Xavier Dieux is a partner in the Corporate & Financial Services Department and in the Litigation Department. His practice areas includes public offerings (including TOB), capital market operations and regulation, mergers & acquisitions, corporate governance and financial regulation, as well as litigation in all areas of financial, corporate, commercial and contract law. As to his litigation practice, Xavier is also frequently appointed as arbitrator with respect to international or domestic proceedings. He practices in French and in English.
Chambers Europe has ranked Xavier as a leading Corporate/M&A practitioner for the last 18 years.
Prior to joining Willkie as partner in 2002, Xavier was a partner at Dieux Geens Cornelis (1994-2001) and the firm Van Ryn and Partners (1986-1994).
Xavier serves as a (part time) Professor at the Faculty of Law of the Université Libre de Bruxelles where he served also as Dean of the Faculty from 1996 to 2000. He currently teaches Company Law, Financial Law and Art of Pleading in Economic Law, after having been in charge of the following courses: Contracts and Torts, Theory of Law and International State Contracts.
He is the author of two books, in the areas of Contracts and Torts (Le Respect Dû aux Anticipations Légitimes d’Autrui) and of Company Law (Corporate Governance, with Didier Willermain). He is also the author of numerous articles in all his areas of practicing and teaching. Some of them have been recently collected in a book: Droit, Morale et Marché).
Xavier is a member of the Corporate Governance Commission which devised the Belgian Corporate Governance Code for Listed Companies, designated as the Code of Reference by a Royal Decree dated of 6 June 2010. He is a Member of the Royal Academy of Belgium and Honorary Member of the Banking and Finance Commission.