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Corporate/M&A — Belgium


Allen & Overy LLP - Corporate/M&A Department

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Band 1

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Pierre-Olivier Mahieu
- 5 partners
- 19 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Market-leading M&A practice with an exceptional track record in the financial services, media and life sciences sectors. Supported by colleagues from strong teams in competition, IT, tax, banking and finance, IP, public law and real estate. Draws on the firm's outstanding international network to co-ordinate cross-border mandates. Recent new clients gains include Exmar and Goodman.

Strengths Clients describe Allen & Overy as "a firm that is very much solution-driven. It has a great network, being one of the pre-eminent global firms, but it is also very well connected locally."

Clients appreciate how "their advice is spot-on and they take clear views and give an opinion, which I appreciate; they stick out their neck and don't just give you the pros and cons and leave you to decide."

Work highlights Advised the various shareholders and investors of Omega Pharma on its EUR3.6 billion sale to Perrigo.

Acted for software provider Selligent on its sale to HGGC.

Significant clients Fagron, 3i Group, EQT, Waterland, De Vijver Media.

Notable practitioners

Dirk Meeus is well regarded for his expertise in transactions and has strong international experience. Clients say he is "a real deal-maker, always thinking of solutions, very creative, hands-on and pragmatic," and he recently advised Delta Lloyd on the EUR219 million sale of its Belgian banking business to Anbang Group.

Pierre-Olivier Mahieu has "very strong negotiation skills, is technically outstanding and very calm and serene," according to clients. He is experienced in handling M&A matters in the equity capital markets sector and recently advised Celyad on its USD100.1 million IPO and acquisition of OnCyte. He is also an expert on the Spanish market.

Wouter Van de Voorde has notable expertise in joint ventures and private placements. Clients place great value on his services and recommend him, while peers also acknowledge his strong practice. He has recently been active assisting private equity houses Bencis Capital Partners and GIMV with the sale of XBC to Flint Group.

Hans Kets is described by clients as "very helpful and very available, you can count on him to deliver a good job." He is experienced in acquisitions and disposals in both the public and private sectors and he recently advised Alychlo and Perennitas on the public-to-private transaction of Pairi Daiza.

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Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP - Corporate/M&A Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 1 counsel
- 20 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Successful US firm with a strong standing in the Belgian market, recognised for its involvement in complex, high-value M&A deals. Its broad client base includes blue-chip domestic and international corporates, private equity houses, financial institutions and public bodies, which benefit from its excellent international network.

Strengths Clients praise the firm's well-rounded service and say the lawyers are "highly qualified, dynamic, responsive, to the point, with a very positive attitude and anticipating your needs."

Clients also like the firm's holistic approach: "It is a truly 'one team' approach, with consistent high quality and a client-focused culture among team members."

Work highlights Advised Owens Corning on its EUR73 million acquisition of Ahlstrom's glass non-wovens and fabrics businesses.

Advised Ontex on its acquisition of Grupo Mabe, with an expected total value of EUR400 million.

Significant clients Ackermans & van Haaren, BNP Paribas Fortis, CVC Capital Partners, Electrabel, Umicore.

Notable practitioners

Jan Meyers, who has been regarded as a star in the market by sources for many years, offers notable expertise in M&A, corporate governance and joint ventures, particularly for financial institutions and public entities. He became a senior counsel in 2017 after retiring as a full-time partner, but continues to advise on matters such as corporate and M&A-related litigation and arbitration cases.

Laurent Legein is "great to work with and super smart," say clients. He focuses on transactions in the private equity sector, and recently assisted Anbang Group with its EUR219 million purchase of Delta Lloyd's Belgian subsidiary.

Laurent Ruzette is noted for his expertise in corporate matters, including restructuring and litigation for major financial institutions. He is also experienced in leveraged acquisition financing and privatisations and has strong knowledge of the energy sector.

Jacques Reding has extensive experience handling cross-border transactions, with a focus on joint ventures and corporate financing and restructuring in the IT, automotive, media and pharmaceutical sectors. He recently advised IMS Health on its EUR385 million acquisition of several Cegedim businesses.

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Linklaters - Corporate/M&A Department

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Band 1

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Paul Van Hooghten
- 5 partners
- 1 counsel
- 17 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Magic circle firm with an outstanding Belgian corporate team, boasting considerable expertise in cross-border M&A and corporate issues, with a notable focus on the pharmaceuticals, energy, automotive and financial sectors as well as in chemicals, where Solvay is a recent new client win. A well-resourced team able to draw on the expertise of colleagues in areas such as employment, litigation and tax. Has been heavily involved with major deals driven by the private equity market of late, on both the buy and sell sides of transactions.

Strengths Clients appreciate the firm's "hands-on, pragmatic style; they are approachable and work hard to defend our interests, as well as giving open and honest feedback."

Clients enthuse that "their services were spot-on, they helped us a lot. The reporting was good: it was what we wanted and was very much appreciated. They are very smart lawyers, responsive and hard-working."

Work highlights Advised SABMiller on its sale to Anheuser-Busch InBev, for in excess of USD100 billion.

Advised Solvay on its USD5.5 billion acquisition of Cytec.

Significant clients Ontex Group, Unilin, Elia, Fluxys, KBC Securities.

Notable practitioners

Jean-Pierre Blumberg is well regarded for his extensive experience in corporate restructuring and public and private M&A transactions, including equity offerings and joint ventures. He acted for Mohawk on its EUR1 billion acquisition of the IVC Group.

Paul Van Hooghten focuses particularly on private equity and public and private M&A transactions, advising on joint ventures, takeover bids and equity offerings. His clientele includes multinational corporates, financial institutions and private equity houses. He is described by clients as having "good responsiveness and he's direct and business-minded."

Eric Pottier handles a wide range of matters, including public and private M&A transactions and corporate litigation and restructuring. He is also an expert in private equity matters, and recently assisted Delhaize with its EUR26 billion merger with Ahold.

Arnaud Coibion has substantial experience in international M&A transactions, focusing on private equity and joint ventures. He recently advised on Solvay's USD5.5 billion acquisition of Cytec. Clients say he is "very fair, neutral and hands-on. He is always present to the client and always answers calls and is very friendly."

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Baker McKenzie - Corporate/M&A Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Koen Vanhaerents
- 4 partners
- 15 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Strong corporate offering with expertise encompassing M&A, private equity and capital markets transactions and corporate restructuring. Particularly strong client base within the life sciences, biotechnology and financial services sectors. Its huge international network and strong links to overseas offices facilitates work on complex, cross-border mandates. Recent work highlights have involved a diverse mixture of private equity deals, public offerings and M&A, including work with new clients such as TA Associates.

Strengths Clients appreciate the team's personal approach, saying: "You really feel like a core client to them. They give a very good service. They anticipate issues and are proactive rather than reactive."

Clients like that the "team are all very hard-working and stick to deadlines. They are also very approachable. I can pick up the phone and discuss things directly with them."

Work highlights Advised the Core Minority Group consortium on the sale of shares in Indaver to Katoen Natie International.

Advised Flint Group International on its acquisition of all outstanding shares in XBC from Bencis Capital Partners.

Significant clients Baloise, Nyrstar, Ergon Capital Partners, KBC Bank, MDxHealth.

Notable practitioners

Koen Vanhaerents has considerable experience in M&A and private equity transactions, including takeover bids. He was recently active advising KeBeK Private Equity on the sale of Quercus Scientific.

Dominique Maes is a "great lawyer, commercial but still a fighter; we would recommend him highly," clients say. He advises on M&A and private equity transactions as well as corporate restructurings, and he recently advised TA Associates on the EUR220 million sale of CMOSIS to AMS.

Roel Meers advises both domestic and foreign clients on public and private M&A transactions and capital markets matters such as security offerings and listings, including recently advising Biocartis Group on its EUR115 million IPO. Clients appreciate that "he is able to answer challenging technical questions on the spot and think strategically and commercially about potential issues, coming up with creative solutions or alternatives."

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Clifford Chance LLP - Corporate/M&A Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Niek De Pauw and Xavier Remy
- 2 partners
- 20 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for International team known for its extensive experience in high-value, cross-border mandates, with particular expertise in the energy and private equity sectors. Gained several new high-profile clients recently, including KBL European Private Bankers, Waterland and Gilde.

Strengths One client enthuses: "They do a terrific job. They know us very well, they get very close to the client. We find them very business-focused and friendly," before adding that "they are very responsive and practical in the advice they give and help navigate through issues."

Work highlights Advising key shareholders of Anheuser-Busch InBev on its acquisition of SABMiller, for in excess of USD100 billion.

Advised Fosun International on its unsolicited takeover bid for BHF Kleinwort Benson Group.

Significant clients Corialis, Chequers, Kingspan, PSA Antwerp, SABIC.

Notable practitioners

Xavier Remy specialises in transactions and corporate matters and is particularly known to be "very active in energy sector," according to sources. He recently assisted Eandis Assets, as seller's counsel, with its search for a new private partner, including regulatory issues related to an auction process.

Since publication, Philippe Hamer has retired from this practice.

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Eubelius - Corporate/M&A Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Marieke Wyckaert and Lars Van Bever
- 12 partners
- 30 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well-regarded domestic practice advising prestigious Belgian clients on a broad range of M&A transactions and corporate matters, including distressed M&A, joint ventures, venture capital, restructuring and litigation. A broad client base includes financial institutions, state-owned companies and corporate clients in the real estate, pharmaceutical and telecommunications industries.

Strengths Clients praise the firm's upcoming young talent: "It makes a dynamic team. From a responsiveness point of view, they're very good." The same source adds: "They will work round the clock when necessary - you can always count on them to get the job done when the chips are down."

Clients say they are "clearly at the top of their game, and good to work with. It's all very seamless and joined up."

Work highlights Assisted bpost with its acquisition of Lagardère Travel Retail's Belgian interests.

Advised BEVCO as a shareholder of SABMiller on the takeover bid for SABMiller by Anheuser-Busch InBev.

Significant clients SNCB Group, Elia System Operator, Warehouses De Pauw, UCB, Aedifica.

Notable practitioners

Marieke Wyckaert is noted for her expertise in corporate governance and securities matters and she also has substantial experience in mergers and takeover bids. Sources place her as a "really top lawyer for corporate advisory work." She recently advised Gilead Sciences on its USD425 million equity investment in Galapagos.

Matthias Wauters has wide-ranging expertise, including in public and private M&A, capital markets transactions and corporate restructuring and litigation. Clients describe him as "very reliable, you can count on him in difficult periods, he's very responsive. He can be pragmatic when the situation warrants it."

Lars Van Bever is an expert in private equity and venture capital transactions and also advises on securities offerings. He has particular knowledge of the real estate sector and recently assisted Xior Student Housing with its EUR87.8 million IPO.

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP - Corporate/M&A Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Vincent Macq
- 4 partners
- 26 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Large corporate team with a strong international network and well-integrated links with the firm's tax, competition, finance and capital markets practitioners. Strong client base of domestic and international corporates in the financial services, telecommunications and energy sectors, including recent new clients APG and Picanol.

Strengths Clients appreciate the firm's style: "It's entrepreneurial, commercial, hands-on, with a great network."

Clients like that the lawyers in the team are "experienced, responsive and available at short notice."

Work highlights Advised Telenet on its EUR1.325 billion acquisition of the BASE Group from Koninklijke KPN.

Advised Anheuser-Busch InBev on its takeover of SABMiller, valued in excess of USD100 billion.

Significant clients Liberty Global, Solvay, Tessenderlo Chemie, CPPIB.

Notable practitioners

Geert Verhoeven has a "very calm personality, which makes him count when he speaks," according to clients. He advises corporates, banks and private equity funds on corporate and capital markets transactions, such as IK Investment Partners' recent acquisitions of CID Lines and Salad Signature.

Deborah Janssens has extensive experience encompassing corporate finance, M&A and capital markets transactions. Clients say her "technical expertise and extreme client focus make her a very valuable and trusted adviser. She is proactive and very friendly."

Vincent Macq is a well-regarded corporate and M&A transactional lawyer who recently advised Anheuser-Busch InBev on its high-profile takeover of SABMiller. Sources say that "he should be praised for what he has achieved in the corporate market recently" and describe him as a "very strong lawyer."

Chris Sunt is well regarded for his work for financial institutions advising on regulatory and restructuring matters, and he recently oversaw the separation of Hewlett-Packard into two public companies.

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Stibbe - Corporate/M&A Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Stefan Odeurs
- 7 partners
- 20 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well-respected Benelux firm with expertise in transactions involving public bodies and regulated industries, as well as notable strength in private equity transactions, in which the firm has been frequently involved recently. Strongly integrated with the firm's tax, finance, employment and public law teams. Serves a mixture of domestic and international clients with several new panel and client wins among them during the last 12 months.

Strengths Clients laud the firm's overall service: "I have excellent experience with the whole team, in terms of technical aspects as well as service and communication."

Clients also enthuse that "it has a strong focus on deal-making and a smart, commercial view on negotiations."

Work highlights Assisted AMS AG with its EUR220 million acquisition of the CMOSIS Group from TA Associates.

Advised HNA Group on its EUR2.5 billion acquisition of Swissport Group from PAI Partners.

Significant clients Air Liquide, Concentra, E.ON, GE, GIMV.

Notable practitioners

Jan Peeters has "a strong network and an impressive legal background," say clients. He advises on a range of matters including venture capital and capital markets transactions, public and private M&A and corporate finance issues.

Stefan Odeurs is described by clients as "very knowledgeable and trustworthy" and is noted for his expertise in private equity deals, including his recent assistance to Sofindev with the creation, structuring and fund-raising of a new private equity fund.

Pascal Vanden Borre is a "savvy and experienced M&A lawyer with deep expertise of the transaction process. He is also very practical and solution-oriented and a creative negotiator," say clients. He advises on a range of issues including takeover bids and public offerings, joint ventures, corporate finance and M&A and capital markets transactions.

Dries Hommez has notable expertise in M&A and private equity transactions, with a particular focus on the real estate sector. He also advises on corporate finance matters, and recently assisted Investcorp Securities with its acquisition of SecureLink. He earns praise from sources for "leading a team in a big, important and difficult transaction recently."

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As a leading Benelux corporate law practice we handle a wide spectrum of corporate and transactional projects for both local and international clients, who we assist throughout the project.

Our partner-driven service provides an extensive list of areas of expertise to multinationals, financial institutions, public and private companies, start-ups, private equity funds as well as state owned enterprises. 

We act on a wide variety of matters including mergers and acquisitions of listed or private companies, securities law and governance issues, disposals and corporate restructurings, leveraged buyouts, joint ventures, takeover defences and venture-capital transactions.

As transactional work often requires expertise drawn from across the firm such as environment, competition, labour, finance, real estate and tax, our multidisciplinary teams work closely with colleagues from these areas, providing integrated and effective legal advice. 

Cross-border transactions are handled through a platform of local experts. We work in close partnership with these firms ensuring high quality advice in each jurisdiction and uniform service around the globe.

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Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick - Corporate/M&A Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Christel Van den Eynden
- 5 partners
- 19 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Strong choice for a broad range of transactional and corporate advisory mandates, with particular sector focus in aviation, financial services and insurance. Strong capabilities on cross-border deals thanks to its membership of the Lex Mundi network. Achieved several notable panel wins recently, adding to the firm's portfolio of Benelux and international clients.

Strengths Clients extol the firm's service, saying that "they understood requirements" and are "very good at turning documents around, advising us and helping us through. Their availability is also extremely good."

Clients acclaim the firm's deal-making abilities: "Without their dedication, expertise and credibility, this project would probably not have happened, so I was delighted."

Work highlights Assisted Nomad Holdings with its EUR2.6 billion acquisition of Iglo Foods Holdings.

Assisted Befimmo with its EUR140 million acquisition of the Gateway office building project from Codic and Immobel.

Significant clients Société Fédérale de Participations et d’Investissement, Macquarie Capital Group, Proximus, Sonaca, AG Real Estate.

Notable practitioners

Thierry Tilquin is described by clients as "very serious and responsive" and "highly specialised in acquisitions" with "complementary skills." He has substantial experience in corporate governance and restructuring, fund regulation, acquisitions and venture capital transactions.

Christel Van den Eynden specialises in cross-border M&A transactions and private equity investments. She is also noted for her work in PPP projects. Sources say she is a "very dedicated lawyer who will take her client's hand and lead them all the way to the solution. She also has a natural charm."

Damien Conem is "super dedicated to the client. He has a good mix between technical skills and a commercial mindset. He is a rising star in the market who really understands clients from a business perspective," say clients. He handles M&A and equity capital markets transactions as well as corporate restructurings, and recently advised Argos Soditic on its acquisition of 68.88% of B Logistics from SNCB. He also regularly acts on cross-border M&A transactions and equity capital markets matters involving the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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Loyens & Loeff - Corporate/M&A Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Grégoire Jakhian, Peter Callens and Stefaan Deckmyn
- 3 partners
- 18 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well-regarded Benelux practice which is highly integrated with the firm's exceptional tax and finance practices. Focuses on private equity, distressed M&A transactions and corporate litigation. Noted for expertise in the financial services, renewable energy and technology sectors. Attracted an impressive number of new clients recently, including Thomas Cook, Antin Infrastructure Partners and Groz Beckert.

Strengths Clients say the firm "has delivered quality work under strict deadlines and has been proactive in the project."

Clients also enthuse that "their work for us has always been precise, thorough, penetrating and of the highest calibre."

Work highlights Advised Alcatel-Lucent on the EUR15.6 billion public takeover bid for the company by Nokia.

Advised Altria Group on Belgian legal aspects of the public takeover offer of in excess of USD100 billion for SABMiller by Anheuser-Busch InBev.

Significant clients Alstom Belgium, Imax Corporation, Société Internationale de Télécommunications, Kion Group, Eurofiber.

Notable practitioners

Peter Callens is described by clients as a "very experienced and trusted adviser who works very well with other international firms on transactions and with our management team." He focuses on private equity and M&A transactions in the insurance, energy, manufacturing and healthcare sectors.

Grégoire Jakhian has considerable experience in cross-border M&A transactions and takeover bids, and also advises on corporate finance issues, particularly in the finance, aviation and energy sectors. Clients say he is "approachable, easy to work with and flexible."

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What our Corporate M&A practice is best known for:

           Our practice is one of the largest corporate law and M&A practices in Belgium,
and adequately handles the legal work for across the business spectrum in all corporate areas.

           We have a true multidisciplinary approach within the firm, covering a wide range of legal
areas, tax, finance and accounting, in local and cross-border transactions. 

           We offer the best of the two worlds: a strong global and local practice. We are a well-known independent player for major local and cross border transactions. Because of our excellent track records, the strong reputation of our team members and our multidisciplinary approach, we are a preferred Benelux partner
for top international clients.

           To an important extent, our practice also encompasses Private Equity transactions: we
regularly assist US, UK and Benelux Private Equity players, mainly in buy-outs.

           We have expertise in acquisitions out of distressed companies, as well as in M&A
transactions in a conflict situation and corporate litigation (including arbitration).

           Most members of our Corporate M&A practice have had a prior all-round legal
education and, in addition to significant experience in M&A deals, they have an invaluable exposure to corporate structuring, giving them exceptional technical expertise.

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NautaDutilh - Corporate/M&A Department

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Band 3

第三等

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Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Dirk Van Gerven
- 4 partners
- 2 counsel

What the team is known for Strong Benelux firm advising both domestic and international clients on a variety of private and public M&A transactions, capital markets matters and corporate restructuring and litigation. Maintains a strong client base in the energy and financial services sectors and recently celebrated a number of new hires within the team.

Strengths Clients appreciate the firm's qualities on many levels and profess to "find them very approachable and user-friendly. They come up with good, commercial legal advice. The lawyers are clearly very bright, and quick to respond and very helpful."

Work highlights Assisted Zenitel with the sale of the entire share capital of subsidiary Zenitel Caribbean to the Curacao Growth Fund.

Assisted KKR and Algonquin with the EUR48 million acquisition of the Radisson Blu and Park-Inn in Antwerp.

Notable practitioners

Dirk van Gerven advises clients on all aspects of corporate law, and has extensive experience in acquisitions and restructurings. He recently advised Sankyo Tateyama on its acquisition of the aluminium extrusion activities of the Aleris Group.

Elke Janssens handles public and private M&A transactions and corporate governance issues with a focus on the life sciences sector. Sources describe her as "a dynamic and successful young professional," with another saying she knows "how to advise us on what that law means in the context of the transaction and help it progress."

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ARGO LAW - Corporate/M&A Department

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Band 4

第四等

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Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Nico Goossens
- 3 partners
- 11 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Up-and-coming corporate boutique covering the full range of capital markets, M&A and private equity transactions. Frequently acts for private equity houses and banks, and recent new clients include Aedifica and Medialaan.

Strengths Clients appreciate the firm's dedication, saying that "in long and exhausting negotiations, they walk the extra mile for their client, but they never lose themselves in the details."

Clients praise the firm's cross-border capabilities: "They combine international experience with the flexibility of a local firm."

Work highlights Advised Saverco on its EUR255 million public takeover bid for all remaining shares in CMB.

Advised De Persgroep Publishing on its acquisition of several news and entertainment titles from Sanoma Media.

Significant clients Euronav, AAC, Ackermans & Van Haaren, Westvlees, Lanxess.

Notable practitioners

Nico Goossens is experienced in a range of corporate and M&A matters, including venture capital and private equity transactions, takeover bids and financial services regulation. Clients say he is "a bright lawyer with extensive experience in the M&A field, who combines expertise, patience and negotiation skills."

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contrast - Corporate/M&A Department

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Band 4

第四等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Bart Bellen and Frank Wijckmans
- 2 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Corporate boutique advising domestic and multinational clients on M&A transactions and corporate matters. An active and well-regarded player in the Belgian market which earns frequent high praise from clients for its approach and quality, leading to an increase in its ranking this year.

Strengths Clients like the firm's enthusiasm: "Their passion for the job is remarkable; each team member you meet has the same passion and this, combined with their knowledge of how to do their job, makes it easy and enjoyable to work with them."

Clients also enthuse that "they are practical, sharp, they know our business and are fast and to the point. They have a lot of experience. We are very pleased with their input and advice."

Notable practitioners

Bart Bellen has a "very pragmatic and extremely commercial approach which goes beyond the legal advice. He's a good negotiator and is very accessible and responsive," say clients. He advises multinational companies on a range of acquisitions and corporate finance matters.

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contrast has a team of experienced corporate, business and M&A lawyers, advising and representing domestic and international companies, private and publicly-held, in all aspects of their business dealings. 

The corporate and M&A practice includes: 

national and international mergers and acquisitions, corporate law, business and finance, joint ventures, direct investment, private equity, venture capital, buyouts, shareholders’ agreements, corporate restructurings, due diligence, corporate governance, director and auditor liability, unincorporated and uncommon company types, accounting law, board room counsel. Closely linked to the corporate and M&A practice, contrast offers business law support to its clients. 

Recent publications in the practice area of corporate and business law include 'Share Purchase Agreements - Belgian Law and Practice' (Intersentia) and the Belgian M&A Survey (Tijdschrift voor Rechtspersoon en Vennootschap).


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Jones Day - Corporate/M&A Department

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Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Thomas De Muynck
- 3 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Strong track record in transactions with an international element, particularly those involving Japanese companies. Active on cross-border private equity and venture capital transactions for a broad spectrum of corporate clients and financial institutions. Recent new clients include Alven Capital and Cardinal Health.

Strengths Clients like the firm's availability, saying they are "reachable - response times were always absolutely immediate. It was a very hands-on approach."

One client also describes them as "easy to work with, because they understand the language and concerns of business people."

Work highlights Advised Aleris on the sale of its aluminium extrusions business to Sankyo Tateyama.

Advised Barco on the USD175 million sale of its defence and aerospace division to Esterline Corporation.

Significant clients Bridgestone, Index Ventures, MasterCard, Platinum Equity, Procter & Gamble.

Notable practitioners

Luc Houben is "smart, solution-oriented, creatively looks for compromises and is very amicable," say clients. He has substantial experience in cross-border joint ventures, restructurings and acquisitions, particularly in the real estate sector.

Thomas De Muynck has particular expertise in advising Japanese multinationals investing in Europe and in Belgian venture capital transactions. Clients say he is "a real pleasure to deal with."

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Simont Braun - Corporate/M&A Department

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Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Sandrine Hirsch
- 5 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well known for its experience in M&A transactions involving regulated industries. Works closely with the firm's IP and IT teams on transactions with a technological aspect and is also noted for its work on corporate governance, capital markets regulations and private equity deals. Recently promoted Axel Maeterlinck as a new partner to the group.

Strengths Clients extol the firm's teamwork: "It's very good at working in a team together, and they are nice people to work with. We got excellent advice and a high quality of documents, and they always respect the deadlines."

One client succinctly describes them as "excellent - good advice, fast and accurate."

Work highlights Assisted Vente-Exclusive.com with the sale of a majority stake in it to Vente-Privee.com for approximately EUR30 million.

Acted for various Belgian shareholders of Anheuser-Busch InBev on its proposed acquisition of SABMiller.

Significant clients Solvay Group, CPH Banque, Mithra Pharmaceuticals, Rothschild, Financière de Tubize.

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Sandrine Hirsch has considerable experience in corporate governance issues, M&A and capital markets transactions. Sources appreciate her "superb technical knowledge and sharp analytical skills" and she has advised Solvac on a EUR450 million public rights issuance.

Paul Alain Foriers is "a truly superb legal mind," according to sources. He largely handles corporate litigation and capital markets transactions. He also advises on contentious issues.

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Strelia - Corporate/M&A Department

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Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Olivier Clevenbergh
- 4 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Corporate boutique which demonstrates a particular focus on the retail, food and financial services sectors. Continues to be active in handling M&A and corporate advisory work for both public and private companies. Offers additional strength in corporate litigation. Recent new client wins include EDF Group, Les Cinémas Gaumont Pathé and Accor Hotels.

Strengths Clients enthuse that the firm is "very accommodating when on a tight schedule to complete matters, and always willing to answer any queries we have on the advice given, no matter how trivial the questions are."

Clients also praise the team's efficiency, including "very fast response times, giving to-the-point, accurate and comprehensive advice."

Work highlights Advised the shareholders of the Finvex Group on the sale of shares in the company to Horus Group.

Assisted Euroscreen with a EUR16 million Series B fund-raising round.

Significant clients Carrefour, Keolis, Vesalius Biocapital, Sapa Group, Infopro Digital.

Notable practitioners

Olivier Clevenbergh is "an absolutely outstanding corporate lawyer and a very nice person as well," say sources. He primarily acts on private equity and M&A transactions as well as corporate governance issues and he recently advised ING on its acquisition of Qustomer.

Gisèle Rosselle has notable expertise in M&A, private equity and capital markets transactions and recently advised Parana Management on a capital increase and refinancing relating to Congra Software. Clients describe her as "very responsive and commercial."

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Van Bael & Bellis - Corporate/M&A Department

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Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Michel Bonne
- 2 partners
- 9 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Renowned competition and trade boutique which continues to gain visibility in M&A and private equity transactions, with strong cross-border capabilities, earning praise for its commitment and management of global transactions. Acts for a broad range of public and private companies including recent new clients such as Brussels Airlines and Duferco.

Strengths Clients appreciate the firm's advice: "The quality of the advice is great - we have been asking some complex questions and they have given clear and to-the-point advice and have been very proactive in providing alternative solutions."

Other qualities which impress clients include that "they really go the extra mile from the point of view of availability." The same source also says: "They were a great partner to have with us at the negotiation table."

Work highlights Assisted Nanjing Aotecar New Energy Technology with its EUR120 million acquisition of Air International Thermal Systems.

Assisted German private equity firm Franz Haniel & Cie with its controlled auction acquisition of Bekaert Textiles.

Significant clients Bidvest, Veiling Haspengouw, ZeroChaos, Capricorn Venture Partners, Tornier.

Notable practitioners

Michel Bonne advises clients on a range of M&A transactions, including private equity and venture capital matters, as well as on corporate issues. Clients "find it an absolute pleasure to work with him. He has a very pleasant personality, he is very approachable and available."

Since publication, Tom Swinnen has joined HVG Law

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ALTIUS - Corporate/M&A Department

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Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Carine Van Regenmortel
- 3 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Recognised practice noted for its work in both domestic and cross-border mid-cap corporate reorganisations and M&A transactions. Offers additional experience in litigation. Specific areas of expertise include private equity, telecoms and insurance. Recent new client gains include Samsung, Altice and Total.

Strengths Clients appreciate the firm's commitment and say it is "dedicated to clients, with intense involvement and speed of execution."

Work highlights Advised Indufin Capital Partners on its acquisition of a controlling stake in Veritas.

Advised Environmental Resources Management on its acquisition of ReachCentrum SPRL from CEFIC.

Significant clients CRH, HCL Technologies, Euler Hermes, Blackstone, Mapfre.

Notable practitioners

Carine Van Regenmortel, Jérôme Vermeylen and Tom Vantroyen all act as key contacts for clients and focus on corporate and M&A.

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Our corporate and M&A team provides services to a range of national and international corporate, financial institution, and private clients across a broad spectrum of corporate matters.

In addition to our (domestic and cross-border) M&A capability, our expertise encompasses corporate restructurings as well as corporate litigation. We are active in private equity deals. Relying on the firm's strong banking team, we are also well-positioned to assist in the structuring and documentation of the financing of acquisitions or projects.

Our co-operation with Tiberghien, the international tax law firm, has strengthened our ability to optimise transactions and restructurings from both a tax and legal perspective.

We offer a hands-on and personal service to our clients and help them to reach their objectives. We invest in understanding the business needs of our clients and make sure that their legal and commercial interests are protected in the best possible way.

Being very much aware of the importance of project management, we take pride in delivering on time, on budget, and with transparency.

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Ambos NBGO - Corporate/M&A Department

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Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Christina Trappeniers and Roel Nieuwdorp
- 6 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Esteemed corporate boutique with notable experience of corporate deals in the energy, biotechnology, finance and hospitality sectors. Covers a wide range of M&A transactions, including private equity, venture capital and commercial deals, working mainly with medium-sized to large Belgian companies. Recently expanded its senior team through the hire of Alexis Goeminne from ALTIUS as a new partner.

Work highlights Advised Senior Assist on its EUR186 million acquisition of 95% of shares in Silverstone from Cofinimmo.

Advised the shareholders in Lunch Garden on the sale of the company via auction to private equity fund Bregal Freshstream.

Significant clients KeBeK Private Equity, Euler Hermes, Graco, Temco, Turbowinds.

Notable practitioners

Senior partner Roel Nieuwdorp is noted for his expertise and experience in establishing acquisition structures for private equity investors and advising domestic and foreign listed companies on corporate issues.

Alexis Goeminne has considerable experience advising on M&A transactions, joint ventures and corporate reorganisations and is praised as a "very constructive lawyer" by sources. He recently assisted Voestalpine with its acquisition of the saw wire business of ArcelorMittal Bissen & Bettembourg.

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Ashurst - Corporate/M&A Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Carl Meyntjens
- 1 partner
- 7 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Regional corporate practice working closely with the firm's overseas offices on cross-border M&A and private equity transactions and corporate restructurings. Particularly active in the finance, energy and real estate sectors. Recently gained Effik as a new client.

Work highlights Advised Artichem on its acquisition of the share capital of Uniteq through a mixture of direct and indirect share purchases.

Significant clients Mitsubishi, ENGIE, AVEVA Group, LightSpeed POS, Xchanging.

Notable practitioners

Carl Meyntjens acts as overall head of the corporate department and is a key contact.

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Cresco Advocaten - Corporate/M&A Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: David Dessers, Filip de Schouwer and Pieter Capiau
- 4 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Boutique practice known best for its high-quality niche in venture capital transactions, particularly those involving start-ups and entrepreneurs, with a notable presence in the technology sector. Also handles general corporate transactions and M&A, and advises on corporate fund-raising projects for emerging and growth companies. Attracted an impressive base of new clients recently, including Be Mobile, Intel Capital and Silverfin.

Strengths Clients appreciate the team's "personal and very hands-on approach" and pinpoint the firm as a strong choice for entrepreneurs: "It is large enough to have different expertise but still small enough to be personal and entrepreneurial. They give confidence to founders and entrepreneurs."

It is also described as a "very strong team with the required technical knowledge and the right commercial feeling to help the client in closing transactions."

Work highlights Advised Amplidata and its shareholders on its sale to Western Digital.

Advised a consortium controlled by PMV on a EUR100 million investment in miDiagnostics.

Significant clients Autogrill, Sentiance, Aminolabs, Volta Ventures, Fortino Capital.

Notable practitioners

David Dessers is "an outstanding, experienced business lawyer who understands the deal and the deal tactics," says one client, while another highlights his "facilitating of constructive negotiations and efficient decision-making," adding that "his creative input contributes further." He specialises in M&A, venture capital and private equity transactions, and recently advised the senior managers of AR Metallizing on the sale of the company through a controlled private auction process.

Pieter Capiau is an up-and-coming young partner who has already amassed strong experience of advising technology companies, venture capital investors and fund management firms. A client says: "Working with him feels like he is truly a part of our internal team; he is a very responsive and smart deal-maker." Another client describes him as a "creative and proactive strategist who excels in complex transactions under high pressure."

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Cresco’s core Corporate and M&A team consists of 15 specialists, amounting to a large and diversified team which is capable of handling any type of corporate, M&A, investment and commercial transaction.  

Cresco is the first Belgian and one of the first European business law firms primarily dedicated to the business and legal needs of entrepreneurs, start-ups, emerging and growth companies, and investors (private equity, venture capital and corporate).

Entrepreneurs, growth companies and investors rely on our combination of industry knowledge, technology acumen and strategic business expertise.  

We are known for our deep expertise in corporate and M&A, venture capital, private equity and fund formation, as well as intellectual property, commercial matters and any type of collaboration structures.

Cresco lawyers work closely with enterpreneurs and companies to address their legal needs and achieve their goals throughout the full life cycle.  The firm serves as company counsel in a range of corporate and M&A matters:

  • Formation, corporate structure and corporate governance
  • Venture capital & private equity
  • Asset and stock mergers and acquisitions
  • Executive compensation and incentive plans
  • Complex commercial agreements and collaboration structures


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DLA Piper UK LLP - Corporate/M&A Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Caroline Daout
- 3 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Strong corporate team which benefits from the firm's extensive international network. Noted for expertise in corporate reorganisations and M&A transactions, and increasingly active on venture capital and private equity matters. Recent new client gains include Clarabridge.

Strengths Clients appreciate the firm's service, saying: "They are accessible, flexible, fast in their responses, and I feel they care about us."

Clients also enthuse that they "listen well and maintain regular and frequent communication. They are available and offer strong judgement and big-picture thinking."

Work highlights Advised Kinetico on its acquisition of Aquacare Group.

Acted for RPC Group on its acquisition of Innocan.

Significant clients BASF, Pfizer, bpost, Zoetis, Danone.

Notable practitioners

Koen Selleslags has been particularly active recently on private equity and venture capital transactions, such as his advice to Waterland on its acquisition of a stake in Intelligent. Clients praise him for "proactively helping to define the agenda and transaction; he is always available, responsive and well prepared and is able to adjust and adapt to our own style."

Erwin Simons is an experienced M&A lawyer with a strong background in advising clients in the logistics industry, frequently handling cross-border transactions such as Katoen Natie's acquisition of the Indaver group. He also regularly advises start-ups and emerging businesses.

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Fieldfisher - Corporate/M&A Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Marie Evrard
- 3 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well-regarded corporate offering which enters the rankings following strong feedback from clients in a wide range of industries. Offers expertise in cross-border M&A and private equity transactions and corporate restructuring and governance issues. Particularly active in the retail, healthcare, IT and construction sectors.

Strengths The firm's client care is appreciated: "It is supportive, showing a certain flexibility and an understanding of the needs and limitations of a young company."

Clients also like its international approach: "It's a highly professional and internationally-oriented firm, even when dealing with cases only affected by Belgian law. It offers high availability and flexibility in approaching each problem and task."

Work highlights Assisted E-Capital with its acquisitions of Techno Metal Industrie and Chaudronnerie & Tuyauteries Industrielles.

Assisted Groupe Beaumanoir with the restructuring of its activities in Belgium and Luxembourg, including asset and share transfers and mergers.

Significant clients Casinos Austria International Holding, Crédit Mutuel, Louis Vuitton Malletier, Mobivia Groupe, Moët Hennessy.

Notable practitioners

Marie Evrard is "an outstanding professional; the deal went smoothly, but rigorously, and all parties were very pleased with her work," say clients. She advises on M&A, joint ventures, private equity transactions and corporate finance and structuring matters.

Jacques Meunier offers expertise in private and public M&A, capital markets transactions and corporate litigation. Clients describe him as "intelligent, quick, with a businesslike, no-nonsense approach, and he is stress-resistant. He understands things rapidly and negotiates in accordance with our needs. He is tough when he has to be and flexible when he can be."

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Laga - Corporate/M&A Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: David Roelens
- 6 partners
- 35 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well-renowned mid-market practice advising clients on a broad range of corporate and M&A-related mandates, including venture capital transactions and corporate governance issues. Has close ties to accountancy firm Deloitte, with which it collaborates on numerous projects. Among several new clients recently were companies from the private equity, pharmaceuticals and biotech sectors.

Strengths Clients praise the firm's co-ordinated approach: "The team works in a very efficient and client-oriented manner. They share information between them so as a client you hardly notice that several people are handling your case."

One client succinctly describes them as "consistent, well organised, focused, complementary and really solution-driven."

Work highlights Advised Greenyard Foods on its EUR700 million acquisition of Univeg and Peltracom.

Advised ING and Bank Degroof as underwriters on the EUR100 million IPO of Xior Student Housing.

Significant clients Port of Antwerp International, LRM, Montea, Crédit Mutuel Nord Europe, Sarens.

Notable practitioners

David Roelens is "absolutely top-notch. He is a creative, flexible and efficient expert who remains focused on finding the best possible solution," say clients. He specialises in private equity and M&A transactions often advising on deals in the real estate sector.

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Lydian - Corporate/M&A Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Peter De Ryck and Patrick della Faille
- 3 partners
- 15 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Independent firm with a broad corporate practice covering acquisition finance, joint ventures, private equity and M&A transactions. Regularly acts on matters in the insurance and real estate sectors. Recent new client wins include AIG, AAC Capital Partners, Genzyme and Axel Springer.

Strengths Clients describe the firm as "pragmatic; they know their business, they are very business-oriented and above all they're friendly, nice people to work with."

Work highlights Assisted Naxicap and House of HRmtc with the restructuring and refinancing of the THOHR group.

Advised DIHAG Holding and IHC Merwede on a joint venture acquisition of Allard Europe.

Significant clients CBRE Global Investors, Le Pain Quotidien, Honeywell, City of Brussels, Dana Automotive.

Notable practitioners

Peter De Ryck has notable expertise in real estate and private equity transactions, and recently assisted the Gorman-Rupp Company with its acquisition of Hydro+ and Hydro+ Rental. Clients say he "was very responsive to our needs, understood the greater business dynamics in operation and was very organised and thorough."

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Lydian’s Corporate/M&A department comprises 19 business lawyers and covers the broad range of Belgian corporate, M&A, acquisition finance, joint ventures, private equity and Belgian merger control matters. We assist large and medium-sized Belgian and international companies in connection with both national and cross-border transactions – both private and public.

All the lawyers in our team are multilingual with an excellent command of English and they have particular
areas of expertise, whether in business restructuring and insolvency, corporate advisory, corporate governance, corporate housekeeping, corporate litigation, equity capital markets, finance, joint ventures and partnerships, mergers and acquisitions or tax. Together they have experience in handling every legal
aspect of corporate law. They are true experts in their field and have excellent working relationships with different authorities, both on a national and regional level.

We are the preferred Belgian partner for major international law firms seeking a high-quality business law firm in Belgium that can advise their clients on all aspects of Belgian law, and we are actively involved in innovative and complex files.



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QUINZ - Corporate/M&A Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Bart Lintermans
- 4 partners
- 9 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Handles a broad range of transactional and advisory matters, including domestic and cross-border mergers, acquisitions and divestitures. Has established an impressive client base in the life sciences and pharmaceuticals sector, including start-up companies and spin-off projects. Recently grew its senior ranks through the promotion of Klaas Thibaut to partner.

Strengths Clients laud the firm's communication, saying that it "manages to stay closely involved to streamline the communication and the end product. For us as clients there is a powerful one-stop-shop advantage."

Clients also say that it is "clearly a young and hungry firm but also highly qualified. Their attitude is very refreshing."

Work highlights Assisted UCB Pharma with the EUR92 million divestment of its remaining global portfolio of nitrate drug products.

Assisted De Chinezen with its acquisition of a cargo ship to be used as commercial offices.

Significant clients Holding Communal, Janssen Pharmaceutica, Hoffmann-La Roche, Unilever, Green Park Investment Partners.

Notable practitioners

Bart Lintermans has extensive experience in M&A and private equity transactions. Clients say he "shows a level of commitment which is unrivalled. He is a fierce negotiator, quick on his feet, business-oriented and very pragmatic." He recently advised PFC Holding on its acquisition of a Dutch bicycle store chain from International Bike Group.

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White & Case - Corporate/M&A Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Thierry Bosly
- 2 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Successful corporate team strong in cross-border mandates thanks to the firm's broad international network. Advises domestic and international clients on a range of M&A and corporate transactions including joint ventures, divestitures, public tenders and takeover bids.

Strengths Clients enthuse that "White & Case is always in search of excellence; they are fast and act as a true partner to the client to achieve value and a win-win perspective."

Work highlights Advising Crédit Mutuel Arkéa on its acquisition of Keytrade Bank from Crelan.

Advised Cobepa on its acquisition of a majority stake in Exclusive Networks from Omnes Capital.

Notable practitioners

Thierry Bosly is "always available, with unprecedented knowledge of the law, fast, precise responses, and he is creative and positive," say clients. He advises financial institutions including private equity and venture capital firms on M&A transactions, LBOs, joint ventures and equity investments. He recently represented the shareholders of Monizze in the sale of 100% of their shares to CD Holding Internationale.

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Senior Statesmen

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Jan Meyers, who has been regarded as a star in the market by sources for many years, offers notable expertise in M&A, corporate governance and joint ventures, particularly for financial institutions and public entities. He became a senior counsel in 2017 after retiring as a full-time partner, but continues to advise on matters such as corporate and M&A-related litigation and arbitration cases.

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Senior Statesmen

Ambos NBGO

From the Chambers Europe guide

Senior partner Roel Nieuwdorp is noted for his expertise and experience in establishing acquisition structures for private equity investors and advising domestic and foreign listed companies on corporate issues.

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Eminent Practitioner

Jean-Pierre Blumberg

Linklaters

From the Chambers Europe guide

Jean-Pierre Blumberg is well regarded for his extensive experience in corporate restructuring and public and private M&A transactions, including equity offerings and joint ventures. He acted for Mohawk on its EUR1 billion acquisition of the IVC Group.

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Eminent Practitioner

Stibbe

From the Chambers Europe guide

Jan Peeters has "a strong network and an impressive legal background," say clients. He advises on a range of matters including venture capital and capital markets transactions, public and private M&A and corporate finance issues.

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Eminent Practitioner

Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Europe guide

Koen Vanhaerents has considerable experience in M&A and private equity transactions, including takeover bids. He was recently active advising KeBeK Private Equity on the sale of Quercus Scientific.

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Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Laurent Legein is "great to work with and super smart," say clients. He focuses on transactions in the private equity sector, and recently assisted Anbang Group with its EUR219 million purchase of Delta Lloyd's Belgian subsidiary.

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Allen & Overy LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Dirk Meeus is well regarded for his expertise in transactions and has strong international experience. Clients say he is "a real deal-maker, always thinking of solutions, very creative, hands-on and pragmatic," and he recently advised Delta Lloyd on the EUR219 million sale of its Belgian banking business to Anbang Group.

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ARGO LAW

From the Chambers Europe guide

Nico Goossens is experienced in a range of corporate and M&A matters, including venture capital and private equity transactions, takeover bids and financial services regulation. Clients say he is "a bright lawyer with extensive experience in the M&A field, who combines expertise, patience and negotiation skills."

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Pierre-Olivier Mahieu

Allen & Overy LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Pierre-Olivier Mahieu has "very strong negotiation skills, is technically outstanding and very calm and serene," according to clients. He is experienced in handling M&A matters in the equity capital markets sector and recently advised Celyad on its USD100.1 million IPO and acquisition of OnCyte. He is also an expert on the Spanish market.

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Stibbe

From the Chambers Europe guide

Stefan Odeurs is described by clients as "very knowledgeable and trustworthy" and is noted for his expertise in private equity deals, including his recent assistance to Sofindev with the creation, structuring and fund-raising of a new private equity fund.

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Geert Verhoeven has a "very calm personality, which makes him count when he speaks," according to clients. He advises corporates, banks and private equity funds on corporate and capital markets transactions, such as IK Investment Partners' recent acquisitions of CID Lines and Salad Signature.

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Eubelius

From the Chambers Europe guide

Marieke Wyckaert is noted for her expertise in corporate governance and securities matters and she also has substantial experience in mergers and takeover bids. Sources place her as a "really top lawyer for corporate advisory work." She recently advised Gilead Sciences on its USD425 million equity investment in Galapagos.

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contrast

From the Chambers Europe guide

Bart Bellen has a "very pragmatic and extremely commercial approach which goes beyond the legal advice. He's a good negotiator and is very accessible and responsive," say clients. He advises multinational companies on a range of acquisitions and corporate finance matters.

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Van Bael & Bellis

From the Chambers Europe guide

Michel Bonne advises clients on a range of M&A transactions, including private equity and venture capital matters, as well as on corporate issues. Clients "find it an absolute pleasure to work with him. He has a very pleasant personality, he is very approachable and available."

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Loyens & Loeff

From the Chambers Europe guide

Peter Callens is described by clients as a "very experienced and trusted adviser who works very well with other international firms on transactions and with our management team." He focuses on private equity and M&A transactions in the insurance, energy, manufacturing and healthcare sectors.

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Olivier Clevenbergh

Strelia

From the Chambers Europe guide

Olivier Clevenbergh is "an absolutely outstanding corporate lawyer and a very nice person as well," say sources. He primarily acts on private equity and M&A transactions as well as corporate governance issues and he recently advised ING on its acquisition of Qustomer.

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Linklaters

From the Chambers Europe guide

Arnaud Coibion has substantial experience in international M&A transactions, focusing on private equity and joint ventures. He recently advised on Solvay's USD5.5 billion acquisition of Cytec. Clients say he is "very fair, neutral and hands-on. He is always present to the client and always answers calls and is very friendly."

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Lydian

From the Chambers Europe guide

Peter De Ryck has notable expertise in real estate and private equity transactions, and recently assisted the Gorman-Rupp Company with its acquisition of Hydro+ and Hydro+ Rental. Clients say he "was very responsive to our needs, understood the greater business dynamics in operation and was very organised and thorough."

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Cresco Advocaten

From the Chambers Europe guide

David Dessers is "an outstanding, experienced business lawyer who understands the deal and the deal tactics," says one client, while another highlights his "facilitating of constructive negotiations and efficient decision-making," adding that "his creative input contributes further." He specialises in M&A, venture capital and private equity transactions, and recently advised the senior managers of AR Metallizing on the sale of the company through a controlled private auction process.

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Simont Braun

From the Chambers Europe guide

Sandrine Hirsch has considerable experience in corporate governance issues, M&A and capital markets transactions. Sources appreciate her "superb technical knowledge and sharp analytical skills" and she has advised Solvac on a EUR450 million public rights issuance.

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Jones Day

From the Chambers Europe guide

Luc Houben is "smart, solution-oriented, creatively looks for compromises and is very amicable," say clients. He has substantial experience in cross-border joint ventures, restructurings and acquisitions, particularly in the real estate sector.

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Deborah Janssens has extensive experience encompassing corporate finance, M&A and capital markets transactions. Clients say her "technical expertise and extreme client focus make her a very valuable and trusted adviser. She is proactive and very friendly."

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Vincent Macq is a well-regarded corporate and M&A transactional lawyer who recently advised Anheuser-Busch InBev on its high-profile takeover of SABMiller. Sources say that "he should be praised for what he has achieved in the corporate market recently" and describe him as a "very strong lawyer."

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Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Europe guide

Dominique Maes is a "great lawyer, commercial but still a fighter; we would recommend him highly," clients say. He advises on M&A and private equity transactions as well as corporate restructurings, and he recently advised TA Associates on the EUR220 million sale of CMOSIS to AMS.

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Linklaters

From the Chambers Europe guide

Eric Pottier handles a wide range of matters, including public and private M&A transactions and corporate litigation and restructuring. He is also an expert in private equity matters, and recently assisted Delhaize with its EUR26 billion merger with Ahold.

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Strelia

From the Chambers Europe guide

Gisèle Rosselle has notable expertise in M&A, private equity and capital markets transactions and recently advised Parana Management on a capital increase and refinancing relating to Congra Software. Clients describe her as "very responsive and commercial."

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Laurent A Ruzette

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Laurent Ruzette is noted for his expertise in corporate matters, including restructuring and litigation for major financial institutions. He is also experienced in leveraged acquisition financing and privatisations and has strong knowledge of the energy sector.

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Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick

From the Chambers Europe guide

Thierry Tilquin is described by clients as "very serious and responsive" and "highly specialised in acquisitions" with "complementary skills." He has substantial experience in corporate governance and restructuring, fund regulation, acquisitions and venture capital transactions.

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Wouter Van de Voorde

Allen & Overy LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Wouter Van de Voorde has notable expertise in joint ventures and private placements. Clients place great value on his services and recommend him, while peers also acknowledge his strong practice. He has recently been active assisting private equity houses Bencis Capital Partners and GIMV with the sale of XBC to Flint Group.

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Paul Van Hooghten

Linklaters

From the Chambers Europe guide

Paul Van Hooghten focuses particularly on private equity and public and private M&A transactions, advising on joint ventures, takeover bids and equity offerings. His clientele includes multinational corporates, financial institutions and private equity houses. He is described by clients as having "good responsiveness and he's direct and business-minded."

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Pascal Vanden Borre

Stibbe

From the Chambers Europe guide

Pascal Vanden Borre is a "savvy and experienced M&A lawyer with deep expertise of the transaction process. He is also very practical and solution-oriented and a creative negotiator," say clients. He advises on a range of issues including takeover bids and public offerings, joint ventures, corporate finance and M&A and capital markets transactions.

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Eubelius

From the Chambers Europe guide

Matthias Wauters has wide-ranging expertise, including in public and private M&A, capital markets transactions and corporate restructuring and litigation. Clients describe him as "very reliable, you can count on him in difficult periods, he's very responsive. He can be pragmatic when the situation warrants it."

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White & Case

From the Chambers Europe guide

Thierry Bosly is "always available, with unprecedented knowledge of the law, fast, precise responses, and he is creative and positive," say clients. He advises financial institutions including private equity and venture capital firms on M&A transactions, LBOs, joint ventures and equity investments. He recently represented the shareholders of Monizze in the sale of 100% of their shares to CD Holding Internationale.

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Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Xavier Dieux of Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP focuses on M&A transactions, corporate governance and financial regulation, and sources particularly praise his dual abilities on contentious and non-contentious issues, saying: "He does both litigation and transaction structuring. It makes him special." He is also "known for his public M&A skills."

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CMS

From the Chambers Europe guide

Vincent Dirckx of CMS has wide-ranging expertise, encompassing domestic and cross-border M&A, private equity and capital markets transactions for both public and private clients. Sources also note his advice on corporate advisory matters.

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Fieldfisher

From the Chambers Europe guide

Marie Evrard is "an outstanding professional; the deal went smoothly, but rigorously, and all parties were very pleased with her work," say clients. She advises on M&A, joint ventures, private equity transactions and corporate finance and structuring matters.

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Paul Alain Foriers

Simont Braun

From the Chambers Europe guide

Paul Alain Foriers is "a truly superb legal mind," according to sources. He largely handles corporate litigation and capital markets transactions. He also advises on contentious issues.

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Ambos NBGO

From the Chambers Europe guide

Alexis Goeminne has considerable experience advising on M&A transactions, joint ventures and corporate reorganisations and is praised as a "very constructive lawyer" by sources. He recently assisted Voestalpine with its acquisition of the saw wire business of ArcelorMittal Bissen & Bettembourg.

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Bird & Bird

From the Chambers Europe guide

Paul Hermant of Bird & Bird is "well rounded, very analytical and trustworthy - a true and faithful adviser," say clients. He has extensive experience in M&A, private equity, venture capital and joint venture transactions and also handles corporate litigation.

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Stibbe

From the Chambers Europe guide

Dries Hommez has notable expertise in M&A and private equity transactions, with a particular focus on the real estate sector. He also advises on corporate finance matters, and recently assisted Investcorp Securities with its acquisition of SecureLink. He earns praise from sources for "leading a team in a big, important and difficult transaction recently."

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Grégoire Jakhian

Loyens & Loeff

From the Chambers Europe guide

Grégoire Jakhian has considerable experience in cross-border M&A transactions and takeover bids, and also advises on corporate finance issues, particularly in the finance, aviation and energy sectors. Clients say he is "approachable, easy to work with and flexible."

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NautaDutilh

From the Chambers Europe guide

Elke Janssens handles public and private M&A transactions and corporate governance issues with a focus on the life sciences sector. Sources describe her as "a dynamic and successful young professional," with another saying she knows "how to advise us on what that law means in the context of the transaction and help it progress."

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Allen & Overy LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Hans Kets is described by clients as "very helpful and very available, you can count on him to deliver a good job." He is experienced in acquisitions and disposals in both the public and private sectors and he recently advised Alychlo and Perennitas on the public-to-private transaction of Pairi Daiza.

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QUINZ

From the Chambers Europe guide

Bart Lintermans has extensive experience in M&A and private equity transactions. Clients say he "shows a level of commitment which is unrivalled. He is a fierce negotiator, quick on his feet, business-oriented and very pragmatic." He recently advised PFC Holding on its acquisition of a Dutch bicycle store chain from International Bike Group.

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Philippe Malherbe

Malherbe

From the Chambers Europe guide

Philippe Malherbe of Malherbe focuses primarily on corporate issues, with notable expertise in litigation. He is a "very high-class lawyer with a good overview," say clients, and he also advises on taxation issues.

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Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Europe guide

Roel Meers advises both domestic and foreign clients on public and private M&A transactions and capital markets matters such as security offerings and listings, including recently advising Biocartis Group on its EUR115 million IPO. Clients appreciate that "he is able to answer challenging technical questions on the spot and think strategically and commercially about potential issues, coming up with creative solutions or alternatives."

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Fieldfisher

From the Chambers Europe guide

Jacques Meunier offers expertise in private and public M&A, capital markets transactions and corporate litigation. Clients describe him as "intelligent, quick, with a businesslike, no-nonsense approach, and he is stress-resistant. He understands things rapidly and negotiates in accordance with our needs. He is tough when he has to be and flexible when he can be."

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Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Jacques Reding has extensive experience handling cross-border transactions, with a focus on joint ventures and corporate financing and restructuring in the IT, automotive, media and pharmaceutical sectors. He recently advised IMS Health on its EUR385 million acquisition of several Cegedim businesses.

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Clifford Chance LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Xavier Remy specialises in transactions and corporate matters and is particularly known to be "very active in energy sector," according to sources. He recently assisted Eandis Assets, as seller's counsel, with its search for a new private partner, including regulatory issues related to an auction process.

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Laga

From the Chambers Europe guide

David Roelens is "absolutely top-notch. He is a creative, flexible and efficient expert who remains focused on finding the best possible solution," say clients. He specialises in private equity and M&A transactions often advising on deals in the real estate sector.

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Rooryck & Co

From the Chambers Europe guide

Peter Rooryck of Rooryck & Co is described by clients as "very service and client-oriented. He has great legal expertise combined with business sense." He recently advised Vaninvest on its sales of Acertys Healthcare, FMH and Medvision Healthcare to Duo-Med Holding.

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DLA Piper UK LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Koen Selleslags has been particularly active recently on private equity and venture capital transactions, such as his advice to Waterland on its acquisition of a stake in Intelligent. Clients praise him for "proactively helping to define the agenda and transaction; he is always available, responsive and well prepared and is able to adjust and adapt to our own style."

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DLA Piper UK LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Erwin Simons is an experienced M&A lawyer with a strong background in advising clients in the logistics industry, frequently handling cross-border transactions such as Katoen Natie's acquisition of the Indaver group. He also regularly advises start-ups and emerging businesses.

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Chris Sunt is well regarded for his work for financial institutions advising on regulatory and restructuring matters, and he recently oversaw the separation of Hewlett-Packard into two public companies.

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Eubelius

From the Chambers Europe guide

Lars Van Bever is an expert in private equity and venture capital transactions and also advises on securities offerings. He has particular knowledge of the real estate sector and recently assisted Xior Student Housing with its EUR87.8 million IPO.

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Christel Van den Eynden

Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick

From the Chambers Europe guide

Christel Van den Eynden specialises in cross-border M&A transactions and private equity investments. She is also noted for her work in PPP projects. Sources say she is a "very dedicated lawyer who will take her client's hand and lead them all the way to the solution. She also has a natural charm."

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NautaDutilh

From the Chambers Europe guide

Dirk van Gerven advises clients on all aspects of corporate law, and has extensive experience in acquisitions and restructurings. He recently advised Sankyo Tateyama on its acquisition of the aluminium extrusion activities of the Aleris Group.

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Frederic Verspreeuwen

Astrea

From the Chambers Europe guide

Frederic Verspreeuwen of Astrea has "impeccable legal knowledge and a no-nonsense approach," according to clients, who describe him as a "dedicated lawyer who is always in the loop on ongoing matters and can act and react very fast in critical situations." He focuses on acquisitions and restructurings, and recently assisted Vermec with investments in Fiets! and Comics Station.

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Up and Coming

Cresco Advocaten

From the Chambers Europe guide

Pieter Capiau is an up-and-coming young partner who has already amassed strong experience of advising technology companies, venture capital investors and fund management firms. A client says: "Working with him feels like he is truly a part of our internal team; he is a very responsive and smart deal-maker." Another client describes him as a "creative and proactive strategist who excels in complex transactions under high pressure."

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Up and Coming

Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick

From the Chambers Europe guide

Damien Conem is "super dedicated to the client. He has a good mix between technical skills and a commercial mindset. He is a rising star in the market who really understands clients from a business perspective," say clients. He handles M&A and equity capital markets transactions as well as corporate restructurings, and recently advised Argos Soditic on its acquisition of 68.88% of B Logistics from SNCB. He also regularly acts on cross-border M&A transactions and equity capital markets matters involving the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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Up and Coming

Jones Day

From the Chambers Europe guide

Thomas De Muynck has particular expertise in advising Japanese multinationals investing in Europe and in Belgian venture capital transactions. Clients say he is "a real pleasure to deal with."

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Associates to watch

HVG Law

From the Chambers Europe guide

Tom Swinnen of HVG Law handles restructurings, joint ventures, private equity and venture capital transactions. Clients say he is "responsive and efficient" and "has done a great job of quickly turning around time-sensitive issues."

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