We are one of the largest independent law firms in continental Europe. Our Private Equity practice is consistently ranked as top tier in Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Switzerland, where we operate.

Our Private Equity teams in Amsterdam, Brussels, Luxembourg and Zürich are made up of highly specialised lawyers, tax advisors and notaries who advise on the most complex and challenging transactions.

Our practice covers the whole life cycle of funds. From formation, structuring, investments, financing, exits and continuation to winding up.

Our clients are at the forefront of the Private Equity industry. They value the knowledge and practical approach that are part of our firm culture across practices and jurisdictions.

We are recognized as among the best Private Equity lawyers in our jurisdictions by investors, sponsors, financers and the leading law firms that work with us. Our track record also demonstrates the depth and extent of our client relationships.

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Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG)

Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG)

Sustainability is becoming an increasingly important factor in the decisions of investors, companies, consumers, shareholders and policy and law makers. The broadly supported awareness of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) objectives is reflected in many international voluntary standards as well as in an increasing number of European regulations.


The crime of Ecocide is one of the major new features of the revised Belgian Criminal code. It is a strong signal, reflecting the Belgian legislator's concern for the environment.

How we can help

To help you achieve your business goals, our dedicated team of lawyers, civil-law notaries and tax advisers will assist you with all legal and tax aspects of the entire life cycle of a private equity fund, including:

Fund structuring, formation and fundraising
  • Designing private equity and venture capital fund structures
  • Creating state of the art carried interest and other incentive structures including obtaining advance tax confirmations (rulings)
  • Drafting and negotiating fund agreements between fund managers and investors, specific arrangements with cornerstone investors, co-investment agreements, and related documentation
Fund operations and regulatory aspects
  • Regulatory procedures and advice (AIFMD, MIFID, FATCA, CRS, etc.)
  • Continued compliance throughout the fund’s lifecycle
  • Analysis of, and dealing with anti-trust authorities
Acquisition finance and fund finance
  • Structuring and negotiating on: (i) financing of an acquisition, (ii) refinancing, and (iii) recapitalisations
  • Setting-up bankable structures (taking into account needs of either banks or credit funds for senior, junior or mezzanine debt)
  • Assisting and organising the process on raising debt
  • Structering and negotiating on: (i) subscription line financing and (ii) other (long term) fund financing
Acquisition and structuring of investments
  • Legal and tax structuring of the acquisition and financing
  • Purchaser or vendor legal and tax due diligence
  • Drafting and negotiating of investments in portfolio companies and add on acquisitions
  • Incorporating special fund vehicles
  • Warranty and indemnity insurance policies
Structuring management or employee participation plans
  • Structuring management or employee participation plans
  • Designing buyout structures and management equity participation programmes
Exit strategies and disposal of portfolio companies
  • Sale of portfolio companies, in bespoke one-on-one processes, controlled auction processes, IPOs or dual track procedures
  • Drafting and negotiating of add on acquisitions and divestments for portfolio companies
Liquidation of a fund
  • Exit preparations
  • Winding up of the fund
With an integrated approach that sets us apart in the market, we offer our clients a unique combination of legal, tax and regulatory advice.
As an international organisation, you face many challenges, from ever-changing regulations to complex cross-border transactions and beyond.
Loyens & Loeff helps simplify the process by offering you a one-stop shop for all your M&A needs, including those which relate to tax.
Financing your acquisitions requires a proper understanding of your future business and plans.
An increasing number of banks and financial institutions have responded to the growing demand of financing from investment funds.

What others say

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'The knowledgeable team provides commercially-oriented and pragmatic advice.’
Legal 500 EMEA (2024)
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‘Very deal-oriented but also able to think outside the box to deliver the best outcomes. Available and committed, they understand perfectly our needs and are able to easily negotiate on our behalf with the adverse party.’
Legal 500 EMEA (2024)
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Tier 1 ranking in Private Equity
Legal 500 EMEA (2023)
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"I can put it simply: although a relatively large law firm, the team has always served us in a very pragmatic way. The right answer at the right time."
Legal 500 (2022)
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“A team of strong experts that are very savvy in their area of expertise, are easy to work with and are very responsive.”
Legal 500 (2021)
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"Operates as a proper team which makes them a pleasure to work with, as the members are complimentary to each other and support each other along the way. The lawyers are on-the-ball and knowledgeable about the transactions."
Legal 500 (2021)
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"It is a pleasure to work with other lawyers, who are highly-educated but also very pragmatic. There seems to be no problem that cannot be solved."
Legal 500 (2021)
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"It is an outstanding practice, particularly if you need reliable advice on legal and tax issues. The quality is always exceptional."
Legal 500 (2021)
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"Approachable and knowledgeable"
Legal 500 (2021)
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