Ann Blaton is a counsel in our Banking & Finance practice and head of the Luxembourg Desk at the firm's London office, responsible for promoting the firm's cross-border services and consolidating key relationships with London-based clients.
Ann has extensive experience in banking and financial law, with a focus on cross-border leveraged finance (including acquisition, asset-based and real estate finance), syndicated lending and project finance (PPP). She represents global financial institutions, banks and international corporates in a wide range of international financial transactions and assists clients with the complete range of financial and regulatory matters, including in relation to capital markets, securitization, financial products and listing regulations.
Prior to joining NautaDutilh’s Brussels office (2004) and subsequently the Luxembourg office (2011), Ann practised for several years at two magic circle law firms in Brussels. In 2007, she was seconded to Slaughter and May's project finance team in London. From March 2010 to June 2011, Ann completed a secondment at the European Investment Bank in Luxembourg; as a senior legal consultant she advised on various types of transactions (project finance, corporate lending and SME loans, restructuring, etc.) in multiple jurisdictions (Belgium, the Netherlands, France, UK and the Baltic States).
Ann obtained her law degree from the University of Ghent (Belgium) in 1999. In 2000, she earned a postgraduate degree in International Business and Finance Law (LL.M.) from the University of London (Queen Mary & Westfield College), where she was awarded the Clive Schmitthoff Commercial Law Prize for International Trade Law.
Ann regularly publishes and gives presentations (including for IPFA, the International Project Finance Association) on selected legal topics. She is a member of the IFLR Woman in Business Law Group.
Ann is recommended by the Legal 500 which lists her as "extremely responsive and knowledgeable" in the area of Banking & Finance. Clients describe Ann as "practical, client-friendly and good at solving issues."
Ann was admitted to the Brussels Bar in 2000 and to the Luxembourg Bar in 2011. She is fluent in English, French and Dutch and has a reading knowledge of German and Italian.