Ms Sophie Bourgois > Stibbe > Brussels, Belgium > Lawyer Profile


Work Department

Insurance and Reinsurance, Litigation and Dispute Resolution




Sophie Bourgois focuses her practice mainly on four core areas: international dispute settlement, private international law, public international law, and insurance law. She regularly assists clients (including foreign States and international organisations) in court and arbitration proceedings (ICC, CEPANI, Ad Hoc arbitration, etc.), and in cross-border disputes. Sophie has also been called upon to act as secretary to arbitral tribunals and has recently been appointed as sole arbitrator. Furthermore, she has a strong interest in alternative dispute resolution processes and has been an accredited mediator since 2014. Sophie handles litigation matters in a broad variety of fields, including construction law, insurance and reinsurance law, M&A, contract and commercial law, etc. Besides her general litigation and arbitration practice, she advises on and handles cases involving questions regarding private and public international law, such as jurisdictional immunities, interpretation and application of treaties and conflict of laws. Finally, Sophie has a specific expertise in insurance law: she handles litigation and arbitration cases relating to major insurance losses (e.g. under property, liability and credit insurance, financial institution bonds, reinsurance contract) and advises on the distribution of insurance, contracts, and declaration of losses.


French, English, Dutch, Danish (intermediate level)


  • Master’s degree in Law from the Université catholique de Louvain (2009)
  • Master’s degree in International Dispute Settlement (MIDS), a joint programme of the University of Geneva and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID), Switzerland (2010)
  • Admitted to the Brussels Bar in 2010
  • With the Brussels office of Stibbe since 2010
  • Accredited mediator since 2014

Lawyer Rankings

Belgium > Insurance

(Rising stars)

Sophie BourgoisStibbe

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 > 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‘.