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David Dessers

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Cresco Advocaten

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Corporate and M&A - Venture Capital


David Dessers is an experienced business lawyer with a strong focus on the technology sector. David frequently assists entrepreneurs and companies in their business and fundraising activities, working with entrepreneurs and senior management during all stages of the private company lifecycle including start-up, seed funding, venture capital and debt financing, acquisitions and dispositions, as well as employment, equity incentive, contracting and intellectual property needs. David represents venture capital and private equity funds, fund sponsors and limited partners in structuring the funds and raising capital, undertaking daily management and compliance activities, as well as structuring, negotiating and closing investments and divestments of portfolio companies. David furthermore represents acquirers, targets and sponsors in public and private mergers and acquisition transactions, joint ventures, strategic equity investments, spin-offs and corporate control contests across multiple industries.


Founded Cresco Advocaten in 2014 as managing partner. Prior to being managing partner at Cresco, David was partner of Ambos NBGO Advocaten (2010-2014), founding partner of Consilio Partners (2007-2009), an advisory firm specialized in assisting small and large companies in setting up their (family) governance and control structures. Prior to Consilio David served as managing director at Fortis Intertrust Governance Advisory (2005-2007), as corporate legal counsel at Capco (1999-2005), an international technology company, and as associate corporate and financial law at Loeff Claeys Verbeke (currently Allen & Overy) (1996-1999).


Dutch, French, English and Spanish.


Antwerp Bar


David holds a Law degree from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven as well as an LLM in Law & Economics from the University of Oxford, Hamburg and Rotterdam.


Commercial, corporate and M&A

Within: Commercial, corporate and M&A

Cresco Advocaten 'has all the advantages of a young and dynamic firm' with 'a clear focus and expertise in a niche market' combined with 'swift replies and nearly 24/7 availability'. Its 'mind-boggling' turnaround times suit its client roster of entrepreneurs, emerging and growth companies, and investors. The Antwerp-based corporate and M&A team is praised for 'always having the big picture in mind' and was instructed by Telenet and Magnitude 9.5 Ventures on the structuring and financing of a joint venture in the virtual reality entertainment sector. The 'very knowledgeable' David Dessers heads the practice, which also includes managing partner and 'real out-of-the-box thinker' Filip De Schouwer and Pieter Capiau, who is particularly active in the technology sector. Recently promoted partner Yannick Verrycke is also noted.

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Industry focus: IT and telecoms

Within: Industry focus: IT and telecoms

The ICT practice at Cresco Advocaten is highlighted particularly for its representation of start-ups and scale-ups. Newtec is a key client, for which the department has assisted with technology agreements, including for the sale of its main satellite navigation system. The group also has strength in contentious matters and represented in the negotiation and settlement of a trade mark and trade name dispute. Managing partner David Dessers advised the same client on the set-up of strategic and commercial fintech partnerships between major Belgian and international financial institutions and technology companies. Frédérique Joos left the practice to establish technology and innovation focused firm Skeel.

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