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


Work Department

Insurance and Reinsurance, Litigation and Dispute Resolution




Oliver Stevens has over 25 years of experience in complex and cross border litigation.

Oliver has a solid track-record in representing financial institutions, public authorities, infrastructure operators and other large corporations before courts and arbitral tribunals.  He advises and assists these clients in the fields of contracts and torts, banking and finance, insurance, corporate, and insolvency law.Over the years, Oliver has also acquired an extensive experience in defending investor mass claims and follow-on competition damages claims. He leads the insurance and reinsurance litigation team, which gained substantial market recognition in its handling of important insurance claims in various fields (terrorism, property, professional indemnity, credit insurance, financial lines, etc.). He obtained a registration as Collaborative Lawyer, which entitles him to conduct collaborative negotiations.


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

(Leading individuals)

Oliver Stevens  – Stibbe

The far-reaching practice at Stibbe incorporates expertise in insurance litigation and arbitration, employee benefits and corporate and M&A work. Other areas of strength for the unit include advising of the financial regulatory aspects of the insurance sector, tax mandates, and insurance issues arising from major infrastructure projects and public contracts. Oliver Stevens heads up the ‘very knowledgeable’ team; his longstanding experience in the space includes dealing with financial lines insurance, property insurance and litigation concerning the mis-selling of life insurance schemes. Corporate and capital markets expert Jan Peeters frequently advises on transactional work in the sector, and Marc Fyon has amassed considerable experience in corporate finance work. Complementary pensions expert Jan Proesmans and accredited mediator Sophie Bourgois are further recommended.

Belgium > Dispute resolution

(Leading individuals)

Oliver Stevens


Stibbe is the ‘go-to firm for international arbitration in Brussels‘, acting on the full range of disputes in civil and criminal courts. The full-service expertise of the department, along with its collaboration with the IP, TMT, finance, and competition practices at the firm, allows it to represent a number of high-profile clients in complex cases. The white-collar crime practice is also a key element of the team, with money laundering, fraud, sanctions, and extradition all areas of expertise. Hans Van Bavel sits at the helm of the practice, specialising in company-related criminal law. Also of note are ‘very tough litigatorOliver Stevens, Nicolas Résimont, whose advocacy is ‘both persuasive and instils confidence in clients and tribunals alike’, and Sophie Bourgois, who is ‘meticulous‘ with expertise across international disputes, insurance claims, and private and public international law.

Belgium > Insolvency and restructuring

Stibbe is home to experienced insolvency litigators who are regularly appointed to act as administrators and liquidators in the context of voluntary post-bankruptcy dissolutions, though the team is also capable of representing creditors as well as debtors in asset recovery proceedings and criminal liability claims. Distressed bond and asset transactions are a further area of of focus for the team, which is led by cross-border insolvency litigation specialist Oliver Stevens. Further key contacts include Paul Van der Putten and Pieter Wouters, who are both experienced liquidators and act across a wide range of insolvency proceedings.