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Monard Law

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Chairman: Luc Linders

Number of partners: 31

Number of lawyers: 112

Languages: Dutch, English, French, German, Polish, Mandarin, Cantonese


Firm Overview:


With more than 140 professionals, Monard Law is a leading independent full-service business law firm in Belgium with a full range of services, in the areas of litigation and alternative dispute resolution, advice and transactions in a variety of legal fields.The firm acts as one but is also able to offer its services from distinct locations throughout Belgium.

Since the integration of a great division of the Belgian law firm Buyle legal (around Jean-Pierre Buyle, André-Pierre André-Dumont and Laurent Cloquet), which is particularly known and respected for its expertise in financial litigation and reguloty advice,, the firm has rebranded "Monard Law joined by Buyle and has become one of the 5 largest independent full-service business law firms in Belgium

Our clientele includes major national players as well as multinationals.

Monard Law believes that a modern lawyer is more than someone who solves legal problems as they arise. Tomorrow's challenges are increasingly complex and there is a legal component in every strategy, decision and action.

Therefore, solution-oriented thinking and a commitment to seeing the bigger picture is deeply embedded in our DNA.

Our multidisciplinary teams are praised for their strong sector-related expertise, combined with an entrepreneurial mindset and international focus. Monard Law works with an extensive and non-exclusive network of leading firms across the globe with similar profiles as ours. This allows us to provide a seamless service in cross-border matters and enables Monard Law to assemble tailor-made integrated teams of lawyers in the various jurisdictions involved in the case. This provides clients with outstanding service from experienced local lawyers who work in firms that maintain excellent reputations in their own countries.


Main Areas of Practice:


Banking, Finance & Capital Markets

Commercial

Corporate

Data Protection & Privacy

Dispute Resolution, Arbitration, Mediation

Environment, Administrative, Public Procurement

Fraud, White-Collar Crime

Government Relations & Public Affairs

Insolvency

International Civil Service

IP, TMT (Technology, Media, Telecom)

Labour, Employment

Liability, Insurance

Medical Law

M&A, Private Equity

PPP/Public Infrastructure

Private Estates

Public International Law & Diplomatic Relations

Real Estate, Construction

Tax

Automotive

Chemicals

Commercial & Professional Services

Energy

Fashion & Luxury Goods

Financial Services

Industrial Engineering

Insurance

Media

Non-Profit

Pharmaceuticals & Life Sciences

PPP/Public Infrastructure

Real Estate

Retail

Software & Computer Services

Technology, Hardware & Electronics

Telecommunications

Transportation


Monard Law works with multidisciplinary teams of lawyers working into several practice groups:


Commercial/Dispute Resolution:

The commercial/dispute resolution team is one of the largest in the Belgian market. It has a sector focused approach. Key sectors include energy, telecom, automotive, pharmaceuticals, fashion and luxury goods, banking & finance, retail, medical devices, food supplements and IT. Several partners regularly act as arbitrators and a number of lawyers have obtained the special certificate for lawyer at the Supreme Court. Many lawyers are also academically active and regularly publish in national and international journals and are speakers at national and international colloquia

Contacts: Kristof Zadora, Daan De Jaeger, Erik Monard, Geert Hayen, Nicole Segers, Natalie Ulburghs, Stephane Criel, Kris Van Der Beek, Jean-Pierre Buyle, André-Pierre André-Dumont.


Corporate/M&A:

The large corporate-M&A team acts for a wide range of players, including industrial players (start-ups, family businesses, corporates), financial sponsors, venture capital firms, financial advisors, or management teams. The firm focuses on a wide range of industries, some of which are highly regulated, such as insurance, life sciences and energy.

Contacts: Nicole Segers, Pieter Van den Broeck, Natalie Ulburghs, Jeroen Raskin, Geert Hayen, Erik Monard, Benoit Samyn, Maxime Monard.


Environment & Administrative, Public Procurement:

The administrative law team is a partner for companies, interest groups and public bodies in matters of environmental law, planning regulations, general administrative law and public procurement legislation. The team is experienced in a variety of topics and has specific insights in the needs of specific sectors and industries, allowing the firm to provide excellent legal assistance in proceedings as well as advice.

Contacts: Koen Geelen, Wouter Moonen


Employment:

The fast-growing employment practice’s partners offer specialized assistance within specified sub-domains such as general employment law, social security law; compliance and audit work, labour regulations; collective bargaining, collective dismissals, social elections; criminal investigations and social criminal law; international mobility, etc.).

Contacts: Peter Dufaux, Tom Messiaen, Bertold Theeuwes


Insolvency:

The insolvency and restructuring team has solid experience in the field of insolvency and reorganization. The team is acting for creditors as well as for companies in difficulties, both advising and litigating (insolvency disputes, attachments, seizures, etc.).

Contacts: Geert Hayen, Louis Verstraeten


Real Estate, Construction & Infrastructure:

The real estate team has a long-standing reputation in real estate related disputes as well as advice on matters of real estate law. The team is very active in transactional/ corporate real estate matters, as well as real estate finance. In the field of PPP/infrastructure projects, team members been involved in most substantial transaction in Belgium. At the 2018 Belgian Legal Awards, Monard Law was elected best law firm in real estate and construction.

Contacts: Luc Linders, Gregory Grouwels, Stefaan Van Dyck, Benoit Samyn


IP/IT:

Clients turn to Monard Law for IP advice, complex litigation and strategic transactions. The firm offers a full range of services for the acquisition, commercialisation and enforcement of IP and technical assets in areas of patents, trademarks, copyrights, sourcing, designs, trade secrets. Key sectors are luxury and fashion, automotive industry and the pharmaceutical industry. The IT lawyers negotiate, draft and litigate in relation to various IT contracts.

Contacts IP: Daan De Jaeger, Kristof Zadora, Stephane Criel

Contacts IT: Kristof Zadora, Stephane Criel


Tax:

The tax department assists corporate clients and private individuals. The team offers expertise in the handling of disputes in tax related matters, tax advisory services, including the structuring of acquisitions and reorganisations, the setting up of stock option plans, applications for tax rulings. In the field of estate planning the firm assists with structuring estates and with inheritance related issues and disputes (including inheritance tax disputes).

Contacts: Christiaan Barbier, Hilde Van den Keybus, Pieter Van Den Berghe.


White-Collar Crime/Fraud:

The team is one of leading Belgian law firms in the field of white collar and fraud cases. The firm’s experts typically combine a (tax/estate planning/labour law) advisory practice with their litigation practice. Christiaan Barbier has consistently been singled out as ‘Leading Individual’ in this field.

Contacts: Christiaan Barbier, Pieter Helsen, Tom Messiaen.


Banking, Finance & Capital Markets:

The team is acting for lenders and borrowers on the full range of banking, finance and capital markets matters. The firm’s expertise includes acquisition finance, asset based finance, project finance, real estate finance, syndicated loans, restructurings and capital markets transactions. The team is also advising clients on regulatory matters, including on fintech matters. Financial litigatiion is also a main practice area of the team. It includes disputes with respect to credits and investments in general, derivatives, private placements, MiFID-related disputes and disputes relating to life insurance products. The team has a extensive expertise with acting before or against regulated and/or listed companies and is member of a financial litigation network present in 27 countries.

Contacts: Jeroen Raskin, Jean-Pierre Buyle, André-Pierre, André-Dumont, Stefaan Van Dyck, Benoit Samyn, Laurent Cloquet.


International Civil Service & Public International Law:

The team has extensive experience in assisting international organisations and taking on class actions for international civil servants. This practice is well-versed in employment law, public international law and has extensive experience in the distinct field of international civil service law. The team also has extensive experience in advising and representing sovereign States, international organisations high-ranking government officials, diplomatic missions, NGO’s, etc.

Contacts: Bertold Theeuwes, Frédéric Dopagne

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