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Luc Defaix

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Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV

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Luc Defaix joined Pels Rijcken in June 2016. His goal is to further develop the Corporate/M&A practice within the firm. Luc has a track record in national and international M&A and related auction processes. He also regularly advises on joint ventures, and shareholders and participation agreements. His regular clients include corporates, private equity firms, informal investors, family businesses and governmental institutions. Before Luc joined Pels Rijcken, he was partner with AKD managing AKD’s Eindhoven office. Between 2006 and 2010 Luc worked for the well respected private equity firm Penguin Ventures. In this period Luc was primarily responsible for the acquisitions of the management/investment company. He also gained operational experience in the various technical industrial portfolio companies. It is such a broad experience that Luc's clients recognize and appreciate so much.


Commercial, corporate and M&a

Within: Commercial, corporate and M&a

Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV is described as 'an excellent team providing top-quality services from top-notch partners' and is capable of 'turning true know-how into practical advice'. The 'creative' Luc Defaix leads the practice and 'is very good at keeping parties moving forward through good negotiations'. Senior associate Carel van Swaay is also noted for being 'effective in getting deals closed'. Senior associate Margriet Middelkoop joined the team in November 2018 from De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek. The team advised KPN which acquired 100% of the shares in QSight IT from private equity firm Holland Venture.

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