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Thibaut Willems

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Banking & Finance, Corporate M&A




Thibaut Willems specialises in corporate and finance law with a focus on loan finance (general corporate finance, acquisition finance and asset finance), project finance (including PPP) and restructuring transactions.

Thibaut advises financial institutions, investors and corporate clients in a variety of syndicated and non-syndicated loan transactions, both domestic and international and has served as counsel in a wide range of project finance transactions in the infrastructure and energy sectors. He also has considerable experience in general corporate, M&A, finance and securities law. He is a member of NautaDutilh's Benelux PPP/Project Finance Group and Energy & Utilities Sector Group.

After working in the Luxembourg office of Clifford Chance, Thibaut joined NautaDutilh's corporate and finance practice in 2000. In 2006-2007 he was seconded for a year to a leading US law firm in New York. From 2007 to 2009 he led the NautaDutilh's Belgium and Luxembourg Desk in New York.


Dutch, French and English


He is admitted to the Brussels and Luxembourg bars.


Thibaut graduated from the University of Leuven (KUL). During his studies, he spent a year at the University of London with the Erasmus exchange programme. He obtained an LL.M. in European business law and a postgraduate degree in company law from the University of Brussels (KUB).


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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Industry focus: energy

Within: Industry focus: energy

The energy and utilities group at NautaDutilh is headed by senior counsel Patrick Peeters and counts Belgian Shell, Direct Energie and Enel among its clients. The team is instructed by Fluxys in litigation relating to multiple proceedings concerning building and environmental permits for the construction and operation of high-pressure natural gas pipelines in the Flemish and Walloon region. Thibaut Willems is assisting Engie Electrabel with several matters including, various on-shore wind farm projects, as well as with setting up and implementing a crowdfunding platform for the investment by the public in certain energy projects.

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