Firm Profile > Cresco Advocaten > Antwerp, Belgium

Cresco Advocaten

Industry focus: IT and telecoms Tier 3

The ICT practice at Cresco Advocaten is highlighted particularly for its representation of start-ups and scale-ups. Newtec is a key client, for which the department has assisted with technology agreements, including for the sale of its main satellite navigation system. The group also has strength in contentious matters and represented in the negotiation and settlement of a trade mark and trade name dispute. Managing partner David Dessers advised the same client on the set-up of strategic and commercial fintech partnerships between major Belgian and international financial institutions and technology companies. Frédérique Joos left the practice to establish technology and innovation focused firm Skeel.

Real estate and construction Tier 3

Real estate transactional work and litigation are key areas of expertise for Cresco Advocaten's team, which represents a client base predominantly made up of hotels, retail, and food and beverage entities. Filip De Schouwer advises Percassi on a range of retail lease agreements in the Benelux region. Tessa Gijbels, dispute resolution specialist Natalie Lemense and senior associate Steven Daems are also noted.

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 4

Cresco Advocaten 'has all the advantages of a young and dynamic firm' with 'a clear focus and expertise in a niche market' combined with 'swift replies and nearly 24/7 availability'. Its 'mind-boggling' turnaround times suit its client roster of entrepreneurs, emerging and growth companies, and investors. The Antwerp-based corporate and M&A team is praised for 'always having the big picture in mind' and was instructed by Telenet and Magnitude 9.5 Ventures on the structuring and financing of a joint venture in the virtual reality entertainment sector. The 'very knowledgeable' David Dessers heads the practice, which also includes managing partner and 'real out-of-the-box thinker' Filip De Schouwer and Pieter Capiau, who is particularly active in the technology sector. Recently promoted partner Yannick Verrycke is also noted.

Dispute resolution Tier 4

Cresco Advocaten's 'solution-oriented' team is well known for its expertise in construction, corporate, insolvency and commercial disputes. Practice head Natalie Lemense is 'an exceptional litigator'.

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
Complex commercial agreements and partnering Tessa Gijbels
Intellectual property and innovation counselling David Dessers
Intellectual property and innovation counselling Pieter Capiau
Dispute resolution Natalie Lemense
Real estate Filip De Schouwer
Real estate Tessa Gijbels
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Pieter Capiau  photo Mr Pieter Capiau
Mr Filip De Schouwer  photo Mr Filip De Schouwer
Mr David Dessers  photo Mr David Dessers
Mrs Tessa Gijbels  photo Mrs Tessa Gijbels
Mrs Natalie Lemense  photo Mrs Natalie Lemense
Number of lawyers : 20