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Matthias Schelkens

Dispute Resolution Associate, Brussels

"I am a versatile litigator, assisting clients in their most challenging domestic and cross-border disputes. Focusing on corporate litigation and arbitration, business crime and insolvency litigation, I bring solid technical and advocacy skills, a strong commercial approach and absolute dedication to help clients achieve their strategic objectives."

Overview

Education and qualifications

Published works

Overview

Matthias is an associate in our Belgian dispute resolution practice. He was admitted to the Brussels Bar in 2016.

Matthias has considerable experience in a broad range of commercial litigation such as corporate and financial litigation (including post-acquisition claims and shareholder disputes), business crime, restructuring and insolvency, product liability cases and regulatory and internal investigations. Matthias frequently acts for financial institutions, private equity houses and industrials. He represents clients before all Belgian courts and acts as counsel in national and international arbitrations.

Matthias authored various articles on arbitration, corporate, insolvency, human rights, constitutional, EU and state aid law. He has also been an assistant lecturer in civil procedure at the University of Leuven.

Matthias obtained the certificate of cassation training in criminal matters. This allows him to represent clients before the Belgian Court of Cassation in criminal matters.

Education and qualifications

Matthias read law at the University of Leuven (Master of Law, magna cum laude), with an exchange year at King’s College London, and holds an LL.M from the London School of Economics. He also studied Corporate Finance (postgraduate, University of Leuven) and obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Music from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Brussels.

Published works

Matthias is the author of several national and international publications on a variety of subjects. Recent publications include:

  • “When in doubt… Over de interpretatie van share purchase agreements in geval van twijfel”, TRV-RPS 2019/1, pp. 67-72 [“When in doubt… On the interpretation of share purchase agreements in case of doubt” (note under Court of Cassation 6 September 2018)]
  • “Enkele bedenkingen over lopende overeenkomsten in het insolventierecht”, in H. Braeckmans, M.E. Storme et al. (eds.), Curatoren en vereffenaars: actuele ontwikkelingen IV, Antwerpen, Intersentia, 2017, pp. 211-240 [Some reflections on running contracts in insolvency law] (co-author)
  • “The Protection of the Sub Judice Principle by the European Court of Human Rights”, Public Law 2017, pp. 627-642