Rik Servais
Aug 31, 2020 Partner

Rik is the Brussels based partner of the Venturis Consulting Group. He assists law firms and other legal service providers in achieving their strategic objectives, particularly through in-depth market analysis, strategic reviews (including strategic business planning), and the development and execution of growth strategies (including the onboarding of teams and mergers & acquisitions). Rik services clients in both the national and the international market segments in Belgium and beyond.

Profile & Professional background

Rik worked for more than 15 years as a public affairs specialist of which twelve years as an EU regulatory & government affairs expert at a large international law firm in Brussels – advising clients on all aspects of their relations with the law and policy-making institutions of the European Union. Working together with lawyer colleagues in different departments and different jurisdictions allowed him to gain an in-depth understanding of the functioning of a leading global legal service provider and the market(s) it operates in.

Partly as a result of his professional background, Rik is a strong believer of law firms assisting their clients during the (EU) legislative processes and therefore contributing to high quality law and policy-making. In this respect, he foresees an increasing presence of international lawyers and firms in Brussels – not only as a result of the pull effects of Brussels as a regulatory hub, but also because of the changing international landscape (e.g. the effects of Brexit).

In addition to his fee earning role, Rik has spent two years as a business development manager in Brussels – assisting the firm’s leadership in developing and executing BD strategies in Belgium and beyond. This resulted in a sharp eye for developments and tendencies in the legal market(s) and the impact they have on law firms and/or the individual departments and partners.

His experience as business development manager made him aware of the strategic importance of a well-functioning BD department and the role it can play in achieving the firm’s strategic objectives. In addition, as a result of having been both a fee earner and a member of the support staff, Rik understands the internal dynamics of a law firm and the importance of a well-oiled machinery in support of the fee earning activities.

Education & Memberships

Rik studied Law at the Maastricht University (NL). In addition, he holds a Master in European Integration and Development at the V.U.B. (University of Brussels).