NautaDutilh > Brussels, Belgium > Firm Profile


Belgium > Dispute resolution Tier 1

The ‘high-quality‘ disputes practice at NautaDutilh is commended for its ‘excellent strength in depth’ covering the whole array of commercial disputes spanning shareholder disputes, banking litigation, insurance claims and tort work, alongside insolvency-related litigation, and complex arbitrations. Sophie Jacmain leads the team with Stan Brijs, with the pair commended for being ‘tactical thinkers with excellent technical skills‘. Jacmain possesses knowledge across a range of litigation and arbitration work, with particular expertise in restructuring and insolvency proceedings. Karel De Smet is also noted, with a wide-reaching practice covering complex contractual disputes, contentious M&A issues, competition litigation, and enforcement disputes. Karen Paridaen and Gisèle Uwera are also key to the team.

Practice head(s):

Sophie Jacmain; Stan Brijs

Other key lawyers:

Karel De Smet; Karen Paridean; Gisèle Uwera; Nicolas Vande Velde


‘High quality team. Excellent strength in depth. Tactical thinkers with excellent technical skills.’

‘We have instructed a team led by partners Stan Brijs and Sophie Jacmain. Tactical thinkers with excellent technical skills. Associate Nicolas Vande Velde is talented junior with excellent case management skills.’

‘The service levels are very high and, as a client, we are extremely satisfied by the firm’s quick and timely responses to issues. The team are always responsive and pay attention to the client’s needs. The team has extensive experience and willingness to provide concrete solutions and dedicated efforts to our case.’

‘The individuals we work with are always quick to respond and provide an excellent service. They are dedicated, intelligent, supportive and proactive. I could mention Stan Brijs, Sophie Jacmain, Nicolas Vande Velde and Gisele Uwera. They are outstanding with a wide range and a high level of commitment, especially for complex and diverse topics.’

‘Well organised team of hardworking and skilled individuals.’

‘Each partner and associate is specialised in a specific area of law that is relevant in a banking environment. Karel De Smet deserves praise in his proactive approach.’

‘NautaDutilh has a strong litigation practice, which has become a key player in the Belgian market. They are involved in almost all the major French and Dutch litigation cases, which demonstrates their reputation. They have become a force to be reckoned with in the Belgian market, with one of the biggest and best teams.’

‘Excellent team that is efficient on a lot of legal matters.’

Key clients

ABN Amro Bank


Republic of Albania


Connectis (part of Getronics)


Port of Brussels

Kuehne Nagel

Liberty Liège-Dudelange (BE)

Lycops – De Beurme – Omnia

Sistem Teknik Industrial


Belfius Bank



Triodos Bank



Work highlights

  • Defending Sibelco in the context of a multi billion euro dispute and proceedings introduced by its most important minority shareholder (Quarzwerke).
  • Represented the Republic of Albania in relation to the enforcement in Belgium of an ICSID arbitral award worth over €130m.
  • Represented Anatolie and Gabriel Stati, Ascom, Terra Raf Trans Trading Ltd in relation to the enforcement proceedings against the Republic of Kazakhstan of an arbitral award worth over$500m.

Belgium > EU regulatory: Financial services Tier 1

NautaDutilh provides ‘nuanced advice’ on prudential supervision matters, provision of financial services in Belgium, corporate governance and compliance matters, and implementation of new legislation to an enviable client roster spanning all types of regulated institutions in the financial sector. The firm also has experience in advising a regulatory body active in Belgium on draft legislation. ‘Absolutely reliable’ practice head Anne Fontaine is particularly noted for her expertise in central securities depositories and securities settlement systems. Pierre De Pauw, who was promoted to local partner in April 2024, supports Fontaine on key mandates.

Practice head(s):

Anne Fontaine

Other key lawyers:


‘Knowledge and understanding of the sector and our specific niche. Clear engagements. Valuable and nuanced advice.’

‘Very good contact with Anne Fontaine!’

‘Easy to work with. Very client oriented.’

‘Anne Fontaine is an excellent lawyer with high expertise in regulatory banking matters. She connects well with clients and makes complex concepts easy for them. She is absolutely reliable.’

‘The team at NautaDutilh is commercial, with a sound understanding of technical detail. I highly value working with them!’

‘Anne Fontaine is a fountain of knowledge, and always available for a quick chat.’

Key clients


American Express

Bank Degroof Petercam


Klarna Bank

Mizuho Bank



Saxo Bank

Triodos Bank


Work highlights

  • Instructed as regular counsel to the Euroclear Group.
  • Advised Bank Degroof Petercam on various banking and financial regulation issues.
  • Advised ABN AMRO Bank on various financial regulation issues relating to its banking and investment services activities in Belgium.

Belgium > Insolvency and restructuring Tier 1

NautaDutilh is capable of handling the full spectrum of restructuring and insolvency proceedings, with a large team of litigators and arbitrators that stands out for its ability to represent both debtors and creditors in contentious matters. The team regularly acts for clients in court proceedings to obtain consent for the transfer of distressed businesses, represents banks in asset recovery and insolvency litigation, and handles complex judicial reorganisations. Out-of-court restructurings are a further area of focus for the team and are chiefly handled by Sophie Jacmain, a commercial disputes expert who co-leads the practice with reputed insolvency specialist Stan Brijs. Corporate and insolvency litigator Karel De Smet is also recommended, as is Charlotte Van Themsche, who joined from Jones Day in February 2023.

Practice head(s):

Sophie Jacmain; Stan Brijs

Other key lawyers:


‘NautaDutilh has a strong insolvency and restructuring practice which has become a key player in the Belgian market. They are involved in almost all the major French and Dutch insolvency or restructuring cases, which demonstrates their reputation. They have become a force to be reckoned with on the Belgian market, with one of the biggest and best teams.’

‘Experts in their domain, broad knowledge of Belgium legal environment, very good and clear advice flexibility and easy to connect with at any time, easy access to other subject matter experts if required.’

‘I worked mainly with Sophie Jacmain & Frederik De Leo, who are experts in their domain, well-organized, and nice personalities to work with.’

Key clients



Liberty Liège-Dudelange

Western Union Retail Services Belgium

Fremaux-Delorme Group

Work highlights

  • Assisted Liberty Liège-Dudelange, a part of the LIBERTY Steel Group, in connection with the annulment of the dissolution of LLD ordered by Court, the restart of LLD’s activities, and its restructuring through judicial reorganisation by transfer of business.
  • Assisted the Getronics Group with several legal proceedings initiated in the aftermath of the transfer of business of certain activities from Getronics Belgium (currently Scinorteg) within the framework of its judicial reorganisation proceedings.
  • Assisted the Fremaux-Delorme group with the possible acquisition of movable assets of seven Belgian entities active in the development and production of high-quality sleep systems, each of which was in a separate Belgian judicial reorganisation procedure by transfer under judicial authority.

Belgium > Intellectual property Tier 1

Described as a ‘strong practice in litigation’, NautaDutilh pulls together a strong offering with patent and trade mark related advice and litigation the core pillars of the practice, which is also equipped to handle disputes concerning trade secrets, copyright and domain names. Florence Verhoestraete and Tanguy de Haan co-head the team; Verhoestraete frequently leverages her knowledge of EU regulatory frameworks for contractual work, while de Haan’s strong focus on EU courts makes him a key contact for complex pan-European litigation. Philippe Péters is sought out by clients from the automotive industry, and commercial and IP specialist Sien Vandezande is singled out for her drafting skills.

Practice head(s):

Florence Verhoestraete; Tanguy de Haan

Other key lawyers:


‘Very strong practice in litigation and complex Pan European proceedings.’

‘Tanguy de Haan is an excellent practitioner. He understands the stakes at issue and has a natural elegance.’

‘Tanguy de Haan is an exceptional IP advocate, with significant expertise in EU General Court and CJEU matters.’

Key clients


Castel Frères


GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)


ING Belgium


Levi Strauss & Co.



Pernod Ricard (Chivas, Havana Club, Soho, The Absolut Company)


SAJ (Belgian Journalists’ Copyright Society)

Salaisonniers corses

Scotch Whisky Association

Société du Tour de France

Super Brand Licensing

The holders of the PINK LADY trade mark

We Brand (Trend Fin)

Work highlights

  • Successfully assisted Levi Strauss & Co. before the Brussels Court of Appeal in enforcing Levi Strauss & Co.’s rights on the reputed “Arcuate” trade mark in the EU.
  • Successfully advised Hypertherm Inc. in design proceedings before the General Court of the EU about the protection of consumables and potentially captive markets by designs.
  • Successfully assisted Reckitt with the defence of one of its key trade marks, disparaged in comparative advertising by Lidl.

Belgium > Environment Tier 2

The public and regulatory law group at NautaDutilh is ‘reactive and flexible when pressure is on and concrete answers needed‘. Lead partner Jens Mosselmans is a key adviser to heavy industry and energy companies. Newly promoted local partner and public procurement expert Maxime Vanderstraeten is ‘responsive, flexible, available and very knowledgeable‘. Stef Feyen has notable expertise in the energy and healthcare sectors, including specific knowledge of hydrogen law.

Practice head(s):

Jens Mosselmans

Other key lawyers:


‘The team is impressively reactive and flexible when pressure is on with tight deadlines and concrete answers needed. They are available and precise in their advice. They also adjust to the specific needs to the industry of their customers.’

‘Maxime Vanderstraeten is responsive, flexible, available and very knowledgeable in his practice. I found his feedback and advice always useful. He is also a good person with whom it’s great to work with. He always remains calm and focused on the needs of his clients. I would highly recommend to work with him.’

Key clients


Smurfit Kappa


Belgian Shell

Inkendaal Hospital


Shell Catalysts & Technologies






Chevron Philips Chemicals

Port of Brussels

Work highlights

  • Advised Unicore on the impact of the EU Battery Regulation on the client’s activities, including its activities abroad.
  • Assisted Bionerga with the development of an industrial site in Beringen, including the construction of an overarching heat net project.
  • Advised Shell C&T on the renewal of a single permit for catalyst plants in Ghent, focusing on nitrogen emissions, hydro-processing, oxidation and renewable fuel.

Belgium > Industry focus: Energy Tier 2

NautaDutilh's energy and utilities practice is noted by clients for its ‘good teamwork, knowledge and experience‘. Corporate partner Nicolas de Crombrugghe, who advises on major joint ventures and transactions in connection with renewable energy projects co-leads the practice with regulatory specialist Jens Mosselmans. Maxime Vanderstraeten is a key adviser on contentious matters concerning public, administrative, energy and environmental law, while Stef Feyen, who has niche expertise in hydrogen law, is also sought after for his advice on capacity mechanisms and electricity market design.

Practice head(s):

Nicolas de Crombrugghe; Jens Mosselmans

Other key lawyers:


‘Good teamwork among law office staff. Good understanding of legal matters in our sector. Thinking along to properly substantiate a legal case. Always available and well prepared. Knowledge and experience is present. There is always consultation and files are well followed up.’

‘Every individual lawyer/adviser has his specialties and they complement each other. Each has the gift of correctly estimating legal impact to convey and make clear. To the point! Jens Mosselmans runs his team with respect for his collaborating lawyers.’

Key clients

Belgian Shell

ENGIE Electrabel



Technip Energies

Virya Energy

Work highlights

  • Advised Technip Energies alongside Skadden on negotiations with John Cockerill for the creation of a new joint venture under the name Rely.
  • Advised ENGIE on regulatory matters in connection with the capacity remuneration mechanism and its further implementation.
  • Assisted Electrabel with the implementation of ca. 30 000 charging points for electrical vehicles in the context of the Flemish energy tranasition.

Belgium > Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences Tier 2

'Top-class IP litigator' Florence Verhoestraete and Philippe Remels jointly lead the team at NautaDutilh, which is praised by clients for its 'very creative' approach to IP litigation. The group appears before courts across the EU in product liability disputes, in addition to advising on IPOs and competition issues concerning unfair business practices. Verhoestraete is noted for her longstanding expertise in transactional IP issues, including research collaborations and IP assignments, often acting for research centres, start-ups, and large international life sciences companies. Remels has notable knowledge surrounding transactional issues, and is known for handling an array of private financing rounds and general corporate matters.

Practice head(s):

Florence Verhoestraete; Philippe Remels

Other key lawyers:

Sien Vandezande; Tanguy de Haan


‘The Nauta team has great experience in the field of IP litigation, especially for healthcare and life sciences. Their approach is very creative, but based on thorough research about the laws, precedents and recent tendency of the relevant courts. Also, the team has an excellent network with many specialists. With these assets, the Nauta team provides wonderful service to clients.’

‘Florence Verhoestraete is an experienced, top-class IP litigator, forming a team and collaborating. Her view is based on vast and deep experience in IP litigation and she can bridge legal analysis and commercial interests for clients in a creative manner.’

‘Florence Verhoestraete and Tanguy de Haan make a brilliant team and complement each other’s skillsets very well. Great knowledge of the life sciences industry and some of its most complex IP matters.’

Key clients

Abacus Medicine


Azalea Vision

Bausch Health companies Inc.

Cliniques Universitaires Saint-Luc


Johnson & Johnson




Onward Medical




Vico Therapeutics International

Work highlights

  • Assisting S-Biomedic’s shareholders and Co-Founders with the sale of shares to Beiersdorf.
  • Assisting the underwriters in the $1.27bn capital raise of argenx.
  • Advising Nyxoah on its $50m at-the-market offering program and on a $15m private placement of new shares, and a $3m sale of new shares under its ATM program.

Belgium > Real estate and construction Tier 2

The real estate practice at NautaDutilh is particularly adept in PPP projects, though it handles a broad palette of transactions. Lead partner Didier De Vliegher is a veteran of the domestic market; loan finance partner Thibaut Willems, and public and regulatory specialist Jens Mosselmans play key roles in the practice. Local partner Julie de Bonnet joined from Liedekerke.

Practice head(s):

Didier De Vliegher

Other key lawyers:

Key clients


AG Real Estate Property Management


Basic-Fit International


FedEx Express Europe

Invesis Belgium (formerly BAM PPP)


Macquarie Capital

Raffinerie Tirlemontoise SA – Tiense Suikerraffinaderij NV

Work highlights

  • Assisted Bouygues Belgium and Bouygues Bâtiment Nord-Est, two subsidiaries of one of the world’s leading construction companies, Bouygues Construction, with negotiations, contract drafting and litigation in Belgium.
  • Advised Schroders on various real estate matters in recent years, including purchase and sale transactions, lease negotiations and dispute resolution.
  • Assisted Cooke Inc. with its first acquisitions in Belgium and Germany, which take the form of a share deal.

Belgium > Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 3

NautaDutilh is not only noted for its acquisition finance expertise, which allows the team to advise leading private equity funds as well as financial institutions on cross-border leveraged acquisitions, but also for its ability to assist infrastructure and real estate clients with the financing of significant PPP projects. Advice to underwriters and issuers in the context of equity offerings represents a further key area of focus for the practice, which is jointly led by project finance expert Thibaut Willems and capital markets specialist Nicolas de Crombrugghe. Nathalie Van Landuyt, who has syndicated and non-syndicated lending experience, is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Thibaut Willems; Nicolas de Crombrugghe

Other key lawyers:


‘One of the key aspects that set ND apart is its unwavering commitment to client satisfaction. The firm takes a deeply personalized approach to understanding each client’s unique needs and tailoring legal strategies accordingly. ND boasts a team of highly skilled lawyers, each with specialized knowledge and extensive experience in their respective practice areas. This depth of expertise allows the firm to tackle even the most complex legal challenges efficiently and effectively.’

Key clients



AG Heylen Warehouses




Bausch & Lomb Pharma

Bayerische Landesbank





KBC Securities



Work highlights

  • Advised Bain Capital Private Equity on the Belgian law aspects of the financing of its acquisition of a 55% stake in House of HR, which consisted of the issuance of approximately €419m in senior secured notes; a senior credit facility consisting of a term loan, a revolving credit facility and a delayed draw senior secured term loan facility; and an approximately €310m second lien term loan facility.
  • Assisted a consortium comprised of Invesis Belgium and Fabricom as lenders’ legal advisor with the €60m refinancing of the PPP-DBFM Project “Brabo II”.
  • Advised ABN AMRO Bank and Belfius Bank on a €110m rights offering by Care Property Invest.

Belgium > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3

NautaDutilh‘s corporate practice is active across the Benelux region, with regional clients frequently instructing the team to advise on strategic transactions, private equity and venture capital deals, and restructuring projects that span across the three Benelux jurisdictions. In addition to its Benelux-based work, which also encompasses complex joint ventures, corporate governance, and corporate litigation matters, the team is regularly instructed by international clients to handle the Belgian aspects of global transactions. The team is co-led by Nicolas de Crombrugghe, who excels at handling M&A in regulated sectors such as energy and financial services, private equity expert Philippe Remels, and Dirk Van Gerven, whose ‘legal excellence‘ encompasses a wide range of M&A and restructuring matters.

Practice head(s):

Dirk Van Gerven; Philippe Remels; Nicolas de Crombrugghe

Other key lawyers:

Christophe Walthion; Olivier van Wouwe


‘A competent team with smart strategies.’

‘Very experienced team with leading professionals who strive for excellence. Outstanding technical skills and legal expertise, availability, business understanding, and pragmatism. ’

‘Very user-friendly team, with a “can do”-attitude.’

‘The furm gives excellent, pragmatic, commercially-oriented advice.’

‘Dirk Van Gerven is super-responsive and gives good, strategic, calm advice.

‘Dirk Van Gerven is in my opinion one of the best commercial, corporate and M&A lawyers in Belgium. Outstanding leadership, legal excellence, and creativity when dealing with complex transactions and structures.’

Key clients


Cloostermans-Huwaert Group



Johnson & Johnson

Route Mobile

Royal BAM Group



Technip Energies

Vanbreda Risk & Benefits

Work highlights

  • Advised Technip Energies on the creation of its hydrogen joint venture Rely with John Cockerill.
  • Assisted the shareholders of Suazio with their sale to Namsa and their reinvestment.
  • Advised the Cloostermans-Huwaert Group on Amazon’s acquisition of all shares in Innovation C² BV, the holding company.

Belgium > Employment Tier 3

Belgian and multinational clients in the life sciences, TMT and manufacturing sectors benefit from NautaDutilh‘s full-service offering, which enables the team to provide integrated employment, insolvency and tax advice on complex cross-border M&A, corporate reorganisations, and judicial restructurings. In addition to advising on the employee transfer aspects of transactional undertakings, the team handles contentious proceedings arising from collective and individual dismissals as well as from contract disputes. Transactional employment specialist Philippe François leads the team, which is also home to collective bargaining and discrimination expert Thierry Duquesne.

Practice head(s):

Philippe François

Other key lawyers:


‘Very good customer orientation. The customer is at the center and his point of view, his concerns are listened to and understood beyond the sole application of the law. Excellent handling and follow-up of files.’

‘Long professional relationship with Thierry Duquesne and therefore very good understanding of the client and how he works. Ongoing research into the latest judgments and case law to prepare cases.’

‘Very good full-service law firm.’

‘Thierry Duquesne and Philippe François are exceptional lawyers.’

Key clients

Banque Transatlantique



Carpenter Technology Europe

Cerba Healthcare

Cliniques Universitaires Saint-Luc





Fiege Logistik



Schneider Electric



Work highlights

  • Assisted S-Biomedic’s shareholders and co-founders with the employment aspects of the sale of shares to Beiersdorf.
  • Assisted the founding shareholders of Route Mobile with the employment aspects of the sale of a majority stake to Proximus.
  • Advised Connectis CMC on 10-15 legal proceedings following the judicial reorganisation and subsequent bankruptcy of Scinorteg NV.

Belgium > Private equity Tier 3

NautaDutilh’s private equity team primarily works with Benelux-based funds and target companies across the lifecycle of investments, handling domestic acquisitions, sell-offs and exits as well as advising on the Belgian aspects of global deals. The team is also well-versed in acting for start-ups and scale-ups in connection with fundraising and financing matters. Philippe Remels, who is noted for advising on transactions in regulated sectors such as life sciences and energy, jointly leads the practice with Nicolas de Crombrugghe, who primarily advises funds on acquisitions in the financial services sector. M&A and restructuring expert Christophe Wathion is a further name to note.

Practice head(s):

Philippe Remels; Nicolas de Crombrugghe

Other key lawyers:

Christophe Wathion; Olivier Van Wouwe


‘Very pleasant to work with, good grasp of the issues.’

Nicolaus de Crombrugghe is a very experienced and calm partner to have on your side. Christophe Wathion is a very smart, fast and reliable lawyer!

Key clients



EMH Growth Fund II SCSP

Fountain Healthcare Partners




Wallonie Entreprendre

Work highlights

  • Assisted Wallonie Entreprendre and Noshaq with selling part of their $150m stake in Odoo.
  • Advised EMH Growth Fund II SCSP, a Luxembourg-based private equity fund, on acquiring a €26m minority stake in Belgian Basalte Group NV.
  • Assisted the shareholders and co-founders of S-Biomedic with the sale of their shares to Beiersdorf.

Belgium > Tax Tier 4

Collaboration with the firm’s corporate M&A and real estate groups serves NautaDutilh‘s tax practice well in providing all-round support in tax transactional matters, including to clients in the real estate and finance sectors. Ken Lioen leads the team, bringing to the table experience in cross-border transactions and international tax planning.

Practice head(s):

Ken Lioen

Other key lawyers:

Bruno Vanden Berghe; Aurélien Lenaerts


‘We would recommend NautaDutilh for efficient collaboration and communication, their hands on approach and speedy, qualitative delivery. Very dedicated team of lawyers.’

‘Cooperation with Ken Lioen is very smooth. Pleasant communication, and delivery of qualitative and to-the-point advice in no nonsense language.

‘The team has a very involved approach and are willing to support and relieve their clients in any way possible. Expertise in various tax matters, special recommendation for financial and real estate matters.’

‘I have worked with and would highly recommend Ken Lioen and Bruno Vanden Berghe. They have a very involved approach and are willing to support and relieve their clients in any way possible.’

‘They think along with their clients to provide a working solution. A good calloboration between the different teams.’

‘Ken Lioen has a hands-on way of working and makes a good liaison between the different teams.’

‘Swift, quality and practical.’

‘Ken Lioen and Aurélien Lenaerts are swift, practical and knowledgeable of the financial industry.’

Key clients


City Mall





FCR Media


Hugo Boss

Icen (formally Travelers)


ING Lease

Lycops – De Beurme – Omnia







Tessenderlo Chemie

Work highlights

  • Advised the founder of ANeuroTech and owner of Anima, Erik Buntinx, on various aspects of tax law.

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 and insolvency, public and regulatory, employment and 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.

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
Number of lawyers : 433
at this office : 70
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.