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Corporate/M&A — Belgium


Allen & Overy 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
- Head of department: Pierre-Olivier Mahieu
- 5 partners
- 21 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 to the practice include Lonza and Pandora.

Strengths One client regards the firm as the "market leader in Belgium" due to its "extremely broad team with high standards. In terms of offering a full service, they get the job done and are very reliable."

Another client adds: "They were responsive, hands-on and friendly people. They are also of course knowledgeable experts and demonstrate integrity, so you can put your trust in them."

Work highlights Acted for CVC Capital Partners on its EUR1 billion acquisition of Corialis.

Advised Allfin on its merger with Immobel.

Significant Clients Waterland, Fagron, Ergon, Ahold, IK Investment Partners.

Notable practitioners

Dirk Meeus is described as "one of the most senior M&A lawyers in Belgium and an important partner at domestic and international level." Clients are impressed by his track record in large M&A transactions and regard him as "pragmatic and approachable." He recently advised iMinds on its merger with imec.

Pierre-Olivier Mahieu is considered to be a "very well-respected corporate lawyer in Belgium." He advises private equity clients as well as clients in the oil and gas industry, recently assisting Total with its acquisition of Lampiris. One client highlights his ability to handle cross-border M&A transactions as a key strength: "He understands different cultures and doesn't just look at the world from a Brussels point of view. He has developed a deep understanding of our business and understands contracts and business opportunities. He finds solutions and is very to-the-point. He doesn't just present himself as an expert just explaining the rules, but is part of the decision-making process."

Wouter Van de Voorde advised Exmar on the disposal of its assets and interests in various gas and energy projects and regularly assists with joint ventures and private placements. "His key strength is as a deal maker. He is commercial, but also has a good oversight of all the aspects of the deal," according to clients.

Hans Kets is experienced in handling acquisitions in the public and private sector and recently assisted Fagron with matters relating to a debt restructuring and a EUR220 million capital raise. According to clients, "he is very nice to work with. He is always calm, straightforward and solution-minded." The same client particularly recommends Kets as being "a good choice for larger Belgian transactions" because "he has a good network and can come to an agreement with all sides."

Frederiek Adams has assisted notable private equity clients with significant acquisitions. One client describes him as "a rising star of the office and one of my favourite lawyers to work with in Belgium," before adding: "He is brilliant from a technical point of view and hyper-efficient in negotiations." Others say he is "very to-the-point, quickly up to speed, creative and committed."

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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
- 22 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. Broad client base including blue-chip domestic and international corporates, private equity houses and financial institutions. Also advises large public bodies on international transactions, recently working with the State Grid of China as well as significant Belgian public sector organisations.

Strengths Clients acknowledge the firm's reputation in the Belgian M&A market, saying that the firm "really has a name and place in the market. They offer exceptional service and remain the Rolls-Royce of law firms in Brussels."

Others value the firm's strong continuity in different locations, reporting that the firm's offices "are deeply integrated" across different countries and "the Brussels-based lawyers can easily, swiftly and efficiently involve foreign colleagues." Sources add that "a relatively small core team keeps an eye on the workstreams and provides on-the-ball support and advice. They are creative and persistent during difficult moments in negotiations."

Work highlights Represented GM in the EUR1.3 billion sale of Opel/Vauxhall to PSA Group.

Acted for Comilog and Eramet on the EUR190 million sale of several companies in the Erachem Group to Price International.

Significant Clients Anheuser-Busch InBev, Ackermans & van Haaren, BNP Paribas, CVC Capital Partners, Umicore.

Notable practitioners

Jan Meyers is a "really outstanding" lawyer according to clients and is considered a "rainmaker in the Belgian market." A long-standing leading individual in Belgian M&A, his practice focuses on corporate governance and complex mergers. He recently advised bpost on its takeover bid for PostNL.

Laurent Legein focuses on equity capital markets transactions and private equity, recently assisting Ontex with matters relating to its USD300 million acquisition of the Personal Hygiene Business of Hypermarcas. Clients view him as "someone who understands the commercial dynamics of a deal and views the interests of both parties, particularly where private equity is involved." He is also described as "very committed" and "a good deal maker who facilitates the process and finds solutions."

Laurent Ruzette acts for financial institutions, handling major restructuring and litigation. Also noted for his expertise in the energy sector, he is experienced in acquisition financing and privatisation. He represented Safinco in its acquisition of a 23.5% stake in Vandemoortele.

Jacques Reding is a "terrific all-round lawyer and relationship partner," according to clients. He specialises in cross-border M&A transactions, joint ventures and corporate financing. He acted for Owens Corning on its EUR73 million acquisition of a fabrics business from Ahlstrom.

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer 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: Vincent Macq
- 4 partners
- 25 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Rising in the rankings this year following a string of high-profile cross-border mergers, the team boasts a strong client base of domestic and international corporates in the financial services, telecommunications and energy sectors. Noted for its strong international network and well-integrated links with the firm's tax, competition, finance and capital markets practitioners.

Strengths One client is impressed by both the firm's management of matters and the results achieved, reporting: "They know our business so they can jump into negotiations and be effective immediately. I have a lot of admiration for the way they were able to deliver on what was a real technical challenge and a huge amount of work over a long period."

Another client views the team's key strength as "being able to clarify what is important and what is less important," adding: "They are professional, dedicated, and extremely agile in combining negotiation skills with a good understanding of the goals of the parties involved and the rationale behind the proposed transaction."

Work highlights Assisted Groupe Bertrand and its subsidiary, Quick Restaurant, with corporate and tax matters relating to the restructuring and sale of Quick Restaurant to Khalis Capital.

Continued to advise Telenet, assisting with its EUR400 million acquisition of SFR's Belgian and Luxembourg business.

Significant Clients Anheuser-Busch InBev, Greenyard Foods, Asahi Glass Europe, Solvay.

Notable practitioners

Deborah Janssens specialises in corporate financing, capital markets and M&A transactions. Clients say: "I like that she connects people. Through her network, she can refer you to someone who might have experienced the same problem. Nothing is too much for her and she really goes the extra mile for clients in digging for potential solutions." Telenet is amongst her key clients and she recently assisted the company with the sale of Ortel Mobile to Lycamobile.

Vincent Macq's ability to handle challenging multi-jurisdictional mandates impressed one client, who describes him as "very smart and creative" and notes how "he was able to manage the complexity of the deal." The client adds that Macq is "a good diplomat when dealing with many parties around the table and is able to manage different groups and individual interests and find compromises, proving that he is a very good negotiator. He also comes up with practical solutions that take business constraints into account." As well as the landmark Anheuser-Busch InBev and SABMiller deal, he also advised Viohalco on a set of cross-border mergers and the primary listing of its subsidiary, Cenergy, on Euronext Brussels.

Geert Verhoeven is regarded as an "excellent" lawyer by his clients. Peers also recognise him as a leading M&A lawyer who is particularly visible in the market, having recently advised a group of private equity and venture capital funds as the sellers on the EUR68 million sale of Multiplicom to Agilent.

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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: Arnaud Coibion and Eric Pottier
- 6 partners
- 25 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, with a notable focus on the pharmaceutical, energy, automotive and financial sectors as well as in chemicals. A well-resourced team able to draw on the expertise of colleagues in areas such as employment, litigation and tax. The team has recently acted on high-profile public M&A transactions and significant equity offerings, advising clients on corporate governance issues and shareholder activism. New client wins include Barry Callebaut, Promethera and Nyxoah.

Strengths One client highlights the firm's high standard of performance and results, saying: "As M&A advisers, they really make it happen," and further enthuses: "My experience was near to perfection. They combine organisation with high-level legal advice" and "they are very reactive. They have several specialists for different questions, who they can bring in at very short notice."

Other sources note that the team "finds solutions to help transactions go through smoothly."

Work highlights Advised Delhaize on its EUR28 billion cross-border merger with Ahold.

Assisted KBC Group with the EUR610 million acquisition of United Bulgarian Bank and Interlease.

Significant Clients Solvay, Immobel, Jan de Nul, Fluxys, Ageas.

Notable practitioners

Jean-Pierre Blumberg is global co-head of the firm's M&A practice. He is widely regarded as a "super reference" in Belgium for corporate law, public and private M&A and equity capital market transactions. He advised Immobel on its EUR488 million merger with Allfin.

Arnaud Coibion is experienced handling international joint ventures, private equity transactions as well as cross-border M&A. Clients recognise his key strengths as his "proactivity and experience" and describe him as "very knowledgeable on M&A." He advised SABMiller on its merger with Anheuser-Busch InBev.

Eric Pottier is a "responsive and knowledgeable" M&A lawyer, according to clients. He also advises on private equity transactions and handles corporate litigation. He recently advised Telecom Luxembourg Private Operator on its acquisition of the Luxembourg international connectivity network.

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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
- 5 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 extensive international network and strong links to overseas offices facilitates work on complex, cross-border mandates, recently active on a number of pan-European and Benelux deals. The team has recently welcomed Panasonic as a new client.

Strengths One client praises the high-level exhibited in the firm's work, saying: "The team that assisted us was outstanding in terms of performance and responsiveness."

Others praise the department's ability to negotiate large international transactions: "They are fast, accurate and offer good advice on the spot. During sensitive negotiations they did a splendid job," adding: "They come up with new ideas and can really think outside the box."

Work highlights Advised Cementir Holding on its EUR312 million acquisition of HeidelbergCement's assets in Belgium.

Acted for Mondelez on the sale of its Halle chocolate manufacturing plant to Barry Callebaut.

Significant Clients Baloise, Ergon Capital Partners, Kebek, Nyrstar, Thermote & Vanhalst.

Notable practitioners

Koen Vanhaerents is the firm's head of global capital markets and focuses on private equity transactions and both public and private M&A. He advised BMT Group in relation to the cross-border acquisition of VCST HoldCo, and is regarded by commentators as "one of the leading M&A lawyers in Belgium."

Dominique Maes is "pragmatic and realistic when it comes to risk," according to one client, who adds: "Nothing is a disaster or potential nuclear bomb. He understands the risks we should and should not take and he wants to make the transaction happen. He is results-orientated and always looking for the perfect result rather than the perfect scenario." Alongside M&A, he is experienced handling venture capital transactions and corporate restructuring. Clients also describe him as a "technically highly skilled lawyer who is able to identify the key strategic issues of a deal very quickly."

Roel Meers is an "effective and efficient" lawyer, considered by clients to be "a go-to guy for any legal questions." He has a particular focus on capital markets transactions, recently advising MDxHealth on its EUR20.4 million listing of new shares on Euronext Brussels.

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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: Xavier Remy and Niek De Pauw
- 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. Also noted for its experience advising on the equity capital markets transactions and growing presence in the technology sector. Recently made an addition to its senior ranks following the promotion of Niek De Pauw to partner.

Strengths Clients particularly appreciate the pragmatism displayed by the lawyers: "The team is extremely responsive, practical and really helped on the strategic side. They provide strategic advice in terms of how to get deals done."

Others praise the firm's track record on transactions in the energy sector: "They have amazing knowledge of the industry in Belgium in general. As a client, it is completely seamless. They are a very well-integrated firm."

Work highlights Assisted the sellers with the sale of Corialis to CVC Capital Partners.

Acted for the shareholders of TCR on the sale of the group to Envol Investments.

Significant Clients Eneco, Materialise, Cobepa, Eandis, Kingspan.

Notable practitioners

Xavier Remy is a "very skilled and pragmatic lawyer who demonstrates a clear willingness to put emotions aside and focus on the deal," according to one client, who also praises his "clear, can-do attitude." His corporate practice has a particular focus on the energy sector, having recently advised Eandis on its auction process and selection of a new private partner following the exit of Electrabel.

Niek De Pauw has recently been promoted to partner. He advised the Marguerite Fund on the increase of its stake in C-Power and generally focuses on public and private acquisitions, joint ventures and equity capital markets. Clients describe him as a "young partner with good technical skills, who is both calm and composed and very pleasant to work with."

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Eubelius - Corporate/M&A Department

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Band 2

第二等

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Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Marieke Wyckaert and Lars Van Bever
- 12 partners
- 33 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 advisory matters, including distressed M&A, joint ventures, venture capital, restructuring and litigation. Other areas of expertise include corporate governance and compliance issues. A broad client base includes financial institutions, state-owned companies and corporate clients in the real estate, pharmaceutical and telecommunications industries.

Strengths One client appreciates the team's "to-the-point and pragmatic approach, convincing expertise and excellent negotiation skills" and acknowledges the firm's vast experience in Belgian M&A: "They bring lessons learnt from other deals to the benefit of their clients."

"Eubelius is a very good corporate law boutique and historically a powerhouse for corporate work," according to market sources, who praise the firm's academic prowess and quality advice.

Work highlights Assisted Pandox in connection with its EUR55 million acquisition of two companies in order to acquire the Hilton Grand Place hotel.

Advised Damier Group in relation to the sale of its 25% shareholding in Vemedia.

Significant Clients bpost, Aedifica, Siat, Besix, Fedrus.

Notable practitioners

Marieke Wyckaert is described as both "commercially and technically impressive" and is considered "an authority in her field" by peers. Highly regarded in the market for her academic background, she specialises in corporate governance, takeover bids and securities matters.

Matthias Wauters advises on a wide range of corporate matters, including public and private M&A, capital transactions and corporate litigation. Clients admire his ability to "come up with good solutions and help during negotiations." He advised Siat in connection with the sale of palm oil assets to Olam Palm Gabon.

Lars Van Bever is particularly noted by clients, who describe him as "very commercial," for his strength in the real estate sector, where he assists clients with securities and M&A transactions. He also acts on private equity and venture capital deals. One client appreciates the "valuable alternative solutions" he offers.

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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
- 6 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. Frequently active in private equity transactions of late, recently adding Cinven as a new client. Strongly integrated with the firm's tax, finance, employment and public law teams. The department has also gained significant clients from the automotive and pharmaceutical sectors.

Strengths One client notes the "highly positive atmosphere" within the team and also highlights the department's "ability to think outside of the box while keeping the company's business targets in mind."

Other clients stress the importance of stability within the firm and praise the team's ability to develop long-standing client relationships: "We are familiar with Stibbe and we don't have to explain things to them - they know what you want and where you want to get to." The same source adds that the lawyers are "flexible" and "hard-working people."

Work highlights Advised BRC in connection with the merger of Anheuser-Busch InBev and SABMiller.

Assisted key shareholders of Punch Powertrain in relation to the EUR1 billion sale of shares to Yinyi Group.

Significant Clients Culinor, DEME, Gimv, Kinepolis, SIX Group.

Notable practitioners

Jan Peeters is the firm's managing parter and regarded as "one of the finest technical lawyers in the Belgian market." Clients add: "He really knows the ins and outs of transactions with listed entities and is very familiar with practices adopted by Belgian regulators." He recently advised long-term client Kinepolis on the sale of four cinemas.

Stefan Odeurs espouses a "good combination of being both knowledgeable and entrepreneurial," according to clients, who also highlight his negotiation skills as a key strength. He acts for private equity clients in connection with leveraged transactions and divestments, recently advising a number of parties in relation to a tertiary buy-out of Novy Group.

Dries Hommez advised PMV in relation to the sale of 49% of the Meander to Baloise. He specialises in private equity transactions, real estate deals and corporate finance and is praised by clients for his "highly professional, flexible and pleasant" approach.

Pascal Vanden Borre focuses his practice on public offerings, joint ventures and corporate finance. He advised Vandemoortele in connection with the exit of Gimv as a shareholder following the sale of its stake to Safinco. Clients perceive him as someone who will remain adaptable in negotiations and keep all doors open for the client, adding that he "doesn't lose sight of the end goal."

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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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ARGO LAW - 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: Nico Goossens
- 3 partners
- 13 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Growing corporate boutique covering the full range of capital markets, M&A and private equity transactions. Frequently acts for private equity houses, banks and listed companies. Significant growth in real estate mandates and the firm has continued to expand its network of private equity clients with the addition of Sofindev to its impressive client list.

Strengths Clients regard the firm as "highly pragmatic, solution-orientated and structured" and appreciate the team's "strong business acumen and attention to detail."

Another client praises the team's "very good price-quality ratio," adding: "ARGO are one of the best firms in Belgium as far as that is concerned. They are very practical and think along with us in handling issues. It is a small team, which is a plus, because I can discuss all the issues with one or two contacts and things are working perfectly."

Value for Money Numerous clients laud the reasonable rates and price to quality ratio they experience with the firm. One proclaims that "the value for money one receives from ARGO is unbeatable," while another client agrees that "in terms of value for money, nobody else compares" to the firm.

Work highlights Acted for VGP in connection with a EUR500 million joint venture with Allianz Real Estate.

Advised Senior Living Group on its acquisition of Foyer De Lork.

Significant Clients Gimv, AAC Capital, Medialaan, Aedifica, J. Cortès Cigars.

Notable practitioners

Nico Goossens principally advises private equity funds and focuses on public transactions, including IPOs and public takeover bids. Clients regard him as "technical lawyer who knows the tiny details of company codes and complex transactional work" and who excels in "really technical corporate work, particularly mergers." He recently acted as issuer's counsel to TINC on its EUR76 million public offering and capital increase.

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Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick - Corporate/M&A Department

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Band 3

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Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Christel Van den Eynden
- 5 partners
- 13 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 in cross-border deals thanks to its membership of the Lex Mundi network. Increasing focus on infrastructure-related matters, including corporate issues related to PPPs and the public sector. Recent client wins include Sligro Food Group.

Strengths Clients say the team is pragmatic and efficient, with a deep understanding of the commercial pressures underpinning M&A.

Work highlights Advised AG Real Estate on the EUR125 million sale of the corporate holding structure for the Wiltcher's Complex in Brussels.

Assisted Bilia with its acquisition of Philippe Emond.

Significant Clients Befimmo, Macquarie, Proximus, Sonaca, Veolia.

Notable practitioners

Jacques Meunier focuses on public and private M&A alongside capital markets. He is praised by sources for his commercial approach to transactions.

Christel Van den Eynden advised Beacon Rail Leasing on the Belgian aspects of its acquisition of Ascendos Rail Leasing and focuses on cross-border M&A transactions, joint ventures and private equity investments.

Damien Conem advises on cross-border M&A transactions, private equity and corporate restructuring, recently acting for Sonaca on its acquisition of the issued share capital in Active Space Technologies.

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Loyens & Loeff - Corporate/M&A Department

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Band 3

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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. Also has an increasing focus on the start-up sector, assisting growth companies with corporate matters.

Strengths The M&A team is "commercially minded, solution-orientated and really focused on getting the deal done," according to clients.

Work highlights Assisted Allergan with the Belgian aspects of the USD40.5 billion sale of its pharmaceuticals business to Teva.

Advised Ferrero International on its acquisition of various divisions of United Biscuits Group.

Significant Clients New York Life Investment Management Holding, J.P. Morgan, Alstom, Imax Corporation, Altria Group.

Notable practitioners

Peter Callens advises clients in the insurance, manufacturing and healthcare industries on M&A and private equity transactions. He assisted Cappelle Holding in relation to the acquisition of Cappelle Pigments by Ferro.

Grégoire Jakhian focuses on takeover bids, civil law, corporate finance and M&A-related dispute resolution. He has notable experience advising US clients on cross-border M&A transactions, recently assisting Iconiq Capital with matters relating to its EUR50 million investment in Collibra.

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

  • Ourpractice 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 allcorporate areas.
  • Wehave a true multidisciplinary approach within the firm, covering a wide rangeof legal areas, tax, finance and accounting, in local and cross-bordertransactions.  
  • Weoffer the best of the two worlds: a strong global and local practice. We are awell-known independent player for major local and cross border transactions.Because of our excellent track records, the strong reputation of our teammembers and our multidisciplinary approach, we are a preferred Benelux partner for top international clients. 
  • Toan important extent, our practice also encompasses Private Equity transactions:we regularly assist US, UK and Benelux Private Equity players, mainly in buy-outs. 
  • Wehave expertise in acquisitions out of distressed companies, as well as inM&A transactions in a conflict situation and corporate litigation (includingarbitration).
  • Mostmembers of our Corporate M&A practice have had a prior all-round legal education and, in addition to significant experience in M&A deals, theyhave an invaluable exposure to corporate structuring, giving them exceptionaltechnical 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
- 5 partners

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. Regularly acts for clients in the retail, real estate and pharmaceuticals sectors.

Strengths Clients describe NautaDutilh as a full-service firm which offers "flexibility and pragmatism."

Others appreciate that the team is "very responsive, thorough, results-orientated and accommodating."

Work highlights Advised PSA Group on its EUR2.2 billion acquisition of Opel and Vauxhall.

Assisted R&S Retail Group with a voluntary and conditional exchange offer for all issued shares in FNG Group.

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Elke Janssens assists clients with corporate matters including public and private M&A and corporate governance. Clients say they "feel very comfortable in her hands" and describe her as "fast and legally very well aware of regulations and the conventions of transactions." She acted for Fonds Européen des Matériaux on its investments in iStar Medical.

Dirk van Gerven has extensive experience in acquisitions and corporate restructuring and is described by clients as "an experienced M&A lawyer who understands requirements and process" as well as being "very responsive and effective." He recently advised Bencis on its acquisition of a majority interest in Abriso Holding.

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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
- 10 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, viewed as an impressive up-and-coming team with strong cross-border capabilities. The department has attracted an impressive number of new clients, including döTERRA, GIFI Group and Greatoo Intelligent Equipment.

Strengths One client recommends the firm for its "realism combined with its drive and honesty." The same client also remarks: "They are a high-quality and committed team of professionals who are driven to deliver success for their clients. They are also clear about which battles to pick and what chance of success each option has."

Others describe the team as "very hands-on, pragmatic and client-friendly in the sense that they respect deadlines."

Work highlights Assisted New Horizon Capital in relation to the EUR1 billion sale of Punch Powertrain to Yinyi Group.

Advised Brussels Airlines on the sale of its 55% interest in SN Airholding to Lufthansa.

Significant Clients Bidvest, Far Eastern Group, Haniel, Studio 100, Survitec.

Notable practitioners

Michel Bonne is "someone with a commercial approach who provides timely and focused responses in tune with what clients want from a deal." He advises an impressive range of private equity clients on cross-border transactions in a variety of sectors, including energy, real estate and biotechnology. He also has experience in corporate restructuring matters, assisting NYK, K Line and Mitsui OSK Lines with the Belgian aspects of a JPY300 billion joint venture and business integration.

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contrast - Corporate/M&A Department

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Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Bart Bellen and Herlinde Burez
- 2 partners
- 12 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Transactional boutique advising domestic and multinational clients on M&A transactions and corporate matters. Well regarded in the Belgian market for its extensive knowledge of the M&A landscape as well as its highly respected expertise on competition law elements of transactions such as merger control.

Strengths One client greatly appreciates the firm's dedication to its clients' businesses, adding that "their key strengths are pragmatism and the fact they know the specifications of the Belgian market and have the right contacts with the authorities. They are easy to reach and go the extra mile to get the deal done."

Others echo a similar sentiment: "They are a very strong team, capable of acting quickly and with high standards. They are really adding material value to a complex process by being flexible and pragmatic, as well as high quality."

Notable practitioners

Bart Bellen is head of the corporate department and advises multinational clients on acquisitions and corporate finance matters. Clients report: "He is determined and considerate. He is good at combining different aspects of a transaction and is able to make a connection between bureaucracy of corporations and the pragmatism of the individual entrepreneur." He is also described as a "very likeable guy who is quick on his feet, intelligent, service-orientated and not afraid to take a position and stand by it."

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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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Cresco Advocaten - Corporate/M&A Department

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Basic facts about the Department
- 4 partners
- 11 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. Continues to attract an impressive array of new clients in the technology, venture capital and private equity sectors.

Strengths One impressed client considers the firm their "first point of contact for anything related to tech and start-ups," and adds: "They are very experienced advisers in the start-up and venture capital field."

Another client praises the team's "proactive and pragmatic" approach and ability to handle "complex transactions where you need to demonstrate certain skills to close the deal."

Work highlights Advised PMV and SmartFin Capital on their joint acquisition of Newtec.

Acted for the shareholders of Parcify on the partial acquisition of the company by bpost.

Significant Clients imec, Fortino Capital, Teneo, Vortex Capital Partners, Gimv.

Notable practitioners

David Dessers is a "problem solver who will really go the extra mile," according to clients. He is also described as "a good listener who will not lengthen negotiations with minor issues, but will still pay attention to the details in a transaction." He is particularly noted for his expertise in the technology sector, regularly advising venture capital and private equity funds on transactions and investments.

Pieter Capiau advises emerging technology companies and large public companies on a wide range of corporate matters. He has recently advised Projective on the sale of a majority stake in the company to Wincor-Nixdorf. Clients regard him as a "very pragmatic" lawyer who is also "good in negotiations in terms of pushing forward the interests of the client."

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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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Jones Day - Corporate/M&A Department

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Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Thomas de Muynck
- 2 partners
- 9 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. The team has made several new hires at both partner and associate level. New clients include Mitsui Chemicals and Sanofi.

Strengths Clients praise the team's proactive steps to align with business interests: "The team make a real big effort to support and understand the business as opposed to taking questions at face value. They seek to understand the underlying question and grasp what is fundamentally important for the business."

Others praise the team's experience dealing with venture capital clients: "The performance was good in that they have good knowledge of the problems associated with venture capital. They know exactly where we are and they know what the stakes are when you are a venture capitalist."

Work highlights Advised new client HeidelbergCement in connection with the EUR312 million sale of shares in Compagnie des Ciments Belges to Cementir Holding.

Acted for Index Ventures on its EUR4 million investment in Silverfin.

Significant Clients Seventure Capital, Platinum Equity, SUEZ, Aleris, Wabtec.

Notable practitioners

Thomas De Muynck is "a tough guy in terms of negotiations" according to clients. He heads the department and focuses on venture capital, private equity and M&A transactions. He frequently acts for Japanese companies, including Bridgestone and Hino Motors, having spent several years practising in Japan during his career.

Luc Houben is experienced in international joint ventures, corporate restructuring and real estate projects. He has a notable focus on the Japanese market and is described as someone "who makes a difference in Japanese transactions." He advised Mitsui Chemicals on its EUR45 million acquisition of a minority shareholding in Belchim Crop Protection.

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Simont Braun - Corporate/M&A Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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

What the team is known for Well known for its experience in transactions involving regulated industries and recommended for its track record for handling domestic, mid-market M&A deals in Belgium. 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 expanded the team with a new hire at partner level.

Strengths One client describes the team as "a real pleasure to work with" due to its "efficient, available, fast-thinking" approach. The same client also highlights the team's strength in depth: "We are extremely pleased with their transactional skills. The partners are supported by very capable junior lawyers."

Others specifically raise the department's corporate expertise in relation to the property sector, praising its "excellent knowledge and flexibility" and adding: "I don't think there are many firms around that are as consistently good as Simont Braun in the field of corporate property transactional law."

Work highlights Acted for Rothschild on its acquisition of L&Co.

Assisted online sales company Vente-Exclusive.com, with the acquisition of a majority stake in Danish company Designers & Friends.

Significant Clients Degroof Petercam, Mithra Pharmaceuticals, CPH Banque, P&V Assurances.

Notable practitioners

Sandrine Hirsch advises clients on cross-border M&A transactions, with notable experience in public offerings and takeover bids. She is also praised for her expertise relating to corporate finance and real estate and is described as "very conscientious, to the point and really open to discussion," as well as being "very effective in getting a transaction executed; she was very commercial and took ownership of the deal."

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Strelia - Corporate/M&A Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Olivier Clevenbergh
- 4 partners
- 9 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 telecoms, insurance, food and retail. Recently gained Burger King, Mitel Group and Hershel Supply Corporation as new clients.

Strengths The team is praised for its client-oriented approach: "The reason we continue to use Strelia is because they go out of their way for the customer and take the initiative, so we can fully rely on them. They have all expertise in-house and good business lawyers who know how to negotiate a deal."

Others highlight Strelia's speed and its contribution on the the local elements of international deals: "They offer a fast service and to-the-point answers and are embedded in a strong international network so are able to offer fast, focused and pragmatic advice on local issues."

Work highlights Acted for ING on the launch of a new payment and loyalty system through a joint venture investment with KBC.

Advised EOS Group on its acquisition of Contentia.

Significant Clients Accor Hotels, Carrefour, Europem, Sapa Group, Keolis Group.

Notable practitioners

Olivier Clevenbergh is described by sources as a "delight to deal with" and garners particular praise from clients for his responsiveness. He recently advised the shareholders of MS Découpe on the sale of 100% of the company's share capital to Simpson Strong Tie and has notable experience handling corporate litigation.

Gisèle Rosselle handles both domestic and cross-border M&A and private equity transactions, recently advising Mitel Group on the divestiture of its direct sales business to BKM. She is described by sources as a "very creative" lawyer and "very much a consensus-seeker in negotiations." Clients value her "in-depth knowledge of the subject matter and pragmatic, fit-for-purpose approach."

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ALTIUS - Corporate/M&A Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Carine Van Regenmortel, Tom Vantroyen and Jérôme Vermeylen
- 3 partners
- 9 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 telecoms and insurance. Regularly assists Belgian and foreign private equity funds as well as multinational companies. Recent client wins include Saab, Viasat and MSD.

Strengths Clients praise the firm's contribution to cross-border acquisitions: "The team are able to collaborate with other lawyers, share ideas and are very able to handle cross-border deals. They are flexible enough to understand the needs of other parties and are balanced in the sense that they are good commercially and good at creating and managing a big network of relationships."

Others lauded the department's "pragmatic way of solving challenges," adding: "The team is easy to work with, fast, accurate and willing to go the extra mile to get things in place."

Work highlights Acted for Altice on matters relating to the EUR400 million sale of Coditel Brabant to Telenet.

Advised Wincor Nixdorf on the acquisition of a majority stake in Projective.

Significant Clients Sanoma, Heineken, CRH, Blackstone, MAPFRE.

Notable practitioners

Carine Van Regenmortel, Jérôme Vermeylen and Tom Vantroyen head the department and are key contacts for clients.

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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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DLA Piper UK LLP - Corporate/M&A Department

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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, the department is increasingly active on venture capital and private equity matters, working on new mandates with clients such as Vendis Capital, Rabo and Indufin. Also noted for its increasing focus on the renewable energy sector, including matters involving the African continent.

Strengths One client says: "We appreciate that they provide swift answers to questions and give us an opinion in terms we can understand, rather than a lengthy legal analysis. They are pragmatic, fast and to-the-point."

Others praise the team's "client-centric, pragmatic approach and in-depth M&A know-how."

Work highlights Advised Showpad on its USD50 million capital round, which raised venture capital investment from Insight Venture Partners and others.

Acted for Takeda on its EUR10 million equity investment in TiGenix.

Significant Clients BASF, Pfizer, bpost, Zoetis, GE.

Notable practitioners

Koen Selleslags advises Belgian and international companies on a wide range of corporate issues, with an increasing focus on private equity and venture capital transactions. Clients view him as "someone who can make a difference in a transaction" and as someone who is "looking for solutions" in a "pragmatic way."

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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
- 4 partners
- 3 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well-regarded corporate offering advising multinational clients from a wide range of industries. Offers expertise in cross-border M&A and private equity transactions and in corporate restructuring and governance issues. Particularly active in the retail, healthcare, IT and construction sectors. The team has recently expanded following the hiring of new up-and-coming partner Thomas Lenne, from Baker McKenzie.

Strengths One client is particularly impressed with the speed of response and the high level of partner involvement.

Work highlights Advised Sonova Holding on its EUR830 million acquisition of AudioNova.

Assisted Autodistribution with its acquisition of Doyen Auto.

Significant Clients Eiffage, E-Capital, Mobivia Groupe, Serviceplan International, BSit.com.

Notable practitioners

Marie Evrard advises a wide range of international clients on M&A transactions, private equity matters and joint ventures. She recently advised Groupe Beaumanoir on corporate matters relating to the significant restructuring of its Belgian activities.

Thomas Lenne recently joined the firm from Baker McKenzie and focuses on private equity, venture capital and corporate restructuring.

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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
- 7 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, with a particular focus on the biotech and cleantech sectors. Has close ties to accountancy firm Deloitte, with which it collaborates on numerous projects.

Strengths One client calls the team "very good professionals and very pragmatic," adding: "They are very solution-orientated and remain calm in very high-pressure circumstances."

Others praise the firm's "layered and well-oiled collaboration between different specialists, converging in a focused approach."

Work highlights Acted for entrepreneur Gerd Van Steen on matters relating to his EUR25 million LBO of Deco Print.

Advised Alimax on the sale of ISPC to Sligro Food Group.

Significant Clients Greenyard Foods, Port of Antwerp International, LRM, Montea, Sarens.

Notable practitioners

Clients view David Roelens as "down to earth, pragmatic and someone you can really count on in a transaction." He specialises in real estate transactions, private equity and cross-border M&A. He recently acted for Connect Group on the public offering of new shares.

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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
- 16 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. Popular choice as Belgian co-counsel working together with international firms for cross-border mandates.

Strengths One source says the firm offers "fantastic quality and excellent knowledge of the law. The team is very pragmatic, responsive and a pleasure to work with."

Others say the team is "very efficient, very responsive and very economical."

Work highlights Assisted Enstar with its EUR36 million acquisition of Nationale Suisse Assurances.

Advised Q-Park on its EUR30 million acquisition of shares in six related companies with strategic real estate value.

Significant Clients Dun & Bradstreet, Naxicap Partners, Coil, Baloise, ARB Investment Partners.

Notable practitioners

Peter De Ryck is managing partner at the firm and has broad experience handling M&A and private equity transactions. He acts on domestic and cross-border matters, handling deals in many industries including real estate. He is "commercially aware, pragmatic and technically sound," according to clients.

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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
- Heads of department: Bart Lintermans and Klaas Thibaut
- 4 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Growing corporate practice handling 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. Recent client wins include WunderKraut.

Strengths One client draws a distinction between QUINZ and larger firms in the market: "The main difference is QUINZ's speed of advice. They make you feel important as a client, with high-quality service. At the same time they are very sound lawyers who get quickly to the essence of the case."

Others highlight the team's "good understanding and good relationship" with its clients and particularly recommend it as a high-quality option for mid-sized companies and SMEs.

Work highlights Advised Green Park Investment Partners on the sale of EFK Glass Group.

Assisted new client Paragon Partners on its investment in Novagraaf.

Significant Clients Holding Communal, UCB Pharma, Janssen Pharmaceutica, Unilever, Ricoh.

Notable practitioners

Bart Lintermans is valued by clients for his "client service and extremely hands-on approach." He advises on M&A, private equity and joint ventures. He recently acted on the complex liquidation of Holding Communal, a former shareholder of Dexia Bank, which included the divestment of several valuable corporate assets.

Klaas Thibaut focuses on private equity transactions and M&A as well as advising both borrowers and lenders on finance transactions. He recently advised Green Park Investment Partners on investment into the group by Sofindev. Clients describe him as a "smart and pragmatic young lawyer who will not get hung up on small points." He is also praised for his "great technical knowledge and commercial awareness" and is described as someone who remains "friendly even in tough negotiations."

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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
- Heads of department: Thierry Bosly and Muriel Alhadeff
- 2 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Successful corporate team with a particular focus on 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. Recent activity includes numerous cross-border M&A deals and corporate reorganisations.

Strengths One client highlights the team's "knowledge of all the technicalities of the law" as a key strength, adding: "The unique selling point of the firm is that you have partners who are really capable of advising you because they do deals every day and have a great understanding of the psychology of the parties around the table They never underestimate the human aspect of a deal."

Work highlights Acted for Zetes Industries as the target on the EUR150 million sale of a controlling interest in the company to Panasonic.

Advised Crédit Mutuel Arkéa on the acquisition of Keytrade Bank.

Notable practitioners

Thierry Bosly has a finance background, assisting with cross-border M&A, LBOs, joint ventures and equity investments. One client praises his negotiation skills: "Whenever a deal meets a deadlock, he will come up with a proposal to drive the deal forward." He advised Cobepa on its equity share in JF Hillebrand Group.

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Senior Statesperson

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Jan Meyers is a "really outstanding" lawyer according to clients and is considered a "rainmaker in the Belgian market." A long-standing leading individual in Belgian M&A, his practice focuses on corporate governance and complex mergers. He recently advised bpost on its takeover bid for PostNL.

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Eminent Practitioner

Jean-Pierre Blumberg

Linklaters

From the Chambers Europe guide

Jean-Pierre Blumberg is global co-head of the firm's M&A practice. He is widely regarded as a "super reference" in Belgium for corporate law, public and private M&A and equity capital market transactions. He advised Immobel on its EUR488 million merger with Allfin.

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Eminent Practitioner

Stibbe

From the Chambers Europe guide

Jan Peeters is the firm's managing parter and regarded as "one of the finest technical lawyers in the Belgian market." Clients add: "He really knows the ins and outs of transactions with listed entities and is very familiar with practices adopted by Belgian regulators." He recently advised long-term client Kinepolis on the sale of four cinemas.

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Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Laurent Legein focuses on equity capital markets transactions and private equity, recently assisting Ontex with matters relating to its USD300 million acquisition of the Personal Hygiene Business of Hypermarcas. Clients view him as "someone who understands the commercial dynamics of a deal and views the interests of both parties, particularly where private equity is involved."  He is also described as "very committed" and "a good deal maker who facilitates the  process and finds solutions."

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Allen & Overy LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Dirk Meeus is described as "one of the most senior M&A lawyers in Belgium and an important partner at domestic and international level." Clients are impressed by his track record in large M&A transactions and regard him as "pragmatic and approachable." He recently advised iMinds on its merger with imec.

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ARGO LAW

From the Chambers Europe guide

Nico Goossens principally advises private equity funds and focuses on public transactions, including IPOs and public takeover bids. Clients regard him as "technical lawyer who knows the tiny details of company codes and complex transactional work" and who excels in "really technical corporate work, particularly mergers." He recently acted as issuer's counsel to TINC on its EUR76 million public offering and capital increase.

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Deborah Janssens specialises in corporate financing, capital markets and M&A transactions. Clients say: "I like that she connects people. Through her network, she can refer you to someone who might have experienced the same problem. Nothing is too much for her and she really goes the extra mile for clients in digging for potential solutions." Telenet is amongst her key clients and she recently assisted the company with the sale of Ortel Mobile to Lycamobile.

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Vincent Macq's ability to handle challenging multi-jurisdictional mandates impressed one client, who describes him as "very smart and creative" and notes how "he was able to manage the complexity of the deal." The client adds that Macq is "a good diplomat when dealing with many parties around the table and is able to manage different groups and individual interests and find compromises, proving that he is a very good negotiator. He also comes up with practical solutions that take business constraints into account." As well as the landmark Anheuser-Busch InBev and SABMiller deal, he also advised Viohalco on a set of cross-border mergers and the primary listing of its subsidiary, Cenergy, on Euronext Brussels.

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Pierre-Olivier Mahieu

Allen & Overy LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Pierre-Olivier Mahieu is considered to be a "very well-respected corporate lawyer in Belgium." He advises private equity clients as well as clients in the oil and gas industry, recently assisting Total with its acquisition of Lampiris. One client highlights his ability to handle cross-border M&A transactions as a key strength: "He understands different cultures and doesn't just look at the world from a Brussels point of view. He has developed a deep understanding of our business and understands contracts and business opportunities. He finds solutions and is very to-the-point. He doesn't just present himself as an expert just explaining the rules, but is part of the decision-making process."

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Stibbe

From the Chambers Europe guide

Stefan Odeurs espouses a "good combination of being both knowledgeable and entrepreneurial," according to clients, who also highlight his negotiation skills as a key strength. He acts for private equity clients in connection with leveraged transactions and divestments, recently advising a number of parties in relation to a tertiary buy-out of Novy Group.

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Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Europe guide

Koen Vanhaerents is the firm's head of global capital markets and focuses on private equity transactions and both public and private M&A. He advised BMT Group in relation to the cross-border acquisition of VCST HoldCo, and is regarded by commentators as "one of the leading M&A lawyers in Belgium."

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Geert Verhoeven is regarded as an "excellent" lawyer by his clients. Peers also recognise him as a leading M&A lawyer who is particularly visible in the market, having recently advised a group of private equity and venture capital funds as the sellers on the EUR68 million sale of Multiplicom to Agilent. 

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Eubelius

From the Chambers Europe guide

Marieke Wyckaert is described as both "commercially and technically impressive" and is considered "an authority in her field" by peers. Highly regarded in the market for her academic background, she specialises in corporate governance, takeover bids and securities matters.

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Band 3

contrast

From the Chambers Europe guide

Bart Bellen is head of the corporate department and advises multinational clients on acquisitions and corporate finance matters. Clients report: "He is determined and considerate. He is good at combining different aspects of a transaction and is able to make a connection between bureaucracy of corporations and the pragmatism of the individual entrepreneur." He is also described as a "very likeable guy who is quick on his feet, intelligent, service-orientated and not afraid to take a position and stand by it."

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Band 3

Van Bael & Bellis

From the Chambers Europe guide

Michel Bonne is "someone with a commercial approach who provides timely and focused responses in tune with what clients want from a deal." He advises an impressive range of private equity clients on cross-border transactions in a variety of sectors, including energy, real estate and biotechnology. He also has experience in corporate restructuring matters, assisting NYK, K Line and Mitsui OSK Lines with the Belgian aspects of a JPY300 billion joint venture and business integration.

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Band 3

Loyens & Loeff

From the Chambers Europe guide

Peter Callens advises clients in the insurance, manufacturing and healthcare industries on M&A and private equity transactions. He assisted Cappelle Holding in relation to the acquisition of Cappelle Pigments by Ferro.

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Band 3

Olivier Clevenbergh

Strelia

From the Chambers Europe guide

Olivier Clevenbergh is described by sources as a "delight to deal with" and garners particular praise from clients for his responsiveness. He recently advised the shareholders of MS Découpe on the sale of 100% of the company's share capital to Simpson Strong Tie and has notable experience handling corporate litigation.

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Linklaters

From the Chambers Europe guide

Arnaud Coibion is experienced handling international joint ventures, private equity transactions as well as cross-border M&A. Clients recognise his key strengths as his "proactivity and experience" and describe him as "very knowledgeable on M&A." He advised SABMiller on its merger with Anheuser-Busch InBev.

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Lydian

From the Chambers Europe guide

Peter De Ryck is managing partner at the firm and has broad experience handling M&A and private equity transactions. He acts on domestic and cross-border matters, handling deals in many industries including real estate. He is "commercially aware, pragmatic and technically sound," according to clients.

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Cresco Advocaten

From the Chambers Europe guide

David Dessers is a "problem solver who will really go the extra mile," according to clients. He is also described as "a good listener who will not lengthen negotiations with minor issues, but will still pay attention to the details in a transaction." He is particularly noted for his expertise in the technology sector, regularly advising venture capital and private equity funds on transactions and investments.

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Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Xavier Dieux of Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP focuses on public offerings, corporate governance issues and M&A transactions. Sources praise his academic credentials: "He is an academic who writes outstanding papers and whose knowledge of corporate law is one of the best in the market."

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Band 3

Simont Braun

From the Chambers Europe guide

Sandrine Hirsch advises clients on cross-border M&A transactions, with notable experience in public offerings and takeover bids. She is also praised for her expertise relating to corporate finance and real estate and is described as "very conscientious, to the point and really open to discussion," as well as being "very effective in getting a transaction executed; she was very commercial and took ownership of the deal."

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Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Europe guide

Dominique Maes is "pragmatic and realistic when it comes to risk," according to one client, who adds: "Nothing is a disaster or potential nuclear bomb. He understands the risks we should and should not take and he wants to make the transaction happen. He is results-orientated and always looking for the perfect result rather than the perfect scenario." Alongside M&A, he is experienced handling venture capital transactions and corporate restructuring. Clients also describe him as a "technically highly skilled lawyer who is able to identify the key strategic issues of a deal very quickly."

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Linklaters

From the Chambers Europe guide

Eric Pottier is a "responsive and knowledgeable" M&A lawyer, according to clients. He also advises on private equity transactions and handles corporate litigation. He recently advised Telecom Luxembourg Private Operator on its acquisition of the Luxembourg international connectivity network.

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Strelia

From the Chambers Europe guide

Gisèle Rosselle handles both domestic and cross-border M&A and private equity transactions, recently advising Mitel Group on the divestiture of its direct sales business to BKM. She is described by sources as a "very creative" lawyer and "very much a consensus-seeker in negotiations." Clients value her "in-depth knowledge of the subject matter and pragmatic, fit-for-purpose approach."

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Band 3

Laurent A Ruzette

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Laurent Ruzette acts for financial institutions, handling major restructuring and litigation. Also noted for his expertise in the energy sector, he is experienced in acquisition financing and privatisation. He represented Safinco in its acquisition of a 23.5% stake in Vandemoortele.

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Band 3

LIME

From the Chambers Europe guide

Thierry Tilquin handles M&A transactions in regulated sectors and is experienced advising on a range of corporate governance matters. He regularly advises clients in the real estate and banking sectors.

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Wouter Van de Voorde

Allen & Overy LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Wouter Van de Voorde advised Exmar on the disposal of its assets and interests in various gas and energy projects and regularly assists with joint ventures and private placements. "His key strength is as a deal maker. He is commercial, but also has a good oversight of all the aspects of the deal," according to clients.

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Band 3

Eubelius

From the Chambers Europe guide

Matthias Wauters advises on a wide range of corporate matters, including public and private M&A, capital transactions and corporate litigation. Clients admire his ability to "come up with good solutions and help during negotiations." He advised Siat in connection with the sale of palm oil assets to Olam Palm Gabon.

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Band 4

White & Case

From the Chambers Europe guide

Thierry Bosly has a finance background, assisting with cross-border M&A, LBOs, joint ventures and equity investments. One client praises his negotiation skills: "Whenever a deal meets a deadlock, he will come up with a proposal to drive the deal forward." He advised Cobepa on its equity share in JF Hillebrand Group.

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Jones Day

From the Chambers Europe guide

Thomas De Muynck is "a tough guy in terms of negotiations" according to clients. He heads the department and focuses on venture capital, private equity and M&A transactions. He frequently acts for Japanese companies, including Bridgestone and Hino Motors, having spent several years practising in Japan during his career.

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CMS

From the Chambers Europe guide

Vincent Dirckx of CMS acts for large corporations and investment funds on cross-border M&A and private equity transactions. Clients describe him as "very easy to work with," while one adds: "He has a good mix in that he is a good listener and understands the client's needs, but he dares to disagree and offer alternative suggestions if the client is not going in the right way." He has recently acted as legal counsel to Delhaize on the Belgian aspects of its high-profile merger with Ahold.

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Fieldfisher

From the Chambers Europe guide

Marie Evrard advises a wide range of international clients on M&A transactions, private equity matters and joint ventures. She recently advised Groupe Beaumanoir on corporate matters relating to the significant restructuring of its Belgian activities.

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Band 4

Stibbe

From the Chambers Europe guide

Dries Hommez advised PMV in relation to the sale of 49% of the Meander to Baloise. He specialises in private equity transactions, real estate deals and corporate finance and is praised by clients for his "highly professional, flexible and pleasant" approach.

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Jones Day

From the Chambers Europe guide

Luc Houben is experienced in international joint ventures, corporate restructuring and real estate projects. He has a notable focus on the Japanese market and is described as someone "who makes a difference in Japanese transactions." He advised Mitsui Chemicals on its EUR45 million acquisition of a minority shareholding in Belchim Crop Protection.

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Band 4

Grégoire Jakhian

Loyens & Loeff

From the Chambers Europe guide

Grégoire Jakhian focuses on takeover bids, civil law, corporate finance and M&A-related dispute resolution. He has notable experience advising US clients on cross-border M&A transactions, recently assisting Iconiq Capital with matters relating to its EUR50 million investment in Collibra.

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Band 4

NautaDutilh

From the Chambers Europe guide

Elke Janssens assists clients with corporate matters including public and private M&A and corporate governance. Clients say they "feel very comfortable in her hands" and describe her as "fast and legally very well aware of regulations and the conventions of transactions." She acted for Fonds Européen des Matériaux on its investments in iStar Medical.

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Allen & Overy LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Hans Kets is experienced in handling acquisitions in the public and private sector and recently assisted Fagron with matters relating to a debt restructuring and a EUR220 million capital raise. According to clients, "he is very nice to work with. He is always calm, straightforward and solution-minded." The same client particularly recommends Kets as being "a good choice for larger Belgian transactions" because "he has a good network and can come to an agreement with all sides."

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QUINZ

From the Chambers Europe guide

Bart Lintermans is valued by clients for his "client service and extremely hands-on approach." He advises on M&A, private equity and joint ventures. He recently acted on the complex liquidation of Holding Communal, a former shareholder of Dexia Bank, which included the divestment of several valuable corporate assets.

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Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Europe guide

Roel Meers is an "effective and efficient" lawyer, considered by clients to be "a go-to guy for any legal questions." He has a particular focus on capital markets transactions, recently advising MDxHealth on its EUR20.4 million listing of new shares on Euronext Brussels.

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Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick

From the Chambers Europe guide

Jacques Meunier focuses on public and private M&A alongside capital markets. He is praised by sources for his commercial approach to transactions.

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Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Jacques Reding is a "terrific all-round lawyer and relationship partner," according to clients. He specialises in cross-border M&A transactions, joint ventures and corporate financing. He acted for Owens Corning on its EUR73 million acquisition of a fabrics business from Ahlstrom.

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Clifford Chance LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Xavier Remy is a "very skilled and pragmatic lawyer who demonstrates a clear willingness to put emotions aside and focus on the deal," according to one client, who also praises his "clear, can-do attitude." His corporate practice has a particular focus on the energy sector, having recently advised Eandis on its auction process and selection of a new private partner following the exit of Electrabel.

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Laga

From the Chambers Europe guide

Clients view David Roelens as "down to earth, pragmatic and someone you can really count on in a transaction." He specialises in real estate transactions, private equity and cross-border M&A. He recently acted for Connect Group on the public offering of new shares.

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Band 4

Rooryck & Co

From the Chambers Europe guide

Peter Rooryck of Rooryck & Co is praised for his "commercial awareness, eye for detail, technical knowledge and client service." His practice is focused on M&A, private equity and capital market transactions. He recently advised Prosafco on several transactions including the acquisition of NWW and STALS&CO.

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DLA Piper UK LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Koen Selleslags advises Belgian and international companies on a wide range of corporate issues, with an increasing focus on private equity and venture capital transactions. Clients view him as "someone who can make a difference in a transaction" and as someone who is "looking for solutions" in a "pragmatic way." 

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Eubelius

From the Chambers Europe guide

Lars Van Bever is particularly noted by clients, who describe him as "very commercial," for his strength in the real estate sector, where he assists clients with securities and M&A transactions. He also acts on private equity and venture capital deals. One client appreciates the "valuable alternative solutions" he offers. 

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Christel Van den Eynden

Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick

From the Chambers Europe guide

Christel Van den Eynden advised Beacon Rail Leasing on the Belgian aspects of its acquisition of Ascendos Rail Leasing and focuses on cross-border M&A transactions, joint ventures and private equity investments.

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NautaDutilh

From the Chambers Europe guide

Dirk van Gerven has extensive experience in acquisitions and corporate restructuring and is described by clients as "an experienced M&A lawyer who understands requirements and process" as well as being "very responsive and effective." He recently advised Bencis on its acquisition of a majority interest in Abriso Holding.

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Pascal Vanden Borre

Stibbe

From the Chambers Europe guide

Pascal Vanden Borre focuses his practice on public offerings, joint ventures and corporate finance. He advised Vandemoortele in connection with the exit of Gimv as a shareholder following the sale of its stake to Safinco. Clients perceive him as someone who will remain adaptable in negotiations and keep all doors open for the client, adding that he "doesn't lose sight of the end goal."

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Frederic Verspreeuwen

Astrea

From the Chambers Europe guide

Frederic Verspreeuwen is the co-head of Astrea's corporate team and advises Belgian and international clients on acquisitions and corporate restructuring. He recently acted for Cronos Group on the sale of its share in Wijs. Clients value his accessibility and describe him as "a good negotiator who is always seeking a solution."

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Up and Coming

Cresco Advocaten

From the Chambers Europe guide

Pieter Capiau advises emerging technology companies and large public companies on a wide range of corporate matters. He has recently advised Projective on the sale of a majority stake in the company to Wincor-Nixdorf. Clients regard him as a "very pragmatic" lawyer who is also "good in negotiations in terms of pushing forward the interests of the client."

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Up and Coming

Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick

From the Chambers Europe guide

Damien Conem advises on cross-border M&A transactions, private equity and corporate restructuring, recently acting for Sonaca on its acquisition of the issued share capital in Active Space Technologies.

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Up and Coming

Clifford Chance LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Niek De Pauw has recently been promoted to partner. He advised the Marguerite Fund on the increase of its stake in C-Power and generally focuses on public and private acquisitions, joint ventures and equity capital markets. Clients describe him as a "young partner with good technical skills, who is both calm and composed and very pleasant to work with."

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Up and Coming

Fieldfisher

From the Chambers Europe guide

Thomas Lenne recently joined the firm from Baker McKenzie and focuses on private equity, venture capital and corporate restructuring.

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Up and Coming

QUINZ

From the Chambers Europe guide

Klaas Thibaut focuses on private equity transactions and M&A as well as advising both borrowers and lenders on finance transactions. He recently advised Green Park Investment Partners on investment into the group by Sofindev. Clients describe him as a "smart and pragmatic young lawyer who will not get hung up on small points." He is also praised for his "great technical knowledge and commercial awareness" and is described as someone who remains "friendly even in tough negotiations."

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Associates to watch

Allen & Overy LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Frederiek Adams has assisted notable private equity clients with significant acquisitions. One client describes him as "a rising star of the office and one of my favourite lawyers to work with in Belgium," before adding: "He is brilliant from a technical point of view and hyper-efficient in negotiations." Others say he is "very to-the-point, quickly up to speed, creative and committed." 

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Associates to watch

HVG Law

From the Chambers Europe guide

Tom Swinnen recently moved from Van Bael & Bellis to HVG Law and is experienced advising on private equity and venture capital transactions as well as international listed companies. Clients point to his "clarity of communication" as a key strength and describe him as "patient, proactive, energetic and kind."

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