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.
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.
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’.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kris Wagner (bac. phil., 1993, KU Leuven, lic. iur., 1995, KU Leuven, LL.M., 1997, Harvard Law School, dr. iur., 2006, KU Leuven) is practicing as an attorney-at-law since 1995.
Kris Wagner focuses on complex commercial dispute resolution (litigation as well as arbitration). He became a partner at Everest in October 2022.
His most recent books include: Manuel de l’arbitrage belge et international (forthcoming); Handboek arbitrage, Antwerp/Cambridge, Intersentia, 2022, 821 p.; Burgerlijk procesrecht in hoofdlijnen, Antwerp, Maklu, 2014, 1101 p.; Derdenverzet, in APR, Mechelen, Kluwer, 2004; Dwangsom, in APR, Mechelen, Kluwer, 2003.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Anthony Poppe practices at the Ghent and Brussels Bar and is partner at Everest lawyers.
He practices public and administrative law in general with a particular focus on public contracts, health law, civil servants law and regulated professions. He assists his clients from the private and public sector in answering their legal questions in these matters, both in advisory work and in litigation before the courts, the Council of State and the Constitutional Court.
As a speaker and trainer, he regularly takes part in study days on various questions in his specialist areas and also writes about subjects in his preferred fields. He is a lecturer for ESCALA (Syntra group; public procurement and disciplinary law for police and local authorities).
He is a collaborator of the magazine Administration Publique where he monitors the Dutch-language case law of the Council of State in government contracts.
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.
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.
Frédérique Gillet graduated from the Université Catholique Law School de Louvain-la-Neuve (1996) and postgraduated in employment law from the Université Libre de Bruxelles (1997).
She has been a member of the French-speaking Brussels Bar since May 2001. Frédérique joined Everest Brussels as a partner specialised in employment law, with more than 20 years of experience in international business law firms in September 2022.
She deals with all aspects of employment law, including collective labour law, individual labour law and social security law. She advises her clients on a day-to-day basis as well as in strategic issues (e.g., restructuring, setting up of social bodies, social inspections or legal proceedings). Frédérique is a regular contributor to several law reviews in the field of employment law.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bertrand Vandevelde started his career as an IT specialist in Brussels and Luxembourg. In February 2007 he became a member of the Brussels Bar. During his law studies, he did internships in Brussels, Paris and Brooklyn law firms.
He joined Everest Brussels as a Partner in July 2023. He is a specialist in ICT and Privacy law. He assists his Belgian and French clients in their daily business in the areas of IT & Tech complex contracts, telco, e-commerce, (Open source) software licences, liability of Internet intermediary service providers, cybersecurity and cybercrime, intellectual property, domain names, online harassment, online disinformation, media law, right to be forgotten and right to disconnect, outsourcing, procurement, e-signature, data law and AI, and all topics related to those specializations. He also acts as Data Protection Officer.
Bertrand is a member of the American Bar Association, the ADIJ (Association pour le Développement de l’Informatique Juridique), DPO PRO and the Internet Society.
He is also a guest lecturer at HELB Prigogine, where he teaches digital law to computer science students. Finally, he is a CAPA computer science teacher at the Brussels Bar (CAPA, standing for Certificate of competence for the profession of lawyer).
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.
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.
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.
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.
Prof. dr. Steven Dewulf joined Everest’s (anti-)fraud and corporate criminal law department in Ghent in 2022 as of counsel. He holds a master’s degree (University of Antwerp, 2005) and a doctorate in law (University of Antwerp, 2011) and works as a full-time professor of international law at the Royal Military Academy (Brussels), part-time professor of international criminal law at the University of Antwerp and Erasmus+ visiting professor international criminal law at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona). He is the author of several (inter)national publications and is a regular speaker at conferences, study days and other seminars.
In addition to his university activities, Steven Dewulf has previously held various legal positions with a specific specialization in criminal law & procedure, as a consequence of which he can build on extensive practical experience as well as on academic expertise. Until 2018, he worked as a lawyer (Brussels Bar) at the firm of one of the big four international financial and business service providers, where he co-directed the business criminal law unit. He was thereafter attached as a magistrate to the public prosecutor’s office at the Tribunal of First Instance in Antwerp and then to the Prosecutor-general’s office at the Court of Appeal in Antwerp, before taking up a full-time academic position in 2021.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lisa De Paepe
Lisa De Paepe graduated in 2017 with a master’s degree in law at the University of Ghent and since that same year she has been a lawyer at the Ghent bar.
In 2021, she has joined the Everest office in Ghent where she works in the social law department. She also has a special interest in corporate and contract law.
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.
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.
Laura Van Keymeulen
Laura graduated cum laude in 2018 as Master in Law from the University of Ghent.
Since 2018, Laura has been registered and working as a lawyer at the Bar of Ghent.
In January 2023, she advanced to the Everest Ghent office where she works within the real estate and construction law team.
Danique Van Mechelen
Danique Van Mechelen obtained a master’s degree in law from Ghent University (2019, cum laude). Before that, she had already worked for five years in a firm specialized in criminal (procedural) law and complex dispute resolution, first as a paralegal in combination with her law studies and later as a lawyer.
Danique joined the Everest office in Ghent in August 2022, where she is active in the (anti)fraud and corporate criminal law department.
In addition to a special interest in corporate criminal law, Danique also has broad experience in criminal (procedural) law and corporate law.
Myriem El-Kaddouri graduated magna cum laude in 2017 as a master of law (Ghent University) and similarly as a master of business economics (Ghent University).
In 2019, Myriem joined the Ghent Bar and also the Ghent office of Everest.
In 2023, Myriem obtained the certificate for the subjects of the Postgraduate in Health Law and Ethics with high distinction (University of Antwerp).
She works within contract law, (extra)contractual liability law and health law.
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.
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.
Harold Ferreira obtained his master’s degree in law with distinction in 2020 from the Université Libre de Bruxelles. During his law studies, he also did an Erasmus exchange at the Universidad Carlos III in Madrid. After his master’s degree, he started an internship with a Brussels law firm.
Harold started his career as a lawyer in February 2021 at the Brussels bar and works at Everest in Antwerp.
Harold practices corporate, commercial, company and contract law.
Pieter Berghman graduated with distinction in 2019 with a master’s degree in law from the Free University of Brussels. Here, he developed a keen interest in tax law. He then joined FPS Finance, where he focused on the international exchange of tax data.
At the beginning of 2021, Pieter made the switch to the legal profession. He has since been registered at the Ghent Bar and joined the tax law department of Everest in Ghent.
Floor Dhondt graduated in 2021 with a master’s degree in law at the University of Ghent.
Since 2021, 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 has a special interest in tax law.
Barbara Wéry obtained a master’s degree in law from the Université Libre de Bruxelles (2019, cum laude) and a master’s degree in tax management (Solvay Business School of Management) in Brussels (2022, cum laude).
She worked for a year in the Corporate Tax department of a big four, where she practiced corporate taxation. In 2020, she joined the tax department of a well-known Belgian bank, where she developed her expertise in personal income tax and bank taxation.
In 2022, Barbara embarked on her career as a lawyer. Since then, she is registered at the Brussels bar and joined the tax department of Everest in Brussels.
Kobe Boecquaert graduated cum laude as a Master of Laws at Ghent University in 2021. Subsequently, he pursued a Master of Intellectual Property and ICT Law at KU Leuven, which he also completed cum laude in 2022.
Since then, he has been a lawyer at the Ghent Bar and joined the Everest law firm in Ghent.
Kobe works within broad corporate law and has a particular interest in intellectual property rights, ICT and data law, M&A and business-related agreements.
Lore Vanden Berghe
Lore Vanden Berghe obtained her master’s degree in law cum laude at Ghent University in 2022.
Since then, she has been registered as a lawyer at the bar in Ghent and joined Everest in Ghent.
Lore is active in the department of (anti)fraud and corporate criminal law but mainly focuses on sports law.
Emma Bruneau obtained her master’s degree in law at the Université libre de Bruxelles in 2022 (Magna cum laude).
In September of this year, Emma joined Everest (Brussels office). She is mainly involved in contract and company law.
Thomas Grandjean obtained his master’s degree in law with honours at the Catholic University of Louvain-la-Neuve in 2020 and is graduated (LL.M. in Intellectual Property law) at the Maastricht University in 2021.
He then worked for a year in a boutique consulting firm specializing in compliance.
In September 2022, Thomas joined Everest Law Brussels. He is mainly involved in commercial law, company law and intellectual property law.
Ralph Verduyn graduated with distinction as a master of law at the Free University of Brussels in 2021. He obtained a master’s degree in tax law and a master’s degree in criminal law. He then continued his studies at the Fiscale Hogeschool where he obtained the postgraduate degree in tax law and tax practice. During his studies, Ralph worked within the notarial practice for three years.
Ralph has been registered as a lawyer at the Ghent Bar since September 2022. Within the Everest office in Ghent, he works in the Tax & Innovation department.
Olivier Bottequin graduated magna cum laude as Master of Laws at Ghent University in 2022. During his studies, he also studied at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona and at American University Washington College of Law in Washington, D.C., where he immersed himself, among other things, in contract law and compensation law.
After previous summer internships at Everest Ghent, he has been registered at the Ghent Bar since 2022 and definitively joined our Real Estate and Construction Law team.
Maarten Princen graduated cum laude as Master of Laws at Ghent University in 2022. During this study, he also participated in an Erasmus exchange program at the University of Bologna. He then pursued a master of European law at the Université Libre de Bruxelles, which he completed magna cum laude in 2023.
In September 2023, Maarten started his career as a lawyer by joining Everest Law Ghent. He is active in the public law and sports law departments.
Lieselot Bracquene graduated cum laude as Master of Laws at Ghent University in 2023. Since then, she has been registered as a lawyer at the bar in Ghent and joined Everest Ghent.
Lieselot works there in the department of business and contract law, with a special interest in corporate law.