DLPA Advocaten

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Maude Mertens

Lawyer since 1997

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Maude Mertens

Lawyer since 1997

Maude Mertens graduated from Ghent University in 1997 with a licentiate degree in law and began her career as a lawyer in the same year. In 2004, she gained an additional diploma in intellectual property law from the Catholic University of Brussels. Maude has been a partner at DLPA since 2012. 

 

Maude focuses on company law and has built up considerable experience in complex takeovers. She can also assist you with advice, litigation and drawing up contracts. 

Maude also supports restructuring processes and companies in difficulty, and she can be appointed as a company liquidator.

 

Languages: NL - FR - EN

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.

Contacts within this 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.

Contacts within this expertise:

Chris Declerck

Trees Vuylsteke

Maude Mertens

Emily Van Damme

Klaas Vanneste

Commercial law

Commercial contracts are the key to every commercial activity. We provide advice and support on national and international commercial contracts, in all the areas you come into contact with as a business, in both B2B and B2C situations. These include purchasing and sales, tenancy laws and commercial leases, construction contracts, management, leasing, financial contracts, franchising, agency relationships, concessions, licensing agreements, collateral agreements, sale of your business, general terms and conditions of purchasing or sale etc. 

 

The DLPA team includes passionate defence lawyers and talented negotiators.  We provide practical support and advice for drawing up your contracts. We assist you with negotiations and represent you before the courts or tribunals.

Contacts within this expertise:

Bernard Leterme

Arnoud Declerck

Piet Lombaerts

Maude Mertens

Séverine Vermeire

Emily Van Damme

Klaas Vanneste

Business criminal law

We give advice and provide support to businesses, directors, employees or victims concerning all aspects of business criminal law, including financial and economic crimes such as the misappropriation of corporate assets, forgery, money laundering, the criminal liability of legal entities, criminal tax law, fraudulent bankruptcy etc. 

 

We support you both in the court investigation phase and when the case is defended in the criminal courts.

Contacts within this expertise:

Bernard Leterme

Maude Mertens

Klaas Vanneste

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