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Gilles Leyssen

Gilles Leyssen

Lead Lawyer

Gilles Leyssen is a lawyer practicing in the Corporate M&A group of the firm. Gilles specialises in corporate law and focuses on domestic and cross-border private M&A, private equity and venture capital. He also regularly advises clients on reorganisations and general corporate law issues.

Areas of FocusCorporate
Professional QualificationsAdvocaat registered with the Nederlandse Orde van Advocaten bij de Balie te Brussel


  • Advising a utility company on a EUR2bn joint venture with a leading telecoms company for the roll-out of fibre-to-the-home in Flanders.
  • Advising a Belgian multinational in port logistics on the acquisition of domestic and international add-ons and day-to-day corporate matters.
  • Advising a Dutch private equity fund on the acquisition of a Belgian company specialising in medical logistics.
  • Advising an international technology group in relation to their global reorganisation and divisional breakdown including the coordination of the Benelux region.
  • Advising a Portuguese electric utilities company with the acquisition of a Belgian and Luxembourg group specialized in the installation of solar power plants.
  • Advising major Belgian cities and other public actors on the creation and structuring of private company forms for the operation of care centres.
  • Dutch
  • English
  • French
  • KU Leuven, Master in Corporate Law, 2022
  • KU Leuven, Master in Laws, 2017
  • University of Hasselt, Bachelor in Laws, 2015

Prior Experience

Prior to joining DLA Piper UK LLP, Gilles worked in the Corporate M&A department of an international law firm.

Memberships And Affiliations

  • Member of the Brussel Bar
  • Founder and board member of Road to Glory VZW/ASBL (non-profit association)