David Dessers is an experienced business lawyer with a strong focus on the technology sector.
David frequently assists entrepreneurs and companies in their business and fundraising activities, working with entrepreneurs and senior management during all stages of the private company lifecycle including start-up, seed funding, venture capital and debt financing, acquisitions and dispositions, as well as employment, equity incentive, contracting and intellectual property needs.
David represents venture capital and private equity funds, fund sponsors and limited partners in structuring the funds and raising capital, undertaking daily management and compliance activities, as well as structuring, negotiating and closing investments and divestments of portfolio companies.
David advises clients regularly with respect to complex commercial transactions designed to protect and maximize the value of technology assets, including technology licenses and acquisitions, research and development collaborations, and corporate partnering transactions.
David has given workshops and seminars at leading corporates on a wide variety of topics, including corporate partnering transactions and alliances. He is an active contributor and speaker at research institutions, incubators and accelerators, such as imec.istart, Scale-ups.eu, Co.Station, Netwerk Ondernemen, Watt Factory, And& Summit & Festival, Tech Tour, Euronext TechShare and Start It.
David is author of the business book “Innovate Collaborate. Grow!”, written for purposes of providing strategic guidance to entrepreneurs, corporates, investors and research institutions on how to structure mutually beneficial collaborations where all stakeholders can come out winning.
David is recommended as leading lawyer by Chambers Global, Chambers Europe, Legal500 and IFLR1000 for Corporate and M&A,Capital Markets, Private Equity and Information Technology.
Prior to being a partner at Cresco, David was partner of Ambos NBGO Advocaten (2010−2014), founding partner of Consilio Partners (2007−2009), an advisory firm specialized in assisting small and large companies in setting up their (family) governance and control structures.
Prior to Consilio David served as managing director at Fortis Intertrust Governance Advisory (2005−2007), as corporate legal counsel at Capco (1999−2005), an international technology company, and as associate corporate and financial law at Loeff Claeys Verbeke (currently Allen & Overy) (1996−1999).
He obtained his law degree at the universities of Antwerp and Leuven in Belgium.
He also holds an LLM from the universities of Oxford, Hamburg and Rotterdam.
"very pleasant, hands-on and creative" lawyer who "always finds a workaround."