The Brussels Office of Kennedys is headed by Dimitri de Bournonville. Dimitri has been admitted to practise in Belgium in 1995, after studies at Université Libre de Bruxelles (Licence en droit 1994, magna cum laude) and King’s College London (LLM 1995 in Commercial and Corporate Law). He worked as an attorney at the Brussels Bar (from 1995 to 2003) as one of the closest associates and (non-equity) partner of Xavier Dieux at Dieux & Partners and Willkie Farr & Gallagher, in Brussels and Paris. Dimitri was also a lecturer (assistant chargé d’exercices) at Université Libre de Bruxelles for the courses of Commercial Law and Introduction to Private Law, from 1997 to 2005.
Before joining the firm, Dimitri de Bournonville was the Legal & Insurance Director of the TNT Express Group at its head office in Amsterdam, heading a team of around 100 lawyers and insurance specialists worldwide, a function that he held from 2006 until the end of 2010. Before that, he was head of Legal and Insurance Affairs of TNT Express in Italy (2005–2006) and of TNT Global Operations in Liege (2003–2005).
Dimitri de Bournonville has extensive experience and knowledge in aircraft purchase, finance and operating leases and commercial transactions in relation to aircraft and aviation activities, cargo and passengers related. In addition, he assists airlines and other organisations in the aviation sector with regulatory matters, particularly in matters concerning the European Union. Dimitri possesses significant expertise in the general transportation, logistics and supply chain sectors and provides legal assistance as to all aspects of his clients' activities in these areas. He is listed as a Leading Individual in the aviation and transport sector in the 2017 and 2016 EMEA editions of The Legal 500.