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Banking and Finance

Whether you are a lender or a borrower, you can expect sophisticated and pragmatic advice on corporate funding and related security schemes. Our team has the know-how, the size and the international capacity to ensure successful deal-making in Belgium and abroad.

Our team includes experts on retail banking products and services, consumer credit, mortgages, financial law and payment mechanisms. We advise clients on regulatory banking matters – such as Basel III – and often assist clients in negotiating with regulators.

Banks and companies also rely on our dedicated insolvency team for assistance with insolvencies, advice on secured creditor positions, as well as debt rescheduling and corporate restructuring.

Our dedicated finance litigation team has a strong expertise in handling litigation in relation to the matters referred to above.

Partner, Lead of Banking Group
T : +32 2 551 15 58
Partner, Lead of Financial Regulation Group
T : +32 2 551 15 51

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Recent work highlights include:

  • A key role in a number of  government-led bank rescues in the period 2008-2012.
  • Giving advice on the set-up of retail banking products (mortgage and consumer credit) and payment schemes to the largest banking institutions and to several niche players (captive leasing companies, credit insurers, foreign banks, payment service providers, etc).
  • Taking leading roles in large court administration proceedings and landmark litigation cases (Supreme Court).
  • Assisting a Belgian/French manufacturer to negotiating a cross-border syndicated credit facility and related security scheme.
  • Working on complex vendor finance and asset backed funding schemes.
  • Giving expert assistance to clients in project finance, leasing and factoring, or industry specific types of lending (automotive, heavy industry, transport).
  • The practice is a lead player in real estate finance in close cooperation with our Real Estate team, and is regularly called upon in relation to some of the largest transactions in the Belgian market.



What others say about us

'very good technical knowledge, creative and sophisticated drafting skills, proactive attitude and solution-driven mindset'.

'I was impressed by their constructive approach during negotiations, with a strong focus on protecting our interests'.

'very pragmatic and business-oriented'.

'Freya Mareels assists clients with leveraged and acquisition finance mandates, as well as advising on refinancing mandates and securitisation of debt. One client attests: "We appreciate her for her competence, client focus, dedication and her drive to deliver on target."'.

'Tom Van Dyck assists asset managers and banks with regulatory matters, including the establishment of investment funds, financial legislation and banking litigation. Van Dyck is described by sources as having "very good technical skills."'.

-- Chambers Europe & Chambers Global Banking & Finance - Regulatory 2021

‘The team is hands-on, pragmatic and thorough. A pleasure to work with‘.

‘Freya Mareels has a deep understanding of the banking and finance market, and is knowledgeable both technically and in terms of market practices. She also communicates clearly and quickly goes to the essence of the matter‘.

-- Legal 500 Banking, Finance and Capital Markets 2020

At Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick, the 'excellent' practice head Tom Van Dyck is assisting Flemish investment company PMV with implementing the fourth Anti Money Laundering Directive (AML4) within the four funds the client manages. Senior associate Karolien Decoene and associate Louise Verstraete are also recommended.

-- Legal 500 EU Regulatory : Financial Services 2020

Clients admire the "flexibility and availability" of the lawyers, in addition to their constructive advice.

Another client hails Liedekerke as a "very good, local firm with an excellent reputation" in the banking market.

Freya Mareels is noted by the market as a rising star whose name is "really worthwhile mentioning." She assists banks with leveraged finance, real estate finance and general corporate lending matters.

Tom Van Dyck focuses on financial regulatory matters, including fund formation and regulation. A client enthuses: "He finds new solutions, is very practical and very helpful and establishes very good contact with the regulator. He knows what he's talking about and is also a very reliable person."

-- Chambers Europe & Chambers Global Banking & Finance - Regulatory 2020

Jan-Vincent Lindemans heads the finance practice, focusing on corporate lending, trade finance and debt restructuring.

-- Chambers Global 2017

“Concise, clearly understandable and concrete advice. (...) The team’s pragmatism is very much appreciated.”

-- Chambers Global

The “outstanding” Jan Vincent Lindemans heads the team.

-- Legal 500 2017

“It is an honour to work with somebody as professional and intelligent as Tom Van Dyck.”

-- Chambers Europe

Jan Vincent Lindemans is “always very responsive and calm in a crisis.”

-- Chambers Global

Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick is "a reliable adviser in insolvency and restructuring matters".

-- Legal 500 Insolvency and Restructuring 2016

Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick has an “excellent” reputation.

-- Legal 500 Insolvency and Restructuring 2015