Mr Hans Van Bavel > Stibbe > Brussels, Belgium > Lawyer Profile


Work Department

Litigation & Arbitration; Compliance and Sanctions, Corporate Fraud and Criminal Law, Dispute Resolution, Supreme Court




Hans Van Bavel specialises in all aspects of company-related criminal law. Having almost 30 years of trial experience, Hans represents companies and their directors in criminal matters before Belgian courts, including the Supreme Court and the European Court of Human Rights. He also pleads before civil courts, especially in matters that are at the junction between criminal and civil law. Moreover, he has substantial experience in cases relating to internal fraud and he regularly assists high-profile clients in sensitive and very confidential cybercrime matters.In addition to his client work, Hans has authored numerous articles on developments in white-collar crime and criminal procedure law. He is also a regular guest speaker at seminars and conferences. Hans is consistently ranked as a leading, tier 1 white-collar crime specialist by Chambers and Partners and the Legal 500.


Dutch, French, English, German


  • Member of the editorial staff of Tijdschrift voor Strafrecht
  • Member of the Order of Supreme Court Lawyers


  • Graduated in Law from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (1991)
  • Master of Laws (LL.M.) from the University of East Anglia School of Law, United Kingdom (1991)
  • Advanced master’s degree (DEA) in Civil and Commercial Obligations Law from the Paris Descartes University, Law School, France (1992)
  • Admitted to the Brussels Bar in 1993
  • With the Brussels office of Stibbe since 1993 (Partner since 2001)
  • Teacher in the programme of the Supreme Court Bar (how to handle an appeal for criminal matters before the Supreme Court)

Lawyer Rankings

Belgium > Fraud and white-collar crime

(Hall of Fame)

Hans Van BavelStibbe

Known for its strength across the whole gamut of fraud and white-collar criminal matters, Stibbe represents clients in high-profile disputes with particular expertise pertaining to anti-money laundering as well as cybercrime. The practice also works closely with the firm’s other groups such as tax and employment on complex multidisciplinary matters and acts for a number of multinational corporates and their executives. Hailed as ‘one of the best white-collar crime lawyers in Belgium’, Hans Van Bavel leads the team which also comprises anti-money laundering specialist David Verwaerde.

Belgium > Dispute resolution

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.