Managing Partner: Sylvie Dubois
Partners: Marie Brasseur, Yves Brosens, Philippe de Jong, Sven Demeulemeester, Philippe De Wulf, Sylvie Dubois, Alexander Hansebout, Paul Maeyaert, Lieven Peeters, Christophe Ronse, William Timmermans, Gerrit Vandendriessche, Carine Van Regenmortel, Tom Vantroyen, Carmen Verdonck, Jérôme Vermeylen, Olivier Vrins
Number of partners: 17
Number of other lawyers: 65
ALTIUS is one of the largest Belgian independent law firms. Established in Brussels and Louvain-la-Neuve, the firm advises Belgian and international companies on the legal aspects of transactions, projects and disputes. For all tax related issues, ALTIUS maintains an operational relationship with the niche firm Tiberghien.
ALTIUS helps its clients navigate through often-complex legislation and regulatory environments and provide clear solutions to a wide range of legal issues. In addition to its specialist legal knowledge, ALTIUS focuses on thinking creatively with its clients to offer tailor-made solutions. ALTIUS’s aim is to turn, through careful listening and awareness, strategic questions into clear, straightforward answers.
Main Areas of Practice:
Corporate & M&A:
The team covers a broad range of national and international transaction-related legal services to companies in various industry sectors. The team has an impressive track record in both national and cross-border mergers and acquisitions and divestments, auctions, joint-ventures, corporate real-estate transactions and corporate restructurings.
The team frequently advises key players in the pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, agri-food, healthcare, media and entertainment industries. In addition to an extensive track record of representing clients in complex patent litigation and illicit trade matters, the team has substantial experience in dealing with Belgian and EU regulatory issues, including data exclusivity, pricing and reimbursement, advanced therapies, repackaging of parallel-imported products, clinical trials, advertising and the marketing of food and plant reproductive materials. The team also has extensive experience in trademarks, trade names and domain names, copyright, software and database rights, geographical indications and designations of origin, industrial designs, and trade secrets and know-how.
The team has a proven track record advising clients on contentious and non-contentious matters in the life sciences and healthcare industries, especially regarding intellectual property and data protection, marketing of medicinal products, pricing and reimbursement and medical devices.
Banking & Finance:
The team focuses on pure banking and finance work such as leveraged and acquisition finance, project finance, capital markets, structured commodities, export finance, asset finance, asset-backed securities and financial services. It has particularly strong relationships with international banks and financial institutions. The team also handles restructuring and bankruptcy issues and other insolvency procedures.
The team has developed solid experience in commercial agreements, trade practices, consumer protection, advertising, labelling and unfair competition practices. It regularly assists Belgian and international clients in the development of complex networks and modes of distribution adapted to the specific needs of the client, taking into account the increasingly complex Belgian and European laws regulating distribution, agency, franchising, distance selling and e-commerce.
The team covers all the aspects of dispute resolution, including arbitration and alternative dispute resolution, enforcement of foreign judgements and arbitral awards, corporate litigation. Its lawyers are qualified to appear before the Belgian courts and the Court of Justice of the European Union.
The team has an excellent reputation and considerable experience in all aspects of competition law including merger control, joint-ventures, cartel investigations, the establishment and operation of distribution systems, the licensing and use of intellectual property rights and abuses of dominant positions. The team also provides assistance during dawn-raids and in the setting–up of compliance programmes and trainings.
The team assists clients with highly specialised advice and legal services based on a sound knowledge of the regulations of the various national and international sports federations and their specific arbitration procedures.
The team assists hardware manufacturers, software developers, system integrators, e-commerce players, telecommunications operators and suppliers of other ICT-related services, such as consulting, support and maintenance services. It advises on data protection, ICT contracts and e-commerce, digital signatures, trade practice matters, including (online) advertising and general commercial law.
The team works with Belgian and international clients on all sorts of employment-related issues and offers day to day advice on the employment-law aspects of running a business in Belgium. It has a particularly good reputation for handling crossborder employment, service agreements, collective labour law, collective dismissals, the employment law consequences of the winding-up of companies and employment law litigation.
The team advises a wide range of clients on all matters of real estate law, and also on zoning, permits, PPP, public procurement and litigation. Its expertise ranges from stand-alone office buildings, shopping centres and logistics centres to niche products such as senior-citizen housing, healthcare facilities, hotels and sports and leisure centres.
The team specialises in regulatory matters and administrative law, including zoning, energy and environmental law, public procurement and PPP. The team also handles litigation regarding real estate and administrative law, and represents clients before the ordinary courts, the Constitutional Court and the Council of State.
Insolvency & Restructuring:
The team assists clients on a daily basis with various issues of insolvency law and in the context of restructurings. It advises clients in obtaining judicial protection, taking over assets and businesses in going concern from companies under judicial protection. The team also has experience in defending clients’ interest when business partners are on the verge of insolvency or are applying for judicial protection against creditors. It also handles recovering claims from companies under judicial protection or bankrupt companies.