Ann Blaton is counsel in our banking & finance practice. She is based in our London office where she is heading the firm’s Luxembourg Desk, promoting NautaDutilh’s cross-border services to and consolidating key relationships with London-based clients.
Ann has extensive experience in banking & finance law with a focus on cross-border leverage finance (including acquisition finance, asset-based finance and real estate finance), syndicated lending and project finance (PPP), advising on a wide range of international finance transactions in which she represents global financial institutions, banks and international corporates. She also assists clients on all kinds of financial and regulatory matters including capital markets, securitization, financial products and listing regulations.
Prior to joining NautaDutilh’s Brussels’ office (2004) and subsequently our Luxembourg office (2011), Ann practiced for several years at two magic circle law firms in Brussels. She was seconded to Slaughter and May LLP in London in 2007 where she worked in the project finance team. Between March 2010 and June 2011, Ann completed a secondment as senior legal consultant at the European Investment Bank in Luxembourg where she was responsible for legal matters in a variety of projects (project finance, corporate loans, SME loans, restructuring...) in various jurisdictions (Belgium, the Netherlands, France, UK and Baltic Sea States).
Ann obtained her law degree from the Ghent University (Belgium) in 1999. In 2000, she obtained 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 articles and gives presentations (including for the International Project Finance Association - IPFA) on various (cross-border) legal topics. She is a member of the IFLR Woman in Business Law Group.
Ann is recommended by Legal 500 in various of its editions, such as in its 2017 edition where she is described as being "pragmatic and experienced".
Ann was admitted to the Brussels' Bar in 2000 and is a member of the Luxembourg Bar since 2011.
Ann is fluent in English, French and Dutch. She has reading knowledge of German and Italian.