Specializations

 

Our lawyers are specialized in the following areas of practice:

Arbitration
Mediation
Litigation
Commercial & Contracts
Restructuring & Insolvency
Distribution & Franchise
International Trade & EU Law

Arbitration

Arbitration is a process in which parties call upon a neutral, independent third party (the arbitrator) in order to obtain a binding decision for their dispute. Parties chose their ‘private judge’ because of his/her expertise. The parties can determine the process of arbitration, which is principally confidential.

An arbitral procedure can have significant advantages in comparison to a classic litigation procedure.

Our firm is a market leader in national and international arbitration. Our associates frequently act as arbitrator in a variety of ad hoc arbitrations or arbitrations conducted within institutions, and lecture these subjects in universities.

Our firm often represents multinational enterprises in international commercial arbitration procedures. It is not exceptional that the inlay contains millions of euros. The biggest case in which our firm has represented to date concerned an action of over 1.5 billion euros.

Aside from this, the firm has acted in annulation proceedings (concerning the annulation of arbitral decisions) and enforcement proceedings (concerning recognition and execution of arbitral decisions).

Considering the increased involvement of States in international investment arbitration, our firm often represents States and emanations thereof.

Our firm has mainly worked in the following sectors: Transport, Real Estate, Investments, Mining, Energy, Diamond, Maritime, Construction, Distribution and Telecom.

Our success can be illustrated by the prices our team has won, such as: “Best Alternative Dispute Resolution Law FirmBelgium” (2015 M&A Awards); “Dispute Resolution Law Firm of the Year in Belgium” (GLE 2015 Annual Awards); “Cross-Border Disputes Lawyer of the Year – Belgium” (2015 International M&A Awards); ”Alternative Dispute Resolutions firm of the Year – Belgium” (2015 Corporate Livewire – M&A Awards); “Dispute Resolution Law Firm of the Year in Belgium 2015” (Corporate Intl Magazine Legal Award); “Best in International Arbitration – Belgium 2014” (Acquisition International Legal Awards); “Dispute Resolution Law Firm of the Year in Belgium 2014” (Global Law Experts – GLE); “Client Choice – Dispute Resolution Law Award in Belgium 2014 (Legal Finest 200 Awards).

LITIGATION

Our firm frequently acts in complex cases. Clients count on the long experience and the fact that our associates are familiar with different perspectives of law, on and behind the scenes.

We represent clients in a variety of judicial procedures for instance: seizure procedures, highly urgent procedures (interim proceedings), prohibitory injunctions, etc.

The academic involvement of our associates guarantees the required knowledge and insights to promote your interests in an efficient and adequate way.

In addition, our firm is a pioneer in collective redress, ranging from collective interest actions and group actions to class actions. Our associates have published articles in these areas.

The excellence of our firm is illustrated by the prizes recently won by our team, for example: “Boutique Law Firm of 2014 – Belgium” (The M&A Awards); “Dispute Resolution Law Firm of the Year in Belgium” (GLE 2015 Annual Awards); “Cross – Border Disputes Lawyer of the Year – Belgium” (Corporate Intl Magazine Legal Award);  “Dispute resolution Law Firm of the Year in Belgium 2014” (Global Law Experts – Gle); Client Choice – Dispute Resolution Law Award in Belgium 2014” (Legal Finest 200 Awards).

Distribution & Franchise

Our firm frequently acts in franchise, commercial agency and other forms of distribution agreements. Several of our associates are active within the Belgian Franchise Federation.

With accurate advisory services, assistance in judicial procedures, conciliation, mediation & arbitration, our firm has contributed to many commercial successes of franchisees and franchisors. Besides that, our firm has helped in founding different distribution networks and restructuring them.

Regarding distribution & franchising, our firm has mainly been active in the following sectors: automobile, nutrition, food service industry, cosmetics, retail, real estate and travelling.

Our firm also provides legal support in relation to the transport and logistics component. Our firm had the opportunity to leave its mark on various interventions of the European Commission against Member States who failed to comply with EU regulations.

The excellence of our firm is illustrated by various prizes won by our team. For example “Franchise Law Firm of the Year in Belgium 2014” (Corporate Intl Magazine Global Award) and “Franchise Law Firm of the Year in Belgium 2014” (Global Law Experts – GLE)