Nicolaes is specialized in corporate and bankruptcy law. Next to being Globitas’ legal counsel, Nicolaes represents banks, multinational corporations, foreign office holders and other stakeholders in restructurings. Nicolaes completed his PhD thesis titled ‘Pre-insolvency proceedings, foundation and framework’ at the University of Groningen. Nicolaes is a Fellow of INSOL International and completed the Global Insolvency Practice Course of INSOL International in with honors. He is a member of professional organizations including INSOL International, the IBA and the ILA.