Thibault Verbiest

An attorney in Paris and Brussels since 1993, Thibault Verbiest founded Ulys, a law firm dedicated to new technologies. He was notably able to develop a renowned expertise in legislation pertaining to payments and e-money, gaming and other regulated online activities.


Between 2000 and 2004, he was the chairman of I’Observatoire des droits de I’intemet, an organisation tasked with advising the Belgian federal government on its policymaking approach towards the internet.  In 2013, he founded two fintechs, including Payservices. Until 2015, he was also partner of investment bank Largillière Finance, which specializes in Fintech M&A.


ln 2015,  he joined the law firm de Gaulle Fleurance as a partner to create the fintech, blockchain and cryptocurrency practice, which has, since then earned a solid reputation before moving to DS avocats in September

2017 to create the first Pole entirely dedicated to Fintech, Digital Banking and Crypto-finance.


He is also the co-author of several books, including the first book on blockchain in French and the seminal piece ‘Fintech et Droit”. He regularly contributes to the public debate on blockchain authoring articles and as speaker at fintech-focused events.

Diane Richebourg


With a strong background in commercial litigation, Diane Richebourg joined the Banking and Finance department of DS Avocats in June 2018. She advises and litigates in both French and English in various areas of banking and financial law, especially Fintech, blockchain and crypto-finance. 

Bernard Teze


Bernard Teze graduated from HEC business school, has two LLMs in Public and Private law. He advises on M&A, JVs, LBOs and restructuring operations specially in regulated sectors. Prior to joining DS Avocats, ha was partner for 7 years in a leading American law firm based in Paris. He has also spent 4 years in Japan and advised on acquisitions in China, Russia, Brazil and India. 

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