We advise clients on a wide variety of equity and debt capital markets transactions ranging from IPOs and public issues of shares, bonds and convertible bonds to ABBs and exchange bids. We assist both banks and issuers on complex regulatory matters and in the structuring of capital markets transactions. We can handle the cross-border aspects of capital markets transactions in conjunction with firms in our network or with any law firm of the client's choice.
Corporate and Corporate Restructuring
We assist our clients throughout their corporate lifecycle. Both listed and privately held companies use our services for specific corporate actions, such as incorporations, capital increase and decrease, management incentive schemes, intragroup restructurings and reorganisations, conversions and liquidations. We advise companies and entrepreneurs on specific corporate law topics, such as corporate governance, conflicts of interests, financial assistance, public takeover law or concerted action in listed companies and general financial and business efficiency.
Private and Public M&A
We assist companies and entrepreneurs with their investments in new businesses, their divestments of existing businesses as well as with their corporate projects and joint ventures. Our clients are both private and institutional investors acting in their capacity as buyers, sellers or targets.
We also have significant expertise in public M&A, where we assist bidders, bid consortia, selling target companies’ reference shareholders, boards of directors or senior management in the highly specific regulatory context of public takeover law.
Private Equity and Funds
We assist private equity clients with acquisitions and financings of private and public companies, going private transactions, acquisitions of minority stakes and all kinds of exit strategies (including IPOs).
We also advise private equity and other investment funds in their incorporation, structuring, capital raising, governance, management and various organisational matters.
Banking & Finance
We assist lenders, sponsors and borrowers on finance transactions for leveraged corporate acquisitions, asset-backed finance operations, project finance and solvent and insolvent debt restructurings. We advise financial institutions on general retail banking matters, commercial and consumer lending, payment and investments products and insolvency matters. We further assist on the related regulatory issues and litigation.
We assist our clients on a variety of commercial matters and contracts in their day-to-day business, such as procurement or supply agreements, lease agreements, manufacturing agreements and distribution or agency agreements.
Corporate and Tax Litigation
We assist businesses and private investors in a broad range of corporate litigation matters including securities litigation, shareholders' and joint venture disputes, directors' liability, auditors' liability and disputes relating to mergers and acquisitions. Furthermore, we assist our clients in defending their interests in tax litigation, irrespective of the type of disputed tax, with the exception of customs and excise duties where we team up with specialised colleagues.
We advise businesses on the organisation of all their tax matters with a particular focus on general corporate tax advice, relevant tax aspects of corporate transactions and optimisation of compensation packages.
(Inter)national Wealth and Estate Planning
We advise our high-net-worth individuals and families to optimally manage and plan their wealth. Every stage of life requires different planning, investment strategies and protection. By understanding our clients' goals, resources and concerns, we carefully evaluate the needs of the family, now and for future generations. Our advice can be implemented in a purely domestic as well as in a cross-border context.
We monitor and structure our clients' family wealth (movable and immovable property) with a helicopter view to keep control on tax regulations and legal consequences. We develop solid solutions in terms of asset structuring and protection for family business holdings, trusts, family foundations and partnerships. Our focus is on strengthening family relationships and businesses whereby we look beyond narrow legal and technical issues.
Family Dynamics refers to the ways in which family members relate to one another, the interaction between them as well as the varying relationships that can exist within a family. Every family has its own dynamic, which manifests in its own way. In relation to a family business, families face the challenge to keep family boundaries and business boundaries from being entangled. By facilitating families in fostering open communication, we assist them in better understanding how the family functions, what the family roles are and where they may overlap with business roles.
The aim of family governance is to establish a forum where families can formally address and discuss their family issues around wealth, businesses, next gen and succession matters. Through “Family Consultation Platforms”, we establish a system of joint decision-making which allows the family to govern its assets on a transgenerational basis. The cornerstone of our family governance approach is to put the “family first” and to go beyond the interests of the family business and corporate governance. Family Governance goes hand in hand with Family Dynamics.