Firms To Watch: Commercial, corporate and M&A

Ace Law is a corporate and financing boutique offering a flat structure and partner-led service to corporate and funds clients, advising on private equity investments, M&A, and corporate real estate matters, prioritising innovative client services.
Boutique law firm Rooryck & Co handles corporate and M&A, private equity, securities and capital markets.
Tetra Law is a boutique firm that advises corporate and funds clients on the full range of M&A-related issues, alongside capital markets and corporate governance matters, notably offering integrated corporate tax expertise.

Commercial, corporate and M&A in Belgium

Allen & Overy LLP

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.

Practice head(s):

Wouter Van de Voorde

Other key lawyers:

Dirk Meeus; Pierre-Olivier Mahieu; Hans Kets; Friederiek Adams; Sophie Rutten; Edward Taelman

Testimonials

‘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.

Other key lawyers:

Jan Meyers; Marijke Spooren

Testimonials

‘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.

Key clients

Ackermans & van Haaren

Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev)

Allianz

ArcelorMittal

Axéréal

Befimmo

Bekaert

BNP Paribas/BNP Paribas Fortis

bpost

Casa Tarradellas

Collibra

Consortium Ducale

CVC Capital Partners

D’Ieteren

Fleetmaster BV

Groupe Novasep

Eurofima

Frère Bourgeois

Goodyear

Infrabel

Nethys

Ontex

Ottobock

Solvay

Umicore

Work highlights

  • 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

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.

Practice head(s):

Xavier Remy; Niek De Pauw

Testimonials

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.

Key clients

Triton

Kingspan

APG

THI Holdings

Ardian / Dedalus Holding

Lucerne

Mitsubishi Corporation

Mitsui & Co.

Elia

Agrolimen

Degroof Petercam

Corialis / CVC

Straco

Verlinvest

Sitecore / EQT

ENA

Amavi Capital

Deliverect

Merieux Equity Partners

Prologis

Macquarie

Antenna Group

3i

Work highlights

  • 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.

Practice head(s):

Roel Meers

Other key lawyers:

Koen Vanhaerents; Dominique Maes; Davinia Martens; Luc Meeus

Testimonials

‘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.’

Key clients

Macquarie

Mithra Pharmaceuticals SA

TVH Group

Baloise

MDxHealth SA

Bryan, Garnier & Co

KBC Group (including KBC Securities NV)

Biocartis

Sequana Medical NV

argenx

Godiva (Yildiz)

FPIM/SFPI

Belgian Growth Fund

VPK Packaging Group

TA Associates

Galapagos

Resilux

M80 Capital

Core Equity Partners

Arrow Electronics, Inc.

Korys Investments

Re-Vive

BlueGem Capital Partners

BVI Medical

CVC Capital Partners

Vicinity Affordable Housing Fund

Cadence Design Systems, Inc.

Luminus NV

KeBek Private Equity

Yource Group

Orange Belgium

Straco

Quva

Ergon Capital Partners

Carglass

Dentcap

Arcus Infrastructure Partners

Paccor

Work highlights

  • 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

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.

Practice head(s):

Caroline Daout

Other key lawyers:

Gregg Moons; Charlotte Peeters; Erwin Simons; Koen Selleslags; Michaël Heene

Testimonials

‘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.’

Key clients

SD Worx

Miko

Alychlo

Belfius Bank

Intreso Group

Pacific Media Group

Atos Belgium

InvestLink NV

Cennox Holdings Limited

Nationale Loterij

Argenta Bank

BASF

Pfizer

KBC Group

ING

UCB

Showpad

Lotus Bakeries

Indigo

Miraclon

Schréder

CFE

Renewi

Katoen Natie

Ackermans & van Haaren

AG Insurance

Work highlights

  • 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

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:

Matthias Wauters; Ignace Claeys; Joris De Wolf; Filip Jenne; Erwin Destuyver; Felix Dobbelaere

Testimonials

‘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.’

Key clients

Fedrus

Besix

BNP Paribas Fortis Private Equity

SNCB-NMBS

Aedifica

Retail Estates

Care Property Invest

Domo Investment Group/Dovesco

Elia

Willy Naessens Group

Alter Pharma

skeyes

FPIM

EPI Interim Company

The Adecco Group AG

EIC Fund

Belden

Soros Economic Development Fund

3d investors

Damier Group

KEBEK III

Work highlights

  • 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

Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck KirkpatrickComparative Guides promotional iconComparative Guides promotional icon 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.

Practice head(s):

Damien Conem

Other key lawyers:

Christel Van den Eynden; Wim Dedecker; Celine Tallier; Jacques Meunier

Testimonials

‘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.’

Key clients

Api Group Inc

Bekaert

Belfius Bank & Verzekeringen

Blue Pearl Energy

Bnp Paribas Fortis

Boehringer Ingelheim

Cohabs

Datos Nv

Dst Global

Exact

Global Graphics

Iliad Neurosciences Inc.

Liberty House Group / Gfg Alliance Group

Oncomfort

Spadel

Scih Salt Holding Inc.

Strapharm (M80)

Team Europe Ventures Gmbh (Tev)

Ttr Energy

Reply Group

Urbani

Veolia

Siaci Saint Honore

Work highlights

  • 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

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.

Practice head(s):

Grégoire Jakhian

Testimonials

‘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.’

Key clients

Pamplona Capital Management

Kersia SAS

Broadpeak Global LP

Madison Dearborn Partners LLC

Bandwidth Inc.

Hasco NV / Comfort Energy NV

Bain Capital Private Equity (Europe) LLP

Platinum Equity Advisors

Cementir Holding

Connect Group

Redmile Group

Softhale NV

Intermediate Capital Group SAS

Work highlights

  • 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

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.

Practice head(s):

Dirk Van Gerven; Philippe Remels; Nicolas de Crombrugghe

Testimonials

‘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.’

Key clients

Royal BAM Group

Econocom

Nyxoah

AG Real Estate

ENGIE

Vanbreda Risk & Benefits

Barry Callebaut

IBM

Cofinimmo

Johnson & Johnson

Euroclear

FedEx

Colruyt

Ghelamco

City Mall

Lineage

Sanofi

Work highlights

  • 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

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 ‘innovativeJan 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.

Practice head(s):

Stefan Odeurs

Other key lawyers:

Jan Peeters; Pascal Vanden Borre; Jan Bogaert; Marc Fyon; Florent Volckaert; Dries Hommez

Testimonials

‘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.’

Key clients

Alibaba Group

Biowire

Brazilian controlling shareholders of AB InBev

CapitalG

Dossche Mills

Engie

Ghelamco

Hologic

Hudson

Kinepolis Group

Integrale

Life

McKinsey

Monument Re

Muylle Facon

Numeca International NV

Port of Antwerp Authority

Punch Powertrain

Tosca

Work highlights

  • 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.

ALTIUS

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

Testimonials

‘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.’

Key clients

AniCura

Airplus (part of Lufthansa Group)

Canon

Carl Zeiss

Compound Ventures

Cordes & Graefe

CRH

Daikin

Felbermayr

Indufin

Keensight Capital

KONE

Maxeda/Brico

MSD

Network Research Belgium (NRB)

Nacon

Sanoma

Siemens

Sinch

Vander Haeghen

Winterhalter

Work highlights

  • 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

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

Testimonials

‘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.

Key clients

DPG Media

CMB

Gimv

Down2 Earth Capital

VGP

Vectis

Sylphar

Sofindev

Euronav

Fortino Capital

Aedifica

Korian Belgium (previously Senior Living Group)

Waterland Private Equity

Smile Invest

Telenet

Intracto

We Are Jane

Ardian

Corilus

Enhesa Group

Bencis

Pentahold

Ciclad

NPM

Zenitel

SDM Valorum

Work highlights

  • 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

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.

Practice head(s):

Vincent Dirckx

Other key lawyers:

Carl Leermakers; Arnaud Van Oekel; David Prync; Virginie Frémat

Testimonials

‘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.’

Key clients

Biogroup

Proximus

Korys

Thalys International

D’Ieteren

Rank Group

Netflow Software

Dalkia

Coty Inc.

BeAngels

HiPay

Umedia

Ikea

Ecclesia

Wabco Europe

Worldline – Ingenico

Régie des Bâtiments

Celyad

Shareholders of the Belgian football club Football Club Waasland-Beveren

P.H.I. Data

Toshiba TEC

Ancala Partners

Scaldis

Group Lagarrigue (Naxicap)

Superbet

Group François

Work highlights

  • 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

Deloitte LegalComparative Guides promotional icon 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.

Practice head(s):

David Roelens

Other key lawyers:

Marc Van Tieghem; Hans Vansweevelt

Testimonials

‘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.’

Key clients

Cartamundi NV

Sweco Belgium BV

H. Essers NV

NxtPort CVBA

Duval Union

Vandewiele NV

Sonepar Belgium NV – Cebeo NV

Alcopa NV

Lineas

Aurelius

Minefin

Kebek Private Equity

Sarens NV

Radisson

Vebego International BV

Forum Estates NV

Xior

Work highlights

  • 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

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.

Practice head(s):

Louis-François du Castillon

Other key lawyers:

Marie Evrard

Testimonials

‘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.’

Key clients

TPV

Kazidomi

Santero Therapeutics

Getir

Crédit Mutuel Capital Privé

Doyen Auto (Parts Holding Europe)

SWEN Capital Partners

Serviceplan International

Daikin International

Moët Hennessy

Casinos Austria International Holding

LetsBuild

Group Emera

Urbantz

Ahead Digital

OSEPI (Georges Soros Foundation)

Emasphere

Gaia-X European Association for Data and Cloud

Belgian Restauration SA

Work highlights

  • 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

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.

Practice head(s):

Thomas De Muynck 

Other key lawyers:

Jonas Van Den Bossche; Chantal Biernaux; Paul Van Hooghten

Testimonials

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.’

Key clients

Alven

Arsenal Capital Partners

Compagnie du Bois Sauvage SA

CBRE

Electrical Industries Company

Euroclear

Fortino Capital

Furukawa

Index Ventures

McCain Foods

Parkwind NV

PTT Global Chemical Public Company

Seventure Partners

Suez

The Riverside Company

Transdigm Group

Work highlights

  • 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

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:

Florence Colpaert

Testimonials

‘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.’

Key clients

House of HR

Dana

Coil

European Dental Group

Vivalto Home

Energyst Rental Solutions

AutoBinck Group

Bouwsoft NV

RiskPoint Group

Naxicap Partners

Regal Beloit Corporation

Yonghua Capital

IBM

McDonald’s

Explore Investissement

E-Capital

LFPI

Waterland Private Equity

Ghent Transport and Storage NV

Eurovia

Ciner Group

Standard Investment

Arthur J. Gallager & Co

Career Partner Group

Van Wezel Autoparts

Worthen Industries

Work highlights

  • 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

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.

Practice head(s):

Sandrine Hirsch

Other key lawyers:

Paul Alain Foriers; Steven Callens; Tine Bauwens; Tom Swinnen; Sander Van Loock

Testimonials

‘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

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.

Practice head(s):

Olivier Clevenbergh

Other key lawyers:

Gisèle Rosselle; Katrien Vorlat; Julie Lo Bue

Testimonials

‘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.’

Key clients

Hyloris

Herta Group

Sponge Group Ltd

Independent European Vape Alliance

Norsk Hydro Group

Carrefour

Ing Bank

Mvgm Property Management

Lcl

Nikon

Exmore Group

Keolis

Effia

Accor Invest

Renta Solutions

Agfa Graphics Nv

Crescent

Herschel Group

Union Biometrica

Sixt

Newton Biocapital

Stantec

Ordilux

Compugroup Medical

Iris Group

Sewan

Korozo Packaging

Elis

Alcopa

Sabena Aerospace

Work highlights

  • 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

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.

Practice head(s):

Michel Bonne 

Other key lawyers:

Hannelore Matthys

Testimonials

‘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.’

Key clients

Astadia

BeA

Elicio

Federale Verzekering

Negma Group

Origin Enterprises

Parcom

Park Partners

Torraspapel

TPG

Yource

Work highlights

  • 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

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.

Practice head(s):

Thierry Bosly

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Glauden; Philippe Hendrickx; Carlo Meert

Testimonials

‘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.’

Key clients

Analis SA

Hamon & Cie (International) SA

RTL Group SA

Ceske radiokomunikace a.s.

ACCENTRO Real Estate AG

Digital Realty Trust, LP

NetEase, Inc

Advanz Pharma Services

Toyota Europe

Colisee Group

Up Groupe

Bank Indonesia

BNP Paribas

Deutsche Bank AG

Easy Fairs

Eeckman Art & Insurance SA

Euroclear SA/NV

Le Pain Quotidien

Mithra Pharmaceuticals

Natixis Factor

Natixis SA

Ogeda SA

Socotec

Recticel SA

Value Retail Management Belgium NV

Work highlights

  • 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

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.

Testimonials

‘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.’

Key clients

Ahold Delhaize

Orange Belgium

ISS Facility Services

Amplifon

Port of Zeebrugge

EuroChem

Belmoney Transfert

Acerta

De Bonte

Cinvio

PSM Lighting

Intertrust

Work highlights

  • 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.

Testimonials

‘Astrea has distinguished itself from others in its professional approach and very short reaction times.’

Key clients

Geosquare

Castelmore

Dpg Media

Radius Payment Solutions

Kindred

Contraload

Hubspot

Indu-tools

Alcopa

Simac Techniek Nv

Vybros

Horizon Ventures

Toyota

Pixid

Pryme Cleantech

Gimber

Mavico

Archimed

Work highlights

  • 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

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.

Practice head(s):

Bart Bellen; Milena Varga

Testimonials

‘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.’

Key clients

K+S

Mirage

Work highlights

  • 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

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.

Practice head(s):

Eric Deltour

Other key lawyers:

Geoffroy Fink

Testimonials

‘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

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.

Testimonials

‘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.’

Key clients

Vulpia Group

Puratos Group

Tinc

Vortex Capital Partners

Groep Cretskens

Quality By Design

Solvari

Work highlights

  • 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

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.

Practice head(s):

Dirk Wellens; David Ryckaert

Other key lawyers:

Christina Trappeniers; Caroline Wildemeersch; Bert Luyten; Ayse Özkan

Testimonials

‘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.’

Key clients

Ardian

Buysse & Partners Private Equity

Buysse & Partners Smart Assets

DEME Group

Circet Benelux

Gaming1

JK Invest

JK Investments Partners

NAES Corporation

Perwyn

PPL Capital

Sofico founders

Deparco shareholders

Vooruitzicht

Work highlights

  • 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

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.

Practice head(s):

Nicole Segers; Kristof Zadora

Testimonials

‘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.’

Key clients

Abus

Bionerga

Blinds Holding

Cegeka

Daltix

Down to Earth

ERT

Fluvius System Operator

Genae

Greenyard

Groep Heylen

Hedin Automotive

International General Insurance Group

Legia capital

Merit Capital

Nuhma

Bosal

Breex

Philip Morris

Primagaz

RSK

Verisure

Quanteus

Jan De Nul

Brightwolves

Alltech

AGC Networks

ESAS Senior management

Aurobindo

Living Tomorrow

Nyrstar Shareholders

Work highlights

  • 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

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.

Practice head(s):

David Haex; Stefan Deswert

Other key lawyers:

Marie Canivet; Hadrien Chef; Ruth Wirtz; Frank Hoogendijk; Louis Hoffreumon

Testimonials

‘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.’

Key clients

Bone Therapeutics

Bisnode

Brokking / Triferto

Interel Holdings

Greenomy

Tioga Capital

OncoDNA

uFund

Delphi Genetics

The Adecco Group

MEAG

Brico

Godiva

Allcargo

Xerox

Work highlights

  • 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

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.

Practice head(s):

Karin Winters

Other key lawyers:

Pierre Queritet; Bart Vanstaen

Testimonials

‘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.’

Key clients

K+S

Indexia

Solufak

Weezevent

Philips Commercial Belgium

Towerbrook Capital Partners

Pulcra Chemicals

Beefounders

Univercells

Easyfairs Group

Work highlights

  • 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

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.

Practice head(s):

Bart Lintermans; Klaas Thibaut

Testimonials

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.

Key clients

Boss Paints

ExeVir Bio

Yogalive

AG Insurance

Downtown Real Estate

DPD

Dynamica

Ethias

Euroports

Foresco Packaging

Freshmen Fund

Gemeentelijke Holding / Holding Communal

Gimv

Green Park Investment Partners

Luminus

Novartis

PharmaLex

Pit & Pit

Ricoh

Triangle Factory

Umicore

Xcentric Hotels

Work highlights

  • 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

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.

Practice head(s):

Gwen Bevers; Christine Heeb; Stefaan Wauman

Other key lawyers:

Joost van Riel

Testimonials

‘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.’

Key clients

Aertssen

Cordeel

Customs Support Group

Artoos Group

Colruyt

Credendo

Creafund

Heilbron Groep (a participation of Five Arrows Principal Investments)

Insites Consulting (a participation of Mentha Capital)

Capital A

Mentha Capital

Mr. Jamal Al-Saifi

BTV

Work highlights

  • 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

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.

Practice head(s):

Bart Vanderstraete

Other key lawyers:

Marga Caproni

Testimonials

‘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.

Key clients

Live Nation

AGC Glass Europe

The Craftory

PSA

GIMV

Ineos

Animalcare

SABIC

Nanocyl

Ionics

Roper Group – Deltek

Success Hotel Group

Aroundtown

Work highlights

  • 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

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.

Practice head(s):

Luc Wynant 

Other key lawyers:

Koen Hoornaert; Jeroen Mues

Testimonials

‘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.’

Key clients

Destiny NV

Collibra NV

ING Private Equity NV

BNP Paribas Fortis Private Equity NV

Newion BV

Soda Data NV

NannyML NV

KRKA Belgium

Accelleran NV

De Gentse Kluis NV

Work highlights

  • 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

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.

Practice head(s):

David Du Pont

Other key lawyers:

Jörg Heirman

Key clients

Bosch

Tritax EuroBox plc

Valesco Group

Meritz Securities

Dutch Infrastructure Fund

Kabouter Management LLC

Daiwa Capital Markets Europe Limited

Intermediate Capital Group

Dahua Technologies

Nalantis NV

Ceva Logistics

ObjectWay Financial Software NV

Macquarie

European Molecular Biology Laboratory (intergovernmental organization)

IFES AISBL

EPRA AISBL

EPCA AISBL

CEFIC AISBL

NATCOL AISBL

ECETOC AISBL

COCERAL AISBL

Work highlights

  • 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

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.

Practice head(s):

Paul Hermant

Other key lawyers:

Pieter-Jan Van Houdenhove

Key clients

Network Research Belgium S.A.

Bridford Investments

The European Life-Science Infrastructure for Biological

Information (ELIXIR)

PRACE

So Easy Systems Sp.z.o.o.

Univercells Technologies SA

Association Des Industries Européennes du Plâtre

(Eurogypsum)

FHP BV, Creafund NV, Hyloris Pharmaceutical S.A, Purna

Pharmaceuticals

Panasonic / Oh-Ebashi LPC & Partners

Munt Dental NV Yes

U&I Learning NV

Work highlights

  • 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

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.

Practice head(s):

David Dessers

Other key lawyers:

Olivier Van Reamdock; Filip De Schouwer

Testimonials

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.

Key clients

imec.xpand

SmartFin Capital – SmartFin Ventures

Dovesco

Qbic Ventures

Btov

KBC Group

Novalis Ventures

Droia Oncology Ventures

Morrow Ventures

PMV

Sabca

Weerts Group

Partech Ventures

Cumul.io

Zeopore

Biomed Invest

Polaris Partners

Blue Corner

Skipr

Lab Box (D’Ieteren Group)

Belven Group

Hawaiian Poké Bowl Group

Work highlights

  • 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:

Eric Montens

Testimonials

‘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.’

Key clients

Universal Music

Tereos Group

Tomorrowland Festivals

Ingersoll Rand

bioMérieux

FEAC – European Association of Mercedes Benz Dealers

Novosanis

Jacoti

Ecoda

Vias institute

Avis Budget Group

Dutch Filmworks

Fashion Box

Promeco

Dealerclub Mercedes Benz

Volvo Dealerclub

Unicas / All Projects & Developments

Bethanië VZW

PPTA

Regulatory Assistance Project

CLASP

Brussels 2030 VZW

EURobotics AISBL

Orasure

Tribes

Work highlights

  • 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

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.

Practice head(s):

Peter Suykens

Testimonials

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.

Key clients

OpenGate Capital

InVivo group

Telavox AB

Sufina

Robur Capital

Partners in Performance

Rigby Group Plc

Arcelor Mittal

Q8 (Kuwait Petroleum)

Planet Group

Farm Frites International

Michelman

ARDO NV

VPK Packaging NV

TVH group

Subaru Europe NV

Unilin BV

Groep Vereenooghe

Sonic Healthcare Benelux

Showpad

EANDIS

INFRAX

Tectum Group

MHI Vestas Belgian entities

Ardian

Uselect BV

Work highlights

  • 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

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.

Practice head(s):

Patrice Corbiau; Jeroen Smets

Testimonials

‘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

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:

Tim Fransen

Testimonials

‘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.’

Key clients

Groep Machiels

Cegeka

Baloise

Belgian Cycling Factory and Flanders Bike Valley

Provinciale Ontwikkelingsmaatschappij Limburg

Democo Groep

Opteco

Vaessen Industries

Charlier-Brabo Group

Kerckhaert & Cie

Renson

EOC Belgium

Delta Light

Stas

Signpost

ION

Wealtheon

Sweet Products

Production Resource Group

McKinsey

Standard Investment

Work highlights

  • 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.

Testimonials

‘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.

Key clients

Triamant group, including Blue Zones NV and Care Property

Fund NV

Iron Mountain (UK) PLC

Dentaaltechnischbedrijf Labo W. Hoet & Co NV No

Van De Velde Packaging

RESPONSUM BV

Powerdale NV

Algeco Belgium NV

Work highlights

  • 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

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.

Practice head(s):

Davy Gorselé

Other key lawyers:

Pieter Dierckx; Michiel Roovers; Michiel Pouillon; Sylvie Thieren

Testimonials

‘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.’

Key clients

AQ Group

Brussels Airport Company

Cofely Services NV

Dentius

E-Capital

Eiffage Group

Engie

Group Michiels Advanced Materials

Iep Invest

InOpSys

Integra Fund

KebeK Private Equity

Konica Minolta

Lemon Companies/ Road 21

Louis Dreyfus Company

Manuport Logistics

Nesto

Nova Natie

Origin

Parte

Projective

Sereni

Smartfin Capital

Standard Investment

Summa NV

The Glue NV

Unifiedpost Group

Van Moer Logistics

Visma

Work highlights

  • 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

RacineComparative Guides promotional icon 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.

Practice head(s):

Stijn Claeys; Anthony Van der Hauwaert

Other key lawyers:

Stijn Vanschoubroek

Testimonials

‘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.’

Key clients

3M

Amaron

Chi Chi’s

CINTAS

Demeyere

DEMEYERE

Era Belgium

Fit20

Grafton

Immo Corporate

Kusmi Tea

Mary Chocolates

Neuhaus

Orange

Organic Concept

ORIS Group (HAIRDIS)

Royal Auping

SAS Institute

Snap Fitness

Vademecom

WDP Warehouses DePauw

Work highlights

  • 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

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.

Key clients

Harsco Corporation

Prem Group

Procter & Gamble

Monus

Bancontact Payconiq Company

Groupement des Cartes Bancaires CB

European Card Payment Cooperation

CFE

Sodaphi

Tesa

Synergee Group SA

SUEZ R&R BELGIUM SA

Work highlights

  • 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.