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Mergers and acquisitions

The challenges in today’s international markets, where regulations and business practices vary, are many. Whether you are buying, selling, partnering with or investing in a company, the success of mergers and acquisitions as growth strategy depends on getting the right answers to the right questions. What are the opportunities? What are the risks? What about compliance? Which structure is most effective? What are the legal implications? Our team can assist you to help you achieve your goals.

European Commission approves 3 Belgian State aid measures
News - 20 April 2020 - Belgium

European Commission approves 3 Belgian State aid measures

The European Commission has approved the €50 billion federal loan guarantee scheme, the €3 billion Flemish loan guarantee scheme and the deferred payment of...
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What should a borrower know about the Belgian COVID-19 State guarantee?
News - 17 April 2020 - Belgium

What should a borrower know about the Belgian COVID-19 State guarantee?

In response to the coronavirus crisis, the federal government has decided to activate a EUR 50 billion State guarantee scheme. The Royal Decree of 14 April 2020...
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European Commission calls for an accrued screening of Foreign Direct Investments while in Belgium only Flanders introduced such mechanism
News - 08 April 2020 - Belgium

European Commission calls for an accrued screening of Foreign Direct Investments (FDI)

Following the COVID-19 crisis and the resulting general market volatility, the European Commission has called upon a coordinated economic response by all member...
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Man and woman discussing a spreadsheet
News - 12 March 2020 - Belgium

Impact of COVID-19 on financial agreements - Key aspects to consider from a Belgian law perspective

We cover below some of the key aspects that could be addressed by clients in relation to existing or future finance transactions under Belgian law.
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Our team

At Loyens & Loeff, we believe in a solution-based and multi-disciplinary approach. We encourage entrepreneurship. Therefore, M&A is at the heart of what we do. Drawing on expertise across our firm, Loyens & Loeff’s fully integrated teams are ready to assist you in successfully executing even the most complex acquisitions, mergers or divestitures. Our lawyers assist you through all stages of a transaction, from deal origin to business integration, ensuring a smooth experience.

Our international depth and reach support clients across the full range of M&A transactions, whether domestic or cross-border, with expertise in buy- and sell side due diligence procedures, SPA (Sale & Purchase Agreements) negotiations and arranging smooth closing of the transaction with our notary department, as well as developing transaction structures in your best interest

Our expertise

Our domestic and cross-border M&A practice supports clients across the world with all aspects of the transaction. Some recently handled matters:

  • Assisted a listed US-based company that provides international seaborne crude oil transportation services in relation to the stock-for-stock merger of its entire issued and outstanding share capital. We assisted the client with all Belgian law aspects of the transaction, including due diligence, advising on and reviewing transaction documentation related to the merger and the listing of new shares, in close cooperation with the client’s US counsel.
  • Assisted a manufacturer of confectionery products, in the acquisition of the third-largest non-chocolate confectionary company in the U.S. with the structuring of the transaction, the financing, the merger clearance and Belgian law aspects in general.
  • Assisted a global industrial conglomerate, with the Belgian law aspects of its oil and gas business restructuring in order to complete a partial buy-out; this included advising on and assisting with the preparation, implementation and execution of the transfer of the clients oil and gas business to a special purpose company and providing post-transaction care and follow-up.
  • Assisted a US-based international listed company in relation to the Belgian legal aspects of a public takeover to create an undisputed main brewing company with an approximate value of EUR 218 billion.
  • Advised a global pharmaceutical company on the Belgian law aspects of the sale of its global generic pharmaceuticals business.
  • Advised and assisted a leading international US concert promotor on a joint venture relationship with a Belgian investment firm in relation to a world festival.
  • Assisted a venture investment firm in relation to its investment into an insurtech start-up.