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Hannes specialises in all aspects of intellectual property law, IT, advertising law, market practices, distribution and gambling law.

He is an experienced litigator, who regularly represents clients in commercial disputes before Belgian and European courts, as well as administrative bodies (such as EUIPO and BOIP).

Hannes advises both SMEs and multinationals and assists them in drafting commercial agreements, including licensing, distribution, software and research agreements.

In addition to his membership in various professional organisations such as BMM and LES, Hannes regularly publishes articles in the context of his specializations and is an editorial board member of IE-Forum.be.

Hannes is a teaching assistant in the Intellectual Property Department of Ghent University.

Professional Experience

Counsel – AContrario.Law

(2021 - present)

Senior Associate – Pierstone

(2018 – 2021)

(Junior) Associate – NautaDutilh

(2012– 2018)

Skills and Certi­fica­tions

CEPANI Recognised Third Party Decider in domain name disputes

Master in intellectual property law (KU Leuven)

Master of Law (UGent)


Complex IP, IT and commercial litigation | Distribution and gaming | Patents | Trade secrets | Trademarks and copyright | Unfair trade practices | Competition law | E-commerce | Advertising law


Health care, Biotechnology, Life sciences | Information Technology | Start-Ups | Retail - Consumer Goods