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Robby Houben

Baker McKenzie BV/SRL


Robby Houben is a counsel in the Corporate Finance Practice Group in the Antwerp office. He joined Baker McKenzie in 2013. Robby is also a professor in company and sports law at the University of Antwerp. In addition, he regularly lectures abroad, e.g., at the universities of Zagreb, Prague and Madrid. He is the founder of the Pro League Business School, an executive program on professional football at the University of Antwerp. He was opening lecturer at the occasion of the opening of the judicial year 2022-2023 (Antwerp bar).

Practice Focus

Robby advises Belgian undertakings and foreign multinationals on all aspects of corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate restructurings. He also advises on sports law. He assists clients in the negotiation and drafting of all related agreements and documentation.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Advising Mastercard on matters of corporate governance.
  • Advising Mithra on matters of corporate governance.
  • Advising Galapagos on matters of corporate governance.
  • Advising the Belgian Pro League on its governance restructuring.
  • Advising Practimed on its governance restructuring.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Tijdschrift voor rechtspersoon en vennootschap/revue pratique des sociétés - Member (editorial board)
  • Bibliotheek Handelsrecht Larcier - Member (editorial board)
  • Algemene Praktische Rechtsverzameling (APR) - Member (editorial board)
  • European Banking Institute, Frankfurt - Member (academic board)
  • Belgian Centre of Company Law - Member and director


  • Antwerp~Belgium (2011)


  • University of Antwerp (PhD Law) (2010)
  • University of Antwerp (Law Degree, magna cum laude) (2005)


  • Dutch
  • English
  • French

Robby authored numerous (+ 140) national and international publications in legal reviews and books within the broad domain of company law, capital markets law and sports law. Among his authoritative publications feature:

  • Handbook Company Law, Intersentia, 2020, 975p
  • Research Handbook on the Law of Professional Football Clubs, Edward Elgar Publishing, 2023, 435p

Robby is a regular speaker at national and international conferences and supervises several PhD research projects in the domains of company law, capital markets law and sports law. He advised the European Parliament on various occasions.