Lydian
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Havenlaan-Avenue du Port 86c b113
Brussels 1000, Belgium
www.lydian.be

Contact: Peter De Ryck

Phone: 32 2 787 90 20

Firm Profile
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 80 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.

Practice Areas
Commercial
Corporate
Dispute Resolution
Employment


Information and Communication Technology
Information Governance and Data Protection
Intellectual Property


Real Estate
Regulatory
Tax

News
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.