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Some of our lawyers have more than 20 years of experience in negotiating M&A transactions, whether in Belgium or at an international level. We also advise clients on all issues of corporate law such as directors’ liability, conflict of interest, shareholders relationships and corporate governance.

Our Corporate & Finance practice has been consistently recommended by the leading legal directories such as Chambers and Partners (Band 3), Legal 500 EMEA (Tier 3), Leaders League and Who’s Who Legal. Most of our partners are also individually ranked in these directories.

Mergers & Acquisitions

We have a pre-eminent M&A practice, both in Belgium and at an international level. Strelia’s M&A work extends over various sectors, and we have specific expertise in retail, food, energy, and the financial sector. Strelia also focuses on Tech M&A.

The range of our practice is broad and goes from very large multi-jurisdictional transactions on shares to disposition of individual assets and businesses. We also advise parties on public take-overs. We cover all aspects of M&A transactions, from (vendor) due diligence to closing and beyond, if necessary (see our corporate litigation practice for post-acquisition actions).

Our tax and employment specialists provide expert input to our M&A transactions so that we can advise our clients on the structure of the deals from the various relevant angles.

Private equity and venture capital

Strelia has developed a strong private equity and venture capital practice.

We advise domestic and international investors, target companies, their management or the existing shareholders, in all types of capital investment transactions (MBO, LBO, etc.).

We also have specific expertise in the biotechnology sector: we advise investment funds and target companies regularly throughout the entire lifecycle of their investments, from the initial investment in the target to exit.

Joint ventures

Our lawyers advise on various forms of cooperation between companies, including the set-up and regulation of joint ventures.

Due diligence

Our teams are trained to carry out due diligence, whether as vendor or as purchaser in M&A transactions or in other situations (investment, IPO, financing, etc.). If needed, we call on other experts whom we trust and know well with respect to specific branches of law, such as IP and environment.

Corporate Governance

Strelia advises public and private companies, boards of directors, committees, and senior management on corporate governance best practices, salaries, indemnification and insurance, conflicts of interests, internal investigations, defensive mandates, and crisis management. We help our clients to manage risk proactively, seize opportunities, and maintain productive shareholder relations.

Capital Markets

We assist clients in equity and debt capital market transactions, including initial public offerings, admission to trading, mergers, delistings, and bond issues. We also assist them with respect to the regulations that apply to listed companies.

Finance

We assist banks, borrowers, and issuers on all aspects of the structuring and documentation of financing transactions. In this framework, we frequently provide legal opinions on the Belgian aspects of international transactions. We also advise our clients in many aspects of the banking and financial regulations that can affect their activities.

Advisory

Besides transactional work, we provide guidance to our clients and assist them on all corporate legal issues, such as director’s liability, shareholders’ rights, corporate organization, etc.

Non-profit organisations

We have various non-profit organisations among our clients. We advise them on the specificities of their legal form and objectives, including those with respect to transactions that concern them (transfers, mergers, etc).

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What others say about us

"The 'friendly' corporate team at Strelia is 'extremely reactive and always to the point' in its advice and provides 'a personalised service'. The department is frequently instructed on domestic and cross-border corporate and M&A deals."

"Recognised practice noted for its work on both domestic and cross-border mid-cap corporate reorganisations and M&A transactions. Clients also benefit from its litigation expertise, receiving all- encompassing corporate assistance. Considerable presence among clients in the retail, consumer goods and IT sectors."

"The 'friendly' corporate team at Strelia is 'extremely reactive and always to the point' in its advice and provides 'a personalised service'. The department is frequently instructed on domestic and cross-border corporate and M&A deals."

"Recognised practice noted for its work on both domestic and cross-border mid-cap corporate reorganisations and M&A transactions. Clients also benefit from its litigation expertise, receiving all- encompassing corporate assistance. Considerable presence among clients in the retail, consumer goods and IT sectors."