Mr Dirk Wellens > Laurius > Antwerp, Belgium > Lawyer Profile


Work Department

Corporate, M&A


Dirk Wellens is managing partner and founder of Laurius. With more than 25 years of experience in the legal profession, he has acquired particular expertise in all aspects of company law. (Inter)national takeovers and restructurings are his main focus. Dirk also assists clients with estate planning and complex inheritances, with a sharp eye and pragmatic advice.

Dirk Wellens does things differently. Rather than just doing things, he sits around the conference table as a sparring partner and guides clients with a 360° view. Preparing, closing and following up deals: Dirk is strong on strategy and aims for intelligent and intensive cooperation. Both with his clients and within the company team. The cross-over with lawyers from other fields of expertise – in-house, external and international – makes his legal advice very comprehensive and concrete.


Dirk was admitted to the Antwerp bar in 1997. He founded Laurius in 2006 together with Bert Luyten. Buyouts, mergers, joint ventures, asset transactions: as managing partner of Laurius, Dirk has successfully guided numerous business transactions.


Dutch, French & English


IBA (International Bar Association)


Dirk holds master’s degrees in Law (Antwerp) and Notary-public studies (Leuven).

Lawyer Rankings

Belgium > Commercial, corporate and M&A

The corporate practice at Laurius comprises a large roster of lawyers capable of advising Belgian and international clients on a wide range of mid-market M&A, spanning real estate transactions, private equity deals, carve-outs, and distressed acquisitions. The consortium of practice heads includes managing partner Dirk Wellens, who is noted for his restructuring and M&A expertise, David Ryckaert, who is an expert in corporate litigation and venture capital transactions, real estate and healthcare transaction specialist Christina Trappeniers, and private equity expert Caroline Wildemeersch.