Aimery de Schoutheete has more than 35 years of experience in Business Law at the Belgian law firm Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick.

He has extensive experience in drafting and negotiating commercial contracts, with particular focus on distribution agreements and trading contracts for commodities, and in handling litigation and arbitration before the Belgian courts, foreign EU jurisdictions and both national and international arbitration tribunals (ICC, CEPANI, Swiss Chambers, ad hoc procedures). In the past 12 years, he has regularly been appointed as arbitrator in proceedings before the ICC and CEPANI, whether as sole arbitrator or as chairman of the tribunal.

His focus is directed towards the commercial distribution area as well as the natural resources (upstream and downstream), mining, petro-chemical, commodities and agribusiness industries. Aimery also has experience in the hospitality and construction sectors.

Aimery de Schoutheete is a recognised specialist in the field of distribution law, as is evidenced by his several publications in this field. For a period of 12 years (2002 -2014), he was the member of the editorial committee of the Revue de Droit Commercial, in charge of general commercial law (including distribution law and arbitration matters). He is currently member of the peer review committee of the Revue de Droit Commercial. He is also recognised as a specialist in the field of arbitration and was a member of the ICC task force on emergency arbitration. He is admitted on the ICC’s and CEPANI’s lists of arbitrators. He is also admitted on the arbitrators list of the OHADA Arbitration Court, IDArb and the Swiss Chamber of Arbitration (SCAI).

Aimery de Schoutheete joined Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick in 1986 and became Partner in 1995. He was the firm’s Managing Partner from 2001 through 2010. Subsequently he headed, until the end of 2012, the Commercial Contracts & Litigation Practice Group within Liedekerke, regrouping both the “Litigation and Arbitration” and the “Commercial Contracts” teams of the firm. He is the chair of Liedekerke’s International Committee as well as head of the Liedekerke’s Spanish Desk, Italy Desk and Africa Desk. He is also the Chairman of Liedekerke DRC, the firm’s subsidiary established in Kinshasa, DRC, and of Liedekerke Great lakes, the firm’s subsidiary in Kigali, Rwanda. Aimery de Schoutheete holds a law degree (1983) as well as a degree in philosophy (1984) from the University of Louvain-la-Neuve (UCL).


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