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Stibbe

CENTRAL PLAZA, LOKSUMSTRAAT 25/ RUE DE LOXUM 25, 1000 BRUSSELS, BELGIUM
Tel:
Work +32 2 533 52 11
Fax:
Fax +32 2 533 52 12
DX:
36 BAB
Email:
Web:
www.stibbe.com
Amsterdam, Brussels, Dubai, London, Luxembourg, New York

Jan Peeters

Tel:
Work +32 2 533 53 75
Email:
Stibbe

Work Department

Corporate & Finance.

Position

Managing Partner.

Career

Jan Peeters specialises in mergers and acquisitions (public and private companies), capital market operations (IPOs, public takeover bids and public to private transactions), corporate finance and venture capital transactions. In addition, he is active in the regulation of activities of domestic and foreign credit institutions, investment firms and insurance companies active in Belgium.

Languages

Dutch, French, English.

Member

Jan is former chair of the Banking, Finance and Securities Committee of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA). He is also the author of various publications in the areas of corporate law and financial services regulations.

Education

Jan graduated in law from the Universiteit Antwerpen (1986) and holds an LL.M degree from Berkeley Law.


Belgium

Banking, finance and capital markets

Within: Banking, finance and capital markets

Stibbe¬†has a strong position in the Belgian lending market, which is reflected by its work for borrower clients such as Vandemoortele, Cegeka and Proximus. Its 'client-oriented' team is 'easy to work with and very pragmatic'. The firm's broad banking practice spans acquisition finance, real estate finance and project finance, among other areas.¬†Wouter Ghijsels¬†(who succeeded Jan Peeters¬†as the Brussels managing partner in January 2019)¬†and counsel¬†Sofie Heremans¬†acted for Fedrus International on the ‚ā¨176m financing related to its acquisitions of Defrancq France SAS and Umicore‚Äôs building products business unit in France. Ghijsels is 'always reachable, even when working on multiple deals at the same time'. In another matter, Peeters¬†and senior associate¬†Pieter-Jan Van Houdenhove¬†assisted Novo Nordisk with negotiating the finance related to its purchase of Ablynx. In the real estate sphere, a highlight in 2017 involved advising Q-Park on the Belgian aspects of a refinancing following its takeover by KKR. The firm also has a strong client following among many of the largest and most active lenders, including Belfius Bank, National Bank of Belgium and KBC Bank. Ghijsels and senior associate¬†Pieter Nobels¬†advised¬†BNP Paribas Fortis, ING, Belgian real estate developer Immobel and CFE on the structuring and implementation of a financing package for the redevelopment of a mixed-use building complex located at the former headquarters of Solvay. Beyond banking work, the firm is also a major player in debt and equity capital markets transactions; this side of the practice is spearheaded by Ghijsels, Peeters and Pascal Vanden Borre. The firm also has a standout financial regulatory practice.¬†Julien Bogaerts¬†recently made partner.¬†Ivan Peeters¬†and¬†Philip Van Steenwinkel¬†moved to¬†PwC Legal.

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Commercial, corporate and M&A

Within: Leading individuals

Jan Peeters - Stibbe

Within: Commercial, corporate and M&A

The 'very experienced' corporate and finance team at Stibbe¬†attracts praise for its 'ability to handle any size transaction in Belgium in an efficient and cost-effective manner'. Jan Peeters¬†led a team advising US-based company Spirit AeroSystems on its ‚ā¨540m acquisition of Asco. In another work highlight, the group assisted Punch Powertrain on its joint venture with PSA Groupe in France. Dries Hommez,¬†who is 'an outstanding corporate partner with a strong business sense and the ability to direct all legal aspects of a M&A deal', led a team instructed by¬†General Electric on the Benelux aspects of the sale of its water treatment business to Suez, and its industrial solutions business to ABB. Stefan Odeurs¬†heads the practice, which also includes Pascal Vanden Borre¬†and¬†Jan Bogaert. Julien Bogaerts¬†was recently promoted to the partnership.

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Insurance

Within: Insurance

Stibbe's full-service capabilities and in-depth knowledge of the insurance market ensures that it attracts a strong flow of work from insurers, reinsurers, banks and other clients. Led by practice head Oliver Stevens, its team handles a wide range of matters, such as insurance sector M&A, insurance and reinsurance disputes, the launch of new insurance products, and regulatory advice. Stevens is leading a team - which includes Hans Van Bavel, and senior associates Elisabeth Baeyens, David Verwaerde and Sophie Bourgois - in the advice to Brussels Airport Company on all contractual and insurance matters arising from the terrorist attack at Brussels Airport in 2016. The team also undertakes a significant amount of work for reinsurer Monument Re; recent highlights include assisting the client with its separate acquisitions of ABN Amro Life Capital, the First A run-off portfolio and Aspecta Assurance International Luxembourg. Other clients include AXA Belgium, Belfius Bank, ING, Generali and AG Insurance. Jan Peeters has 'a solid grounding in the regulatory basics, and is also able to provide practical, creative advice in situations that are not clear-cut'; he is 'a wise lawyer to have working for you'. Jan Bogaert is another key figure.

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Private equity

Within: Private equity

Stibbe's private equity practice acts for a range of domestic and international PE and venture capital funds, including Limburgse Reconversiemaatschappij, KKR and Serena Capital. The group was instructed by Clayton, Dubilier & Rice on its acquisition of a 40% stake in Belron International, where it was also able to utilise its strong presence in Luxembourg to handle the cross-border matter. In another highlight, Jan Peeters led a team acting for Creafund on its acquisition of a 59% stake in Diresco. Stefan Odeurs heads the practice and led a team that assisted the management of Hudson Belgium and Hudson Luxembourg on a management buy-out of Hudson Benelux. Dries Hommez is 'an excellent lawyer' and is particularly noted for his expertise in corporate transactions.

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