Mrs Sophie Jacmain > NautaDutilh > Brussels, Belgium > Lawyer Profile


Work Department

Litigation & Arbitration, Restructuring & Insolvency




Sophie Jacmain specialises in litigation, in particular corporate, real estate and general commercial litigation.

Sophie is a highly regarded expert in restructuring and insolvency law. She has published several articles on various aspects of restructuring and insolvency proceedings and the structuring of collateral and has taught in these areas at the University of Brussels (ULB). She has also served as a trustee in bankruptcy and is often invited to speak at seminars.

Thanks to her experience and skills, Sophie is able to offer corporate clients and banks (e.g. BNP Paribas Fortis, ING, Aareal Bank, KBC, Electrabel, etc.) top-notch advice and support in relation to general commercial issues, litigation and insolvency-related files. She has also developed strong ties in these areas with private equity funds such as Cobepa, Chequers Capital, the Alpha funds and major Belgian companies including the Artexis Group, Easyfairs Group, Cofinimmo, JCDecaux, etc.


French, Dutch and English


Member of the Brussels Bar.

Lawyer Rankings

Belgium > Dispute resolution

(Leading individuals)

Sophie JacmainNautaDutilh

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.

Belgium > Insolvency and restructuring

(Leading individuals)

Sophie JacmainNautaDutilh

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‘.

Belgium > Private equity

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.