Where I come from.
After graduating in law from UCLouvain (1982), I have held management positions in leading international groups in their sectors of activity, including 20 years (1990-2009) as a director of various European subsidiaries of the Crédit Lyonnais Group (now the Crédit Agricole Group) and as Chairman of the Management Committee and of the Management Board of Belgian and French subsidiaries of the Deutsche Bank Group.
As an active investor, shareholder-partner and director in various companies under Belgian and foreign law, with activities in Europe, Asia and the Middle East, I have advised and managed groups and companies of various cultures and sizes, particularly in sectors as varied as banking and insurance, transport, distribution, digital marketing, food processing, real estate and the creative industry (2009-2018).
Together with other experts, I advised (2010-2012) the Belgian government in the supervision and recovery of the financial sector following the banking crisis.
Teaming up with renowned law firms, I am involved in major litigation and negotiate contracts of a commercial and strategic nature (M&A, Joint Ventures, fund raising, etc.).
Throughout my career, I have continued to train, notably at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania (20023). In particular, I specialised in negotiation and alternative dispute resolution (arbitration and mediation).
Since 2018, I have been a certified civil and commercial mediator, attorney and arbitrator. I am a member of bMEDIATION and CEPANI (Belgian Centre for Arbitration and Mediation). Since 1 June 2020, I have been a consular judge at the company court of Walloon Brabant.
French-speaking by birth, I speak and work fluently in English and Dutch.