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Grégoire Jakhian

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Loyens & Loeff

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Grégoire Jakhian heads the Corporate and M&A Practice Group, the Aviation Team and the French Desk in Belgium.


Grégoire has extensive experience in cross-border M&A transactions, take-over bids, corporate finance dispute resolution (including arbitration) and civil law.
He focuses on corporate and financial restructuring, national and cross-border M&A transactions, litigation and risk management, private equity and real estate. He has built a solid reputation for expertise in the financial, energy (including mining), manufacturing and airline sectors. His clients include listed and non-listed companies, private equity funds and mid-size companies, mostly from the US, the EU and Belgium. Grégoire is also very active in the non-profit sector. Grégoire was an Assistant Professor at the Université libre de Bruxelles on corporate and financial law. He has chaired the Banking Commission of the Union of International Associations. Grégoire is mentioned as a leading expert by Chambers & Partners  (in Corporate and M&A), Legal 500 (in Corporate and M&A and Aviation) and IFLR 1000 (in M&A). Grégoire has been a member of the Brussels Bar since 1987 and a member of the New York Bar since 1990.


2003: Partner, Loyens & Loeff.
Prior to joining Loyens & Loeff, Grégoire worked as Partner in another leading law firm.


Grégoire works in French, English and Dutch.


Grégoire  is a prominent and active member of the American Bar Association (ABA) and of the International Bar Association (IBA).


Grégoire holds a LL.M. from the New York University School of Law (USA, 1987) and a Law degree from Université libre de Bruxelles (Belgium, 1986, cum magna laude).


Commercial, corporate and M&A

Within: Commercial, corporate and M&A

The 'business-minded' corporate and M&A practice group at Loyens & Loeff 'combines quality work' with 'a proactive and pragmatic' approach. In a transaction led by practice head Grégoire Jakhian, the team assisted Gener8 Maritime on its merger with Euronav. The department was also instructed by CTH on its acquisition of Ferrara Candy Company from L Catterton, including on the structure of the deal across Belgium, the US and Luxembourg. In another work highlight, a team including 'pragmatic' senior associate Robrecht Coppens, who attracts praise for his 'very solid technical background', advised General Electric Company on the Belgian aspects of the global restructuring of its oil and gas business. Peter Callens has considerable experience handling domestic and international transactions. The 'efficient, result-oriented' Wim Vande Velde and Godfried Ampe are also key names to note, particularly for real estate and energy sector matters respectively. Stefan Deckmyn left the firm for an in-house role.

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Within: Not-for-profit

Loyens & Loeff has a varied portfolio of work, owing to its extensive experience of advising non-profit organisations and trade associations on all aspects of their strategic operational issues, as well as litigation. Grégoire Jakhian, who founded the practice, has expertise in M&A transactions, real estate and dispute resolution, among other areas. Jakhian and others act for clients from various sectors, including food and beverage, sport, IT and charities.

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Private equity

Within: Private equity

Loyens & Loeff has a well-established client base of private equity and venture capital firms, with clients including Marlin Equity Partners, Anthemis Group and AAC Capital. The group acted for New Mountain Capital on the Belgian aspects of its £820m sale of Alexander Mann Solutions to Omers Private Equity. In another highlight, the team assisted Iconiq Capital with its investment in Collibra. The department is headed by Grégoire Jakhian, Peter Callens and Wim Vande Velde, and includes senior associate Robrecht Coppens. Stefaan Deckmyn left the firm.

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