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Mergers & acquisitions - Ranking 2019 - Law firm - Belgium

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  • Arnaud Coibion, Charles-Antoine Leunen, Eric Pottier
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INNOVATIVE, SECTOR-FOCUSED M&A EXPERTISE
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Monard Law

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Katrien Vorlat

Track record : Monard has been involved in complex transactions both at a domestic and international level. The firm’s clientele includes Danone, Alstom, Altran, Green Swan Private Equity, Tradeshift and Digicert. The team assisted Eumedica on the acquisition from F. Hoffmann - La Roche Ltd of all assets related to Bactrim, an off patent antibiotic.
Differentiation : Katrien Vorlat is the key contact for corporate M&A issues, she has developed a deep expertise in the bank and insurance sector, and in the life sciences, distribution and technology industries. The firm has a team of 40 lawyers including nine partners and a large presence in Belgium with offices in Brussels, Antwerp, Ghent, Hasselt and Lommel.
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A GROWING M&A PRACTICE
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Quinz

Leader(s)

Bart Lintermans

Track record : Quinz corporate/M&A practice focusses on both domestic and cross-border mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, other types of commercial transactions, and general corporate and commercial law advice. The team has acted as counsel for AG insurance, the market leader among insurers in Belgium, in the auction sale of Fidea NV.
Differentiation : The Belgian boutique has a unique model in the market, focusing on corporate M&A, life-sciences and litigation. These specializations together with an entrepreneurial and business-friendly approach are what differentiates the firm. The firm’s partners have a common background having previously worked in prestigious international law firms.
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PROVEN EXPERTISE IN ALL M&A DOMAINS
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Strelia

Leader(s)

Olivier Clevenbergh

Track record : Strelia’s corporate M&A work extends to various sectors, such as tech, food and finance, but has a specific expertise in the retail field, where clients include Carrefour, Herschel, Veritas, Distrifund, Sixt and Sustinvest (a retail-focused investment fund). The firm also has a strong private equity and venture capital practice.
Differentiation : One of the firm’s specific features is that most of their transactional lawyers also work on contentious matters in the same areas, such as M&A litigation, which gives it an edge when assisting clients in negotiations. The corporate M&A team is comprised of three partners and nine other lawyers. The firm has offices in Brussels and Luxembourg.
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TAILOR-MADE SERVICE TRUSTED BY CLIENTS
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Everest

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Stéphane Bertouille

Track record : The Belgian law firm offers a tailor-made service for its clients, principally Belgian subsidiaries of International groups such as Axa, Club Med, Laurent-Perrier, Citco , Smart. Everest lawyers advise on company law and M&A transactions with a strong focus on tax matters. The law firm assists clients on transactional matters and litigation.
Differentiation : Thanks to the background of its lawyers, Everest has been able to combine the quality of an international law firm with a flexible, reactive structure that can adapt its fees to the needs of a competitive market. The law firm is particularly responsive and a first reaction can be expected by the client within the next 4 hours. The M&A team comprises six highly specialized partners. Everest has offices in Brussels, Ghent, Bruges and Antwerp.
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CLIENT-ORIENTED EXPERTISE IN CORPORATE AND CORPORATE TAX
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Tetra Law

Leader(s)

Baudoin Paquot

Track record : The team frequently advises Belgian and foreign companies, listed or otherwise, in complex M&A transactions, restructuring and domestic and cross-border taxation. The firm’s lawyers are also well known for setting up remuneration and planning policies for executives and managers.
Differentiation : The integrated team, highly specialized in corporate and corporate tax issues, with the two practice areas working together, offers clients pragmatic advice and comprehensive solutions. Baudouin Paquot and Jérôme Terfve are the key figures for company law matters, both having been involved in litigation proceedings before Belgian authorities.
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OUT OF THE BOX APPROACH
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Van Olmen Wynant

Leader(s)

Luc Wynant

Track record : The niche firm offers clients distinctive expertise on corporate issues as well as employment law related matters. The corporate M&A team has solid experience in private equity and venture capital, including all kinds of strategic investments in private companies. The firm is strongly oriented toward technology law sector.
Differentiation : Luc Wynant, founding partner and head of the corporate M&A team, has extensive private equity expertise. He is the author of the Belgian chapter in the Private Equity Handbook and the Venture Capital Handbook. The firm is based in Brussels and has developed close working relationships with high quality law firms across the globe.
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