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Koen Vanhaerents

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Baker McKenzie LLP

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Capital Markets, Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity, Corporate Finance.


Koen Vanhaerents is a Partner in the Brussels office. He advises Belgian and foreign clients on a wide range of corporate finance operations (both public and private) and complex corporate law issues, in a wide variety of industries including banking and insurance, biotech, software and airline, telecommunications, food, electronics, e-commerce industries. Koen is also closely involved in numerous operations (IPO; P2P; block trades) and takeovers on the Belgian capital markets, private equity transactions and mergers and acquisitions.


Koen joined Baker McKenzie in 1987 and became Partner in 1994. He was Chairman of the Firm’s Policy Committee from 2005 to 2008 and Managing Partner of the Belgian Offices from 2000 to 2009. From 1989 to 1995 he was a teaching assistant of company law classes at KULeuven. From 2002 to 2007 he taught Private Equity law at KULeuven as a teaching fellow (“praktijklector”). From 2009 to 2014, Koen was a member of Baker McKenzie's Executive Committee and Chairman of the Firm's EMEA Region. Since October 2014, he is the Firm's Head of Global Capital Markets. He also heads the Corporate Finance Practice Group of Baker McKenzie in Belgium.


Dutch, English and French.


Koen is a member of the Brussels Bar.


Koen Vanhaerents has a Law Degree from KULeuven (1986), a Baccalaureus Degree in Philosophy from KULeuven (1985) and a Masters of Law Degree (LL.M.) from UC Berkeley (CA), USA. (1987)


Banking, finance and capital markets

Within: Banking, finance and capital markets

Responsive, knowledgeable and pragmatic’, Baker McKenzie CVBA/SCRL’s banking, finance and capital markets group is best known for its lender-side work, though it also counts major financial institutions among its clients. In equity capital markets, the team’s recent highlights include acting as underwriters’ counsel and as tax transactional counsel to Tinc on the €76.7m capital increase of Tinc by means of a rights offering. Its acquisition finance highlights include advising TVH Group on a facilities agreement with BNP Paribas Fortis connected to the contemplated public takeover of Lavendon Group. Antoine De Raeve, Roel Meers and Koen Vanhaerents, who heads the capital markets team, are noted.

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Commercial, corporate and M&A

Within: Leading individuals

Koen Vanhaerents - Baker McKenzie CVBA/SCRL

Within: Commercial, corporate and M&A

Baker McKenzie CVBA/SCRL’s team has ‘a solution-driven approach’ and a broad private and public M&A practice, where it takes leading roles on significant global transactions. A cross-office team including Roel Meers in Belgium and partners in Japan advised Panasonic on the €294m acquisition of Zetes Industries. Practice head Koen Vanhaerents worked alongside UK-based colleagues in assisting TVH Group with its proposed public takeover of Lavendon. Davinia Martens was promoted to the partnership and Dominique Maes is also noted.

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Private equity

Within: Private equity

Koen Vanhaerents heads the private equity practice at Baker McKenzie CVBA/SCRL, the strengths of which echo those of the firm as a whole, and include a strong capacity to handle multi-jurisdictional transactions for well-known clients. On the seller side, recent highlights include its advice to Oystershell on its acquisition by Gilde; Luc Meeus and Davinia Martens led the advice. Meeus also assisted Valience with a substantial new financing round of Feops. The highly experienced Dominique Maes is another key figure.

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