Insolvency law

‘Enterprise means risk.’

 

You know the adage. And with good reason. It is the risk which leads to success or failure. But if the risk of failure is punished too harshly, that also means less chance of success.

 

We also like to help you in the difficult times.

 

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

 

  • Supervision and assistance for companies in difficulties: from acting preventively and looking for tailored solutions in close consultation with the client and the economic professional to corporate assistance and organising seminars;
  • Legal, procedural and strategic assistance with an application for judicial reorganisation (various types): amicable agreement, collective agreement and transfer under a court order;
  • Legal and procedural supervision and assistance with other insolvency procedures such as liquidations and bankruptcies for entrepreneurs in difficulties (requests for bankruptcy or liquidation with or without a deficit, applications for remission of outstanding debts, bankruptcy follow-up, director’s liability, etc.);
  • Legal and procedural supervision of creditors of an entrepreneur in difficulties;
  • Legal and procedural assistance to directors since they have to be mindful of the risk of liability in the event of a bankruptcy (e.g. if they fail to react in time or were to enter into commitments which the company could no longer honour in view of the circumstances): from giving advice to a prudent director so that he or she knows how to act in order to avoid liability to legal assistance in the event of legal action.

Apart from a sound knowledge of insolvency law, our lawyers also have special expertise in company law, banking law, corporate law and attachment & execution law and it is precisely this specific combination of knowledge which enables us to provide a well considered solution tailored to your company.

Our team

Partner

Bert Bekaert

Partner

Alexandre Roy

Partner

Christophe Bourtembourg

Partner

Bert Bekaert

Bert Bekaert graduated with distinction in 2003 with a master’s degree in law at Leuven University. After that, he took economic studies at the Roman Catholic University of Louvan-La-Neuve and did a work placement at the United Nations in New York. In 2011, he obtained a master’s degree in corporate law at the HUB.

 

Bert is a partner in the Ghent office of Everest and has an extensive track record in commercial law, insolvency law, and book-keeping law. He has already successfully advised several companies in bankruptcy proceedings and in procedures of judicial reorganisation. Moreover, Bert gives seminars on the application of the judicial reoganisation and publishes on this subject as well.

 

Bert has also been put on the list of curators of the Court of Commerce at Ghent, divisions of Ghent and Oudenaarde. He lectures on company law, companies in difficulties and director liability. Moreover, Bert Bekaert also has an extensive track record in banking law (assistance for banking agencies and debtors). Due to his vast experience in specific matters, he and his colleagues are often consulted by economic professionals such as book keepers and accountants.

Email:bert.bekaert@everest-law.be

Tel:+32 (0)9/334.94.70

Areas of expertise:Insolvency law; Company law; Banking and finance law

Partner

Alexandre Roy

Alexandre Roy holds a master’s degree in law from the Roman Catholic University of Leuven (2001) and in 2003 he obtained a master’s degree in finance at the Vlerick School of Management.

 

After gaining five years of work experience in the banking and financial sector, Alexandre joined the Brussels bar in 2008. He is a partner in the Brussels office of Everest.

 

Alexandre Roy practises mainly company law, insolvency law, and banking and finance law.

Email:alexandre.roy@everest-law.eu

Tel:+32 (0)2/640.44.00

Areas of expertise:Company law; Insolvency law; Banking and finance law

Partner

Christophe Bourtembourg

Christophe Bourtembourg obtained a master’s degree in law with great distinction at the Roman Catholic University of Leuven in 2012 (thesis: “Promises of contract: reflection on the opportunity of an uniform legal regime. Overview of European and comparative law”).

Christophe also graduated with great distinction at the Institute of European Studies of the Free University of Brussels in 2013 with an additional master’s degree in European law and has been a member of the Brussels bar since 2014.

 

He joined Everest Brussels in 2018 and practises mainly insolvency law, company law, commercial law and contract law. He operates mainly in French, but he also assists his clients in English and Dutch.

 

Christophe Bourtembourg is appointed regularly as a curator at the French-speaking Court of Commerce in Brussels.

Managing associate

Veronique Neve

Managing associate

Louis Volcke

Managing associate

Ilse Renders

Senior associate

Alexander De Buck

Associate

Laurent De Clercq

Associate

Christian Buysse

Associate

Lore Huyghe

Junior Associate

Charlotte Laroy

Managing associate

Veronique Neve

Veronique Neve graduated in 2006 with a master’s degree in law with distinction at the University of Ghent. During her studies, she specialised in commercial and economic law. Since 2006, she has been registered as a lawyer at the Ghent bar.

 

She joined the Everest office in Ghent early in 2018, where she works within the areas of company law and insolvency law. Veronique gives both advice and assistance and/or representation of clients within the context of amicable negotiations and judicial proceedings.

She also has an extensive track record in general agreement and contract law and the broad field of corporate law. She also shows a particular interest in insolvency law.

 

Furthermore, she is a mediator in civil and commercial affairs and has taken the curator training course.

Managing associate

Louis Volcke

Louis Volcke obtained his master’s degree in law with distinction at the University of Ghent in 2008. In 2011, he completed with great distinction the postgraduate training course in property law for property practitioners at the Study Centre for Property and Financial Law in Ghent. In 2013, he took the postgraduate curator-liquidator training course, organised by the Roman Catholic University of Leuven.

 

Louis has been a lawyer since 2008. Since September 2014, he has also been acting as a curator of companies in bankruptcy. He is active mainly within contract and corporate law, liability law and bankruptcy law.

 

He is consulted for legal advice, writing or revising contracts and leading negotiated settlements out of court. He also represents his clients in court and before authorities as claimant or as defendant, as required. The court regularly appoints Louis Volcke as curator of companies in bankruptcy.

Managing associate

Ilse Renders

 

 

Ilse Renders obtained her master’s degree in law at the Free University of Brussels in 2008 and also studied for an additional master’s degree with great distinction in international and European law at Tilburg University in the Netherlands. In addition, she obtained an advanced master’s degree in tax law at the University of Antwerp in 2013. In 2017, she was awarded the certificate for special training in cassation procedure in criminal matters.

 

She has been registered with the Brussels bar since 2008 and with the Antwerp bar since 2011.

 

She joined the Antwerp office of Everest in 2018 where she works mainly in (national, international, and European) corporate law, commercial and company law liability law, attachment law, contract law, arbitration proceedings (especially in the diamond sector), litigation and dispute resolution, property law.

Senior associate

Alexander De Buck

Alexander De Buck obtained his master’s degree in law at the University of Ghent in 2008. He subsequently obtained an advanced master’s degree in tax law at the University of Ghent in 2010 and joined the Ghent bar.

 

He joined the Ghent office of Everest in 2011. Alexander works within the areas of companies in difficulties, a domain where his background in tax law and general interest in assisting companies are a bonus. He also has an extensive track record in insolvency law, corporate law (including attachment and enforcement), and banking and finance law.

 

Associate

Laurent De Clercq

Laurent De Clercq obtained his master’s degree in EU studies in 2012 before graduating with a master’s degree in law in 2016. He joined Everest Ghent in that same year where he specialises in commercial and insolvency law.

 

Within the department of companies in difficulties, Laurent concentrates on proceedings and dispute settlement in various aspects of company law and has special expertise in private banking and lending law, commercial disputes, attachment and enforcement, and insolvency law.

Associate

Christian Buysse

Christian Buysse obtained his master’s degree in law at the University of Ghent in 2015. He then gained a master’s degree in company law at the Roman Catholic University of Leuven.

 

In 2016, he started his career as a lawyer at the Dutch-speaking bar in Brussels. In 2017, he transferred to the Ghent bar and he works at the Ghent office of Everest.

 

Christian specialises in M&A, company law and corporate-related agreements and gives companies advice on developing corporate and financial structures. He deals with shareholder agreements and director liability. He has also built up some practical experience in assisting companies in difficulties.

Associate

Lore Huyghe

Lore Huyghe graduated in 2017 with distinction with a master’s degree in law at the University of Ghent. Prior to that, she obtained a master’s degree in criminological science, also at the University of Ghent.

 

Since 2017, Lore has been registered at the Ghent bar and works as a lawyer.

 

In 2021, she joined the Everest office in Ghent where she works within the broad field of corporate law and contracts, especially in company law.

Email:lore.huyghe@everest-law.be

Tel:+32 (0)9/334.94.70

Areas of expertise:Corporate law and contracts; Company law; Insolvency law

Junior Associate

Charlotte Laroy

Charlotte Laroy graduated with a master’s degree in law at the University of Ghent in 2020.

 

Since 2020, she has been registered as a lawyer at the Ghent bar and she works at the Everest office in Ghent.

 

She specialises in company law, insolvency law and commercial law.

Contact us

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