Romain Sabatier

Portrait of Romain
Romain Sabatier is a partner with NautaDutilh and a member of the firm's Corporate team and Benelux Restructuring & Insolvency team. He provides corporate, securities and insolvency advice on financial restructuring matters, typically for hedge funds, private equity firms and financial institutions. His practice also includes traditional M&A work, usually involving medium-sized private companies.
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Romain has worked in numerous jurisdictions (Belgium, the Netherlands, France, England, the United States, Brazil).

Romain has extensive litigation experience before both the trial and appellate courts and handles domestic and cross-border cases, with a particular focus on security interest enforcements, complex shareholder disputes and matters involving acquisition and financing agreements.

  • Work highlights
    • ENGIE with legal advice on and assistance with the carve-out of its client solutions business and with preparations for the subsequent divestment thereof in Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg.
    • BenevolentAI on its definitive agreement for a business combination with Odyssey, a Euronext Amsterdam-listed SPAC.
    • Azenta on the acquisition of B Medical Systems' B Med.
    • Gamuda Berhad in connection with the implementation of an acquisition structure, including the establishment of a Luxembourg joint venture company.
    • An independent small-cap private equity firm with the acquisition of a leading German HR Tech software provider.
  • What others say
    • ‘Romain Sabatier is an outstanding lawyer in Luxembourg, he is not afraid of taking a hard line when needed and to be legally creative.’ (Legal 500, 2023)
    • ‘Romain Sabatier is bright, articulate and results focused.’ (Legal 500, 2023)
    • 'We have worked together for over 10 years. Very clear and thoughtful on law and practice in Luxembourg. A key and wide-ranging adviser.' (IFLR1000, 2022)
    • 'Insolvency Lawyer of the Year' (Lawyer Monthly, 2022)
  • Ancillary functions

    Romain has published various articles on cross-border insolvency issues, directors liability, joint ventures and the transfer of a company's registered office within the European Union. He is an active member of the International Bar Association (IBA) and INSOL Europe.

  • Qualifications

    Admission to the Bar

    Romain was admitted to the Brussels Bar in 2002 and to the Luxembourg Bar in 2007.


    Romain is fluent in English and French.


    Romain obtained his law degree from the University of Brussels (ULB) in 2002. He also holds a master’s degree in private law from the Aix-Marseille University (1997) and an LL.M. in US legal studies from the University of Connecticut School of Law (1999). Prior to joining NautaDutilh, Romain worked for another leading law firm in Paris and a Franco-Belgian firm in Brussels.

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