Eubelius
Boasting 21 partners, over 100 attorneys and three offices in Brussels, Kortrijk and Antwerp, Eubelius is the country's largest independent law firm. Eubelius has been offering high-quality legal advice and representation for business transactions and disputes, both national and international, since 1994.We counsel on Belgian and European law on all matters that are relevant to the business world. The worlds of finance, biotechnology, telecommunication, pharmaceuticals, information technology (IT), real estate and utility companies are some examples of the sectors our clients are active in.Our clients expect top-quality personalised legal services. We take up this challenge with an exceptional team of professionals. Our attorneys constantly stay abreast of developments in the various national and international legal fields. At the same time, they are familiar with the environment our clients operate in, enabling them to propose innovative solutions in each matter. We provide our services in Dutch, French, English and German.At Eubelius, the legal profession is a matter of teamwork. Our attorneys share the same dynamism, enthusiasm and quality commitment. For complex transactions and disputes we will deploy teams consisting of attorneys from various practice areas. Where necessary – and always in consultation with our clients – we work together with foreign firms. Eubelius considers it essential to work only with the best lawyers. Our partners are leading experts in a variety of legal fields. They often combine their broad professional expertise and experience with academic functions. As a result, they are in great demand as speakers at domestic and foreign conferences and seminars.In addition to in-depth theoretical knowledge and extensive practical experience, Eubelius attaches great importance to entrepreneurship, flexibility and teamwork. This corporate culture guarantees our clients that they can always count on the best available personalised legal services.We provide our clients with advice and representation in each of the practice areas below, in connection with transactions and legal proceedings, arbitration and other disputes.Some of Eubelius' attorneys focus on disputes instead of transactional and advisory work (or vice versa), but lawyers from all of our practice areas also handle disputed matters.Eubelius attorneys work in Dutch, French and English. A number of our partners also handle matters in other languages, such as German.Business law / insolvencyOur business and financial law practice area comprises advice regarding and preparing all types of commercial agreements (sale, lease, distribution, agency, contracting, loans, guarantees, documentary credit, etc.). Counselling on the regulation of financial markets, financial services, insurance and securitisation is also a part of this practice. Furthermore, we provide advice and representation regarding bankruptcies, compositions, liquidations and debt rescheduling and provisional administration, as well as advice and representation regarding seizure and execution.Intellectual property and information technologyIn the field of intellectual property, our lawyers provide counselling and representation in matters involving copyright, patents, designs and models, trademarks plant breeder's rights, and know-how / trade secrets. We represent clients in disputed matters and we also prepare and negotiate contracts (in particular licensing contracts) in these areas. Also see Business and financial law). In the IT and ICT area, we provide counselling and representation in connection with outsourcing and software contracts, e-commerce, database management, and e-government.Corporate, securities and M&AWithin corporate and securities law, we provide advice and assistance regarding mergers, spin-offs, share transfers, restructuring and reorganisations, joint ventures, public and private offerings of securities and debt instruments, family businesses, venture capital, listing and delisting, leveraged transactions, corporate governance rules, clearing, custody & settlement, employee profit sharing and share option plans, etc.Commercial contracts and liabilityIn the past years Eubelius has developed an outstanding contract law practice. The attorneys working in this practice counsel and litigate in the most complex contractual matters. Both general contract law and the law applicable to commercial contracts are practised. We also have a unique expertise in the field of liability law, in both contractual and extra contractual liability disputes. Eubelius'attorneys working in this field, can boast an in-depth knowledge of procedural law and a thorough experience as litigators before courts and arbitration panels.Competition and EU lawThis practice area comprises advice and representation regarding cartels and restrictive practices, abuse of a dominant position, concentrations and joint ventures, government support and other European law issues. Our services also include notifications to and proceedings before the European Commission, the European Court of Justice and the European Court of First Instance, as well as the Belgian competition authorities.Corporate taxation and tax litigationOur firm's tax practice covers all business-related tax issues, with a particular focus on corporate transactions (mergers and spin-offs, internal restructurings, joint ventures and partnerships, etc.), investments (in real estate and securities, as well as foreign investments by Belgian taxpayers and investments in Belgium by foreign taxpayers) and financial transactions (public and private issues of securities, hybrid financing and new financial instruments, etc.). In addition, tax advice is regularly provided regarding estate and succession planning, stock option and profit participation plans, as well as regarding tax-related issues of public legal persons and institutions. In addition to these tax services, we also assist taxpayers in their disputes with tax authorities, both in the administrative phase and before the courts.Employment lawEubelius counsels its clients on all labour law matters (both individual and collective labour law), social security, employee benefits and international employment, and also handles litigations in these areas. Our attorneys have particular expertise in counselling public sector companies and institutions on employment and pensions. For clients in these sectors we field teams that bring together lawyers from our employment law and our administrative law practice areas. Clients facing complex employment law problems (restructuring, company transfers, start-up of a new company, management companies, discrimination, etc.) can call on our lawyers' specialist knowledge. Our attorneys also make their expertise on statutory and supplemental pension and related benefits available to employers, employees, representative organisations, pension funds and group insurers, both in the private and public sectors.Litigation and arbitrationLitigation and arbitration is a separate specialisation within the legal profession. Each of our partners, within his or her area of expertise, has significant litigation experience. In addition, a number of our partners have developed a practice that focuses on litigation matters, without prejudice however to the expertise that they have in one or more of our practice areas. One partner of our firm, Caroline De Baets, has been admitted to appear before Belgium's supreme judicial court ('Hof van Cassatie/Cour de Cassation'), a rare privilege. She is entitled to represent parties in all proceedings before the supreme court. The scope and the diversity of the litigation matters that our lawyers have handled over the years guarantees the firm's clients representation of the highest possible calibre, including in complex litigations and in proceedings before specialised panels. Several of the firm's partners also have in-depth experience with arbitration matters, both as counsel to one of the parties and as member of arbitration panels. We represent clients in connection with international (such as ICC and London Court of Arbitration proceedings) and domestic (Cepina and ad-hoc arrangements) arbitrations.Corporate and financial criminal lawWe have a substantial white-collar crime practice, counselling and representing clients both as defendants and as injured parties in all matters involving corporate and financial criminal law. Our partners in this practice area handle matters concerning alleged tax fraud, customs' offences, insider trading, financial and accounting fraud, money laundering, misuse of corporate assets, etc. Appeals to the Belgian supreme court ('Hof van Cassatie/Cour de cassation') in criminal matters and proceedings before the European Court for Human Rights are also a part of this practice area. Our partners in this practice area also assist clients with corporate compliance programmes.Real estateEubelius partners have special expertise in real-estate matters. We counsel clients on all aspects of a transaction, including purchase and sale, structuring, mortgages and tax planning.Family business & property lawEubelius provides counselling and assistance on governance structures and succession planning for family businesses, conflicts between shareholders of a family business, wills and successions, family and marital property structures, property management, etc.Public & administrative lawWe counsel and represent clients in matters involving the application of public, administrative and environmental law. Our work involves matters such as government contracts and public procurement, public-private partnerships, government-controlled businesses, management agreements, permits and licenses, government property, etc. We also handle matters relating to (alleged) government liability. We provide assistance and representation in co

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Administrative LawAlternative Dispute ResolutionBanking LawCommercial LawConsumer LawCorporate LawCriminal LawEmployment ContractsEnergyEstate PlanningFamily Business LawFamily LawFinanceHealth CareIntellectual PropertyLabor and EmploymentLitigationReal EstateTaxationUnfair Competition

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