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Introduction to Olislaegers & De Creus

Olislaegers & De Creus is an independent Belgian law firm, founded in 2002 and specializing in Belgian and European business law. Our firm’s client portfolio includes a large array of companies, often engaged in cross-border activities, ranging from small or medium sized Belgian or foreign companies to large international corporations. We also work for international trade associations. 

We have advised and assisted clients in many different markets and sectors including but not limited to Banking & Finance, Retail & Distribution, Manufacturing, Hotel & Leisure, Care and Assisted Living, Private Equity, Healthcare, Insurance, ICT Consulting, Property Development, etc..

Olislaegers & De Creus has, since 2005, been consistently recommended by the “EMEA Legal 500” legal guide for each of the firm’s main practice areas.  The EMEA Legal 500 characterizes the firm as follows:  

“Olislaegers & De Creus has 'outstanding knowledge of mergers and acquisitions', and also handles joint ventures, contracts and corporate governance matters, and has significant experience in corporate restructuring. Michael Olislaegers is 'highly co-operative and a proactive thinker', and Kristof De Creus is 'a very good contractual lawyer'. Michael Olislaegers and Kristof De Creus are recommended. Blue-chip Belgian enterprises and the local subsidiaries of multinational companies make up of the corporate client base. The small but solid practice also boasts US clients. Clients state that the practice is ‘pro-active, responsive and communication is direct and to the point’.

Olislaegers & De Creus' 'accurate, responsive and professional' team is adept at handling business law disputes before state courts and arbitral tribunals. Michael Olislaegers, Kristof De Creus and expert employment litigator Dylan Casaer are recommended. Olislaegers & De Creus is praised for “speedy responses and direct communication”. Clients are ‘very pleased with the work’ of Olislaegers & De Creus, praising particularly the firms ‘pro-activeness and quick responses – which means they succeed in a lot of cases’."

Source: The Legal 500, EMEA (selection from the Corporate / M&A / Dispute Resolution sections 2005 - 2015)

With the arrival of senior partner Werner Vanderhaeghe, who joined in 2015 and who brings vast experience advising Belgian and international companies, in private practice as well as from the perspective of a General Counsel at leading Belgian multinationals, our firm offers our clients access to unique top-level experience in international mergers and acquisitions, arbitration and litigation, finance transactions and corporate governance.”

The firm has been involved as legal counsel in many high profile transactions and assignments for a broad range of clients :

Our values and standards

Authenticity and Integrity are at the core of who we are, how we think and how we act. They are not just hollow concepts but essential characteristics that we practice in our daily professional life.

Respect and Loyalty are a condition to any successful and long term cooperation. They are the leading motive in how we interact with our clients, our colleagues, our business partners and the society as such.

In a world of increasing complexity, Craftsmanship and Experience is what we stand for. Through our longstanding business experience and specialized legal expertise we represent a high-quality work product, hands-on and solution oriented. We focus on your goals and objectives and think about your issues from an integrated business/legal policy/operational perspective, not just from a legal perspective.

We strongly believe in the Power of Teams: through cooperation between all players involved in a matter, far better and more innovative and tailored results are obtained.

Personal Commitment is the backbone of our services. Through a strong involvement in your company, project, investment, dispute,… we better understand your challenges, concerns and expectations. This allows us to create real value.

Our ambition is to put these values and standards into practice every day.