Arbitration and mediation

Over the years, we have built up an extensive track record in the areas of:

 

Arbitration 

  • Advice on drafting arbitration agreements.
  • Institutional and ad hoc arbitration.
  • Assistance and representation in arbitration procedures: drafting a request for arbitration, assessment of claims, selection of an arbitrator, drafting submissions, preparation of witness statements, examination of witnesses, expert reports, pleadings, in-person and virtual hearings.
  • Assistance and representation in judicial procedures with regard to arbitration: provisional measures, enforcement of an arbitral award, motion for setting aside an arbitral award.
  • Assistance in arbitration proceedings with third party funding: negotiating and drafting of third party funding agreements, enforcement of an arbitral award.
  • Acting as arbitrator: commercial arbitration, sports arbitration.

Mediation

  • Advice in drafting mediation clauses.
  • Institutional and ad hoc mediation.
  • Legal assistance in a mediation: selection of a mediator, preparation of caucus, drafting of settlement agreement resulting from mediation.
  • Acting as mediator: commercial mediation, investor-State mediation.

Collaborative law 

  • Assistance as a collaborative lawyer during negotiations in order to reach an amicable settlement in a dispute.

We can assist our clients and act for them in various languages: Dutch, French, English, German, and Spanish and in various fields (special focus: commercial law, construction law and energy law).

We act in both national and international proceedings, both in Belgium and abroad.

Everest Attorneys has developed its own protocols for online arbitration and online mediation.

Our team

Partner

Herman Verbist

Partner

Frank Burssens

Partner

Mario Van Santvoort

Partner

Lucien Kalenga

Partner

Herman Verbist

Herman Verbist is a lawyer at the bars of Ghent and Brussels. Until 31 December 2020, he was chairman of the arbitrators of the Belgian Court of Arbitration for Sport (BCAS). Since 2021, he is chairman of the department training and documentation of the BCAS. He specialises mainly in arbitration and is registered on the list of arbitrators of several arbitration institutions (including CAS, VIAC, SIAC, HKIAC, AIAC, KCAB, ThAC and ICDR). He is also a member of the executive board of CEPANI.

Herman is also an accredited mediator and is registered on the list of mediators with institutions such as WIPO, the Energy Community, ICSID and the Energy Charter Treaty.

 

For 17 years, he was a visiting professor for the course on international commercial arbitration at the University of Ghent. Since 2020, he has been a professor for the course ‘Case Study Investment Mediation’ at the European Institute of the University of Saarland.

 

He has written and co-authored several books and articles on arbitration and mediation.

Partner

Frank Burssens

Frank Burssens graduated in 1990 with a master’s degree in law at the University of Ghent and in 1991 obtained an LL.M. in internatinal business law at London University (Queen Mary and Westfield College).

 

In 2007, Frank, together with some co-partners, founded the firm Burssens & Partners Ondernemingsadvocaten, which now operates under the name Everest. As a lawyer working in the Ghent office of Everest, Frank specialises in property law (legal assistance with the purchase and sale of land and buildings, share transactions of project companies and urban planning and environmental issues), construction law (both public contracts and private construction law) and energy law. He assists his clients in the areas of both contracts and judicial proceedings and arbitration.

 

Moreover, he also has an extensive track record in the area of general commercial and company law, especially as regards company takeovers. He has also been appointed as an arbiter with the Belgian Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Partner

Mario Van Santvoort

Mario Van Santvoort obtained his master’s degree in law with honours in 2000 at the Roman Catholic University of Leuven (1995-2000). He completed an EEP year in France at the University of Rennes (Brittany) and was sworn in as a lawyer at the Brussels bar on 6 November 2000. In 2002 and 2003, he further specialised in corporate law via an additional master’s degree in business law (GGS) at the University of Antwerp.

 

In 2004, he was registered at the Brussels bar (Dutch-speaking section). He has been a partner of the firm since 2007 and is a co-founder of Everest. Since 2018, he has also been registered at the Antwerp bar.

 

Mario is a managing partner of Everest Antwerp where his specialities include company law, arbitration and mediation and real estate, construction and energy law.

Partner

Lucien Kalenga

Lucien Kalenga obtained a master’s degree in law and a specialist qualification (D.E.S.) in economic law at the Roman Catholic University of Leuven.

 

Lucien practises company law, international law and dispute settlement in the Brussels office of Everest.

 

He was a member of the Council of French-speaking Lawyers at the Brussels bar from 2011 to 2014.

Lucien Kalenga also held office as president of the Brussels Young Bar Association during the period from 2008 to 2009.

Of Counsel

Michaël De Boeck

Senior associate

Fabian Warzée

Junior Associate

Maureen Martins

Of Counsel

Michaël De Boeck

Michaël De Boeck obtained a master’s degree in law with great distinction at the University of Ghent in 2013, a master’s degree in common law with distinction at Vanderbilt University in 2014 and a double doctorate at the Universities of Ghent and Luxembourg in 2020. He is doctor-assistant at the Faculty of European Legal Studies of the Europa College and lawyer at the Ghent bar and the bar of New York.

 

Michaël joined Everest Ghent in 2014 and combines an academic career with his work as a lawyer. As an of counsel worker at Everest, he gives advice in matters of international litigation and arbitration and EU law.

 

He teaches regularly as a guest lecturer and is an academic assistant in commercial and investment arbitration and on matters in EU law. He is a regular conference speaker and has published several works.

Senior associate

Fabian Warzée

Fabian Warzée obtained his master’s degree in law with great distinction at the University of Brussels in June 2015.

Fabian has been registered with the Brussels bar since 2015 and works at the Brussels office of Everest.

 

He advises clients in the areas of company law and commercial law, especially with regard to commercial distribution, shareholder agreements and the formation of companies (contracts, advice and litigation).

 

Fabian is a member of various organisations which are part of the Brussels bar.

Junior Associate

Maureen Martins

Maureen holds a trilingual (French, English, Spanish) European bachelor of laws from Lille Catholic University (Paris Campus), an LL.M in international commercial law from the University of Westminster in London with distinction and a master 2 professional arbitration and international commercial law from the University of Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne.

 

After doing several internships, Maureen obtained a master’s degree in Belgian law from the Université Libre de Bruxelles cum laude before joining the Brussels bar in 2019.

 

Maureen is specialised in national and international commercial law and arbitration.

 

She also holds a lawyer-linguist diploma in Spanish.

Contact us

Are you interested in our services regarding arbitration and mediation? If so, contact our specialists without obligation via our contact form or telephone us on 02/640.44.00 (Brussels office), 09/334.94.70 (Ghent Office) or 03/376.02.00 (Antwerp office).