Leo Peeters has experience of national and cross-border restructuring and insolvency processes, alongside associated transactions.

Practice head(s):

Leo Peeters

Other key lawyers:

Aurélie Glinne

Testimonials

‘Seeds of Law covers a full spectrum of insolvency and restructuring law issues including difficult corporate, transactions and reorganisations. Cross-border issues with regard to the Benelux region are part of their standard repertoire.’

‘My first contact is Mr. Leo Peeters. He is a real luminary in the field of insolvency and restructuring as well as corporate and M&A, being brilliant in everything he does. You can feel his many years of experience in his work.’

‘Insolvency and restructuring is a real core practice at Seeds of Law and they are really tremendously good. The quality of the advice also benefits from the fact that the insolvency practice at Seeds of Law is very closely aligned with corporate law, a real benefit for clients.’

‘Most of the time I work with Leo Peeters. Leo has outstanding legal and commercial skills. He is a very constructive interlocutor, always calm, reflective and absolutely results-oriented. He is a quick thinker and transmits reassurance with his arguments, which are always very good.’

‘Easily accessible.’

‘Excellent team, proactive and practical.’

‘Leo Peeters- great expertise, proactive, practical, fast and strategic thinker.’

‘Aurélie Glinne- expert in her field of expertise.

Key clients

Belleheide center NV

Get Air Belgium

Work highlights

  • Advised Belleheide on a judicial reorganisation procedure, its prolongation, and ending.

Belgium > Dispute resolution Tier 4

Seeds of Law is predominantly retained by a host of SMEs, entrepreneurs and public sector entities, which turn to the team for representation in both domestic and cross-border contentious matters. Leo Peeters is praised by clients for his ‘calm and results-oriented’ approach, handling litigations and arbitrations in the banking, telecoms, leisure and heavy industry sectors. Practice co-head Koen De Puydt is noted for his expertise in real estate litigation and representation of semi-public companies. Fellow co-head Alain De Jonge notably handles instructions for commercial and residential developers.

Practice head(s):

Koen De Puydt; Alain De Jonge

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Alain de Jonge is a perfect business partner who shows interest in the specific needs of the business he is delivering legal services to. Not only the theoretical legal aspects matter, also the feasibility of solutions and legal setups in a day-to-day business environment.’

‘The Dispute Resolution practice of Seeds of Law places a particularly high value on resolving disputes out of court and has a particular strength in strategic legal advice at the early stages of a problem. A point of differentiation and a real benefit for clients. The focus is always on avoiding risks. When litigation can no longer be avoided, the Seeds of Law team has impressive courtroom skills. The law firm represents both corporate and private clients before all Belgian courts and is highly regarded in the market. They have an outstandingly strong sense of precedent and are extremely organised and efficient.’

‘The firm’s service orientation is really outstanding – I always feel that my wishes are immediately met. Compared to many other law firms operating in Belgium, I think Seeds of Law offers an impressive overall package, with exceptional legal expertise and a key attitude that the best solution to a dispute is not necessarily reached in court. This saves clients unnecessary risks and costs. Not surprisingly, the firm’s cost rates are always fair and comprehensible in every respect.’

‘Leo Peeters is a very constructive interlocutor, always calm, reflective and absolutely results-oriented. He is a quick thinker and transmits reassurance with his arguments, which are always very good. Moreover, Leo has a charismatic demeanour and is inspiring in negotiation positions with an eloquent manner. I am very enthusiastic about our cooperation and I am happy to recommend Leo Peeters as a lawyer in the field of Dispute Resolution.’

Key clients

Everzinc Belgium SA

Conseil Vins SA

N.V Willemen

Ms Delphine Boël

K&F – temporary partnership between mondõ.d BVBA (designer Katrien Rondelez) and Atau BVBA (designer Francis Capes)

Belleheide Center NV

Mr Willy Pauwels

Menoquin

Imagix Mons SA

Europêche ADF

Profile Belux

Get Air

X-RIS SRL

All-WAYS SA

Gaming 1 SRL

Intrasoft International SA

Immopass SRL

NV FEDERALE REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT

SA Electro Depot Belgium

MoneyGram Payment Systems, Inc. ricain

Multipharma SC

Work highlights

  • Representing Profile Belux in a case that concerns a challenge to an administrative decision of non-selection in the context of a public tender contract.
  • Acting for Meno Group in a dispute with a competitor about the use of the “Doyen” brand name on the “Site Doyen” located in Seraing, where the two companies have a store located next to each other.
  • Representing Get Air in a suit for arrears for one of its Belgian trampoline parks in the Brussels Commune Evere concerning the issue of whether the rent payment obligations can be adjusted, suspended or even waived for the duration of the Covid-19 crisis measures.

Belgium > Environment Tier 4

Seeds of Law offers expertise in environmental permitting and public real estate law across the three regions of Belgium, advising on urban planning, PPP, and hazardous materials permits, environmental due diligence for real estate transactions, and additionally representing clients in disputes before Belgian courts. Clients include developers and real estate portfolio holders. Koen De Puydt leads the team, specialising in public law and real estate issues.

Practice head(s):

Koen De Puydt

Key clients

GREENLEAF NV

IMMO SEAGULL NV/PGJCL Immo

Willemen Real Estate

XPO Supply Chain Chemicals

Sandaya

C.E.T.T. P. Monseu

Work highlights

  • Advising Greenleaf NV on the environmental, urbanistic and planning issues (amongst several others) concerning a redevelopment of an industrial area into a residential real estate project.
  • Assisting C.E.T.T. in the administrative procedure and preparation of a new demand for a new environmental permit in conjunction with the collection and sorting of non-hazardous waste.
  • Successfully represented XPO Supply Chains Chemicals BELGIUM against administrative sanctions in conjunction with a chemical incident on the XPO Chemicals site, which led to the intervention of the fire brigade.

Seeds of Law is a full-service law firm, specialised in company and commercial law, real estate and construction law and administrative law.

Our clients range from small and medium sized enterprises and stock-exchange listed companies and entrepreneurs, operating throughout the world and in a wide variety of sectors, as well as government services and other administrations.

Our solid, multidisciplinary team of lawyers thinks things through with you in a strategic manner, and offers sustainable solutions with a realistic and pragmatic approach.

You can rely on our knowledge and experience for legal advice, and for drawing up and negotiating watertight contracts. We help you start up and run your company and, if necessary, assist you with procedural matters.

Our mission is …
Helping businesses start up, and providing support during their operation … because this allows us to help entrepreneurs realise their dreams.

What does this entail in practical terms?
Setting up a brand new business or a branch and/or re-structuring, taking over or selling a company, the funding required for this, contracts tailor-made to your business, negotiation of these, if necessary, a win-win situation for all parties is always important, purchasing and selling real estate, perhaps with the appropriate real estate planning, employing personnel, attracting expats, and proper management of social matters, managing all of your intellectual property rights, so you need not worry about that either.

Domestic and foreign entrepreneurs use our services.

And then if a problem does arise, we will do our utmost to assist you, initially via legal mediation and if that fails, we will be happy to defend you in court or arbitration proceedings.

We make a point of familiarising ourselves fully with your company and sector, in order to able to think strategically together with you.

And we do all of this in Dutch, French, English, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Farsi and Arabic.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Leo Peetersleo.peeters@seeds.law+32 475 23 08 96
Koen De Puydtkoen.depuydt@seeds.law+32 478 20 89 61
Alain De Jongealain.dejonge@seeds.law+32 475 23 08 96
Roeland Moeyersonsroeland.moeyersons@seeds.law+486 52 65 51
Vincent Cassiersvincent.cassiers@seeds.law+32 479 77 46 62
Peter Moermanpeter.moerman@seeds.law+32 498 43 37 69
Steve Griesssteve.griess@seeds.law+32 479 76 22 56
Toon Rummenstoon.rummens@seeds.law+32 485 96 56 63
Leila Mstoianleila.mstoian@seeds.law+32 2 747 40 03
Ulrike Beuselinckulrike.beuselinck@seeds.law+32 486 58 90 84
Lawyers : 25
Marketing team : 3
Administration and accounting : 3
Dutch
French
English (fluent)
German
Spanish
Italian
Russian
Farsi (Persian)
Arabic
IBA (International Bar Association)
Alliott Group
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CLIENT: Timo Schopfer
COMPANY/FIRM: Trumpf Financial Services
TESTIMONIAL: Mr Peeters and his team supported our entrance into the Belgian market. Working with them has always gone well. They don’t tell me what I want to hear. They tell me what I need to hear. Mr. Peeters’ firm provided me with all the information I needed and could sum everything up to me in a very understandable way. They have a good knowledge of finance. They also had a good understanding of our entire business, not just the legal aspects. They had time for us and I felt appreciated as a client. I would definitely work with them again.


CLIENT: Sander Breugelmans
COMPANY/FIRM: Prologis
TESTIMONIAL: We call on Seeds of law for real estate related matters. Seeds of Law is a partner who fully understands us, a US stock quoted real estate player. We have a specific look on our business and avoid certain risks. They take care of that and protect us from these risks. They look actively for solutions and are very responsive.
I can almost fully entrust them with complex litigation and real estate transaction. They take care of the project management and discuss with other advisors. I know that I can count on them, and that means a lot for me.


CLIENT: Veronique Du Rang
COMPANY/FIRM: Feelness
TESTIMONIAL:

Our trust in Seeds of Law, in particular Koen De Puydt and Toon Delie, has only grown over time. Our expectations regarding the constructive approach, integrity and justice were amply exceeded. TOP team!
Not only your expertise regarding our issues was much appreciated, but also your attention and listening ear for our emotions and sensitivities. With you, we not only won our case, but also the respect for the inventor and his creativity has been restored. Justice has been done.


The most important thing for Seeds of Law when it comes to human resources is equality. This is why we continue By far, the most important value for Seeds of Law when it comes to human resources is inclusiveness, i.e. fairness and equality. This is why we keep working to maintain within our team diversity, cultural equality and gender equality.

Seeds of Law achieved diversity organically by bringing together several types of persons, all different, forming a multicultural and diverse team. We strive to keep this level of diversity, to fuel it and to grow it which is the basis for a strong cohesion of our team.

The diversity we have achieved in our team allows us to better understand our customers and their concerns, to assist them in a broad array of matters and to offer services in 9 different languages.

By sponsoring DiA positive (a project of the Dutch-speaking Bar of Brussels), we stimulate diversity in the legal profession. DiA positive aims to raise awareness among young people with a migration background to the opportunity to study law and, by extension, to start a career in the legal profession. Seeds of Law already experiences every day how wonderful diversity can be.

Another CSR project we support is “Maggie-program” that builds pop up schools around the world with maggie-shelters. They built a.o. schools in Iraq, The Kakuma refugee camp and a school in Mombasa Kenia.

Finally we provide legal support for free to Make-a-Wish Belgium-Flanders.

Other core values for Seeds of Law are: trust, respect and integrity. We respect our clients and their (business) needs, but we also respect our teams and their professional needs and duties. That is also how we build trust. As for integrity, we make sure to honour the ethics and morals of our stakeholders, clients, colleagues, partners and suppliers, in order to provide honest services and reach a high level of solidarity and always a win-win situation.