WHO ARE WE

 

Founding members, in alfabetical order

 

Hélène de Looz-Corswarem, Vice-President of CEDIRES;

Kris Wagner, Chairman of the Board.

 

Hélène de Looz-Corswarem (lic. iuris, D.E.S. droit fiscal & économique) is an attorney-at-law and an accredited mediator.

 

Kris Wagner (bac. phil., KUL, lic. iuris, KUL, LL.M., Harvard, dr. iur., KUL), is an attorney-at-law.  He is also a substitute judge with the Court of First Instance of Brussels, and an accredited mediator.

 

 

Members, in alfabetical order

 

Bertrand Asscherickx

Dominique Blommaert

Stephanie Blommaert

Alain Colmant

Christa Cantieni Cunin

Arnaud David

Astrid de Bandt

Jean-Pierre de Bandt

Jan Decorte

Elfri De Neve

Elisabeth de Pitteurs de Budingen

Claude Devoet

Prof. Jos Dumortier

Damien d’Ursel

Brigitte Fauconnier

Prof. dr. Frank Fleerackers

Jan Ghysels

Prof. dr. Olav Haazen

Prof. em. dr. Jacques Herbots

Jean Herveg

Patrick Kileste

Bernard Mailleux

Bernard Mairiaux

Harold Minjauw

Lieven Peeters

Michel Peruch

Flip Petillion

Prof. Jean Rogge

Guy Schepers

Dominique Smeets

Alex Tallon

Prof. dr. Robbie Tas

William Timmermans

Paul Van den Bulck

Florence van de Putte

Patrice Vanderbeeken

Mario Van Santvoort

Prof. dr. Alain-Laurent Verbeke

Ignace Vernimme

Bertrand Asscherickx (doctor of law, K.U. Leuven, graduate in notarial studies, K.U. Leuven, 1970) is an attorney-at-law at the Brussels bar and the managing partner of Racine & Vergels.  He has been an assistant at the University of Brussels (UFSAL, 1970-71), a deputy judge in the Commercial Court of Brussels (1988-2006), a member of the Belgian Privacy Commission (1992-1997) and a lecturer at the KU Leuven (1999-2004).  He has been President of the Brussels Bar Association (2002-2004) and President of the Federal Mediation Commission (2005-2007).  He is also, since September 2008, Belgian representative with the CCBE (Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe).

 

Dominique Blommaert is a member of the Bar of Brussels.  He joined Janson Baugniet in 1994 and has been a partner since 1998.  He graduated in law in 1988 and in history in 1987 from the University of Leuven and obtained a degree in economic law from the University of Brussels in 1989.  Dominique Blommaert is scientific collaborator of the Financial Law Institute at the Ghent University since 1990.  He heads the banking and finance department at Janson Baugniet, advising financial institutions on banking and financial law. He is a recognized expert in credit law, including consumer and mortgage credit law.  He advises on the legal aspects of the creation of new financial and banking products, asset management, finance structures (often related to collaterals) and relating contractual aspects.

Stephanie Blommaert

 

Alain Colmant

 

Christa Cantieni Cunin (Rechtsanwältin, Universität Bern, LL.M. New York University, DES droit européen ULB Bruxelles, ICF certified Coach) was appointed as a Mediator for the Tenant Court of the City of Berne where she mediated conflicts between tenants and landlords. She worked as an in-house Counsel for Swisscom and was the General Counsel of Swisscom IT Services. After moving to Brussels she worked as an EU-Lobbyist. In 2008 she founded her private coaching & consultancy practice for lawyers and managers. She is dedicated to Leadership development. Christa Cantieni Cunin uses the Harvard concept of negotiations, active listening skills, NLP, TA and systemic approaches when she conducts coaching in cases of conflict.

 

Arnaud David

 

Astrid de Bandt (lic. iuris KUL 1996) was admitted to the Brussels bar in 2000 and qualified as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of England & Wales in 2001.  She currently works as a legal consultant and her main practice areas are corporate and financial law.  Her expertise includes shareholders' disputes and securities litigation.  She successfully completed the EMTPJ (European mediation training for practitioners of justice) in 2012, which qualifies her to apply for accreditation as mediator in civil and commercial matters.

 

Jean-Pierre de Bandt studied at the Facultés universitaires Notre-Dame de la Paix (FUNDP) from 1951-1953, after which he graduated in law at the Catholic University of Leuven in 1956. In 1959, he graduated in economics at the Catholic University of Leuven. He obtained a LL.M. at Harvard Law School in 1960. In 1961, he obtained a Licencié en sciences politiques et sociales at the Université catholique de Louvain.  He started his career in 1961 as an associate at the Frank Boas Law Office, where he became a partner in 1966 and stayed until 1969. From 1964 until 1974, he was a lecturer at the University of Antwerp. In 1969, he was admitted to the Brussels Bar and founded the De Bandt law firm. From 1969 until 1999 he was Chairman and Managing Partner of the lawfirm De Bandt, van Hecke, Lagae & Loesch in Brussels. From 1999 until 2001 he was partner of De Bandt, van Hecke, Lagae & Loesch. Since 2002, he is partner and Senior Counsel of Linklaters De Bandt (Brussels).  In addition he serves on the board of various non-profit organizations supporting musical causes. He is Chairman of the non-profit organization Mont des Arts.  He has been for many years the chairman of the Brussels Philharmonic Society.  He is honorary Chairman of the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel and Founder and honorary Chairman of the Coudenberg group.

 

Jan Decorte (lic. iur., 1991, KUL, bac. phil., 1994, KUL) is a member of the Brussels bar since 1991.  He is a partner in the corporate department of Koan Legal Strategies.  He is a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England & Wales (since 1998).  He is a board member of Interactive Advertising Bureau.Be (IAB Belgium).

 

Elfri De Neve

 

Elisabeth de Pitteurs de Budingen is a member of the Bar of Namur since 1986.  She is also a substitute justice of the peace, and honorary consul of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.

 

Claude Devoet

 

Jos Dumortier is Professor of ICT Law at the University of Leuven (Belgium) and the Director of the Interdisciplinary Research Centre for ICT and Law (ICRI) (www.icri.be). With his research team he participates in a series of European and national ICT-related R & D projects, in particular in the areas of privacy and identity management, information security and e-health. He is also a member of the Bar of Brussels and partner in Time.lex, a law firm specialized in information and technology law (www.timelex.eu).  He participates in the boards of several national and international scientific and business associations and is a member of various editorial and program committees. He is the editor of the International Encyclopedia of Cyber Law and the author of more than one hundred books and articles on legal issues related to the information society.

 

Damien d’Ursel

 

Brigitte Fauconnier

 

Frank Fleerackers, Lic.Iuris, B.Phil., LL.M., Ph.D., studied law and philosophy at KU Leuven University (B), Kings College (UK), MIT - Massachusetts Institute of Technology (US) and Harvard University (US); as a Harvard graduate professor Fleerackers obtained his Master of Laws degree with a thesis on legal analysis and negotiation from Harvard Law School (US).  He is Professor of Law and Jurisprudence at KU Brussels University, Principles of Law at KU Leuven University, Arbitration/Negotiation at VU Brussels University; former Professor of ADR / Alternative Dispute Resolution at European Academy of Legal Theory, Visiting Scholar and Professor at international universities including Harvard and MIT, Cambridge, and Tilburg.  Prof. dr. F. Fleerackers is Commissioner of the High Council of Justice and sits on the Judicial Appointments Commission; former Dean of the Law Faculty (KU Brussels), he also presides the Association of Flemish Academics.  A business lawyer and attorney, Frank Fleerackers is former President of the Brussels Bar Vlaams Pleitgenootschap association, as well as former member of the Brussels and National Bar Councils.

 

Jan Ghysels

 

Olav Haazen is an attorney-at-law practising in the New York state and federal courts.  He is also a professor at Leiden University [...]

 

Jacques Herbots [...]

 

Jean Herveg [...]

 

Patrick Kileste

 

Bernard Mailleux [...]

 

Bernard Mairiaux

 

Harold Minjauw [...]

 

Lieven Peeters is a partner at ALTIUS.  He is co-head of the Regulatory & Real Estate team. [...]

 

Michel Peruch (M. Sc. Eng., U.Lg., AMP, Harvard Business School, ICF certified coach) is an executive manager and coach (Brussels).

 

Flip Petillion [...]

 

Prof. Jean Rogge

 

Guy Schepers

 

Dominique Smeets […]

 

Alex Tallon (cand. iur. FUNDP, lic. iur. KUL 1981) is a member of the Brussels Bar and a partner with Praetica.  He has been President of the Brussels Bar Association (2008-2010).  He is a member of the board of editors of Ingénieur Conseil.

 

Robbie Tas is a partner of the law firm Curia in Leuven. [...]

 

William Timmermans is a partner at ALTIUS.  He is co-head of the Regulatory & Real Estate team.  Lic. iur., KUL, 1995, LL.M., Harvard, 1996.

 

Paul Van den Bulck is a member of the Brussels and Paris Bars.  He is a partner with McGuireWoods LLP. [...]

 

Florence van de Putte is an attorney-at-law at the Brussels bar.  She is a full-time mediator and member of the Federal Mediation Commission. [...]

 

Patrice Vanderbeeken is a member of the Brussels Bar since 1999. Patrice Vanderbeeken graduated cum laude from the University of Leuven (KUL) in 1998. He also graduated cum laude at the Universities of Passau (Germany) and Namur (Belgium). In 1998, he was an assistant to Advocate-General S. Alber at the European Court of Justice.  In 1999, Patrice obtained an MBA from the Vlerick Management School.  From 1999 to 2013 Patrice was associate and senior associate in the IP and IT department of the International Benelux law firm NautaDutilh. Since January 2013, Patrice is founding partner of the Brussels office of the International Technology boutique firm Pierstone.

 

Mario Van Santvoort

 

Alain-Laurent Verbeke (°1964) is Full University Professor of Law at the Universities of Leuven (since 1991) & Tilburg (since 1999) [...]

 

Ignace Vernimme

 

Francine Wachsstock

 

Stephan Wagner [...]

 

Michaël Warson [...]

 

Guido Zians (lic. iur. 1987, UCL) is an attorney-at-law at the Eupen Bar.  He is co-founder of law firm Zians-Haas (St. Vith).  He was President of the Eupen Bar Association (2008-2010). [...]

Francine Wachsstock

Stephan Wagner

Michaël Warson

Guido Zians

CEDIRES

 Center for Dispute Resolution