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David Dessers

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Cresco Advocaten

Work Department

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.


Banking, finance and capital markets

Within: Banking, finance and capital markets

Cresco Advocaten’s team provides ‘legal advice that is practical and takes into account the business environment and goals’. It is well known for its work in the venture capital space, and acts as finance and capital markets counsel for fund managers, entrepreneurs and growth companies. Fintech is another area of expertise. David Dessers, Pieter Capiau and senior associate Yannick Verrycke are noted.

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Commercial, corporate and M&A

Within: Commercial, corporate and M&A

Cresco Advocaten is a popular choice for start-ups, where it advises entrepreneurs, growth companies and investors on a range of corporate activities. The ‘extremely knowledgeableDavid Dessers and Pieter Capiau are ‘highly regarded and experienced’.

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Belgium: Industry focus

IT and telecoms

Within: IT and telecoms

Cresco Advocaten provides ‘an excellent service’ and ‘knows the trends before they hit the market’. It is well known for its start-up practice and also advises venture capital funds and well-established companies. In recent work, David Dessers advised an Antwerp-based start-up on the licensing of its technology to a distributor in Asia. Pieter Capiau is also noted.

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