Mergers & Acquisitions

Some of our lawyers have more than 20 years of experience in negotiating M&A transactions, whether in Belgium or at an international level. Our lawyers have assisted sellers and buyers in various industries, such as retail, ICT, energy, banking and finance, insurance. The range of our practice is broad and goes from very large multi-jurisdictional transactions on shares to disposal of individual assets or enterprises (“fonds de commerce / handelszaak”). We also advise the various parties involved in public take-overs.

Our tax specialist can provide input into our M&A transactions so that we can advise our clients on the structure of deals from various relevant angles.

Gisèle Rosselle

On 26 September 2017, the French government approved the merger between French high-speed train manufacturers Alstom and the German group Siemens. This merger will result in the creation of a “European Rail Giant” to counter the competition from the Chinese rail company CRRC. The EU Commission recently proposed a new framework for screening foreign direct investment (FDI).

Dirk Leermakers

Dirk Leermakers is a Corporate and M&A lawyer who handles national and international mergers and acquisitions, as well as private equity-driven and management-led buyouts. Dirk advises multinationals, private equity firms and hedge funds as well as occasionally private investors with their mostly cross-border transactions. In addition, Dirk is active in the field of corporate reorganisations and restructurings.

Laurent Verhavert

It is with immense pleasure that the partners of Strelia announce the appointment of Laurent Verhavert as a new partner as from 1 January 2017. Laurent, 32, started his career at Stibbe in 2007 and he was part of the team that launched Strelia on 1 January 2013.

Olivier Clevenbergh, 
Gisèle Rosselle

The French Magazine "Décideurs" has published its 2015 Ranking of the best Belgian Law firms for Mergers & Acquisitions. Strelia represented by Gisèle Rosselle, Olivier Clevenbergh and Henri Culot received the mention "Forte Notoriété".

In its recommendation of 9 April 2014, the European Commission wants companies listed on a regulated market to explain better about how they comply with, or derogate from, the corporate governance code.

Olivier Clevenbergh, 
Gisèle Rosselle

Following the formation of a new federal government in 2011, Belgium has been under less pressure from the financial markets in 2012. However, the Belgian government will continue to closely monitor its budget, as would any other EU Member State. In this light, there has been an important stream of new restrictive tax and social legislation entering into force at the beginning of and throughout 2012. Obviously, the eurozone crisis was and remains the most important factor for cautiousness regarding the Belgian M&A market.

Olivier Clevenbergh

Olivier Clevenbergh is mainly active in the field of M&A and corporate law. He deals with national and international acquisitions and disposals of shares or assets, private equity and venture capital transactions, mergers and joint ventures. He has considerable experience as regards restructurings and the acquisition of the assets of distressed companies.