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Joost Everaert

Senior Litigation Counsel


Everaert Joost
Joost Everaert

Senior Litigation Counsel


Joost specialises in complex litigation, and has more than 25 years of trial experience. He has a particular interest in white-collar crime, and heads the Belgian White-collar Crime and Investigations team. He advises clients on criminal risks, investigations and compliance, acting for both defendants and claimants in criminal proceedings and in negotiations with prosecutors.

In addition to his client work, Joost has held various lectures on developments in white-collar crime, investigations and compliance issues (in Belgium and abroad).

Throughout the years, Joost has won plaudits from leading independent legal directories for his ability to combine his commercial understanding with his legal expertise. He is consistently ranked as one of the leading white collar specialists in Belgium by Legal 500, the main international legal directory tracking white collar practices, and is ranked as a Tier 1 litigator by Chambers.

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Exempt European lawyer (England and Wales), 2004

Admitted as “advocaat” (Brussels, Belgium), 1993


Master of Arts, International Relations, Johns Hopkins University's Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (Washington DC, and Bologna, Italy) - Christian A. Herter Fellow, 1987

Law Degree, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KUL), Magna cum Laude, 1985

Published work

Everaert J., “Distributie en internethandel”, in Computerrecht, 2001, p. 11-19

Everaert J., “Agentuur in de Europese Unie” en “Agentuur in Europa buiten de Europese Unie” in Handelsagentuur (Dursin, E., Van den Broeck, K (ed)) 1997, p. 611-678, and p. 679-706, Mys&Breesch

Everaert J., “Agentuur en Concessie”, in Ondernemingsgids voor de interne markt, 1992 and 1995, Kluwer

Everaert J., (1991) "Termination of distribution agreements with Belgian distributors", in International Commercial and Corporate Law Review, p.172-175

Everaert J., Schoors. T., (2003), Chapter on Belgium in A&O's 'Changes to European Electricity and Gas Markets', third edition

Everaert J., Schoors T., (2003) "Belgium suffering from congestion and high prices", Power in Europe - European Electricity Review, Platts

Everaert J., Schoors T., (2003) "Renewable Energy – Belgian regulatory framework", in the Journal of the Belgian-Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce in London

Everaert J., Schoors T., (2002) "Belgium: waiting for the great breakthrough", Power in Europe, West European Electricity Review, Platts

Everaert J., 'Obtaining evidence abroad from a Belgian view', in Rodriguez, S., and Pell, B., (ed.), International judicial assistance in civil matters, 1999

Interview with Platts on 'energy trading and the new EU banking laws', issue 90, September 2004, J. Everaert, New York, Transnational Publishers, p.9-26

Everaert, J., Leroy, C., (2019), "L’arrêt K.S. et M.S. c. Allemagne ou la Cour européenne des droits de l’homme face au vol transfrontalier de données" in Revue de droit pénal et de criminology, p.333 - 349.


Awards & accolades

Knighthood in the Order of Leopold I for distinguished service to the Bar

June 2018

Most Outstanding White-Collar Crime Lawyer

AI Global Award, 2018

White-Collar Crime (Belgium)

Client Choice Awards, 2017