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Hans Van Bavel

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Litigation & Arbitration - General Commercial.




The practice of Hans Van Bavel covers all aspects of company-related criminal law. Hans Van Bavel has assisted clients in different sectors such as diamond, banking, transport, petrochemical, insurance and telecommunications. He represents companies and their directors before Belgian courts including the Supreme Court (criminal matters) and before the European Court of Human Rights. He has significant experience in cases relating to internal fraud. In 2011, he passed the professional competence exam organized by the Order of Supreme Court Lawyers. He received an intensive four-year course, which is provided by members of the Supreme Court bar, incumbent magistrates and magistrates of the “parquet général” of the Supreme Court. Consequently, he can now stand for nomination by the King to become admitted to the Supreme Court. This is an honour, since the number of Supreme Court lawyers is limited to twenty in Belgium.


Dutch, French, English, German


Hans is member of the editorial staff of the Tijdschrift voor Strafrecht.


Hans is a graduate of the Law faculty of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (1991). He holds a master of Laws (LL.M.) from the University of East Anglia School of Law (1991) and a DEA en Droit des Obligations Civiles et Commerciales from the Université René Descartes Law School (Paris V) (1992)


Dispute resolution

Within: Dispute resolution

Hans Van Bavel's group at Stibbe handles a broad spread of work, including corporate and commercial, insolvency, and financial services disputes; cross-border cases are a key strength. Paul Van der Putten, Oliver Stevens and Nicolas Résimont are the names to note. Recent highlights include representing KBC Bank in a dispute regarding the recovery of credit facilities granted to Belgian diamond trader Exelco, which filed for bankruptcy protection in the US; the US proceedings were dismissed.

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Fraud and white-collar crime

Within: Leading individuals

Hans Van Bavel - Stibbe

Within: Fraud and white-collar crime

Stibbe reports an uptick in instructions involving cybercrime matters, and is well known for handling tax fraud, corruption, and money laundering cases, to name a few areas. Practice head Hans Van Bavel's 'in-depth knowledge of Belgian criminal procedural laws and regulations is outstanding'.

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Industry focus: IT and telecoms

Within: Industry focus: IT and telecoms

The TMT and IP departments at Stibbe handle a range of contentious and strategic matters in the IT and telecoms sector, and counts Microsoft-Skype, Lycamobile, Verizon and Google among its clients. A team, led by practice head Erik Valgaeren, is representing Anheuser-Busch InBev in a dispute relating to its data centre services outsourcing agreement with CapGemini. The team is regularly instructed in public sector IT projects and assisted Astrid with its procurement strategy for the renewal of the maintenance contract for its core telecoms and dispatching network. Hans Van Bavel is a name to note for cybercrime and compliance matters. Laurens Dauwe is now with Osborne Clarke.

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Within: Insurance

Stibbe's full-service capabilities and in-depth knowledge of the insurance market ensures that it attracts a strong flow of work from insurers, reinsurers, banks and other clients. Led by practice head Oliver Stevens, its team handles a wide range of matters, such as insurance sector M&A, insurance and reinsurance disputes, the launch of new insurance products, and regulatory advice. Stevens is leading a team - which includes Hans Van Bavel, and senior associates Elisabeth Baeyens, David Verwaerde and Sophie Bourgois - in the advice to Brussels Airport Company on all contractual and insurance matters arising from the terrorist attack at Brussels Airport in 2016. The team also undertakes a significant amount of work for reinsurer Monument Re; recent highlights include assisting the client with its separate acquisitions of ABN Amro Life Capital, the First A run-off portfolio and Aspecta Assurance International Luxembourg. Other clients include AXA Belgium, Belfius Bank, ING, Generali and AG Insurance. Jan Peeters has 'a solid grounding in the regulatory basics, and is also able to provide practical, creative advice in situations that are not clear-cut'; he is 'a wise lawyer to have working for you'. Jan Bogaert is another key figure.

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