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Nicolas de Crombrugghe

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Banking & Finance, Corporate and M&A




Nicolas de Crombrugghe is a partner in the Corporate & Finance department and specialises in corporate/M&A, capital markets and stock exchange matters. He has many years of experience assisting corporates and financial institutions with all aspects of company law and securities law.

Nicolas joined NautaDutilh's Corporate & Finance group in 1999 and was named partner in 2014. In 2003, he was seconded to the London office of Slaughter and May.


French, Dutch and English


Member of the Brussels Bar


He received his law degree cum laude from the University of Leuven (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven) in 1998. In 1999, he received a post-graduate degree in international business law (LLM), with a focus on financial regulation and capital markets, from King’s College London. He was admitted to the Brussels Bar that same year.


Banking, finance and capital markets

Within: Banking, finance and capital markets

The highly rated team at NautaDutilh is active in domestic, Benelux and international transactions. Standout areas include project finance and financial regulation; in the latter field, Anne Fontaine is the key contact. Elke Janssens co-heads the capital markets practice alongside Nicolas de Crombrugghe; de Crombrugghe and Philippine De Wolf recently advised the underwriters on the Belgian and Dutch law aspects of the Nasdaq IPO by ArgenX. Thibaut Willems and Frédéric Heremans co-head the finance practice.

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Commercial, corporate and M&A

Within: Commercial, corporate and M&A

The ‘excellent’ department at NautaDutilh has an impressive track record in public and private M&A in the Benelux region. In one highlight, Nicolas de Crombrugghe advised France-based company Natixis on a proposed acquisition of Belgian fintech company Dalenys. The ‘very experiencedDirk Van Gervenalways adds value’ and is singled out for praise. Other key lawyers in the ‘very knowledgeable and responsive’ team are Elke Janssens and Philippine De Wolf, who was appointed local partner in 2017.

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Real estate and construction

Within: Real estate and construction

Didier De Vliegher heads the real estate group at NautaDutilh, which ‘delivers a first-class service’. Its cross-practice approach sees it teaming up with colleagues specialised in finance, capital markets, urban planning and environmental law. In 2017, it advised Midcore on the divestment of buildings from its Markland portfolio, which had been acquired in 2016 in a transaction which the team also advised on. Nicolas de Crombrugghe is also noted.

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Belgium: Industry focus


Within: Energy

The ‘very responsive’ team at NautaDutilh is particularly renowned in the renewable energy space. Patrick Peeters heads the department and has notable expertise in public law, environmental law and dispute resolution. Corporate lawyers Nicolas de Crombrugghe and Dirk Van Gerven are active in energy M&A.

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