Johan studied at the Universities of Louvain (Lic. Juris – KU Leuven 1974), New York ( LL.M. in International Legal Studies – NYU 1976 with BAEF fellowship) and Texas ( Certificate of the Academy of American and International Law – Southwestern Legal Foundation).
He was first admitted to the Brussels bar (1974) and was thereafter appointed to the Supreme Court bar of Belgium (1988). He served as head of the Supreme Court bar (2006-2008).
Johan joined the law firm De Bandt, Van Gerven & Lagae in 1974 where he became a partner in 1983. He was managing partner (1997-2000) and after the merger with Linklaters, he was a partner at Linklaters. He headed for many years the Litigation Practice Group of Linklaters Belgium and the White-Collar Crime Team of Linklaters worldwide.
Johan left Linklaters to start up the law firm Verbist & Vanlerberghe Omega Law as from September 2013.
Johan is combining Supreme Court work with general civil and commercial litigation and arbitration. He has significant experience in arbitration, banking litigation, corporate and commercial litigation, construction disputes and white-collar crime cases.
He is the author, co-author or co-editor of numerous books and articles in legal periodicals on various topics.
Johan obtained continuously top rankings in all major international publications while CHAMBERS GLOBAL 2013 ranks him as a Star Individual for Dispute Resolution.
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