Deloitte Legal - Lawyers

Private Wealth Law Department

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Deloitte Legal is described as "the absolute market leader in Belgium" by one interviewee, whilst another industry expert reports: "The firm is a pleasure to work with, straightforward, and the lawyers there are brilliant."

The team handles the full array of private client matters, including cross-border estate and tax planning. "We really appreciate their approach because it feels like working with a small firm," enthuses a market source, who adds: "It's easy to get hold of the partners - they're always a call away."

Notable practitioners

Alain Laurent Verbeke is a highly respected private wealth lawyer, with a depth of experience in estate planning as well as civil law matters. One market source notes: "He has such a clear view of the big picture and is excellent at handling family dynamics." Another comments: "He has lots of jobs and he's excellent at all of them," adding: "He is exceptionally well respected."

Bart Verdickt is a well-regarded private client practitioner, with particular expertise in family office matters, and a wealth adviser notes that "he is an excellent lawyer with an impressive skill set." The adviser continues: "He is a first-class lawyer with a very good reputation. He has developed a very broad and in-depth knowledge of international estate planning for UHNW individuals."

Mathieu Ex is described as "a very good tax lawyer who is appreciated by his clients." He has specific expertise advising international families on wealth structuring, and a market commentator states: "He makes things happen, he's very down to earth, and sees the wider perspective," before continuing: "He is very hands-on and practical."