Our lawyers


Olivier Dugardyn has been a member of the Brussels Bar since 1988. His practice focuses on national and international corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, competition law and antitrust matters (cartels), unfair competition, distribution law, e-commerce, financial law and commercial litigation. His clients include both national and international corporations and organizations. He also serves as counsel to many European trade associations, in various industries, for instance in their dealings with the European Institutions.

Olivier is also considered a leading expert in the travel and tourism industry and counsels both small and international travel companies, national and international associations, hotel and resort chains, airlines, cruise companies, on-line agencies, insurance companies and governments. He is regularly appointed as arbitrator or mediator in this field, and is President of a chamber of the Ministry of Economic Affair's Disputes Committee for the Travel Industry.

He also serves as Deputy Judge at the Court of Appeal of Brussels.
Olivier publishes regularly on selected legal topics and has been a speaker at various universities and numerous seminars and conventions both in Europe and around the world.

He is a member of CEPANI, the Belgian Centre for Mediation and Arbitration.

He is very involved in the Chinese legal market, where he started to develop activities  more than twelve years ago. He represents both European clients in China and Chinese clients in Europe.

Mr Dugardyn speaks Dutch, French and English and has a working knowledge of German.



Thierry Ongenae is a fully three-lingual Belgian lawyer, member of the Brussels Bar since 1989. Thierry has focussed his practice on corporate and commercial litigation, including arbitration. He has also a particular know-how in the field of banking, reinsurance and insurance matters. Prior to joining the firm, he was member of the corporate and litigation department of the Benelux law firm NautaDutilh since the start of its Brussels office in September 1994.

Apart from his litigation practice, Thierry has substantive experience in international and domestic contracts, corporate transactions and special tailor made projects.

He advised on and actively participated to the reorganisation of a major insurance company and of its portfolio in Luxemburg (Tak 21 & Tak 23 products).

He was in charge of the legal management of the implementation of the MiFIDI regulation within FORTIS GROUP (18 jurisdictions).

Thierry was born in Ghent on April 7, 1965, and graduated from the universities of Antwerp and Leuven (KU Leuven) in 1988.



Carl Van Gansewinkel is a partner with our Leuven office. His practice focuses on construction law, real estate, mergers and acquisitions, and administrative law.

Carl received his law degree from the University of Leuven in 1988 and was admitted to the Brussels Bar that same year. In 1989, he followed a post-graduate degree in management. He was called to the Leuven Bar in 1996, and subsequently started the firm's office in that city.

Carl has been instrumental in assisting contractors, property owners and promoters in large transactions and has extensively experience in drafting and negotiating all types of agreements in the field. He is particularly skilled in initiating and providing assistance to real estate projects from their inception until completion. He also handles any regulatory filings regarding such projects and assists in the financial aspects, as well. Mr. Van Gansewinkel also conducts due diligence and drafts and negotiates both share agreements related to real estate transactions (such as offices, warehousing, etc.) and domestic contracts for various clients in the real estate sector.

Carl speaks Dutch, French and English.


Christophe VAN HECKE

Christophe is a member of the Brussels Bar since 2001 and has developed a broad practice in commercial and corporate matters, including litigation.

He has a vast experience in all commercial and corporate matters (both national and international) including lease and property matters (commercial, industrial and agricultural), construction and real estate law and liability issues (contractual liability, professional and medical liability, product liability and warranties).

Christophe assists and advises companies on a daily basis, both in drafting legal documents and providing strategic assistance.

He has dealt with numerous cases regarding distribution (i.e. car- and motor industry, large agricultural vehicles and machinery, food industry), commercial practices, insurance, leasing, franchising, factoring, banking and finance, vending and transport. He also assists companies in bankruptcy matters and defends the commercial interests of companies in criminal cases. He has a large representation and expertise in the voucher market.

Furthermore Christophe has a special interest in the trade and liability regarding thoroughbred and full-blood horses and other domestic animals.

Christophe is known for his no-nonsense and pragmatic approach, providing punctual and tailor made advice, assistance and solutions.

Christophe is fluent in Dutch, French and English.

Christophe VAN HECKE


Olivier Van Outryve has been a member of the Brussels Bar since January 2002.

His practice focuses on corporate and commercial law, mergers and acquisitions, and financial services. He has extensive experience in advisory work and dispute resolution – acting before state courts and arbitration tribunals – in relation to these matters.

In corporate law matters Olivier has specific experience in joint ventures, capital operations, corporate governance, shareholders’ rights and directors’ liability.

Olivier’s commercial experience includes services, supply, toll manufacturing, license, agency, franchise and distribution agreements.  He also has a particular expertise in contractual liability.

Over the years he has advised clients from all continents in many different industries, including food, textile, pharmaceuticals, financial services, insurance, broadcasting, electronics & robotics, aviation, printing, construction, engineering, consulting, and wholesale. In doing so he has gained a privileged insight in the functioning of many different business models allowing him to provide tailor-made advice.

Olivier regularly serves as an arbitrator in proceedings under the auspices of CEPANI, the Belgian Centre for Mediation and Arbitration, which is composed of business leaders, academics, corporate legal experts and lawyers.

Olivier is fluent in Dutch, French, English and German. He also has a working knowledge of Spanish.



Tax law



Bernard Deltour mainly specializes in environmental law, in which he is considered one of
Belgium's leading practitioners. He is particularly recognized for his extensive experience with
waste and soil pollution issues. Bernard has vast experience in transactional, litigious as well
as administrative practices, at European and Belgian federal and regional levels. Thanks to his
perfect fluency in both Dutch and French, he acts in cases in Belgium's three regions. He also
has a full professional proficiency in English.

The vast majority of Bernard's clients are private companies and trade associations. He is
particularly familiar with waste management utilities and the chemical, pharmaceutical,
energy and distribution industries.
He holds a law degree from the University of Leuven (KU Leuven) and has been a member of
the Brussels Bar since 1988.

He also gained experience as a member of the personal staff of a regional minister.
Bernard Deltour is constantly involved in supporting policy development as well as legislative
and regulatory projects, based on a comparative law approach and seeking to facilitate the
implementation of widely acceptable, practically workable and efficiently enforceable
provisions of environmental law.

Due to his vast experience, he has been called to chair the board of TRACIMAT VZW, a nonprofit
organization which will deal with the identification, qualitative certification and tracing
of demolition waste in Belgium’s Flemish Region and to the management committee of
SOLTRACING SAS, a French company commercializing a method for the identification,
qualitative certification and tracing of excavated soils in France.
His international work is based on a vast network of highly regarded specialists across the
globe in the EU, North and South America, Africa, Asia and Australia.


Valérie Vandegaart was called to the Brussels Bar in 1998, where she started her professional
career. She devoted herself immediately to public and administrative law, including
environmental and planning and zoning law.

From 2003 to 2013, she was in-house counsel in the energy sector, first at the Belgian
electricity transmission network operator, then at a major energy producer and provider.
Valérie acquired specific and operational experience in energy law, especially with respect to
regulated activities, market mechanisms and renewable energy.

Since June 2016, Valérie is Compliance Officer of Balansys, a joint undertaking founded by
Creos Luxembourg (50%) and Fluxys Belgium (50%). Balansys acts as a balancing operator for
the area of the Luxemburg and Belgian integrated H-gas and the Belgian L-gas markets.
With an extensive knowledge of the operational realities of regulated market operators,
Valérie provides advice combining theoretical excellence with practical relevance, especially
in energy and environmental law.