Firm Profile > NautaDutilh > Brussels, Belgium


Dispute resolution Tier 1

The 'very responsive' team at NautaDutilh has a traditional strength in insolvency litigation, and it is also highly capable in handling commercial, real estate, financial and corporate disputes. It is also a strong performer in complex multijurisdictional arbitration cases. In one highlight, practice co-heads Stan Brijs and Sophie Jacmain successfully represented two Moldovan investors in a longrunning dispute with the Republic of Kazakhstan over the recovery of an arbitral award worth over $500m.

Practice head(s):

Stan Brijs; Sophie Jacmain


Stan Brijs is a very pragmatic lawyer‘.

Key clients

ABN Amro Bank


Diag Human

Schneider Electric Belgium

Ghelamco Group

Insolvency and restructuring Tier 1

NautaDutilh's 'connections with the ministries and main judicial institutions make it a partner of choice' for insolvency and restructuring mandates in the Belgian market. Sophie Jacmain and Stan Brijs head a practice that counts financial institutions, real estate companies and debtors seeking reorganisation among its clients; this includes retailer Celio, ground-handling agent Swissport and toy distributor Asmodée – all of which have encountered difficulties in light of the Covid-19 pandemic. Bankruptcy administrator Jacmain is praised for her 'keen business sense and pragmatic character', while Brijs 'offers really hands-on advice combined with academic insights'.

Practice head(s):

Sophie Jacmain; Stan Brijs


‘A multi-domain, results-oriented law firm. They search for tailor-made solutions and have good negotiation skills.

Sophie Jacqmain shows a lot of expertise; she is to-the-point and a strategic thinker.

Probably the leading team on the Belgium market, thanks to its technical ability, knowledge of the key players, reputation and involvement in significant matters.

Sophie Jacmain and Stan Brijs are both exceptional. They have the ideal mixture of strong theoretical knowledge with sound pragmatism.

Stan Brijs offers really hands-on advice combined with academic insights. Sophie Jacmain is always seeking the best solution (and also has excellent knowledge of the real estate sector).

‘NautaDutilh is recognised on the Belgian and Dutch markets as one of the leaders in restructuring and insolvency. The firm has extensive experience in these types of situations. On the Belgian market, its connections with the ministries and main judicial institutions make it a partner of choice.

Sophie Jacmain stands out from the crowd, not only for her perfect knowledge of restructuring procedures and her connections in legal circles, but also, and above all, for her keen business sense, her pragmatic character, her will and her energy to move forward to find concrete and actionable solutions. She is not just a lawyer but a real business partner. She was absolutely decisive in the complex situation we had to manage.

Key clients

Celio Group

Swissport Belgium/Swissport Cleaning Belgium


Asmodée Belgium

Belfius Bank


Intellectual property Tier 1

NautaDutilh is noted as one of the leading firms in the market for trade mark disputes. Its work covers copyright, designs, neighbouring rights, and database rights and trade secrets, as well as undertaking advisory work and litigation relating to patents. Tanguy de Haan has a particularly strong reputation handling high-profile trade mark litigation before the European courts, being further noted for his patent litigation experience as well. De Haan co-heads the practice with Florence Verhoestraete, who is representing P2i (the first technology spin-out of the UK Ministry of Defence) in a patent infringement dispute at the Constitutional Court. Philippe Péters and Jean-François van Drooghenbroeck are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Tanguy de Haan; Florence Verhoestraete

Other key lawyers:

Philippe Péters; Jean-François van Drooghenbroeck


‘Dedicated, business-oriented, transparent, at the cutting edge of their practice, fully aware of the last case law development.’

‘Tanguy de Haan and Philippe Péters can develop solid and professional relationships. Theirs is a strong partnership based on confidence, trust and transparency.’

‘The team is well-known and highly regarded for the intellectual property area. They are very sharp, straight to the point and pleasant to work with. Their technical skills are outstanding. They are very good in international teams in case of cross-border litigation and very fast in correspondence, primary quality for IP litigators who work on PI proceedings’

‘Among the many high-profile professionals at the firm, Tanguy de Haan is a brilliant IP litigator who combines superb legal knowledge with a commercial perspective.’

Key clients


CampoFrio Food Group


GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)






Scor SE

Scotch Whisky Association

The holders of the PINK LADY trade mark


VIB (Flanders Institute for Biotechnology, one of the most important biotech research centres in Europe and worldwide)

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

NautaDutilh's team advises Benelux and international clients on M&A, joint ventures, all aspects of company formations, group restructurings, corporate governance and commercial contracts issues. The group includes Elke Janssens, who heads up the private equity practice. Also recommended is Didier De Vliegher, who has a specialism in real estate corporate and finance work. Dirk Van GervenPhilippe Remels and Nicolas de Crombrugghe are other key partners. In one notable mandate, Janssens acted for fashion retailer FNG NV on its €229m acquisition of the Ellos group from Nordic Capital in 2019. Philippine De Wolf recently left the firm to become a general counsel at Spadel. Maxime Colle joined Lydian.

Practice head(s):

Elke Janssens; Didier de Vliegher; Dirk Van Gerven; Philippe Remels; Nicolas de Crombrugghe; Maxime Colle

Key clients





AG Real Estate







City Mall


Vanbreda Risk & Benefits

Environment Tier 2

At NautaDutilh, senior counsel Patrick Peeters is leading the advice to Umicore on the end-of-waste criteria under the Waste Framework Directive and the Flemish implementing legislation. Soil pollution, brownfields and environmental permitting matters have also featured in the team's recent workload. Peeters shares leadership of the practice with public law expert Jens Mosselmans. Associate Bert D’hondt is a name to note.

Practice head(s):

Patrick Peeters; Jens Mosselmans

Other key lawyers:

Bert D’hondt

Key clients

Belgian Shell




EU regulatory: Financial services Tier 2

At NautaDutilh, the team is 'very knowledgeable in the area of clearing and settlement as a regulatory financial practice'. Central securities depositories (CSD) work is another key strength of the group. Practice head Anne Fontaine is 'authoritative and delivers timely and wise counsel'; 'she knows all the relevant legislation in and out'. Recently promoted counsel Pierre De Pauw is 'very efficient and knowledgeable'.

Practice head(s):

Anne Fontaine

Other key lawyers:

Pierre De Pauw


Anne Fontaine: very reachable and very pragmatic‘.

Very strong knowledge and very responsive‘.

Anne Fontaine is a leader in her field of expertise‘.

Key clients


Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences Tier 2

NautaDutilh's multidisciplinary life sciences team offers a range of advisory, transactional and disputes services covering licensing and research contracts; clinical trial, market access, distribution and compliance regulations; IP issues; and data protection and product liability concerns. Jointly led by Florence Verhoestraete, who typically acts on transactional and contentious patent, trade mark and unfair competition matters, alongside corporate specialist Elke Janssens, the department has a client roster including start-ups, scale-ups, global institutions and research centres. Philippe Remels handles large M&A transactions in this space.

Practice head(s):

Florence Verhoestraete; Elke Janssens

Other key lawyers:

Philippe Remels

Key clients

Abacus Medicine



Bausch Health companies Inc.


Cliniques Universitaires Saint-Luc


ImmuPharma PLC


Johnson & Johnson



Teva Pharma


VIB (Flemish Institute for Biotechnology)

Vico Therapeutics

Real estate and construction Tier 2

The real estate team at NautaDutilh has 'thorough knowledge of PPP and project finance, making them very efficient'. It also excels in contentious real estate work and lease agreement matters. Didier De Vliegher, who heads up the practice, works with senior associate Julie Salteur and associate Sabri Berisha.

Practice head(s):

Didier De Vliegher

Other key lawyers:

Julie Salteur; Sabri Berisha

Key clients

AG Real Estate


Belfius Bank

ENGIE Electrabel


Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 3

Thibault Willlems heads up the finance practice at NautaDutilh, which has expertise in asset-based lending, acquisition/project finance, securitisations and PPP transactions, to name a few areas. On the capital markets side, the team handles equity and debt transactions for an established client base of Belgian REITs and biotech entities. Nicolas de Crombrugghe and Elke Janssens jointly lead the capital markets practice. Philippe Remels is very experienced in advising life sciences and healthcare companies on private financing rounds. The client roster also includes prominent financial institutions, real estate companies and energy sector entities. Recently promoted counsel Nathalie Van Landuyt is also recommended. In 2020, Philippine De Wolf left the firm to join Spadel, while associate Ysaline Mouthuy joined from PwC Legal.

Practice head(s):

Thibaut Willems; Nicolas de Crombrugghe; Philippe Remels; Elke Janssens

Other key lawyers:

Nathalie Van Landuyt; Ysaline Mouthuy

Key clients

ENGIE Electrabel


Wells Fargo



Employment Tier 3

The team at NautaDutilh is 'very knowledgeable about employment law' and 'goes the extra mile to provide practical legal advice'. Collective dismissals and restructurings have been key drivers of work for the group recently. Practice head Philippe François is 'available, precise, and understands the needs of his clients'. Thierry Duquesne and associates Frédérique Czanik and Yannick Smet are also names to note.

Practice head(s):

Philippe François

Other key lawyers:

Thierry Duquesne; Frédérique Czanik; Yannick Smet


This firm really listens to its clients‘.

Very good knowledge of their clients, be it people or company‘.

Key clients



The Body Shop



Industry focus: Energy Tier 3

The integrated energy and utilities sector practice at NautaDutilh handles regulatory issues and corporate transactions – most notably, renewables project financing – as well as contracts-related litigation for clients ranging from energy producers and suppliers to industrial customers and government agencies. Department head and senior counsel Patrick Peeters specialises in electricity and gas legislation, while corporate and financing experts Nicolas de Crombrugghe and Thibaut Willems complete the core team alongside Jens Mosselmans.

Practice head(s):

Patrick Peeters

Other key lawyers:

Nicolas de Crombrugghe; Jens Mosselmans; Thibaut Willems

Key clients


ENGIE Electrabel

Exxon Mobil

DCC Energy






Solar Chest


Virya Energy



Private equity Tier 3

NautaDutilh's team is experienced in structuring alternative investment funds and co-investment funds, as well as advising on related regulatory issues. It also assists clients with a wide variety of transactions, such as LBOs, MBOs, public-to-private deals and exits. In 2020, Philippe Remels led the advice to Dovesco (the private equity investment company/family office of a branch of the De Clerck family) on its acquisition of the Narviflex group. In another matter, he assisted health-tech start-up Nyxoah with a €25m capital increase by way of a private funding round. Elke JanssensNicolas de Crombrugghe and Sophie Jacmain are other notable individuals in the group. Maxime Colle joined Lydian.

Practice head(s):

Elke Janssens; Nicolas de Crombrugghe; Sophie Jacmain; Philippe Remels

Other key lawyers:

Ken Lioen; Thibaut Willems

Key clients



Levine Leichtman Capital Partners



VMF Invest

Dovesco / Domo Investment Group

Bay Grove Capital, LLC


The firm: NautaDutilh is an international law firm practising Dutch, Belgian, Luxembourg and Dutch-Caribbean 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 & 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 & 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 & Infrastructure: We advocate an integrated, cross-practice group ap-proach. 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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate M&A Dirk Van Gerven +32 2 566 8114
Corporate M&A Philippe Remels +32 2 566 8152
Public & Regulatory Jens Mosselmans +32 2 566 8316
Litigation & Arbitration Stan Brijs +32 2 566 8192
Litigation & Arbitration Sophie Jacmain +32 2 566 8194
Banking & Finance Nicolas Crombrugghe +32 2 566 8184
Banking & Finance Anne Fontaine +32 2 566 8146
Banking & Finance Thibaut Willems +32 2 566 8182
Employment & Pensions Philippe François +32 2 566 8514
Employment & Pensions Thierry Duquesne +32 2 566 8512
Intellectual Property Philippe Péters +32 2 566 8444
Intellectual Property Florence Verhoestraete +32 2 566 8452
Intellectual Property Tanguy de Haan +32 2 566 8430
Taxation Ken Lioen +32 2 566 8612
Insolvency & Restructuring Stan Brijs +32 2 566 8192
Insolvency & Restructuring Sophie Jacmain +32 2 566 8194
Real Estate & Infrastructure Didier De Vliegher +32 2 566 8140
ICT, Privacy & Data Protection Peter Craddock +32 2 566 8246
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Stan Brijs  photo Mr Stan Brijs Partner
Mr Peter Craddock  photo Mr Peter Craddock Local Partner
Mr Didier De Vliegher  photo Mr Didier De Vliegher Partner
Mrs Anne Fontaine  photo Mrs Anne Fontaine Partner
 Philippe François  photo Philippe François Partner
Mrs Sophie Jacmain  photo Mrs Sophie Jacmain Partner
Mr Ken Lioen photo Mr Ken Lioen Partner
Mr Jens Mosselmans  photo Mr Jens Mosselmans Local Partner
 Philippe Péters  photo Philippe Péters Senior Counsel
Mr Philippe Remels photo Mr Philippe Remels Partner
Mr Dirk Van Gerven  photo Mr Dirk Van Gerven Managing Partner and Partner
Mrs Florence Verhoestraete  photo Mrs Florence Verhoestraete Partner
 Thibaut Willems photo Thibaut Willems Partner
Mr Nicolas de Crombrugghe  photo Mr Nicolas de Crombrugghe Partner
Mr Tanguy de Haan  photo Mr Tanguy de Haan Partner
Number of lawyers : 433
at this office : 74
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.