Firm Profile > NautaDutilh > Brussels, Belgium


Dispute resolution Tier 1

Stan Brijs and Sophie Jacmain jointly head up the department at NautaDutilh, which counts insolvency litigation as a core area of instruction. The team is equally adept at advising clients on financial services, real estate, corporate and commercial disputes, and arbitration matters. In an example of the latter, Brijs and Jacmain are acting for two Moldovan investors in an ongoing dispute with the Republic of Kazakhstan over recovering an arbitral award worth over $500m.

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Schneider Electric Belgium

ABN Amro Bank

ING Asset Finance

Insolvency and restructuring Tier 1

The restructuring and insolvency team at NautaDutilh frequently advises local and international financial institutions and real estate companies on restructuring and insolvency matters, as well as debtors in financial difficulty. The Brussels-based practice works closely with colleagues in its Dutch and Luxembourg offices, and recently advised on the Belgian and Luxembourg aspects of Cool Cat Belgium's bankruptcy. Sophie Jacmain is particularly experienced in advising on insolvency and out-of-court restructuring mandates and attracts praise for providing 'deep legal analysis and pragmatic solutions'. Jacmain heads up the team alongside Stan Brijs, who handles restructurings, recovery issues, insolvency work and litigation.

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High-level legal analysis together with a very pragmatic approach on the cases, very responsive, good knowledge of the people involved in restructuring and insolvency in Belgium.’

Sophie Jacmain is key in the market. Thanks to her previous position as insolvency practitioner, she knows the right people and the way to interact with them. She is reliable, her team is great and I found her responsive.

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ING Asset Finance NV

ABN Amro Bank

Aareal Bank

Intellectual property Tier 1

NautaDutilh's 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'. Key sector strengths include food and beverages, luxury/consumer goods and life sciences, with patent and trade mark litigation forming the backbone of instructions. In an example, the group is acting for GlaxoSmithKline in an ongoing colour trade mark infringement case. Florence Verhoestraete, Tanguy de Haan and Philippe Péters are the key contacts.

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Tanguy de Haan- a brilliant IP litigator who combines superb legal knowledge with a commercial perspective‘.

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Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

With a strong Benelux presence, NautaDutilh's corproate and finance practice handles a range of domestic and cross-border corporate and commercial transactions. It counts energy, real estate and fast moving consumer goods sectors amounts its sector specialisms, and, with its ability to leverage its strong IP team, is a popular choice for life sciences, healthcare and technology clients. Didier De Vliegher is particularly well-known for real estate sector transactions, while Elke Janssens is active in the private equity and life sciences sectors. Other names to note include Dirk Van Gerven, who combines corporate and finance expertise, and Philippine De Wolf, who advises start-ups, SMEs and large corporates on transactions. The group was further strengthened with the arrival of Philippe Remels, who joined from Linklaters in late 2018 and is frequently instructed by clients in the healthcare, life sciences, chemicals and energy sectors.

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Colruyt Group

ENGIE Electrabel


FNG Group



Johnson & Johnson




Buy Way

Vanbreda Risk & Benefits


Environment Tier 2

NautaDutilh covers the environmental arena in Belgium extensively, with its practice being active in all three of the Flemish, Walloon and Brussels Capital regions. A name to note is senior counsel Patrick Peeters, who undertakes a mix of advisory work and litigation, and is particularly knowledgeable about soil contamination, environmental permits and waste management. He has been advising Umicore on various matters, including the end-of-waste criteria under the Waste Framework Directive and the Flemish implementing legislation. Ancillary to his environmental law expertise, Peeters is also knowledgeable about energy and zoning law. His recent work included representing Fluxys in various proceedings initiated by municipal authorities and private individuals over building and environmental permits for the construction and operation of high-pressure natural gas pipelines in the Flemish and Walloon regions. In January 2019, Jens Mosselmans joined from Portico.

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Belgian Shell



Visser Transport

EU regulatory: Financial services Tier 2

Anne Fontaine's practice at NautaDutilh counts central securities depositories (CSD) and securities settlement systems as key strengths, although the group is well versed across the full range of financial regulation work, with a focus on advisory matters. Associate Pierre De Pauw is recommended.

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ABN Amro

Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences Tier 2

NautaDutilh's life sciences practice acts for a range of global companies, start-ups and spin-offs, professional associations and universities active across the pharmaceuticals, biotech, medical devices and health food sectors. The multidisciplinary team is jointly led by Florence Verhoestraete, who handles a range of transactional and contentious patent, trade secret, trade mark and unfair competition matters; and corporate partner Elke Janssens. Jens Mosselmans recently re-joined the firm from public law boutique Portico and focuses on public procurement issues and public contracts, while Christel Brion left the practice to Deloitte Legal.


They have a pragmatic, no-nonsense approach, they are very flexible and not too expensive.’

Down to earth individuals. I never have the feeling that there is something I cannot ask.’

Corporate partner Philippe Remels is very competent, knowledgeable and responsive; he is experienced in handling complex cross-border transactions.

Real estate and construction Tier 2

NautaDutilh's 'solution-driven' team has 'excellent legal knowledge and experience in real estate and construction business'. PPP mandates, high-value transactions, lease matters and contentious real estate instructions have been included in the group's recent workload. The 'professional and experienced' Didier De Vliegher heads up the practice.

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Belfius Bank


AG Real Estate

Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 3

NautaDutilh's excellent reputation sees it work closely with international law firms on cross-border matters, as well as acting for a diverse portfolio of Belgian, Benelux and international clients on a standalone basis. The finance practice, which is led by Thibault Willlems, demonstrates strong capabilities in areas such as acquisition/leveraged finance, asset-based lending (including real estate and receivables finance), structured finance and securitisations. Willems has a particularly first-rate reputation in PPP projects and project finance, and has featured in nearly all major PPP projects in Belgium in the last decade. A recent highlight involved acting for KBC Bank and ING Belgium as the lenders on the €50m financing of an all-weather terminal at the ArcelorMittal site in the Port of Ghent. The firm also advised ENGIE Electrabel as a sponsor/shareholder on the corporate and finance aspects of the Seamade offshore wind project. Nicolas de Crombrugghe and Elke Janssens jointly head up the capital markets practice, which assists issuers (such as biotech companies and Belgian REITs) and underwriters with debt and equity transactions. Senior associates Nathalie Van Landuyt and Lorraine Drubbel are also recommended, as is Philippe Remels, who was hired from Linklaters in November 2018.


The team is really hands-on and involved, and very solution-driven, but also firm on its view of things. It has good strategic insights, which are complemented by excellent sector knowledge and experience

Nicolas de Crombrugghe always makes himself available when needed (and is not too present when not needed). He is an excellent negotiator, thinks strategically and in the wider interest of the client

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AG Insurance

AG Heylen Warehouses


Bank of America

Bausch & Lomb

Bayerische Landesbank

BNP Paribas Fortis

BNY Mellon


Cooperatieve Rabobank U.A.

Deutsche Bank


Eoly Cooperation



Goldman Sachs






PNC Bank


Schoeller Allibert


Wells Fargo

Employment Tier 3

At NautaDutilh, the 'pragmatic' group is assisting Groupe PSA with transferring all the pension plans of Opel Belgium's employees from General Motor's pension fund to a new pension vehicle, following the client's takeover of Opel Belgium. Department head Philippe François garners praise for his 'ability to understand clients' needs and provide practical solutions'. Thierry Duquesne is a key contact.

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Good lawyers, good people, good advices and business orientated‘.

Philippe François and Thierry Duquesne are seasoned employment partners used to dealing with high profile international clients‘.

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Groupe PSA

The Body Shop






Industry focus: energy Tier 3

NautaDutilh's energy and utilities sector practice group advises its impressive client roster, which includes ENGIE Electrabel, Fluxys and FEBEG, on regulatory issues, corporate transactions and project finance work. Senior counsel Patrick Peeters heads up the practice and has a breadth of experience across regulatory and public law matters. Other names to note include Nicolas de Crombrugghe and Thibault Willlems for corporate and financing instructions respectively.

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ENGIE Electrabel

Direct Energie





Private equity Tier 3

NautaDutilh's private equity team assists its client roster of private equity and venture capital investors, which includes Bain Capital, Black Rock and Apollo Global Management, with a range of transactions including buyouts, public-to-private transactions, exits via IPOs or trade sales and fund structuring matters. The group also assists the management of investment targets, and recently advised Imcyse and its shareholders on a series B financing round. Elke Janssens, who acted for FNG on its acquisition of Ellos Group from Nordic Capital, leads the team, which was strengthened by the arrival of Philippe Remels from Linklaters in late 2018.

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Apollo Global Management


Bain Capital Private Equity

Bencis Capital Partners


Black Rock

Elliott Advisors







Smile Invest

TA Associates



Bay Grove Capital

Tax Tier 4

NautaDutilh has increased its headcount at associate level to handle a growing volume of tax work from new and existing clients. Daan Verhaegen, who recently joined from Greenyard, is one of the names to note. The tax team works alongside various other departments across the firm and is sought out in its own right to provide standalone advice.  The scope of its work includes cross-border transactions and international tax structuring, assistance with applying for tax rulings, management incentive plans, VAT and registration tax, and tax litigation. Team head Ken Lioen and Verhaegen advise American insurance company Travelers on the tax aspects of various insurance policies. Also notable is that Lioen and Verhaegen recently assisted Confinimmo with the tax issues connected with the acquisition of 15 nursing and care homes in Belgium.

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Ken Lioen is responsive and an excellent tax lawyer

Ken Lioen is available, has a strong technical skillset and demonstrates deep & qualitative analysis

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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 places particular emphasis on combining expertise in those practice areas which are relevant to clients’ business with an understanding of the underlying industries, and their strategic and economic drivers. This approach defines NautaDutilh’s organisation with its dedicated teams for particular sectors, including financial institutions, real estate, investment funds, private equity, life sciences, healthcare and energy and utilities. These teams are all multidisciplinary, combining deep sector knowledge with the highest level of legal expertise.

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: NautaDutilh is characterised by its significant banking and finance, corporate and M&A, and dispute resolution capabilities, strengthened by extensive other practice areas including competition, employment and pensions, insurance, taxation, real estate and infrastructure.

Banking and finance: NautaDutilh fields the largest acquisition finance, structured finance and general bank lending team in the Benelux region, advising on complex, one-off financing arrangements as well as on mainstream financing arrangements, both on behalf of issuers and debtors. In addition, NautaDutilh advises on derivatives, financial services and regulatory matters to almost every major domestic or international bank, financial institution and regulatory body with interests in the Benelux region.

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 significant public M&A capability having advised on almost all transactions involving competing public offers for companies listed in the Netherlands. The team also advises on the buying and selling of domestic and international private companies and businesses. A specific area of expertise is supporting private equity transactions. The corporate team also provides a broad range of advice on corporate and commercial matters with particular emphasis on corporate governance, reorganisations and international joint ventures.

Dispute resolution: NautaDutilh handles a broad range of litigation and arbitration relating to securities, transactions, insolvency and restructuring, officers’ and directors’ liability, insurance, IP, employment, regulatory, fiscal and administrative law related issues and commercial cases. This focus enables the firm to maintain the only true stand-alone arbitration team in the Benelux market. The firm is a leading player in class actions, having acted in the ground-breaking Converium case.

Intellectual property: NautaDutilh specialises in patent and trade mark litigation, but also enjoys considerable expertise in the areas of copyright, designs, and neighbouring and database rights, as well as advertising and domain name disputes.

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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate M&A Dirk Van Gerven +32 2 566 8114
Corporate M&A Elke Janssens +32 2 566 8150
Corporate M&A Philippe Remels +32 2 566 8152
Corporate M&A Maxime Colle +32 2 566 8202
Public & Regulatory Patrick Peeters +32 2 566 8346
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
Banking & Finance Philippine De Wolf +32 2 566 8188
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
Intellectual Property Christel Brion +32 2 566 8440
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
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Stan Brijs  photo Mr Stan Brijs 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
Mrs Elke Janssens  photo Mrs Elke Janssens Partner
Mr Jens Mosselmans  photo Mr Jens Mosselmans Local Partner
Mr Patrick Peeters  photo Mr Patrick Peeters Senior Counsel
 Philippe Péters photo Philippe Péters Partner
Mr Dirk Van Gerven  photo Mr Dirk Van Gerven Managing Partner and Partner
Mrs Florence Verhoestraete  photo Mrs Florence Verhoestraete 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 : 65
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 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.    

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 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.

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.