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Christel Van den Eynden is a Partner in the Corporate and Finance Practice Group.

She advises international and national clients (listed and non-listed companies) on (cross-border) mergers & acquisitions, and private equity investments, and has built up an extensive practice in project financed transactions, PPP and complex industrial projects, mostly in infrastructure, energy and renewables, and logistics.

Christel advises clients in a wide variety of sectors, including the retail sector and food industry, automotive industry, logistics and port-related activities, the energy and green energy sector, (petro)chemicals, biotechnology and life sciences sector, the financial and payment services sector, the IT and high tech sector, hospitality and entertainment sector. She has particular expertise in cross-border acquisitions and divestitures, joint ventures, and infrastructure projects. She also advises clients on issues of corporate governance, directors’ liability and issues of general corporate law.

In addition to her law degree from the University of Antwerp (UA 1987), Christel has a master of arts in international relations from Johns Hopkins University, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (Bologna, Italy, and Washington D.C.), for which she obtained a Fulbright Scholarship. Christel sits on the selection committee of the Fulbright US-Belgium exchange commission awarding scholarships to master degree students in law.

Christel joined Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick in 1999.

Recent matters

  • Assistance to a private equity fund in the potential purchase of an Euronext-listed Belgian company;
  • Several large scale PPP projects (large infrastructure and transportation sector projects);
  • Largest direct investment project in Belgium in 2011: complex set of interlinked agreements in a co-location project, involving the building and operation of a new polyethylene terephthalate (PET) production plant Belgium;
  • Assistance to a Euronext-listed waste management company in the disposal of its Belgian non-hazardous waste business;
  • Assistance to a group of companies, active in the marine bunkering business with the acquisition of a similar Belgian business in a mixed share and asset purchase transaction.

Market recognition

  • A client notes that "she excels in negotiations, where she really protects client interests," and another interviewee values her "commercial awareness, quick responses and fluent feedback," and praises her "technical knowledge." – Chambers Global, 2019 (Band 4)
  • Christel Van den Eynden is ranked as Expert - Who’s Who Legal Merger & Acquisition and Who's Who Legal Thought Leaders Global Elite, 2019
  • She is ranked as Leading Individual in Corporate and M&A – Legal 500, 2019
  • She is ranked in Band 4 – Chambers Global, 2018
  • Clients say she is a "very dedicated lawyer who will take her client's hand and lead them all the way to the solution. She also has a natural charm." - Chambers Global, 2017 (Band 4)
  • Practice head Christel Van den Eynden is ‘a great communicator’, who ‘can be aggressive if necessary’. – Legal 500, 2017

Professional memberships

  • Board, Executive and Audit Committee Member of Lex Mundi (www.lexmundi.com)
  • Chair Emeritus cross-border transactions practice group, Lex Mundi
  • Member of women on board (www.womenonboard.be)

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