Ilse Van de Mierop > DLA Piper > Brussels, Belgium > Lawyer Profile

DLA Piper
1000 Brussels

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Belgium > Insolvency and restructuring

(Leading individuals)

Ilse Van de MieropDLA Piper

DLA Piper acts across all insolvency and restructuring-related matters, including representing distressed companies and creditors in insolvency litigation, running judicial reorganisation processes, advising on distressed transactions, and acting as court-appointed receivers. The firm advises banks and distressed companies, and is regularly involved in cross-border and multijurisdictional matters. The practice is led by Ilse Van de Mierop , who is regularly appointed as a liquidator and is an authority on bankruptcy law, alongside Joris De Vos, who focuses on litigation, particularly on behalf of shareholders. Senior associate Charlotte Sas is noted for her expertise in judicial reorganisation proceedings.

Belgium > Fraud and white-collar crime

DLA Piper represents corporate clients in a broad range of white-collar crime cases, including financial fraud, gambling, bribery, money laundering, and tax fraud proceedings. Particular areas of expertise include financial fraud and insolvency, with practice head Joris De Vos and the experienced Ilse Van de Mierop specialising in work for distressed companies concerning bankruptcies and financial misconduct cases, alongside environmental fraud, an area of strength for Bob Martens. The team litigates before all levels of Belgian courts as well as at EU level, and is adept at representing clients in cross-border proceedings.

Belgium > Industry focus: Transport

DLA Piper‘s cross-practice team draws on expertise in infrastructure, construction and transport, assisting a sizeable roster of clients with high-profile regulatory reviews, tender bids, and various commercial issues including market entry strategy and labour law issues. Public law practitioner and practice co-head Bob Martens has broad expertise in aviation regulatory frameworks, routinely working with commercial operators, regional governments and industry authorities. Fellow practice head Ilse Van De Mierop is noted for her capabilities in aviation finance and restructuring mandates.

Belgium > Dispute resolution

DLA Piper‘s team, which frequently combines with practitioners in other teams, handles the full spectrum of dispute work across a number of sectors. Practice co-head Bob Martens is experienced in defending high-stakes litigation cases before the Council of State, the Constitutional Court, and the Court of Justice of the European Union. Fellow co-head Ilse Van De Mierop handles corporate and commercial litigation proceedings, with a particularly strong reputation for insolvency law cases. Catherine Gysels left the firm.

Belgium > Aviation

DLA Piper has a cross-practice aviation offering, encompassing litigation, regulatory issues, aircraft finance, and taxation, advising a number of airlines and maintenance companies on day-to-day operations, restructurings, and high-tech projects. The team is integrated at EU level, regularly handling cross-border mandates, and is also noted for its work on airport privatisation, primarily on the regulatory side. The practice is overseen by litigator Bob Martens, who represents a number of aviation sector clients before Belgian and EU courts in cases relating to public procurement, state aid, and aviation regulatory issues, alongside Ilse Van de Mierop, who focuses on restructuring work, advising distressed airlines on all aspects of their restructuring and reorganisation processes. Counsel Charles Dumont De Chassart specialises in the aeronautics sector, handling all aspects of complex restructurings.

Belgium > Industry focus: Retail

Drawing on the firm’s considerable international reach, DLA Piper advises a litany of blue-chip brands on the full spectrum of retail matters, including trademark protection, influencer contracts, judicial reorganisations, and representation in trade union proceedings and advertising litigation. The cross-disciplinary team also maintains significant HR-style relationships with multiple high-profile fashion houses, luxury goods companies, and supermarket chains. Employment head Eddy Lievens is a regular port of call for clients seeking assistance in corporate integrations, and workplace accidents, while Ilse Van De Mierop and Joris De Vos are noted for their deep knowledge of restructuring and bankruptcy proceedings, appearing regularly before Brussels’ and Leuven’s insolvency courts. Belgian retail sector chair Alexis Fierens specialises in soft IP rights, focusing on copyright, know-how protection and unfair commercial practices.