Strelia is delighted to have earned practice and lawyer rankings in the 2019 Legal 500 Europe Guide. The firm has been ranked in Commercial, Corporate and M&A, Dispute Resolution, Insolvency and Restructuring and Private Equity. Our firm is also recommended as a Top-Tier Firm in the Retail sector.

Additional Legal 500 recommendation was given to several Strelia lawyers including Jean-Pierre Fierens as a “leading individual” in Dispute Resolution, Bart De Moor as a “leading individual” in Insolvency and Restructuring and Laurent Verhavert is listed as a “Next generation lawyer” in Private Equity.

We would like to thank our clients for their continuous trust and support and for getting us excellent rankings.

This is what Legal 500 says about Strelia in the 2019 guide:

Commercial, Corporate and M&A – Tier 3

The 'friendly' corporate team at Strelia is 'extremely reactive and always to the point' in its advice and provides 'a personalised service'. The department is frequently instructed on domestic and cross-border corporate and M&A deals. Practice head Olivier Clevenbergh led a team that assisted Natixis with its public takeover of a controlling stake in Dalenys. The group is also acting for new client Burger Brands Belgium on its expansion in Belgium. Other key names to note include Gisèle Rosselle and Laurent Verhavert.

Dispute Resolution – Tier 3

'Very pragmatic' firm Strelia is well known for handling corporate litigation and insolvency disputes; for example, department head Jean-Pierre Fierens is representing directors of Optima Bank in claims for damages following the bank's bankruptcy. Olivier Clevenbergh, who 'understands very complex situations quickly', and Bart De Moor are also names to note.

Industry focus: Retail – Tier 1

Strelia has significant experience assisting retail sector clients with setting up and developing operations in Belgium. It acts for Carrefour on its Belgian franchise activities and advises the same client on various commercial contracts. The group is also assisting with Burger King's expansion in Belgium. Olivier Clevenbergh and Jean-Pierre Fierens are key names to note. Veritas and Point Carré are also clients.

Insolvency and Restructuring - Tier 3

The ‘specialist’ insolvency and restructuring practice at Strelia has 'a good understanding of the Belgian market’ and ‘a straight-forward approach’. The team was appointed as office holder in the judicial reorganisation of the Flamant Group Brussels. It also acted as liquidator in the bankruptcy of Photo Hall Multimedia. ‘Stand-out’ lawyer Bart De Moor heads the practice and is ‘very competent in cross-border cases’.

Private Equity – Tier 3

The private equity practice group at Strelia is 'very flexible, responsive and to the point'. The team is particularly active in the biotech sector, with clients including Europem and Newton Biocapital. The team assisted the later client with several series A investments in companies such as Epics Therapeutics and Synergia Medical. Gisèle Rosselle heads the practice, which includes Laurent Verhavert.


About the Legal 500

The Legal 500 assesses the strengths of law firms in over 150 jurisdictions. The rankings are based on a series of criteria and highlight the practice area teams providing the most cutting-edge and innovative advice to corporate counsel. The Legal 500 research is based on feedback from 300,000 clients worldwide, submissions from law firms and interviews with leading private practice lawyers, and a team of researchers who have experience in the legal market.