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Our lawyers

Jacques BUEKENHOUDT

After experiencing a couple of years abroad, including in France and the USA, Jacques Buekenhoudt was readmitted at the Brussels Bar in 1984.

Originally oriented to counselling small and medium enterprises in business and corporate issues, which he still does, including their representation before the Court of Justice, he gradually specialized in EU law, in particular matters related to the Internal Market (Titles I, III, VI of the Treaty) and more recently in the field of judicial cooperation in civil and criminal matters (Title IV of the Treaty).

Jacques Buekenhoudt is also legal counsel at the European Commission since several years, and is presently director of the “Czech Business Representation in Brussels – CEBRE”.

He speaks French, English, Dutch and Danish.

Jacques BUEKENHOUDT

Alessandra FRANCHI

The practice of Alessandra Franchi focuses on both national and international commercial law with significant experience in distribution and commercial agency matters, international sales, international services contracts and commercial litigation.  She was admitted to the Brussels Bar in 1999 and joined Dugardyn & Partners as off counsel in November 2009.

Alessandra also regularly advises in Intellectual Property matters with a focus on trademark protection. She handles litigations concerning domain names, data protection and unfair trade practices.

Thanks to her international profile and her language skills, Alessandra’s clientele includes both national and international companies and organizations. She regularly assists in her practice areas Italian companies and organizations. She also acts for Italian and international companies which wish to establish in Belgium a company or a branch office.

Alessandra has published articles on several legal topics with respect to both Italian, Belgian and International Law.

She is both Belgian and Italian lawyer and has been working in Belgium (Brussels) since 1999. She obtained her law degree at the University of Siena (Italy). She further studied in Germany (University of Göttingen) and in Belgium (Free University of Brussels - Institut d’Etudes Européennes).

Alessandra FRANCHI

Marc LOVENIERS

Marc Loveniers joined our Brussels office as off council on 19 April 2010. His practice focuses on labour law, social security law, insurance law and intellectual property law.

Marc often represents social security institutions and private companies before Belgian courts and tribunals.

Marc LOVENIERS