The law firm was created with the desire to implement a distinctly modern approach to the practice of law in Belgium and in France.
Lexialâ€™s innovative geographical footprint allows the firm to serve clients from offices in Brussels and Paris. The office in Paris works in liaison with the Brussels office to serve clientsâ€”SMEs, corporations, executivesâ€”dealing with European and international legal issues. The Brussels office is also very active in Belgian law. Finally, the centrally-located Paris office offers the traditional range of legal services and serves a diverse clientele.
The firmâ€™s lawyers take a distinctly modern approach to legal practice. The firm focuses on a limited number of areas of expertise in European, French and Belgian law. In addition to the small selection of traditional legal services offered, the firmâ€™s unique approach has resulted in a narrow focus on business and labour law. In order to facilitate budgeting and financial planning, clientsâ€”in particular SMEs and individualsâ€”have the option of signing a periodic legal support contract for these services.
The firm possesses proven expertise in the area of international mobility, expats issues and professionnal immigration, and can advise clients on specific matters including work permit, professional card and residence permit in Belgium and in France, supplementary retirement and pension funds, income tax optimisation and tax-sensitive asset management.
Name: Emmanuel Ruchat
Education: Possesses a business management degree
Masterâ€™s in business law
Applied postgraduate degree in insurance law
Specialization: Belgian and French labour law and professional immigration regulation. He specializes in all international and European aspects of these fields, as well as social security and supplementary retirement schemes.
Experience: Practicing law since 1996
Member of Brussels and Paris Bars
Started his career with a top-tier law firm
Practicing insurance law led him to develop, through his work on group insurance, a legal approach to human resources management and supplementary employee benefit schemes
Also practices criminal law
Authored a number of articles
In 2005 and 2007 he published a book, Les cadres Ã©trangers [Foreign Executives] (Kluwer)
In 2003 he founded Lexial Val d\'Europe, a not-for-profit group that examines issues relative to international mobility
Taught international human resources law at the Institut d\'administration des entreprises (IAE) in Lille.
It caters to SMEs corporations executives dealing with European and international legal issues international mobility expat issues and professional immigration.