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Regulatory

Liedekerke boasts an elite regulatory practice providing the highest level of advisory and litigation services to private and public sector clients.  It covers all of Belgium’s federal and regional entities thanks to its truly culturally diverse, multilingual teams.  

Our regulatory practitioners are experts in public institutions and services as well as in the various areas of economic regulation, assisting both private and public sector entities. We are particularly recognized for our skills in environmental, zoning and planning, energy and public procurement regulations.

Apart from our team’s autonomous expertise, our regulatory practitioners seamlessly join forces with the firm’s other practices especially on M&A and real estate transactions. 

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Public Institutions and Services

  • Acting on a variety of disputes pending with the new Flemish regional administrative jurisdiction (“Raad voor Vergunningsbetwistingen”) on issues implying restrictions of the powers of the federal Council of State.
  • Challenging aspects of the implementation of the EU’s “Third Energy Package” into Belgian law.
  • Assisting in a variety of litigious as well as non contentious public procurement and PPP issues.
  • Maintaining a presence in the practice areas which are at the crossroads of constitutional (i.a. institutional), sector-specific regulatory and general practices (e.g. commercial and criminal law).

 

Economic Regulation

  • Assisting a leading global environmental utility to dispose of most of its Belgian waste management activities.
  • Assisting a BRIC-investor to develop a new petrochemical operation in Belgium’s Flemish Region.
  • Assisting a number of utilities across a variety of industry sectors to secure their “licences to operate” either through legal lobbying support work or by representing them in administrative and contentious procedures.
  • Acting on a series of litigious cases regarding energy, planning and zoning and environmental matters, pending with Belgium’s various constitutional, administrative, civil and criminal jurisdictions.

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What others say about us
  • Energy

Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick’s multidisciplinary team advises on corporate and commercial, project finance, tax and environmental matters and is also noted for its “top-notch regulatory practice”. -- Legal 500 –Energy – 2015 Edition

Practice head Damien Verhoeven is recognised as a pre-eminent figure in energy regulation in the Belgian market: "He knows Belgian public law very well and is very strong in litigation claims." -- Chambers Europe –Energy – 2015 Edition

Damien Verhoeven receives effusive praise for his deep understanding of energy regulation, with sources highlighting his presence on high-level files and representation of regulators at the federal level: "On pure regulatory issues, he is a leading lawyer with the best knowledge on the market." -- Chambers Europe – Energy – 2014

  • Public Law

Praise for Frank Judo from clients: "An absolutely top lawyer." -- Chambers Europe – Public Law – 2015

Dirk Lindemans remains among the very top choices for Belgian public law, especially in the Dutch-speaking region. Sources highlight his broad experience, excellent knowledge and client service: "He keeps us informed on a regular basis - we never have to ask about the state of the file," say clients. -- Chambers Europe – Public Law – 2014

Sources commend Damien Verhoeven for his recent work on energy regulation. "He knows all the regulations and European directives and has an eye for detail," report interviewees. --Chambers Europe – Public Law – 2014

  • Environment

Head of department Dirk Lindemans is widely praised for his practice in administrative law, which extends to environmental and energy issues. "I have always regarded him in high esteem as an environmental lawyer," an impressed source notes. -- Chambers Europe – Environment – 2014

Dominique Devos specialises in soil pollution and waste management and has an excellent reputation for environmental law. “He is reactive, has high expertise in the environmental field and perfectly understands our issues.” -- Chambers Europe – Environment – 2014