Mrs Katrien Vorlat > Strelia > Brussels, Belgium > Lawyer Profile

Strelia
RUE ROYALE/KONINGSSTRAAT 145
1000 BRUSSELS
Belgium

Work Department

Corporate M&A

Position

Katrien Vorlat is a partner in our Corporate/M&A practice.

Career

Katrien is an experienced transactional lawyer. She focuses on domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, private equity and (corporate) venture capital. She is frequently retained to advise on the setting up, reorganisation or liquidation of business ventures in Belgium. Katrien has negotiated and structured a wide variety of M&A transactions, joint ventures, investment schemes and divestitures in the life sciences, IT/AI, logistics and insurance sectors in particular. She regularly represents US, European and other international clients investing in Belgium through acquisitions or joint ventures and greenfield operations. Furthermore, she assists Belgian clients with their domestic acquisitions as well their foreign investments.

Katrien is frequently retained to provide strategic-legal advice to non-profit organisations, companies, boards, special committees and shareholders on a wide range of corporate governance and disclosure matters.

She has been a participant on numerous panels addressing M&A, private equity or governance issues in domestic as well as cross-border contexts and has authored several articles on corporate law issues.

Languages

Dutch, English, French, German

Memberships

Katrien Vorlat is an independent member of the proxy voting committee of Degroof Petercam Asset Management S.A. She is also co-chair of the international PE/VC subcommittee of the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association.

Education

Katrien has a law degree from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KUL) in 1990. She obtained an LL.M. degree from Yale Law School (1992) and also has a law degree from the University of Strasbourg Faculty of Comparative Law (1993).

Lawyer Rankings

Belgium > Private equity

Strelia advises Belgian and domestic private equity and venture capital funds, institutional investors, and target companies on private equity acquisitions, exits, and investments, with a growing profile in cross-border deals in collaboration with its Luxembourg office. Areas of strength include the tech and innovation sector, particularly biotech. The practice is headed up by Gisèle Rosselle, an active PE and VC adviser who specialises in tech sector investments and cross-border investments, alongside Laurent Verhavert . Katrien Vorlat joined from Monard Law in September 2021 and has a strong record in international transactions.

Belgium > Commercial, corporate and M&A

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.