Emmanuel Ruchat

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Emmanuel Ruchat has been a lawyer since 1996. He holds a business management degree, a master in business law and an applied postgraduate degree (DESS) in insurance and liability law.


His practice in life insurance lead him to deal with group insurance for employees, and then with employment law issues and international mobility of workers. Every year he is also classified as one of the best in business and corporate immigration lawyers for self-employed and executive employees. Emmanuel  has authored many articles about these topics. He is the author of  Foreign and Foreign Executives  (Kluwer, 2005 and 2007) and of Business Immigration in Belgium and in France (Lexial, 2019). In 2003 he founded Lexial Val d’Europe, a not-for-profit group that examines issues related to international mobility.


He is also licensed to litigate at Supreme Court in criminal law since February 2016 according to Article 425 § 1 of Criminal Code. He is a member of International Criminal Bar. From 2007 to 2012 he worked with the famous criminal lawyer Michel Graindorge, with whom he organized in 2008 the General Assembly on Prisons in France and in Belgium, with the former French Justice Minister Robert Badinter. In February 2010 he was the first lawyer to raise in a Belgian criminal court the right, for a person accused of murder, to be assisted by an attorney as from the first hearing by the police (which was confirmed in this case by the European Court of Human Rights in 2018).


Emmanuel is recognized since 2016 by the Bar Association with the title of Specialist in Immigration Law and in Criminal Law. He taught international human resources law at the Institute of Business Administration (IAE) in Lille. He is a member of the Swiss Business Council for Belgium and Luxemburg.


He founded a LREM committee (political movement created by French President Emmanuel Macron). He worked with former Ministry Michel Barnier within the framework of “Nouvelle Republique” as well as Senator Jean-Marie Bockel (“Gauche Moderne”). He participated in drawing up with MEP Alain Lamassoure a report titled “Citizens and European law enforcement”, submitted to President Sarkozy. He wrote articles in his blog for Le Monde from August 2017 to August 2018.

Lexial is a leading law firm – Acquisition International, 03.2021


What happens when marriage with a Saudi citizen does not work out? – Brussels Morning, 23.02.2021

What happens when marriage saudi not work out by Emmanuel Ruchat

Il serait temps de vraiment faciliter l’investissement étranger en France – La Tribune, 17.02.2021


Enquête – JV magazine, octobre 2020

Enquête le nouveau droit des societes

Les flux d’argent vers la Belgique : Le Soir, 12.08.2020:


Des sociétés dans des paradis fiscaux à tous les étages : Le Soir, 12.08.2020:


Belgium’s Second Kazakhgate Unfolds: The Brussels Times, 21.11.2019 – Quand le Kazakhstan envoyait ses barbouzes traquer une opposante: Le Soir, 06.11.2019:

Emmanuel in Lawyers Monthly, Thought Leader, Why Investors Should Still Consider France and Belgium, September 2019: 

Correa podria terminar ante una corte criminal en Belgica: Elenfoque, 22.08.2018

L’ex-président de l’Equateur demande l’asile à la Belgique: – La Capitale, 31.08.2018:

Emmanuel Ruchat appears in a TV report about controversial prisons, August 2018:

Emmanuel Ruchat advised a former Ukrainian politician: Unian, 15.03.2017:

E. Ruchat at Ukrainian TV, January 2017:

E. Ruchat in Lawyers Monthly, Corporate Immigration Law, December 2016:

Condamné à 5 ans, acquitté puis en cassation, L’Avenir, 21.04.2015

E. Ruchat dans JV Magazine, mars 2014:

Emmanuel Ruchat conseille un homme d’affaires syrien : Entreprendre, février 2012:

“On a choisi le coupable plutôt que le chercher”: La Nouvelle Gazette, February 2010:

Emmanuel Ruchat invité aux Déjeuners du Fouquet’s de Michel Clerc avec Christophe Regnard (président de l’Union syndicale des magistrats), Anne Roumanoff, René de Obaldia, Gonzague St-Bris, Anne-Marie Mitterrand: Entreprendre, septembre 2009:

E. Ruchat sur Radio France International, 10.10.2008:

E. Ruchat dans l’Echo: “Relativiser Bolkestein”, 09.04.2005