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Tom Swinnen

Work 32497662090
EY Law

Work Department

Corporate and M&A


Tom heads the transactions / M&A department of HVG. He advises both international and national (incl. family-owned and medium sized) clients within the framework of high-level M&A matters. He and his team regularly act as lead counsel in complex inbound or outbound cross-border deals. Tom acts as ‘trusted advisor’ for a number of key clients both in corporate and commercial matters, and is highly regarded for his service-minded and client-oriented style.


Tom joined HVG as head of the transactions / M&A departement of HGV in July 2017. Before joining HVG, Tom worked at the M&A departement of (a) the Brussels office of the US law firm Thompson Hine LLP and the ) and (b) the leading independant Belgian competition and trade boutique firm Van Bael & Bellis.


Dutch, English, French


Member of the Brussels' Bar


Tom obtained his Master in Law at the University of Leuven (KUL 2006). He also obtained a Master in Economic Law at the University of Brussels (ULB 2007), a Master in Company Law at the University of Brussels/Leuven (HUB-KUB 2010) and a Postgraduate in Corporate Finance at the University of Leuven (KUL 2012). Tom is a member of the Brussels Bar since 2007. Prior to joining HVG, Tom worked with the transactions department of a leading independent Belgian boutique law firm and an international US Law firm. Tom is recommended for Corporate/M&A by all leading legal directories. In addition, Tom is a researcher at the Financial Law Institute of the Ghent University (UGent), focusing on corporate law, and regularly lectures on corporate/M&A and company law matters.


Horses (show jumping)


Commercial, corporate and M&A

Within: Commercial, corporate and M&A

EY (formerly HVG Advocaten-Avocats) has offices in Brussels, Ghent and Antwerp and leverages its team of legal, tax and financial advisors to offer a multi-disciplinary approach to corporate transactions and advice. In a recent work highlight, the 'solution-driven, knowledgeable and pro-active' group acted for E.On on its envisaged acquisition of three wind energy holding companies from Vortex Energy Group. Peter Suykens and Tom Swinnen are key names to note and head up the corporate and transactional practices respectively. Antwerp-based senior associate Lindsey Clare provides 'timely, knowledgeable and to-the-point' advice.

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