Founding members, in alfabetical order


Hélène de Looz-Corswarem, Vice-President of CEDIRES;

Kris Wagner, Chairman of the Board.


Hélène de Looz-Corswarem (lic. iuris, D.E.S. droit fiscal & économique) is an attorney-at-law and an accredited mediator.


Kris Wagner (bac. phil., KUL, lic. iuris, KUL, LL.M., Harvard, dr. iur., KUL), is an attorney-at-law.  He is also a substitute judge with the Court of First Instance of Brussels, and an accredited mediator.



Members, in alfabetical order


Bertrand Asscherickx

Dominique Blommaert

Stephanie Blommaert

Alain Colmant

Christa Cantieni Cunin

Arnaud David

Astrid de Bandt

Jean-Pierre de Bandt

Jan Decorte

Elfri De Neve

Elisabeth de Pitteurs de Budingen

Claude Devoet

Prof. Jos Dumortier

Damien d’Ursel

Brigitte Fauconnier

Prof. dr. Frank Fleerackers

Jan Ghysels

Prof. dr. Olav Haazen

Prof. em. dr. Jacques Herbots

Jean Herveg

Patrick Kileste

Bernard Mailleux

Bernard Mairiaux

Harold Minjauw

Lieven Peeters

Michel Peruch

Flip Petillion

Guy Schepers

Dominique Smeets

Alex Tallon

Prof. dr. Robbie Tas

William Timmermans

Paul Van den Bulck

Florence van de Putte

Patrice Vanderbeeken

Mario Van Santvoort

Prof. dr. Alain-Laurent Verbeke

Ignace Vernimme

Bertrand Asscherickx is an attorney-at-law at the Brussels bar and the managing partner of Racine & Vergels.  [...]


Dominique Blommaert is a member of the Bar of Brussels.  He joined Janson Baugniet in 1994 and has been a partner since 1998. [...]

Stephanie Blommaert


Alain Colmant


Christa Cantieni Cunin [...]


Arnaud David


Astrid de Bandt [...]


Jean-Pierre de Bandt [...]


Jan Decorte (lic. iur., 1991, KUL, bac. phil., 1994, KUL) is a member of the Brussels bar since 1991.  He is a partner in the corporate department of Koan Legal Strategies.  He is a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England & Wales (since 1998).  He is a board member of Interactive Advertising Bureau.Be (IAB Belgium).


Elfri De Neve


Elisabeth de Pitteurs de Budingen is a member of the Bar of Namur since 1986.  She is also a substitute justice of the peace, and honorary consul of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.


Claude Devoet


Jos Dumortier is Professor of ICT Law at the University of Leuven (Belgium) and the Director of the Interdisciplinary Research Centre for ICT and Law (ICRI) (www.icri.be).  [...]


Damien d’Ursel


Brigitte Fauconnier


Frank Fleerackers is a Professor and attorney-at-law, former Dean of the Faculty of Law of KU Brussels. [...]


Jan Ghysels


Olav Haazen is an attorney-at-law practising in the New York state and federal courts. His main practice areas are commercial contracts, business torts, securities and financial law, antitrust, sports and entertainment, and international class actions. He also has extensive experience in various appellate courts and with U.S. Supreme Court amicus briefs. He has been a member of the New York Bar since 1998. Haazen is also a professor at Leiden University, where he teaches comparative civil procedure and cross-border litigation.  He authored two books and over 40 articles and case notes on torts, insurance, constitutional law and European private law unification.  He has lectured on global class actions and U.S. law at Stanford, Oxford, and Leiden, and taught constitutional law and political philosophy as a Teaching Fellow at Harvard.  He studied at Tilburg University (Ph.D. in law, 2001, with highest honors), Harvard Law School (LL.M., 1997), University of Oxford (M.Jur., 1994), Leiden University (lic. iur., 1993) and Institut d’études politiques de Paris (1992).


Jacques Herbots [...]


Jean Herveg is a member of the Bar of Brussels since 1993 where he is mostly active in real estate law as well as in the financial aspects of private life (bank and financial transactions) and family life (inheritances and matrimonial property). He is an expert in IT law (privacy and eCommerce) and Health law (eHealth products and services). Since 2000, he has been with the "Information, Law & Society Research Centre" (University of Namur, Faculty of Law, CRIDS, Belgium). He teaches « Privacy : Cross Perspectives on Technological Innovations » (LL.M. on the Law of Internet) and « Processing of personal data » (post-graduate program INFOSAFE). He is the author of numerous scientific publications and a regularly invited speaker.


Patrick Kileste


Bernard Mailleux (lic. iuris KUL 1978 – cum laude) is a member of the Bar of Tongres since 1980 and a partner with ConSenso-attorneys-at-law.  He has been President of the Tongres Bar Association (2002-2004), he is an author with Kluwer (judicial reorganisation and bankruptcy law), he is an invited professor (PHL, commercial law and insolvency law).  He is also a substitute judge with the Commercial Court of Tongres and President of a Disciplinary Chamber of the bar associations Antwerp-Limbourg.


Bernard Mairiaux


Harold Minjauw (lic. iur., KUL, 1992, lic. spéc. en droit économique, ULB, 1994) is an attorney-at-law in Brussels.  He is a founding partner of LMBD Prioux.  Harold Minjauw specializes in corporate and general commercial law, with a focus on M&A, real estate and distribution law, as well as corporate and commercial litigation.  Harold’s main clients are active in the following sectors: real estate, high-level industrial and consumer manufacturing and engineering, dredging and construction materials, telecommunications, life sciences, energy, logistics (including by rail), financial holdings, venture capital, private equity and banking.


Lieven Peeters [...]


Michel Peruch (M. Sc. Eng., U.Lg., AMP, Harvard Business School, ICF certified coach) is an executive manager and coach (Brussels).


Flip Petillion [...]


Guy Schepers


Dominique Smeets […]


Alex Tallon (cand. iur. FUNDP, lic. iur. KUL 1981) is a member of the Brussels Bar and a partner with Praetica.  He has been President of the Brussels Bar Association (2008-2010).  He is a member of the board of editors of Ingénieur Conseil.


Robbie Tas is a partner of the law firm Curia in Leuven.  He combined economic studies at K.U. Leuven (MEcon (finance) 1993), with a legal curriculum (lic. iur. 1994, graduate tax studies 1994, PhD 2002).  From 1994 to 2002, he served as Research Fellow with Prof. K. Geens at K.U. Leuven's Jan Ronse Institute, where he obtained his PhD with a study into the maintenance of capital in companies limited by shares and private Ltds.  Between 1997 and 2003 he was in charge of the legal secretariat of the International Commission of Appeal at Nasdaq Europe. He was a member of electricity company Luminus' board between 2002 and 2005.  He has been teaching in the master of corporate law program at K.U. Brussels since 2004.  He is a regular contributor to TRV, Review for Undertakings and Corporations.  He has published extensively on corporate law and the law of associations, and speaks regularly on the subject.  He is also the permanent secretary to VRG-Alumni, the alumni association of Leuven's law faculty.  He was called to the Brussels Bar in 1995, with De Bandt van Hecke & Lagae (now Linklaters) and started his own firm in Leuven in 2000.  He became a partner with the Leuven law firm maxius in 2002, where he led the corporate law department.  He was one of Curia's founding partners (est. 1 October 2006).


William Timmermans [...]


Paul Van den Bulck is a member of the Brussels and Paris Bars, and practices in Belgium and France.  He is a partner with McGuireWoods LLP.  He focuses on legal issues concerning copyrights, trademarks, domain names, patents, design protection, biotechnology, media and entertainment (including gaming and gambling), software and technology law, personal data and fair trade practices.  He regularly acts as a mediator and arbitrator in matters of intellectual property, information technology and commercial law.  He represents clients across a broad range of industries (consumer and industrial products, entertainment, technology and software, fashion and luxury goods, and others).  He lectures at the Université Panthéon-Assas Paris II (IP arbitration and mediation) and the Université de Strasbourg (software patents).


Florence van de Putte is an attorney-at-law at the Brussels bar.  She is a full-time mediator and member of the Federal Mediation Commission. [...]


Patrice Vanderbeeken is a member of the Brussels Bar since 1999. Patrice Vanderbeeken graduated cum laude from the University of Leuven (KUL) in 1998. He also graduated cum laude at the Universities of Passau (Germany) and Namur (Belgium). In 1998, he was an assistant to Advocate-General S. Alber at the European Court of Justice.  In 1999, Patrice obtained an MBA from the Vlerick Management School.  From 1999 to 2013 Patrice was associate and senior associate in the IP and IT department of the International Benelux law firm NautaDutilh. Since January 2013, Patrice is founding partner of the Brussels office of the International Technology boutique firm Pierstone.


Mario Van Santvoort


Alain-Laurent Verbeke (°1964) is Full University Professor of Law at the Universities of Leuven (since 1991) & Tilburg (since 1999) Faculties of Law, teaching contracts, property, estate planning, private international law, comparative law, negotiation and mediation.  He is teaching negotiation as a Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School (since 2007) and at UCP Global School of Law in Lisbon (since 2008).  He teaches estate planning at the University of Brussels VUB (since 2008) and was awarded the Belgian Francqui Chair (2010-2011, VUB).  At the Leuven Faculty of Law, he is Chair of the Department of Private Law and the Center for Notary Law, as well as Director of the Institutes for Contract Law and Property Law.  At the Faculty of Psychology he co-chairs LCM, the Leuven Center for Collaborative Management.  Verbeke is Founding Partner with GREENILLE, a private client law firm with attorneys in Brussels and Antwerp and notaries and attorneys in Amsterdam and Rotterdam.  He has vast experience in family governance and negotiating large inheritance, divorce and contract conflicts.  He is a mediator and is regularly acting as an arbitrator in national and international contract and inheritance cases.


Ignace Vernimme is a partner at Stibbe (Brussels).


● Francine Wachsstock is an attorney-at-law in Antwerp (WACHSSTOCK & SCHARF).  She graduated summa cum laude from Antwerp University in 1983.  In parallel with her law practice, Mrs. Wachsstock has served on the board of several companies.  She is the former Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Belgian national post company De Post – La Poste, a position she held from 1995 until 2000.  Mrs. Wachsstock also served as member of the Board of Directors of Belgacom.  She has also served on the Board of Directors of Royale Belge and later Axa Belgium.


Stephan Wagner has been a lawyer at the Antwerp Bar from 1975 until 2009. Since 2009 he works as an attorney-at-law in Kyrgyzstan.  He is senior partner at Mortimer Blake.  He specializes in international investment law, mergers & acquisitions and joint venture structures and contracts, international commercial law and litigation & arbitration. Stephan Wagner is an Assistant Professor at the American University of Central Asia teaching International Commercial Arbitration and International Investment Law. He is an arbitrator on the panel of Arbitrators of the China Maritime Arbitration Commission in Beijing. He is a member of the International Franchise Lawyers Association and the International Business Council in the Kyrgyz Republic.


Michaël Warson


Guido Zians (lic. iur. 1987, UCL) is an attorney-at-law at the Eupen Bar.  He is co-founder of law firm Zians-Haas (St. Vith).  He was President of the attorneys' association Belgavoka.  He was President of the Eupen Bar Association (2008-2010).  He is author of "Handbuch für Mieter und Vermieter", Grenz-Echo-Verlag, 1995, "Die Gesetze vom 7. und 13. April 1995, Abänderung der Gesetzgebung über die Handelsgesellschaften" (with Helmut THISSEN and Alain KOHNEN), IHK-Eupen, 1995, "Grundzüge des belgischen Gesellschaftsrechts, Steuerberaterkammern Nordrhein-Westfalen und Rheinland-Pfalz, 2000", and other publications in the area of real estate law, commercial law and corporate law.

Francine Wachsstock

Stephan Wagner

Michaël Warson

Anne-Marie Witters

Guido Zians


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