Name: Denis Philippe
Firm Name: Philippe & Partners
Jurisdiction: Belgium
Practice Area: Arbitration Law

Telephone: + 32 2 250 39 98
Fax: + 32 2 250 39 81

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Professional Biography:

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Denis is one of the founding partners of Philippe & Partners. He has extensive experience in arbitration, banking and financial law, energy law, European law, insurance, torts and liabilities. He benefits from more than 30 years of professional experience in civil and commercial law and, more specifically, in drafting, reviewing and negotiating national and international contracts, as well as in transactions that include financing aspects.

From 1985 to 1998 Denis Philippe was partner at “Balon Buyle Maingain & Philippe” and from 1998 to 2000 he was partner at “Simonet, Kelder, Philippe, Domont, Lories & Mertens”. He is professor in banking and contract law at the University of Louvain and Paris and he is the author of various academic books, including a thesis on the change of circumstances in contract law and articles relating to privatisations. Denis has been appointed arbitrator by CEPANI and CCI and since 1960 he has been selected numerous times by the European Union to perform the function of expert for the implementation of European directives and for the approximation of legislation’s in Eastern European countries.

Denis Philippe is the current appointed arbitrator by the Arbitration Court of the Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce. He is also author of numerous publications on arbitration.

Practice Areas

  • Banking and financial law
  • Contracts and business relationships
  • Debt recovery
  • Energy
  • European, Chinese and competition law
  • Gaming and betting
  • Insurance and tort
  • Litigation, Arbitration & Mediation
  • Merger and acquisition, corporate and restructuring


  • Licence en Droit, Université catholique de Louvain, magna cum laude, 1976
  • DESS en Droit européen, Université d’Utrecht, magna cum laude, 1977
  • Licence en Sciences économiques, Université catholique de Louvain, magna cum laude, 1978
  • Docteur en droit, Université catholique de Louvain, summa cum laude, 1983


  • English
  • French
  • Dutch
  • German
  • Italian
  • Luxembourgish
  • Slovak
  • Spanish

Firm Description:

What motivates us?

We are convinced that priority must be given to innovation as a source of progress.

Our action is therefore guided by a core value, a value reflecting a lawyer’s social role: the success of your projects.

How do we work?

Above all, we seek to understand you and your business.

This is why we do not see a lawyer’s role solely as describing legal rules, but much more as coming up with pragmatic yet legally sound solutions tailored to ensure the successful realisation of your projects. As many of us have worked within your companies (outsourcing/outplacement), we understand “how you tick”.

Anticipating legal developments helps ensure the long-term accuracy of legal solutions. This is the reason why our firm is made up of specialised lawyers. It has very close links with the academic world, and a number of our lawyers take on teaching assignments in the main Belgian universities and certain European ones.

Our firm has branches in several countries and our lawyers are multilingual. We have also developed, over time, privileged partnerships with international lawyer networks sharing our humanist values, allowing us to support your projects throughout the world.

Our firm is completely independent, has a human size and is guided by an irreproachable professional ethic.

Attentive to the sound financial management of our firm, we offer particularly attractive fees.