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Paul Hermant

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Bird & Bird LLP

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Corporate & finance


Corporate transactions (M&A, private equity, venture capital, joint ventures, IPOs), corporate finance (project finance, acquisition finance, asset finance, aircraft finance), corporate advice and litigation, financial regulatory


Qualified in 1988 Partner in 1996 Partner at Bird & Bird LLP in 2000


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Brussels Bar Association Solvay Business School Alumni University of Brussels Alumni Cercle de Lorraine


Master in Law (University of Brussels 1988) Master in Business Law (University of Brussels 1989) Master in Management (Solvay Business School, University of Brussels, 1992)


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Banking, finance and capital markets

Within: Banking, finance and capital markets

Bird & Bird's Scott McInnes , who was formerly a senior regulatory counsel at Mastercard prior to his arrival at the firm in 2016, is a well-known name in the payments sector. McInnes has expertise in the various commercial and competition law issues associated with the industry, and is knowledgeable about the regulation of payment services (including Payment Services Directive II, EU SEPA Regulation and EU Interchange Fee Regulation). He acts for a wide range of market participants in this area, such as card issuers, merchants and fintech companies. The firm is 'on top of the latest payments regulatory developments, knows the market very well and is able to apply the law to the set of facts/market dynamics'. Beyond the payments sector, the firm provides licensing and regulatory compliance advice to a wide range of other financial services providers, including insurance companies and brokers, and financial advisers. Paul Hermant and others advise longstanding client Ethias on matters related to governance, products and marketing, among other areas. On the transactional side, Hermant has over 30 years of experience of advising clients on acquisition and project finance, IPOs and derivatives. Underlining the firm's full-service approach to meeting the needs of clients, it recently launched a public affairs offering by hiring Francine Cunningham from the US Mission to the European Union. Senior associate Cedric Berckmans is another name to note.

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Commercial, corporate and M&A

Within: Commercial, corporate and M&A

The corporate team at Bird & Bird, headed up by Paul Hermant, is known for handling a range of corporate matters and transactions, particularly in the life sciences, TMT and financial services sectors. The group assisted Ethias with the transfer of part of its life insurance business to the Irish Monument Re Group, which included advising on the regulatory and tax aspects of the sale. It also offers ongoing corporate advice to many of its well-known clients.

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Dispute resolution

Within: Dispute resolution

Bird & Bird is acting for Leiden University Medical Centre in litigation concerning alleged breaches of a consortium agreement regarding the development of a vaccine; Benoit Van Asbroeck is leading on this matter. Paul Hermant is a key name for finance and corporate litigation.

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Within: Not-for-profit

Bird & Bird's prominence in the not-for-profit sphere has made it a first port-of-call for Belgium-based trade and industry associations, European scientific institutions, and other international NPOs. The firm draws upon strengths across multiple practice areas to cover a wide range of issues. Paul Hermant has more than 20 years of experience advising international associations and federations on their structure, membership, governance and M&A. Hermant co-heads the practice with Brent Springael, who is the head of the tax group in Brussels. Other notable individuals include competition partner Anne Federle and senior associate Mathieu Relange, who assisted the European Petroleum Refiners Association (Fuels Europe) with an antitrust audit. The firm also has experts in areas such as employment law, intellectual property and data protection. Hein Hobbelen, whose practice is split between Brussels and The Hague, is also recommended.

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