Mr Filip De Schouwer > Cresco Advocaten > Antwerp, Belgium > Lawyer Profile

Cresco Advocaten

Work Department

Corporate, commercial contracting and real estate.


Filip is an experienced lawyer in the field of corporate law (including mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructurings), real estate and general commercial and contract law representing both local and international clients. Filip is one of Belgium’s leading lawyers in the hospitality sector, doing both domestic and international work for major hotel and catering groups.


Prior to being managing partner at Cresco, Filip was a partner at Ambos NBGO, and an associate at Linklaters and Allen & Overy.


Dutch, French and English.


Antwerp Bar.


Filip obtained his law degree at the Leuven University (KUL, 1998). Filip also participated in an exchange program at Northwestern University, Chicago (1997) and holds a Master of Laws (LLM) from Cambridge University, Trinity Hall (1999).

Lawyer Rankings

Belgium > Real estate and construction

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 Tessa Gijbels; Natalie Lemense, who is noted for her expertise in dispute resolution; and senior associate Steven Daems, who is strong in corporate matters.

Belgium > Commercial, corporate and M&A

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 negotiatorDavid 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.