"He has the knowledge and experience to be one of the next leaders in international arbitration"
"One of the foremost young arbitration practitioners in Belgium"
"At ease before Belgian courts and before tribunals worldwide"
"Maarten will be a big name in the next generation of international arbitration practitioners"
"He has expert knowledge of Belgian law"
Maarten Draye is a partner at Hanotiau & van den Berg in Brussels, specializing in litigation and arbitration.
He has built up a solid track record advising and representing clients before arbitral tribunals and state courts, including in proceedings for the enforcement and setting aside of arbitral awards. For nearly a decade, Maarten Draye has also sat as arbitrator, with experience as sole, presiding and party-appointed arbitrator as well as emergency arbitrator.
Maarten Draye has been involved in over 60 international arbitration proceedings governed by different substantive and procedural laws under a variety of arbitration rules (ICC, LCIA, UNCITRAL, ICSID, SCC, SWISS, CEPANI, CRCICA, Hamburg Chamber of Commerce and OHADA) as well as ad hoc. 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.
Maarten Draye regularly speaks and publishes on current arbitration-related topics, including the res judicata effect, setting aside and enforcement of arbitral awards; attachments; taking of evidence in arbitration; arbitrability; and procedural fraud. He lectures on arbitration at the Brussels Bar School and co-authored and -edited the leading English language treatise on Belgian arbitration law and practice (Arbitration in Belgium - A Practitioner’s Guide, Kluwer Law International, 2016). He is co-editor in chief of b-Arbitra, the Belgian review of arbitration. In the past, he has lectured on international commercial law and dispute resolution at ICHEC Brussels Management School.
In addition to his legal work, Maarten Draye represents CEPANI in UNCITRAL Working Group II on dispute settlement (Vienna/ New York) and Belgium at the ICC Commission on Arbitration & ADR. He also serves as chairman of the Alumni & Friends of the School of International Arbitration at Queen Mary (AFSIA) and is part of the CEPANI40 Steering Committee.
Maarten Draye has been ranked as a “future leader” in arbitration in Who’s Who Legal for several years and was recognized as a “rising star” in the category “best arbitrators” for Belgium (Leaders League 2020). Peers and clients refer to him as “one of the go-to people in Belgium for international commercial arbitration” and “a professional and true arbitration leader to watch” (WWL 2019) with “the knowledge and experience to be one of the next leaders in international arbitration” (WWL 2020). Maarten Draye further received praise for “his sharp legal mind, his pragmatic approach, his responsiveness and his punchy written submissions” (GAR, Sept 2019).
Maarten Draye is admitted to the Brussels Bar. He holds a Master of Laws (Lic. Jur.) (2004) and a Master in Management Economics (2005) from KU Leuven university (Belgium). He read for an LL.M. in International Business Law at Queen Mary, University of London (2006). He speaks Dutch, English and French and has a good knowledge of German.