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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

Sofie Heremans

Tel:
Work +32 2 533 52 05
Email:
Web:
www.stibbe.com
Stibbe

Work Department

Corporate & Finance

Position

Counsel

Career

Sofie Heremans concentrates on banking and financial law, private equity, venture capital, and corporate law, with a specific focus on acquisition finance, project finance, real estate finance, general corporate finance and financial restructurings.

Languages

Dutch, English, French

Education

  • Degree in law from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (2008). In the framework of this degree, she studied at the New York University School of Law
  • Postgraduate diploma in Corporate Finance from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (2011)
  • Job at an American law firm (for three years)
  • Practical assistant at the Property Law institute of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
  • Traineeships at several large Brussels law firms
  • Admitted to the Brussels Bar in 2008
  • With the Brussels office of Stibbe since 2011


Belgium

Banking, finance and capital markets

Within: Next Generation Partners

Sofie Heremans - Stibbe

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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