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Corporate law

Fieldfisher has a leading Belgian corporate finance practice with a solid track record covering M&A, private equity, capital markets and VC transactions, restructurings and complex corporate advisory work.

Our experience and demonstrable track record enables us to advise on all types of domestic and cross-border transactions in the Belgian market and to assist our clients in the most complex, challenging and multidisciplinary projects.

Private equity

In the private equity field we have acted for all relevant parties including equity investors, management, the target as well as debt providers.  Our practice covers both domestic buyouts and buy-ins as well as international transactions.

Venture capital

Our team regularly acts on a wide range of VC deals ranging from web applications and fintech, to virtual reality gaming and other technologies. We draft complex subscription and shareholders' agreements for sophisticated VC funds or high-net-worth individuals. Our assistance includes all legal aspects of VC transactions, including negotiations of the contractual framework, issuing financial instruments convertible in capital, creating incentive schemes (SOP), migration of companies into other jurisdictions, etc. We are keen to provide advice at every stage of the investee company.

Highly regulated sectors

Fieldfisher is traditionally a leader in highly regulated areas, such as intellectual property, information technology, energy, chemicals and finance. Working together with our relevant sector specialists, we are very well placed to serve our clients in those highly regulated areas.

Recent highlights include:

  • Advising the Japanese listed group Daikin Industries in relation to the EUR 881 million acquisition of AHT Cooling Systems by its Belgian subsidiary, Daikin Europe.
  • Advising IPTE Factory Automation in relation to its public takeover bid on the shares of Connect Group (listed on Euronext Brussels).
  • Advising Autodis Group in relation to the acquisition of Geevers, a leading Benelux automotive spare parts reseller.
  • Advising AGC Group in relation to its acquisition of a strategic participation in solid-Lidar tech company XenomatiX.
  • Advising Serviceplan International, the largest partner-managed advertising and communications agency group in Europe, in connection with several reorganisations of its Belgian activities.
  • Advising Sonova Holding in relation to the EUR 830 million acquisition of AudioNova International.
  • Advising in several venture capital transactions, including fundraisings through cash contributions and convertible loans for a total investment amount in excess of EUR 10 million, including BSit, Urbantz  and Emasphère.
  • Advising Rynda Property Investors in relation to its acquisition of Telecoms Gardens, a major Brussels based office property, in a joint-venture with Chenavari Capital Partners LLP.
  • Advising Aproplan, a Belgian multi-awarded scale-up, in relation to its merger with Danish GenieBelt ApS to form LetsBuild.
  • Advising the shareholders of Orone in relation to the sale of its Belgian, French and Moroccan subsidiaries to a French subsidiary of Exela Technologies Inc. and the subsequent sale of the holding to certain shareholders.
  • Advising a US tech company in relation to the EUR 35 million acquisition of a Belgian company.

What Others Say About Us

Clients commend the "very customer-orientated and committed lawyers, for their "structured and clear communication" as well as their ability "to provide the right expertise and legal advice at the right moment." Another client appreciates the "excellent support from a small but pragmatically leveraged team" and praises the lawyers' "excellent knowledge and understanding of the different legal environments involved, across different fields of expertise".

Chambers Europe and Global 2020 - Corporate & M&A

Fieldfisher's corporate team 'combines the broad scope and professionalism of a leading international firm with in-depth expertise of the local environment and culture applied to transactions'. 'They help us in very complex deal-making and has been able to deliver great results'. 'They are highly responsive, reliable, extremely pragmatic cost-efficient and cost-reliant.' 'The team is unrivalled in its dedication to clients, they truly want to help you achieve the best outcome.'

Legal 500, 2020 – Commercial, Corporate & M&A