Denis Philippe

Denis Philippe is our exclusively recommended Arbitration expert in Belgium on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Denis directly using the contact details listed above.

Denis is one of the founding partners of Philippe & Partners. He has extensive experience in arbitration, banking and financial law, energy law, European law (including competition law), insurance, torts and liabilities. He benefits from more than 30 years of professional experience in civil and commercial law and, more specifically, in drafting, reviewing and negotiating national and international contracts, as well as in transactions that include financing aspects.

From 1985 to 1998 Denis Philippe was partner at “Balon Buyle Maingain & Philippe” and from 1998 to 2000 he was partner at “Simonet, Kelder, Philippe, Domont, Lories & Mertens”. He is professor in banking and contract law at the University of Louvain and Paris and he is the author of various academic books, including a thesis on the change of circumstances in contract law and articles relating to privatisations. Denis has been appointed arbitrator by CEPANI and CCI and since 1960 he has been selected numerous times by the European Union to perform the function of expert for the implementation of European directives and for the approximation of legislation’s in Eastern European countries. Denis contributed to the creation of the IAG: an international network of lawyers and tax advisers. He is therefore a strong supporter of Philippe & Partners’ active role in various international networks such as IAG, IBLC, Interleges and OASIS.

Firm Overview:

What motivates us?

We are convinced that priority must be given to innovation as a source of progress.

Our action is therefore guided by a core value, a value reflecting a lawyer’s social role: the success of your projects.

How do we work?

Above all, we seek to understand you and your business.

This is why we do not see a lawyer’s role solely as describing legal rules, but much more as coming up with pragmatic yet legally sound solutions tailored to ensure the successful realisation of your projects. As many of us have worked within your companies (outsourcing/outplacement), we understand “how you tick”.

Anticipating legal developments helps ensure the long-term accuracy of legal solutions. This is the reason why our firm is made up of specialised lawyers. It has very close links with the academic world, and a number of our lawyers take on teaching assignments in the main Belgian universities and certain European ones.

Our firm has branches in several countries and our lawyers are multilingual. We have also developed, over time, privileged partnerships with international lawyer networks sharing our humanist values, allowing us to support your projects throughout the world.

Our firm is completely independent, has a human size and is guided by an irreproachable professional ethic.

Attentive to the sound financial management of our firm, we offer particularly attractive fees.

Joost Peeters

Joost Peeters has a very broad spectrum of expertise. He is specialised in debt collection, insurance law, company law (legal assistance in various takeovers and share transfers), business law, (commercial) tenancy law, contract law, and traffic law. He is liquidator in bankruptcy proceedings and he assist companies that are in difficulties (mainly in cases governed by the Belgian Continuity of Enterprises Act).

Concerning debt collection, the experience and full service of Joost Peeters through his office STUDIO | LEGALE ADVOCATEN has been noted and acknowledged by the EUROCOLLECTNET network. After going through a very thorough and intensive selection procedure, Joost Peeters became the exclusive member as from 2017. Furthermore, Joost Peeters is the exclusive member for Belgium of the IR GLOBAL network considering debt & asset recovery, insurance law and data privacy & security.

Joost Peeters and his office deliver a truly full service debt collection service. Their extensive experience and firm and quick handling in your debt collection files drastically increase the chances of positive results.

Firm Overview:

STUDIO | LEGALE asserts itself in being a LEGAL ONE STOP SHOP. As it is very rare that in one case only one legal domain is concerned, STUDIO | LEGALE has the broad spectrum of expertise to truly be a full service law firm. Through the membership of various international networks, this is even the case in cross-border matters. The service and assistance of STUDIO | LEGALE in the area of debt collection goes from the first demand for payment to the enforcement of positive judgments.

STUDIO | LEGALE represents very diverse clients: private individuals, SMEs, real estate giants and multinationals. Our office also assists governments, autonomous municipal enterprises, water companies and investment firms.

STUDIO | LEGALE has extensive expertise in many legal areas. Last year alone, STUDIO | LEGALE successfully assisted in numerous M&A deals. STUDIO | LEGALE furthermore is very experienced in insurance law. Not only is Joost Peeters the lawyer of various Belgian insurance companies, he also delivers advice and assists the insured in and out of court proceedings. Lastly, GDPR – an upcoming general concern in society – is a special area of expertise for STUDIO | LEGALE. Joost Peeters has obtained the Special Training Certificate for Belgian Criminal Cassation Proceedings. He recently obtained the DPO (Data Protection Officer) Degree concerning the new GDPR at the esteemed DPI (Data Protection Institute).

Anthony Bochon

Anthony Bochon is our exclusively recommended Competition Law expert in Belgium on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Anthony directly using the contact details listed above.

Anthony obtained a Master’s Degree in Law from the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB) (2010) and a Bachelor’s degree in History from the Université Saint-Louis (2010). He then obtained a Master’s Degree in European and Economic Law (LL.M.) from the University of Cambridge (United Kingdom, 2011) and joined the Brussels Bar the same year.

Anthony Bochon previously worked in the Brussels office of the international law firm Squire Patton Boggs. He joined EVEREST in 2018.

Firm Overview:

Everest is a law firm specialised in legal services for businesses and corporations. Everest is comprised of a team of lawyers, each highly specialised in those fields of law with which companies are faced on a daily basis. Our legal services focus on the things that truly matter to you: quality, economy, expertise – and a regional and an international focus in which your business takes centre stage. Our lawyers have practised for years in renowned law firms, where they have built up their reputations, counselling large corporations as well as small and medium-sized enterprises. In addition, several of our lawyers lecture at university. Everest has offices in Brussels, Ghent and Bruges.

Philippe De Baere

Philippe De Baere is our exclusively recommended International Trade Law expert in Belgium on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Philippe directly using the contact details listed above.

Van Bael & Bellis is uniquely placed to assist companies and third country governments in understanding and navigating the regulatory complexities resulting from the UK’s decision to leave the EU.

Our lawyers are frequently consulted by governments and multinational companies on how to address the complexities resulting from Brexit.

As the leading trade and customs law specialists in Brussels, Van Bael & Bellis assists clients in dealing with the disruption of supply chains as a result of the reintroduction of tariffs and customs borders between the UK and the EU27, and advises on the steps that can be taken to mitigate the impact.

Likewise, the firm provides guidance on how free trade agreements (“FTAs”) can be used to maintain free access to the EU and UK markets for both goods and services.

Annick Vroninks

Annick Vroninks is a partner in the Competition and EU law department at Ashurst, Brussels. She has a broad experience in all areas of competition law.

Annick acted in a number of high-profile cartel and abuse cases before the Competition Authorities in Belgium and the EU and built up a particular expertise in defending dominant companies in different industries.

Annick also represents clients before the Belgian and European Courts in contentious competition law related cases.

In addition, she advises a wide variety of mainly industrial clients on EU and Belgian merger control matters and has inter alia been involved in a large number of energy related mergers (including second phase).

Annick handled competition law cases and advised on compliance with competition law in a broad range of industry sectors such as energy, consumer goods, retail, waste, cement, packaging, etc.

Annick is a Belgian advocaat/avocat and a member of the Brussels Bar. She is fluent in Dutch, French and English.

Pascal Vanderveeren

Pascal Vanderveeren is a Belgian lawyer. He was the president of the International Criminal Bar (the bar association of the International Criminal Court) during 2007-2010. He was president of the bar in Belgium during 1998-2000. He also founded his own law firm, Vanderveeren & Associes, in Brussels, which specializes in business crime.

Vanderveeren received his Dr. Jur. from Université catholique de Louvain in 1968, and Lic. Econ. Law from Université Libre de Bruxelles in 1969. He is married to Ana da Silveira.

Firm Overview:

Our association is established in the heart of the City and near the Palais de Justice.

Is it a coincidence? Not really…

Brussels is a central city. It goes beyond the Belgian, even European, framework.

Being “in town” means being close to its inhabitants.

Our structure – of medium size – promotes easy and rapid contact. We are therefore close to our clients, respecting the tradition of the bar.

From the first contact, you will appreciate the quality of a personalised approach. You will benefit from sound advice and you will be helped in how to approach a dispute.