Recommended Firm

Banking, Finance and Capital Markets

Cresco’s team provides ‘legal advice that is practical and takes into account the business environment and goals’. It is well known for its work in the venture capital space, and acts as finance and capital markets counsel for fund managers, entrepreneurs and growth companies. Fintech is another area of expertise. David Dessers, Pieter Capiau and Yannick Verrycke are noted.

Commercial, Corporate and M&A

Cresco is a popular choice for start-ups, where it advises entrepreneurs, growth companies and investors on a range of corporate activities. The ‘extremely knowledgeable’ David Dessers and Pieter Capiau are ‘highly regarded and experienced’.

Industry Focus: IT and Telecom

Cresco provides ‘an excellent service’ and ‘knows the trends before they hit the market’. It is well known for its start-up practice and also advises venture capital funds and well-established companies. In recent work, David Dessers advised an Antwerp-based start-up on the licensing of its technology to a distributor in Asia. Pieter Capiau is also noted.

Real Estate and Construction

Cresco acts for investors, entrepreneurs, domestic and foreign companies and public institutions; clients highlight the team’s ‘availability, responsiveness and pro-activeness’ among its major strengths. Filip De Schouwer is currently advising Percassi on various retail lease agreements in the Benelux region. The firm is also recommended for real estate litigation; Natalie Lemense is a key contact for dispute resolution. Tessa Gijbels and senior associate Steven Daems receive praise.

Dispute Resolution

Cresco has strong experience in corporate, commercial, insolvency and real estate-related disputes. Natalie Lemense heads a practice that counts AXA Belgium, Schindler and Devlieghere Invest as clients.