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Dimitri de Bournonville

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Brussels Office, Aviation, Transportation, Logistics, Commercial, Litigation, Arbitration, Insurance


Dimitri de Bournonville is a Partner at and heads Kennedys’ Brussels office. He was admitted to practice in Belgium in 1995. He has extensive experience and knowledge in aircraft purchase, finance and operating leases and commercial transactions in relation to aircraft and aviation activities, cargo and passengers related. He assists airlines and other organisations in the aviation sector with regulatory matters, particularly in relation to matters concerning European Union. Dimitri also possesses significant expertise in the general transportation, logistics and supply chain sectors and provides legal assistance as to all aspects of his clients' activities in these areas. He also has experience advising on general transportation, logistics and supply chain sector matters. In addition, Dimitri has extensive experience and knowledge in regulatory (EU and Benelux), contentious (judicial and international arbitration proceedings), commercial and corporate matters, including M&A transactions and the structuring and negotiation of complex internal business transactions.


2014-2019: Partner, Kennedys Brussels
2011-2014: Partner, Gates and Partners (Brussels)
2006-2010: Legal and Insurance Director TNT Express Head Office (Amsterdam)
2005-2006: Legal and Insurance Director TNT Express Italy (Turin)
2003:2005: Legal Office TNT Global Networks (Belgium)
2001-2003: Senior Associate, Willkie Farr & Gallagher (Brussels)
1995-2001: Dieux Geens & Partners / Eubelius (Brussels), Moquet Borde & Associés (Paris)
Qualified 1995


English, French, Dutch, Italian


Brussels bar
European Aviation Club
Airlines for Europe


Université Libre de Bruxelles - Licence en droit 1994, with magna cum laude
King's College London - LL.M. Commercial and Corporate Law 1995



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Dimitri de Bournonville - Kennedys

Within: Aviation

Kennedys' 'very responsive and knowledgeable' team is highly regarded for its expertise in complex litigation, and also assists clients with regulatory and M&A issues. Air Belgium is an active client; practice head Dimitri De Bournonville leads the advice to the company on setting up a long-haul airline with a Belgian base. Etihad Airways, Ryanair, Emirates and Rotana Jet are also clients. Senior associates Charlotte Thijssen and Cyril-Igor Grigorieff are key members of the group.

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Industry focus: Transport

Within: Industry focus: Transport

The group at Kennedys is comprised of 'excellent advisers' who are, according to one client, 'experts in transport and logistics'; the group is a key name for aviation clients. Dimitri De Bournonville heads the practice, which includes recently promoted partner Charlotte Thijssen, both are praised for being 'pragmatic in their approach and for providing spot-on legal advice'. The group assisted Air Belgium with the set-up of a long haul airline activity with a base in Belgium.

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