Members

♦ Kris Wagner, Chairman of the Board. Dr. Kris Wagner (bac. phil., KUL, lic. iuris, KUL, LL.M., Harvard, dr. iur., KUL), is an attorney-at-law. He is a partner at Holmes Kirby.

♦ Bertrand Asscherickx (doctor of law, K.U. Leuven, graduate in notarial studies, K.U. Leuven, 1970) is an attorney-at-law at the Brussels bar and the managing partner of Racine & Vergels. He has been an assistant at the University of Brussels (UFSAL, 1970-71), a deputy judge in the Commercial Court of Brussels (1988-2006), a member of the Belgian Privacy Commission (1992-1997) and a lecturer at the KU Leuven (1999-2004). He has been President of the Brussels Bar Association (2002-2004) and President of the Federal Mediation Commission (2005-2007).  He is also, since September 2008, Belgian representative with the CCBE (Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe).

♦ Dominique Blommaert is a member of the Bar of Brussels. He joined Janson Baugniet in 1994 and has been a partner since 1998. He graduated in law in 1988 and in history in 1987 from the University of Leuven and obtained a degree in economic law from the University of Brussels in 1989.  Dominique Blommaert is scientific collaborator of the Financial Law Institute at the Ghent University since 1990.  He heads the banking and finance department at Janson Baugniet, advising financial institutions on banking and financial law. He is a recognized expert in credit law, including consumer and mortgage credit law.  He advises on the legal aspects of the creation of new financial and banking products, asset management, finance structures (often related to collaterals) and relating contractual aspects.

♦ Alain Colmant

♦ Christa Cantieni Cunin (Rechtsanwältin, Universität Bern, LL.M. New York University, DES droit européen ULB Bruxelles, ICF certified Coach) was appointed as a Mediator for the Tenant Court of the City of Berne where she mediated conflicts between tenants and landlords. She worked as an in-house Counsel for Swisscom and was the General Counsel of Swisscom IT Services. After moving to Brussels she worked as an EU-Lobbyist. In 2008 she founded her private coaching & consultancy practice for lawyers and managers. She is dedicated to Leadership development. Christa Cantieni Cunin uses the Harvard concept of negotiations, active listening skills, NLP, TA and systemic approaches when she conducts coaching in cases of conflict.

♦ Arnaud David

♦ Astrid de Bandt (lic. iuris KUL 1996) was admitted to the Brussels bar in 2000 and qualified as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of England & Wales in 2001. She currently works as a legal consultant and her main practice areas are corporate and financial law. Her expertise includes shareholders' disputes and securities litigation.  She successfully completed the EMTPJ (European mediation training for practitioners of justice) in 2012, which qualifies her to apply for accreditation as mediator in civil and commercial matters.

♦ Jean-Pierre de Bandt studied at the Facultés universitaires Notre-Dame de la Paix (FUNDP) from 1951-1953, after which he graduated in law at the Catholic University of Leuven in 1956. In 1959, he graduated in economics at the Catholic University of Leuven. He obtained a LL.M. at Harvard Law School in 1960. In 1961, he obtained a Licencié en sciences politiques et sociales at the Université catholique de Louvain. He started his career in 1961 as an associate at the Frank Boas Law Office, where he became a partner in 1966 and stayed until 1969. From 1964 until 1974, he was a lecturer at the University of Antwerp. In 1969, he was admitted to the Brussels Bar and founded the De Bandt law firm. From 1969 until 1999 he was Chairman and Managing Partner of the lawfirm De Bandt, van Hecke, Lagae & Loesch in Brussels. From 1999 until 2001 he was partner of De Bandt, van Hecke, Lagae & Loesch. Since 2002, he is partner and Senior Counsel of Linklaters De Bandt (Brussels). In addition he serves on the board of various non-profit organizations supporting musical causes. He is Chairman of the non-profit organization Mont des Arts.  He has been for many years the chairman of the Brussels Philharmonic Society.  He is honorary Chairman of the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel and Founder and honorary Chairman of the Coudenberg group.

♦ 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). With his research team he participates in a series of European and national ICT-related R & D projects, in particular in the areas of privacy and identity management, information security and e-health. He is also a member of the Bar of Brussels and partner in Time.lex, a law firm specialized in information and technology law (www.timelex.eu). He participates in the boards of several national and international scientific and business associations and is a member of various editorial and program committees. He is the editor of the International Encyclopedia of Cyber Law and the author of more than one hundred books and articles on legal issues related to the information society.

♦ Damien d’Ursel

♦ Brigitte Fauconnier

♦ Frank Fleerackers, Lic.Iuris, B.Phil., LL.M., Ph.D., studied law and philosophy at KU Leuven University (B), Kings College (UK), MIT - Massachusetts Institute of Technology (US) and Harvard University (US); as a Harvard graduate professor Fleerackers obtained his Master of Laws degree with a thesis on legal analysis and negotiation from Harvard Law School (US). He is Professor of Law and Jurisprudence at KU Brussels University, Principles of Law at KU Leuven University, Arbitration/Negotiation at VU Brussels University; former Professor of ADR / Alternative Dispute Resolution at European Academy of Legal Theory, Visiting Scholar and Professor at international universities including Harvard and MIT, Cambridge, and Tilburg. Prof. dr. F. Fleerackers is Commissioner of the High Council of Justice and sits on the Judicial Appointments Commission; former Dean of the Law Faculty (KU Brussels), he also presides the Association of Flemish Academics.  A business lawyer and attorney, Frank Fleerackers is former President of the Brussels Bar Vlaams Pleitgenootschap association, as well as former member of the Brussels and National Bar Councils.

♦ 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.

♦ 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 is a partner at ALTIUS. He is co-head of the Regulatory & Real Estate team. He is a renowned expert in the area of construction and real estate transactions with a solid knowledge of contracts law and general commercial law.  He is as such recognized amongst others by Chambers Europe, Legal500, PLC Which Lawyer and World Leading Experts.  He also received the “Client Choice Award 2011- category Commercial Property” of the International Law Organisation.  He advises clients in his real estate practice on all aspects of often complex real estate transactions, including the structuring of real estate projects, real estate M&A, sale-and-leaseback transactions, joint ventures, leasing, PPP and split structures.  Lieven Peeters has advised on various major transactions on the Belgian market involving several large shopping centres, office buildings, commercial properties, logistics properties, inner city developments and on other real estate niche products as senior housing and mixed use projects.  Lieven Peeters graduated at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Lic. Jur. 1995) and obtained an LL.M. at the University of Virginia (1996). He was admitted to the Brussels Bar in 1996.  He worked for 14 years at Linklaters (formerly De Bandt, Van Hecke & Lagae).

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

♦ Flip Petillion is a litigation partner in Crowell & Moring's Brussels office where he practices in the Intellectual Property and International Dispute Resolution groups. With more than 25 years of experience, Flip's practice has been devoted to IP, IT, media and communication, with a heavy emphasis on IP litigation and counseling for corporate clients in industries such as hardware and software developers, film producers and distributors, advertising agencies, architects, authors and performers, financial institutions, insurance companies, automotive businesses, and diamond traders. Flip has represented Facebook, Ikea, Eddy Merckx, Lannoo, 20th Century Fox; Citrix Systems. Flip received his J.D. from K.U. Leuven University, magna cum laude, in 1987. In 1987, he became an assistant professor in international public law at the K.U.Leuven University. Flip also obtained several postgraduates in international economic law, Dubrovnik University, 1988; in telecommunications law, K.U.Leuven University, 1998; in telecommunications, strategy and regulation, Ghent University, 1999.  Flip was admitted to the Brussels bar in 1988. He has been an accredited mediator since 2006.  He is on the editorial board of IRDI, a leading Belgian law journal on intellectual property matters. He is chief editor of RABG, a leading Belgian law journal, and is in charge of the annual intellectual property edition of RABG.  Flip Petillion has consistently been recommended in peer review guides including the 2013 edition of the Legal 500 EMEA for Information Technology, IP and Media and Entertainment. He is praised as "knowledgeable and experienced" and "a real team leader." Chambers (2012) mentions that "Flip Petillion remains popular with clients, who find him to be efficient and insightful, with a friendly manner'. Sources praise his litigation skills, hailing him as well prepared and effective in achieving positive outcomes." Chambers (2012) also says that as co-head of the TMT group "sources say he is 'extremely measured and thoughtful: his advice is spot-on.' His long-standing experience makes him a strong choice for TMT work, where he focuses mostly on IT issues." In World Trademark Review 1000 (2013) Flip is also highly ranked: "Flip Petillion of Crowell & Moring is acknowledged as among the best on the market for complex contentious matters. An outstanding litigator, he also has a wealth of alternative dispute resolution experience."

♦ 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 & Tilburg.

♦ Ignace Vernimme

♦ Francine Wachsstock

♦ Stephan Wagner

♦ Michaël Warson

♦ Guido Zians