Strelia: local knowledge with global expertise
Text: Stephanie Uwalaka | Photo: Strelia
With offices in Brussels and Luxembourg, Strelia aims to provide its clients with a high-quality service combined with a personal approach. Its services include assisting Belgian and foreign companies in setting up or expanding in Belgium and Luxembourg, through joint ventures and distribution agreements. Its specialists deal with corporate and commercial disputes and advise on tax and labour law. They also provide their services for clients abroad, making use of their established and reliable network of law firms.
In Brussels, most of the foreign clients are from Germany, France and the Netherlands. Strelia emphasises its strong ties with France, as many investors from France, in different sectors, seek help with their expansion in Belgium. In Luxembourg, there are more international clients using its services, such as investors from the US and China. Strelia also offers support to clients looking to invest on the African continent. Through its understanding of specific issues that arise in operations in the region, and reliance on their cooperation with local firms, it can provide clients with tailored advice on joint ventures, M&A, private equity, commercial issues and dispute resolution.
Strelia’s managing partner, Olivier Clevenbergh, affirms their international approach in how it provides its services, with many of its lawyers having worked for international law firms before joining Strelia. This exposure to other cultures helps its lawyers to better assist their clients and offer a broader perspective. Strelia’s lawyers also have a connection to local communities in Belgium and Luxembourg and understand how business works internally. The advantage this gives is a local knowledge and global understanding that aids the success of, for example, assisting foreign clients whether in their investments or disputes.
Having launched in 2013 in Brussels with a few partners from larger international firms, delivering technical excellence and a professional approach with a more personal touch, Strelia has grown while maintaining its philosophy. According to Dirk Leermakers, head of the Luxembourg office, the assets under management are growing each quarter; making its Luxembourg office a well-placed base to further attract international business.
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