Lydian is one of the leading independent law firms in Belgium with offices in Brussels, Antwerp and Hasselt. Making the most of the opportunities created by the merger of two large Belgian law firms into international networks, Lydian has successfully become a fully-fledged, stand-alone business law firm, driven by 85 motivated and highly competent lawyers. Lydian provides its clients—large and medium-sized Belgian and international companies—with prompt assistance and to the point advice, both in domestic and cross-border files. The firm delivers the quality and sophistication that can be expected of large international firms, but with the personal involvement characteristic of smaller ones. It frequently handles referral cases from prestigious law firms outside Belgium. The firm is structured around five departments: Commercial & Litigation; Corporate & Finance; Employment, Pensions & Benefits; Real Estate, Environment & Regulatory; and Tax. Lydian’s lawyers have specialist expertise in the fields of banking, insolvency & restructuring, energy, HRM in the public sector, insurance & reinsurance, intellectual property, ICT, life sciences, outsourcing, pensions, private equity, public contracts & real estate investment.
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February 2019: Belgium member firm Lydian will host a one-hour webinar on February 28th at 12:30 p.m. (CET)/6:30 a.m. (EST) to discuss the five things one needs to know when assigning employees to work in Europe in 2019. The presentation will be delivered using a case study format, thereby providing participants with a step-by-step plan for how to facilitate such assignments smoothly and efficient in both an EU and non-EU/Brexit context. The webinar will be broadcast in English, and there is no charge to attend. For more information, call +32 2 787 90 99 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You may register anytime before February 21st by clicking here.
January 2019: Hugo Keulers has been named managing partner of Belgium member firm Lydian. Mr. Keulers previously served as managing partner between 2004 and 2007. He focuses his practice primarily on insurance law and dispute resolution. He succeeds Peter De Ryck during whose tenure the firm became the first independent law firm to be named Best Belgian Law Firm by Trends Legal Awards. Said Mr. Keulers upon his return to the role of managing partner, “What I am inheriting from Peter De Ryck is a well-oiled machine. It is my ambition to continue to build on Lydian’s strong reputation over the next three years, both with our clients and with our staff. Our excellent management team will allow me to achieve that ambition without weakening my attention or focus on our clients.” In addition to Mr. Keulers’ appointment, former accounting manager Koen Poncelet this month was made the firm’s new COO.
November 2018: Belgium member firm Lydian has been named its country’s best law firm. The firm was presented with the award this month at the Trends Legal Awards, which are sponsored annually by Belgian business publication Trends/Tendances. Lydian is the first independent Belgian law firm to have been chosen by the Trends Legal Awards as Belgium’s best law firm.
November 2017: In an effort to make Brussels a more attractive commercial litigation center, the Belgian federal government has unveiled plans to create the Brussels International Business Court, Belgian member firm Lydian reports. The BIBC will be an English-speaking Belgian state court aimed at attracting Brexit-related disputes as well as international commercial litigation. Currently, only Dutch or French are allowed before Brussels’ courts, adding significantly to the cost of litigation. Furthermore, there is currently an almost unlimited right to appeal any judgment, resulting in often lengthy proceedings. Under the proposed federal plan, United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) arbitration rules, not the Belgian judicial code, will govern. The BIBC is expected to be operational by January 1, 2020. For more information, contact the firm’s managing partner, Peter De Ryck.