Firm Profile > Cresco Advocaten > Antwerp, Belgium

Cresco Advocaten

Industry focus: IT and telecoms Tier 3

With 'great expertise in the start-up and scale-up fields', Antwerp-based boutique Cresco Advocaten advises technology sector companies, technology-enabled companies and venture capital funds on corporate, commercial, IP and contentious matters. The group's sector focus spans the ICT, cleantech, medtech and digital health industries. Corporate and venture capital expert David Dessers heads up the practice, which includes senior associate Olivier Van Raemdonck, who focuses on commercial transactions.

Practice head(s):

David Dessers


Cresco has a very professional way of working. They react swiftly to any questions and provide clear, transparent answers.

Cresco’s advice and work has only ever been exquisite, both in punctuality of delivery and in quality of materials. They have built a strong expertise in start-up & scale-up advisory.

Cresco’s team acts with a client-first mentality in terms of reachability and work prioritisation.

Cresco as a legal firm is very business-minded. Pragmatism and speed are key assets.

Senior associate Olivier van Raemdonck has a thorough knowledge of intellectual property rights.

David Dessers and senior associate Olivier Van Raemdonck offer great availability, even on the weekend or in the evening. They are solution-oriented and provide to the point and useful feedback.

Key clients

Elia – IO Energy

Bright Analytics


The Glue – TOCO







Wit-Gele Kruis West-Vlaanderen



Van In

Zoo van Antwerpen



Stepup Consulting

Real estate and construction Tier 3

At Cresco Advocaten, Filip De Schouwer leads a team which has established strength in acting for a client base of retail, food and beverage and hotel companies across a range of real estate litigation and transactional mandates. Key names include Natalie Lemense, who is noted for her expertise in dispute resolution; and senior associate Steven Daems, who is strong in corporate matters. Tessa Gijbels left the firm in February 2020.

Practice head(s):

Filip De Schouwer

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

The Belgian Government




Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 4

Antwerp-based business law boutique Cresco Advocaten specialises in assisting entrepreneurs, emerging companies and investors with transactions, and attracts praise for providing 'fast, no-nonsense' advice. The group has been particularly active in the technology, IT, biotech and data analytics sectors. Managing partner and 'great negotiator' David Dessers leads the team, which includes Pieter Capiau, who focuses on the technology arena, and Filip De Schouwer, who has particular experience in the hospitality sector.

Practice head(s):

David Dessers


Great negotiators, they skip the fluff.’

Key clients


Fortino Capital

V-Bio Ventures


Partech Ventures

Volta Ventures




Elia Group


Food Group Belgium



9.5 Magnitude Ventures

Vavato Group


Federal Belgian Government


Taste Invest

Mabo Lifting

Dispute resolution Tier 4

Natalie Lemense is the key name at Cresco Advocaten. The firm reports an uptick in IT litigation, and is also adept at handling corporate, commercial, construction and financial disputes.

Practice head(s):

Natalie Lemense

Key clients

Laser System Europe

AXA Belgium

IT Pro NV (Switch)

The firm: Cresco is a premier business law firm focused on providing business law advice and counsel to entrepreneurs, emerging, growth and established companies, and various types of investors, including private equity investors, venture capitalists and strategic corporate investors. The firm combines international legal know-how with business expertise acquired through extensive in-house experience at leading companies active in a broad range of sectors and industries.

Areas of practice: Mergers and acquisitions: Cresco’s M&A practice covers private equity, IT, clean tech, life sciences, hospitality and real estate. Recent experience: Projective in Diebold-Nixdorf acquisition, Amplidata in Western Digital acquisition, Enagagor in Clarabridge acquisition, Aminolabs in Waterland Private Equity acquisition, management of AR Metallizing in Nissha Europe acquisition and Autogrill in the sale and purchase of hotel to Group GL.

Venture capital and private equity: Cresco has market-leading capabilities in private equity and venture capital, including fund formation, capital raisings, compliance, and investments and divestments of portfolio companies. Recent experience: formation and fundraising of various funds (including Hummingbird Ventures, Smartfin Capital, Fortino Capital, Xpand and Volta Ventures) in excess of $350m. Represented these funds in numerous investments and divestments, incuding Deliveroo, Real Impact Analytics, Showpad, Taxibeat, MenaClick, Souqalmal, Amplidata, Engagor, Clear2Pay and Digitouch.

Entrepreneur and executive counselling – emerging and growth companies practice: emerging and growth companies practice: Cresco represents entrepreneurs, start-ups, emerging and growth companies on their plans and fundraising and organising their day-to-day business. Recent experience: Investor consortium in its €60m seed investment in miDiagnostics, NGData, a big data analytics company, in its $10m Series B funding round led by IDInvest.

Complex commercial agreements and partnering: Cresco advises on a large variety of agreements ranging from typical ‘run-of-the-mill’ agreements to highly complex commercial and partnering agreements. Recent experience: Autogrill with respect to commercial agreements on motorways, railway stations and airports, Steigenberger in a variety of day-to-day matters and Primetals Technologies in commercial contracting for iron and steel industries.

Intellectual property rights and innovation counselling: Cresco structures brand protection, corporate partnering and strategic alliance transactions, R&D deals and co-ownership agreements, group IP structuring and licensing agreements and outsourcing arrangements. Recent experience: investor consortium in the negotiation for sophisticated arrangements for IPR assignment and licensing, and milestone-based R&D development by imec and John Hopkins University in relation to miDiagnostics, Clear2Pay, Guard Square, Sentiance, Kraken, Twikit, Collibra and others in the development of their IP strategies and the negotiation of complex licences, Flemish government in IT agreement for private cloud and managed services.

Dispute resolution: Cresco has extensive experience in all aspects of corporate and commercial litigation and arbitration, regarding sale and purchase agreements, service agreements, technology contracts, joint venture arrangements, shareholders’ disputes, and cross-border debt recovery. Recent experience: an international logistics service provider in a tort claim of a purchaser that aborted negotiations, manufacturers and distributors on commercial disputes and shareholders and directors on all matters of corporate litigation and post-acquisition claims.

Real estate: Cresco offers a full range of legal services covering the key areas of real estate law, including property transactions and finance, construction and lease law. Recent experience: Autogrill in various real estate transactions in the Benelux, including concession agreements in airports and stations, international retail developer in commercial lease agreements in the Benelux, Martin’s Hotels in a transaction in a hotel in a listed building on a historic site and Kemin in acquisitions of industrial real estate.

Department Name Email Telephone
General corporate and securities matters David Dessers
General corporate and securities matters Filip De Schouwer
Mergers and acquisitions David Dessers
Mergers and acquisitions Pieter Capiau
Venture capital and private equity David Dessers
Venture capital and private equity Pieter Capiau
Entrepreneur and executive counselling David Dessers
Entrepreneur and executive counselling Pieter Capiau
Emerging and growth companies David Dessers
Emerging and growth companies Pieter Capiau
Complex commercial agreements and partnering Filip De Schouwer
Intellectual property and innovation counselling David Dessers
Intellectual property and innovation counselling Pieter Capiau
Dispute resolution Natalie Lemense
Real estate Filip De Schouwer
Number of lawyers : 20