Céline Masschelein obtained a Master's degree in Law at the University of Ghent in 1999 (magna cum laude) and also a Master's degree in Corporate Law at the KUB in 2005. Before joining Janson as a partner in March 2016, she was Counsel at Allen & Overy in the Litigation & Arbitration department.
Céline has a special focus on white collar crime (such as imputations of fraud, forgery, corruption, money laundering, bankruptcy offences) on the one hand and all forms of corporate litigation on the other hand (such as post-acquisition disputes and all possible disputes between (and liabilities of) shareholders, board directors, auditors and other corporate actors).
Céline has more than 20 years of experience in dealing with complex national and international disputes in both business and financial criminal law, with specific expertise in the interaction between the two areas.
She has already assisted several international and Belgian companies involved in both civil and criminal proceedings. Céline also works within the framework of arbitration and mediation procedures (ADR) and also advises clients preventively. Her broad procedural experience provides added value in drawing up contracts, avoiding disputes and actively working towards amicable settlements.
- Counsel to a Fortis bank employee (risk manager) involved as an indicted party in the criminal and civil proceedings following the collapse of Fortis
- Part of the team that represented SAirGroup in Belgian civil and criminal proceedings following the Sabena bankruptcy for almost fifteen years. The criminal investigation file consisted of 45,000 pages and led to a definitive acquittal of SAirGroup in 2015
- Treatment of a Belgian satellite file of Portuguese proceedings following the liquidation of a large Portuguese bank which ran into severe financing difficulties after the collapse of Lehman Brothers and the ensuing severe crisis in the financial markets
- Representative of a Dutch public art funding organisation which was the victim of fraud and embezzlement by its former CFO
- Advisor on the risk associated with an asset acquisition of a virtually bankrupt company by the target company (including risk associated with the potential nullity of the transaction/shareholders’ decision (abuse of majority), actio pauliana and claim for gross negligence of the trustee and potential criminal liability)
- Céline Masschelein advises clients on white-collar crime mandates, such as fraud and money laundering investigations. One interviewee notes that Masschelein has "a broad skill set and is a good communicator." - Chambers Europe 2021
- Financial disputes have been especially prominent in Janson’s recent caseload (…).. Practice head and 'top lawyer' Dominique Blommaert 'combines thorough knowledge and insight with a strong personality'; Cédric Alter and 'strong litigator' Céline Masschelein are key contacts- Legal 500 EMEA 2020
- Dispute Resolution - Next Generation Partner - Legal 500 EMEA 2017 - 2021
Languages: Dutch, French, English
- 03/2016 - …: Partner - Janson
- 1999 - 2016: Lawyer and Counsel - Allen & Overy
- 2005: Master in Corporate law, Katholieke Universiteit Brussel
- 1994 - 1999: Law degree, Universiteit Gent (magna cum laude)