Everest Sport is the sports law department within the law firm Everest with Mr. Mathieu BAERT as primary contact. The responsible partner for the sports law department is Mr. Stijn DE MEULENAER. The sports lawyers are, if necessary, assisted by a team of specialized lawyers in different areas within Everest.
Mathieu Baert is a senior associate at Everest and is specialized in sports law. Mathieu graduated with a Master’s degree in Criminology (2013), a Master’s degree in Law (2015) and a Master’s degree in Business Economics (2017).
Mathieu Baert was on 1 June 2020 appointed as academic consultant crime & sport at Ghent University.
Mathieu Baert was ranked “Rising Star” in the 2021 Legal 500 EMEA, specifically referring to this knowledge of sports-based crime:
“Clients also recognise senior associate Mathieu Baert as ‘extremely professional and knowledgeable’ in sports-based crime and compliance”.
Mathieu publishes regularly on sports law and was recently the moderator for Transparency International in a debate titled “Corruption in sports: What factors increase the risk for corruption in international sports federations”. Mathieu is an arbitrator in the disciplinary commission of the Flemish Judo Federation.
Mathieu Baert was a competitive sportsman himself. He was active as judoka and cyclist in Belgium and abroad.
Stijn De Meulenaer has obtained a Law Degree from the University of Ghent (1996) and a Master’s degree in Criminology from the University of Liège (1998). After a short career at the University of Liège (1997-1999), he became a lawyer in Brussels (1998) with the law firms Loeff Claeys Verbeke (currently Allen & Overy Belgium), Altius and Lawfort. In 2010 he set up the Ghent practice of Everest.