Maarten Draye specializes in complex litigation and arbitration. A member of the Brussels Bar, he advises and represents clients before arbitral tribunals and state courts. He further acts as arbitrator and as secretary to arbitral tribunals.
His experience spans various fields and industries, including aviation, biochemistry, BITs, construction, distributorship & agency, fair trade practices, banking & finance, intellectual property, investments, joint ventures, post-mergers & acquisitions, real estate, sales & services, and telecommunication. He has been involved in arbitration proceedings with seat in different jurisdictions and under a variety of arbitration rules (ICC, LCIA, UNCITRAL, ICSID, SCC, SWISS, CEPANI, CRCICA and OHADA) as well as ad hoc.
Maarten regularly speaks and publishes on arbitration-related topics. He co-edited and authored the first comprehensive treatise in English on arbitration in Belgium (Arbitration in Belgium – A Practitioner’s Guide, Kluwer Law International, 2016). He teaches arbitration at the Brussels Bar School and has lectured on International Commercial Law and Dispute Resolution at ICHEC Brussels Management School.
Maarten was nominated as future leader in arbitration by Who’s Who Legal in both 2017 and 2018. Peers and clients refer to him as “a well-established counsel in international arbitration and an ‘outstanding young arbitrator'” (GAR, 25/5/2017), highlighting his “broad experience on both sides of the bench, as counsel, sole arbitrator and as secretary sitting with the greats of his firm” (WWL 2017).
In addition to his legal work, Maarten represents Belgium at the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR, acts as chairman of the Alumni and Friends of the School of International Arbitration at Queen Mary (AFSIA) and serves on the CEPANI40 Steering Committee. He is an active member of various organizations, including CEPANI, ICC YAF, YIAG and young ICCA.