Trees Vuylsteke graduated in law from KU Leuven in 1986 and has been a partner at DLPA since 1999. For many years, she has been a substitute judge at the Commercial Court of Ghent, Kortrijk division.
Besides her specialisation in company law, within which she assists shareholders and directors with every step of business life, Trees has extensive expertise in supporting businesses in difficulty. She also focuses on the subject of intellectual property rights, including brand and design rights, patents and copyrights. Trees has years of experience in these fields, gives regular lectures and can assist you with advice, mediation and litigation.
Trees is also an accredited mediator in civil and commercial cases, and she is a member of “Uw bemiddelaars”, an association of accredited independent mediators.
Furthermore, Trees is a member of the AIPPI (International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property) and the BNVBIE (Belgische Nationale Vereniging voor de Bescherming van de Industriële Eigendom, or Belgian national association for the protection of industrial property).
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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.
Emily Van Damme
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.
Emily Van Damme
Original ideas need to be suitably protected. We offer specialist knowledge and experience in the area of intellectual property rights: brand rights, copyright, software rights, design rights, patent law, the protection of knowhow etc.
You can call on us when drawing up contracts or conducting IT procedures, for example in the event of confiscations of counterfeit items, cessation procedures and compensation claims. We work closely here with the leading brand and patent offices.
We can also support you with our extensive experience in the area of market practices, including the poaching of customers or staff, denigration, the regulations surrounding advertising and e-commerce, and consumer protection, both by providing advice and conducting legal proceedings.
Last but not least, you can come to us for advice and support when implementing the General Data Protection Regulation (‘GDPR’).
Emily Van Damme
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.
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