Maarten Draye is credited with “expert understanding of Belgian law”, and “has the knowledge and experience to be one of the next leaders in international arbitration”.
Maarten Draye is a partner at Hanotiau & van den Berg in Brussels.
A member of the Brussels Bar, Mr Draye specialises in complex cross-border arbitration and litigation. He acts as counsel before arbitral tribunals and state courts and regularly sits as an arbitrator.
Mr Draye has been involved in arbitration proceedings under different applicable laws, seated in various jurisdictions, both ad hoc and under a variety of arbitration rules (ICC, LCIA, UNCITRAL, ICSID, SCC, SWISS, CEPANI, DIS, CRCICA and OHADA). He has experience as an emergency arbitrator and has served as confidentiality adviser on privileged documents.
Clients with high-profile arbitration-related litigation frequently entrust Mr Draye with setting-aside and enforcement proceedings before Belgian courts. In addition to arbitration-related matters, Mr Draye represents domestic and international clients in commercial litigation cases.
With experience spanning various fields and industries, Mr Draye’s expertise in dispute resolution covers aviation, biochemistry, construction, distributorship and agency, energy, fair trade practices, banking and finance, insurance, intellectual property, investments, joint ventures, post-M&A, real estate, sales and services, and telecommunications.
Mr Draye regularly speaks and publishes on current topics in the arbitration field, including arbitrability, enforcement of arbitration agreements, taking of evidence, setting-aside and enforcement of arbitral awards, allocation of costs, intra-corporate disputes, commercial arbitration involving state parties, multi-contract and multiparty arbitration, procedural time limits, due process paranoia and arbitral secretaries. He co-edited and co-authored the leading commentary in English on the 2013 Belgian Law on Arbitration (Arbitration in Belgium – A Practitioner's Guide, Kluwer Law International, 2016).
Mr Draye teaches arbitration at the Brussels Bar School and has lectured on international commercial law and dispute resolution at ICHEC Brussels Management School.
In addition to his legal and academic work, Mr Draye maintains active roles in professional networks and organisations. He represents Belgium at the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR and is a member of the LCIA and of CEPANI. He participates as observer for CEPANI in UNCITRAL working group II (dispute settlement). Mr Draye serves as chairman of Alumni and Friends of the School of International Arbitration at Queen Mary (AFSIA) as well as on the CEPANI40 steering committee. He is a member of various below-40 organisations, including ICC YAF, YIAG and Young ICCA.
Maarten Draye joined Hanotiau & van den Berg in 2007. He is a Master of Laws (Lic Jur) (2004) and has a master’s degree in management economics (2005) from KU Leuven university. He read for an LLM in international business law at Queen Mary, University of London (2006), where he was part of the team that won first prize overall and received honourable mentions for both memoranda at the 13th Willem C Vis Moot. He speaks Dutch, English and French, and has a good knowledge of German.
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), 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). Mr Draye further receives praise as “a well-established counsel in international arbitration and an ‘outstanding young arbitrator’” (GAR, May 2017).