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Firm Profile

Cresco Advocaten

Firm Profile


  • Profile
  • Lange Kievitstraat 118-120
  • Antwerp
  • Antwerp
  • Belgium
  • 2018
  • Tel: +32 3 206 75 10
  • Fax: +32 3 206 75 11
  • Email: Contact Us

Firm profile submitted by Cresco Advocaten

Managing Partners: David Dessers, Filip De Schouwer
Number of partners: 5
Number of lawyers: 20
Languages: Dutch, English, French, German, Spanish

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.

Mergers & Acquisitions:
Cresco’s M&A practice covers i.a. private equity, information technology, clean tech, life sciences, hospitality, real estate and infrastructure.
■Projective and its shareholders in Diebold-Nixdorf acquisition
■Amplidata and its shareholders in Western Digital acquisition
■Engagor and its shareholders in Clarabridge acquisition
■Aminolabs and its shareholders in Waterland Private Equity acquisition
■Management of AR Metallizing in Nissha Europe acquistion
■Russo in the sale of its industrial painting activities in the port of Antwerp
■Autogrill in the sale and purchase of hotel to Group GL
■Atalian in cross border merger operation
Key Clients: Amplidata, Bieze Food Group, Atalian, Steigenberger, Gimv, PMV, Fortino, Autogrill, Think2Act, Russo
Contact: David Dessers Tel: + 32 3 206 7520
Email: [email protected]
Contact: Filip De Schouwer Tel: + 32 3 206 7517
Email: [email protected]

Venture Capital & Private Equity:
Cresco has market-leading capabilities in private equity and venture capital matters including fund formation, capital raisings, (regulatory) compliance, and investments and divestments of portfolio companies.
■Formation and fundraising of various funds (inc. Hummingbird Ventures, Smartfin Capital, Fortino Capital, Xpand and Volta Ventures) in excess of USD 350m.
■Represented these funds in numerous investments and divestments, including Deliveroo, Real Impact Analytics, Showpad, Taxibeat, Kraken, Elder, Tritto, MenaClick, Souqalmal, Amplidata, Engagor, Clear2Pay and Digitouch
Key Clients: Intel Capital, Endeavour Vision, SmartFin Capital, Hummingbird Ventures, Capital-E, Fortino, Gimv, PMV, Volta Ventures, PE Group, Think2Act, Mountain CleanTech, Endeit
Contact: David Dessers Tel: + 32 3 206 7520
Email: [email protected]
Contact: Pieter Capiau Tel: + 32 3 206 7515
Email: [email protected]

Entrepreneur & Executive Counseling - Emerging & Growth Companies Practice:
Cresco represents entrepreneurs, start-ups, emerging and growth companies, on their plans and ideas, fundraisings and organising their day-to-day business.
■Investor consortium in its EUR 60 million seed investment in miDiagnostics
■NGData, a big data analytics company, in its USD 10m Series B funding round led by IDInvest
■Sentiance, an ambient intelligence company, in its USD 5m strategic funding round led by Samsung
Key Clients: Amplidata, MarkaVIP, Itineris, Engagor, NGData, Sentiance
Contact: David Dessers Tel: + 32 3 206 7520
Email: [email protected]
Contact: Pieter Capiau Tel: + 32 3 206 7515
Email: [email protected]

Complex Commercial Agreements & Partnering:
Cresco advises on a large variety of agreements ranging from typical “run-of-the-mill” agreements to highly complex and sophisticated commercial and partnering agreements.
■Autogrill with respect to general commercial agreements on motorways, railway stations and airports
■Steigenberger in a variety of day-to-day matters and complex commercial agreements
■Primetals Technologies, with regard to commercial contracting for iron and steel industries
■Eoluz in the negotiations of agreements for the installation and development of solar power plants
Key Clients: Autogrill, Hitec-UPS, Steigenberger, Primetal Technologies Belgium, Eoluz, Customs4trade
Contact: Filip De Schouwer Tel: + 32 3 206 7517
Email: [email protected]
Contact: Tessa Gijbels Tel: + 32 3 206 7521
Email: [email protected]

Intellectual Property & Innovation Counseling:
Cresco structures brand protection, corporate partnering and strategic alliance transactions, R&D deals and co-ownership agreements, group IP structuring and licensing arrangements, outsourcing arrangements and OEM agreements.
■Investor consortium in the negotiation of complex and sophisticated arrangements for IPR assignment and licensing, and milestone based R&D development by imec and Johns Hopkins University in relation to miDiagnostics
■Clear2Pay, Guard Square, Sentiance, Kraken, Twikit, Collibra and numerous other companies in the development of their IP strategies and the negotiation of complex license and integration agreements on a worldwide basis
■Various investment funds with the analysis of the IP portfolios of target companies
■Flemish government in IT agreement for private cloud and managed services
Key Clients: iMinds, Twikit, Connective, Flow, Collibra, Sentiance, Flemish government, Midiagnostics, Customs4trade
Contact: David Dessers Tel: + 32 3 206 7520
Email: [email protected]

Dispute Resolution:
Cresco has extensive experience in all aspects of corporate and commercial litigation and arbitration, regarding inter alia sale and purchase agreements, service agreements, technology and license contracts, company-management relationships, joint venture arrangements, shareholders’ disputes, and cross-border debt recovery.
■An international logistics service provider re a tort claim of a purchaser that aborted negotiations
■manufacturers and distributors on commercial disputes (e.g., claims of unsatisfied clients)
■shareholders and directors of SME’s on all matters of corporate litigation
■(former) shareholders and directors on post-acquisition claims
■shareholders pursuing forced exit of other shareholders
■real estate owners re property and lease disputes
Contact: Natalie Lemense Tel: +32 3 206 7523
Email: [email protected]

Real Estate:
Cresco offers a full range of legal services covering the key areas of real estate and property law, including property transactions, property finance, construction law and lease law.
��Autogrill in various real estate transactions in the Benelux, including concession agreements in airports and metro stations
■Eoluz in the acquisition of a warehouse and accompanying premises
■International retail developer with regard to a number of commercial lease agreements in Belgium and the Netherlands
■Martin’s Hotels in a real estate transaction regarding a hotel in a listed building on a historic site
■Kemim Europa in acquisitions of industrial real estate
Key Clients: Autogrill, Steigenberger, Eoluz, WPG Publishers, Martin’s Hotels
Contact: Filip De Schouwer Tel: + 32 3 206 7517
Email: [email protected]
Contact: Tessa Gijbels Tel: + 32 3 206 7521
Email: [email protected]


  • Lange Kievitstraat 118-120,
  • Antwerp,
  • Belgium
  • 2018
  • Tel +32 3 206 75 10
  • Fax +32 3 206 75 11
  • Email : [email protected]