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Liedekerke promotes Senior Associates Cline Tallier and Thomas Vanthournout to Counsel


Liedekerke is delighted to announce the promotion of Céline Tallier and Thomas Vanthournout to Counsel, effective from 1 January 2022. Based in the Brussels office, Céline and Thomas are both members of the Corporate and Finance practice and joined the firm respectively in 2018 and 2021.

Admitted to the Brussels Bar since 2007, Céline focuses on corporate law. She mainly advises clients on mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital transactions and the setting up of investment funds.

She advises start-ups and SMEs as well as international groups and listed companies. 

Céline graduated from the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) (2006) and holds a postgraduate degree in financial law from the University of Ghent (UGent) (2007).

Before joining Liedekerke in 2018, Céline worked in two international law firms for more than ten years.

Thomas’ practice covers all aspects of banking and finance law, with a particular focus on acquisition finance, real estate finance, and project finance. He has extensive experience representing a wide range of financial institutions, alternative lenders, private equity houses and corporate borrowers on domestic and cross-border financing transactions.

Thomas holds a law degree from Ghent University (magna cum laude, 2012), and spent a semester at the University of Neuchâtel in Switzerland as part of an Erasmus exchange program. He obtained a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in International Financial Law from King’s College London (2013) and also holds a postgraduate degree in Corporate Finance from KU Leuven (summa cum laude, 2021).

Before joining Liedekerke in 2021, Thomas worked in the Brussels, Amsterdam and London offices of an international law firm for more than seven years and has also been seconded as legal counsel to BNP Paribas Fortis in Brussels.

Thomas was recommended as a key lawyer in the area of banking and finance by the 2020 and 2021 editions of The Legal 500.

Freya Mareels, Banking & Finance partner, and Jacques Meunier, Corporate and M&A partner, comment:We are extremely happy to see these two promotions taking place today. Céline and Thomas accompany and guide our clients day in day out: they understand their needs and requirements and they have their trust. Céline’s and Thomas’ skills and expertise will enhance and strengthen the services offered by the firm in the Corporate and Finance area and will consolidate the practice's position. These well-deserved promotions are a reflection of the growth and development of the firm and its willingness to further invest in young talents”.

About Liedekerke

Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick is one of Belgium’s foremost full-service business law firms. Based in Brussels, with a London representative office, it is also present in Africa through its offices in Kinshasa (DRC) and in Kigali (Rwanda). Independent since its creation in 1965, the firm has established an international reputation upon an unchallenged expertise.

Our clients are active in a broad range of industries including financial services and financial institutions, energy, real estate and construction, environment, retail, consumer goods and trade, public authorities and government agencies, automotive, funds and asset management amongst others.

The firm has a strong advisory practice and transactional practice based on sector expertise and an in-depth knowledge of Belgian and European law. As an essential complement to these activities, it represents clients in complex litigation before national, European and international courts, both judicial and arbitral, the Court of Cassation, the Council of State and the Belgian Constitutional Courts.

With over 130 lawyers, including 31 partners, Liedekerke is recognised for its ability to quickly mobilise competent, flexible and multidisciplinary teams anywhere.