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Corporate and M&A

Our team offers trusted advisors who will provide you with practical and business-wise solutions in all Corporate and M&A matters, including mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance issues, corporate reorganisations, corporate advice, private equity, joint ventures and corporate litigation.

You can rely on our team, one of the largest in Belgium, for all types of transactions from the common to the most complex. By combining their expertise and knowledge, our lawyers can quickly address your corporate and M&A needs, whether they arise in Belgium or abroad. For cross-border transactions, we work on a daily basis with top-tier foreign law firms.

Damien CONEM
Partner, Head of Practice
d.conem@liedekerke.com
T : +32 2 551 14 85



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Recent work includes:

  • A key role in the corporate and M&A aspects of the high-profile acquisition by the Belgian State of two major Belgian banks.
  • Assisting the Belgian State against Ping An in relation to the CIRDI Fortis case Assisting the leading operator of hypermarkets, large-scale retail centres and other groups in Belgium with their corporate reorganisations.
  • Assisting a major German motor vehicle manufacturer with its acquisition of a Dutch financial conglomerate’s car leasing business, and in the subsequent Belgian corporate reorganisation.
  • Advising a large corporation active in hazardous and non-hazardous waste treatment on the disposal of its non-hazardous waste activities in Belgium.
  • Assisting a large fund with various large scale infrastructure and/or transportation projects (assistance with setting up the consortium structure, project management, bidding process, etc).
  • Regularly giving advice about credit institutions, insurance companies and company groups’ corporate governance structure.
  • Regularly advising on delicate corporate law issues.

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‘Putting a lot of effort into diversity. Nice global network that we can build on. Evolving in terms of latest technology.‘

‘Wim DeDecker is a brilliant lawyer, but at the same time has great empathical capabilities and therefore knows how to get the best result. Both Christel Van Den Eynden and Damien Conem are excellent lawyers as well. Very hands-on and responsive.‘

‘Hands-on, very flexible, large team of experts…‘

‘Availability, practicality and attention to client expectations and desired outcomes. Christel Van den Eynden is exceptionally available and over time we have developed a strong relationship with associate Ellen Vermeire. They have come to know us and we have come to know them making working together easy and efficient.‘

‘Very deep expertise and ability to deliver under very tight time constraints. Jacques Meunier has demonstrated amazing expertise and negotiation/human interaction skills. He was able to elevate the discussion whenever we stumbled on a blocking point to find a solution meeting everyone’s need.‘

-- Legal 500 Commercial, Corporate and M&A 2021


'Liedekerke is an excellent firm with a thorough, full-service client offering'.

'The team was fully available, gave good advice and was very good in negotiation'.

'Christel Van den Eynden has a wealth of experience in M&A transactions. She assists clients from a range of industries, including energy, finance and entertainment. One interviewee comments: "She is always full of energy, creative and in problem-solving mode."'.

'Damien Conem assists domestic and international clients with acquisitions. He has a number of clients from the private equity, healthcare and technology sectors. One interviewee describes Conem as "a very sensible and commercial lawyer, who is good at getting M&A deals done and is friendly."'.

'Jacques Meunier has substantial experience in M&A matters, shareholder agreements and joint venture agreements. One client appreciates that Meunier "defends his client's interests" and particularly highlights his "very constructive" approach.'.

 

'One client commends the firm for its leading role in a multi-jurisdictional club-deal financing, noting: "They coordinated and provided hands-on assistance with respect to the complex funds flow to be effected on closing. For cross-border transactions, we can rely on Liedekerke’s international network of referral firms.“'.

'A source reveals:"Liedekerke's international network through Lex Mundi and otherwise is seamless; we have seen them operate both as lead counsel as well as co-counsel in many cross-border transactions.“'.

Another commentator remarks: "They are my go-to firm because they are very experienced and are strong with international clients. They have an international focus."

-- Chambers Europe & Chambers Global Corporate / M&A 2021

 


‘They are a very responsive team and easy to work with. They give accurate fee estimates and do not surprise with unexpected fees. Their lawyers are first-rate and provide commercially sensible and comprehensive advice.‘ 

‘Very reliable, reactive and sound approaches to issues at stake, avoiding unnecessary complexities but nevertheless achieving the objectives. A really effective and practical approach to legal advice!‘

‘Professionalism and collegial approach works perfectly. Working with them now for a number of years leads to a business understanding which gives a quick understanding of the issues leading to better/fast solutions.‘

‘The team led by Damien Conem is extremely well organized, prompt, competent and pragmatic. They make complex projects seem simple and run smoothly. Fees are reasonable.‘

‘Customer-oriented, dedicated and flexible.‘ 

‘Pleasant and perfect to work with, well skilled and up-to-date knowledge.‘

‘Damien Conem is incredibly hardworking, knowledgeable and dedicated. He will get the deal done as efficiently as possible.‘

‘We had a very good experience working with Wim Dedecker and Charlotte Schaumans. They are very pleasant to deal with, responsive and reliable.‘

‘Christel Van den Eynden is unusually available and truly listens to her clients, building a strong rapport and understanding of expectations so that she can deliver the desired result. She is a pleasure to work with and can stand up to defend the client concerns arduously.‘

‘Ellen Vermeire is an up and coming young associate who makes sure that things are done when needed and is understanding and attentive to client requests, expectations and desires.‘

‘Damien Conem makes the difference. He’s not ‘simply’ one of the best M&A experts in the kingdom. He has a pragmatical approach and understands directly where we want to go (or not). Given our regular collaboration over the last years he knows very well our DNA in the aerospace sector, which is a strong and valuable advantage.‘

-- Legal 500, Commercial, Corporate and M&A 2020 


Clients praise the "very quick, sensible and helpful" lawyers for being "very responsive and a pleasure to deal with."

Another client admires the team members for being "willing and capable to integrate and explain very detailed and historical issues."

Christel Van den Eynden is routinely instructed on cross-border acquisitions and investments and is active within the telecommunications, automotive and life sciences sectors. An impressed client adds: "She has extensive M&A experience and commercial acumen. She has the ability to clearly articulate key legal risks, cut through the issues and provide solutions."

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."

Jacques Meunier assists listed companies and shareholders with public takeover bids, call option agreements and equity raises. Clients value his "excellent communication skills and ability to sense the critical matters."

-- Chambers Europe & Chambers Global Corporate / M&A 2020


The firm has experience working on cross-border M&A and project finance involving the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Great Lakes region.

Christel Van den Eynden is a "very experienced and savvy M&A lawyer" who is "very personable and commercial," according to clients.

-- Chambers Global 2018


"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


"Dans l’ensemble, nous avons été impressionnés par l’excellente prestation de Liedekerke, sa qualité, sa fiabilité et sa disponibilité. Nous voudrions souligner le niveau exceptionnel du service, du soutien et des conseils que nous avons reçus de la part de l’équipe Corporate et M&A. Leurs connaissances, la justesse de leurs avis, leur sens des affaires et leur sérieux nous ont été d’une aide inestimable pour la progression de la transaction. En dépit des défis qu’elle posait (transaction transfrontalière impliquant un acheteur étranger, un vendeur belge et sa société mère étrangère, à conclure dans un délai très court avec des équipes travaillant sous différents fuseaux horaires), elle a été conclue comme prévu grâce aux conseils efficaces et judicieux prodigués par Liedekerke."

"Indiscutablement, Liedekerke offre un service de premier ordre et fait preuve d’un niveau remarquable de compétence et de fiabilité."

-- Citation anonyme d'un client