Associate Partner - A graduate in Law from UCLouvain (1982) Yves DELACOLLETTE has held senior positions in industry-leading international groups, including 20 years (1990-2009) as director of various European subsidiaries of the Crédit Lyonnais Group (currently Crédit Agricole Group) and as Chairman of the Management Board and Executive Board of the Belgian and French subsidiaries of the Deutsche Bank Group.
Active investor, shareholder and director in various companies under Belgian and foreign law, with their activities in Belgium, Europe, Asia and the Middle East, he has advised and managed groups and companies of all sizes, particularly in Belgium, France , Luxembourg and Switzerland in a diverse range of sectors, including banking and insurance, transport, distribution, digital marketing, agri-business, real estate and the creative industries (2009-2018).
In conjunction with other experts, he advised the Belgian government (2010-2012) with respect to the supervision and recovery of the financial sector following the banking crisis.
Teaming up with law firms, Yves DELACOLLETTE has been involved in major litigation and has negotiated numerous commercial and strategic contracts over the course of his career (M&A, joint ventures, fundraising, etc.).
He joined WATT Legal in October 2018 and brings his wealth of experience in the world of business to reinforce the firm’s already resolutely innovative approach, whose expertise is particularly recognized in the treatment of complex litigation and class actions.
Throughout his career, he has continuously advanced his education, amongst others, at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, specializing in negotiation and alternative dispute resolution (arbitration and mediation). Since 2018, Yves DELACOLLETTE has been a member of CEPANI (Belgian Center for Arbitration and Mediation) and is an accredited mediator of the Federal Mediation Commission (Belgium). Yves is an attorney at the Brussels Bar.
Francophone by birth, he also speaks and works fluently in English and Dutch.