Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick

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Firm Overview:
Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick is one of Belgium’s foremost business law firms. Based in Brussels, with a London office since November 2007, and independent since its creation in 1965, the firm has established its international reputation upon a unique experience and an unchallenged expertise, which it has acquired in all areas of business law. Liedekerke has clients active in a broad range of industries, to which it offers first-rate, creative and personalised fullservice advice. The firm has a strong advisory practice based on sector expertise and an in-depth knowledge of Belgian and European law.

In addition and as an essential complement to its advisory activities, the firm represents clients in complex litigations before national, European and international courts, both judicial and arbitral, the Court of Cassation, the Council of State and the Belgian Constitutional Courts.

Liedekerke is commonly recognised for its ability to quickly mobilise competent, flexible and multidisciplinary teams anywhere.

Managing Partner: Vincent Busschaert
Chairman: François Tulkens
Number of partners: 31
Number of lawyers: 130 +
Languages: Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Spanish

Main Areas of Expertise:

Administrative & Public:
Co-operation between public authorities and private companies; privatisations; contracts with government bodies; outsourcing of public services; administrative appeals; staff regulations.

Banking & Finance:
Credit transactions; guarantees and securities; issues of bonds; securitisation; derivative financial products; stockmarket transactions; national and international systems for clearing securities; domestic and cross-border asset funding; accounting and tax aspects of financial transactions. Regulation of banking activities and other financial services; regulation of investment firms; regulation of mutual funds.

Commercial Contracts:
Contract drafting and negotiation; business scheme development; standard terms and conditions; creation of franchising or distribution networks, contract litigation, antitrust law.

Creation of undertakings, operation of companies, transfer of shares and assets, co-operation between undertakings.

Market access regulations at federal and regional levels; renewable energy regulations; price regulations; distribution agreements; environmental and planning regulations for production facilities and transport infrastructure.

Covering the full range of environmental and planning work, in advisory, transactional and litigation matters all over Belgium. Dealing with international, European, federal, regional and local regulations.

EU & Competition:
European Union competition rules; merger control; estate aids; public procurement; regulations relating to the internal market and the basic freedoms of movement.

Insurance & Liability:
Implementation of regulations related to insurance and reinsurance activities and the prior approval of insurance or reinsurance companies and insurance intermediaries; portfolio transfers; tax aspects of insurance and reinsurance; drafting and wording of insurance or reinsurance contracts; claims monitoring and insurance litigation (life and non life, marine and non marine insurance).

Intellectual Property & Information Technology:
Patents and know-how, trademarks, copyright, media, IT contracts, e-commerce, databases and data protection.

Labour & Employment:
Negotiating and drafting of employment contracts; deferred compensation; termination of employment relations; individual dismissals, collective dismissals, early retirement, restructuring, closure; secondments; workforce elections, collective negotiations, strikes, transfers of undertakings.

Litigation & Arbitration:
Assisting international clients and firms in front of all national, judicial and administrative jurisdictions as well as arbitral bodies; acting as counsels or servicing as arbitrators. This includes a practice dedicated to complex and international litigation in line with the Anglo-Saxon model and in order to respond to the needs of international clients: handling litigation issues according to international standards and dealing with litigation in an international context (foreign client, foreign opponent, litigation or arbitration abroad, securing enforcement abroad, resisting enforcement in Belgium of foreign judgments and awards, organising multi-country claims or defence strategies, etc.).

Mergers & Acquisitions:
Choice of the most appropriate form of reorganisation from commercial, tax, labour and social security points of view; negotiating and drafting documents; domestic and European Union merger control units.

Public International Law:
Regulation of international trade and international investments; public international law aspects of business transactions generally.

Real Estate:

Purchases and transfers of property; town and country planning rules and building permits; environment; compulsory purchases; contracts for architects and property construction and development; public procurement; financial leases of property; property related bonds

Advice on all tax matters and appeals before the tax authorities and the courts, including corporate taxation and personal taxation; tax aspects of commercial and financial transactions; inheritance tax planning.

Trade Practices & Consumer Law:
Rules of access to business sectors; operating and environmental permits; trade practices; price regulation; subsidies.

Transport & Aviation:
Carriage contracts, regulations of transport activities; carriers’ liability; purchase, leasing and financing of aircraft and other means of transport.

Key Contacts

Managing Partner

Mr. Vincent Busschaert
+32 2 551 15 22

Resident Partner; London

Ms. Kristien Carbonez
+44 207 1510 360

Firm Rankings

Administrative & Public Law
Band 1


Banking & Finance
Band 3


Capital Markets
Band 3


Band 3


Band 3


Dispute Resolution
Band 2


Band 1

Band 1

Band 2


IP: trademarks: Contentious
Band 3


Labour & Employment
Band 2


Band 1

Band 3


Real Estate
Band 1


Band 2


Restructuring & Insolvency
Band 2


Band 3


Band 3


White-Collar Crime
Band 2



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