NautaDutilh > Brussels, Belgium > Firm Profile

NautaDutilh
CHAUSSÉE DE LA HULPE, 120
1000 BRUSSELS
Belgium

Belgium > Dispute resolution Tier 1

NautaDutilh's multilingual team handles the full spectrum of disputes work, working with clients in a broad range of sectors on high-profile banking disputes, insolvency litigation and sovereign debt enforcement disputes. The team is increasingly engaged on pre-litigation mandates, including potential trial preparation, ADR and mediation. Co-practice head Stan Brijs handles various domestic and international disputes, with key expertise in mass tort claims and enforcements. Fellow practice head Sophie Jacmain handles both litigation and arbitration, and is renowned for her reputation in insolvency and out-of-court restructuring proceedings. Alexander Roels is noted for his focus on international arbitration, while Bram Van Cauwenberge is especially capable in real estate litigations.

Practice head(s):

Stan Brijs; Sophie Jacmain

Testimonials

‘Although a dispute was not at all anticipated, the NautaDutilh dispute resolution team has in an efficient manner taken over from its M&A colleagues the handling of our case.’

‘Sophie Jacmain and Stan Brijs are exceptional as they are talented dispute attorneys and manage the NautaDutilh dispute resolution team as a team.’

‘Stan Brijs is an outstanding litigator with an extraordinary capability to explain very complex matters in plain layman terms – he is also always very mindful of the culture within the company.’

‘Dedicated, knowledgeable staff with business acumen. Available after hours and at short notice. Very reasonable rates. They do not litigate for the sake of litigation and have a pragmatic approach to dispute resolution.’

‘Special mention to Bram Van Cauwenberge. Really client-focussed, pragmatic, available, and a great work ethic.’

‘Great team, excellent lawyers – bright, hard working and true team players.’

Key clients

ABN Amro Bank

Lycops – Debeurme – OMMIA / P&V Assurance

Ascom-Stati

Schneider Electric Energy Belgium NV

Ghelamco Group

Connectis (part of Getronics)

Belgium > Insolvency and restructuring Tier 1

With an international client base including a number of major corporates and financial institutions, NautaDutilh remains a standout for complex restructuring and insolvency proceedings both in and out of court, with involvements in high-profile litigation and cross-border restructurings. The team acts for creditors, debtors, and both distressed sellers and buyers, with ‘well-balanced‘ and ‘solutions-oriented‘ practice heads Sophie Jacmain and Stan Brijs highly respected within the market, evidenced by their regular appointments as administrators and judicial mediators, having previously advised the Belgian government on reforms to the country’s insolvency code.

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Testimonials

‘ Strong and reliable team with huge insolvency and litigation skills.’

‘Sophie Jacmain is clearly on the top of the hill. Fully involved, very well balanced, deep knowledge of the insolvency practitioners in Belgium.’

‘Small firm, but dedicated professionals with a client focussed approached, thorough in their research, available outside normal business hours’.

‘Solutions orientated, assisting to find a way that works rather than focussing on what the obstacles are and what would not work.’

Key clients

Celio Group

Pimkie Belgium (Belsay)

Swissport Belgium NV

Flexos SA

Vaalon Capital GP

YSI Capital

Belfius Bank

Belgium > Intellectual property Tier 1

NautaDutilh enjoys a stellar reputation in the areas of patent litigation – both domestic and cross-border – and the enforcement of patent-related agreements, including licensing, research collaboration, and tech transfer agreements. The team’s widely acclaimed contentious trademark capabilities sees practitioners appearing regularly before various EU courts across the Benelux region. The team is jointly led by two partners: Tanguy de Haan, an experienced litigator before the Belgian courts and the Benelux Court of Justice; and Florence Verhoestraete, a patent, trademark and IP assignment expert with deep expertise in the life sciences sector. Senior counsel Philippe Péters is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Tanguy de Haan; Florence Verhoestraete

Other key lawyers:

Philippe Peters

Testimonials

‘The firm has a reputable IP practice and highly skilled teams in each of their locations.’

‘Tanguy de Haan is a great professional. His legal skills are excellent. He has a lot of experience in the court and in the European Court. He has won several important cases with our firm.’

‘Very knowledgeable team, the best in pan-European / complex litigation cases before the Courts in particular European Court of Justice’

‘I have been working with Philippe Peters and Tanguy de Haan for many years. Philippe is one of the best European lawyers and is a key expert. He is also very pragmatic, very close to his clients. Tanguy is one of the best of his generation, with an extensive practice before the Courts in Luxembourg and extremely agile and business oriented.’

‘Philippe Péters and Florence Verhoestraete at Nautadutilh have provided prompt and efficient and appropriate assistance when required and at short notice. This is particular appreciated since we do not have a regular need yet they provide a premium and dedicated service. They are also easy to work with and clear in their advise. It is also great to be able to connect with other Nautadutilh colleagues in other countries (Netherlands and Luxembourg) to provide additional country expertise as needed.’

Key clients

Allergan

CampoFrio Food Group

Castel Frères

Euroclear

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)

Guerlain

Iglo

LEGO

Levi Strauss & Co.

L’Oréal

LVMH

Nestlé

Scotch Whisky Association

Super Brand Licensing

Unilever

The holders of the PINK LADY trade mark

VIB (Flanders Institute for Biotechnology)

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented Guerlain in appeal proceedings before the General Court of the EU against a refusal by the EUIPO to register Guerlain’s iconic 3D shape mark for lipstick.
  • Acting for Allergan in a multi-layer litigation against Dermavita with respect to its successful JUVEDERM product (for reducing wrinkles).
  • Successfully assisted GSK in setting aside the Benelux IP Office’s decision to refuse to register the shape of the “Ellipta” inhaler.

Belgium > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

NautaDutilh leverages its strong position in the Benelux market, advising on a range of pan-European M&A mandates in key sectors including energy, construction and retail. The team also regularly advises investors and founders on start-up investment rounds, and has been involved in the creation of a number of Belgian unicorns. The team is led by Dirk Van Gerven, who has expertise in cross-border acquisitions, financing, and reorganisations, Philippe Remels, a specialist in regulated sector M&A, and Nicolas de Crombrugghe, also strong in regulated sector transactions alongside capital markets work.

Practice head(s):

Dirk Van Gerven; Philippe Remels; Nicolas de Crombrugghe

Testimonials

‘To the point and hands on advice.’

‘Very hands-on and tailored approach’

‘Philippe Remels – a brilliant lawyer, able to combine his vast legal knowledge and practical/commercial approach.’

Key clients

Royal BAM Group

Econocom

Nyxoah

AG Real Estate

ENGIE

Vanbreda Risk & Benefits

Barry Callebaut

IBM

Cofinimmo

Johnson & Johnson

Euroclear

FedEx

Colruyt

Ghelamco

City Mall

Lineage

Sanofi

Work highlights

  • Advised AS Adventure on the partial acquisition and recapitalisation of the AS Adventure group.
  • Advised RTL Group on the acquisition of 100% of the shares of RTL Belgium.
  • Advised Virya Energy on the acquisition of Eurowatt, a European company predominantly active in French onshore wind energy.

Belgium > Environment Tier 2

NautaDutilh has a strong record in environmental permitting, particularly relating to construction projects, and is also active in enforcement proceedings, both in administrative and criminal contexts. Other areas of strength for the firm include PPP and public procurement, and energy transition, with clients including energy producers, developers, and transport companies. The team is led by Jens Mosselmans, who combines advisory and litigation work in a range of public and administrative law cases relating to environmental issues, while counsel Maxime Vanderstraeten joined the firm from Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick in early 2021 and has deepened the firm’s reach in French-speaking regions of Belgium. Counsel Stef Feyen is noted for his work on public procurement.

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Testimonials

‘Highly regarded practice with a very skilled team. Pragmatic and outcome-focused approach.’

‘Jens Mosselmans is a highly skilled lawyer, very responsive, down-to-earth, gives straightforward advice.’

Key clients

ENGIE

Gunvor Petroleum Antwerp

ENGIE

Belgian Shell

Umicore

Fluxys

Zenitel

Work highlights

  • Advising Engie Electrabel on the Capacity Remuneration Mechanism and on several investment dossiers.
  • Advising Umicore on strategising and finding an adequate response to the imposition of unprecedented environmental standards following a recent increase of lead concentration around the Umicore Hoboken plan.
  • Advising Gunvor Petroleum Antwerp on the restructuring of its refinery in Antwerp, including permit- and soil-related challenges.

Belgium > EU regulatory: Financial services Tier 2

Working with national and international banks, financial institutions, and other regulated entities, NautaDutilh offers expertise across Belgian and European financial services regulations, and enjoys productive relationships with relevant regulatory authorities. Advising on a cross-border basis, the firm handles matters including M&A, corporate governance and compliance, audits and investigations, and the regulation of insurance products. The practice is led by the ‘highly respectedAnne Fontaine, a specialist in clearing and settlement systems, banking regulations, and transactional issues, with counsel Pierre De Pauw also playing a key role across the offering.

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Testimonials

‘Very competent team, very accessible, very efficient and always punctual. We can always count on them.’

‘I work with Anne Fontaine. She is knowledgeable, approachable, pleasant, available, and achieves results within a very short time.’

‘Anne Fontaine knows the specificity of our company inside out – this is a great asset that facilitates the cooperation and speeds up the process.’

‘I have been working with Anne Fontaine and her team for a number of years now and they always provide an excellent service. Anne is very responsive and the team provide clear and pragmatic advice. They are also always willing to accommodate client’s demands. The team has in depth knowledge of the regulatory framework and covers a very broad range of legal areas which is very valuable.’

‘Strong team, well-integrated with Nauta’s other offices. Consistently give well-reasoned, practical advice.’

‘Anne Fontaine has been excellent on regulatory matters for payment service providers.’

‘Very responsive team. Very pleasant to work with.’

‘Anne Fontaine is a widely recognised and rightly highly respected practitioner, particularly on the funds regulatory side.’

Key clients

ABN AMRO

Belfius Bank

Euroclear

Klarna Bank

Liberty Mutual Insurance

QBE Europe

Reinsurance Group of America (RGA)

Willis Towers Watson

Work highlights

  • Advising Euroclear on regulatory issues.
  • Advising ABN AMRO on various financial regulatory topics in relation to its Belgian banking and investment services activities.
  • Advising Belfius bank as a member of its law firm panel on various financial regulatory topics.

Belgium > Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences Tier 2

Well regarded by clients for its capabilities in high-value, cross-border deals, NautaDutilh is regularly engaged by blue-chip multinationals and leading Belgian companies active across the life sciences sector. The team's transactional pedigree sees it advising on biotech IPOs, equity capital markets acquisitions, and financing rounds for high-tech medical ventures. Florence Verhoestraete is a highly experienced IP and life sciences practitioner with key expertise in licence work, collaboration agreements, and consortia agreements for research funding. Philippe Remels regularly takes the lead on healthcare transactions, acting for publicly-listed companies as well as investors and underwriters.

Practice head(s):

Florence Verhoestraete

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team at NautaDutilh is very well-versed and capable in complex cross-border transactions in the Life Sciences field. From our perspective, they are a leading firm in Belgium in this field and have an experienced team, comprised of professionals with different specialisations.’

‘Philippe Remels is very experienced with transactional matters and an excellent partner to work with on cross-border mandates. I greatly appreciate his friendly and collaborative approach.’

Key clients

Abacus Medicine

Allergan

arGEN-X

ASIT Biotech

Azalea Vision

Bausch Health companies Inc.

Chiesi

Cliniques Universitaires Saint-Luc

ImmuPharma PLC

Invitae

Johnson & Johnson

Nyxoah

Servier

Teva Pharma

Univercells

VIB (Flemish Institute for Biotechnology)

Vico Therapeutics

Work highlights

  • Assisted the underwriters with a $1.15bn (approx. €995m) fundraising by argenx.
  • Assisted Nyxoah with its IPO on Euronext Brussels and on Nasdaq.
  • Advising ASIT Biotech on a potential business combination whereby the French group DMS will contribute its imaging activities to ASIT Biotech in exchange for newly issued shares.

Belgium > Real estate and construction Tier 2

NautaDutilh advises real estate developers, investors, and lenders on a wide range of transactional real estate matters, including acquisitions and REIT investments, alongside construction and development issues such as contracts and permits, with a strong specialism in PPP arrangements. The practice leverages its corporate and financing practices on issues such as acquisitions, financing real estate investments, and the structuring of new REITs. The practice is led by Didier De Vliegher, who handles transactions and financing, including for PPP projects, with project finance and lending-focused Thibaut Willems also a key name. The ‘very driven‘ senior associate Louise Anne Bertin advises Belgian and international companies and investors on a wide range of real estate issues.

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Testimonials

‘The NautaDutilh team shows great involvement towards its clients. Their proactive approach really contributes to sustainable solutions. Also the fact that they have in depth knowledge on board of the various real estate related aspects, makes them outstanding performers.’

‘Didier De Vliegher has a great experience in real estate and construction business, which makes him the perfect leader and coach of this team.’

Louise Anne Bertin is an absolute talent, very driven and always to the point.

Louise Anne Bertin is very knowledgeable and can manage and navigate complex cases very well. Very accessible and a pleasure to work with.

Didier De Vliegher is very knowledgeable, invested in his clients and always there for us when we need him.’

They are very good in what they do, hands-on and above all they are genuinely nice people to work with.

Key clients

Cofinimmo

Ghelamco

AG Real Estate

Lineage

ENGIE

INEOS

Continental Bakeries

Raffinerie Tirlemontoise SA – Tiense Suikerraffinaderij NV

Belfius Bank

FedEx

Allianz

Work highlights

  • Advised INEOS on its acquisition of the petrochemicals business of BP Chembel.
  • Advised Allianz on the development of an office building of approximatively 15,000m² in the European quarter in Brussels.
  • Advised Inclusio on its IPO on Euronext Brussels and its registration as a Belgian real estate investment trust.

Belgium > Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 3

NautaDutilh is active across equity capital markets and financing transactions, with a strong record in issuer-side IPO advice and project financing particularly. The practice also handles debt capital markets, including innovative green bonds issues, acquisition financing, and real estate financing. Clients include financial institutions, banks, and REITs, with the firm regularly advising on cross-border mandates alongside its international allies and Benelux offices. The team is led by Thibaut Willems, a specialist in project financing and PPP, equity capital markets head Nicolas de Crombrugghe, who has a strong focus on the real estate and biotech spaces, and acquisition financing-focused Philippe Remels.

Testimonials

‘There is a clear continuity with the team and its members.

Nicolas de Crombrugghe is a very business oriented partner.

Stick to the agreed budget. Propose some alternatives to accelerate the process of the transaction and reduce the unhelpful tasks. Excellent collaboration.

‘Nicolas de Crombrugghe remains transaction after transaction perfectly informed regarding our group even after an increase of more than 200%. He knows exactly the details about our group. very impressive anticipation of our need.’

‘Nicolas de Crombrugghe is a senior partner well introduced in the Brussels financial market. He helped us a lot for our contacts with FSMA and Euronext.’

‘Very efficient team. Hands on and very business oriented.’

‘Impressive know how on ECM topics and regulatory issues.

Key clients

Aedifica

ABN AMRO Bank

ABN AMRO Asset Based Finance

AG Insurance

ATENOR

Bank of America

Bausch & Lomb Pharma

Bayerische Landesbank

Belfius

BNP Paribas Fortis

BNY Mellon

Cofinimmo

Coface Finanz GmbH

CWT

Deutsche Bank

ENGIE Electrabel

INEOS

JP Morgan

KBC

Korys

Macquarie Capital

Münchener Hypothekenbank eG

PMV

Union Bancaire Privée UBP

Wells Fargo

Work highlights

  • Advised Bayerische Landesbank and Münchener Hypothekenbank on the financing of the acquisition by Riyad Capital of the “PwC Campus”, the Belgian headquarters of PwC.
  • Advised Cofinimmo on its first public benchmark sustainable bond offering, for an aggregate nominal amount of €500m.
  • Advised Nyxoah on two IPOs.

Belgium > Employment Tier 3

Working with a high-profile roster of clients that spans the logistics, financial services, life sciences and retail sectors, NautaDutilh is a ‘responsive and pragmatic‘ adviser across the full gamut of restructuring mandates, often in a cross-border capacity. Social elections, whistleblowing investigations and remuneration reviews are also key workflows for the team. Practice head Philippe François is noted for his corporate expertise, regularly assisting various companies with reorganisations and transfer of undertakings. Thierry Duquesne focuses on Belgian and European labour law matters for the firm’s healthcare and life sciences clients.

Practice head(s):

Philippe François

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Very responsive and pragmatic team, always available to help, and always giving us the feeling they put everything aside to assist us. High expertise and insight in likelihood and outcome of legal scenarios.’

‘Philippe François, authentic, very engaged, well informed, always keeps track of developments in company.’

‘The contact is personal and fast. The advice is sound. The lawyer takes the time to give clear and simple explanations. He is very open to discussion.’

‘We work mainly with Thierry Duquesne. We appreciate his clear and precise communication, his availability, his advice and his great availability.’

Key clients

Schneider Electric

Basic-Fit

Meura/Boccard

AstraZeneca

Takeda

Banque Transatlantique

Nyxoah

Gunvor

Cliniques Universitaires Saint-Luc

Moody’s

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented Schneider Electric before the Brussels Labour Tribunal and the Constitutional Court in relation to the 2020 social elections for the works council.
  • Successfully represented Basic Fit before the Antwerp Labour Tribunal in relation to a dismissal case for gross misconduct.
  • Successfully represented FedEx before the Antwerp Labour Tribunal in relation to the 2020 social elections.

Belgium > Industry focus: Energy Tier 3

Jointly led by corporate transactions specialist Nicolas de Crombrugghe and regulatory expert Jens Mosselmans, NautaDutilh handles a diverse array of energy sector mandates, ranging from project financings and share acquisitions to CRM implementation advisory and public procurement tenders. The team works with both traditional energy sector stalwarts and renewables providers, regularly advising both public and private sector clients on oil, gas, nuclear, wind and solar issues. Thibaut Willems is noted for his wide-ranging capabilities in project financing and public-private partnerships and Maxime Vanderstraeten has key expertise in public contracts involving European institutions and agencies, including contentious proceedings before various courts. Patrick Peeters has retired.

Practice head(s):

Nicolas de Crombrugghe; Jens Mosselmans

Key clients

ENGIE Electrabel

Virya Energy

Korys

Fluxys

Parkwind

Eoly

Ineos

SODRAEP (VEOLIA Group)

Enel

Gunvor

ExxonMobil

DCC Energy

Solar Chest

Synatom

Xylergy

Work highlights

  • Advising ENGIE Electrabel on the legislative deployment of the Capacity Remuneration Mechanism (CRM) and simultaneously assisting in several investment dossiers entangled with CRM.
  • Assisted Virya Energy with the acquisition of the shares of the minority shareholders of Eurowatt.
  • Assisted ENGIE Electrabel and its partners as lenders’ legal counsel with the financing of the Wind4Flanders 5 and Wind4Wallonia 2 projects.

Belgium > Private equity Tier 3

NautaDutilh advises on buyouts, exits, and private equity-backed take-private transactions, with a Benelux-focused structure capable of advising clients across the region and internationally. The firm also has notable expertise in financial services regulatory issues, as well as handling early-stage investment rounds. Clients include established international buyout funds, early-stage investors, and family offices. The team is led by Philippe Remels, who focuses on transactions within regulated sectors such as energy, healthcare, and chemicals, alongside Nicolas de Crombrugghe, who advises on cross-border transactions with Belgian targets.

Practice head(s):

Nicolas de Crombrugghe; Philippe Remels

Testimonials

‘Being a start-up with scarce resources (and so, low level business potential in the next months for the firm) was not a barrier for the team. The team is flexible to work for us with terms that make it easy for us. The invoicing and billing plan was adapted to our financial situation perfectly.’

Key clients

Bain Capital

Bencis

Gilde Buy Out

HAL Investments

Korys

NPM Capital

Levine

PAI Partners

Pertinea Property Partners

Bay Grove

PMV

TA Associates

Astorg

Smile Invest

Work highlights

  • Advised VMF Invest on its participation in the €38m investment round in miDiagnostics.
  • Advised Odoo, the first unicorn in Wallonia, on a new investment by Summit Partners.
  • Advised NPM Capital NV on its acquisition of Infinitas Learning Holding BV.

Belgium > Tax Tier 4

NautaDutilh works with its banking and corporate teams on tax issues for financing and lending transactions, M&A, and private equity deals, as well as acting as lead tax counsel for an array of complex insurance, capital markets, and financial services regulatory matters. Primarily handling transactional tax and regulatory matters, the firm is also engaged in contentious work. The team is led by Ken Lioen.

Practice head(s):

Ken Lioen

Key clients

Montea

Colruyt

Odoo

Inclusio

Allianz

ING Lease

Icen (former Travelers)

Hugo Boss

AG Real Estate

Cofinimmo

ZS Associates

Ayming

Keyteo

Engie Electrabel

FedEx

City Mall

Confotherapeutics

Royal BAM Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Montea on the issue of €235m in green bonds.
  • Advising Colruyt Group on various tax matters.
  • Advised Allianz on the tax aspects of the development of an office building.

Netherlands > EU and competition

NautaDutilh has a strong pedigree for handling high-profile competition matters. It features prominently in some of the most significant follow-on damages cases heard before the Dutch courts; its workload in this space spans areas such as cathode ray tubes, pre-stressed steel and high-voltage power cables, among others. The firm is representing Deutsche Lufthansa and its subsidiaries Lufthansa Cargo and SWISS International Airlines in the defence against damages cases arising from the European Commission’s decision in the air cargo space. In addition, state aid cases are another mainstay of the practice; Mauricette Schaufeli and senior associate Evi Mattioli were among the advisers to the Dutch Ministry of Finance on the creation of a €12bn state aid scheme in response to the Covid-19 outbreak, and also twice notified the European Commission of this aid scheme. Elsewhere, Schaufeli, recent hire Nima Lorjé (who joined in May 2021 as an associate partner from Brinkhof), Mattioli and senior associate Arnout Koeman are among the practitioners in the team who are active in merger control mandates. David van Ee has expertise in the development and procurement of infrastructure and real estate.

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Testimonials

‘We have been working with Arnout for several years and I have got to know him as a very smart lawyer who is very client-oriented and very experienced in the field of competition law. He has a hands-on mentality and is always willing to help.’

‘Nima Lorjé; he proves that modesty and excellence are perfectly compatible in the legal sector. A top-quality all-around competition lawyer. We will hear a lot more about him in the near future.’

‘The team stands out for its technical knowledge, its practical approach and speed of response.’

‘Mauricette Schaufeli has done a great job re-building the competition team in the last couple of years. The hiring of Nima Lorje as an associate partner was also a good recruitment move and I would expect him to develop well in this role over the coming years.’

‘Mauricette is calm, measured and astute. She is has a collaborative working manner and gets things done on time.’

‘The team we work with provides good and quick advice. The advice is of an excellent nature and does not need a lot of adaptations/corrections. The team understands quickly what is the problem and what is expected.’

‘Mauricette Schaufeli: Very responsive and sound legal advice. A seasoned competition lawyer who has her client’s interests in mind and stays true to her values and principles while staying constructive with a “problem solving” attitude.’

‘The team combines good knowledge of competition law (and economics) with a pragmatic approach. They also take time to design an appropriate (and creative) fee arrangement suitable for any particular project.’

Key clients

Dutch Ministry of Finance

ABN AMRO Bank

Lufthansa

Technicolor

Vopak N.V.

NS

ASR

ECT (Hutchinson)

HAL Investments

SHV, including NPM

Nouryon

INEOS

Work highlights

  • Advising Lineage Logistics on merger control proceedings relating to the acquisition of Kloosterboer Group, a leading and reputable independent company in Europe offering integrated temperature-controlled storage, logistics and value-added services.
  • Assisted the Dutch Ministry of Finance with designing a €12bn state aid scheme in response to the COVID-19 outbreak and notified this aid scheme twice to the European Commission.
  • Acting for Deutsche Lufthansa in its defence against follow on damages claims following the air cargo decision of the European Commission. The case concerns one of the largest follow on damages claim cases currently pending before the Dutch courts.

The firm: NautaDutilh is an international law firm practising Dutch, Belgian and  Luxembourg law. The firm was founded in 1724 and is one of the largest in the Benelux region, with offices in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Brussels and Luxembourg as well as in London and New York.

NautaDutilh Brussels has become an important player on the Belgian legal market, providing high-quality advice and services in the areas of banking and finance, capital markets, corporate and M&A, dispute resolution, intellectual property and ICT law, restructuring & insolvency, public & regulatory, employment & pensions, competition and anti-trust and taxation. Despite a highly crowded and competitive market place, our Brussels office has grown to include 70 lawyers, working alongside top Belgian and multinational clients.

While its practice is anchored in the jurisdictions of Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg, NautaDutilh works with a substantial number of clients involved in cross-border and multi-jurisdictional transactions and proceedings. The firm works on a non-exclusive basis with leading law firms throughout the world.

Areas of practice
Banking and finance: NautaDutilh is recognized as a leading banking and finance law firm. Its team is known for its advice in PPP and project finance, asset-based lending, corporate lending and acquisition finance, structured finance and securitization deals, the full range of financial regulatory matters, governance issues faced by financial institutions, compliance matters, regulatory aspects of mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, cross-border transactions and litigation before the Belgian and EU courts and the Belgian regulators.

Capital markets: The capital markets team advises on a range of equity offerings including IPOs, secondary offerings and rights issues. Their debt capital markets expertise includes MTN and commercial paper programmes, notes issues, repackagings and the emerging markets segment of the Eurobond market. Securitisations are an additional focus area within NautaDutilh both for the domestic market and for pan-European transactions, with particular expertise in relation to RMBS and covered bond programmes.

Corporate and M&A: NautaDutilh has a strong team of transaction experts advising on matters involving mergers and acquisitions, the structuring of joint ventures, the establishment of companies (including investment rounds, exit strategies, etc.), the drafting of commercial contracts, corporate governance and compliance issues and corporate housekeeping.

Dispute resolution: NautaDutilh is well-known for litigation in the areas of insolvency, banking, real estate, enforcement and recovery of arbitral awards and cross-border judgments, liability, beside commercial and corporate litigation, as well as domestic and international arbitration. We are present in a number of landmark cases in banking disputes, insolvency litigation and sovereign debt enforcement disputes.

Intellectual property and ICT: NautaDutilh assists clients in all areas of intellectual property, in particular patent and trademark litigation. We also have extensive experience handling disputes related to designs, copyright, neighbouring (related) rights, database rights, trade secrets, advertising and domain names. We provide both IP advisory and transactional services. Our lawyers regularly lead national and cross-border litigation in the Benelux and coordinate multi-jurisdictional litigation before the European courts. We also provide assistance in technology-driven transactions and with the negotiation and drafting of IT and outsourcing contracts.

Restructuring and insolvency: The team advises on financial restructurings as well as on insolvency related litigation and specialises in cross-border cases or cases with an international component. 80% of its cases are carried out in cooperation with foreign law firms.

Public and regulatory: Our public and regulatory team provides advice, does transactional work and often engages in litigation in all areas of administrative and constitutional law. The team has developed a particular expertise in public procurement law (including PPP), environmental law writ large and energy law.

Employment and pensions: As well as advising on the employment law aspects of corporate transactions, in particular with respect to consultation requirements, employee participation and the replacement, and employment terms, of board members, the NautaDutilh pensions and employment team advises on other contentious and non-contentious employment law matters, including collective and individual dismissals.

Competition and anti-trust: The NautaDutilh competition practice has an established merger control capability and has significant experience litigating both before the European courts and in the national arena. The team carries out litigation relating to cases involving State aid, cartel damages, merger control and to behavioural cases such as distribution and horizontal cooperation.

Taxation: In addition to advising on the taxation aspects of corporate and financial transactions, the NautaDutilh taxation team has an established practice advising corporate clients on their ongoing tax affairs and tax planning.

Real estate and infrastructure: We advocate an integrated, cross-practice group approach. At NautaDutilh Brussels, real estate is a sector team, not a practice group like employment or tax. Our real estate team is composed of M&A lawyers who help clients acquire real estate portfolios, as well as urban planning and environmental specialists, tax lawyers and finance, funds and capital markets specialists. This mix allows us to provide high-quality services in an efficient manner. We have an excellent client base and referral network. Clients can rely on us to carry out assignments in a professional manner. The real estate community is a small one, in which respect and reputation are earned over the long term.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Corporate M&A Dirk Van Gervendirk.vangerven@nautadutilh.com+32 2 566 8114
Corporate M&A Philippe Remelsphilippe.remels@nautadutilh.com+32 2 566 8152
Public & Regulatory Jens Mosselmansjens.mosselmans@nautadutilh.com+32 2 566 8316
Litigation & Arbitration Stan Brijsstan.brijs@nautadutilh.com+32 2 566 8192
Litigation & Arbitration Sophie Jacmainsophie.jacmain@nautadutilh.com+32 2 566 8194
Banking & Finance Nicolas Crombrugghenicolas.decrombrugghe@nautadutilh.com+32 2 566 8184
Banking & Finance Anne Fontaineanne.fontaine@nautadutilh.com+32 2 566 8146
Banking & Finance Thibaut Willemsthibaut.willems@nautadutilh.com+32 2 566 8182
Employment & Pensions Philippe Françoisphilippe.francois@nautadutilh.com+32 2 566 8514
Employment & Pensions Thierry Duquesnethierry.duquesne@nautadutilh.com+32 2 566 8512
Intellectual Property Philippe Pétersphilippe.peters@nautadutilh.com+32 2 566 8444
Intellectual Property Florence Verhoestraeteflorence.verhoestraete@nautadutilh.com+32 2 566 8452
Intellectual Property Tanguy de Haantanguy.dehaan@nautadutilh.com+32 2 566 8430
Taxation Ken Lioenken.lioen@nautadutilh.com+32 2 566 8612
Insolvency & Restructuring Stan Brijsstan.brijs@nautadutilh.com+32 2 566 8192
Insolvency & Restructuring Sophie Jacmainsophie.jacmain@nautadutilh.com+32 2 566 8194
Real Estate & Infrastructure Didier De Vliegherdidier.devliegher@nautadutilh.com+32 2 566 8140
Number of lawyers : 433
at this office : 70
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Contact : Dirk Van Gerven (managing partner)
Other offices : Amsterdam
Other offices : London
Other offices : Luxembourg
Other offices : New York
Other offices : Rotterdam

Corporate Social Responsibility; Empowering the Next Generation

Social engagement and corporate responsibility are inextricably bound up with NautaDutilh’s day-to-day legal practice. We help companies in a wide range of sectors to resolve the issues they are or will be facing in an equitable and practical manner.

Sharing knowledge and working in concert are paramount. We feel that corporate social responsibility entails so much more and have taken “Empowering the next generation” as our main motto. We are committed to strengthening the position of the next generation by giving them opportunities in a sustainable world.

A diverse and safe working environment

An important part of our strategy is our diversity policy. We aim to promote a safe working environment in which employees feel free to be themselves. Gender diversity, LGBT+ diversity, and cultural diversity are of primary concern. We believe that diversity makes a team stronger.

The current male to female ratio in our partner population is approximately 30/70. Although this makes NautaDutilh one of the top 5 Dutch law firms in terms of diversity, our goal is 50/50, which we hope to achieve by actively recruiting and retaining talented women with, among other things, effective career coaching and by preventing subconscious prejudice from rearing its head in performance reviews. In terms of up-and-coming talent, we are already at 50/50.

In 2014, NautaDutilh became the first independent law firm in the Benelux to have its own LGBT+ network. We are one of the co-founders of Stichting Forward, which aims to promote the acceptance, recognition, and visibility of LGBT+ in the Dutch legal profession.

NautaDutilh also strives for a greater influx of culturally diverse talent. To implement this in practice, we, for example, work with Diversity Dinner. We have partnered this initiative since its launch in 2016.

You can find a more in-depth overview of our CSR policy here.

NautaDutilh appoints three new partners

We are pleased to announce the appointment of three new partners as of 1 April 2021. These appointments further strengthen several of our practice groups, including our Data, Cybersecurity & IT law team, our Banking & Finance team and our Corporate M&A team. With a new partner appointed in each of our three home jurisdictions, NautaDutilh underlines its position as a leading Benelux law firm.


NautaDutilh welcomes new investment funds partner Luc Courtois

On 3 February 2020, NautaDutilh strengthened its Luxembourg funds practice with the arrival of investment funds partner Luc Courtois. Prominent in his field, Luc has more than 25 years' experience on the Luxem-bourg legal market, with a strong focus on investment management. His practice covers the full range of Luxembourg-based UCITS and alternative funds as well as all legal aspects of investment funds, man-agement companies and their activities.

NautaDutilh Avocats Luxembourg establishes Insurance and Reinsurance practice

NautaDutilh is pleased to announce the establishment of its Luxembourg Insurance and Reinsurance practice, another big step in the firm's ongoing expansion. The new practice group reflects increased client demand for legal services in the insurance field.


NautaDutilh opens Luxembourg Desk in New York

NautaDutilh expands its New York office with a Luxembourg desk headed by Jad Nader, who recently has been named local partner. The firm's New York satellite team advises US clients on Dutch, Belgian, and Luxembourg law, particularly in regard to cross-border banking and finance and corporate M&A transactions. The arrival of a Luxembourg partner will increase the firm's capacity to handle Dutch and Luxembourg matters locally.


Outsourcing in the Financial Sector

NautaDutilh Luxembourg is organising a breakfast seminar on outsourcing in the financial sector, which will take place on Wednesday, 10 May 2017.    


NautaDutilh defended Fendi against Coach

NautaDutilh Avocats Luxembourg defended the interests of luxury fashion house Fendi in proceedings against US-based Coach for infringement by the latter of Fendi's EU design rights in its Peekaboo handbag.


Breakfast Seminar – The financing of Luxembourg Investment Funds – 6 April 2017

NautaDutilh Luxembourg is organising a breakfast seminar on the financing of Luxembourg investment funds, to be held on Thursday, 6 April 2017 at the Waldorf Hilton.


NautaDutilh assisted Raizen Fuels Finance S.A.

NautaDutilh assisted Raizen Fuels Finance S.A., as issuer on its USD 500 million 5.3% senior notes offering which successfully closed on 20th January. The issuer is part of the Brazilian Raizen group, the world largest individual producer of sugar cane. The Raizen group also operates a network of more than 5,800 Shell-branded stations in Brazil.