Everest lawyers

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Stéphane Bertouille

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Herman Verbist

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Jan De Waele

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Kristiaan Markey

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Philippe Steinfeld

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Frank Burssens

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Johan Van Driessche

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Jean-François Richard

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Stijn De Meulenaer

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Naima Es-Samri

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Mario Van Santvoort

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Joris Deene

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Bert Bekaert

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Alexander Delafonteyne

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Kevin Bertouille

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Méhdi Zagheden

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Alain Delfosse

Partner

Peter van Eysendeyk

Partner

Lucien Kalenga

Partner

Rafaël Alvarez Campa

Partner

Jonas Helaut

Partner

Alexandre Roy

Partner

Christophe Bourtembourg

Of Counsel

Paula Benavides

Of Counsel

Michaël De Boeck

Managing associate

Anne-Sophie Claeys

Managing associate

Veronique Neve

Managing associate

Louis Volcke

Managing associate

Ilse Renders

Managing associate

Laura De Smijter

Senior associate

Alexander De Buck

Senior associate

Mathieu Baert

Senior associate

Fabian Warzée

Senior associate

Sophie Bertouille

Senior associate

Valentine Pacco

Associate

Christian Buysse

Associate

Laurent De Clercq

Associate

Ulrike Schepens

Associate

Inge Tuyttens

Associate

Lore Huyghe

Junior Associate

Jochen Vermeir

Junior Associate

Jasmien Jaques

Junior Associate

Thomas Putzeys

Junior Associate

Maureen Martins

Junior Associate

Myriem El-Kaddouri

Junior Associate

Kim Taveirne

Junior Associate

Kevin Dorban

Junior Associate

Hanne Bogaert

Junior Associate

Maurice Lamberts

Junior Associate

Fien Schreurs

Junior associate

Evelien Pijfers

Junior Associate

Charlotte Laroy

Lilith Khalatyan

Junior Associate

Pieter Berghman

Partner

Stéphane Bertouille

Stéphane Bertouille has master’s degrees in law and economics from the University of Leuven and obtained a master’s degree in company law at the University of New York (LL.M. University New York).

 

In 1990, he set up his own firm of lawyers, Bertouille & Partners, which merged with Lawfort in 2005. In 2007, he moved to MB&P, which took on the name Everest in 2008.

 

Stéphane assists his national and international clients mainly in company law and tax law from the Brussels office.

Email:stephane.bertouille@everest-law.eu

Tel:+32 (0)2/640.44.00

Areas of expertise:Tax law; Company law

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

Jan De Waele

Jan De Waele obtained a master’s degree in law in 1984 at the Roman Catholic University of Leuven. For quite some time, he was a partner with the law firm Storme-Leroy-Van Parys before joining the Ghent office of Everest in 2010 as a partner.

 

Jan is head of the social law department and deals mainly with cases in matters of social law (individual employment law, collective employment law, social security law and social criminal law) and corporate and contract law.

 

He assists his clients with drafting contracts and giving advice. As regards disputes, he works as a matter of priority towards a negotiated solution. However, he also has an extensive track record in dispute settlement.

 

For the judicial year of 2016-17 Jan gave the opening address at the bar of Ghent with the title: ‘Strike action – the unbearable lightness of the gentlemen’s agreement’.

Email:jan.de.waele@everest-law.be

Tel:+32 (0)9/334.94.70

Areas of expertise:Social law; Corporate law and contracts

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Kristiaan Markey

Kristiaan Markey graduated in 1984 with a master’s degree in law at the Roman Catholic University of Leuven and in 1985 with a master’s degree in criminology at the University of Ghent, in both cases with distinction, and he has been a lawyer at the Ghent bar since 1984.

 

As a lawyer, Kristiaan deals mainly in the Ghent office with cases regarding medical law and medical liability, banking and financial law, civil law (liability – physical injury in traffic and rental and inheritance law) and commercial law (publicity – insolvency – collecting invoices).

He is also a guardian over vacant successions and a trustee ad hoc for companies in criminal proceedings.

 

In 2019-20, Kristiaan was Dean of the Ghent bar and is currently a member of the General Assembly of the Council of Flemish Bars (OVB).

Partner

Philippe Steinfeld

Philippe Steinfeld obtained his law degree at the Free University of Brussels in 1990 and a master’s degree in European law at the Institute of European Studies of the Free University of Brussels in 1992.

 

He was admitted to the bar of Brussels in 1990.

 

At the Brussels office of Everest, Philippe specialises mainly in company law and social law.

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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

Johan Van Driessche

Johan Van Driessche graduated with honours with a master’s degree in law at the Roman Catholic University of Leuven and has been a lawyer since 1997.

 

Johan has been a partner at Everest Advocaten in Ghent since 2015 and is head of a department which specialises in commercial and company law and contracts and liability law. He also has a special interest and expertise in IT law.

Johan assists companies and their directors by giving advice, editing contracts, and helping with disputes and conflicts, which may or may not be part of judicial proceedings. He has an extensive track record and a sound knowledge in company and commercial law. He looks for solutions and attaches great importance to providing judicial service which optimises the commercial interests of the company.

Johan was a recognised mediator in civil affairs and commercial affairs and has an accreditation for collective negotiations. Moreover, he is also appointed regularly as a liquidator for bankrupt companies by the Court of Commerce in Ghent.

 

He provides training courses for agencies such as Kluwer.

 

Johan Van Driessche has been entrusted with various mandates within the structures of the bar. Amongst other things, he was treasurer of the Council of the Oudenaarde Bar from 2006 to 2011 and director of the Association of Flemish Bars (OVB) from 2011 to 2017. He is currently still a director at Diplad, the IT integrator of the OVB and the bars.

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Jean-François Richard

Jean-François Richard graduated in 1990 with a master’s degree in law at the Free University of Brussels and specialised in tax law. In 1993, after starting his professional career at a firm of auditors, he became a lawyer at the Brussels bar and he joined Everest Brussels in 2018.

 

Jean-François specialises in tax law at national and international level. He advises and helps his clients with disputes both in the phase of negotiations with the tax administration office and in courts and tribunals. Apart from companies (from SMEs to big companies on the stock exchange), Jean-François advises and defends families, corporate leaders, and investors both in Belgium and abroad. He has special expertise in the areas of properties, cross-border situations, and the transfer of residence.

 

His knowledge also extends to company law and non-profit agencies, including agreements and disputes between shareholders. He also covers various complex disputes. His priority is to ensure a personal and focused approach geared to achieving specific solutions. He has written various publications and scores of articles on various topics.

Email:jf.richard@everest-law.eu

Tel:+32 (0)2/640.44.00

Areas of expertise:Tax law; Company law

Partner

Stijn De Meulenaer

Stijn De Meulenaar graduated in 1996 with distinction with a master’s degree law at the University of Ghent. After that, he also obtained a master’s degree in criminology at the University of Liège, where he was also an assistant for a while. After gaining experience in some big firms in Brussels, he started at Everest Lawyers in 2007 with some fellow partners. He is a lawyer in Ghent and Brussels and is also a director of the Everest office in Ghent.

 

Within his practice as a lawyer, Stijn has built up a wealth of experience in corporate criminal law and fraud prevention. Together with his team, he assists companies and business leaders with advice and in litigation cases.

 

Stijn De Meulenaar has written various articles and books on fraud and corporate criminal law. In addition, he is also a popular speaker at seminars, lectures in tax criminal law at the Bruges Business School (VIVES), and is an executive professor in fraud auditing. He is also connected to the Free University of Brussels as a scientific collaborator.

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Naima Es-Samri

Naima Es-Samri has worked as a lawyer at the Brussels bar since 2000. Since 2018, she has also been a lawyer at the Antwerp bar. She obtained a master’s degree in law at the Roman Catholic University of Louvain-La-Neuve (1998) and has also studied at the Saint Louis University Faculty in Brussels and at Tilburg University in the Netherlands.

 

Naima is a co-founder and partner of Everest Antwerp.

 

She assists her clients in all aspects of employment law, both individually and collectively, and also in social security law. She has special expertise in the various aspects of employment provisions, employment contracts, individual dismissal, well-being at work, temporary employment, international employment contracts, secondment abroad, wage policy and social inspection. She gives advice, conducts negotiations and takes care of disputes in these matters.

Email:naima.es.samri@everest-law.com

Tel:+32 (0)3/376.02.00

Area of expertise:Social law; Liability and medical law

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.

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Joris Deene

Joris Deene graduated in 2002 with major distinction with a master’s degree in law at the University of Ghent. In 2004, he did postgraduate studies in internatinal copyright law at the University of Amsterdam (IVIR). Joris was a researcher at the Centre for Jurist & Informatics of the University of Ghent (2004-2010) and currently lectures there in intellectual property and new technology.

 

Joris sits on the Council of Intellectual Property which advises the Belgian minister for Economy on intellectual property rights. He is also a third-party decider for .be domain name disputes at CEPANI.

 

Joris Deene is a partner at Everest and specialises in ICT law, intellectual property law and privacy law. He is the author of dozens of contributions and articles and is a popular speaker at seminars and conferences on these topics.

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

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Alexander Delafonteyne

Alexander Delafonteyne graduated in 2004 with a master’s degree in law at the Free University of Brussels and then took the master’s degree course in tax law at the same university in 2005. He has worked as a lawyer at the Bruges bar since 2005 and is a partner with Everest in Ghent and Bruges.

 

Alexander specialises in tax law and works in the fields of both giving advice and dispute settlement.

Email:alexander.delafonteyne@everest-law.be

Tel:+32 (0)9/334.94.70

Area of expertise:Tax law

Partner

Kevin Bertouille

Kevin Bertouille graduated with distinction in 2001 at the University of Louvain-la-Neuve and in 2003 he obtained a master’s degree in business law (LL.M.) at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.

 

After working for ten years in various banking institutions in Brussels, Paris and Luxembourg, he started to work at Everest in Brussels in 2012 where he became a partner in 2016.

 

Kevin works in banking law (disputes and legislation) and commercial law.

Partner

Méhdi Zagheden

Méhdi Zagheden graduated with major distinction in 2008 with a master’s degree in law and also gained a supplementary diploma in tax law at the Free University of Brussels in 2009. He subsequently took several additional training course in the areas of VAT, customs and excise and asset planning.

 

Méhdi specialises in corporate tax and asset planning and is a partner in the Ghent office of Everest. His clients comprise business operators, accountants and public authorities whom he assists with advice, negotiations and dispute settlement.

 

In view of the technical aspect and development of taxation law, Méhdi believes it is important to continue studying academically. In that respect he lectures at Brussels Tax College and Bruges Business School (VIVES) where he teaches the subjects of tax procedure, local and regional taxation and customs and excise. Furthermore, he is also connected as an assistant at the Free University of Brussels. Méhdi Zagheden publishes regularly on current topics in various publications.

Email:mehdi.zagheden@everest-law.be

Tel:+32 (0)9/334.94.70

Area of expertise:Tax law

Partner

Alain Delfosse

Alain Delfosse has over 40 years of experience as a lawyer at the Brussels bar and has been a partner at Everest Brussels since 2020.

 

Alain specialises in administrative law (especially in the legislation regarding public contracts) including procedures for the Council of State and for the Constitutional Court.

He also has an extensive track record in the area of procedural law for the Court of Cassation, agreement law in general and contract law in particular (especially for enterprises), commercial law (corporate law) and financial criminal law.

 

Alain Delfosse has worked together with others on several publications on commercial law and agreement law.

Email:alain.delfosse@everest-law.eu

Tel:+32 (0)2/640.44.00

Areas of expertise:Corporate law and contracts

Partner

Peter van Eysendeyk

Peter Van Eysendeyk graduated in 1998 with a master’s degree in law at the Roman Catholic University of Leuven and is working as a lawyer at the Antwerp bar since 1998. During his work placement at the bar, he graduated in 2001 in tax sciences at Brussels Tax College.

 

Within the Antwerp office of Everest, Peter Van Eysendeyk works in the tax law department. He specialises in both giving advice and resolving disputes.

In addition, he also handles company law and commercial law matters.

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.

Partner

Rafaël Alvarez Campa

Rafaël Alvarez Campa holds a master’s degree with distinction from the Roman Catholic University of Leuven and obtained an additional master’s degree with distinction at Brussels Tax School (ICHEC).
In February 2019, he entered the office of Everest in Brussels as a partner, where he mainly practises tax law.

 

He has specialised particularly in matters related to Spanish fiscal matters and asset planning in Belgium and Spain. In this connection he is contacted regularly to assist residents of Belgium who wish to relocate to Spain or purchase a property in Spain.

 

He is a member of the judicial Commission of the Spanish Chamber of Commerce in Belgium and Luxembourg.

He is also entrusted with the training in the ‘Ateliers des Fucam’ (University of Mons) where he is jointly responsible for the university certificates with regard to tax and asset planning.

Rafaël has also written several fiscal texts and fiscal columns in La Libre.

Partner

Jonas Helaut

Jonas Helaut graduated in 2004 with a master’s degree in law and in 2011 he obtained a master’s degree in tax law at the Roman Catholic University of Leuven. He has worked as a lawyer since 2005 and is a partner at the Brussels Everest office.

 

Jonas specialises in (international) tax law, asset planning, company law, company takeovers, and insolvency law and he offers both advice and dispute settlement.

He is also a member of the BATL (Belgian Association of Tax Lawyers).

 

Jonas Helaut is an author of numerous technical articles and publications and a popular seminar speaker.

Email:jonas.helaut@everest-law.eu

Tel:+32 (0)2/640.44.00

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

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

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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.

Of Counsel

Paula Benavides

Paula Benavides has been a lawyer at the Brussels bar since 1999.

 

Apart from her master’s degree in law at the Free University of Brussels (1997), she also obtained a special degree in European law at the Institute of European Studies of the Free University of Brussels (1997-1999).

 

Paula Benavides assists her clients in the areas of commercial law and company law from the Everest office in Brussels.

Email:paula.benavides@everest-law.eu

Tel:+32 (0)2/640.44.00

Areas of expertise:Company law; Corporate law and contracts

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.

Managing associate

Anne-Sophie Claeys

Anne-Sophie Claeys graduated in 2005 with distinction with a master’s degree in law at the Roman Catholic University of Leuven. She subsequently obtained an additional diploma in international relations with distinction at the Roman Catholic University of Leuven in 2006 and a master of laws in European and comparative law with great distinction from the University of Ghent in 2007.

She has been a lawyer at the Ghent bar since 2007 and joined Everest in 2010.

 

Anne-Sophie works in the Ghent office of Everest, particularly in the department of social law, where she assists both employers and employees with advice and in dispute settlement (negotiation and procedure).

She concentrates essentially on individual employment law, the organisation of the enterprise, social criminal law and social security law. She also has an extensive track record in general agreement and contract law.

 

In 2011-12 she taught law in the subjects estate agent and property expert for Syntra.

Email:anne-sophie.claeys@everest-law.be

Tel:+32 (0)9/334.94.70

Areas of expertise:Social law; Corporate law and contracts

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.

Managing associate

Laura De Smijter

Laura De Smijter graduated in 2012 with greatest distinction as a master in law at the University of Ghent. In 2013, she subsequently obtained an advanced master’s degree in company law. Since 2013, she has been registered as a lawyer at the Ghent bar and she joined Everest in that same year.

 

Laura has an extensive track record in general agreement and contract law and is particularly interested in company and property law.

 

She works on various academic publications and is co-author of the Construction Law handbook (“Handboek Aannemingsrecht”).

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.

 

Senior associate

Mathieu Baert

Mathieu Baert graduated with distinction in 2015 with a master’s degree in law at the University of Ghent. Prior to his law degree, he graduated with a master’s degree in criminology in 2012. After that, in 2017, he obtained a master’s degree in business economics with studies at the University of Latvia and the University of Ghent. He started working at Everest in 2015.

 

Apart from his vast experience in corporate criminal law and corporate law and criminal law more generally within the anti-fraud and corporate criminal law department, Mathieu also takes the lead of the sport law department within Everest.

 

Mathieu was appointed as academic consultant in crime and sport at the University of Ghent on 1 June 2020. Furthermore, he is also working on various publications in matters of sports law and he is also a disciplinary judge within the Disciplinary Committee of the Judo Federation of Flanders.

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.

Senior associate

Sophie Bertouille

Sophie Bertouille obtained her master’s degree in law with great distinction at the Roman Catholic University of Louvain-La-Neuve in 2017.

In 2020, she also obtained an advanced master’s degree in company law at the Roman Catholic University of Leuven.

 

She has been registered at the Brussels bar since 2017 and in that same year she joined the Everest office in Brussels.

 

Sophie operates mainly in commercial and company law.

Her working languages are French, Dutch and English.

Senior associate

Valentine Pacco

Valentine Pacco obtained a master’s degree in law at the University of Louvain-la-Neuve in 2014. After that, she continued her studies with an European master’s degree in law and economics.

 

She has been a lawyer at the Brussels bar since 2015 and works at the Brussels office of Everest.

 

Valentine Pacco practises mainly intellectual property, ICT and privacy law, corporate law and contracts, and company 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

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

Ulrike Schepens

Ulrike Schepens graduated with great distinction in 2016 with a master’s degree in law at the University of Ghent. In 2017, she took a postgraduate course in company law, which she completed also with great distinction.

 

Ulrike started her career initially as a lawyer in 2016 and made in 2018 the transition to the Ghent bar and also to the office of Everest in Ghent within the department of social law.

Ulrike works within corporate law and social law, with a particular interest and expertise in contract law and company law.

 

She combines her practice with an academic assignment as a practice assistant at the University of Ghent for the subject procedural law.

Email:ulrike.schepens@everest-law.be

Tel:+32 (0)9/334.94.70

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

Associate

Inge Tuyttens

Inge Tuyttens graduated with distinction in 2016 with a master’s degree in law at the University of Ghent. Before that, she had previously gained master’s degrees in criminal sciences and in business economics at the University of Ghent.

 

After gaining experience in the banking sector in the areas of anti-fraud and money laundering, she made the transition to become a lawyer in 2016.

Since 2019, she has been part of the anti-fraud and corporate criminal law department at the Everest office in Ghent.

Inge has also built up an extensive track record in general agreement and contract law and the broad corporate law.

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

Jochen Vermeir

Jochen Vermeir graduated with a master’s degree in law at the University of Ghent in 2018. Before that, he had gained a master’s degree in criminal sciences also at the University of Ghent.

 

He has been registered as a lawyer with the Ghent bar since 2018 and joined the Everest office in Ghent in that same year.

 

Jochen works in company law and also has an extensive track record in the broad corporate law and contract law.

Email:jochen.vermeir@everest-law.be

Tel:+32 (0)9/334.94.70

Areas of expertise:Corporate law and contracts; Company law

Junior Associate

Jasmien Jaques

Jasmien Jaques graduated with distinction in 2018 with a master’s degree in law at the University of Ghent.

 

Since 2018, she has been a lawyer at the Ghent bar and she has joined the Everest office in Ghent where she works in the anti-fraud and corporate criminal law department.

She specialises in cases related to fraud, money laundering and similar offences.

She also has a special interest in financial and economic (criminal) law.

Moreover, Jasmien also has experience in company law and corporate law.

Junior Associate

Thomas Putzeys

Thomas Putzeys obtained his master’s degree in law with distinction at the Roman Catholic University of Leuven in 2018. After gaining his master’s degree in law, he completed a postgraduate sports management course with distinction at the Free University of Brussels in 2019.

 

He has been registered with the Dutch-speaking Brussels bar since June 2019.

 

At Everest Brussels he assists clients in the areas of company law, property law, construction law and energy law in French, Dutch and English.

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.

Junior Associate

Myriem El-Kaddouri

Myriem El-Kaddouri graduated with distinction in 2017 with a master’s degree in law at the University of Ghent and in the same manner with a master’s degree in business economics, also at the University of Ghent.

 

In 2019, Myriem was admitted to the Ghent bar and also joined Everest in Ghent.

 

Myriem El-Kaddouri works within general corporate law, especially contract law, contractual and non-contractual liability law, and health law.

Junior Associate

Kim Taveirne

Kim Taveirne graduated with distinction in 2017 with a master’s degree in clinical psychology at the University of Ghent. During that course, she also started on a master’s degree in law, graduating in 2019.

 

Since 2019, she has been a lawyer at the Ghent bar and has joined the Everest office in Ghent.

 

Kim works in the real estate, construction and energy law department and specialises in family and juvenile law. She is therefore familiar with matters such as divorce proceedings and maintenance contributions for children. Thanks to her background in psychology, she looks at matters not just from a purely legal perspective, but also she will consider the psychological aspects which arise in each case.

Email:kim.taveirne@everest-law.be

Tel:+32 (0)9/334.94.70

Areas of expertise:Real estate, construction and energy law

Junior Associate

Kevin Dorban

Kevin Dorban has a master’s degree in law from the Roman Catholic University of Louvain and in 2017 he obtained a master’s degree in taxation law with distinction at the Free University of Brussels.

 

He has been registered with the French-speaking section of the Brussels bar since July 2020 and in that same year started work at Everest in Brussels.

 

With his two years of experience as a tax adviser, Kevin assists his clients in the areas of tax law and asset planning.

Email:kevin.dorban@everest-law.eu

Tel:+32 (0)2/640.44.00

Area of expertise:Tax law

Junior Associate

Hanne Bogaert

Hanne Bogaert graduated in 2019 with great distinction with a master’s degree in law at the University of Ghent. She then opted for an advanced master’s degree in intellectual property & ICT law at the Roman Catholic University of Leuven, where she graduated with distinction in 2020.

 

During that last course, she was already working part-time in the Ghent department of real estate, construction and energy law, where she also started as a lawyer in September 2020.

 

Hanne is particularly interested in property law and intellectual property law and can therefore show insights into both branches of the law.

Junior Associate

Maurice Lamberts

Maurice Lamberts obtained his master’s degree in law at the Free University of Brussels in 2018. After gaining his master’s degree in law, he followed it successively with an advanced master’s degree in notary work at the Roman Catholic University of Leuven in 2019 and an advanced master’s degree in taxation at the same university in 2020.

 

Since September 2020, he has been registered with the Dutch-speaking Brussels bar.

 

At Everest in Brussels he assists clients in the areas of tax law, family asset law and succession planning.

Email:maurice.lamberts@everest-law.eu

Tel:+32 (0)2/640.44.00

Area of expertise:Tax law

Junior Associate

Fien Schreurs

Fien Schreurs graduated in 2019 with a master’s degree in law at the Roman Catholic University of Leuven. She then completed a general LL.M. at the University of Ottawa in Canada.

 

Fien has been registered since 2020 as a lawyer at the Ghent bar and joined the Everest office in that same year.

 

She works in the anti-fraud and corporate criminal law department.

Fien also specialises in sports law.

Junior associate

Evelien Pijfers

Evelien Pijfers graduated in 2020 cum laude with a master’s degree in law at the Catholic University of Leuven. During her master studies, she also did participate in an Erasmus exchange program at the Universität Bern in Switzerland. After completing her studies in law, she started working in February 2020 as a junior consultant at Ernst & Young in Zurich, Switzerland within the financial legal services team.

 

Evelien started her career as an attorney in September 2020 at the bar of Antwerp and she works at the Brussels office of Everest in Antwerp.

 

Evelien specialises in the fields of corporate law, commercial and company law, contract law and family property 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.

Lilith Khalatyan

Lilith Khalatyan obtained a master’s degree in law at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (2017, cum laude) and completed a specialization in business and competition law at the Catholic University of Lille, in partnership with the Widener University – Delaware Law School, where she completed a program in corporate law (2020, cum laude).

Lilith was admitted to the French-speaking bar association of Brussels in October 2020. She joined Everest in Brussels in February 2021, and practices commercial law and corporate law.

Email:lilith.khalatyan@everest-law.eu

Tel:+32 (0)2/640.44.00

Areas of expertise:Corporate law and contracts; Company law

Junior Associate

Pieter Berghman

Pieter Berghman graduated from the Free University of Brussels with a master’s degree in law with distinction in 2019. Here he has developed a big interest in tax law. He then started work at the FPS Finance, where he specialised in the international exchange of fiscal data.

 

Early in 2021, Pieter made the transition to advocacy. Since then, he has been registered at the Ghent bar and has joined the department of tax law at Everest Ghent.

Email:pieter.berghman@everest-law.be

Tel:+32 (0)9/334.94.70

Area of expertise:Fiscaal recht