We frequently act in litigation resulting from the execution (or failure to execute), performance or termination of commercial agreements.
LMBD has a specialized team of attorneys, headed by Bruno Maes, attorney-at-law admitted at the Supreme Court since 2000 and former president of the Supreme Court Bar.
Our experience include assignments in the energy, railways, pharmaceutical and TV-broadcasting sectors.
LMBD is reputed to excel in all areas of Corporate Law / M&A and Corporate Finance.The firm boasts extensive experience in assisting clients in the setting-up of new ventures and their corporate financial structure, as well as in the drafting and negotiation of shareholders and joint venture agreements, the preparation of day-to-day corporate paperwork (including general and board meetings and reports), and the implementation of all kinds of Belgian and cross-border corporate transactions (including acquisitions and divestitures by way of shares or assets deals, mergers, spin-offs and splittings, etc.).
Furthermore, we assist clients in order to structure the end-of-life transactions of corporate entities, by unwinding ventures, liquidating and cleaning up companies and assisting clients in all kinds of insolvency proceedings and restructuring processes.
Our firm also advises on corporate governance issues and directors’, shareholders’ and founders’ liability matters.
We regularly handle sophisticated operations related to corporate financing (share buy-backs, management buy-outs, equity capital restructurings, complex profit distribution issues, LBOs, etc.). We also serve as counsel in initial and secondary public offerings, takeover bids, delistings and public or private offerings.
Our practice includes corporate law litigation and dispute resolution, both before the ordinary Belgian Courts and before arbitration panels (including ICC, CEPINA-CEPANI and ad hoc panels in Belgium and abroad), in matters including shareholdersí disputes, shareholdersí withdrawal or exclusion proceedings, disputes relating to aborted M&A transactions, claims in connection with acquisitions and divestitures, directors’ and shareholders’ liability matters, etc.
In these areas, LMBD advises a wide range of clients, including banks, financial intermediaries, high net worth individuals, industrial players, several Fortune 500 corporations, private equity funds, VC funds and other operators.
In addition, we serve and advise clients on all corporate aspects of non-profit organizations (including various reputed international non-profit entities).
Criminal Financial Law
LMBD broad experience with these issues facilitates its intervention in any procedure at any given time in order to limit the exposure of its clients to the risks of criminal prosecution that could result from certain business transactions. Therefore the firm emphasizes the importance of criminal due diligences and sets up preventive measures (delegation of powers, code of good conduct, compliance programs, etc.).
Distribution Law & Logistics
The firm’s attorneys have been active in the field of distribution law and logistics for years.
In these areas, they are assisting both Belgian and foreign clients in transactional and litigious matters relating to exclusive distributorship agreements, commercial agency agreements, sui generis distribution agreements, etc. Assistance included i.a. ICC Arbitration and representation of clients before the Belgian Courts.
In addition, the firm has been active in various fields of law relating to logistics, in particular in the railway sector.
Dispute Resolution, Litigation & Arbitration
The attorneys of LMBD are all litigators, familiar with the intricacies and peculiarities of various types of dispute resolution.
Our experience includes all kinds of litigation :
- Belgian and international arbitration (including ICC, CEPANI-CEPINA and ad hoc arbitration)
- Ordinary Belgian Courts litigation (including appeals)
- State Council annulment proceedings (“Conseil d’Etat” / “Raad van State”)
- Belgian Competition Council and European Commission (DG COMP) procedures – including appeals
- Summary proceedings (“kort geding” / “référé”), i.a. in corporate and regulated network matters
- Appeal of sector regulators’ decisions before the Brussels Court of Appeal, including sophisticated tariffs litigation
- Court of Justice of the EU
We represent clients in Dutch, French and English. We have experience both on the defendant’s side and on the plaintiff’s.
Energy & Regulated Network Industries
The EU legislature’s decision to unbundle the natural gas, electricity and railway sectors has generated a whole new field of sector-specific regulation and business relations between the new market players. We are widely recognized for being familiar with the legal specifics for every actor and every relationship within this “new normal” legal paradigm: network users, network managers, producers, traders, power exchanges, etc.
We have extensive experience in dealing with the regulators, including handling appeals of their decisions before the specialized courts.
As to government affairs, we have wide experience in dealing at EU-level trade organizations and preparing draft statutes and decrees for implementing EU directives into Belgian law.
We have been advising clients regarding public support to the renewable energy sector – including on- and off-shore windmills. We are assisting clients in transactions involving other renewable energy sources, such as biogas.
In addition, we are familiar with commercial finance agreements, such as commercial factoring agreements, all types of assignment agreements, etc., and related documentation (including legal opinions).
LMBD has developed a broad expertise in the field of life sciences. The firm’s life sciences practice includes representation of various companies in pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, medical devices and health care services.We regularly advise life sciences companies on both public and private equity and debt financings, technology licensing contracts as well as day-to-day corporate and commercial contract matters in the life science field (manufacturing agreements, promotion and co-promotion agreements, supply agreements, distribution and agency agreements, etc.).
LMBD also runs a dedicated healthcare regulatory law practice to help life sciences clients successfully navigate complex regulatory issues and comply with regulatory laws.
Finally, we assist our life science clients in all regulatory, contractual and corporate litigitation and dispute resolution, both before the ordinary Belgian Courts and before arbitration panels (including ICC, CEPINA-CEPANI and ad hoc panels in Belgium and abroad).
Our lawyers have significant in-depth knowledge and a sound commercial understanding of a business’ needs and the specificities of the industry they work in. Clients represented range from leading global corporations to mid-sized companies and start-ups in any business or technological sector.
Real Estates & Construction
LMBD also defends buyers, sellers, lenders, borrowers, landlords and tenants in all their real estate and real estate related litigation and arbitration matters.
LMBD has developed a broad experience in assisting important players in the world of sport (not only sportspeople, but also clubs, federations, commercial management companies, broadcasters) and in helping them tackling the growing number of legal issues.In particular LMBD advises and assists clients in the follow-up of their sport activities (cooperation and sponsorship contracts, contractual liability, image rights, setting up commercial companies etc.).
The firm’s attorneys represent clients before the ordinary Belgian Courts (both criminal and civil law) and have experience with various types of dispute resolution before specialized sports courts.
LMBD has a special expertise in football (soccer) and in golf.
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