Allen & Overy LLP maintains its leading role in cross-border M&A, advising a combination of major domestic and international clients, particularly within the financial services sector, on acquisitions, exits and joint ventures, providing integrated tax, regulatory and disputes expertise on complex deals. The firm also handles private equity and capital markets advice, and has advised on two leading Belgian SPAC deals. Practice head Wouter Van De Voorde is a prolific deal adviser, working with private equity, financial services companies, and public and private corporates, while Dirk Meeus also has a strong record in global mergers. Pierre-Olivier Mahieu is a senior player in the market, who regularly advises on cross-border deals, notably involving Chinese and Spanish elements, and Hans Kets focuses on public company M&A. Frederiek Adams has played a leading role in the firm’s SPAC deals, while counsel Sophie Rutten specialises in public M&A and equity capital markets.
Commercial, corporate and M&A in Belgium
Allen & Overy LLP
Wouter Van de Voorde
Other key lawyers:
Dirk Meeus; Pierre-Olivier Mahieu; Hans Kets; Friederiek Adams; Sophie Rutten; Edward Taelman
‘Very good expertise: A&O delivers top quality, availability is very high, easy to access.’
‘Pierre-Olivier Mahieux: delivers top quality. High availability: he always picks up the phone to help. He is very solution oriented.’
‘Highly experienced, specialized and hands-on M&A practice, starring Hans Kets. On the technology side, A&O’s leadership in legaltech developments is unprecedented.’
‘Hans Kets is down to earth, highly responsive and keenly interested in market developments with a clear focus on delivering value to clients.’
‘They came out on top because of their proactivity, understanding of the problem and hands on approach.’
‘Wouter Van de Voorde: quick turn around time, available, experienced, thorough and good listening skills.’
‘Perfect integration with other offices globally. Responsive and open to discuss and stick to alternative fee arrangements.’
‘Frederiek Adams knows exactly when to stand up and when to lay low and let his partners shine, taking into account what his client needs. Edward Taelman is an extremely bright senior associate, who translates complex IP matters into a clear, pragmatic explanation, he picks up topics as if he is an insider.’
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton retains a blue-chip client base, advising high-profile domestic and international companies on large-scale M&A, capital markets and private equity transactions, financing, and board-level corporate governance issues. The Brussels-based team regularly acts as lead counsel on multijurisdictional deals, including those originating outside of Belgium, and is otherwise involved in the global firm’s M&A offering. Practice heads Laurent Legein and Laurent Ruzette are prolific dealmakers, leading on major mandates in industries including telecoms and automotives, while Jan Meyers remains active in corporate disputes following his move to a senior counsel role. Recently promoted partner Marijke Spooren is an emerging leader within the space, handling transactions, securities issues, and corporate governance matters.
‘Strong team, really united and 100% dedicated.’
‘Very efficient. Exceptional quality at associate level.’
‘Top capabilities, top experience, responsive, massive experience, recognised by peers to be among the best, Overall top firm.‘
Ackermans & van Haaren
Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev)
BNP Paribas/BNP Paribas Fortis
CVC Capital Partners
- Advising Nethys on a number of significant transactions including the privatisation process for VOO SA, a leading cable operator and mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) active in most parts of Wallonia.
- Advising bpost NV/SA on its negotiations with BNP Paribas Fortis NV/SA relating to bpost’s and BNPPF’s partnership for bpost bank NV/SA.
- Advising Groupe Novasep SAS, a portfolio company of Silver Point Capital and Blackrock, on the sale of the entire share capital of Henogen SA to Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc.
Clifford Chance advises on a wide range of major transactions, including cross-border M&A, joint ventures, and private equity investments, regularly leading on global mandates from its Brussels office. The team is also active across project financing and innovative activist shareholder issues, a relatively new development within the Belgian market. Alongside private equity investors, clients include a wide range of energy, tech, telecoms, and financial services companies. Practice heads Xavier Remy and Niek De Pauw combine transactional expertise with strong regulatory and corporate law knowledge, specialising in energy work and capital markets-related matters respectively. Senior associate Patrice Viaene continues to build his profile within private equity, particularly energy investments.
‘Very commercially focused team with an ability to break down the complex to the simple. The team I would liaise with most are Patrice Viaene and Audrey Demeyer. Both are exceptional calibre lawyers who always bring a solution driven mindset to any deal.’
‘Patrice Viaene – brilliant negotiating skills and always available. Patrice has the uncanny ability to motivate all stakeholders in a transaction to finding a solution.‘
‘Audrey Demeyer is a very diligent adviser and always quick to respond to requests.’
‘Very client and service focused.’
‘Patrice Viaene is without doubt the most exceptional associate I have ever worked with.‘
Ardian / Dedalus Holding
Mitsui & Co.
Corialis / CVC
Sitecore / EQT
Merieux Equity Partners
- Advised EQT Infrastructure on its joint venture agreement with Proximus for the roll-out of a fiber network for at least 1.5 million households and businesses in the Flemish Region of Belgium.
- Advised Kingspan on the acquisition of 100% of the Logstor group.
- Advised Corialis and its management on the sale of the Corialis group by CVC Capital to Astorg and the subsequent reinvestment by management and CVC Capital into the structure majority owned by Astorg.
Baker McKenzie CVBA/SCRL
Baker McKenzie CVBA/SCRL handles a wide range of domestic and cross-border transactions in various industries, with a strong focus on biotech, healthcare and financial services. The team advises on public and private M&A, private equity investments, and complex cross-border carve-outs and group restructurings, working as part of the firm’s global M&A offering. Roel Meers heads up the practice, advising on M&A and capital markets transactions, with Koen Vanhaerents and Dominique Maes both highly active in transactions, takeovers, and corporate governance matters. Luc Meeus focuses on fund structuring, private equity, and tax planning, while Davinia Martens has expertise in M&A, venture capital, and corporate governance.
Other key lawyers:
Koen Vanhaerents; Dominique Maes; Davinia Martens; Luc Meeus
‘Hands-on, very knowledgeable about the subject matter, creative, solutions-oriented, seeing the big picture.’
‘The team really understands the business. The team is good at providing advice on market standards, what is and what is not essential to negotiate, how to manage the process, etc.’
‘Our key contact is Dominique Maes, who has proven to be sharp, high quality, flexible and quick to deliver. Able to quickly get international teams organized. Has an outstanding understanding of the business and is very pleasant to work with.’
‘Profound knowledge of all aspects of law and case law, incl. application in international setting, experience in local & international environment and interpretations by different legal backgrounds.’
‘Solution oriented anticipation of potential conflicts, international experience.’
‘No unnecessary alarms in due diligence, very good legal risk management decisions and approach. Capability to manage complex cross border transactions with multiple corporate work streams in jurisdictions over all of Europe.’
‘Koen Vanhaerents in particular- alignment between outside counsel and in-house counsel to focus on the true issues and get the deal done. No unnecessary alarms in due diligence, very good legal risk management decisions and approach.’
Mithra Pharmaceuticals SA
Bryan, Garnier & Co
KBC Group (including KBC Securities NV)
Sequana Medical NV
Belgian Growth Fund
VPK Packaging Group
Core Equity Partners
Arrow Electronics, Inc.
BlueGem Capital Partners
CVC Capital Partners
Vicinity Affordable Housing Fund
Cadence Design Systems, Inc.
KeBek Private Equity
Ergon Capital Partners
Arcus Infrastructure Partners
- Advised Ergon Capital Partners on its buy-out of Summa from Gimv.
- Advised FPIM/SFPI and a consortium on an acquisition of a 9.7% stake in Euroclear NV.
- Advised Korys Investments on the acquisition of a minority share in Newspharma from management.
DLA Piper advises domestic and international clients on M&A, joint ventures, private equity investments, and broad corporate governance and compliance issues. The firm is also active in commercial contracting and litigation, handling sensitive negotiations and disputes. Sector focuses include financial services and pharma, with a number of multinational players among the team’s clients. The practice is headed by Caroline Daout, with Erwin Simons and Koen Selleslags also key contributors, alongside Michaël Heene, who continues to develop his profile within the market.
Other key lawyers:
Gregg Moons; Charlotte Peeters; Erwin Simons; Koen Selleslags; Michaël Heene
‘High availability – insurance sector specific knowledge and experience.’
‘Pierre Berger: outstanding knowledge of the insurance sector’
‘Very engaged to the client.’
‘The corporate team is very knowledgeable, spot-on, responsive and can recommend them in all possible ways.‘
‘Gregg Moons – Gregg is very client oriented, good at communication and follow-up, extremely friendly but professional and always delivers top quality work.‘
‘Michael Heene is very client oriented, listens to his client carefully and delivers exactly what was requested. He is responsive and very knowledgeable of his field.’
‘The DLA Piper team can offer multi-disciplinary advise like no other law firm. The speed and quality of their work is unprecedented.’
‘Working with a seasoned advisor like Michaël Heene is a great pleasure. Great understanding of our business and creative mind. His advice has helped us to take our company to the next level. Charlotte Peeters was a pleasure to work with, great technical knowledge of M&A cases and quick on her feet.’
Pacific Media Group
Cennox Holdings Limited
Ackermans & van Haaren
- Advised SD Worx on a competitive auction process for the acquisition of Aditro from R12 Kapital.
- Advised Atos on the sale of a part of its Unified Communications & Collaborations activities in Belgium, Luxembourg, Sweden and Finland to Damovo.
- Advised Belfius Bank NV on setting up a strategic partnership with Proximus NV.
Eubelius is active in high-level Belgian public and private M&A, working with a number of major domestic businesses across sectors, as well as with quasi-public sector organisations, private equity investors and management teams. The firm also regularly acts as Belgian counsel on international deals, leveraging its independent status. Alongside its transactional offering, the firm also has active corporate advisory and commercial contracting teams. The practice is headed up by Lars Van Bever and Marieke Wyckaert, who focus on transactions and securities offerings, with notable expertise in real estate and takeover response respectively. Managing partner Matthias Wauters is active across M&A, capital transactions, and restructurings, while Ignace Claeys is the key name in the commercial contracting and disputes team, working across a variety of industry sectors. Joris De Wolf was promoted to partner in January 2022, and specialises in public takeovers and listed company obligations.
Other key lawyers:
‘Very knowledgeable in financial law and company law. Very reliable and easy to work with. Understand the client’s needs and well connected with the regulator.’
‘Matthias Wauters and Joris De Wolf both offer high quality and are very responsive. Very pragmatic and solution oriented.’
‘Erwin Destuyver, for his very broad but detailed technical knowledge, case management skills and extremely high responsiveness.’
‘In-depth knowledge of Belgian Code of Companies and Associations and related matters.’
‘Felix Dobbelaere has excellent expertise in M&A and transactional work. He is also a very good negotiator.’
‘Top notch, high quality team that fits perfectly for the job. The way they work together as a team is exemplary.’
‘Filip Jenné is a high quality lawyer with the right client oriented mindset.’
‘Hands-on, very knowledgeable about the subject matter, creative, solutions-oriented, seeing the big picture.’
BNP Paribas Fortis Private Equity
Care Property Invest
Domo Investment Group/Dovesco
Willy Naessens Group
EPI Interim Company
The Adecco Group AG
Soros Economic Development Fund
- Advised Adecco Group AG on its acquisition of 60% of the shares in the Belgium-listed company AKKA Technologies.
- Advising EPI Interim Company on all legal aspects of the design and implementation of a new pan-European payment scheme that will be available to all merchants and consumers throughout Europe and, in a subsequent phase, worldwide.
- Advised Investindustrial on Belgian law aspects of the acquisition of the European and international bakery ingredients business of CSM Bakeries.
Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick has established a strong multi-jurisdictional practice, handling a wide range of mid-cap deals across Europe and globally, with expertise in a number of sectors, particularly tech, life sciences, and real estate. The firm advises a number of funds and investors, including REITs, private equity, and venture capital funds, and has a solid record in the start-up and scale-up space. The team is led by Damien Conem, who advises on cross-border M&A and corporate financing matters, while Christel Van den Eynden has a focus on the IT and high-tech sectors, advising on M&A and private equity investments. Wim Dedecker is also developing a transactional profile, combining M&A and venture capital work with his securities and financing expertise. Senior associate Celine Tallier specialises in VC and start-up work.
Other key lawyers:
Christel Van den Eynden; Wim Dedecker; Celine Tallier; Jacques Meunier
‘I would certainly recommend working with Wim Dedecker, who currently offers without doubt one of the best M&A services you can currently get on the Belgian M&A market. In particular with respect to cross-border deals and complex deals, his personal involvement in the matters makes a huge difference.’
‘Liedekerke has the unique attribute to be a one-stop-shop with tailor-made approach. They also have good connections with law firms abroad which makes it easier for us to handle new markets.’
‘Jacques Meunier is the best lawyer I’ve ever worked with, amazing technical skills and human touch. He can defend our interests like no-one else in a very smooth way during negotiations that can sometimes be rough.’
‘Very complete, highly professional all round practice.’
‘Dedicated, fully committed, responsive.’
‘Absolutely great team, extremely professional and clever in their legal advice and human intelligence’
‘Jacques Meunier and Céline Tallier are outstanding in many ways: problem solving, creativity, negotiation, dedication.’
‘Up to date with the latest evolutions, knowledge of market practice, transparent and regular billing, very good price/quality balance, diversity.’
Api Group Inc
Belfius Bank & Verzekeringen
Blue Pearl Energy
Bnp Paribas Fortis
Iliad Neurosciences Inc.
Liberty House Group / Gfg Alliance Group
Scih Salt Holding Inc.
Team Europe Ventures Gmbh (Tev)
Siaci Saint Honore
- Advised TTR Energy on the set-up of Hexagon Renewable Energy, a dedicated investment vehicle backed by five institutional investors and owning a portfolio of 19 windfarm projects across France with a capacity of 122MW and a range of projects exceeding 770MW.
- Advised Boehringer Ingelheim on its contemplated acquisition of veterinary biotech company Global Stem Cell Technology (GST) NV.
- Advised Veolia NV-SA on acquiring the organic waste biogas plant Upgrade Bio Energy.
Loyens & Loeff offers an integrated transactional practice with regulatory and tax capabilities, advising on domestic and cross-border transactions and financings, with areas of strength including real estate, private equity, and distressed M&A. Practice head Grégoire Jakhian handles cross-border M&A, leading the firm’s French desk, and also has notable expertise in the aviation space. Robrecht Coppens has a strong focus on private equity and the tech sector, as does Thomas Lenné, who arrived from Fieldfisher in early 2021 and also regularly works in the energy space. Wim Vande Velde has a strong record in real estate, advising companies and funds on buyouts and investments.
Other key lawyers:
‘Loyens has a great team with great local knowledge, we see Loyens as the industry leaders in Belgium and Holland.’
‘We have worked with Robrecht Coppens & Filip Jorens. The both have a great amount of legal and deal making knowledge. We feel that during our last transaction they did a good job advising us. Next to providing advise they have also helped us on the commercial side to get the deal done. The combination is unique.’
‘Each task or deal requires a different approach, the commercial and corporate practice of Thomas Lenné’s team is always outstanding in their critical thinking, attention to detail and efficient and timely communication.’
‘Thomas Lenné is a shapeshifter, capable of understanding our goals and adapting to meet them in the most effective way possible.’
‘Thomas Lenné for his stand-out availability, clarity and problem-solving skills as well as his mastery of high-level negotiation in M&A transactions.’
‘Thomas Lenné : negotiation finesse & backing of Peter Callens – with his unique litigation and arbitration & mediation expertise’
‘The team is highly qualified and capable. Their work is timely and first-quality.’
‘Robrecht Coppens is a brilliant M&A lawyer, a great negotiator and a very responsive advisor. Stéphanie De Smedt is a GDPR expert with multinational (i.e., outside the EU) experience.’
Pamplona Capital Management
Broadpeak Global LP
Madison Dearborn Partners LLC
Hasco NV / Comfort Energy NV
Bain Capital Private Equity (Europe) LLP
Platinum Equity Advisors
Intermediate Capital Group SAS
- Advised Intermediate Capital Group, a private equity fund, on the Belgian legal and tax aspects relating to its acquisition of the Infra group.
- Advised Bandwidth on the completion of its successful acquisition of Voxbone.
- Advised Platinum Equity Advisors, LLC on the acquisition of Solenis UK International Limited and its subsidiaries, including certain components of the BASF group, from CD&R Seahawk Holdings, L.P., BASF Nederland BV and certain management members.
NautaDutilh leverages its strong position in the Benelux market, advising on a range of pan-European M&A mandates in key sectors including energy, construction and retail. The team also regularly advises investors and founders on start-up investment rounds, and has been involved in the creation of a number of Belgian unicorns. The team is led by Dirk Van Gerven, who has expertise in cross-border acquisitions, financing, and reorganisations, Philippe Remels, a specialist in regulated sector M&A, and Nicolas de Crombrugghe, also strong in regulated sector transactions alongside capital markets work.
Dirk Van Gerven; Philippe Remels; Nicolas de Crombrugghe
‘To the point and hands on advice.’
‘Very hands-on and tailored approach’
‘Philippe Remels – a brilliant lawyer, able to combine his vast legal knowledge and practical/commercial approach.’
Royal BAM Group
AG Real Estate
Vanbreda Risk & Benefits
Johnson & Johnson
- Advised AS Adventure on the partial acquisition and recapitalisation of the AS Adventure group.
- Advised RTL Group on the acquisition of 100% of the shares of RTL Belgium.
- Advised Virya Energy on the acquisition of Eurowatt, a European company predominantly active in French onshore wind energy.
Stibbe primarily advises private equity funds on M&A and exits, as well as working with corporate and financial services clients, particularly within the biotech and tech sectors, family-owned businesses, and public sector bodies. The team specialises in cross-border acquisitions and sales, advising on the buy and sell-side, joint ventures, and opportunistic distressed transactions. Practice head Stefan Odeurs has a strong record in private equity deals, advising funds and management teams, with the ‘innovative‘ Jan Peeters assisting with public and private M&A, corporate finance, and governance matters. Marc Fyon has particular expertise in public tender offers, and Pascal Vanden Borre combines M&A and capital markets work. Jan Bogaert specialises in cross-border FDI and real estate work, and previously headed the firm’s Hong Kong office.
Other key lawyers:
Jan Peeters; Pascal Vanden Borre; Jan Bogaert; Marc Fyon; Florent Volckaert; Dries Hommez
‘Great team to work with on larger mid-market M&A deals definitely when involving sponsors.’
‘Dries Hommez is in the market when it comes to sponsor driven larger mid-market deals, be it on the sell- or buy-side. Hands-on, efficient, down-to-earth and commercially astute. Always a pleasure to work with Dries and his team.’
‘Always available, knowledge of the market and sector rarely seen. Very focused, great attention to detail, strong creativity and ability to drive constructively all party meetings in the interest of the client but more importantly of all parties around the table. Strong network and very impressive ability to find solutions’
‘Jan Peeters is the kind of partner you only encounter once every decade, likely to be one of the most knowledgeable of the industry while always being available and having this rare ability to find solutions, creative sometimes that suit all parties not only his client.’
‘The Stibbe Corporate team provides us with a holistic view on transactions. Not only do they have a good understanding of the specifics of each transaction, they provide a very consistent service to us as a client. They have never failed to provide the highest level of output, regardless of the individual team members.’
‘The team’s extensive knowledge and experience make them an invaluable partner in M&A transactions in the Belgian market. The team is highly dedicated to delivering high quality work on short notice.’
‘Jan Peeters stands out not just due to his breadth of knowledge and experience but also because of his ability to think outside the box and come up with practical solutions for unique issues.’
‘Florent Volckaert is a highly talented, knowledgeable and dedicated associate whose creativity, responsiveness, and commitment make him an asset to any project team he is on.’
Brazilian controlling shareholders of AB InBev
Numeca International NV
Port of Antwerp Authority
- Advised the Antwerp Port Authority on its combination with the port of Zeebrugge to create the Port of Antwerp-Bruges.
- Advised the shareholders of NUMECA International NV on its sale to Cadence Design Systems, Inc.
- Advised Integrale on its sale to MonumentRe as part of a committee appointed to manage the affairs of the distressed company.
Primarily active in the mid-market, ALTIUS is a prolific adviser on domestic M&A, and also regularly acts as Belgian counsel on complex cross-border transactions, enjoying productive relationships with a number of international law firms. Alongside transactional work, the team also has expertise in restructurings, finance, and corporate tax issues. The team is jointly led by Jérôme Vermeylen, who focuses on M&A, joint ventures, and reorganisations, M&A specialist Tom Vantroyen, and Marie Brasseur, who advises on cross-border transactions, private equity investments, and restructurings.
Other key lawyers:
Audrey Zegers; Aylin Cebbar
‘Jérôme Vermeylen: Great sparring partner, always willing to make time (even late in the evening).’
‘Very good management of the client’s expectation (responsiveness, communication etc).’
‘Thanks to Altius we were able to close the transaction within six months, achieving the deadline we/our shareholder had set out – and that during a pandemic. It was our first merger and Altius provided in-depth theoretical knowledge and also very useful detailed step-plans.’
‘I mainly worked with Jérôme Vermeylen and Audrey Zegers. Both were approachable at any time and always provided valuable solutions. Jérôme was always able to answer all of our questions – even spontaneously during phone calls or video conferences. His knowledge about cross-border mergers is really impressive.’
‘The team is very responsive and client dedicated and ensure an efficient and smooth coordination between all the law firms involved in the transaction. They are also available by telephone to solve immediate issues or to adapt the fees to the evolution of the transaction.’
‘The partners Marie Brasseur and Jérôme Vermeylen manage their teams efficiently and have a strong knowledge of the file they handle and the associates, like Aylin Cebbar, are also involved in the discussions/drafting and are able to take over the files if necessary under the supervision of the partners.’
‘Great advice, practical, to the point, creative solutions.’
‘The firm supports my company in a jurisdiction I’m not familiar with and does so in a very efficient and comprehensive manner. Short lines and good availability are essential to me and that’s what is delivered by this team.’
Airplus (part of Lufthansa Group)
Cordes & Graefe
Network Research Belgium (NRB)
- Advised Cordes & Graefe on the acquisition of a majority stake in FACQ.
- Advised EasyPark on the acquisition of PARK NOW Group.
- Advised Indufin and the other shareholders of Baobab Collection SA on the sale of the group to Baltisse NV.
ARGO Law‘s boutique transactional practice handles M&A, capital markets, and corporate financing transactions, with a strong client base including private equity funds and public and private companies, both Belgian and international. The firm is praised for its partner-led ‘hands on‘ approach, providing regulatory and tax support alongside transactional advice. The team is led by Nico Goossens, who combines transactional and corporate advisory expertise, Kris Verdoodt, who focuses on private equity, fund structuring, and corporate real estate deals, and Bert Van Ingelghem, an experienced adviser on M&A, capital markets, and private equity transactions with particular expertise in REITs.
Other key lawyers:
Matthias Verbeeck; Louis Hoet
‘I am mainly working with Louis Hoet, great availability and legal skills.’
‘Consistent high quality work.’
‘Very hands on approach, no nonsense. Super quality for money.’
‘Kris Verdoodt – No nonsense, understands what we are looking for. Mattias Verbeeck – Super hands on & very bright, coming man. Both Kris & Mattias together make a for a super team to do M&A with.’
‘Bert Van Ingelghem is good dealmaker.‘
‘Good teamwork – hard workers.‘
Down2 Earth Capital
Korian Belgium (previously Senior Living Group)
Waterland Private Equity
We Are Jane
- Advised DPG Media on the €250m joint acquisition with Rossel of RTL Belgium.
- Advised Belgian private equity fund Sofindev on its €65m investment in Altebra.
- Advised Grizzly Sports NV and Club Brugge NV on the sale of secondary shares and issuance of primary shares to Orkila Capital.
CMS is active in M&A and corporate finance transactions, with strength across a variety of sectors, most notably life sciences, telecoms, and digital. The firm’s cross-border capabilities are notable, with the Brussels-based team working with the firm's international offering on multijurisdictional transactions across Europe and globally. Practice head Vincent Dirckx primarily handles corporate finance, advising investment funds and venture capital investors alongside listed and non-listed issuers. Carl Leermakers and Arnaud Van Oekel are active dealmakers, advising domestic and international companies on M&A, with Leermakers also handling corporate governance issues. David Prync was promoted to partner in mid-2021, and advises on cross-border M&A and private equity deals.
Other key lawyers:
Carl Leermakers; Arnaud Van Oekel; David Prync; Virginie Frémat
‘Very strong team and extremely knowledgeable. Indicates very well risks and pitfalls.’
‘Arnaud Van Oekel: He was highly dedicated, very pragmatic and smart his its approach to the deal.‘
‘Virginie Frémat is an excellent legal advisor supported by other team members. Thinks with the client, outlines well the advantages / disadvantages and risks of various solutions. Reliable lawyer. Very good availability.’
‘Very good professionals, cooperating together to meet the client’s needs on a timely basis while maintaining professional standards.’
‘Arnaud Van Oekel is an excellent M&A lawyer.’
Worldline – Ingenico
Régie des Bâtiments
Shareholders of the Belgian football club Football Club Waasland-Beveren
Group Lagarrigue (Naxicap)
- Advised the French labgroup Biogroup on the acquisition of the Belgian clinical lab Group CMA-Medina.
- Advised Proximus on the acquisition of Mobile Viking from DPG Media.
- Advising Thalys International on its alliance project with Eurostar.
Deloitte Legal advises domestic and foreign investors, companies, and financial institutions on a number of mid-market M&A and private equity mandates, alongside an active corporate governance and advisory offering, capital markets expertise and regulatory support. The practice, led by David Roelens, has industry expertise in the consumer, energy, life sciences, and technology sectors.
Other key lawyers:
Marc Van Tieghem; Hans Vansweevelt
‘Able to cater and adopt to the client’s needs. They cover a broad range of legal topics. They are cost-efficient. They are knowledgeable in matters of Belgium corporate and transaction law.’
‘Marc Van Tieghem: good partner, client-focused, interested in and working for client’s needs.’
‘Hans Vansweevelt: responsive, gets the work done.’
‘David Roelens understands his client’s needs and aligns the provision of services his team provides to that. This is pretty unique in the world of large law firms.’
Sweco Belgium BV
H. Essers NV
Sonepar Belgium NV – Cebeo NV
Kebek Private Equity
Vebego International BV
Forum Estates NV
- Advised Vandewiele NV on the acquisition of Savio Macchine Tessili.
- Advised Cartamundi on the acquisition of United States Playing Card Company.
- Advised H. Essers Logistics Company NV on the acquisition of several companies of the Meeus group.
Fieldfisher advises on cross-border transactions, with traditional strength in highly regulated sectors, most notably technology, healthcare and energy. The firm offers integrated tax, financing, and regulatory expertise, and also draws on its international platform to handle complex multi-jurisdictional matters. The practice is led by Louis-François du Castillon, who advises on M&A and private equity transactions in the real estate, energy, tech, and life sciences spaces, with Marie Evrard an experienced figure in cross-border transactions and structuring.
Louis-François du Castillon
Other key lawyers:
‘Excellent team, very helpful and knowledgeable.’
‘Ready to help and go the extra mile.’
‘The team is very complete with highly competent advisors in each field (corporate, IP, tax). There is a clear sense that the internal communication is efficient and appropriate. Each lawyer is assisted by junior colleagues that provide adequate support. Always been under the impression we are treated as first-class clients.’
‘Very professional and reassuring for a new start-up company.’
‘Louis-François du Castillon is very complete, extremely available and quick to provide well-adapted solutions to each upcoming issue. He was very also very flexible when we had to deal with change of requests from the other parties and was available for direct negotiation and assistance.‘
‘The team is very responsive, commits to delivery dates, commits to fee quotes. Further, quality is high and pro-actively advise based on business needs.’
‘Louis-Francois is very committed, and is able to talk to the business partners, without too much ‘legal’ language (he can be seen as a business partner). He has a good team around him, who provide the right quality on agreed timing.’
‘The team is well equipped and multidisciplinary to tackle complex situations and needs.’
‘Louis-François du Castillon delivers outstanding outcomes. Having a partner to rely on in time-sensitive high-pressure deals is essential and highly appreciated.’
Crédit Mutuel Capital Privé
Doyen Auto (Parts Holding Europe)
SWEN Capital Partners
Casinos Austria International Holding
OSEPI (Georges Soros Foundation)
Gaia-X European Association for Data and Cloud
Belgian Restauration SA
- Advised one of the largest screen and television producers in the world on the acquisition of an educative devices producer and resellers for its businesses in Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.
- Advising a pool of institutional investors on their investment in a renewable energy project.
- Advising Santero Therapeutics on its first seed investment round with a pool of specialised angel investors.
Jones Day advises on domestic, European, and global M&A, with a stable of international clients including major brand names, public and private companies, and investment funds. The team also handles private equity and venture capital investments, capital markets transactions, and multijurisdictional regulatory issues. Practice head Thomas De Muynck assists with cross-border M&A and growth investments, and is a go-to adviser for Japanese multinationals operating in Europe. Jonas Van Den Bossche has led on a number of complex multijurisdictional deals, alongside restructurings and joint ventures.
Other key lawyers:
Jonas Van Den Bossche; Chantal Biernaux; Paul Van Hooghten
‘In M&A, Jones Day is able to have a global view in order to highlight all relevant topics concerning a deal and their legal implications. As a result Jones Day is able to deal with complex deal structures where M&A has to be combined with items like restructuring or setting up a new governance structure.’
‘I prefer to work with Paul Van Hooghten who has broad M&A experience. He invests in understanding the business, the strategy & company’s objectives as well as the business model in order to be able to better advise clients on proper solutions. He is able to keep a full overview and to point out what is essential. He is a trusted advisor at board level who can participate in the decision making of complex issues and advice on the legal implications.’
‘I am working mainly with Thomas De Muynck. Thomas is to the point, business oriented and has a really sharp legal knowledge. When working with his team, Thomas is deeply involved and available for his clients. High quality work at reasonable fees.’
‘The corporate M&A team for Jones Day is reliable and practical. We have used this firm so much in the past, they know how we operate and understand the quick turnaround we demand. Taking on a new matter with this firm in relation to corporate work is efficient and pragmatic because they understand how our group is structured.’
‘The individuals we work with at Jones Day always make it seem like we are their only and top priority given any issue we request their assistance on. Thomas De Muynck and Chantal Biernaux are our go-to partners at this firm.’
‘Efficient, international experience in different practices, respect deadlines.’
‘Paul Van Hooghten is very available and has huge experience in different legal matters.’
Arsenal Capital Partners
Compagnie du Bois Sauvage SA
Electrical Industries Company
PTT Global Chemical Public Company
The Riverside Company
- Advised SUEZ SA on the sale of its Recycling & Recovery operations – excluding plastic recycling and hazardous waste treatment activities – in the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Germany, and Poland to PreZero, the environmental division of Schwarz Group.
- Advised The Riverside Company on the acquisition of the Belgian-based Eurogarden/F1 Group, a market leader in outdoor power equipment.
Lydian has a strong focus on domestic upper mid-market M&A, as well as regularly acting as Belgian counsel on complex cross-border deals, with the team receiving a number of referrals from international firms. Clients include a number of major international businesses, alongside domestic players and investment funds, with the firm offering integrated sector and regulatory expertise, particularly within the insurance space. The practice is led by Peter De Ryck, who has a strong record in real estate and private equity deals, Tom Geudens, and Maxime Colle, who continues to expand the firm’s international client base. Counsel Florence Colpaert has established a notable practice in the French market, and is active in private equity.
Other key lawyers:
‘I work on a regular basis with the Lydian M&A team headed by Peter De Ryck. Peter is heavily involved, takes a deal-making attitude and is easily reachable. He is supported by capable people.’
‘Impressed with their knowledge, efficiency and professionalism.’
‘Peter De Ryck was in charge of the M&A transaction. He was more than able to hold his ground against the counterparts legal team in all matters despite often being outnumbered 5 to 1. After the transaction the counterpart proved that they were also similarly impressed by Peter by switching over to Lydian.’
‘The practice led by Peter de Ryck has very good technical and commercial skills. They are very helpful especially for in-bound M&A It is good value for money for mid-market transactions. We call them on a regular basis to assist on Belgian matters.’
‘Peter de Ryck is very available and efficient. He has a good team around him. They are very commercial and easy to work with.’
‘Maxime Colle is an accessible, easy-going, hands-on business-minded lawyer, well-connected within the firm making Lydian the ideal outside counsel supporting in-house general counsels who have to cope with a variety of legal matters.’
‘Approachable, quick and reliable legal advice. Easy to work with.’
‘Maxime Collé; excellent M&A partner with a good sense where to step in.’
House of HR
European Dental Group
Energyst Rental Solutions
Regal Beloit Corporation
Waterland Private Equity
Ghent Transport and Storage NV
Arthur J. Gallager & Co
Career Partner Group
Van Wezel Autoparts
- Advised Naxicap Partners on several successful or aborted acquisitions.
- Advised Regal Beloit Corporation on a merger with a total combination value of $9bn.
- Advising IBM on Belgian corporate and regulatory considerations for transactions and ongoing projects.
Simont Braun advises on domestic and cross-border mid-market M&A, with a strong record in the public sector and real estate deals. Other areas of strength for the team include advice to shareholder groups of listed and unlisted international companies, alongside corporate dispute resolution and litigation. The corporate offering also has integrated tax expertise. The team is led by Sandrine Hirsch, who advises listed and unlisted companies on M&A and corporate governance issues, while Paul Alain Foriers combines corporate law and litigation expertise. Active dealmaker Tom Swinnen joined from EY Law in November 2021.
Other key lawyers:
Paul Alain Foriers; Steven Callens; Tine Bauwens; Tom Swinnen; Sander Van Loock
‘The team is friendly, skilled and fast.’
‘Steven Callens is a sharp, calm and intelligent partner. Tine Bauwens is a very dedicated and experienced associate.’
‘Good follow up of law changes and on time feedback for clients.’
‘The corporate team at Simont Braun is truly excellent. It has a sound and deep knowledge of of all key areas of corporate and M&A law and it is able to translate its knowledge and skills rapidly into practical advice. In addition, it is really a pleasure to work with the team. It is collaborative and it is able to act quickly.’
‘Sandrine Hirsch is an extremely skilled and thorough corporate/M&A lawyer with a sharp eye for detail. Moreover, Sandrine Hirsch is able to grasp almost directly the essence of the matter at hand and to rapidly provide sound, customized and practical advice. I recommend her most highly.’
‘Availability, transparency with respect to client and coaching and physical attendance in key meetings, meticulous attention to detail (where the devil lies), fees in line with deal size (coming down to an hourly fee below current practice), international coverage and experience, excellent lawyers.’
‘They know our business so well, they “feel” the transactions, they know what’s important to us, so they help us focus. Deals are closed way quicker with the help of Simont Braun than with other law firms. They help us avoid negotiation pitfalls, they don’t waste our time and don’t spend too many hours doing so while working with a small specialized team rather than with an army of juniors.’
‘Steven Callens and Sander Van Loock know our business so well, they are so pragmatic I sometimes forget they are lawyers. I really like to work with them.’
Strelia is a boutique focused on corporate transactional and advisory work, alongside contentious matters. The team advises prolifically on domestic M&A, and is increasingly active on cross-border deals, with the M&A offering bolstered by the arrival of Katrien Vorlat from Monard Law in September 2021. Alongside its corporate work, practice head Olivier Clevenbergh has a strong specialism in the retail sector, advising major European players on commercial agreements and operational issues. Gisèle Rosselle handles domestic and cross-border deals, with a particular focus on the tech sector.
‘Strelia’s Corporate M&A team is very experienced. They stand out in customer service and efficiency. Although they are very hands on and thorough in their work, they always manage to control cost development. It is a very hard working team. Flexible and always available.’
‘They are at the forefront of adopting relevant technology. For example they used a digital signing tool well ahead of peers in Belgium. Great international network.’
‘Stand out partner is Gisele Rossele. She is a true professional. She is really focussed on the matters at hand, involved and is great in building good relationships. In-depth knowledge. Charismatic, outstanding and very pleasant to work with. Always delivers.’
‘Strelia really focusses on the clients’ needs and is always one step ahead (while considering multiple options).’
‘Gisèle Rosselle made herself available throughout the process, during business hours and after business hours. Always flexible towards the client and others involved in the process. Not only advising the solution, but also the way to present it.’
‘The team is fully efficient and works extremely well with the client. Team members are also very flexible and available and take on their role to the end even when it goes on very late into the night because of the needs of the case. Each member of the team has his or her own personality and experience, which allows the client to benefit from a wide range of services.’
‘We worked with Olivier Clevenbergh and Julie Lo Bue: very high quality services.’
‘The team of Strelia is always available for all our questions. Very good collaboration and high quality of service.’
‘Gisèle Rosselle is always available to respond to all our questions. She and her team deliver a good quality of service.’
Sponge Group Ltd
Independent European Vape Alliance
Norsk Hydro Group
Mvgm Property Management
Agfa Graphics Nv
- Advising Norsk Hydro Group on a highly competitive cross-border auction sale of its extrusion business combined with a carve-out.
- Advising Elis on the acquisition of 100% of Scaldis.
- Advised LCL on the acquisition of Cofely Data Solutions NV.
Van Bael & Bellis continues to develop its profile within the transactional space, advising on a number of high-value M&A and private equity mandates in collaboration with major global firms. The team regularly advises on Belgian aspects of complex deals, including strategic transactions and joint ventures, with sector focuses including energy, logistics, and pharma. Practice head Michel Bonne has a strong record across domestic and cross-border transactions in a variety of sectors, with recently promoted counsel Hannelore Matthys a key player in regulated industries work.
Other key lawyers:
‘We are collaborating with VBB for a long time. We appreciate this long lasting relationship which enforces the very efficient and pragmatic approach of cooperation. it’s a pleasure to collaborate with Hannelore Matthys because she is so efficient, smart and pragmatic.’
‘In-depth knowledge & expertise. Speed of service in demanding settings. Willingness to go the extra mile. Extra consulting & guidance’
‘Down to earth, friendly & open approach Was very pleased with the services of Hannelore Matthys & Michel Bonne.’
‘In my experience, the Van Bael & Bellis team is very knowledgeable and well equipped to assist in the whole suite of M&A transactions. The team is extremely hands on, and actively thinks with you on the best strategy and solutions.’
‘Michel Bonne – very business oriented lawyer that is able to provide the necessary strategic advice to get a deal done.’
‘Hannelore Matthys – hands-on and very skilled lawyer that actively manages her matters in a solution-oriented way.’
‘The technical legal ability of the team has been exceptional. They have a very strong understanding of Belgian law, are able to explain it clearly and succinctly to U.S. lawyers and businesspeople and ensure that we didn’t overlook anything. Their drafting always is excellent. They also have very strong project management skills, which is vital for complex cross-border transactions.‘
‘Michel Bonne led the team and he is extremely capable and impressive. He has a strong grasp of the technical aspects, but also has a calm and reassuring demeanour.’
- Advising Elicio on the submission of a joint public tender bid for the ScotWind Leasing, the first round of seabed leasing for offshore wind in Scottish waters in over a decade, recently launched by Crown Estate Scotland.
- Advised TPG on the Belgian law aspects of the $1.4bn business combination agreement between TPG Pace Beneficial Finance Corp and EVBox.
- Advised Parcom Capital on the acquisition of the majority of the shares in Yource.
White & Case LLP has a strong focus on private equity transactions, advising a number of major European sponsors on acquisitions, investments and exits. The team also advises corporates and banks on M&A, corporate financing and restructurings, with practice head Thierry Bosly noted for his focus on distressed situations alongside cross-border transactions. Thomas Glauden specialises in private equity, and also heads up the firm’s Luxembourg desk, advising on a number of cross-border deals with Luxembourg law elements. Recently promoted partner Philippe Hendrickx advises on transactions, corporate restructurings and joint ventures. Carlo Meert is the last addition to the team, who joined from Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton in February 2022.
Other key lawyers:
Thomas Glauden; Philippe Hendrickx; Carlo Meert
‘Excellent team, providing high quality advice in a fast and flexible manner. Very responsive.’
‘Thomas Glauden stands out for commercial expertise and client-focused responsiveness.’
‘Global geographical coverage, excellent knowledge of the client, super reactive when needed.’
Hamon & Cie (International) SA
RTL Group SA
Ceske radiokomunikace a.s.
ACCENTRO Real Estate AG
Digital Realty Trust, LP
Advanz Pharma Services
Deutsche Bank AG
Eeckman Art & Insurance SA
Le Pain Quotidien
Value Retail Management Belgium NV
- Advised RTL Group on its entry into exclusive negotiations with Groupe TF1, Groupe M6 and Groupe Bouygues to merge the activities of Groupe TF1 and Groupe M6 and create a major French media group.
- Advised Digital Realty Trust on its sale of a portfolio of 11 data centres across Europe, to Ascendas Reit for a total consideration of $680m.
- Advising Hamon & Cie on the implementation of its restructuring plan negotiated with its majority shareholder, its banking partners and the bondholders of the Group as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Ambos works with SMEs and larger companies, including multinationals, on M&A, private equity and joint venture transactions, with a broad range of sector expertise including healthcare, telecoms, logistics, and financial services, alongside advising clients on commercial agreements, distribution, and contracts. Alexis Goeminne leads the team, with a strong record in M&A for large international companies, alongside Jens Van Hecke, who has financial services regulatory expertise and regularly advises payment institutions.
‘The Ambos Team are incredibly knowledgeable, very well connected and their legal advice is always practical and professional’
‘Jens Van Hecke has a great experience in financial law and delivers high quality advice. It’s a great pleasure to collaborate with Mr. Van Hecke.’
‘Excellent quality of work delivered in time. Excellent availability of associates. Excellent communication. Billing: value for work.’
ISS Facility Services
Port of Zeebrugge
- Advised the telecoms operator Orange on its contemplated acquisition of Mobile Vikings in a managed auction process.
- Advised the food retail group Ahold Delhaize on its acquisition of various food retail companies and businesses in Belgium and Luxembourg.
- Advised De Bonte on its negotiations with CEMEX regarding the installation in the UK of a production line for the production of prestressed concrete sleepers.
ASTREA BV CVBA
With a focus on the logistics, technology, media, and automotive industries, ASTREA BV CVBA handles complex transactions, including cross-border deals, and is also a regular adviser on Belgian aspects of multi-jurisdictional transactions, including regulatory considerations. The team has been active in distressed M&A and Covid-19 related work during 2021, and is also able to handle acquisition financing. The team is led by Frédéric Verspreeuwen and Steven De Schrijver, both focused on transactional work, including complex international deals, on behalf of a wide range of domestic and international clients.
‘Astrea has distinguished itself from others in its professional approach and very short reaction times.’
Radius Payment Solutions
Simac Techniek Nv
- Advised DPG Media on the set-up of a joint venture with Telenet to launch and commercialise a brand-new local streaming/SVOD platform in Belgium.
- Avised Kindred on the acquisition of one of the 9 Belgian casinos.
- Advised the founder and management of Contraload on its sale to the Apax-controlled Tosca group.
contrast advises on public and private M&A, including cross-border deals in a number of jurisdictions, alongside commercial contracting, post-M&A issues and disputes, and business restructurings. The firm advises a number of trade federations and sector organisations, and has notable regulatory capabilities. The team is led by experienced transactional adviser Bart Bellen and counsel Milena Varga, who takes the lead on commercial matters.
‘The commercial / M&A team is truly knowledgeable, very experienced, no-nonsense and hands on and are always willing to give practical advice. Almost part of our internal counsel team and always available.’
‘Bart Bellen- in depth knowledge of M&A work.‘
‘Milena Varga- in depth knowledge of franchise and partnership work’
‘contrast was able to swiftly set up a due diligence team and advise on a large acquisition proposition. I was impressed by the problem based and professional approach as well as the quality of advice and guidance given.’
‘Bart Bellen is a great M&A lawyer who provided hands-on guidance and project management which enabled us to forward our project within a demanding timeline.‘
‘The contrast team was highly motivated and very professional. Their knowledge of Belgian corporate law was excellent. They had very good ties to the Belgian notary involved and handled everything in a very structured way. When things got hectic towards closing of our transaction the calm and professional manner of every single member of the team helped to keep everyone involved focused and on task.’
‘Bart Bellen was an exceptional and very knowledgeable corporate lawyer. His advice was on point and he and his team was among the best lawyers I have had the pleasure of working with.’
‘The team at contrast were notable due to their personal and highly professional approach during which they went out of their way to interview and understand our seller, their background and drivers. The team, whilst quite small worked extremely well together, offering a responsive, seamless and transparent service to us as buyers.’
- Advised K+S on the sale of its multinational salt business to Stone Canyon Industries Holdings Inc.
- Advising Mirage Retail Group on several commercial related disputes and legal actions.
Dechert LLP advises domestic and international clients, including public and private companies, on M&A, joint ventures, exits, and corporate governance issues, with notable strengths in cross-border transactions and advice to family offices. The team has sector expertise in pharma and life sciences, and is also active in the TMT and e-commerce spaces. Practice head Eric Deltour has extensive transactional experience across Europe, the US and Asia.
Other key lawyers:
‘The team is comprised of very qualified and experienced lawyers who are able to easily familiarize themselves with the deal dynamics and commercial/strategic aspects alongside legal aspects.’
‘They are able to provide full scope assistance handling matters from a wider perspective beyond the level of just giving proper legal advice.’
‘They are attentive to timing requirements and are notably responsive in that respect.’
‘We have specifically worked with Eric Deltour and Geoffroy Fink on many occasions, who acted almost like in-house team players. They are great lawyers and great team players giving the the client a sense of security and confidence throughout the deal. While they have represented us on many occasions, we have also worked with them as our lawyers of the counter party. They can be reasonably amenable to the needs of both sides and are notably pragmatic and constructive in negotiations.’
‘They really know you. Very good emotional intelligence.’
‘Fantastic knowledge and looking for solutions.’
intui combines M&A and corporate litigation expertise, with a ‘flexible‘ and ‘hands-on‘ team advising clients on corporate and transactional issues, and regularly advises international firms on Belgian law elements of cross-border mandates. Clients include corporates and financial investors including private equity. The practice is led by Anneleen Steeno, who has US experience and handles complex transactions and corporate governance matters, Robbie Tas, and Caroline Hotterbeekx, who was promoted to partner in 2021 and focuses on corporate litigation.
‘Intui provides us with a well balanced team of professionals combining a strong combination of 1) technical know how, 2) high involvement and availability, 3) excellent business insight and focus’
‘We engaged Intui for a specific expertise on 1 aspect of the new Belgian law code. The advice and expertise turned out to be much more holistic.’
‘They have open communication. They know to guide you through the process, give correct feedback and are not scared to bring you back to reality if it is necessary. For me, it was a once in a lifetime experience, but everything went smoothly and correctly.’
‘We appreciated that all negotiations were done in a respectful way to all parties. All meetings were very well documented.’
‘Robbie Tas- at the top of business. Not only one of the best specialists in company law as such but he also is very strong in strategical thinking and advice in concrete situations and conflicts.’
‘Very sympathetic team of highly skilled law professionals. Associates as well as partners are well approachable and responsive to the client’s needs and therefore very versatile. Nice people to work with.’
‘Anneleen Steeno is time and time again knowledgeable and manages assignments very efficiently with a right mix of team effort in terms of skills and experience.’
‘I had the chance to work with Anneleen Steeno. Anneleen has a very profound knowledge of Belgian corporate law. She is easy to approach and very pragmatic. She is flexible and delivers timely and to the point advice. I would recommend her for Belgian corporate law issues.’
Vortex Capital Partners
Quality By Design
- Advised Solvari and Vortex on the acquisition of Buldit.
- Advised Quality by Design on its acquisition of 70% of the shares of Trium Clinical Consulting.
- Advised Feneko on the acquisition of 50% of the Anaf-group.
Laurius expanded its corporate transactional offering with the arrival of Christina Trappeniers and Caroline Wildemeersch from Ambos in September 2021, adding considerable expertise in domestic and international M&A, private equity, and commercial transactions. The firm has broad experience of key sectors such as real estate, manufacturing and professional services, and also has a notable private equity offering, working with both management teams and funds on complex buy-and-build deals. The team is led by managing partner Dirk Wellens, who combines transactional and company law advice, and David Ryckaert, noted for his management-side advice on leveraged buyouts.
‘The seniors and partners are very reachable, this means that we don’t lose time.’
‘Dirk Wellens uses his charisma in negotiations. Bert Luyten is a very sharp analyst. Both partners know each others’ strengths.’
‘Dirk Wellens is very charismatic and a great leader for Laurius. Ayse Özkan delivers perfect work, very clear in communication and very responsive.’
‘I was impressed by their efficiency, capacity to adapt quickly and understand complicated situations swiftly and providing adequate useful feedback or solutions.‘
‘I worked closely with David Ryckaert and his team. David is very committed to the deal and the client by working in an efficient way, respecting standards and fee limits. He is backed up by an experienced team which offers high quality in a swift manner,’
‘It was good to find a boutique firm to assist on a transaction. The team worked very hard and diligently and we had full confidence in their work despite never actually meeting them in person due to COVID restrictions.’
‘I valued accessibility at partner level. Discussions were frank and fair.’
‘Dirk Wellens is a very structured case manager with a very developed eye for details. He gives confidence to his clients by defining a clear strategy and by relying on a team of very efficient lawyers that are on top of things in their field.’
Buysse & Partners Private Equity
Buysse & Partners Smart Assets
JK Investments Partners
- Advised Elba International on the sale of ESAS Group to Circet.
- Advised Buysse & Partners on the acquistion of the Silver Tower in the Hague.
- Advised venture capital investor Singular Capital on its €9m investment in Soda Data.
Monard Law maintains a full-service corporate offering, encompassing advisory, transactional, and litigation support, with expertise across the life sciences, pharma, IT and energy sectors. The firm has a number of long-standing domestic clients, and also works with international players and on cross-border deals. The team also has a solid commercial offering, led by co-head Kristof Zadora, who advises on commercial contracts and documents, competition issues, and product commercialisation. Co-head Nicole Segers oversees the corporate offering, with Pieter Van den Broeck and Jeroen Raskin also key members of the transactional team.
‘The team reacts rapidly and understands our business. I think the direct contact with the partner and pragmatic advice make the difference.’
‘I always work with Jeroen Raskin and his team. He is a very pragmatic and empathic lawyer who understands our businsess. We truly love his pragmatic & tactical advice in strategic issues. He reads the game very well and knows to negotiate real issues.’
‘They think together with you. They think out of the box.’
‘Creative, friendly, knowledge. And most important, they make that clients understand them. They bring it in a way that unexperienced clients understand them.’
‘Excellent know-how, good communication and well built structure.’
‘Good balanced team with the necessary skills in a M&A process. Hence the fact that several lawyers worked on our case the main contact was still very well briefed by his colleagues which is very important during such a process.’
‘Broad spectrum of legal advice: human resources, fiscal advice (taxes), contracts concerning executive board, rental contracts, -In every domain the company had highly qualified people in house with experience.’
‘Day and night available for advice, dedication and involvement. There was a willingness to help me as a customer and to proceed even when I was in doubt.’
Down to Earth
Fluvius System Operator
International General Insurance Group
Jan De Nul
ESAS Senior management
- Advising minority shareholders of Nyrstar NV on alleged fraud and mismanagement involving Nyrstar.
- Advised the management/shareholders in the ESAS Group on the sale of their shares to the Circet Group and the re-investment of part of the transaction proceeds into the capital of the Circet Group.
- Advised Langley and its German affiliate DC Druck Chemie on the acquisition of 100% of the shares of Belgian printing chemicals consumables manufacturers BluePrint Products NV and Hi-Tech Chemicals BV from Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG.
Osborne Clarke combines its historic strength in the technology sector with additional expertise in life sciences, retail, and financial services, advising a range of domestic and international clients on M&A, growth investments and commercial issues. The team is jointly led by corporate head David Haex, a specialist in life sciences transactions who regularly guides companies from initial venture capital investments through to public listings, and counts major pharma and biotech companies among his clients, alongside commercial head Stefan Deswert, who advises on distribution, retail, logistics, infrastructure and real estate, with a particular focus on commercial contracts and e-contracts.
David Haex; Stefan Deswert
Other key lawyers:
Marie Canivet; Hadrien Chef; Ruth Wirtz; Frank Hoogendijk; Louis Hoffreumon
‘This is one of the most proactive teams I’ve worked with. They act as a true partner.’
‘Particular credit is given to David Haex and Frank Hoogendijk for their hands-on approach.’
‘Stefan Deswert and Louis Hoffreumon combine an excellent competence with a distinct service orientation and good price-performance ratio.’
Brokking / Triferto
The Adecco Group
- Advising Bone Therapeutics on numerous matters including its €16m loan financing from the European Investment Bank, its €10m private placement, set-up of two stock options plans and the update of its corporate governance charter in light of the BCCA and the new Belgian Code on Corporate Governance.
- Advising Bisnode Group on the Belgian aspects of its sale to US business analytics firm Dun & Bradstreet Holdings Inc.
- Advising Godiva on various matters including advice on the day-to-day management of its network, drafting, reviewing and negotiating commercial and lease contracts, its restructuring, digital transformation strategy, and on drafting of a manufacturing and services agreement.
PwC Legal combines transactional advice with a full-service approach to corporate issues, advising on tax, regulatory, and employment considerations, with a strong focus on corporate reorganisations and distressed situations. Integrated with the wider business, the team works with a combination of domestic and international companies, and regularly handles cross-border M&A in a diverse range of sectors. The team is led by Karin Winters, who advises Belgian and international clients on the set-up and operation of their businesses in Belgium, including structuring and commercial contracting questions. Pierre Queritet focuses on cross-border M&A, while Bart Vanstaen is noted for his expertise in structuring mandates.
Other key lawyers:
Pierre Queritet; Bart Vanstaen
‘Excellent technical skills, especially in corporate structuring, M&A and other transactions. Multidisciplinary approach – the lawyers at PwC Legal think beyond their core expertise and are able to deliver an advice taking into account several considerations. Pragmatic and solution driven – Advice is clear and provides solutions which are ready to use or act upon.’
‘Karin Winters – Technically very strong and a tactical multidisciplinary lawyer – the legal partner you want at your side when doing new business or in times of crisis.’
‘Bart Vanstaen – Excellent lawyer for highly technical corporate files as well as M&A and commercial projects. A true business lawyer. Impressively calm and very nice to work with.’
‘Top law firm that has the advantage of being close to PwC and thus broader services often linked to (corporate or other) transactions (tax, accountancy).’
‘The team’s key capabilities are very diverse. This is a strength. Moreover, we have the experience that PwC Legal can handle complex questions/issues. This is a distinctive factor.’
‘Bart Vanstaen is an excellent lawyer on corporate law matters in particular – hands on and pragmatic approach.’
Philips Commercial Belgium
Towerbrook Capital Partners
- Advised K+S on a group restructuring project.
- Advised Pulcra Chemicals on its acquisition of Devan Group.
- Advised Beefounders on its operational strategy and implementation.
Quinz advises a combination of domestic and international clients on acquisitions, divestitures, and investments, also handling distressed transactions, commercial deals, and corporate advisory work. Operating independently, the firm regularly collaborates with international firms on cross-border deals throughout Europe, and has capabilities in high-value transactions alongside its traditional mid-market strength. Of particular note is the firm's work on behalf of start-ups, primarily in the tech, healthcare, and life sciences spaces. The practice, which offers international expertise, is led by Bart Lintermans, who focuses on real estate and life sciences deals, alongside Klaas Thibaut, a specialist in private equity and corporate finance transactions.
Bart Lintermans; Klaas Thibaut
‘Bart Lintermans is an expert in his field. He is a real dealmaker and always tries to find the best solution in the interest of his client.‘
‘Klaas Thibaut is a closer. We very much appreciate his pragmatic approach, his availability and his technical background.‘
‘Very customer oriented – very flexible – extremely responsive to clients needs and areas of support.‘
Downtown Real Estate
Gemeentelijke Holding / Holding Communal
Green Park Investment Partners
Pit & Pit
- Advised the shareholders of Pit & Pit on their divestment to private equity fund We Are Jane.
- Advised Gimv on a number of transactions, including the acquisition of a minority stake in the Projective Group.
- Advised Ethias on a joint venture project with Weerts Group with the aim to jointly developing a logistic warehouse portfolio in Western and Eastern Europe.
Schoups advises on a number of high-level Belgian transactions, with integrated tax and regulatory expertise, and notable capabilities in cross-border work, particularly on behalf of international companies seeking to establish themselves within Belgium. The team advises primarily on private M&A, as well as private equity and venture capital investments, with focuses on the tech and software space, alongside fintech. The practice is led by Gwen Bevers, who brings a ‘wealth of experience‘ to domestic and cross-border deals, restructurings, and investments, Stefaan Wauman, who has a notable focus on PE and VC investments, and Christine Heeb, who was promoted to partner in July 2021 and is active within the real estate space.
Gwen Bevers; Christine Heeb; Stefaan Wauman
Other key lawyers:
Joost van Riel
‘Gwen Bevers and Christine Heeb are the people we work with, and with high satisfaction.’
‘Schoups has experienced partners and associates who know their specialisations well. Schoups is good at combining these individual skills and, hence, providing an end-to-end solution. Schoups’ partners have relevant experience and know best-practices, esp. during negotiations with counterparts.’
‘Stefaan Wauman is committed to the customer and excels in practical advice during negotiations. Joost van Riel is hard-working and has good attention to detail, hence, avoiding potential inconsistencies in reasoning and in documents.’
‘We have a very good working relationship with the firm. They are extremely responsive and based on the enquiries we make they will gather the relevant associates to provide a swift yet thorough solution. The way in which we collaborate is straightforward and transparent.’
‘Stefaan Waumans – is very responsive and proactive.’
‘We worked with Joost Van Riel and Stefaan Waumans, who where both very down to earth and hands-on. They were very open to listen to our input and view on the business, but were not afraid to give their view on matters, when they did not agree with the clients.’
‘No nonsense and direct approach, very accessible and quick response. Friendly collaboration and of course very knowledgeable in the subject.’
‘Dedicated people like Gwen Bevers and Christine Heeb who are very reachable and respect deadlines.’
Customs Support Group
Heilbron Groep (a participation of Five Arrows Principal Investments)
Insites Consulting (a participation of Mentha Capital)
Mr. Jamal Al-Saifi
- Advised the managing director and majority shareholder of Innovad Group on the auction sale of his shares in the group and affiliated companies to IK Investment Partners.
- Advised Heilbron Groep on its entry into the Belgian market and associated transactions.
- Advised the majority shareholder of BTV on the sale of their shares to a company in the Netherlands.
Squire Patton Boggs advises corporate and institutional investors on a variety of domestic and international transactions, working in close collaboration with its Europe-wide and global offering on complex cross-border M&A, private equity transactions, and joint ventures. The team also utilises integrated competition, regulatory, and tax expertise, and has a strong focus on the chemicals, logistics, energy, and industrials sectors, among others. The Brussels-based team is led by Bart Vanderstraete, an experienced transactional counsel with a particular focus on cross-border chemicals and materials deals. Marga Caproni advises companies on corporate employment issues, including data privacy and incentives.
Other key lawyers:
‘The Brussels practice has been an invaluable highly responsive resource for our company’s activities in Belgium, across a range of disciplines. The commercial and corporate team, in particular, is our principal point of contact for any issues that arise.’
‘Bart Vanderstraete is the company’s ‘go-to’ lawyer in Belgium. We particularly value his responsiveness to any matter, however small or large.’
‘Good business acumen.’
‘Responsiveness, quality in work, to the point and value for money.‘
‘Always responsive and well grounded legal advice.‘
AGC Glass Europe
Roper Group – Deltek
Success Hotel Group
- Advising the Bridgestone group on the divestment of its Firestone Building Products business to LafargeHolcim.
- Advising Deltek Denmark on its purchase of all the shares in SBSA BV.
- Advising investment fund The Craftory on its €22m investment in Edgard & Coopers.
Van Olmen & Wynant‘s broad corporate offering encompasses corporate law issues such as stock options, equity offerings, and restructurings, M&A, venture capital and private equity transactions, and corporate ligitation including shareholder and director disputes. The firm advises domestic companies and a number of multinational names, particularly within the financial services and private equity spaces, and works within a diverse range of industry sectors. The team is led by Luc Wynant, who focuses on M&A and private equity deals, with Koen Hoornaert regularly advising on cross-border transactions and counsel Jeroen Mues offering broad corporate law expertise.
‘My experience with Van Olmen & Wynant has taught me that their corporate and M&A team strives to live up to the customer promise.’
‘The corporate team at Van Olmen & Wynant, and more in particular Jeroen Mues, provides in-depth research, giving a clear and structured insight on the findings and solutions.’
‘Van Olmen & Wynant ensures a concrete solution to a certain question. The corporate lawyers live up to their customer promise and ensure a swift deal execution on a cost-efficient basis. Van Olmen & Wynant and Jeroen Mues in particular creates value for the client by advising on complex legal questions.’
‘I was impressed by Jeroen Mues following our recent collaborations. His pragmatic approach with focus on the important (legal) issues and understanding of the business were deeply appreciated, as well as the quick response time and outstanding quality and experience of Jeroen and his team of lawyers.’
‘Jeroen Mues understands the needs of his client, no or very little guidance needed, and is pro-active in flagging issues but also opportunities.’
‘The corporate lawyers at Van Olmen & Wynant, and especially Jeroen Mues, provide in-depth research, giving a clear and structured insight on the findings and solutions.’
‘Jeroen Mues is a top-quality lawyer with an in-depth knowledge of corporate law and M&A. Jeroen is client and detail oriented and has an effective hands-on approach when dealing with legal issues. He has vast experience managing and completing cross-border transactions, goes the extra mile for clients, even in complex and though situations. Jeroen is very responsive, reachable and always ready to make time for any pending issues.’
‘Luc Wynant epitomises all the strengths of the corporate team of Van Olmen & Wynant. He has thorough understanding of the law as well as commercial and financial matters and he is an excellent negotiator.’
ING Private Equity NV
BNP Paribas Fortis Private Equity NV
Soda Data NV
De Gentse Kluis NV
- Advised the co-owners of the Televic group on the sale of a minority stake in the group’s holding company to Gimv NV.
- Advised Group Joos NV on the sale of 100% of the shares of its subsidiary, Joos Hybrid NV, to Etablissementen Franz Colruyt NV.
- Advised Destiny NV on the acquisition of 100% of the shares in Hexacom B.V., including its subsidiary Voips B.V.
Ashurst LLP's focuses include M&A disputes, corporate restructurings, and digital economy transactions, with further involvement in private equity and real estate deals. Clients include Belgian subsidiaries of multinational companies, PE funds, and REIT investors. The practice is led by David Du Pont, who specialises in cross-border corporate real estate transactions. Senior associate Jörg Heirman advises on M&A and private equity deals, as well as providing corporate advice to industry associations.
David Du Pont
Other key lawyers:
Tritax EuroBox plc
Dutch Infrastructure Fund
Kabouter Management LLC
Daiwa Capital Markets Europe Limited
Intermediate Capital Group
ObjectWay Financial Software NV
European Molecular Biology Laboratory (intergovernmental organization)
- Advised Tritax EuroBox plc on its acquisition of all shares of LCP Nivelles DC NV.
- Advised the founders of Eco-Biscuits on their partial exit from the company.
- Advised ATC, the Technical Committee of Petroleum Additive Manufacturers in Europe AISB, on various corporate law matters following its incorporation.
Bird & Bird advises on a wide range of transactions, including M&A, joint ventures, private equity investments, and public takeover bids, and has expanded its involvement in the market beyond its traditional strength in tech and life sciences, with notable new mandates concerning car batteries and manufacturing operations. The team also handles commercial contracting, distressed acquisitions, and corporate litigation. The team is led by Paul Hermant, who advises on transactions and financing matters, with senior associate Pieter-Jan Van Houdenhove regularly involved in M&A and corporate litigation, working with domestic and international clients.
Other key lawyers:
Network Research Belgium S.A.
The European Life-Science Infrastructure for Biological
So Easy Systems Sp.z.o.o.
Univercells Technologies SA
Association Des Industries Européennes du Plâtre
FHP BV, Creafund NV, Hyloris Pharmaceutical S.A, Purna
Panasonic / Oh-Ebashi LPC & Partners
Munt Dental NV Yes
U&I Learning NV
- Advised NRB on an acquisition for Prodata.
- Advised Hyloris, Purna, and FHP on a partnership transaction between listed company Hyloris Pharmaceuticals SA, Purna Female Healthcare and Creafund NV.
- Advised Panasonic on the sale of its European consumer battery business.
Cresco Advocaten has a strong niche in work for entrepreneurs, start-ups, and early-stage investors, advising on venture capital transactions, strategic acquisitions, and digital transformation projects, alongside fund structuring and management advice. The firm’s venture capital expertise has seen it become a regular source of referrals for tech-focused European and US firms. David Dessers leads the team, and has a diverse portfolio of technology clients, while Filip De Schouwer focuses on the hotel and restaurant sectors.
Other key lawyers:
Olivier Van Reamdock; Filip De Schouwer
‘Very committed dealmakers.‘
‘David Dessers provided very good and pragmatic advice.‘
‘David Dessers excels in clear, efficient and result oriented communication.‘
‘Olivier Van Reamdock understands start ups and acts accordingly.‘
‘Cresco works in a client oriented way.‘
‘Very committed, deal makers.‘
SmartFin Capital – SmartFin Ventures
Droia Oncology Ventures
Lab Box (D’Ieteren Group)
Hawaiian Poké Bowl Group
- Acted for equity investment firm Dovesco on the acquisition of Netflow and Accel.
- Acted for Bluer Corner on the strategic sale to Nasdaq-listed Blink Charging.
- Acted for Qover on its $25 million investment round led by Prime Ventures.
Crowell & Moring
Crowell & Moring has a strong record in mid-market M&A within the TMT, life sciences, and automotive sectors, particularly where there is crossover with intellectual property and data protection elements. The group also handles the establishment and structuring of international companies in Belgium, and Belgian elements of large-scale global transactions. The team is led by Frederik Van Remoortel and Emmanuel Plasschaert.
Other key lawyers:
‘Crowell & Moring is our sole partner for all legal issues that we come accross in Belgium. They have proven to have the right knowledge and are able to speed up if required.’
‘Very good knowledge of the Belgian legal framework, especially when considering corporate matters related to incorporation (statutes, internal regulations,…). Very good digital support to exchange files, sign documents or share information.’
‘Individuals are all very professional and reactive. Partners are very engaged alongside associates to solve problems in a timely manner and bring their experience. They listen carefully and are able to clearly address the problems raised by the client.’
‘Our experiences with Crowell & Moring over many years has been exceptional. Their strengths begin with subject matter expertise, but their communication skills make that expertise understandable to the client which results in good strategy and outcomes. Communications built on their strong team collaboration and effective client engagement. We could not be happier with the relationship.’
‘Frederik Van Remoortel has been a close advisor on employment and corporate matters for many years. His listening and communications skills make his legal expertise easier to understand and act on. Emmanuel Plasscheart has been a trusted advisor in the corporate realm for as long as Frederik. His counsel is our strategy.’
‘Eric Montens and Emmanuel Plasschaert- Both lawyers have a hands-on approach. Instead of discussing endlessly about the problem, they look directly for the best solution to reach the desired results. Always available, punctual, straight to the point, honest about the strengths but especially the weaknesses of out case and on a possible outcome. They create realistic expectations. They are very good at empathizing with the needs and desires of the company.’
‘Very pro-active in my industry. Advanced information on competition, changes in legislation which could be beneficial or a liability for me.’
‘Highly qualified, to the point. Delivers big company legal advice also to SMEs.’
FEAC – European Association of Mercedes Benz Dealers
Avis Budget Group
Dealerclub Mercedes Benz
Unicas / All Projects & Developments
Regulatory Assistance Project
Brussels 2030 VZW
- Advised Vias Institute on the acquisition of 100% of the shares in the share capital of a group of driving schools.
- Advised FEAC on confidential contract negotiations.
- Advised Dutch Filmworks on the acquisition of the majority of the shares in the Belgian film production company Dingie BV.
EY Law advises businesses across Belgium, alongside international clients, on corporate and commercial transactions, restructurings, and compliance, including notable cross-border mandates in a variety of regulated sectors such as telecoms, financial services, and energy, with managing partner Peter Suykens heading up the offering. The team also has an an active M&A practice which handles complex transactions for SMEs, venture capital and private equity funds, and multinationals. Tom Swinnen left the firm in November 2021.
‘The team is always there to respond quickly to any matter raised.‘
‘The team is international and creative. Therefore it suits our goal as an international company working cross border. Both corporate contracts, regulation and restructuring topics can be addressed and are handled with good result. As the partnership contains also financial and tax services it is possible to combine the various specialists in the advice.‘
‘The people are very reachable and pragmatic. Listen to the issues you bring forward as a client and then suggest multiple scenarios to value. Not only good knowledge but also good understanding and a nice relationship. They will also go for the best result and are willing to invest a lot of personal effort.‘
‘The biggest advantage is that EY is a one stop shop which provided not only legal but also corporate finance, tax & financial due diligence advice.‘
Partners in Performance
Rigby Group Plc
Q8 (Kuwait Petroleum)
Farm Frites International
VPK Packaging NV
Subaru Europe NV
Sonic Healthcare Benelux
MHI Vestas Belgian entities
- Advised Kuwait Petroleum Belgium on the sale of Q8Mazout.
- Advised Robur Capital on the sale of its majority stake in 4ITEGO.
- Advised Planet Group on the acquisition of Talent in Motion.
K&L Gates GP's team operates as part of the firm's international corporate and transactional offering, and advises a combination of domestic and international businesses on cross-border private and public M&A, capital markets, private equity transactions and corporate issues. The office has a strong record in advising international companies operating in Belgium, and has expertise in assisting clients across a variety of sectors. The team is led by Patrice Corbiau, who focuses on domestic and international commercial and corporate transactions, alongside Jeroen Smets, who advises on M&A, acquisition finance, and regulatory compliance issues.
‘We appreciate K&L Gates’ reactivity from partner and accurate follow up provided by the team.’
‘Stands out for its creative approach to strategy and anticipation of problematic matters.‘
KPMG Law in Belgium advises clients on domestic and cross-border M&A, corporate and regulatory issues, and restructurings, working with the wider consultancy and its global offering to offer strong multi-jurisdictional expertise and integrated tax capabilities. The team is led by Wouter Lauwers, a specialist in M&A and commercial contracts with a strong focus on cross-border work, particularly for Japanese clients, alongside Patrick Geeraert and Frank Cleeren.
Other key lawyers:
‘The KPMG Law team is very hands-on and always provides workable advice, combined with an in depth knowledge of the law.’
‘Tim Fransen always provides top service – whenever we face a legal problem, he comes up with a hands-on solution that works’
‘KPMG Law offers top quality legal services. The firm KPMG Law is extremely professional, perfectly available and the client always receives a quality response within a short period of time. The fee-quotes are correct and in line with the market. The collaboration is very professional and the contacts very pleasant.’
‘Cooperation with Tim Fransen is perfect. He is extremely professional and offers clear solutions to complex problems within the agreed timings. His communication is very clear, accurate and pleasant. As a client you get the feeling that someone thinks with you and is a partner in solving your problems. A pragmatic and always legally correct approach, with sufficient focus on the risks, typifies him. We would recommend him to anyone in our entourage for tailor-made legal assistance.’
‘When you have a project or case with them, they really provide a personal approach. The link with other KPMG offices in the world is great and it gives you a network to build on.’
‘Very skilled professionals, and still very easy to talk to. They are very understanding and open for unconventional ideas.’
‘The KPMG Law team is very reliable and knowledgeable. Their focus is on what the client needs and they provide spot-on advice.’
‘Tim Fransen is outstanding – he combines an in-depth knowledge of the law with solution-focused pragmatism. Very responsive and always available!’
‘I value the cross-collaboration within the KPMG law team, always providing the right specialist for the specific legal topic and providing hands-on advice.’
Belgian Cycling Factory and Flanders Bike Valley
Provinciale Ontwikkelingsmaatschappij Limburg
Kerckhaert & Cie
Production Resource Group
- Advised Group Machiels on the acquisition of Global Langerlo from the Global Estate Group.
- Advised AMG² on the sale of 100% of the shares of its affiliate, Integratech BV to an affiliate of Ciclad.
- Advised Sweet Products on its acquisition of the French Cemoi group, France’s largest chocolate producer.
Olislaegers & De Creus
Boutique corporate firm Olislaegers & De Creus advises businesses and directors on transactions, corporate issues, and commercial agreements. Clients include domestic companies and foreign clients investing in Belgium. The firm is headed up by experience corporate and transactional counsel Kristof De Creus and Michael Olislaegers, who also have notable financing and litigation expertise respectively.
‘Our contact person takes our cases as for his own. He has a complete knowledge of the case.’
‘The personal approach of Kristof De Creus. We don’t take any legal action anymore before we have contacted him to ask his opinion. Our trust in him is 100%.’
‘Olieslagers & Decreus are excellent in a personal but professional approach, with a dedicated view on the dossier.’
‘Kristof De Creus has presented himself as a specialist, but it became clear he was actually the engine of the whole process. An excellent lawyer.’
‘It’s a mixed team with all exceptional capabilities. They work in teams and they always deliver on commitments and go one step further.’
‘I worked several times with Kristof De Creus. He stands out because of his commitment, dedication and capabilities.‘
Triamant group, including Blue Zones NV and Care Property
Iron Mountain (UK) PLC
Dentaaltechnischbedrijf Labo W. Hoet & Co NV No
Van De Velde Packaging
Algeco Belgium NV
- Advising RESPONSUM BV and its founding shareholder on its first capital round.
- Advised Cartonnage P. Van de Velde and its French sister company Pack Alim S.A.S on a real estate leasing transaction for its industrial facilities located at Saint-Germain-Sur-Moine, France.
- Advised Dentaaltechnischbedrijf Labo W. Hoet & Co NV on the sale of 100% of its share capital to Signadens Europe BV.
Quorum is a specialist transactional firm, advising public and private companies on M&A and commercial transactions, with a strong record working with companies establishing and expanding business operations in Belgium, often through cross-border investments and acquisitions. The firm has expanded its client base, now working with several international businesses, and offers integrated tax and regulatory expertise. The team is led by Davy Gorselé, who advises on a wide range of M&A, private equity, and capital markets transactions, and expanded heavily at senior level in mid-2021 with the promotion of Pieter Dierckx, Michiel Roovers, Michiel Pouillon and Sylvie Thieren to the partnership.
Other key lawyers:
Pieter Dierckx; Michiel Roovers; Michiel Pouillon; Sylvie Thieren
‘Quorum offers a mix of pragmatism and rigor which you rarely see. They are solution minded, while making sure to protect your interests over the long run.’
‘Specific mention for Davy Gorselé. Very smart, technically knowledgeable from a legal perspective, but also able to think as business partner. Very sharp negotiator.’
‘People at Quorum Law make the difference. They do the job ! They listen to the needs, propose and advise, workout and implement solutions. They are reliable and friendly. Perfect for me.’
‘Very pragmatic and hands-on.’
‘Davy Gorselé: available for his clients and pragmatic deal maker for SMEs.’
‘Professional, responsive and always looking for solutions.’
Brussels Airport Company
Cofely Services NV
Group Michiels Advanced Materials
KebeK Private Equity
Lemon Companies/ Road 21
Louis Dreyfus Company
The Glue NV
Van Moer Logistics
- Advised Unifiedpost Group on six acquisitions with an aggregate deal value of €142m.
- Advised Van Moer Group NV on the transfer of part of the shares in Van Moer Logistics to Van Wellen Storage and assisted with a subsequent capital increase.
- Advised Projective NV on a €15m equity investment by Gimv.
Racine advises a combination of domestic and international businesses, both public and private, on the full range of corporate issues, including governance and operational issues, alongside M&A and accompanying regulatory issues. The firm also has a strong commercial offering led by Stijn Claeys, which advises on franchising and distribution, licensing, and sales alongside other commercial agreements, with a strong focus on the retail sector. The corporate and transactional practice is led by Anthony Van der Hauwaert.
Stijn Claeys; Anthony Van der Hauwaert
Other key lawyers:
‘A high quality and commercially-minded approach. Profound experience and excellent service. Strong international focus and network.’
‘Hands-on mentality and in-depth experiences and highly qualified capabilities in (cross-border) corporate and M&A. Very nice people to work with.’
‘We appreciate working with the commercial department of Racine as it is hands-on, takes a practical approach in our matters, understands quickly the core issues and react swiftly on any question or scope of work .’
‘Anthony Van der Hauwaert stands out as an outstanding and practical M&A lawyer with whom it is a pleasure to work.‘
‘Highly efficient and knowledgeable practice.‘
‘We have experience with Stijn Claeys and his team. They understand the business, they attack the core problem, and they give adequate and honest advice. We especially appreciate the transparency and pragmatic approach of dealing with our files.’
‘Down-to-earth approach, accessibility of partner.’
‘Stijn Vanschoubroek: down-to-earth, accessible, affordable.’
ORIS Group (HAIRDIS)
WDP Warehouses DePauw
- Advised IZOCK on the sale of all the shares and real estate connected to the supermarket AD Delhaize in Humbeek to the Colruyt Groep.
- Advising ORIS Group on setting up a franchise network for Belgium and Luxemburg.
- Advised Orange Bank on its acquisition of Anytime.
Verhaegen Walravens advises a broad corporate client base on M&A and spin-off transactions, alongside commercial agreements and corporate governance issues. The firm has a strong focus on the technology, hospitality, senior housing, and culture sectors, among others, and is adept at handling cross-border work. The team is headed up by Jacques Verhaegen, Philip Walravens, Paula Martins Costa and Anouk De Graef, all of whom offer strong transactional and broad corporate expertise.
Procter & Gamble
Bancontact Payconiq Company
Groupement des Cartes Bancaires CB
European Card Payment Cooperation
Synergee Group SA
SUEZ R&R BELGIUM SA
- Advised SUEZ R&R BELGIUM SA on drafting the governance rules applying to the relationship with its business partner within the company that they have both incorporated for the purpose of executing a long-term agreement for the acquisition and recycling of selectively collected and sorted used PET bottles.