Buysse & Partners invests in Brantsandpatents

Laurius assisted Buysse & Partners with a capital investment in Brantsandpatents. This strategic partnership with founder Johan Brants and partner Ellen Crabbe will kick-start Brantsandpatents’ ambitious growth strategy in the specialized intellectual property sector.

Buysse & Partners is an independent investment group with a long-term private equity and real estate investment strategy, encompassing a diversified portfolio across Europe and Latin America.

Brantsandpatents is a Belgian consultancy firm with 25 employees focused on providing strategic advice on the protection of intellectual property rights and all matters concerning patents, innovations and inventions.

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Laurius successfully assisted BMB Bouwmaterialen (BME Group) with the acquisition of Gedimat Antwerp.

BME | Building Materials Europe is one of Europe’s leading distributors of building materials. Its activities in Belgium are focused on the brands ‘BMB Bouwmaterialen’ (building materials) and ‘STG’ (sanitary, heating and plumbing materials). With this bolt-on acquisition, the BME Group further strengthens its presence in the province of Antwerp as part of BMB Bouwmaterialen.
BMB Bouwmaterialen, with headquarters in Antwerp and a 40 year history of providing guidance and materials for construction and renovation projects, continues to expand and will have a network of 11 locations in Flanders by year-end.
Bridts (the company behind “Gedimat Antwerp”) offers a broad portfolio of building materials at their site in Aartselaar. Bridts employs 17 people and the former owner – Mr. Vincent van Genechten – will remain actively involved with the management of the company going forward.

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Laurius successfully assisted KeBeK Private Equity in its alliance with Schelstraete Delacourt Associates

Laurius successfully assisted KeBeK Private Equity in its alliance with Schelstraete Delacourt Associates. Private Equity has acquired an interest in Schelstraete Delacourt Associates, alongside Frank Schelstraete, Vanessa Delacourt, and Jonas Soenens. Following the transaction, 5 additional members of the management entered the capital.

Schelstraete Delacourt Associates is active in executive search for senior management profiles, advising boards of directors, and conducting assessments. The company was founded in 1990 by Frank Schelstraete, and in the past few years it has grown into a leading player in its sector.

KeBeK is an independent Belgian investment fund that participates in solid, medium-sized companies with an identifiable potential for further value creation.

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Laurius assists Kronos Group in alliance with Epsa and Kloepfel Group

Laurius successfully assisted the Kronos Group in its alliance with Epsa and its German counterpart, Kloepfel Group.  The resulting triumvirate now represents one of the largest pan-European business transformation and performance consulting organisations.

Founded in 2011, Kronos Group provides expertise in the areas of procurement consultancy, finance, business transformation and project management. As a market leader, Kronos Group supports its clients in the transformation and digitalisation of their companies.

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Laurius is taking a significant step forward

As from 1 September, Christina Trappeniers, Caroline Wildemeersch and Damien Stas de Richelle will join Laurius from Ambos. In one fell swoop, we broaden our core expertise and strengthen our position as a leading national law firm.

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Buysse & Partners invests in New Vision eye clinics

Laurius assisted Buysse & Partners with a capital investment in the eye clinics of New Vision for an amount of 3 million euros. The group has the ambition to open 10 surgical eye clinics in Belgium within the next 5 years. Buysse & Partners joins the investment funds LRM and Raedam as a new shareholder of New Vision.

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Copus Group acquires Smart Solutions

Laurius assisted Copus Group with the acquisition of Smart Solutions, a rising star in the HR sector focused on project sourcing. Smart Solutions has approximately 300 experts on its payroll, covering a broad range of specialized technicians, engineers, financial advisors and HR experts. Smart Solutions envisions a turnover this year of 23 million euros. This acquisition reinforces the strong position of Copus Group (as holding above employment agency Vivaldis Interim) in the HR market.

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UBO disclosure – extension of deadline

The UBO Register has been in force in Belgium for some time. In principle, all legal entities that are headquartered in Belgium have already registered the information of their ultimate beneficial owners in the UBO Register.

The deadline for uploading supporting documents and annual confirmation of information in the UBO Register was initially set at April 30, 2021, but has now been extended to August 31, 2021.

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Laurius ranked in Legal 500 EMEA 2021

We are proud to announce that Laurius has again been ranked by Legal 500 in all domains related to our core business: Dispute Resolution, Commercial, Corporate/M&A and Real Estate. A warm thank you to our clients for their wonderful words and to our team for all the hard work!

Some client testimonials:

‘Agile, proactive and highly skilled team (on all levels), with strong communicative interaction with the client. They are in control and manage things in such a way that the client can be at ease. Powerful and hands-on management on both partner level and team members level. Impressive track record. Post-transaction follow up is as clearly managed as the transaction itself.’

‘Strong involvement of senior partners, problem-solving attitude by investing in understanding the deal dynamics and showing flexibility as opposed to rigidity in drafting documents and clauses without losing sight of the risks.’

‘Professional yet approachable partners.’

‘Pragmatism and fast delivery.’

All partners are recommended within Legal 500 in their respective practice areas. You can read more testimonials on our Antwerp and Brussels Legal500 page.

Laurius ranked in Chambers Global 2021

We are proud to announce that Laurius has again been listed in the internationally acclaimed Chambers Global 2021 guide. Often referred to as “the gold-standard”, Chambers delivers insight and analysis on the global legal profession that is unrivalled in its reach and depth.

Dirk Wellens and Bert Luyten are ranked as leading lawyers and are highly recommended for their legal knowledge and experience, their ability, their effectiveness and their client service.

This Chambers ranking is a significant achievement for the whole Laurius team and we extend our gratitude to our clients and relations who participated in the independent research by Chambers & Partners.


Based on the research conducted, the Laurius corporate M&A practice has been ranked to celebrate its achievement and developments taking into account notable work, impressive strategic growth and distinguished client service. Laurius is described by Chambers as “a growing firm with a focus on transactional corporate matters in the Belgian mid-market, which advises on domestic and cross-border acquisitions and sales, in addition to corporate restructurings and governance issues.

Dirk Wellens advises clients from the private equity, energy and real estate sectors on a range of corporate law and M&A matters. He is valued by clients for being “very client-driven and focused.” Clients add that Dirk ‘keeps his cool in all circumstances and is technically highly skilled.”


Bert Luyten is described by Chambers as best known for assisting clients with contractual disputes, injunction proceedings and financial liability cases. Clients attest that Bert “has extensive knowledge and extensive experience, he also knows how people behind the court are thinking about some items. He manages to put all of the communications together to have a successful court case.”