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Anne Fontaine

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Banking & Finance, Corporate and M&A




Anne Fontaine focuses on clearing and settlement systems, the regulatory aspects of banking and financial services, and M&A involving financial institutions.

Anne regularly assists Belgian and foreign financial institutions, in both domestic and cross-border transactions and has been involved in the drafting of various pieces of financial legislation.

She joined NautaDutilh as a partner in January 2003.


French, Dutch and English


Member of the Brussels Bar


Anne received her law degree magna cum laude from the University of Louvain (UCL) in 1990. She subsequently obtained a post-graduate degree in international law from the University of Leiden in 1991.


Banking, finance and capital markets

Within: Banking, finance and capital markets

NautaDutilh serves as a one-stop shop to¬†Belgian, Benelux and international clients in their most challenging, business-critical matters. Its finance practice is led by¬†Thibaut Willems, whose experience includes acquisition finance, asset finance and corporate finance transactions. In 2017, Willems, and senior associates¬†Nathalie Van Landuyt¬†and¬†Lorraine Vercauteren, were part of a cross-office team which advised international retailer Hema and its subsidiaries on a ‚ā¨750m super-senior revolving credit facility/high-yield bond refinancing. The firm has a particularly strong reputation in real estate, project finance/PPP and energy-related finance transactions; in 2017, Willems and others assisted Engie Electrabel with project finance transactions connected with the development and construction of a series of onshore wind farms in Belgium. On the capital markets front, which is an area co-led by¬†Nicolas de Crombrugghe¬†and¬†Elke Janssens, the firm generates mandates from issuers and underwriters in debt and equity transactions. It has a particularly strong track record in Nasdaq IPOs involving biotech companies. Another cornerstone of the practice, which is led by¬†Anne Fontaine, involves advising Belgian and international clients on financial services regulation. Fontaine is knowledgeable about clearing and settlement matters, MiFID II, IDD and CRD IV, among other areas. She has been particularly active recently in advising UK-based clients on Brexit-related matters.

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EU regulatory: Financial services

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Anne Fontaine - NautaDutilh

Within: EU regulatory: Financial services

NautaDutilh is adept across the full spectrum of financial regulation matters, and is noted for its expertise in securities settlement systems and central securities depositories (CSD) work. For key client Euroclear, the team assisted with its CSD applications under the new Central Securities Depositories Regulation. In another matter, the group is advising insurance group QBE on the regulatory aspects of its decision to implement a subsidiary in Belgium. Anne Fontaine and associate Pierre De Pauw are the key contacts.

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