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Olivier Vanden Berghe heads the firm’s Commercial Contracts and Litigation Practice. He is specialised in commercial contracts litigation and has been representing large undertakings since 25 years in a wide range of commercial issues.

He deals with the legal aspects and litigation relating to “business-to-business” transactions in a large variety of sectors, such as energy, pharmaceuticals, retail, construction and engineering. He is mentioned in Legal 500 Industry focus: Energy (Belgium). Active both in litigation and advisory, he assists clients in determining the most appropriate business scheme, anticipating risks, dealing with business-critical situations and preventing or resolving disputes. His activity focuses on distribution networks and cooperation agreements, industrial construction and engineering activities and joint ventures.

Olivier teaches a course on commercial litigation at the University of Leuven (KU Leuven). He is regularly invited as a speaker and has written various articles on the subject of commercial contracts. He is the editor in chief of the Revue de Droit Commercial Belge.

Olivier holds a law degree from the University of Leuven (KU Leuven 1993) and an advanced degree in civil law from Paris II University (1994).

Olivier has been an attorney in Brussels since 1995 and joined Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick in 2001, where he became a Partner in 2008.

Recent matters

  • Distribution, Commercial Intermediaries and Retail
  • Successfully defending a major petrochemical company against a 80M€ claim brought by a foreign reseller of polypropylene as a consequence of a supply stop.
  • Representing an airline against a 30M€ claim brought before the courts by a former intermediary for cargo services as a consequence of the termination of the agreement.
  • Advising clients in industries such as energy, pharmaceuticals, catering, services, retail, and cosmetics on their expansion through franchising and other distribution methods or on reorienting their current distribution strategy and on related competition law
  • issues in relation to exclusivity and retail pricing.
  • Representing a major oil and gas company operating high way gas stations under public concession in its litigation against the world leading of operator of highway restaurants.
  • Construction and Engineering 
  • Representing Belgium’s largest refinery and other affected group companies in the proceedings brought as a consequence of a landslide incident damaging underground (crude oil and gas) pipelines and causing production interruptions and shortages.
  • Advising a EU body with regard to the construction/renovation of the building to become its main seat.
  • Assisting the main contractor with the construction of a North Sea offshore wind farm, with disputes and financial issues related to unforeseen circumstances occurring during construction.
  • Assisting a major oil and gas company in the procurement tendering for the 1 billion euro expansion of its refinery.
  • Manufacturing, Supply and Product Liability
  • Representing a large oil and gas company against a 30M€ claim brought in relation to the operation of a cogeneration combined heat and power plant.
  • Defending the manufacturer of heat tracing material as a consequence of incidents at the end customer's premises in the Antwerp Port.
  • Enforcing take or pay agreements for suppliers in the renewable energy field, in the midst of huge price changes on the international market.
  • Supporting a manufacturer in the automotive industry in relation to claims caused by a defective raw material batch and in successfully dealing with a product recall threat.
  • Providing advice to the participants in a consortium agreement for a European research project in the field of nuclear technology.

Professional memberships

  • Editorial Committee Revue de Droit Commercial

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