Mrs Florence Verhoestraete > NautaDutilh > Brussels, Belgium > Lawyer Profile


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Intellectual Property, Litigation & Arbitration




Florence Verhoestraete has practiced IP law since 1994, with a focus on patents, trademarks and unfair competition. She represents clients in the food, consumer goods and life-sciences sectors. She advises on and litigates in relation to intellectual property, contractual and regulatory issues. She is an active member of the firm’s multidisciplinary Life Sciences group.

Florence has published a number of articles on selected topics in the field of IP law and is a regular speaker at seminars.

She joined NautaDutilh in 1994 and was named a partner in January 2004.


Dutch, French and English


Member of the Brussels Bar. She is a member of several international IP associations, i.e. the International Trademark Association (INTA), the Benelux Licensing Executive Society (LES) and Benelux Merken en Modellen vereniging (BMM), and currently serves on the BBM Bulletin’s editorial board.


Florence received her law degree from KU Leuven in 1992. She then studied intellectual property for one year in London and worked in the intellectual property department of Clifford Chance (London) for six months.

Lawyer Rankings

Belgium > Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences

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.

Belgium > Intellectual property

(Leading individuals)

Florence VerhoestraeteNautaDutilh

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.