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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

NautaDutilh serves as a one-stop shop to¬†Belgian, Benelux and international clients in their most challenging, business-critical matters. Its finance practice is led by¬†Thibaut Willems, whose experience includes acquisition finance, asset finance and corporate finance transactions. In 2017, Willems, and senior associates¬†Nathalie Van Landuyt¬†and¬†Lorraine Vercauteren, were part of a cross-office team which advised international retailer Hema and its subsidiaries on a ‚ā¨750m super-senior revolving credit facility/high-yield bond refinancing. The firm has a particularly strong reputation in real estate, project finance/PPP and energy-related finance transactions; in 2017, Willems and others assisted Engie Electrabel with project finance transactions connected with the development and construction of a series of onshore wind farms in Belgium. On the capital markets front, which is an area co-led by¬†Nicolas de Crombrugghe¬†and¬†Elke Janssens, the firm generates mandates from issuers and underwriters in debt and equity transactions. It has a particularly strong track record in Nasdaq IPOs involving biotech companies. Another cornerstone of the practice, which is led by¬†Anne Fontaine, involves advising Belgian and international clients on financial services regulation. Fontaine is knowledgeable about clearing and settlement matters, MiFID II, IDD and CRD IV, among other areas. She has been particularly active recently in advising UK-based clients on Brexit-related matters.

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Commercial, corporate and M&A

Within: Commercial, corporate and M&A

The 'efficient' and 'well-experienced' corporate and M&A practice at NautaDutilh¬†combines 'excellent knowledge with a very pragmatic way of working' and provides 'prompt and high-quality answers'.¬†A team led by Elke Janssens¬†‚ÄĒ who attracts praise for being 'quick to react' and offering 'clear advice' ‚ÄĒ and Dirk Van Gerven¬†advised Sanofi on the¬†‚ā¨3.9bn takeover of Ablynx. In another work highlight, the team acted for¬†General Electric Aviation on its acquisition of GeonX through a share deal.¬†Didier De Vliegher,¬†Nicolas de Crombrugghe¬†and Philippine De Wolf¬†are other key names to note. Changes to the team include the arrival of Philippe Remels¬†from Linklaters;¬†he has particular expertise in the life sciences, healthcare, chemicals and energy sectors.

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Real estate and construction

Within: Real estate and construction

Recent work for the team at NautaDutilh includes lease mandates, PPP matters, and high-value transactions. Key highlights include advising a real estate company on the granting of a 99-year lease for office buildings occupied by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Didier De Vliegher led on this matter. Nicolas de Crombrugghe is noted for his financial expertise.

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