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Alter Cédric *

c.alter@janson.be

Cédric Alter (born 1972) graduated from the Brussels University School of Law in June 1995 (Lic. Juris, graduated magna cum laude, ULB, 1995).

Prior to joining Janson Baugniet as Partner as of 1 September 2007, Mr Alter was Special European Counsel at Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP Brussels office (2005-2007), and an associate at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (2002-2005) and Stibbe (1996-2002).

Mr Alter has gained significant experience of business law and contract law working for both Belgian and foreign clients.

He also regularly acts in judicial and arbitration proceedings (as counsel or arbitrator), and is a member of the Belgian Centre for Arbitration and Mediation (CEPANI and CCI).

Mr Alter was an assistant professor at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) in the field of civil obligations and contract law from 1998 to 2012. In 2012 he became a professor of business law at the Solvay Brussels School of Economic and Management of ULB. He is the author or co-author of numerous publications in the field of contract law, as well as in banking law, insolvency and securities and guarantees. In 2010 he wrote a book on general banking law and recently co-author a book on the Belgian Business Continuity Act with Alain Zenner.

Chambers & Partners 2013 commented: "Clients say that Cédric Alter of Janson Baugniet 'picks up on the technicalities, understands the nuances of the process, and works well with local counsel'. He represented Oxycure in litigation with competitors up to the Supreme Court."

Chambers Global Guide 2014 stated: "Cédric Alter is a growing presence in the field of dispute resolution and has recently handled litigation and arbitration matters in Belgium and abroad; he acts as both counsel and arbitrator."

Legal 500 (2013) recommends Cédric Alter in banking and finance, dispute resolution, insolvency and restructuring.  

Mr Alter's working languages are French and English.

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Berwette Martine

m.berwette@janson.be

Martine Berwette primarily operates in the field of commercial law and contracts.

She also has long experience of Congolese law (DRC), particularly in contract law and social law (especially for expatriate contracts).

She also specialises in trademark law, copyright and trade secrets and was an alternate member of the Board for Intellectual Property (Copyright section) from December 2009 to 2014. She has been mentioned in the "Legal 500 ranking" for intellectual property.

Martine Berwette has a further specialisation in all aspects of criminal law of these fields, including enforcement measures (seizures) and exequatur. She has taught private judicial law for several years at the Brussels Bar, and has held a position as an assistant in charge of exercises in private judicial law at the University of Mons since 2011.

Martine Berwette has a Law degree from the Free University of Brussels (1991). Admitted to the Brussels Bar in 1991, she practised at a large law firm in Brussels for over twenty years before joining Janson Baugniet as a partner.

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Block Guy*

 

Guy Block is the Head of the Energy and Transport Department at Janson Baugniet. He has been a practising lawyer in the field of energy and transport law for more than 20 years and has acquired extensive knowledge and experience in those sectors. Guy has in particular assisted with the liberalisation of the electricity and gas markets in European Member states such as Belgium, France, Luxembourg and Romania, as well as in non-European countries such as Turkey, Iran, Morocco, Qatar and Tajikistan. Besides drafting various legislative and regulatory texts, he has taken part in many international conferences and published several articles and books devoted to energy law. 
His main areas of practice include the liberalisation of the energy (electricity and gas) and transport (railways, air and road) markets. Guy  frequently acts before the civil and administrative courts and the European Court of Justice. He has significant experience in the assessment, drafting and evaluation of legislation relating to the liberalisation of energy markets, and the drafting of energy supply contracts, B.O.T. contracts for power plants (gas turbines, wind farms, nuclear, coal), LNG, pipeline matters, as well as financial arrangements.
Guy acts as a national and international arbitrator before the ICC, LCIA, IAI and ASA.
Guy has a Doctorate of Law (Ph.D.), Master of Laws (LL.M.), Master's degree in Transport, Certificate of English Law and Law degree from the University of Liège. Guy speaks French, English and Dutch. He also has a basic knowledge of Russian.
Chambers 2014 recommends Guy al follows: "Guy Block heads the energy and transport department at Janson Baugniet. He has a long-standing reputation in energy and climate regulatory law, and continues to advise on high-profile matters at a regional, federal and governmental level."
Guy is also nominated by Who's Who Legal 2014 as one of the world's leading practioners in the field of energy law.

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Blommaert Dominique*

d.blommaert@janson.be

Dominique Blommaert joined Janson Baugniet in 1994 and has been a partner since 1998. He graduated in Law in 1988 and in History in 1987 from the University of Leuven and obtained a degree in Economic Law from the University of Brussels in 1989. Dominique has been a scientific collaborator of the Financial Law Institute at the Ghent University since 1990.

He heads the banking and finance department at Janson Baugniet, advising financial institutions on banking and financial law. He is a recognised expert in credit law, including consumer and mortgage credit law. 
He advises on the legal aspects of the creation of new financial and banking products, asset management, finance structures (often related to collateral) and related contractual aspects. His department regularly publishes articles on these topics.
He has a strong track record in litigation, representing financial institutions. His practice also covers arbitrations (as lawyer and as arbitrator). 
His major clients include two of the four leading Belgian banks, and several smaller financial institutions. He also guides four of the largest international banks or financial conglomerates in their banking and credit activity in Belgium.
Clients single out Dominique Blommaert for his "reputation as a skilled and experienced litigator in the field of Belgian financial and banking law, and his academic credentials" (Legal 500).

"Dominique Blommaert of Janson Baugniet is a leader in the field of banking litigation. He is representing Herman Verwilst, former CEO of Fortis, in litigation regarding the bank's collapse. Clients say he is 'very diligent, conscientious in the sense that when he promises to deliver by a certain point in time you can be assured that he will. And he combines that with excellent quality advice'."  (Chambers and Partners 2013)

Chambers Global Guide 2014 reports: "Banking and Finance practice head Dominique Blommaert of Janson Baugniet has an excellent record in litigation and arbitration, regularly acting on behalf of leading banks".

Dominique is also recommanded in Legal 500 (2013) in the following editorial sections:

  • Banking: "Janson Baugniet is particularly strong in contentious matters and represents a number of banks in litigation. Dominique Blommaert recently led the firm's representation of Dexia in litigation against Publi-T regarding the winding up of the Holding Communal.  Other key clients include HBC and Citibank." 
  • Litigation: "Janson Baugniet's ‘excellent' practice, which concentrates on commercial, banking and insolvency cases, has ‘profound industry knowledge' and provides ‘outstanding value for money'. Dominique Blommaert, who shows ‘experience and vision', and Cédric Alter represented the temporary receivers and, subsequently, the trustees of Brink's Belgium in numerous litigations against other Brink's companies."
  • Insolvency and restructuring: "Janson Baugniet is particularly strong in insolvency litigation, and Dominique Blommaert led the team in the De Dijcker transportation group restructuring process and related litigation."

Dominique is fluent in Dutch, French and English.

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Bouillon Emmanuelle

e.bouillon@janson.be

Emmanuelle BOUILLON (born 1978) graduated in Law at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (2000). She also holds an LL.M. degree in Business Law from the same university (2001). She mainly practises commercial law, commercial usages and lease contracts. She gained some valuable experience working for the liquidator Alain d'Ieteren. 
Emmanuelle has been assigned as a liquidator since April 2014.

Languages: French. She also has a good passive knowledge of English and Dutch.

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Bracke Didier*

d.bracke@janson.be

Didier Bracke, born in June 1969, graduated in Law in 1992. He obtained an LL.M. in European Community Law at the European College in Bruges.

Before joining Janson Baugniet in July 2005, he worked at the law firm Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick (1996-2005).

For more than 10 years, Didier Bracke has been exclusively working in (European and Belgian) banking law, commercial law and civil law cases.

He is cited by Legal 500 as one of the leading attorneys-at-law in the fields of 'Banking, finance and capital markets' and 'Dispute resolution'.

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Bruyns Martin

 

Martin BRUYNS (born 1979) graduated in Law from the Université catholique de Louvain (2004). He then obtained a degree in Business Economics and Management and in Chinese Business Studies (2005) from the Vlekho Business School (Brussels).

He mainly practises the law of obligations, contract law, real estate law, construction law, commercial distribution law and company law.

Languages: French, Dutch and English. 

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Buydens Mireille*

 

Mireille Buydens heads the Intellectual Property and IT Practice at Janson Baugniet with Hans Dhondt. She is particularly recognised for her expertise in the field of patents, trademarks and copyright, with extensive experience in complex IP transactions.

She ranks amongst the leading IP lawyers in Belgium and she regularly acts for international chemical and oil companies, as well as major multinationals in the food sector. Mireille is highly regarded for her advice and is also well known for her litigating experience and skills.

Mireille is a professor at the University of Brussels, where she teaches IP law and information law. She is the author or co-author of several books on IP. Mireille also teaches at CEIPI (Centre d'Études Internationales de la Propriété Intellectuelle).

She has a Law degree from the University of Brussels (ULB 1986) as well as a degree in Economic Law (ULB 1987) and a degree in Philosophy (ULB 1988). She also holds a Ph.D. in Law (ULB 1992) and a Ph.D. in Philosophy (ULB 1994).

Mireille was admitted to the Brussels Bar in 1992 and to the Paris Bar in 2001. After practising within other large Brussels and US business law firms, she joined Janson Baugniet as a Partner in 2013.

Mireille is recommended in Chambers 2014 as follows: "Clients appreciate Mireille Buydens' 'expertise, availability and prompt responses'. She is well known for her work on a wide range of issues such as handling patent and trade mark matters for clients in the chemical, food and cosmetics industries."

PRACTICE AREAS

Intellectual property

LANGUAGES

French, Dutch, English, German

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

- Belgian Council for Industrial Property
- Chair of Examination Commission for Patent Attorneys 
- Expert of the Flemish Research Foundation (FWO)
- Professional associations (ANBPPI of AIPPI, BMM, APRAM and ABDA)

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Castiaux Delphine

 

Delphine Castiaux graduated in Law (Université catholique de Louvain - U.C.L.) and obtained an LL.M. in Labour Law (Université Libre de Bruxelles - U.L.B.).

Admitted to the Nivelles Bar in 1999, she soon specialised in advising, assisting in negotiation and representing clients before the courts in individual (entry into, performance and termination of labour contracts, end of career, social status, etc.) and collective (restructuring, collective redundancy, procedures and competent bodies in social dialogue, etc.) labour law issues.

She has published several papers in that field, including one on the disciplinary power of the employer.

She regularly chairs seminars on practical issues and is a member of the editorial board of the legal journal "Chronique de droit social".

Languages: French, Dutch.

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Cocquyt Ophélie

 

Ophélie COCQUYT (born 1976) graduated in Law at the University of Ghent (major: Commercial and Business Law) (1999). She also holds an LL.M. degree in European and Comparative Law from the University of Maastricht (2000).

She was admitted to the Brussels Bar and joined Janson Baugniet in 2000. She specialises in private banking law, commercial law and company law. She both advises clients and represents them before the courts.

Languages: Dutch, French, English.

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d'Ieteren Alain*

a.dieteren@janson.be

Alain d'Ieteren, born in June 1946, graduated in Law in 1970 and obtained an LL.M. in Business Law (Université Libre de Bruxelles - U.L.B.) in 1972.

He started working as an attorney-at-law in September 1970 at the law firm Simont Gutt & Simont, and then joined Janson Baugniet in January 1972, becoming a partner in January 1979.

Alain d'Ieteren was an assistant to Professor H. Bekaert (Law Faculty of the Université Libre de Bruxelles) from 1968 to 1980. During that period he regularly published papers in Belgian legal journals and international conferences, in the fields of insolvency law, criminal liability, civil liability and liability of the Stock Exchange Commission (Commission de la Bourse), among others.

He practises labour law, business law, consumer law, distribution law and insolvency law. He is also a Receiver appointed by the Commercial Court of Brussels and a deputy judge at the Court of First Instance of Brussels.

Since 1988, he has given lectures on business law and especially insolvency law to attorneys-at-law during their traineeship with a view to the Bar admission exam (CAPA - Certificat d'aptitude à la profession d'avocat).

Alain d'Ieteren is a member of the International Association of Young Lawyers (Association internationale des jeunes avocats - A.I.J.A.). He was a member of the executive committee and chaired the business law committee from 1985 to 1987.

 

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Dalle Marc*

 

Marc Dalle has been practising as an attorney-at-law since 1986, focusing from the start on mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in the form of either share deals or asset deals. He advises both sellers and purchasers. He regularly organises data rooms, legal due diligences and drafts and negotiates transfer agreements.

He has also gained extensive experience in several types of contracts that organise the internal and external structure of companies: shareholders' agreements (especially puts and calls), investment contracts, joint ventures, managing contracts, etc. Marc advises several multinational groups on the corporate housekeeping of their Belgian affiliates and restructuring.

His expertise also covers corporate financing, either with credit banking and the usual securities or with venture capital and private equity.

Marc Dalle is fluent in Dutch, French and English.

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Delvaux Paul-Henry*

ph.delvaux@janson.be

Paul-Henry Delvaux specialises in the law of contracts and torts and insurance law, on which he has given lectures at the Université catholique de Louvain - U.C.L.

His expertise, as an advisor and a barrister, mainly covers business liabilities and insurance, medical liability, private life injuries and traffic accidents and assessment of physical injury.

He also acts in litigation relating to construction law and freedom of the press.

He was a member of the Board of the French-Speaking Bar of Brussels and chairman of the Bar's Insurance Committee.

In consideration of his numerous publications, he has been asked to participate in several governmental and private commissions set up to improve the legislation within his areas of expertise.

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Dhondt Hans*

h.dhondt@janson.be

Intellectual property law, information technology, market practices and media law

Attorney-at-law at the Brussels Bar since 1998.

LL.M. Intellectuele Rechten/Droits intellectuels, jointly organised by the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and the Katholieke Universiteit Brussel.

Arbitrator and third-party decider in domain name disputes, member of CEPANI (Belgian Centre for Arbitration and Mediation).

Member of the International Trade Mark Association (INTA), the European Community Trademark Association (ECTA) and the Benelux Vereniging voor Merken- en Modellenrecht (BMM).

Legal 500 2013 comments: "Janson Baugniet has significantly strengthened its IP expertise by recruiting Hans Dhondt from Loyens & Loeff in July 2012 and counsel Bruno de Vuyst from Marx, Van Ranst, Vermeersch & Partners in September 2012. This experienced pair has brought in a number of new clients."

Chambers 2013 reports that the "exceptional" Hans Dhondt is building the IP practice at Janson Baugniet, having recently moved from Loyens & Loeff. One source notes: "He is highly responsive, with an excellent grasp of commercial issues and crisp communication skills." 

Chambers 2014 states: "Hans Dhondt comes highly recommended by clients, who report that 'he is down to earth, conscious of deadlines and keeps things simple. I also appreciate that he is hands-on and sticks to the point.' In addition to his broad IP practice he also sits as an arbitrator in domain name disputes."

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du Jardin Laurent*

 

Laurent du Jardin graduated in Law in 1988 (Université catholique de Louvain - U.C.L.), obtained an international law certificate in 1989 (Universiteit Leiden) and then completed a doctorate. His doctoral dissertation (Ph.D.) was published in 2002 with the title: Un confort sous-estimé dans la contractualisation des groupes de sociétés: la lettre de patronage (An underestimated comfort in contractual relationships in groups of companies: the comfort letter) (Brussels-Paris, Bruylant-L.G.D.J.).

He joined Janson Baugniet in 2004 as a partner, confirming his experience in the field of civil and commercial contracts, with acknowledged expertise in the fields of commercial intermediaries (agency, sales concession, franchising) and securities (especially personal securities: guarantee, banking security and, of course, comfort letter). These are also subjects on which he has lectured at the Université catholique de Louvain (UCL) since 2005.

Laurent du Jardin has considerable experience of legal proceedings and regularly acts as a barrister before the courts. He also has been admitted to the list of current members of the Belgian Centre for Mediation and Arbitration (CEPANI/CEPINA). Among the many sectors in which he works is the car industry, where he has gained unique experience as an in-house lawyer (from 2000 to 2004, he was General Counsel to Renault Belgique Luxembourg S.A.), attorney-at-law and law professor.

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Fosseur Frédéric*

 

Frédéric Fosseur specialises in tax law.

He advises clients and represents them before the courts in cases connected with direct tax issues (income tax, corporation tax, tax on non-residents) and indirect tax (V.A.T., registration fees and inheritance tax).

He has also gained experience in the non-profit sector.

Frédéric Fosseur holds degrees in Law and in Public and International Affairs (Université Catholique de Louvain - U.C.L.). He also attended lectures in tax law at the Ecole supérieure des sciences fiscales (Brussels).

He regularly lectures on topical tax law matters.

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Ghysels Jan*

 

Jan Ghysels became a partner in 2006. He graduated in Law at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel in 1985. He then worked as an assistant to law professors at the University of Ghent and the University of Leuven. He also obtained the training certificate for solicitors at the Cour de cassation (Supreme Court of the Judiciary).

Jan Ghysels specialises in administrative and constitutional law. He mainly practises town and country planning law, environmental law (environmental permits, soil pollution, waste, noise, odour), expropriations, public contracts and public procurement, liability of the State and public authorities, environmental criminal law, energy law, construction law and real estate issues, medical administrative law (e.g. law on medicines), the law applicable to civil servants, the law applicable to the functioning of municipalities and provinces (administrative areas governed by local public authorities). According to Professor Herman Cousy (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven), Jan Ghysels belongs to the endangered species of multidisciplinary lawyers.

Jan Ghysels has wide practical experience in all the above-mentioned fields. He advises project developers, businesses, individuals and public authorities. He frequently represents clients before the Council of State (the highest administrative court), the Constitutional Court and the courts of the Judiciary. He also assists public authorities in the drafting of regulations. Jan Ghysels is closely involved in conflict prevention and has developed a strong reputation in the field of negotiation with or on behalf of public authorities. He also has valuable experience in the field of conflict management.

He combines his practical experience with academic activities. Jan Ghysels frequently organises conferences and is also much in demand as a speaker. He is one of the founders of the legal journal Publiekrechtelijk Kronieken, which is a leading journal in the field of public law. He is also a founder and Chairman of the Centrum Recht, Onteigening en Waardering (CROW - Centre on Law, Expropriation and Valuation).

Jan Ghysels is also the co-founder and managing member of Genootschap Advocaten Publiekrecht (GAP), a non-profit association of attorneys-at-law specialising in public law. He has also been a member of the Council of the Dutch-Speaking Bar of Brussels and is currently involved in the Public Law working group of the Flemish Bar.

Within the firm Janson-Baugniet, he leads a strong team which has numerous publications within its various fields of expertise. The Public Law department (Dutch-speaking) focuses on Flanders and Brussels. Thanks to its wide experience, this department also supports the other departments in the firm whenever public law issues arise. Jan Ghysels' team is therefore used to working in an interdisciplinary manner, both with attorneys-at-law specialising in other fields of the law and with other experts.

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Glansdorff François*

f.glansdorff@janson.be

François Glansdorff graduated in Law in 1968 and obtained an LL.M. in Business Law (Université Libre de Bruxelles - U.L.B.) in 1970. He joined Janson Baugniet on gaining admittance to the Bar in 1968.

He was an assistant at the Université Libre de Bruxelles for the lecture on the law of contracts and torts from 1969 to 1986. Since then, he lectured on special contract law (third year of Bachelor's programme) and been in charge of a seminar dedicated to specific issues in private law (second year of Master's programme). He has been the vice-chairman of the Law Faculty of the Université Libre de Bruxelles.

Since 1970, he has published about 150 legal comments (papers, notes on case law, reports, conference papers, etc.) dedicated to various questions of private law (contract law, commercial law, banking law, company law, liability). He has authored the proceedings of many conferences on these topics.

François Glansdorff's expertise as an attorney-at-law covers the same fields, as an adviser, barrister and arbitrator.

He was a member of the Bar Council of Brussels from 1987 to 1987, after giving lectures on legal proceedings to attorneys-at-law during their traineeship with a view to the Bar admission exam (CAPA - Certificat d'aptitude à la profession d'avocat). He was elected Chairman of the French-Speaking Bar of Brussels for 1996 to 1998. After this, until 2001, he was the first Chairman of the French- and German-speaking Bar Association of Belgium (Ordre des barreaux francophones et germanophone - O.B.F.G.), after the disbanding of the Belgian National Bar. He published several studies and took part in several conferences about professional ethics in the Bar.

He is a member of the editorial board of several legal journals (Journal des Tribunaux, ex-Journal des Procès, Revue générale des Assurances et des responsabilités, Tribune de l'O.B.F.G.). He is also a member of the Institute of Human Rights of the Brussels Bar (Institut des droits de l'Homme du Barreau de Bruxelles) and of the Institute for Studies on Justice (Institut d'études sur la Justice).

Chambers 2013 recommend François Glansdorff for dispute resolution as follows: "Peers say François Glansdorff is a 'very bright commercial lawyer'." He was formerly dean of the Brussels Law School and active in the Bar Association.

Glansdorff François*

 

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Property Law - Commercial Law - Company Law - Arbitration

Born in 1944

Studies

  • Graduated in Law (Université Libre de Bruxelles - U.L.B.), 1968
  • LL.M. in Business Law (Université Libre de Bruxelles - U.L.B.), 1970
  • Secondary studies at the Athénée Royal of Uccle (award for excellence)
  • Lejeune Award in 1972 (award for oral argument)

Professional activities

  • Admitted to the Brussels Bar in 1968
  • Partner at Janson Baugniet since 1976

Teaching activities

  • Vice-chairman of the Law Faculty of the Université Libre de Bruxelles, from 1993 to 1996
  • Co-lecturer, then lecturer, in charge of the lecture on Special Contracts Law (third year of Bachelor's programme - Université Libre de Bruxelles), since September 1986
  • Co-lecturer in charge of the lecture on Specific Issues of Private Law (second year of Master's programme - Université Libre de Bruxelles), since September 1984
  • Assistant at the Université Libre de Bruxelles for the lecture on Criminal Law, from 1974 to 1975
  • Assistant, then senior assistant, at the Université Libre de Bruxelles, for the lecture on Law of Obligations and the lecture on Special Contracts, since 1969
  • Co-lecturer of the lecture on Civil Procedure and Legal Advice to attorneys-at-law during their traineeship with a view to the Bar admission exam (CAPA - Certificat d'aptitude à la profession d'avocat), since 1978
  • Since 2010, professor "ordinaire honoraire" at the ULB (part-time)

Professional organisations and miscellaneous

  • Commander of the Order of Leopold II
  • Chief executive officer of the F. Lazard Foundation
  • Member of the Federal Board of the Belgian Bars, from 2001 to 2005
  • Member of the Board of the Institute of Human Rights of the Brussels Bar (Institut des droits de l'Homme du Barreau de Bruxelles) and of the Institute for Studies on Justice (Institut d'études sur la Justice)
  • Chairman of the French- and German-speaking Bar Association of Belgium (Ordre des barreaux francophones et germanophone - O.B.F.G.), from 1998 to 2001
  • Chief editor of the legal journal Tribune (journal of the O.B.F.G.)
  • Vice-chairman of the French-Speaking Bar of Brussels, from 1994 TO 1996
  • Chairman of the French-Speaking Bar of Brussels, from 1996 to 1998
  • Member of the Commission permanente de recours des réfugiés (Committee for appeals lodged by refugees), from 1989 to 1990
  • Member, then secretary, of the French-Speaking Bar of Brussels, from 1984 to 1987
  • Member of the editorial board of the legal review Journal des Procès, since 1985
  • Chairman of the Young Lawyer Association of Brussels, 1983-1984 
  • Assessor to the Consultation and Defence Office of the French-Speaking Bar of Brussels from 1976 to 1979
  • Member of the editorial board of the legal journal Revue générale des Assurances et des Responsabilités since 1974
  • Member of the editorial board of the legal journal Journal des Tribunaux, since 1971
  • Since 2010, member of the commission for the appointment of lawyers at the Supreme Court 

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Hage Laurence

l.hage@janson.be

Laurence Hage (1974) has many years of experience as an attorney-at-law.

Laurence has broad experience in administrative law, commercial law and contract law. Her main area of practice includes the liberalisation of the electricity and gas markets in Belgium and in Luxemburg on the federal and regional level. In all these fields, Laurence finds solutions and advises clients on administrative procedures, contacts with the authorities, drafting and negotiating contracts, commercial strategy, etc. Laurence has also extensive experience of editing laws and decrees. She advises public entities (federal and regional governments and administrations, private companies of all sizes and private individuals) about their projects. She acts before the Belgian civil, commercial and administrative courts.
Laurence is a regular speaker at conferences and the author of numerous articles and books in the area of the energy markets. She has a Law degree from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KUL) and has worked and studied in Germany (Georg-August Universität Göttingen). She has been a Member of the Dutch-Speaking Bar of Brussels since 1999.

Laurence speaks French, Dutch, English and German. She has also a basic knowledge of Spanish.

 

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Kerremans Johan*

 

Johan Kerremans joined Janson Baugniet as a partner in 2013.

He graduated in law in 1995 (V.U.B.) and holds a special degree in Social Law (VUB 2000) and a Master's degree in Criminology (VUB 1988).

He advises foreign and Belgian companies on different aspects of individual employment law (such as recruitment, dismissals, employee benefits, health and safety issues and privacy) and labour law (transfer of undertaking, outsourcing, collective dismissals, etc) and represents them in court.

Johan Kerremans specialises in international employment matters, including immigration aspects, posting of employees and subcontracting. Furthermore he also concentrates on specific types of employment (sportspeople, medical practitioners, protected employees).

Since 2010 Johan Kerremans has been a teaching assistant in employment law at the University of Antwerp.

In addition Johan Kerremans publishes regularly in the area of employment law and frequently appears as a speaker at seminars on these subjects.

Languages: Dutch, French, English. He also has a basic knowledge of German.

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Koninckx Angie

 

Angie KONINCKX (born 1975) graduated in Law at the Université libre de Bruxelles (1998). She was admitted to the Dutch-Speaking Bar of Brussels in 1998.

Having started her career at the law firm Lepaffe & Associés, where she worked for four years, she joined the real estate department of Janson Baugniet in 2002.

She mainly practises construction law (contractual relationship between the building owner, the constructor, the architect, the subcontractor, the design office, etc. and their respective liability) and public procurement law.

She advises clients and represents them before the courts, either in Dutch or in French.

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Koning François*

f.koning@janson.be

François KONING has been an equity partner at JANSON BAUGNIET since May 2015.

He obtained his Law degree from UCL in 1989 and a special tax qualification from ULB in 1990.

In the same year, he was admitted to the Brussels Bar. He joined the law firm Stibbe in 1991, then moved to Eubelius in 2001, remaining there until 2015.

His practice focuses mainly on white-collar crime cases; he also deals with tax litigation.

François KONING is the author of numerous publications on criminal and tax matters, including the first book ever published in Belgium providing  coaching on how to deal with being questioned by the police or the courts (Comment répondre à une audition policière ou judiciaire, Kluwer, 2013, 111 p.), and a book on income tax rectification, a second, revised edition of which was published in August 2015.

François is recommanded in "ExpertGuides - White collar crime"

His working languages are French, Dutch and English.

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Lagasse Dominique*

 

Dominique Lagasse specialises in the fields of public and administrative law, environmental law, real estate law (including expropriation) and public procurement, in all sectors of the economy, including public or private construction, State-owned companies, the retailing and distribution industry and public authorities in general.

He thus assists and advises his clients about building permits and planning permission, subdivision permits, environmental licences, socio-economic permits, street system permits, the use of public property by private companies, environmental audits of companies, audits of companies' town planning permits, environmental clauses in a contract, contracts with public authorities, appointments and promotions of public agents, employment contracts and disciplinary measures against public agents, public authority liability and actions for suspension or annulment before the Council of State (Conseil d'Etat - highest administrative court in Belgium).

Dominique Lagasse is a Professor at the Université Libre de Bruxelles - U.L.B. since 1991 (notarial administrative law and public domain and street system law). He also was a Professor at the Université de Liège - U.L.G. for two years (specific questions of administrative litigation). He regularly appears as a speaker at conferences and seminars, both academic and professional.

He has published numerous papers on public law and administrative law. His doctoral dissertation (Ph.D.) was published in 1986 with the title: "L'erreur manifeste d'appréciation en droit administratif - Essai sur les limites du pouvoir d'appréciation de l'administration" (Obvious error in the administration's assessment - Essay on the limits of the discretionary power in administrative law) (Bruylant, Brussels, 554 p.) and he is also the author of two manuals for students published by the university press of Brussels.

He is a member of the editorial board of four legal journals or collective publications and was director of the Belgian French-Speaking Association for the Law of Spatial Planning and Urban Development  (Association belge francophone du droit de l'aménagement du territoire et de l'urbanisme - ABeFDATU) until 2009. In this latter role, he organised several study days on this topic.

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Lagneaux Thierry*

 

Thierry Lagneaux advises and represents companies and individuals in the area of commercial and civil contracts in most economic sectors.

He assists his clients in negotiating and drafting major commercial sale and distribution contracts (sales, agency, sales concession, franchising) and represents them before the courts or arbitrators.

He also assists his clients in expansion projects (companies, commercial issues, real estate) and establishment abroad (network and partnership), as well as in their restructuring strategies (insolvency issues, directors' liability and criminal business law). He is member of the Belgian center for Arbitration and Mediation (CEPANI)

He regularly takes part in conferences and seminars, publishes papers and gives lectures to companies and professionals.

 

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Masschelein Céline

c.masschelein@janson.be

Céline Masschelein graduated in law magna cum laude from the University of Ghent in 1999 and obtained a Master in Company Law from the University of Brussels in 2005.
Before joining Janson Baugniet as a partner in March 2016 she was a counsel in the Litigation & Arbitration department of Allen & Overy.
At Janson Baugniet Céline is part of both the commercial and company law team and the corporate criminal law team.
She has a particular interest and specific expertise in corporate criminal law (allegations of fraud, forgery, bribery, money-laundering, insolvency offences, including proactive risk management and compliance issues) and all types of corporate litigation including post-acquisition disputes and all potential areas of disputes between (and liability of) shareholders, directors, auditors and other company actors).
Céline has more than 16 years experience in complex national and international litigation, including both corporate and commercial litigation and all types of investigations (internal, regulatory and criminal), with a specific expertise regarding the interaction between both domains.
She has represented several international and Belgian companies involved in both civil and criminal liability proceedings for which she has been recommended by Legal 500 (2014).
Céline is also active in arbitration and mediation proceedings and provides clients with preventive advice. Her extensive procedural experience brings added value tot the drafting of contracts, avoiding disputes and achieving settlements.

Céline works in both the Brussels and Ghent office. She is fluent in Dutch, French and English.

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Pardon Jean-Nicolas*

jn.pardon@janson.be

Jean-Nicolas Pardon specialises in construction law, in the fields of private contracts and public procurement.

He assists clients in drafting and negotiating various contracts (works contracts, architecture contracts, design offices, specifications) as well as in litigation or disputes connected with the performance of these contracts.

He has handled public procurement cases relating to the performance stage.

His expertise includes lease agreements and common ownership, on which he is regularly consulted by deputies of building owners (syndics d'immeubles), and also covers easement and joint ownership issues.

Jean-Nicolas Pardon is a member of Belgium's National Board of Architect Experts (Collège national des experts architectes de Belgique). He has published several papers on construction law issues.

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Raes David

d.raes@janson.be

David Raes (born 1976) graduated from the Brussels University School of Law (Lic. Juris with Magna cum laude, ULB, 2000) and from the Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago (LLM in Commercial and Contract Law, 2001).
A member of the Brussels Bar since 2001, David has been practising business law for almost 15 years, specifically in the field of banking and finance. David conducts legal proceedings as well as drafting commercial contracts and opinions in financial law.
In particular, he advises his clients in the field of crowdfunding, in which he developed substantial expertise, is the author of notable publications and has been invited to speak at several conferences and seminars.
His experience in the United States (in the State of New York in 1994-1995 as an exchange student and in Chicago in 2000-2001) enables him to provide his clients with a full range of legal services in English.
From 2006 to 2010, David was Assistant Professor at Brussels University in the fields of civil obligations and contract law. Since 2011, he is scientific associate within the business law Unit of the Center of private law of Brussels University.
David has been with Janson Baugniet for over 10 years and became a partner in 2012.

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van Drooghenbroeck Jacques*

j.vandrooghenbroeck@janson.be

Labour law - social security law (employees and self-employed)
Criminal labour law - European law
Medical law (mainly hospital law)

Jacques van Drooghenbroeck was admitted to the Nivelles Bar in 1981 and became a partner at Janson Baugniet in 2004. He helped expand the Labour Law department within the firm and gave the latter a regional connection in Nivelles, where he was Chairman of the Bar from 2001 to 2003. Since then, he has pursued his commitments to the Bar by playing an active role in committees, conferences and seminars organised by the French- and German-Speaking Bar Association of Belgium (Ordre des barreaux francophones et germanophone - O.B.F.G.).

Jacques van Drooghenbroek specialises in labour law, where he focuses on legal advice, conflict prevention, conciliation and arbitration, as well as litigation. He represents clients before all labour courts and criminal courts (criminal labour law and criminal financial law).

He advises his clients on individual and collective law issues (collective bargaining agreements, work regulations, union delegations, prevention of injuries at work, works councils, social elections, etc.), as well as social security issues (social status of company directors, social security contributions, work accidents, etc.). He also assists clients with the labour law aspects of restructuring and share or asset deals.

Jacques van Drooghenbroeck frequently publishes papers about labour law topics and gives various lectures at the Université catholique de Louvain - U.C.L., on subjects such as social security law, health regulation at work and industrial medicine regulation. He regularly takes part in conferences and seminars and plays an active role in the various round table meetings "Actualités en droit social" (Topical subjects in labour law), organised by the Union des classes moyennes - U.C.M. (Federation of Small Firms and Traders) and Brussels Enterprises Commerce and Industries - B.E.C.I. (formerly Chamber of Commerce of Brussels).

His practice as an attorney-at-law also focuses on medicine law and especially on legal issues arising in the hospital sector.

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