Founded in late 1976 by Jean-Pierre van Cutsem and Pierre-Paul Wittamer, the firm originally consisted of two partners and several associates. In May 1977, with the arrival of RenÃ©- FranÃ§ois Piret, the firm changed its name to "van CUTSEM WITTAMER PIRET". For the past 33 years, the firm has been giving legal advice and negotiating and pleading cases in observance of the essential values of our profession: independence, expertise and loyalty.
For the most part, the firm practices business law in its various dimensions and maintains personalized relations with its clients. On 1 January 1989, Patrick Marnef, who had gained all his professional experience with the firm since 1978, was elected to the partnership.
Likewise, Jan Cuypers became a partner in 1996, having joined the firm in 1989. Patrice Courtin was then recruited as a partner in 1996, followed by Pierre Beyens in 1998.
Katrien Serrien, Bernard Dautricourt, Olivier dâ€™Ursel and Bertrand Wittamer were admitted to the partnership between 2001 and 2004.
In late 2007, Damien De Keyser joined the team, right before the latest stage of expansion process, dating back to 1 January 2008, which was marked by the arrival of 2 new partners: Eric Louis and Laurent Tainmont. The firm, henceforth known as: â€œvan CUTSEM WITTAMER MARNEF and PARTNERSâ€ is currently composed of 13 partners and over 20 associates and trainees, as well as a dozen employees.
The key aim of the firm is to provide high quality, fast, tailor-made services to meet the specific requirements of each one of its clients. The firm also maintains close ties with leading law firms operating in more than 60 countries in five continents.
Principal Contact: Olivier d'Ursel
Education: Université £atholique de Louvain Lic. Jur.
Specialization: Commecial, Corporate, Agency, Construction, Real Estate Law, litigation
Experience: Admitted 1991 Brussels Bar; member of European Association of Lawyers; Member of the organising committee of numerous symposia and seminars on competition law, State aid and right of the defence in Brussels in 1994, 1996 and 2000 for the European Association of Lawyers
Languages: English, French, German, Dutch and Italian
The clientele has both a national and international background and represents the major industrial
commercial and services sectors : agricultural and food business
cement and concrete industry
advertising and press agencies
restaurants and hotels
public offices and semi-public institutions etc.. Our professionnal rules do not allow us to mention the name of our clients in a public document.