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Liedekerke recognized by The Legal 500 EMEA in the 2021 Rankings


We are pleased to announce that our firm has once again achieved excellent rankings in the 2021 edition of Legal 500 EMEA, one of the world's leading legal directories.

In the newly published legal guide, Liedekerke is ranked in no less than 14 practice areas. Maintaining our stellar positions in the Energy, Environment, Retail and Real Estate & Construction practice areas, our Competition practice has also moved up in the ranks this year. The rankings also celebrate key individuals in the firm, with a total of 44 recognitions as Leading Individuals, Hall of Fame Individuals, Next Generation Partners, Rising Stars and Key Lawyers.


[Recognised practice areas]

Environment - Tier 1

Energy - Tier 1


  • Efficient and reliable advice in the right timeframes.’
  • ‘Good understanding of our needs and requests. Well-developed explanations and advice.’
  • ‘Damien Verhoeven is one of the top energy lawyers in Belgium; not only does he know everything, he also has a clear view on everything. He has been focusing on this area since the liberalisation of the energy market started. Having regard to the ever-growing complexity of European, federal and regional regulation, such a background is key to understanding it and still making it work. We also appreciate his team of highly skilled lawyers, which he promotes a lot.’

Retail - Tier 1


  • ‘We trust the team and they deliver high-quality work. They are fast, responsive and gives straightforward advice.’
  • ‘Olivier Vanden Berghe is a skilled and experienced lawyer; he is very commercially oriented and finds the best solution for the client. Yves Delacroix is the best real estate lawyer for the retail sector I have dealt with. He is highly knowledgeable of the subject matter and a superb litigator.’


Real Estate and Construction - Tier 1


  • Great team spirit‘.
  • ‘Yves Delacroix: Extraordinary knowledge of law yet very pragmatic. Always available‘.
  • ‘Marie Heyvaert: young and promising legal counsel. Very calm and reassuring to work with‘.
  • ‘Yves Delacroix, Alexandre Emond and Marie Heyvaert form a hands on team. It is a pleasure to work with them‘.
  • ‘Yves Delacroix and Augustin Paternostre: their experience, their refined intelligence, their reactivity create a very good background for good results‘.
  • ‘The lawyers of the Liedekerke real estate practice have profound market knowledge and are excellent dealmakers. They are skilful negotiators and provide detailed high-quality advice at a reasonable value for money ratio‘.


Commercial, Corporate and M&A - Tier 2


  • ‘Putting a lot of effort into diversity. Nice global network that we can build on. Evolving in terms of latest technology.‘
  • ‘Wim DeDecker is a brilliant lawyer, but at the same time has great empathical capabilities and therefore knows how to get the best result. Both Christel Van Den Eynden and Damien Conem are excellent lawyers as well. Very hands-on and responsive.‘
  • ‘Hands-on, very flexible, large team of experts…‘
  • ‘Availability, practicality and attention to client expectations and desired outcomes. Christel Van den Eynden is exceptionally available and over time we have developed a strong relationship with associate Ellen Vermeire. They have come to know us and we have come to know them making working together easy and efficient.‘
  • ‘Very deep expertise and ability to deliver under very tight time constraints. Jacques Meunier has demonstrated amazing expertise and negotiation/human interaction skills. He was able to elevate the discussion whenever we stumbled on a blocking point to find a solution meeting everyone’s need.‘


Competition; Belgian Law - Tier 2

Dispute Resolution - Tier 2


  • ‘Expert knowledge of the Belgian legal disputes system‘.
  • ‘In international arbitration, Arnaud Nuyts and his team impress both as real fighters and as highly knowledgeable, competent international lawyers. Clearly, judges and arbitrators listen to Nuyts with respect‘.
  • ‘The team is efficient, dedicated and always gives prompt, proactive, accurate, comprehensive and to the point advice‘.
  • ‘Olivier Vanden Berghe is a skilled and experienced lawyer, he is very commercially oriented and finds the best solution for the client‘.
  • ‘Bruno Hardy is very responsive, smart and good at pleading. He works in an efficient and pragmatic manner‘.
  • ‘Nuyts is a bright example of a stellar academic with a vast theoretical background and a really practice-oriented counsel. His theoretical depth and his practical insight in international commercial litigation and arbitration cases make him one of the strongest practitioners in continental Europe‘.


Employment - Tier 2


  • ‘They are quick to respond, patient and sound with their advice‘.
  • ‘They deliver high quality services and are very reactive‘.
  • ‘Paul Geerebaert and Vincent Busschaert are leading practitioners on the Belgian market‘.
  • ‘When you work with Liedekerke, you know that you are dealing with a quality law firm with high quality people. There is always a feeling of trust and confidence‘.
  • ‘Highly practical and commercial‘.
  • ‘The team is solid and very well coordinated‘.


EU Regulatory: Financial Services - Tier 2


  • ‘In-depth market knowledge‘.
  • ‘Tom Van Dyck is extraordinary in his know-how and structuring his thoughts. Ability to zoom into details and zoom out when necessary. Very client-minded and friendly in conversations. Shows true interest in the file he is preparing. A pleasure to work with‘.
  • ‘Sarah Michot is very intelligent and a hard working professional‘.

Fraud and White-collar Crime - Tier 2


Insolvency and Restructuring - Tier 2


  • ‘Roel Fransis and his team have technical expertise and great commercial awareness and knowledge of the court insolvency process in Belgium, which makes cross-border working with the team seamless.’
  • ‘The team is high-quality and does an excellent job. We receive the information requested in good time and the partners are also available. The team also has good business understanding.’
  • ‘Roel Fransis delivers exactly what the client needs, when they need it. He is able to deal with complex issues and makes the client feel comfortable.’
  • ‘A solid firm. Roel Fransis is a safe bet in Belgium.’
  • ‘Roel Fransis is helpful, practical and a good insider in a Belgian situation.’

Intellectual Property - Tier 2


  • ‘Can recommend Liedekerke for its professionalism, responsiveness, effectiveness and for being multilingual in its communications, reporting and court pleadings.’
  • ‘Great team with a wide diversity of expertise. All very positive people and always looking to find new ways of collaborating with other international firms.’
  • ‘Very responsive and they provide their advice in an easy to understand format’
  • ‘The team is hands-on and all-round at the same time.’
  • ‘As far as I am concerned, Sarah van den Brande is partner material!’
  • ‘The IP team is very friendly and approachable, and therefore fun to work with!’
  • ‘Excellent expertise and very pragmatic approach. Looks for solutions. Other law firms often keep defending a position without looking at the total picture.’
  • ‘Sarah van den Brande is a great negotiator who can convince through her expertise.’

Banking, Finance and Capital Markets - Tier 3


  • ‘Wim Dedecker is not only an excellent and very knowledgeable lawyer but he truly understands the customer’s needs. He is also very committed and eager to deliver the results we are seeking within the agreed deadlines‘.
  • ‘They are pragmatic, result oriented, and available‘.
  • ‘Freya Mareels – we appreciate her for her competence, client-focus, dedication and her drive to deliver on target‘.
  • ‘Tom Van Dyck is available at any time and able to react and provide technical advice very swiftly in a hands-on manner‘.
  • ‘Very much engaged in trying to obtain the best result for the client‘.
  • ‘In both an advisory setting and in administrative proceedings, Tom van Dyck has shown to be willing to go the extra mile. He has demonstrated extraordinary intelligence and persuasiveness‘.
  • ‘The team is very well organized; they communicate effectively, are always planned and organized, and always deliver‘.
  • ‘Very pragmatic, easy to communicate with, clear communication‘.

Transport - Tier 3


  • ‘To-the-point advice, which enables the client to take optimal decisions.’
  • ‘Imaginative thinking in innovation projects linked to the industry.’
  • ‘Very reactive, to-the-point and practical answers.’


[Hall of Fame]

  • Aimery de Schoutheete
  • Vincent Busschaert
  • Yves Delacroix


[Leading Individuals]

  • Alexandre Emond
  • Arnaud Nuyts
  • Christel Van den Eynden
  • Damien Conem
  • Damien Verhoeven
  • Dominique Devos
  • François Tulkens
  • Magda Vandebotermet
  • Paul Geerebaert
  • Stefaan Raes


[Next Generation Partners]

  • Freya Mareels
  • Wim Dedecker


[Rising Stars]

  • Bruno Hardy
  • Julie De Bonnet
  • Sarah van den Brande
  • Jean Pierre Kesteloot


[Key Lawyers]

  • Aimery De Schoutheete
  • Alexandre Emond
  • Augustin Paternostre
  • Bernard Vanbrabant
  • Bruno Hardy
  • Céline Vanhecke
  • Christel van den Eynden
  • Davy Vandenbussche
  • Filip De Preter
  • Freya Mareels
  • François Tulkens
  • Jacques Meunier
  • Julie De Bonnet
  • Leen Holvoet
  • Louise Verstraete
  • Marie Heyvaert
  • Nina Carlier
  • Olivier Vanden Berghe
  • Roel Fransis
  • Sarah Michot
  • Sarah van den Brande
  • Tom Van Dyck
  • Vincent Busschaert
  • Vincent Mussche
  • Wim Dedecker


Collectively, these rankings reflect the depth and breadth of our firm’s expertise across a wide range of practice areas.

We would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to our clients for their valuable feedback and trust, and congratulate all ranked practice groups and lawyers!