DLPA Advocaten

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Chris Declerck

Lawyer since 1975

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Chris Declerck

Lawyer since 1975

Chris Declerck is a founding partner at DLPA who has built up extensive expertise over the course of his career, mainly in company law in the broad sense. His activities include advising shareholders and directors on delicate discussions and representing their interests in court on the basis of considerable experience of litigation. 

 

During his career, Chris has been repeatedly appointed as an insolvency practitioner, accepts mandates as a liquidator of companies and acts as an arbitrator. 

 

Chris also focuses on disciplinary law, in particular for lawyers, and in that context he was a member of the Dutch-speaking Disciplinary Appeal Council in Brussels for six years. 

 

Moreover, Chris has also played a role in many professional organisations. For example, he has been a member of the Belgian Federal Bar Council, the board of directors of the Federation of Flemish Bars and the Order of Flemish Bars successively, the board of the Order of the Kortrijk Bar and the Interprofessional Association of Lawyers, Accountants and Notaries Public (a non-profit organisation).

 

Languages: NL - FR - EN - IT

Expertise

Company law, mergers and acquisitions

DLPA has extensive experience and a thorough knowledge of company law. We can advise you on the right choice of legal form for your company, help you edit your articles of association and draw up your shareholder agreements. 

 

We take you through the preparations for a business transfer or acquisition process and help you conduct a due diligence investigation. You can rely on our all-round knowledge and experience of all aspects of company law. We will support you in conducting negotiations, issuing watertight contracts and initiating legal proceedings in the event that the contract is not complied with. 

 

We also provide advice and support in disputes over the liability of directors and members of the supervisory board, disputes between shareholders and other business conflicts. 

 

In family businesses, we advise you on issues such as succession, sound management, family governance and conflicts between shareholders.

Contact persons within this area of expertise:

Chris Declerck

Arnoud Declerck

Trees Vuylsteke

Maude Mertens

Emily Van Damme

Klaas Vanneste

Restructuring and insolvency, debt collection

If you are facing financial difficulties or at risk of defaulting customers or suppliers, we put our years of experience as insolvency practitioners, liquidators of companies or advisers for companies under the Law on the Continuity of Businesses (WCO) or at your disposal. 

 

We assist you in the context of reorganisation, act resolutely to obtain payment of your outstanding debt claims, coordinate the confiscation measures to be taken and advise you in the choice of recommended procedure to achieve a turnaround. We also have a team available to deal with the aspects of social law involved. 

 

We maintain excellent relations with the leading auditing and accountancy firms, and aim always to supply custom work through coordinated cooperation with your financial advisers.

Contact persons within this area of expertise:

Chris Declerck

Trees Vuylsteke

Maude Mertens

Emily Van Damme

Klaas Vanneste

Disciplinary law

The specialised lawyers at DLPA supports various professional groups, such as lawyers, architects, doctors, statutory auditors and court bailiffs, when they find themselves faced with potential deontological problems. They also assist with their defence before disciplinary hearings.

Contact persons within this area of expertise:

Chris Declerck

Arnoud Declerck

Arbitration and mediation

We see taking a case to court as a means to an end, not an end in itself. If possible, we try to find the best solution out of court. We support you in conducting negotiations and drawing up settlement agreements. 

 

If legal proceedings are unavoidable, our lawyers are ready to take the case to any national court or tribunal. We are a formidable but respected opponent. We keep your interests in mind during the proceedings as well, helping you to find the best course of action that is in your interest, as our client. 

 

Furthermore, our team includes an accredited mediator in commercial cases. As a neutral figure, she attempts to restore the dialogue between the parties by listening and encouraging respectful communication. We are also regularly asked to act as arbitrators.

Contact persons within this area of expertise:

Chris Declerck

Trees Vuylsteke

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