Frederik De Leo

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Frederik De Leo specializes in dispute resolution, with a particular focus on insolvency, security rights, corporate disputes, and directors' liability. He also regularly assists debtors, creditors and potential buyers in restructuring, liquidation, and bankruptcy proceedings.
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  • Ancillary functions

    Frederik joined the Institute for Commercial and Insolvency Law (KU Leuven) in 2016 and is currently a visiting professor at the KU Leuven (where he teaches economic law). Previously, he was also a visiting professor at the UHasselt, where he taught insolvency law and property law. Frederik was a member of the three-member working group that advised the minister of Justice on the implementation of the European directive on restructuring and insolvency. That collaboration led to the enactment of the law of 7 June 2023 (which entered into force on 1 September 2023), resulting in a thoroughly reformed insolvency law.

    In addition, he is the author of numerous publications in company and insolvency law, recipient of the 2022 TPR Prize, editorial board member of the Tijdschrift voor Insolventie- en Beslagrecht and the Tijdschrift voor Belgisch Handelsrecht (section Insolvency), member of several professional associations (including INSOL Europe), and a frequently invited speaker at legal conferences and seminars.

  • What others say

    Frederik is listed as a key lawyer for restructuring and insolvency in the 2024 edition of The Legal 500. In addition, one of his clients commented as follows: "I worked mainly with Sophie Jacmain & Frederik De Leo, who are experts in their domain, well-organized, and nice personalities to work with."

  • Qualifications

    Frederik obtained his master's degree in law from the KU Leuven in 2016. He worked as a researcher (PhD assistant) at the Institute for Commercial and Insolvency Law (KU Leuven) from 2016 to 2020. In 2019, Frederik was a visiting fellow at the University of Oxford and the University of Amsterdam. In 2021, he obtained his PhD from the KU Leuven with a thesis describing a framework for good insolvency governance.

    He was admitted to the Brussels Bar in 2020. Before joining NautaDutilh in 2022, he spent 2 years working for another law firm in Brussels.

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