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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

Wouter Ghijsels

Tel:
Work +32 2 533 52 91
Email:
Stibbe

Work Department

Corporate & Finance.

Position

Partner.

Career

Wouter Ghijsels is the Managing Partner of the Brussels office of Stibbe. He advises financial institutions, corporate and public sector clients on a broad range of domestic and cross-border financial transactions, in particular syndicated lending, acquisition finance, property finance, secured transactions, project finance and leveraged/management buyouts. He works in close collaboration with Stibbe's corporate and real estate partners.

Languages

Dutch, French, English.

Education

Wouter graduated in law from the University of Antwerp (UA) in 2001 and subsequently from the School of Law at King’s College London, with a Master of Laws (LL.M) degree.


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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