Mr Oliver Stevens > Stibbe > Brussels, Belgium > Lawyer Profile


Work Department

Insurance and Reinsurance, Litigation and Dispute Resolution




Oliver Stevens specialises in litigation, insolvency law, seizure law, and execution law.
Oliver advises banks, large companies and insurance companies on litigation in the fields of contract law, security interests, banking law, insurance law, and standard commercial agreements. He also specialises in insolvency, seizure, and execution law.


Dutch, French, English, German


  • Graduated in Law from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (1995)
  • Diploma of specialised studies (DES) in Economic Law from the Université libre de Bruxelles (1997)
  • Admitted to the Brussels Bar in 1997
  • With the Brussels office of Stibbe since 1999
  • Part-time assistant at the Institute for the Law of Obligations (Instituut voor Verbintenissenrecht) of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (2000–2005)

Lawyer Rankings

Belgium > Insurance

Stibbe‘s multi-disciplinary offering benefits from ‘a lot of expertise‘ in life and non-life, property and group insurance matters, as well as in strategic reinsurance advice. Department head and disputes specialist Oliver Stevens is ‘very experienced and knows how to deal with large companies‘, while clients also recognise associate Sophie Bourgois as ‘a strong professional delivering high-quality work‘, particularly in relation to major property, liability and credit losses. Corporate experts Jan Peeters and Pascal Vanden Borre extend the practice’s scope to cover acquisitions, insurer and reinsurer sales, and portfolio transfers.

Belgium > Insolvency and restructuring

Clients describe Stibbe as ‘leaders at what they do‘, with further praise for the ‘commercial and pragmatic solutions‘ on offer from Oliver Stevens and Paul Van der Putten‘s team, which fields experts from the separate corporate, restructuring, labour and tax practices. Work typically includes advising banks and leasing companies during periods of financial distress. Counsel Pieter Wouters ‘punches above his weight on cross-border matters‘ and ‘understands the bigger picture‘, often when handling litigation. All named lawyers are also instructed as liquidators in domestic dissolutions.

Belgium > Dispute resolution

Hans Van Bavel leads the team at Stibbe, which garners praise for its ‘solid expertise in handling international arbitration and litigation‘. Financial disputes are a core area of strength for the group, which is also adept at representing clients in commercial, corporate, insolvency and construction litigation, among other areas. Key names in the practice include ‘quick thinkerNicolas Résimont and Oliver Stevens, who is very experienced in handling contentious financial and insurance work. Paul Van der Putten excels in insolvency litigation. Counsel Sophie Bourgois is ‘a strong litigator and arbitrator‘.