Emmanuel Ruchat
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Chaussée de Louvain 467, 1030 Brussels
+32 2 511 23 33
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Emmanuel Ruchat has been a lawyer since 1996. He holds a business management degree, a master’s in business law and an applied postgraduate degree (DESS) in insurance law.


He started his career with a top-tier law firm, practising life insurance law, especially group insurance which then led him to develop a legal approach to human resources and employment law. Since then, he  has developed a particular expertise in Belgian and French immigration, criminal, business, political and labour law. He specializes in the international and European application of these fields.

Emmanuel has authored a number of articles about these topics. In 2005 and 2007 he published a book on professional immigration, Les cadres étrangers [Foreign Executives] (Kluwer). In 2003 he founded Lexial Val d'Europe, a not-for-profit group that examines issues related to international mobility. He taught international human resources law at the Institut d'administration des entreprises (IAE) in Lille. He is a member of the Swiss Business Council for Belgium and Luxemburg.

Practice Areas
  • Business Immigration
  • International criminal law
  • Employment law

Lexial was created in a spirit of innovation and with the desire to implement a distinctly modern approach to the practice of law.

Lexial’s innovative geographical footprint allows the firm to serve clients from offices in Brussels, Paris and Geneva dealing with European and international legal issues.

The firm focuses on specific areas of law. In addition to a selection of traditional legal services offered in criminal, political, business and employment law, the firm has developed a specialised practice in international and European business immigration law.

The firm possesses proven expertise in the area of international mobility, expatriate issues and professional immigration, and can advise clients on specific matters including work permits, professional cards, citizenship and residence permits in Belgium, France and Switzerland.

Within this framework, we have developed strong relationships with Middle Eastern countries, in particular Gulf States (UAE, Kuwait and Qatar), Russia as well as most countries in Asia, South America and North America.

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