Recommended Firm

Banking, Finance and Capital Markets

Cresco Advocaten fields a team of ‘extremely dedicated, top-notch people’. The firm handles lending and borrowing transactions as well as banking and finance regulatory matters. Recently the group has been particularly busy with equity capital markets and equity finance work, especially fundraising for venture capital funds and venture equity financing for emerging and growth companies. Investment company Gimv and venture capital fund Hummingbird Ventures are key clients. Pieter Capiau, Filip De Schouwer and David Dessers are recommended.

Commercial, Corporate and M&A

Cresco Advocaten is widely regarded as ‘a top firm for entrepreneurs, start-up companies and investors’. The firm acted as key counsel to catering group Autogrill, assisting with corporate restructuring and litigation, and gained more than 80 new clients. The team includes ‘top-notch people who think outside the box’, among them the ‘extremely dedicated’ David Dessers, the ‘very supportive’ Tessa Gijbels and ‘efficient negotiator’ Pieter Capiau.

Industry Focus: IT and Telecom

Focusing on start-up companies, the ‘simply outstanding’ lawyers at Cresco Advocaten ‘have an eye for detail and are exceptionally tenacious’. The firm recently handled all technology agreements of Twikit. David Dessers and Pieter Capiau ‘have expert knowledge of ICT and digital technologies’.

Real Estate and Construction

Cresco Advocaten has specialisms in green energy projects and the hotel and food sectors, where Steigenberger and Autogrill are among its key clients. Publishing house WPG Uitgevers België was assisted with its participation in the creation of an entertainment park in Antwerp Central Station. Filip De Schouwer has strong negotiation skills and Tessa Gijbels has ‘a proactive attitude’.

Dispute Resolution

Natalie Lemense’s team at Cresco Advocaten ‘gets out-of-court settlements where possible, but also vigorously defends a company’s interests in litigation proceedings’. It represents Belgian and international companies across many sectors, with particular strengths in real estate and technology.