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Damien CONEM
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Damien Conem is Partner in the Corporate and Finance Practice Group. He advises international and national clients in relation to multi-jurisdictions and cross-borders transactions in the areas of M&A (including private equity and regulated undertakings), corporate (re)structuring (outside insolvency proceedings) and equity capital markets. Before rejoining Liedekerke, Damien has practiced with two major international players after having completed his traineeship with the firm.

Damien holds a law degree from the University of Louvain (UCL 1998), a Master in Business Administration from the University of Antwerp (UA 1999), and an LL.M. (Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar) from Columbia University (New York 2002).

Damien is a member of the Brussels and the New York State Bar. He joined Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick as a Partner in 2013.

Recent matters

  • Assisting  the M-Cube Group  in its acquisition of the Storever Group in AudioValley

  • Assistance to Cooptalis in the acquisition of the MAP Relocations Group

  • Assistance to Soitec, a company listed on Euronex Paris, in the acquisition of semiconductor manufacturer EpiGaN, previously held by VC funds.

  • Assisting BNP Paribas Fortis PE in its acquisition of a minority stake in the JAC group

  • Assistance to Celor S.A.S. in the acquisition of Datosco NV ("Cardoen").

  • Assisting the historical shareholders of Aviabel in the sale of the Belgian general aviation insurance and reinsurance leader to AXIS Capital.

  • Advising Groupe Welcoop in the sale of its Belgian pharmaceutical distribution business to the US listed group McKesson/Celesio.

  • Assisting Lidl Belgium in its acquisition of several Belgian stores of Albert Heijn, which the latter had to dispose of as a result of the merger between Ahold and Delhaize.

  • Assisting Milestone Investisseurs in its investment in the Dehaen Paul distribution group and the M-Market chain of stores.

  • Assistance to the pan-European private equity fund Argos Soditic in the acquisition of a 68.88% stake in the capital of B Logistics (now Lineas), leading to the privatisation of this former 100% subsidiary of the SNCB.
 

Market recognition

  • Damien Conem regularly handles cross-border acquisitions and is particularly active within the energy sector. Sources remark that he is "on top of his game" with "very good client service." – Chambers Global (Band 4)

  • Damien Conem is recommended by Legal 500 (2019)

  • Damien Conem  demonstrates "client focus, good knowledge, and technical and commercial agility," as well as showing "dedication to the case, great accessibility and responsiveness." He advises on a range of cross-border M&A and private equity transactions. (Chambers global 2019)

  • Damien Conem " Is a true deal maker who feels the subtleties that go around the table in negotiations," according to one client, who adds: "He is always seeking solutions in very complex situations. He's a real problem solver." (Chambers Global 2018)

  • Damien Conem is ranked as "Up and Coming" for Corporate/M&A in (Chambers 2017)

  • Damien Conem is "super dedicated to the client. He has a good mix between technical skills and a commercial mindset. He is a rising star in the market, who really understands clients from a business perspective," say clients. (Chambers 2017)

  • Clients enthuse that "he is tireless, responsive and has very good client focus." (Chambers Global 2016)

  • Damien Conem is "very knowledgeable of M&A practices in Belgium and eases the legal process to ensure the deal gets done" (Legal 500 2012)

  • Damien Conem is “extremely available, helpful and totally dedicated" (Legal 500 2011)

Professional memberships

  • AmCham
  • Belgian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association
  • Columbia University Club of Belgium
  • Member of the Brussels Bar

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