Gain valuable insights

The Big Squeeze leverages on the knowledge and expertise of thought leaders & experts to deliver new insights and learnings that will speed up growth and encourage more collaboration.

Gain valuable insights

The Big Squeeze leverages on the knowledge and expertise of thought leaders & experts to deliver new insights and learnings that will speed up growth and encourage more collaboration.


Legal Insights Around Scaling Your Business Globally

A Workshop by DLA Piper


As a proud partner of the Big Squeeze, DLA Piper is excited to host a workshop for the Belgian and European scale-up community around scaling your business globally.

We will be sharing legal insights for businesses expanding cross-border.

Our partners will share short war stories based on past experience, including a practical do's and don'ts list, followed by an interactive workshop during which you can ask all your questions around scaling globally.

Legal issues covered will be of a corporate, tax, regulatory (financial regulatory, GDPR), tech and labor nature.


About DLA Piper

In Belgium, DLA Piper operates from two offices – Brussels and Antwerp.

Recognised among Belgian leading law firms with over 120 lawyers, we advise national and international companies, national governments and institutions across all areas of law and industry sectors. The Belgian offices are also known as the EU Regulatory Centre of Excellence and advise a portfolio of international and national clients on European issues.

We combine and integrate local strength with global reach and support local, regional and federal governments as well as international institutions and national and international companies, going from SME's to multinationals.

We consider the provision of services to be the delivery of legal, strategic and process related services using only the most talented legal professionals; not only for crucial (though less frequent) matters, but also for all other daily legal matters that are equally important. We are passionate about Client Relationship Management (CRM) and invest thousands of hours managing relationships with our clients. These efforts and investments have been recognised and DLA Piper Belgium was awarded 'Law Firm of the Year 2017' in Belgium at the Chambers & Partners Europe Awards, a year after being named 'Client Service Law Firm of the Year' in 2016. DLA Piper was also rewarded 'Best Law Firm of the Year 2017' by Trends Legal Awards.


Collaborative Scaling

A Workshop by Cresco

13:30- 15:00

In the typical Belgian B2B start-up and scale-up landscape, innovation requires the collaboration of growth companies with large corporates. 

The collaboration between growth companies and corporates can take many different forms, from non-equity to equity based interactions. Each model has a distinct partnering degree and unique characteristics.

Cresco has developed a Collaborative Scaling Framework categorizing various collaboration models along the following lines:

Non-Equity based Collaborative Scaling

  • procurement of goods and services
  • licensing arrangements
  • OEM licensing arrangements
  • Funded development arrangements
  • Co-development arrangements

Equity based Collaborative Scaling

  • Strategic minority equity investments
  • Spin-offs (academic or private)
  • Joint ventures
  • Corporate venturing vehicles
  • Partial or full acquisitions

This interactive workshop will be given by Cresco partners and primarily focuses on best practices for the co-development of solutions by growth companies and corporates and the making of strategic minority investments by corporates in growth companies.


About Cresco

Cresco is a premier business law firm serving the business and legal needs of entrepreneurs, emerging, growth and established companies, and investors. Cresco’s lawyers combine years of international legal experience with business expertise acquired through extensive in-house experience at leading companies active in a broad range of sectors and industries. Cresco is currently working with hundreds of entrepreneurs and their companies, as well as dozens of early and growth stage financial and corporate investors.

Cresco provides innovative legal services to its clients' strategic, operational, litigation and transactional needs, helping to solve fundamental business issues.

Cresco has market-leading capabilities and thorough experience in private equity and venture capital, emerging and growth companies, general corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property, technology and innovation counselling, entrepreneur and executive guidance, complex commercial agreements, real estate and dispute resolution, as well as in a large variety of operational legal, contractual and strategic matters.